Proving that the apples don't fall far from the tree, Marion and Tabitha Broderick, 1, were spotted holding, and chewing on, colorful wooden shoes this morning. While they're not the Manolos and Louboutins Sarah Jessica Parker fancies, the twins' choice in play footwear was a wise one. Plan Toys' Tie-Up Shoes ($8) are designed to teach kids how to lace their shoes and are made from eco-friendly, chemical-free rubberwood. We bet tots have used them to teethe, too.
Jennifer Lopez took her twins (and her bodyguard and nanny) for a stroll around the block in Miami yesterday. While shopping the city's famed Lincoln Road, Max and Emme, 2, beat the Summer heat with some cool outfits. Wearing a pair of long plaid shorts and a True Religion t-shirt, Max worked hard to escape his caretakers' hold while sweet lil Emme deflected the Florida sun with a crisp white sundress and flowered sandals.
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Technology makes a mom's life much easier. While most gadgets can't pack school lunches or clean the house, there are some fun devices that will help a mother stay connected to her children. Here are six cool tech items that any woman will love!
We all have our own definitions of a toddler, but according to Merriam-Webster, a toddler is, "one that toddles; especially: a young child." Sadly for many a mommy, the term can also apply to them when they slip back into their not-so-familiar high heels. Flat adorned mamas who once donned the leg lengthening shoes during their childless days often find the reentry to pump life painful and uncomfortable. Fortunately for them, there's a solution that doesn't require unsightly pads or tubes of athletic goop.
Instead, chic moms can rely on Sidewalk Skincare. Created by a marathon running mom who prides herself on style, Sidewalk Skincare creates a barrier against skin irritations with a jojoba blend, lavender oil and dandelion extract. Packaged in a pretty silver tube, the shoe survival balm ($18) is discreet and small enough to fit into any purse pouch and will keep mum's feet happy all night long.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care with hopes that they'd soon be stuffed with good fare. Good lil boys and girls race to their oversized velvet socks to see what small treats Santa has left them. They may not know the drill yet, but wee ones deserve just as much loot as their older counterparts. Here are some useful yet cute gifts that are suited for stuffing.
Try as we might, moms know that sometimes we just can't do it all. That's why we get by with a little help from some rad baby and mommy products. For starters, I'll buy just about anything that promises to make me rest well so that my parenting capabilities are top notch every morning. I have found the Beauty SilkZzz pillow helps me do that. And while I can make a decent Rice Krispie treat with the basics, the Milk and Krunchies desserts are far superior and I don't even have to clean up. Check out my other picks!
It wasn't until I had my second baby that I realized how easy I had it with my first child. They are equally adorable and sweet, but one is not like the other. My first born slept through the night nearly immediately, never had diaper rash, hit all of her developmental milestones either on time or early. My son is giving me a run for my money and teaching me new tricks along the way. Check out five items I have found on my second trip into parenthood.
While many of the gifts we recommend for baby boy are also suited for baby girls, there are a specific few that we know some wee lasses and their moms will adore. Girly girls will look oh-so-cute in a tiny tutu while a Zooni topper is sure to keep her wee noggin warm and fashionable. While they may not be ready to mount it right away, tiny tots will keep moving on up on a plush rocking horse that is sure to grow on them. Babes ready to tug something along will delight in a wooden pull toy while brand new birds will be mesmerized by a modern mobile hanging over their sleepy heads. For those that have a good sense of humor, the Heelarious cowgirl crib boots will have Santa's jolly old belly rolling with laughter. Be careful lil doggies — hearts will be spurring all over town.
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Suri Cruise is one hot tot that sets the bar when it comes to celebaby style. Her high heel wearing ways have made her the hot topic in many mommy groups of late but it was this outfit that caught my attention. A sign of a true fashionista, Suri's ensemble looks perfectly effortless. Methinks "Stylist" might make it onto the lil sass's resume faster than any other profession.
All bundled up and protected from the NYC weather, the lil lady wore silver liquid leggings and a posh set of kid-friendly Petite Maloles "Celia" purple suede flats before stepping out in the rain. While the $160 shoes may be a bit steep for most moms who know they will end up in a sandpit, they are less apt to cause a twisted ankle than a pair of pumps. Keeping the flash below, she tops it off with a simple hot pink dress and a conservative Juicy Couture sweater that screams sweet girl. And for those who worry about her ability to hold onto youth, just take a gander at her Disney princess umbrella; it doesn't look like Jasmine and Aurora are going anywhere anytime soon.
The best holiday present of all is a newborn baby! While you can't go out and buy a baby, you can buy things to doll them up in and entertainment tools to light up their wee eyes. Spoil babies rotten with some of these wooden treats, musical toys, and sassy threads. Baby may not get what's going on, but he'll love the attention being paid to him.
If you like it then you should put a name on it. Make it known that he is one unique child by giving him a present with his moniker scrawled across it. A baseball bat, a train, or a fuzzy topper will make for precious gifts with extra meaning. Snugglers will appreciate a cuddly blanket for a posh snooze in the crib while snowbound babes will enjoy a sled made just for them.
I've had a mom crush on Thandie Newton for some time but it has since evolved into a family crush. The British beauty's petite features were passed down to her two darling daughters who also have a spunky sense of style and sass. The adorable girls, Ripley, 9, and Nico, 5, have their mother's delicious complexion and her sculpted cheeks. On top of those lovely characteristics, they also have fab hair that distinguishes the pair and gives them each something to strut about.
Aside from their inherent good looks, the young ladies appear to have quite a fabulous wardrobe. Lil Nico worked the red carpet of the Fantastic Mr. Fox London premiere in her sparkly leggings, velvet blazer and old school kicks. Big sister Ripley rocked her Juicy leopard hooded jacket, fruity Nikes and equine necklace. There's no doubt that the mini mes know how to dress themselves up for a flashy affair.
Baby tummies are meant for tickling, kissing, and rubbing — especially those round delicious Buddha bellies. Onesies can often get in the way a good game of raspberries or smooches, which is why mompreneur Sue Zeiler came up with the idea of Peek-a-Belly ($28-$30). Mums who like to dress their wee guys in one-piece tees can still enjoy their infant's baby soft tum when dolled up in these infant inventions. A split seam around the midsection allows caretakers to sneak a peek at the belly button while still providing warmth, coziness, and clothes security for the rest of the body.
Your newborn is so stinkin' cute you could scream, but you'll probably have to settle for a mailed announcement instead. Look on the bright side — it's loads more efficient and with all of the adorable and affordable options, it's a no brainer.
Trusted oldies like Tiny Prints are still making a variety of fab prints though they've got competition with new houses churning out precious patterns for wee ones. Check all of them out in the gallery below.
Many moms try to keep their babes in the shade during the sunny Summer months, but often forget about their sensitive lil eyes. Sensible Jennifer Garner reminds us that while it's important to keep those lookers shielded, it can be done with fashionable accessories.
A sassy Violet Affleck donned a pair of lime colored frames with her flappy blue hat and a pair of dungarees. Mother-daughter duos who like to sport the same styles can take a hint from Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise with mini-me matching shades. Smart mamas like Jennifer and Katie know it's easier to get their wee ones used to the face adorning shields by including them in the wardrobe at an early age.
Stripes, polka dots, gingham or animal prints? When it comes to picking nursery bedding, parents can drive themselves crazy trying to decide between all of the adorable options. Leave the tough decision making to wall art and use simple crib sheets to match the rest of the decor.
The Pottery Barn Kids plush chamois fitted sheet ($49) is all baby needs. Outfit baby's cocoon with the cozy cover allowing the infant to snuggle up to a cushy surface. Parents who follow the AAP's recommendation of not allowing blankets in the crib will find comfort in the warmth the velvety layer provides.
If Urban Babies Wear Black, then urban mamas are black and blue from tripping over baby paraphernalia in their shoebox apartments. Mothers living in tight quarters must perform magic tricks to find spots for the exersaucer, high chair, bottles, plates, clothes, rocking chair, and stroller. Brave (or resigned) mommies often leave their swank buggies in the hallway or on the sidewalk with the hope that strangers will leave them untouched. Now ladies don't have to check the trust at the door anymore. Terrain-challenged mums will do back flips for the StrollAway stroller holder.
The $50 gadget fits over the door, leaving no wall marks or door damage — ideal for renters. The heavy duty steel construction makes it durable enough to hang most every stroller brand over most size doors. And for pushchair hogs hoarding three or four buggies in the name of travel, exercise, and grocery shopping, Metrotots is due to come out with a wall mount for the garage and a multi-stroller rack system.
Move over diaper cream and pacifiers — this is mama's bag! Stubborn ladies who are bent on slinging their sassy totes around rather than standard diaper bags will love the idea behind the $45 PishPosh Mommy insert.
Instead of stashing a bottle in the pocket of a swanky designer bag and risking spilled milk on pricey polished leather, the PishPosh pouch holds all of babe's necessities and zips up to easily fit into most totes so moms can pull or pack it when they see fit.
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Sweet lil Suri Cruise has been spotted wearing sprightly sundresses lately. A stylish lass about town, the pretty pint sized princess looks ready for a warm day in Tinseltown where she will set the trends for other mini fashionistas.
Pair one of these lightweight cotton frocks with a set of simple ballet flats and baby's got the look. Steal a page out of Honor Warren's fashion book and finish the outfit with a simple headband to keep stray hairs from sticking to a sweaty, I mean glowing, forehead.
Ava Sambora got her mother's good looks, but she may have inherited her dad, Richie Sambora's, rocking fashion sense. The petite tween rocked a glam striped and polka dot sequined dress on the red carpet of the American Idol Finale.
Available in all sorts of styles, young ladies can choose from long or cap sleeved frocks. Sassier and older tots may prefer the spaghetti strap apparel though slipping past the parents on the way out the door may be tougher than imagined. If that's the case, a simple cardigan or throw can complete the ensemble while buying mom and pop peace of mind.
Every parent wants to raise their child to be the next Einstein by surrounding them with stimulating toys, bright colors, and tactile objects. Play mats can entertain tots while also helping them learn how to reach, grasp, and roll over in their early months putting them on the track to Geniusville.
Simple: The IKEA play mat is a steal at $25 and has aerial toys dangling from foam arches.
Swank: For twice the bucks, the $65 Tiny Love Gymini: Super Deluxe Lights & Music Play Mat literally offers a few more bells and whistles with flashing lights, crinkly fabrics, textures and four musical selections.