Via Dutch online store Maus & Co I came across Terra Kids. handmade pottery from a small studio in the north of Holland. Jacqueline , who graduated from the School of Arts in Amsterdam is the creative lady behind the Terra Kids collection. It is sold in Holland, Germany and France.
I love Crocodile Creek products. They make eating more fun and it is a great way to learn something too. When my son does not want to eat (and that happens a lot lately...); he will at least sit at the table and check out the trucks on his placemat. Crocodile Creek offers a wide variety of themes and many different items like bibs, placemats, dinner sets, puzzles and lunch boxes. You can buy all Crocodile Creek products online and have it shipped anywhere you like. Prices are very reasonable (3.99 for a placemat, $6.99 for a bib) but watch out for the shipment costs.
Marimekko is one of the brands carried by Ella & Elliot, a wonderful baby boutique in Toronto which has been featured on this blog before. This Finnish company mainly makes items for grown-ups but their range of kids’ stuff is worth looking at. Today I will bring our son to friends because we are traveling to Germany for a few days. It would have been nice if he went there with this matching set. I especially like the “cosmetic bag”. Probably not the appropriate name for a child’s bag (how do you call this?) but it sure is a nice-to-have that is hard to find. You will find a store locator on Marimekko's site.
PS. Even though I will be away, the blogging will continue. Keep on coming! Next week I will let you know how our little boy enjoyed his time without his parents and why we went to Germany...
Sonia from Kikebu sent me an email and it immediately draw my attention because it said “hi from a Spanish mom in Amsterdam”. Sonia is living with her Dutch husband & two kids in Amsterdam and started up this new venture. Kikebu offers a fresh and original range baby towels, bibs, burp clothes, blankets, changing pads and more. They constantly use new fabrics and make a limited number of items per model. Sonia is already selling in a few shops in Spain and all her items can be bought online.
After the success of the bbibs (practical & cute bibs with sleeves) the owners of Oots decided to extend their product line. The result is this unique children's dish ware. Available in 4 designs: boy, girl, juicy melon and sizzling frying egg. I like the graphics and its shape; I can only imagine it is a bit difficult for younger kids to get food out of the bowl. Oots is founded by 2 Dutch men happily living with their families in New Mexico. You can buy online and they ship internationally.
Hooray for Daddy Drama, a great blog with high-end baby stuff by a hip dad (!). He found this cool stuff by Sandra Isaksson. Sandra is a graphic designer and illustrator with Swedish roots, Danish education and currently living in the UK. Her products are described as “beautiful happy things”. I could not think of a better fit with Optimist! From wallpaper, cups, cards to children's books; all with gorgeous illustrations. All products can be bought online at Isak in the UK.
Via Moco Loco, a web magazine about modern contemporary design, I found Royal Vkb.
It is a Dutch company, which exists since 1789 but has gone
international just recently. This dinner tray makes eating a fun
activity for children. I could not resist to add some more pictures
although not specifically meant for children. Beautiful and clever
designs: personal salad bowls with handy fork and balancing bowls which
tilt when the indicated weight is reached. You will find online where these products are sold.
I have no idea if this snacking bowl (left picture) is a typical North American thing, but it sure is very handy. This clever design keeps snacks inside the bowl, but readily available for little fingers to take out. Perfect in the car, in the stroller or just at home and ideal for both: convenience for parents and independence for toddlers! Outside North America Gerber is sold in a few countries like Korea, Poland, Brasil. Check their website and browse through their extensive range of bottles, feeding products, skincare products, pacifiers, etc.
These products look so French but the website is from Los Angeles. I think the designs are very cute and give the opportunity to teach some French words. The left plate is called TV tray. I am not so sure if I agree on that, but the idea of having different sections on a plate is kind of neat. You can buy anything from bowls with suction cup, sippy cups, bibs to lunch kits in different styles like princess, ocean or farm. You can buy these products via Amazon which ships worldwide. For French visitors, go to La Chaise Longue.
My in-laws are long-time collectors of WMF kitchen accessories. Every birthday and Christmas another item is on their wish list. I had no idea that WMF also has a large selection children's cutlery. I saw it for the first time in a kitchen store in Toronto, where I bought the 2-piece set for “expecting” friends. Their website shows their wide selection, all in stainless steel and some even in real silver. For anyone who likes contemporary designs, this is a perfect gift for newborns. You can buy it at Amazon (search for WMF toddler), eg. the orange 3-piece set is $19.99.