It took over a decade of searching (and spending money unnecessarily) to find a ballet flat that I could actually walk miles in without a blister. Camper.  Right.  Bought it in many many colors (size 8 1/2 = size 40), as well as for my daughter.

http://www.camper.com/en/eshop/producto.xhtml?option=21595-007

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We have a black and white cat.  So I (former crazy pregnant lady) wanted a mobile with cats on it in black and white tones (especially since newborn babies can only see in black, white and shades of gray early on).  You would think a cool modern looking mobile like this would exist.  Wrong.  Could not find one anywhere.  I did, however, find KLTworks which was even better.  Everyone has their own story, so create your own custom mobile for baby’s nursery.  Here’s mine.  And, now that our daughter is older, we cut the cats off the mobile and use them as little throw pillows on her bed.

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http://www.etsy.com/listing/93947080/custom-mobile-w-thread-drawing-plushie

The holidays are upon us, so rev up those ovens.  And seriously – if frosting cookies or cakes – use all-natural food coloring.   India Tree makes it, as well as sparkling sugars for decorating.  What’s wrong with artificial coloring you ask … It is bad for you; real chefs refuse to use it; many countries ban it.  It has been shown to contribute to inattention, cause hyperactivity, and may lead to rashes, asthma, or even tumors.  It is made of petroleum, in addition to acetone and coal tars.  Want to put those things in your mouth?  (Come on FDA, get with it.)  Children are the most vulnerable to artificial color because their bodies are smaller and still developing, and also because their desserts and snacks are the most likely to contain artificial coloring.  From my own experience, Red 40 is the biggest offender.  So your candy cane cookies look slightly pinkish this year.  Ah, the price we pay for health.

http://www.indiatree.com/Detail_Page.php?Category=NC&Subcategory=NC_Decorating_Colors&Name=Decorating_Colors&ID=208

I do not want to trip over a Barbie princess potty in the middle of the night, nor do I wish to have Elmo staring me down when I am in the shower.  I also do not want to purchase a brand new adult toilet seat with a flip down attached (expensive) that I will only use for a few years. Thank you Strata for this elegant solution – not to mention – very easy to install.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPM6308893607P?sid=IDx20110310x00001i&srccode=cii_184425893&cpncode=32-192814864-2

For those toddlers that are newbies and can’t quite mount an adult toilet on their own, Boon makes a nice alternative that functions as a potty, step stool and bath toy storage container all-in-one.  Nice.

http://www.booninc.com/products/PottyBench

Corners on coffee tables = stitches.  Solution … a round table.  This one solves the problem and provides much needed storage (bonus!).  Now if only they made it in black.  Yes, please!?!

http://www.landofnod.com/you-say-coffee-i-say-play-table/f11555

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I wish.  Please Apple, when are you going to capitalize on this idea?  I am sick of having Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and songs by the Wiggles randomly pop up on my ipod when I am out for a run.  This was the best alternative I could find for my 4 year old (love it). Unfortunately, it has recently been discontinued and the ones left on the market are not cheap.

http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Kid-Tough-Music-Player-Microphone/dp/B00388DLIO/ref=pd_sim_t_1

 

Think you have no room for a child’s table, think again.  This one functions as a table/desk/end table/bedside table – you name it.

http://www.pkolino.com/Klick-Desk-Orange-p/pkffklor.htm

Foam floor mats are bad for you, and your child’s health.  Period.  This mat does not contain formamide, phthalates, formaldehyde, PFOA’s, PVC, harmful fire retardant chemicals or Azo Dyes.  No off-gassing.  No smells.  The organic cotton fabric is quilted to a viscose fire barrier that contains no chemical flame retardants.  It is made of organic cotton, bamboo and polyester.  This means no polyurethane, eva, or the off-gassing associated with such products.

http://www.amazon.com/Panda-Mat-Polyester-Eco-friendly-Phthalates/dp/B005TXUDCS

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Is your child talking to grandma on your cell phone?  Children are especially vulnerable to damage from cell phone radiation.  This device eliminates over 99% of absorbed phone radiation, and, admit it, just looks cool.

http://www.nativeunion.com/us/collection/pop-phone.html/

Never want to have the cursed stuffed animal clutter again?  Need a place for your child to lounge? I heart 2 in 1.  I just wish it came in an “adult cozy gray wool felt lined version” that I could use to stash my dirty laundry …

https://www.booninc.com/products/AnimalBag/393

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