Great Local Gifts for Baby
Introduce your little one to the magic of the City by the Bay, from escaping Alcatraz to Zigzagging on Lombard Street.
San Francisco ABCs, from Brooklyn-based Mr. Boddington’s Studio, ranges from the iconic (cable cars and the Painted Ladies) to the quirky (Karl the Fog and mustaches in the Mission), with sweet illustrations on its board-book pages. (Though local readers are likely to quibble with a mention of “the BART!”) Available in June from Penguin Workshop. $9.99. penguin.com/youngreaders.
Baby Gifts With a Personal Touch
After receiving most of her baby registry gifts for her twins by mail, Julie Lewis concluded that online registries, while convenient, lack the personal touch once central to gift-giving. So she created San Jose-based Baby Boxy, which offers curated gift boxes in adorable themes from animals to donuts to robots. Items are sourced from companies with high quality, safe and sustainable products. Next-day delivery is available to Bay Area hospitals. $60. babyboxy.com.
The Weight of a Good Night’s Sleep
Danville mom of four Tara Williams was desperate for a good night’s sleep with her six-month-old still waking up every 90 minutes. When she noticed how quickly he settled in under a heavy throw blanket, a lightbulb went off and she enlisted her mother-in-law to sew a lightly weighted sleep sack. The baby slept for 12 hours! Dreamland Baby, the world’s first safety-certified weighted blanket for infants, has sold more than 2,000 weighted sleep sacks and swaddle sleep sacks since it started business last fall. Available in 0-6, 6-12 and 12-18 month sizes. $79. dreamlandbabyco.com
Start Your Day Like a Swede
Swedish-born Louise Fritjofsson wanted a healthy taste of home for her firstborn, so she started making oat-based products at home. Now, instant Smart Oats and nutrient-dense Oat Milk Välling – free of sugar, glyphosates and corn – are available from her San Francisco-based Bla Bla Foods for little ones and their families. The products aim to be nutritious, filling, environmentally friendly and tasty, too! Smart Oats, $7.99. Oat Milk Välling, $8.99. blablafoods.com.
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