Super-stylish baby essentials. Keep it simple.
Liberty London Ribbon Trim Cashmere Baby Booties (0-12 months)
Looking for a gorgeous, stylish (neutral) baby gift, minus the hefty price tag? Here you go…
Original Pyjama Company Moccasins (sizes 18-25)
These are the perfect footwear for babies who aren’t yet walking, but are on the move (crawling and cursing, and generally getting into all sorts of mischief). They look cute (I love that these ones are completely plain – not that easy to find, believe me), are comfortable to wear, and they actually stay put. And the leather soles mean that they don’t slip. And they look so cute of course! They are also great for both boys and girls (Tabs and Marlow both wore them), and the navy will go with everything. One thing I would say though is that they only really work with dresses when worn with knitted tights, so stick to jeans/trousers when it’s too warm for tights. And when worn with trousers, make sure they are worn under trousers. It’s all about the details!
Babies In Sheep’s Clothing Baby Ballet Slippers (0-12 months)
Are these not the cutest things you’ve ever seen? Well, today at least? One of my lovely Little Spree followers, Jane tipped me off about them (yes, getting quite a few lately – thank you), and I was instantly smitten. I love the combination of the sheepskin and the ballet slipper (haven’t seen that before). And such pretty colours. So you know baby will be super-cosy as well as looking completely adorable. In fact, they remind me of a pair of F-Troupe ballet flats that I have (and love) with very similar criss-cross elasticated straps. I live in them. These are 100% New Zealand lambskin sheepskin, handmade, and naturally dyed. They are made just outside Christchurch on the South Island by women at home who are unable (for various reasons) to enter the traditional workplace. So another ethical purchase for you. They would make the most gorgeous gift (I have switched into full-on Christmas present buying mode now!) for any stylish babies (I can think of a few!) on your list. Love, love, love them! Thank you Jane.
Polarn O. Pyret Striped Moccasins (sizes 18-23)
A friend (Emer, an ex-collegue at Glamour) bought the twins these when they were still tiny. She assured me they were the best thing ever. I thanked her, looked at them, thought they were cute, then promptly put them away in a drawer (wondering what all the fuss was about?). I then came across them in said drawer a couple of months later and dusted them off and dressed the twins in them. From that day on, they pretty much wore them every single day until they grew out of them (then I bought new pairs in larger sizes). They really were the best thing ever! They look great (and perfect for girls and boys), and they stay put (unlike most baby footwear) thanks to the cute elasticated strap. Then when Tabarlow did start crawling, then trying to walk, the leather, non-slip soles made everything safer and easier, and well, less slippery… Honestly, they were one of the best things I ever had for the twins. My sister has recently bought them for my nephew, Baby James, and she is a convert now too. As we all know, options for baby footwear are pretty limited, so these are a great solution. And another great present idea (I will be posting more and more gift ideas as we get closer the Christmas, so get ready!).
£9.60 (were £12.00) polarnopyret.co.uk
Babatude Baby Sheepskin Booty Slippers (1-3 years)
How sweet are these? They are handmade in rural New Zealand (love that!), and ethically sourced and made in the local area (love that too!). They are made from lambskin, including the soles, ensuring no slipping, even on wooden floors (and this can be a big problem with many toddler slippers). I love that the sheepskin booty has now become a bit of a classic. They would make a really lovely present, and are delivered in a white gift box with navy blue tissue, navy ribbon and a personal message. As I always say, it’s all in the details…
Zara Home Sheepskin Booties
I’ve been meaning to post these for weeks. I saw them them in Zara Home in Richmond (my local) and was virtually planning a third baby just to have an excuse to buy them! They are completely adorable. Baby shoes can often make me tense (and don’t even get me started on baby trainers…) – they often just look ‘wrong’ and forced somehow. Not these. I like that they are still a baby booty, but with a little more style. Cute, stylish and chic (navy and sheepskin are definitely a winning combination in my book).
Zara Home Knitted Booties (one size)
Ok, so this lovely weather is set to change (what a surprise!), so we’d better start getting prepared, and focusing on all things Autumn-y. I thought I would start small (literally) with these adorable chocolate brown knitted booties from Zara Home. So cute! And they look like they might actually stand a chance of staying on! I love that they look like your granny might have knitted them, but that they are in lovely chocolate-brown, as opposed to lemon or pale blue. Super-cosy.
Next Suede Desert Boots (0-24 months)
Now it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but personally I love a little bit of leopard print every now and again. I have a great bag (slouchy, and roomy enough to carry all my stuff for for Tabarlow) from Antik Batik that I absolutely love, and every time I use it, someone stops me to ask me where I got it from. But I only ever wear it with quite a dressed-down, simple outfit, such as jeans and a grey sweatshirt (and never with heels). That’s the trick. Dress it up too much, or worst of all, mix with other animal prints, and the overall effect is well, a little trashy… Leopard print is even trickier with kids’ clothes/accessories. It can all end up looking a bit cheap and nasty… I would generally advise to approach with caution, but there are definitely exceptions. Get it right, and it looks super-chic, and so cute. I really love these little boots, and they would look great worn with simple, neutral trousers/jeans (grey/navy/brown, beige) and a simple jumper/smock top/t-shirt. Just make sure the rest of the outfit is completely plain. I think they look rather French and expensive too. They would also look sweet with navy tights and a plain dress. Just make sure you’re not wearing any animal print at the same time!
ps: having a wonderful time in Cornwall. The weather is definitely ‘mixed’, but so far, no rain so I think that’s pretty good going. And this afternoon we were all on the beach at Carbis Bay and it was just beautiful. We could have been on a beach in Costa Rica! (I will tweet a pic to prove it!). The sea and sand are so lovely and clean, and it wasn’t super-crowded because we arrived at around 3.30pm (the perfect time as far as I’m concerned). Tabarlow absolutely loved it! And Tabs finally got to wear one of her CFK bikinis (the grey spotted one to be precise), which she loved (the top stayed on for all of ten minutes though!). So all in all, a great day!
Sew Heart Felt Rabbit Slippers (sizes to fit 0-3 years)
It’s not too late to buy something special for your little ones for Easter that’s not necessarily egg-shaped. How cute are these slippers? And unlike chocolate eggs, these will still be around after the bank holiday. I couldn’t decide which colour I preferred, so I had to post both. Perfect for twins! And here’s the science/global bit – they are made in Nepal from Tibetan lambs wool (yes really), and no chemicals are used to make them (always a bonus). They even come in a lovely organic cotton drawstring pouch.
Mothercare Unisex Booties (newborn-9 months)
These are so sweet. I love that they are so simple and stylish (grey, stars, stripes – all my favourites), but still cute. And you get all three pairs in one set, which is such a great bargain. They would make a lovely (and inexpensive) gift too.
Celtic Sheepskin Company sheepskin booties (0-2 years)
These are the cutest things ever! So gorgeous and soft. I have just given a pair to two friend’s babies – I think they make a really lovely gift. 100% sheepskin, handmade, and machine washable.