Welcome to the 24-7 Daddyhood. No red cardigans or fuddy-duddy t-shirts… here, dads can find the perfect graphic t-shirt to wear. From unique gift ideas to Father’s Day winning tees, Josh Beatty of 24-7 Daddyhood has created something screen-printed for everyone from dads to moms, babies to toddlers and anyone else that wants to sport a memorable graphic. His handiwork and attention to what the new 21st century modern family wants in apparel is evident in every edgy or funny or heart-warming design.
On-trend but never off the good-taste chart, baby items from AD Sutton & Sons are proven winners. This fourth generation, family-owned business opened its doors in 1909, maintaining corporate headquarters in the heart of New York City’s fashion district. As time passed, the company began acquiring licenses to produce goods for many companies.
One of the most surprising changes many new parents face is just how long it takes to leave the house. What used to be a quick ritual involving throwing on shoes and a jacket, grabbing your wallet and heading out becomes a juggling act featuring diapers, toys, blankets, wipes, snacks, and of course, the baby himself! Most moms agree that a good diaper bag is the first line of defense against frazzled mornings. Companies like Oemi Baby, Diapees & Wipees, JP Lizzy and Daddy & Co. offer diaper bags in a variety of styles and sizes, so that just about any mom or dad can find what they’re looking for.
“Itty bitty” brings to mind the tiny little feet of newborns and the sweet smiles from satisfied toddlers. It probably doesn’t bring to mind the grandness of an established company, but it should. Pavilion Gift Company is exactly that: dedicated to bringing evocative treasures to families and friends. Its Itty Bitty & Pretty (for girls) and Itty Bitty & Handsome (for boys) collections are studies in comfort and old-fashioned sweetness. From the coordinating bibs to the boxers and wearable blankets, Itty Bitty is targeted at grabbing attention and tugging at the heart.
When you’re young, you are vaguely aware of the strong influences binding your family together. When you get older, you understand the vital role each family member plays. As the definitions of family change and evolve in modern society, the ties that bind families together remain strong. What family wouldn’t want to boast about its bonds? Companies like Hip Together are filling a need to promote the love and strength that exists in the bonds of family relationships.
A mother-to-be has a lot on her mind. To help her prepare for as stress-free a hospital experience as possible, stock the original Hospital “Go” Bags from Due Date Bags. The Labor Queen Hospital “Go” Bag is stocked with delivery essentials a lady loves (and needs) including a pretty nursing cami; nursing pads; toiletries for her hospital stay; thank you cards; a “shop closed for six week”’ panty; and items for the new arrival, including a “Take Me Home” one-piece, hat and bib. They also offer other bags worth their due. One contains a stash for older siblings, including a coloring book, crayons and a gift for their new brother or sister. Dad’s bag holds a Labor Coach T-shirt and hat and celebratory chocolate bars.
Danzo Baby bows an update to its popular Hobo style. The new San Ysidro series of diaper bags is offered in a high-density nylon fabric, and it comes in three vibrant colors: Pumpkin, Grass and Ruby. The bags feature Vachetta leather trim, a gray-and-cream striped interior, silver hardware and a breathable, nylon changing pad. They launched into select stores in mid October and will roll out wider in the coming months.
When a baby is in the process of arriving, all attention focuses — as it should — on Mom. But Dad, often forced to hang out for a long time in whatever he was wearing when the hospital beckoned, is an important player too. With DaddyScrubs®, a father-to-be gets the ideal labor-and-delivery outfit so he can be comfortable while supporting proud Mama every step of the way. DaddyScrubs is a perfect gift for a new father on his first Father’s Day or a man preparing to welcome a new son or daughter. “Daddy” is writ large on the front chest of the top, with an even bigger, bolder “I’m the Daddy” declaration on back.
Blessence Maternity is a boutique maternity line that focuses on what a joy and blessing it is to be an expectant mother. As a mother of eight, ShaeLyn Werner knows what it’s like to want to promote positive messages about a woman’s growing body and family. When she found out she was expecting a baby girl in 2007, she designed the Blessence Maternity line as a way to express her joy. Her collection of maternity tops comes in tanks, tees, and long-sleeve tees. There are even a few t-shirts for dads-to-be. Each top is designed with a positive message that uplifts and affirms women throughout pregnancy.
Diaper industry giant Huggies has announced the winners of the 2011 Huggies MomInspired Grant program. The program provides $15,000 in seed money and business resources to inventors of original products that make caring for a baby easier and more enjoyable. Moms have long been a source for ingenuity and creativity in the baby industry, and the Huggies Grant program is acknowledging and fostering this great resource. We applaud Huggies for their support of the entrepreneurial spirit! Let’s take a look at some of the 2011 winners: Bobee, Magnificent Baby, Kristi G, and Psi Bands.