While September—a cheeky nine months after the year's booziest holiday celebration—is indeed the most popular month for birthdays, we're toasting to Baby New Year by adding a mélange of newborn-inspired items to the Cool Hunting Gift Guide. Whether you are soon to have one of your own, like CH contributor Fiona Killackey and the mastermind behind this discerning guide, or you're planning early for the influx of baby shower invites sure to hit your inbox late this summer, stay one stead ahead of the stork with this extensive list of over 30 items. Check out a few highlights here, which spans tiny crochet loafers to a high-tech monitor.
Modern Art Baby Scan Canvas
Providing the earliest look at their tiny creation, an ultrasound photograph is one of parents' most highly treasured items. Capture the magic of this moment by turning the image into an original piece of art. Simply send a copy of the baby scan to Prezzy Box and a team of designers will transfer the photo onto a 5cm deep canvas frame using UV resistant ink.
Kid Comfort III Backpack
The Kid Comfort III carrier keeps kids locked in better than a Nascar driver. Supporting the child with an adjustable seat height, a washable dribble pillow for the head and auto-deploy kickstand (so they don't fall out when you set them down), and the parent via a five-point harness, ventilated air-contact back system and a padded variflex pivoting waist-belt, the backpack also includes rain and sun protectors, a rearview mirror and multiple storage pockets for toys, food and nappies.
Crochet Baby Loafers
Fusing old-school technique with modern style, these super cute crochet loafers are handmade in France using 100% cotton yarn. Available in a range of colors and sizes, they are machine washable for extensive wear.
Mini Rodini Clothing
With original prints and effortless style, Mini Rodini is fast becoming a classic Scandinavian kids label. Whether it's tiny baseball caps for toddlers or tiger-print onesies for babies, the label shies away from an overly adorable aesthetic in favor of miniature downtown duds.
Made from 100% natural rubber and free of artificial colors, PVC, BPA, phthalates, EVAtane and silicone, this malleable panda teether allows babies and parents to pass through the teething phase with minimal upset. With its easy-to-grip design babies view it as a toy, and the all-in-one mold means there’s no space for bacteria to form. And an added bonus—Denmark's Hevea specializes in eco baby lifestyle products and donates £1 from every teether sold to the WWF.
Door Noise Stopper
Few things are as frustrating to new parents as having a soundly sleeping baby woken up by a slamming door. Ensure this catastrophe doesn’t happen with one of these bright and practical door noise dampers. Just place the fabric sleeve over the handles to make door disturbance a thing of the past.
Smart Baby Monitor
The ultimate gift for tech-savvy parents, this stylish baby monitor feeds all of the data—changes in humidity, movement, audio levels and temperature—straight to their iOS device. Connect it to home WiFi for live streaming capabilities or playing lullabies remotely. And by using its free app parents can check on the baby anywhere with a wireless connection.
Any mother knows that breastfeeding apparel isn't super stylish. Created by a mom for moms, this 100% cotton scarf allows you to nurse no matter what you're wearing. Wrapping around the neck and side, the scarf allows mom to view the baby and even includes a pocket for nursing pads. Offered in a range of colors, it folds up small and can even be worn as a neck scarf to style up any outfit.