eli seems ready to switch from a crib to a toddler bed and i’m trying to find a bed that will fit his crib mattress and that he can toss around in without falling out. i saved this photo from years ago and i still love these beds. it was from a story about lisa mahar’s home– the owner of kid-o. i’m guessing they were probably custom made… does anyone know?


we went to lancaster, pennsylvania this weekend to visit a babysitter of eli’s who was a student at pratt and then moved back home last fall. i loved driving by the amish farms… they were really beautiful, especially when the wash lines were strung with clothes. i bought these kid-sized hats at an amish market. i wondered if dressing up like an amish person would be disrespectful to their culture… but then decided that if the hats are for sale to the general public then it’s probably okay.

a friend and i stopped in a couple secondhand clothing stores yesterday and i found some great stuff for eli. i love these colors.



i’ve been sharing baby essentials with a lot of pregnant friends recently, so i thought i would type up a list of my favorites here. not all of these below are essentials, but they are my favorites that i think are well-made and worth the money. some of the items could be borrowed from a friend or found on craigslist. i’ll add more as i think of them.



Ikea Sniglar crib

Naturepedic organic, non-toxic mattress

Moses Basket with organic sheets

Moses Basket rocking stand

Baby Bjorn travel crib

Giggle organic cotton crib sheet



Bjorn Active carrier

Moby wrap carrier

Chicco KeyFit 30 infant carseat

Chicco KeyFit 30 stroller frame 

Maclaren Techno XT umbrella stroller

Maxi Cosi Pria 70 convertible car seat



Organic cotton washable nursing pads

EvenFlo manual breast pump

Life Factory glass bottle

Evenflo glass bottles



Green Mountain cloth diapers

Nature Baby Care disposable diapers

Baggu zipper pouches 

Seventh Generation wipes



Ikea Antilop high chair

Life Factory sippy cup

Lunch Bots stainless steel food container

Maple baby bowl and spoon

EcoJarz stainless steel drink top for canning jars

Stainless steel drinking straws


Read, Listen:

Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever!

Hand, Hand, Fingers Thumb

Counting Our Way to Maine


Pete Seeger’s Children’s Concert at Town Hall CD

Frog and Toad Are Friends CD audio collection



Ikea Leka baby gym

Lego Duplo

Brio dachshund pull toy

Haba Max clutching toy 

Plan Toys breakfast set


Shampoo, Sunscreen:

Think Baby sunscreen

All-Terrain KidsSport sprayable sunscreen

Babo Botanicals bath wash

California Baby fragrance-free bubble bath and wash



Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder