Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Pamper the new mom in your life, or new baby, and add warmth to the holiday season. Here’s a roundup of useful, nurturing or curiously whimsical gifts for all of the Metro Mamas you know, and their wee ones as well.

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The Seagate Pocket Hard Drive is quite a boon for new parents since it stores photos and videos and fits neatly into a pocket or palm. Proud parents can whip it out of nowhere for boasting and kvelling, and its sleek design is impressive. The pocket hard drive’s outer shell absorbs shocks and the crunches of little hands so your data is always safe. The drive is powered by your computer, has a built-in, retractable cable, and enables speedy transfers. A worry-free one year warranty combined with free tech advice (even after the warranty ends) makes this the ideal gift for parents everywhere.

This trio of new skincare for babies leaves vulnerable new skin protected and soft, with no unnatural ingredients or harmful additives:

NATRACARE is England’s gift to American babies and women of all ages, providing 100% natural, certified organic ingredients for tampons, baby lotion, diaper cream, baby bubble bath, baby shampoo, organic baby massage oil, feminine pads, and-perhaps most crucial-wipes. Not only are these products good for the environment and human skin, but you can feel safe putting them in your body (unlike most tampons, which contain dioxin after bleaching and other things you would find pretty creepy). Natracare offers more than 17 personal hygiene products. Look for these products at Whole Foods, Wegmans, Drugstore.com, CVS pharmacies, and most health food stores.

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BASQ, a new luxury pregnancy skincare line, offers an array of elegant gift options. Basq’s Fully Loaded Diaper Bag and Fully Loaded Gift Box are perfect for discriminating moms-to-be and there’s no worry over sizes. Give fragrant relief with Basq’s green tea, cucumber and eucalyptus foot cream, also part of the Basq gift box, as well as heavenly-scented lavender-pear oil to faciliate sweet slumber ($18.50).

BABY MOON BOTANICALS knows what moms want, which is to keep their little ones safe and healthy. Now that we know our skin is highly permeable, selecting baby care products that nurture and protect infant skin is crucial. Baby Moon Botanicals boast a lovingly-formulated solution to caring for baby’s skin health and are all free of irritating chemicals, dyes, and fragrances. Made with ingredients that are gentle and effective, these products were created by a certified aromatherapist with her feet rooted in science and her heart devoted to nature. Check out www.babymoonbotanicals.com for more information.

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LUCY brand work-out clothes help Metro Mamas ease into something comfortable and stylish for yoga sessions andMetr other exercise routines with sizes that range from 0-18 and three lengths: short, regular and tall. Lucy clothing features moisture-wicking, breathable stretch mesh fabric, flattering cuts and shaping, raglan sleeves, and an assortment of colors. Long sleeve cool-down tops are flexible enough to be perfect for indoor or outdoor activites at $46, sleek low-rise exercise pants with easy-fit waistbands are $60- and pair quite nicely with the Lucy Energy Jacket for a clean, simple, put-together look, $72. Lucy also offers sports lines such as Puma, Adidas and Nike, as well as OmGirl and Splendid. This Portland, Ore-based company has something for every Metro Mama.www.lucy.com

For moms with a sweet tooth for fragrant lotions or for those with little girls, nothing is sweeter than DYLAN’S CANDY BAR brand lotions when holidays roll around. This new line from Manhattan’s famous upper east side candy shop is extending the fun to adults. Baskets are available for holiday savoring, so pick up something at Dylans that won’t add calories! Located across from Bloomingdales at 1011 Third Avenue @ 60th, or call 646-735-0078 or visit www.dylanscandybar.com

SOOTHE YOUR SENSES offers an array of natural products for new moms, but the one she might just appreciate the most are the Sensual Aroma sachet linen pillow mates, infused with oils of orange, cedar, ylang ylang and jasmine. They’re adorable to look at and even better to inhale. They’re packed three to a package for $8. Check them out, along with all of the other tempting treats, at www.sootheyoursenses.com

A unique gift for moms-to-be are Joy Mangano’s no-slip TODDLER HUGGABLE HANGERS. The adult version drew so many celeb enthusiasts that Mangano decided to scale them down for little suits and dresses too. Ideal for Metro Mamas with cramped closet space, these narrow, sweet little hangers will add pizzaz to your precious one’s clothes-and they’re as soft as velvet! $20, www.hsn.com or www.improvementscatalog.com

LUCKY CHICK was created to encourage women and girls to pamper themselves more, and who needs more pampering than a mom-to-be? The Lucky Chick lavendar sampler has everything she’ll need to relax, including Suds Up Shower Gel, Lucky Lotion Body Lotion and a Mini Travel Journal for her to reflect on her day. After this relaxing, pampering experience she’ll truly have experienced the Lucky Chick Life. $20; Available at Nordstrom.

ALTER YOUR LIFE products are thoughtfully designed to make life less stressful and more enjoyable, and encompass a vast array of products. Metro Moms will love the delicious Alter Your Life French Vanilla body Lotion, French Soaps, and the vanilla and lemongrass essential oils. Check out these and other products at www.alteryourlife.com

New moms have so much to smile about, so why not make those smiles dazzling? Bestow a gorgeous smile upon your favorite Metro Mama with the GO SMILE holiday kit Go All Out. A portion of all proceeds benefit Operation Smile, the nonprofit organization committed to repairing childhood facial deformities around the world. This super-effective teeth-whitening kit contains everything you need to brighten teeth up to ten shades whiter in a three-step process: whitening ampoules, maintaining ampoules, a daily traveling compact, and protective mini am/pm flouride toothpaste. The Go All Out collection launched last month at Barney’s New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora and on www.gosmile.com

Green-light this whimsical product for toddlers or, quite frankly, anyone who stumbles into the washroom in the middle of the night. The JOHNNY LIGHT is an attachable light for the seat of your toilet, activated when the lid is raised, and providing a glowing green light for comfort. Women can avoid irksome “splashdowns,” and little ones can feel comforted by a night light. The Johnny Light requires no tools to install, the batteries last 6-months, and the product can be found at www.johnnylight.com ($12.50, including batteries). Go ahead, see the light!

Finally, www.gifts.com is a godsend for very pregnant women when the holidays roll around. No one wants to waddle through holiday crowds, carry heavy bags or wait in long lines with a baby on board. Not only is this site convenient, but the products and toys are varied and of high quality, and there are no surly city salespeople. GIFTS.COM is a shopping oasis, and features a search engine so parents can input their children’s age, gender and interests to find the best gift fit. Metro Mama bonus: this company is headquartered in New york City. Check out www.gifts.com and shop with your feet up!

Originally published December 2005
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