Skip Hop’s Pronto Portable Diapering Kit, US$30
Why I love it: It didn’t take long after having my son to realize that lugging an infant car seat and overflowing diaper bag were not for me. Now, a few months away from meeting baby number two, I’m delighted to have come across an amazing product that seems like it was designed just for me! The Pronto has a tidy portable kit made for transporting all diapering essentials. Folded up, it’s the size of a generous clutch, but unfolded it becomes an extra-wide changing pad with mesh pocket that fits up to four large diapers and ointments as well as a refillable wipes case. You can drop it in any bag, strap it to your wrist or clip it to your stroller and you’re good to go.
Where to find it: skiphop.com
Hailey Biback, General Manager
The Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, Scholastic Inc., $16.95
Why I love it: I love spending time with my seven-year-old son making fancy airplanes with this step-by-step instruction book. Our favourite part is trying to get them to fly from one end of our apartment to the other! What is more magical than making an airplane out of a piece of paper? The paper in this book is high quality and is printed on both sides in a variety of colorful patterns.
Where to find it: klutz.com
Colleen Davidson, Web Producer
Nursery Style by Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter, Chronicle Books, $32.95
Why I love it: Since announcing my pregnancy to everyone who would listen, I keep getting asked:
1) Are you nauseous? (Yes!)
2) Are you going to find out the baby’s gender? (Undecided)
3) What will the nursery look like? (Nursery? What nursery? You mean our junk room?) I recently lucked out and found this new book, Nursery Style. From classic and vintage decor (which I just love) to modern and eclectic nurseries (which is more my husband’s taste), it has great ideas for our baby’s room. Now all we have to do is agree on a theme.
Where to find it: chapters.indigo.ca
Lisa van de Geyn, Senior Editorial Producer
Sephora Summer Blockbuster Palette, $35
Why I love it: I’m not a mom, but I think I have bit of an understanding of the many sacrifices moms make. Watching my sister raise four kids on her own (now ranging in age from 12 to 19), it’s clear that she rarely gets anything that’s just hers. That’s why I chose the Summer Blockbuster Palette from Sephora for her Mother’s Day gift. It’s small and compact (easy to fold up and hide from tween or teen eyes) and supplies a year’s worth of eye shadow, bronzer, lip glosss and blush shades. It’s even small enough to fit in a purse (or diaper bag) for on-the-go touch ups.
Where to find it: Sephora stores across Canada
Natalie Locke Milne, Editorial Producer