Wren's Nest Creations features boots, sneakers, Mary Jane shoes and more from local crafter Lindsay Rodgers. The hand-crafted kicks (all in the $25 to $40 range) are made with organic-cotton uppers, recycled felt soles, and the larger sizes have skid-resistant soles. Sizes range from Newborn (size 1) to 24-months-old (size 6).
Available at Simply Vague, 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd. #172 (The Mall at Tuttle Crossing),Dublin 43016, 614-799-2262, and online at wrensnestcreations.com
Tag, You're It!
These squishable, touchable taggies ($12) are the work of Andrea Thompson, founder and owner of Powell's Cute as a Button shop. Designed for maximum tactility, they are a great source of sensory stimulation for a baby just discovering his or her new world.
Available at Cute as a Button, 38 W. Olentangy St., Powell 43065, 614-430-9408, cuteasabuttonstore.com
Many moms avoid coloring their hair during pregnancy or while nursing. Color Wow Root Cover Up ($34.50) makes it possible to color carefully. This dye-free powder compound goes on easily and stays put. It's available in several shades that blend well with what you have.
Available at ULTA, 3720 Easton Market, Columbus 43230, 614-473-9146 or 1285 Polaris Parkway, Columbus 43240, 614-785-0594, ulta.com
Baby Boy Bibs
It's never too early to get your small gentleman looking dapper. These bibs, handcrafted by Worthington Craft Guild member Judy Cook, are only $10 each and come in a variety of manly models (plus she has others just right for little ladies).
Available at Pizazz!, The Shops at Worthington Place, 7227 N. High St., Worthington 43085, 614-781-1040, worthingtoncraftguild.com
Say "welcome to the world" with Mambino Organics' "Just Hatched" gift set of baby-care toiletries ($44). Included are oils, balms, shampoo and more, all made with natural, hypoallergenic ingredients.
Available at Petit Green, Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Parkway, Ste. 1214, Columbus 43240, 614-840-0544, petitgreenbaby.com
Local crafter Elizabeth Ferguson creates these age blocks ($44 for a set), which feature numbers (0-9) and words (weeks, months and years) so that you can photograph your little ones at each milestone moment of their life. You can even personalize the blocks with different colors and patterns - Buckeye fans, you might want to check out the scarlet and gray!
Available at Lilylimes, 7850 Olentangy River Road, Columbus 43235, 614-448-1222, lilylimes.com