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Calling All Stylish Mamas

Shopping for babies in a modern world

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As a 32-year-old female, I get invited to a lot (and I mean a lot) of baby showers. While I stick to the registry for the most part, I always add in some unexpected items and personal touches. If you prefer your gifting to be more fab than drab too, Mod Mama is where you need to shop. They stock everything new parents will need to welcome home baby in the most stylish way possible, from convertible strollers to teething rings.

About those teething rings… Mod Mama carries a line called Chewbeads. Designed to mimic the colorful baubles you’d pick up at a store like J.Crew or Macy’s, mom simply wears the silicon beads on her neck or wrist and lets her teething baby go to town. The non-toxic jewelry is safe for little ones to pull on and chew. Best of all, they can be tossed in the dishwasher along with your bottles and wine glasses. New parents have lots of dishes to do!

Owners Julie Navarro and Kim Losey truly have an eye for selecting items that will seamlessly blend into your home. They stock 3 Sprouts organic storage bins to help contain clutter and Skip Hop Zoo’s soft weighted owl-shaped bookends. There is a wealth of books and toys on hand too. Most of the toys are timeless, such as wooden animals, cars and puzzles, and all encourage pretend play. Oh, and don’t worry – they carry the ever-popular Sophie la Giraffe teething toy that’s been showing up on everyone’s registry lately.

Speaking of registries, Mod Mama offers the service and will be happy to assist you with creating yours either in-store or online. Out-of-town relatives can shop online, so go ahead and sign up. Your future little girl will denitely need a purple tutu. No little man should be without a Zoocchini hooded shark towel or black baby lounge pants. Of course, you can register for cribs, beddings, car seats and high chairs too; they truly have it all.

I don’t know if it’s my age or the fact that I truly wanted to buy 90% of the items in the store, but my mind did wander to my own “down the road” registry. When that someday comes, I’ll be heading to Mod Mama for sure. I’d like two baby fedora hats and three pirate washcloths, please. After all, “a clean booty is a happy booty.” Just because I’ll be a parent someday, it doesn’t mean I can’t still be me. With a little bit of effort, we can all avoid entering the frightening land of mom jeans and minivans.