A Plum Pick for New Baby Baskets: Martha's Baby Bundles

07/19/2007 at 01:37 PM ET

New_material_june_069_2Do new moms want another generic stretchie or onesie or pre-packaged receiving blanket for their babies? Or would they rather get a stylish, handmade ‘lovey’ that they will enjoy with their babies long past those first exhausting days? My baby hasn’t  figured out the fun of playing with tags, but he loves the ultra-soft chenille fabric of Martha’s Baby Bundles ‘taggie’ style’ blankies, and I love the retro-inspired fabrics on the reverse. Martha Hoeppner recognizes that many of us are looking for this refreshing change in baby-themed fabrics, and want to run screaming from the ubiquitous pastel bunnies and “li’l slugger” ones out there.

Leo and I gave the Baby Bundle a good work out during a sticky week in June, using it for every purpose from a head rest on a diaper changing table, to a shield for his head from my sweaty arm while nursing, to its actual use as a petite lovey. My 19-month old grabbed it, as she feels entitled to, to use on her dolly as a blankie. Once I wrestled it back from her, I gave it big kudos on both sides of the fabric, the handmade/artsy but polished feel, and the very creative presentation in the packaging. The fabrics that Martha uses mostly have a nostalgic feel, and there was even a trendy brown/pink design on our sample.  She has just posted her new fabrics this week, so take a look.

I have a vintage 2005 Taggies blanket that’s starting to pill (typical for that kind of polar fleece material) and can’t compare with this luxurious and much more refined version. And the price, at $20, is in the right range for a new baby gift on its own, or to include in larger basket. I’m anxious to see Martha expand her line with other products, using the same quality fabrics and artistic sensibilities she has built into the Baby Bundles.  Her web site www.marthasbabybundles.com is welcoming and slick at the same time.

Exclusive for CBB Readers:  Martha’s Baby Bundles is offering 10% off all orders by entering code: hollywood2 at checkout– no expiration date!

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