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Real Dad Talk: Going Beyond Flowers
May 6, 2016 4:53 pm | by


Don’t get me wrong, you should ALWAYS get the mother of your children flowers on Mother’s Day. Since flowers don’t last forever, I tend to buy affordable ones from Trader Joe’s or a local Farmer’s Market. I avoid the mark-ups and delivery fees that come with going through a florist and am able to invest my savings into a thoughtful gifts that will last longer. Here’s a couple of ideas to fit any budget this Mother’s Day:large-2

  1. Framed Kid Artwork

What’s Mother’s Day without a homemade gift? Help extend the life of Junior’s artwork by displaying it a frame and white mat. Mom won’t be able to hold back a smile when she sees it hanging in her home or office. Target, Walmart and even dollar stores have great frame selections.


  1. MilkDaze Nursing and Teething Jewelry

MilkDaze Jewelry is a baby-friendly accessory for mom. These necklaces and bangles are safe and soft for your baby’s tender gums and a wonderful sensory tool to help your little one focus while feeding. The sturdy design allows for tugging, pulling and chewing. Made of 100% silicone and free of BPA, PVC, and phthalates. Does not contain lead, cadmium or heavy metals.

BONUS: If you buy from, you will receive a free bangle with the purchase of a necklace.


  1. Genius Series Sierpinski Tee

You know she loves the limited edition Genius Series diapers, why wouldn’t she want a matching t-shirt for herself? This geometric pattern is fresh, fun and far from obtuse! Multi-color triangles in Hummingbird, Grasshopper, Sassy and Blue act in congruence and help this print take shape.


  1. S’well Choose Love Water Bottle

This S’well water bottle is a perfect gift for the breastfeeding mom trying to drink more water. These water bottles are created using non-leaching and non-toxic 18/8 stainless steel that keeps your drink cold for 24 hours and hot for 12! I usually fill this baby up with cold water and some ice and leave it in the nursery for my wife to drink during our son’s 3am feedings.


  1. Custom Locket

Give Mom a piece of jewelry to remind her of baby when they are apart I gave my wife this locket when she went back to work after her maternity leave. She wears it every day so she can sneak a peak of Everett’s baby face whenever she misses him. Your local Jeweler or Etsy will have options to fit within your budget.

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  1. French Press

Mamma is always tired (I’m looking at you 3am feedings)! Give her the gift of energy and style with this unique rose-gold French press. Bonus points for picking up a bag of her favorite coffee beans and a Cotton Babies Travel Mug to go with it.


  1. aden + anais Adult Bamboo Daydream Blanket

You’ve felt how soft the baby swaddles are, Mom deserves a little luxury too. The adult size bamboo daydream blankets by aden + anais are crafted from rayon and bamboo fiber muslin. The generous size of 60” x 72” will be perfect for snuggling with the kids during family movie night. Adult swaddle directions not included.


  1. timi & leslie Charlie 7-Piece Diaper Bag

The Charlie is made from vegan faux leather (PVC free) and features timi & leslie custom hardware with an antique brass finish. The Charlie comes with many functional and fashionable accessories and features. This is a diaper bag that Mom will want to continue using long after your little one is out of diapers!


  1. Mommy + Me Shoes

Mom can never have too many shoes. If your little one is walking, why not get them a pair that matches Mammas? Everyone loves having a little mini-me while out running errands. I’m partial to these matching New Balance 574’s in Adult and Little Kid sizes. Zappos has a great selection of other brands and styles. *If your kiddo is over 5 or 6, save them the embarrassment and just get the adult size.

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PS: These items also make great gifts for birthdays, special occasions or just because 🙂

About the Author

Danny is a designer, art director, illustrator and new dad residing in South City, St. Louis. He started his gig at Cotton Babies shortly before welcoming his first son, Everett. The new job has been "a perfect fit for the season of life” he’s entered, and Danny enjoys working on brands he believes in, educating others (and himself) on cloth diapering and lives for the days he brings Everett in to the office. When Danny isn’t busy working on the next Genius Series print, he can be found training for half marathons, rehabbing his nearly 100 year-old home, cooking healthy meals for his family and exploring parenthood with his wife … all usually while wearing baby Everett. Instagram: @dannyelchert


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