Baby Gifts That Give Back

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Shop for baby gifts that give back or shop local at a specialty boutique for those unique finds!

Cuddle+Kind Hand-Knit Dolls (pictured above)
cuddleandkind.com | $48 – $68
These sweet dolls are knit, embroidered and crocheted with 100-percent cotton yarn. Dolls come in two sizes (13 or 20 inch) and in a variety of creatures. Every doll sold provides 10 meals through a multi-partnership with Giving Partners, World Food Program USA, Children’s Hunger Fund and Breakfast Club of Canada.

Fusion Gates Safety Gates with Art Screens
fusiongates.com | $299
This one-finger latch safety gate adds to your home’s decor and keeps your baby safe from getting into harmful situations. What’s really cool about this baby gate is that it’s not just a gate. It’s a decorative item for your home! The gate has an interchangeable art screen. There are many prints to choose from, too. This fall, they’ll be rolling out new colors, beautiful new screen designs, new sizes and premium features. Now, the process to putting the gate up is pretty simple. Maybe because I’ve put up many before, not sure. I was done in minutes. It was the changing of the screens that was making me sweat! That took some time, but the end result is better than just bars. Be sure you get the gate that fits your size door frame, too. Or, be sure to get enough spacers to add to it so it’s not too flimsy. Kids can still plow right through that if you’re not careful. Proceeds in October 2017 benefit The Pink Fund.

The Brushies
thebrushies.com | $29.95 book & 4 brushies
Start oral hygiene early! This storybook comes with four puppet toothbrushes for ages 4 weeks – 4 years. They’re made with non-toxic, food-grade silicone and are BPA- and phthalate-free. A portion of the proceeds goes to a Brushie program aimed at children’s dental and overall health around the world.

Savannah Bee Honey Buns Baby Kit
savannahbee.com | $38
Ooh! A honey-lavender soap bar, “Royal Jelly” baby butter and “Bumble Balm” salve help you pamper Baby. Products contain no petroleum, parabens, phthalates, harsh detergents or synthetic ingredients. The kit also includes Baby, M.D.: The A, Bee, C Guide to Your New Baby. Savannah Bee’s Bee Cause Project has installed more than 175 beehives in schools across the country to raise awareness and promote advocacy.

Kleynimals Rattle
kleynimals.com | $35
Babies love keys for their shiny, jingly features. Ages 5 months and older can shake and gum this stainless steel rattle with three arctic friends. One percent of Kleynimals revenue goes to Healthy Child, Healthy World and another 1 percent goes to the World Wildlife Fund.

Rockin’ Baby Pouch
rockinbaby.com | $71.10
Carry Baby in four different holds with this reversible pouch. With the purchase of every pouch, Rockin’ Baby donates a new sling to a Haitian or Kenyan mother.

Janiebee Quilted Nap Mat
janiebee.com | $119
This soft, two-inch thick “Minky” nap mat includes an attached blanket and it rolls up so you can close it with ties. There are many styles available, too. Janiebee donates remnant blankets to The Amanda Riley Foundation and Taylor’s Baby Blankets of Love.

Shop Local Boutiques

Here’s a list of local specialty boutiques that get you away from the malls and into the mom and pop shops for those unique finds for baby.

Davidson County

Helen’s Children’s Shop
4102 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville
615-292-3576 | helenschildrensshop.com
Boys and girls clothing sizes infant and up, stuffed baby items and toys.

Jollifrogs
8074 Hwy. 100, Nashville
629-888-4171 | jollifrogs.com
Family boutique offering infant clothing, baby gifts, books and more.

Magpies
6019 Hwy. 100, Nashville
615-997-3851 | magpiesnashville.com
Upscale children’s boutique offering children’s clothing from infant and up, toys, accessories and more.

Plaid Rabbit
2164 Bandywood Drive, Nashville
615-298-2323 | plaidrabbitgifts.com
Furniture, bedding, gifts, infant and children’s clothing, accessories and more.

Rich Hippies
1204 4th Ave. North, Nashville
richhippies.co
Gift registry, unique baby clothing finds, gifts, shoes, toys, decor and more.

Rutherford County

Bella Vista Baby
306 E. Vine St., Murfreesboro
615-896-6643
Custom baby bedding and accessories, baby gift registry, gift and shower baskets, monogramming and more.

Carla & Co.
2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Ste. 420, Murfreesboro
615-904-6919 | carlacogifts.com
Specialty baby gifts, burp cloths, diaper bags and more. Monogramming also available.

Mimi’s Boutique
2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Ste. 720, Murfreesboro
615-890-4232 | facebook.com/mimismurfreesboro1
Toys, gifts, specialty clothing for babies and more.

Reeves-Sain Drug Store
1801 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro
615-896-5731
1700 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro
615-396-4177
reevessain.com
Children’s clothing in sizes newborn and older, toys, gifts, embroidery and more.

Sumner County

GingerBean Boutique
305 Indian Lake Blvd., Ste. 120, Hendersonville
615-265-8100 | gingerbeanboutique.com
Boy’s and girl’s clothing from infants and older, children’s shoes, gifts, maternity clothing and more.

Once Upon a Time
1050 Glenbrook Way, Ste. 440, Hendersonville
615-264-0404 | onceuponatimebyamy.com
Children’s clothing boutique specializing in baby and toddler apparel, accessories and nursery décor.

Polka Tot Kids
1050 Glenbrook Way, Ste. 500, Hendersonville
615-431-2443 | polkatotkids.com
Customizable nursery decor including baby furniture, baby bedding, window treatments and upholstered gliders or rocking chairs as well as accessories.

Williamson County

For Every Child
5015 Hughes Crossing, Ste. 140, Franklin
615-790-6426 | foreverychildtn.com
Children’s clothing in preemie – size 16 in girls and to size 7 in boys, baby gifts, special occasion dresses, accessories and more.

Plaid Rabbit
330 Franklin Road, Brentwood
615-371-2333 | plaidrabbitgifts.com
Furniture, bedding, gifts, infant and children’s clothing, accessories and more.

It’s Vintage, Baby
234 Public Sq., Franklin
615-465-2166 | itsvintagebaby.com
Vintage inspired and heirloom quality clothing and accessories for infants and children.

The Little Cottage Children’s Shoppe
324 Liberty Pike, Ste. 135, Franklin
615-794-1405 | thelittlecottagechildrensshop.com
Children’s clothing in sizes 0 – 14 for boys and 0 – 16 for girls, shoes, gifts and more.

Little Star Kids’ Gear
1556 W. McEwen Drive, Ste. 108, Franklin
615-771-9919 | littlestarkidsgear.com
Children’s clothing sizes newborn to 6X as well as baby gear, furniture, gifts and more.

Royal Bambini
7024 Church St. E., Brentwood
615-283-0661 | shoproyalbambini.com
Upscale nursery furniture, clothing, skin care and more. Call to make an appointment.

Spruce
7028 Church St. E., Ste. 101, Brentwood
615-370-0607 | spruceliving.net
Some infant clothing available as well as blankets, gifts and more.

USA Baby & Kids
1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 370, Franklin
615-595-5565 | usababyfranklin.com
Baby furniture, strollers, car seats, gliders, specialty items, accessories and more.

Wilson County

Belles and Beaus, Too
105 S. Cumberland St., Lebanon
615-547-6900 | facebook.com
Infant and children’s clothing, shoes, gifts and more.

Judy’s Fashion Boutique
224 W. Main St., Lebanon
615-443-5433 | facebook.com
Children’s clothing in sizes preemie to 16 in girls and to size seven in boys. They also carry accessories and more.

Tia’s Shabby Chic Boutique
3650 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet
615-797-8427 | tiasshabbychicboutique.com
Baby gifts, blankets, bibs and more.

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Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

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