kids fashion

Top 10 things of 2010

December 30, 2010 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES, THINGS MY KID DIGS

Since Designer Daddy has only been in existence a couple of months, this inaugural Top 10 list will be a compilation of favorite things of both mine and JJ’s. Maybe next year I’ll create separate lists. But for now enjoy figuring out which favorites belong to whom… READ FULL ARTICLE >>

Holiday family photo: outtakes


Concept 1: We seemed to have temporarily forgotten how much babies LOVE being forced to lay on their backs.

Since so many people loved last year’s Holiday card/birth announcement, I figured we should do a family photo this year as well. But it seems everyone and their dog (literally) are sending photo cards now. There are numerous online options, and the quality is getting increasingly better. However, as a designer I just couldn’t bring myself to use someone else’s template or design. Ours would have to be the most unique, the most special, EVER. READ FULL ARTICLE >>

DooDad of the Day: The Drooly Bib!

December 11, 2010 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

Check out this hilarious – and functional – bib from my favorite new web site,! I ordered one for JJ for Christmas, and will report back on how it works.

Check out the rest of the site for tons of cute and irreverent outfits and accessories for your cool tot. My only gripe about the site is that they only stock clothes for baby up to 12 months. Almost makes me want to have another kid…

Washington Post wrapping paper contest

December 3, 2010 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

The Washington Post revealed the 12 finalists for their annual Holiday Wrapping Paper Contest, with 3 from each age group (6 and under; 7-8 years; 9-10 years; 11-12 years). I’m impressed by the creativity, attention to detail, and that they all adhere to the basic rules of designing wrapping paper: they create a pattern, are dark enough to hide what’s being wrapped, and are fun and exciting enough to make you quiver with anticipation at what’s inside! (Plus, I would totally buy these)

To see all the finalists and vote on your favorites (go Team Cupcake!) go here. The winning design will be featured in the Weekend section of The Post on December 17 as a sheet of gift wrap. Voting ends at 11:59pm Sunday, December 5.

There will also be an opportunity to vote, register for prizes, and get crafty making your own paper, cards, etc. at a community party at The Post’s offices. Info: Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010  |  1150 15th St NW  |  11am-2pm. Register for this event at

When designer daddies go too far

November 21, 2010 | By Brent Almond | POP CULTURE

Emerson House "dollhouse" from Brinca Dada

Like any other aesthetically-minded parent, I’m distraught by the mountains of primary-colored plastic toys that are amassing in our house. And I appreciate the effort New York-based Brinca Dada puts forth to create something stylish and creative for baby to play with. But seriously — this is a bit much.

I guess I could see a child playing with these “dollhouses”… if parents didn’t mind their child getting a few gaping head wounds from the modernist architectural corners. And if there were no other color in the child’s life — but what child doesn’t love earth tones? And don’t get me started on the dolls themselves. Yikes.

Brinca Dada does state on their website that the Emerson House is age-graded 13+. However, the above photo (pulled from their Facebook page) sends a different message. I think it’s time for these Dadas to take it down a notch.

(P.S. I can’t believe this hasn’t ended up on Unhappy Hipsters yet.)

DooDad of the Day: Who’s hat is that?

November 19, 2010 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

Owls are all the rage, further evidenced by this super cool (warm) hat from Turtle Fur. They also offer wolf, polar bear, pig and unicorn hats, but this one really made me hoot! Fits kids ages 1-7, and also on sale at for a limited time.

Coolest PJs ever. EVER.

November 10, 2010 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

Party on the front...

...and party on the back!

JJ is modeling the funnest, funkiest pajamas ever to cover a baby’s bottom! Luckily I had the foresight to take photos, but the jammers themselves have since been carted off to our local consignment shop. So I can’t say for certain what brand they are, but after a little poking around the interwebs, I think they might be from Sweden-based Polarn O. Pyret. There are some colors and patterns on some of their current line reminiscent of these super stylin’ PJs. And even if it’s not the exact brand, I’m excited about the new find and will be checking it out, as JJ’s about to grow out of his 12-monthers. And winter’s a comin’.

Update: after contacting Polarn O. Pyret (and finding out it was not their product), I poked around some more, found an old image file, checked the date in my surfing history, and voilá! The “Aldo Trophy Romper” is from Me Too. It looks like it has been discontinued at most e-stores that carry the brand, but I did find it here. Good sleuthing, if I do say so myself.

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