Family over 9 years ago by Liz Adams

Monica + Andy

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When it comes to close friends I always want to buy them a little something extra that isn’t on their baby registry. Monica + Andy is just the place to go for that little something special. All of their fabrics are free of lead, phthalates, and flame retardants and they really focus on fabrics that have the maximum comfort, durability and mobility for on-the-go, constantly needing to be changed, and growing babies. One of my favorite items that Monica + Andy features are their hospital boxes, filled with a cozy little outfit and a ‘coming home’ blanket in 5 sweet colors. I love that you can have this shipped to new mommies and babies who are recovering in the hospital rather than your typical flower bouquet. They also have beautiful clothing items for boys and girls who are no longer in need of a swaddle blanket or a little hat for their balled heads. I’m always a sucker for little hair accessories for the baby girls entering our circle of friends and these are too cute to handle.

If you’re like me and struggle to find that perfect gift for the new babies in your life, I highly recommend visiting Monica + Andy’s site. And if you’re in Chicago, their Guide Shop is located on Halsted between Armitage and Dickens in Lincoln Park and is seriously adorable. These photos were shot at their shop and I wanted to take their turquoise velvet sofa home with me. I have been known to run in there a few times a week for last minute gifts for all of the new babies in my life. A few of my favorites? Their blankets {that can be monogrammed}, adorable little onesies, knotted hats, swaddle bundles, and the cutest little leggings.

What I’m wearing: Tibi Skirt  //  J.Crew Sweater  //  SJP Collection Pumps

This post was sponsored by Monica + Andy. All opinions are my own!

Photos by Heather Talbert.