Lively and locally made: 5 cool Northwest products for kids of all ages
From the urban to the suburban, we've rounded up the best of Northwest-made products with serious kid appeal. We've scoured our collective backyard to find the coolest, most inventive and most sustainable products that local vendors have to offer. These goods knocked our locally-made socks right off!
Sasquatch swag for your little monster
Designed in Seattle and screenprinted by hand (some with precious Sasquatch iconography!) with water-based ink, the unbleached, 100 percent organic cotton rompers from Orange Twist Cards get softer each time they're washed – like Sasquatch, we imagine. Made in the U.S., available in sizes 3 to 18 months. The "Sasquatch and Balloons" baby romper runs for $28.
Swoop it up!
While Legos may be a highlight of childhood, stepping on them is not the most awesome part of parenthood. Enter the Swoop, an ingenious circular playmat that cinches into a storage bag. Based on a grandmother's creation, these are so cool that you'll welcome your kids' Lego obsession. swoopbags.com
Local legwarmers to love for years
Huggalugs' soft, stretchy legwarmers scrunch to keep baby's legs warm (and stay warm during diaper changes — bonus!), then extend to cover school-age calves and arms. Add a bandit-themed sweater and beanie for the full, too-cute effect. Based in Redmond, Huggalugs can be found at specialty retailers worldwide. huggalugs.com
ReUsies for a waste-free lunch
When reusable is cuter and cheaper (in the long run) than disposable, everyone wins. ReUsies are dishwasher-safe fabric sandwich bags that make it easy to do our part to keep all of those plastic baggies — really, so many plastic baggies — out of the landfill. BPA and phthalate-free. reusies.com
Editor's note: This updated article was originally published in September of 2014.