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Hometown Quilts for Hometown Babes

haptic lab map blankets!

They say you can take the girl out of Boston, but you can’t take Boston out of the girl.

No matter where she roams, ensure she never forgets where it started with a Baby Soft-Map Quilt from Haptic Lab. Emily Fischer, seamstress extraordinaire, knots and embroiders city hot spots of your choosing (the hospital, her first address, the local park) onto a cotton quilt that’s been digitally printed with a graphic representation of the place you call home.

The 42-by-36-inch blankies come in pink, navy, or green, to match just about any color scheme. Plus, they have thick, cozy batting that keeps baby warm on walks and offers plenty of cushion for tummy time.

Cities include Dallas, D.C., Philly, Chicago, and Seattle, to name just a few. Lucky New Yorkers can get hyperlocal with neighborhood-specific quilts (Dumbo, Prospect Park), and even international babes in Paris, London, Sydney, and Vancouver are covered — literally and figuratively.

Available online at hapticlab.com, $95 and up.

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this week in boston!

LEARN
First Foods for Infants & Toddlers

What: Isis Parenting offers a few tips for whipping up quick, healthy meals for even the pickiest eaters.
Why: Delish recipes like peach-plum cinnamon oatmeal may get you to back away from those baby food jars.
When: Tues., 6-8 p.m.
Where: Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St. (617-267-4430). Register (required) online at bcae.org. Class, $55; materials, $13.

TEMPT
Treat Cupcake Bar Opens

What: DIY with frosting and more than twenty toppings or pick from ready-made treats at the new bakery.
Why: Be honest. You want one, too.
When: Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: 1450 Highland Ave., Needham (781-444-4995).

FROLIC
Free Family Drop-In

What: Have a little fun in the great outdoors with activities like scavenger hunts, crafts, and story time.
Why: Get a breath of fresh air with self-guided walks around the grounds.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: The Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Visitor Center, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain (617-524-1718). Participation is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Haptic Lab

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LOCATIONS
Treat Cupcake Bar
1450 Highland Ave
Needham, MA 02492
122 Arlington St
Boston, MA 02116
617-267-4430
125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
617-524-1718
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