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Nick Lachey and other celebrities in the baby business

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Parent-preneurs

With the announcement today of his new CD of lullabies, new dad Nick Lachey joins stars like Jessica Alba for whom parenthood prompted the birth of a big idea.

Nick Lachey in concert for 98 Degrees

Nick Lachey

New mommies and daddies are willing to try just about anything to make bedtime better, including singing themselves into a state of hoarseness. Enter Nick Lachey to save the day (or voices, at least). A new papa to cute son Camden, the 39-year-old singer announced today that his album of lullabies, A Father’s Lullaby, will be available on iTunes March 13 and in stores in April. It features 12 tracks: a mix of classics, such as "You are My Sunshine" and original songs Lachey co-wrote. We predict the album will be a huge hit with babies… and mommies, too.

Jessica Alba with husband Cash and daughters Honor and Haven

Jessica Alba

When Jessica Alba found her daughter Honor in her crib covered in gel beads from her disposable diaper, the new mom decided to explore alternatives to traditional baby products. The result? The Honest Company, which Alba created to "help moms and to give all children a better, safer start." The company’s bestseller, naturally, is eco-friendly diapers, but Alba and her business partner Christopher Gavigan also offer eco-friendly bath, beauty and cleaning products.

Heidi Klum with her kids at a soccer practice

Heidi Klum

If we didn’t love Heidi Klum so much, we’d probably hate her. In addition to being a stunning supermodel, host of Project Runway and fashion darling, the model mom can now add mom-preneur to her resume. Her "Truly Scrumptious" line for Babies 'R Us — which features clothing, furniture, bedding and décor — is both adorable and affordable. Klum, a mom of four herself, kept convenience for mothers in mind when creating the collection, noting, "I thought of all of the little details to make things easier on moms."

Gwen Stefani with husband Gavin Rossdale and sons Kingston and Zuma

Gwen Stefani

A fashion icon in her own right, No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani has officially earned her spot in the industry through her L.A.M.B. collection — a favorite amongst celebrities like Cameron Diaz and Carrie Underwood. But it was the debut of her precocious Harajuku Mini line for Target that garnered her major love from moms. Inspired by the Harajuku culture of Tokyo Stefani has long adored, the clothing is a celebration of bright colors, eclectic patterns and pop flair.

Tori Spelling with kids at a Lunchables event

Tori Spelling

Received less favorably by critics than Stefani’s Harajuku Mini collection, Little Maven by Tori Spelling similarly showcases bright colors and bold prints. Launched exclusively at JCPenney, the clothing line for newborns, infants and toddlers is touted as Hollywood beachy chic — think Missoni-style chevron prints and baby fedoras. As for the mom of four, the only critics that really matter are the ones she’s dressing: her kids. "Stella even weighs in on the designs. Hattie is the perfect model, while Liam always wants everything to be cozy," Spelling says.

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