Month: October 2007

Nursing Bras, Not Training Bras

I’m taking a stand on behalf of my bigger-boobed sisters out there: Where are the freaking DD nursing bras? And I mean the decent ones that hold the girls high and proud – not the ones you’re dying to toss the second you wean. Allow me to share with you the secret that’s making its way around the CMP staff: The padded nursing bras from Bella Materna. Don’t let the word “padded” scare you away. These underwire, soft-cupped beauties look smooth under tees, with the thickness you need to keep that nursing pad from showing through. (Which it does....

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The Clips To Match the Clothes to Match the Shoes

I’ve said before on these pages that I am lacking the crafty gene. And so thank goodness there are people out there who are making beautiful things for my children to wear–like mom and designer Kami Friday, who creates some of the coolest clips for kids at her shop, Maya Papaya. The fabrics are excellent and the handstitching is something you’d see in Barney’s children’s department for like 85 million dollars a clip. But they’re not. They’re $6.50 for designs like kid-friendly green apples, button flowers, and a beyond cute owl. My daughter so loved the one sent to...

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California Dreaming

Maybe because I’ve got an ex-boarder in the family, but I’m a sucker for skateboarding clothes on kids far more than other sports-inspired clothing. (Although props to bowling shirts – love you guys. Mwa.) I’m always on the lookout for suave options for future skate zombie and now we’ve uncovered one more. "Darn good kids clothes" is the slogan of Georgie World, and I gotta say–I agree. Inspired by the laid back skater/surfer style of L.A.’s South Bay skate scene, the clothes are extremely wearable. You’ll find a great selection at The Polkadot Platypus including a great black carpenter...

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Circle Gets The Square

I always admire parents with a great eye – you know, the ones who enter the "my nursery is awesome and yours isn’t" type of contests on AT: Nursery, and actually win. I think their kids are so lucky to get to grow up in such beautiful, artful spaces where not every inch of wall is claimed by ducks or rabbits. For those of you that fit this description (or those who wish they did), I present the striking geometric mobiles from mom of two and prolific California designer, Vilija Marshall of Oras. High density foam squares or ovals...

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Cool Mom Picks: The TV Show

While we haven’t sold out to the Hollywood machine just yet (Watch out Harvey Weinstein, we’re coming for you!) we are excited to tell you about the nine short Cool Mom Picks videos we taped for Alpha Mom TV launching this week. Catch editors Liz (pregnant) and Kristen (very pregnant!) showing the world the cool gifts and gear that we spend an inordinate amount of time tracking down, with themes like Organic baby gear, Rock n Roll baby gifts, cooler clothes for baby boys, and great gifts for new moms that you won’t see on their registries. You can...

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BFF

Who slipped that new indie rock album into my car’s CD player? Oh wait, that’s no indie rock album, that’s kids’ music. From a duo called Ellen and Matt. Who knew? Their very enjoyable CD, Best Friends has been compared to songsters as diverse as the Pixies, the Carpenters, and early REM–which sort of puzzled me until I heard it myself. Every song has its own vibe, and yet it all truly holds together–Juice Box Rock is like something you could playing on Guitar Hero, Airplane definitely has that Michael Stipe groove going and if the energetic Bounce doesn’t...

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Slowly Back Away From the Pink

There’s more to the color spectrum than pink and purple, but try telling that to a little girl. I’ve found they often need a little encouragement from fashion-forward parents in order to break away from those girly-girl trends–only to find out they can in fact be happy in, say, brown. Girls will stand out in the sea of pastels in these new, one-of-a-kind bias skirts from NYC designer Louise Hedley. Olive corduroy with feminine embellishments are perfect for those who are reluctant to abandon pink entirely. And for those who can’t wait for their first pair of Doc Martens,...

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A Tee For Every IPod Category You’ve Got

It’s getting to the point where ACDC toddler tees and Metallica onesies are so easy to find, if you’re looking to stand out, you’re going to have to reverse course. In other words, Barry Manilow duds. Liberace. Or how about Nelson? (That middle one was not entirely creepy, right?) If you can’t find what you’re looking for, check out the custom tee option from hip boyswear purveyors, Little Dudes Only. This mom-run, LA-based shop will turn any album cover–or any image for that matter–into a one-of-a-kind iron-on transfer tee for your one-of-a-kind kid–even girls. From Power Rangers to Power...

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Rocket Dog, Burning Out His Fuse Out Here Alone

It might be harder to find cute boys clothes than cute girls clothes, but one place boys have it good is with room decor. J Austin Ryan is an online gallery featuring all kinds of original work from artist Marnie Vollenhals but it’s her boys art that really makes an impression. Standouts: Her whimsical monkeys skateboarding, a richly colored train car canvas for traditionalists, and the limited edition Rocket Dog painting. Everything is hand-painted (not printed) and most fall into the very reasonable $100 range. If you can manage to stay clear of fluffy bunnies and duckies in those...

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A doggie fashion do

Okay so you went and got that Nemo (or whatever) backpack for your daughter that she begged for – and now, only six minutes into the school year she’s too old for it. How quickly they grow. And how taxing it can be on our wallets. A stylish and way affordable substitute comes via designer/mom Jubily Boyd and her wonderful shop, Amies Circle of Friends. She’s created a totally cute collection of pooches and turned them into a sweet series of vinyl bags (no lead – we asked) including backpacks,  totes, wristlets and more. Not one tops 25 bucks....

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Onesies as Modern Art

When you see as many baby onesies as we do–and holy hell do we see a lot of baby onesies–it’s exciting to stumble on the ones created by an artist experimenting with a different kind of canvas. That’s how I feel about the ones from brand spankin’ new shop, Born Babe. These swanky all-cotton snapsuits (up to 18 months) created by a team in Portland feature bold, simple graphics in modern hues, like the cotton candy pink cassette tape (shown), an old-style airplane, or a crimson flock of birds. I particularly love the designs you just don’t see everywhere,...

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From Rock to Rattle

So what do you do when you’re a cool, happening, Brooklyn gig poster designer and you find yourself about to have your first kid? Well you don’t hit the mall for nursery posters, that’s for sure; you make your own. Then you print some more so other people can buy them. Then you tell Cool Mom Picks about it. Introducing Jon Setzen, the talent behind Standard Motion design studio, and now one of the freshest alphabet posters we’ve seen lately. Jon took a break from creating work for the likes of Frank Black and Built to Spill to focus...

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Scribble Me This

If I have to draw one more cat or tree or apple on demand for my daughter, I think I might just lose it. Let’s just say I’m best equipped for being the guesser at Pictionary. But thanks to Taro Gomi’s amazing Scribbles: A Really Giant Coloring and Drawing Book, I’ve been totally off the hook. First of all, it is really giant. Just like the title says. And it’s chock full of drawing prompts for kids 3-99 — everything from adding noses to already-drawn funny faces or drawing hats and bows on kids, to saving fish from the...

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Watch out Dora, there’s a new girl in town

I must confess that without television, I wouldn’t get to shower as often as I do. Or use the bathroom alone. Or check my email. But know this: I am very picky about what shows I play on continuous loop. So let me introduce you to our new friend Maggie, a welcome change from the beloved but very played out Dora. If Maggie looks familiar, it’s because she’s a regular on everyone’s favorite preschool channel Noggin. And while we hadn’t caught her in our daily line up before, it didn’t take long for us to add her right into...

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Skull Cap! Get it?

While the trendy kidswear motif of 2007 is undoubtedly birds for girls and skulls for boys, we think it’s only fair that girls get a fair shot at wearing skulls too–a kinder, gentler skull. Behold the super awesome skull cap at our beloved Mahar Dry Goods. Once your little fashionista outgrows the hats with the bear ears on them, this hand knitted cap from designer Monica Rodrigues is a logical next step. It comes in pink or olive (good for boys too) and is just what the slightly dark but still girlie girl ordered. It’s so adorable you’ll totally...

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Scary Hair!

I love Halloween, but the old school Halloween – the kind about ghosts and witches and carving pumpkins and bobbing for apples. Not the kind that gives ten year-olds an excuse to dress like Paris Hilton. So it’s not suprising that I was instantly charmed by the ghost barrette made by WAH mom Faith Jones of One Lil’ Cupcake. The hand cut and stitched felt design sits over a good grippy snap clip that’s just the right size for your little monster.Although Faith can make one bigger if you’ve got an older girl – or if you have a...

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You’ll Eat It And You’ll Like It

If I told you a celebrity’s wife had yet another cookbook out, you’d roll your eyes, right? I admit I did when I heard that Jessica Seinfeld had just published Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. But, damn her, it’s a great cookbook for parents. Seriously great. The premise isn’t a new one, but it’s a good one: Puree a few basic fruits and veggies and you can hide them in your kids favorite foods. We’re talking squash in mac n cheese, sweet potatoes in French Toast , even broccoli and carrots in cake....

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Calling All Earth Lovers

While we like to promote eco-conscious clothes and gear whenever we can, it’s tough finding green-wear that’s up to our standards. There’s something about a "My parents recycle" toddler tee that just rubs me the wrong way. Or maybe it’s the idea of a sanctimonious 2 year-old? But this Save Some for Me tee from Circles and Squares? Love it. It feels sweet and earnest, like the best kind of public service ads on TV–you know, the ones that totally guilt you into doing something good without you ever realizing it’s guilt you’re feeling. It was created the mom...

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Silicone Isn’t Just For…Um, Binkies

As if plastic bibs aren’t already nasty enough to clean after every meal, can you believe that they’re now popping up on recall lists as well? While there’s always the cloth alternative, the last thing I need is to triple my laundry load. So check out our new find, Silikids, a company started by two moms who came up with the coolest and neatest (pun intended) bibs we’ve seen lately. In case you’re not familiar with silicone, it’s super hypoallergenic and dishwasher/washer/dryer safe. And while I  originally worried the food would slide right off, it actually sticks to the bib for...

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Oh Those Clever Dutch

I love poking around European kids shops because the sensibility is just a little…different than ours. Think fewer fire trucks appliqués, and more apples on stilts doing ballet while wearing French poodle masks. Or something like that. Zazou is a fabulous Netherlands-based shop featuring creative duds for the under-four set, from independent designers that we are swooning over. Now let’s just pretend for a minute that the US dollar was actually worth something these days. My shortlist would include the knitted hoodie dress from Kidscase, raglan tees from Petit Louis, and pretty much everything from the Dutch Design Bakery....

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