Month: January 2008

One Sling Fits All

With all the love that I have professed for the pouch sling, it definitely has one downside: It’s made to fit you and only you, which isn’t so great when it’s your spouse’s turn to take the sleepy baby off your hands. So I was definitely intrigued by the Baby Bee sling from Honeywear which is truly one size fits all. Made locally from sustainable materials and an organic cotton lining, the Baby Bee actually grows with your baby. A simple pull of the adjustable shoulder strap and you can raise or lower it in a snap, and sling newbies with baby...

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The One Time the Babies Kiss the Candidate

Given the wide range of Presidential candidates still in the running this year, why not add one more? I love the Me for President layered tee from Wrybaby’s limited edition political collection. Depending on your perspective, the tee or bib are either a vote of confidence for your own future leader, or a cheeky way to check "none of the above." Personally, I’m hoping that my daughter might garner a few write-in votes just by wearing her tee and get that name recognition started early. Forget issues and policy; she’s totally running on cuteness alone....

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Armored & Dangerous

I cannot tell you how glad I am to be out of the spitty drooly baby stage. Or maybe I should say my shirts are glad. Even with the loads of burp cloths I collected over almost four years of parenting, I still ended up with cruddy spit-up on my shirts, and I’m not talking about just the shoulders.  But with my new fantastic find, the Burp Armor Burp cloth, new parents (and their clothes) can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Created by a dad who was tired of burp cloths sliding off his shoulder, the Burp Armor is the Mercedes of burp cloths. Well really it’s more like an...

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Sing Your Math

One of my few claims to fame is that I can sing the twelve cranial nerves to the tune of My Favorite Things. Hey, it got me an A in anatomy and physiology. Chances are, you’ve used music to try to remember things too. Um. Like the alphabet? So you can’t knock teacher William Avery for creating catchy learning poems then setting them to music. If you’re a lover of traditional song fests then this probably isn’t for you. But if you’re into quirky, somewhat off-the-wall songs–43 of them, to be exact–that will get your kids singing their multiplication tables even...

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Obama? Hillary? Duck?

I admit that my eyes have been glued to the Presidential debates and caucuses, much to the chagrin of my Noggin-addicted three-year-old. So instead of fighting about when she gets to watch the Backyardigans next, I’m going to get her fired up about a better show: The 2008 Elections. What better way to do it than with the timely re-release of Duck for President, the third book from author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin. This delightful duo tells the tale of a duck who grows tired of his chores and decides to hold an election to replace Farmer Brown. His disgruntlement...

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Show the Love All Year Long

We’re certainly not anti-Valentine’s Day here at Cool Mom Picks; I mean what crazy person is going to turn down an excuse to eat chocolates and get flowers? But we like to think that if you’re going to stock up on holiday-type stuff for your kiddo, spend your cash on something that she can wear all year long. Like these super adorable heart ponytail holders from Annie and Olive. Handcrafted by Texas-based artist Bethany Fields, these felt hair pieces are perfectly festive for February 14, but can be worn just as easily on March 14 without anyone thinking twice. Be warned, however, that every...

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So Good That I Don’t Mind Licking the Spoon Either

There have been times when I’ve finished feeding my son and without thinking, licked the spoon. Blech. But since being introduced to Jack’s Harvest, I actually have to stop myself from eating more than just the remnants. Created by two Atlanta-based friends and moms, Jack’s Harvest offers some of the tastiest frozen baby food my son (and I) have ever eaten. Using 100% organic locally-grown ingredients, Heather, the cook of the pair, has put together more than a dozen different treats for your baby in frozen little cubes you just pop in the microwave. My son digs the bananas with...

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Not Your Ordinary Mortal Alphabet Book

I’ve been calling my daughter Wonderbaby for, like, forever. She’s always seemed the type of child – even when she was only days old – who might just take off at any moment and leap tall buildings in a single bound. So when a dear friend sent me The Adventures Of WonderBaby From A To Z, I was pretty excited. An alphabet book! About Wonderbaby, for Wonderbaby!  I wasn’t sure how it was that author Oliver Chin and comic illustrator Joe Chiodo knew about my kid (did they read my blog?), but still: cool. Each letter of the alphabet...

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That’s Kangaroo Rat to You

With the gaggles of educational animal shows and books out there, the cows, chickens, and puppy dogs of my childhood have been replaced with orangutans, meerkats, and my daughter’s current favorite, chinchillas. When not just any old farm animal shirt will do try one from Birdlette, the collaborative effort of couple Andrea and David, two small-town New York based artists who have a penchant for smart and simple designs. We’re intrigued by their twenty-some-odd options that feature some of the most obscure, but still adorable animals we’ve found–like a party hat-wearing tasmanian devil, or my personal favorite, the jamming kangaroo rat [pictured]. Whichever...

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Stick It To The Kids

When I sent my older daughter off to day care, I scrawled her initials on masking tape and stuck these makeshift labels haphazardly on her bottles, thinking that ought to suffice. Oh, how wrong I was. Some of her things never made it home, and those that did were labeled by her caregivers – in black permanent marker. Right on the item. My fault I suppose. I have learned my lesson well: Label everything yourself. Preferably with cute personalized stickers and tags like the ones from Stuck On You. They have a huge variety of cute, sort of hand-drawn...

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