Month: March 2008

C-Section Unmentionables Worth a Mention

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that trying out lingerie for CMP would entail me wiggling into a pair of post-cesarean underwear. But after my most recent of three c-sections last month, I couldn’t help but be curious about C-Panty, underwear that’s designed to help scars heal and look less…scar-y.  The underwear itself is a soft, seamless bikini-cut. But the support panel and silicone insert are the real secret ingredients with wound care and scar management technology straight from the very impressive sounding Bio Med Sciences. While it might seem that plain cotton underwear would be just...

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A Mei Tai to Dai For

As an experienced baby-wearer, I have gone through a number of carriers trying to find one that is "just right." I have given up the ease and convenience of Famous Mass-Produced Carrier in favor of my daughter’s obvious preference, the more comfortable, soft Mei-Tai styled one. But all that was before I met my soulmate of carriers, the Baby Bisou. This is a soft but structured design with a 100% cotton body and shoulder straps. The adjustable clasps on the waist and sides allow for a secure carry, either on your front or your back. I even adjusted it...

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Reading For All

I recently had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Felicia Steves-Niles and was thrilled to learn that she was not only a cool mom, but a cool mom who ran her own cool online shop which sucked me into a marathon browsing session. Nairobi’s Knapsack features a nice little selection of stuff for kids with an multicultural bent. There’s a sweet array of toys and dolls beyond what you’ll find in the local Tar-zhay, although what really anchors the shop is the virtual bookshelf. You’ll find award-winning titles like Ellington Was Not a Street from poet Ntozake Shange, but...

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Endorsed by Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Not every kid needs a fancy Easter outfit. In fact, those scary pint-size bow ties and the dresses with frills upon frills upon crinolines might just make too much of a statement for some little bunnies. If you’re of the less is more camp, you will adore this Organic Bunny Jumper found at Organic Style. The cotton is totally organic (as you might have guessed), and the hand embroidery details a sweet little rabbit in a garden, perfect for little Easter dudes or dudettes through 18 months. Order now and make sure you score one before Sunday. Although the...

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Green: It Isn’t Just for the Irish

With various reports re-emphasizing BPA leaching from plastic bottles, we’re consistently tracking down safe alternatives that are still practical. Because let me be honest, there’s no way I’m handing my toddler a glass bottle. So, if you’re replacing your bottle stash or looking for safe new ones, make sure you check out the BPA and pthalate-free bottles from Green to Grow. Made from PES plastic which gives them a more golden color (ooh fancy), these bottles are dishwasher and baby friendly. And we love that the company stays true to the Green in their name name with 100% recyclable...

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G is for Green with a Giggle

If there’s a bandwagon to jump on when it comes to kid’s gear and clothing, going green is definitely the one to pick.  Particularly if you’ve got any photographic evidence of yourself in the 80s. Heck, I owe the ozone just on hairspray usage alone. But then there are shops like our new find, Green With Whimsy, who is serious about making a difference. Well, sort of. While every single aspect of their products, from the actual onesie to the gift box to the packing materials is seriously eco-friendly, their stuff will have you giggling, like our fave the "G is for Girl" onesie. Apparently you can...

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Green Cleaning Products of Epic Proportion

To be perfectly honest, it’s not just cleaning that I avoid – I haven’t changed over to environmentally friendly cleaning products just yet. Although I have started to notice that all those chemicals may be giving me more of a headache than the actual cleaning. But now I’m sniffing the sweet smell of lavender thanks to my new All-Purpose cleaner by EPIC. I realize that lately there are tons of "green" cleaning products popping up all over the place, but many of them are great for the environment, not so great on the grease. EPIC is different. Their slew of safe, non-toxic...

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You Can Be My Cowboy

When you speak, fair Cool Mom Picks readers, we listen. And so when you write to us and ask us ever so politely for more boy gear, we can’t help but oblige, even though tracking down boy gear that doesn’t scream "I love sports and tractors" is pretty darn hard. So how about vintage cowboys? I’m liking this handmade hooded towel from the mother-daughter team behind Paisley Baby. The Canadian duo designs and creates generously-sized towels of soft and absorbent terry cloth for those extra soft baby bums, and the hand-dyed trim matches their snazzy fabric choices. You’ll get a set...

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Don’t Sit Over the Apple Tree With Anyone Else But Me

In our house it’s called "the thingie with the round bead-y thingies on it." But now I’ve finally learned the proper term – Bead Maze! Who knew? Whatever it is, my wee ones love it. And one of the sweetest ones we’ve come across is this new Apple Tree Bead Maze from ImagiPLAY. We’ve been fan of ImagiPLAY’s toys for ages, given their commitment to using sustainable, earth-friendly materials and non-toxic paints. This toy is no different, giving you all the more reason to love it – besides the great price, just $12.99. It’s a super toy for kids...

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Free Kids Music. As in Gratis. Complimentary. On the House.

Back in 1940, a gallon of gas cost 11 cents, a new car to put it in cost $850 and a big house to drive it to would run you right around $3,000. So we’re guessing the music you could have played in your giant $3K house was super cheap too. But not nearly as inexpensive as it is today. Today, thanks to Kiddie Records Weekly, it’s free. Kiddie Records Weekly has digitized one great dime-store 1940s-1960s children’s 78 album each and every week since 2005. Starting with Walt Disney’s Story of Robin Hood and ending, so far, with...

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Bring it On, IRS

Okay mamas, it’s officially T minus one month until tax day. Even with my own invented envelope system, I still find myself swimming in a sea of receipts and records when it comes time to file my tax return. So when I heard the organizational gurus from Buttoned Up had put together a tax filing system, I had to take a look. Like all of Buttoned Up’s handy products (look around the site, it’s great!) the Tax.filer is smart. It’s a self-contained accordion style filing system that won’t take up half of your office, with labels and checklists all to...

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Crib Bedding For Those Not Getting a Big Refund Next Month

People are always asking us for cheap ways to decorate the nursery. Um…hand-me-downs? The truth is, most inexpensive nursery bedding looks and feels inexpensive. But once in a while, we find something with a boutique feel at big box store prices, like the new nursery collection from MiGi. Four different themes offer up mixy-matchy options in everything from sheets and blankets to mobiles and room accessories. The MiGI Pinwheel collection in particular has a fun, retro-modern feel and it’s hard to beat the $179 price tag for a six-piece cotton crib set. And for just 25 bucks, the Splash...

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Delaying Mommyhood But Not Mommy Friends

Sometimes moms of (ahem) advanced maternal age just need some kindred spirits to hang out with. You know, so we can reminisce about our assymetrical prom hairdos and our crushes on Scott Baio while the rugrats run circles around our arthritic ankles. Well if you’re 35+ with young’uns around the house, put down the knitting needles and hit Motherhood Later, which helps connect you with other moms in your community live and in the flesh. The org was cofounded by Aliza Sherman Risdahl of Webgrrlz fame, and her partner, author Robin Gorman Newman who’s also known to singles as...

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Alphabet Circus

I’ve always thought that the best ABC posters for kids aren’t the ones that simply familiarize them with the letters, but inspire imagination around the images themselves. We’ve found that very thing in Paula Prass’s lovely Alphabet Girl artwork. Found at her shop Mimi’s Collection, which she runs with her daughter (cool!), this gallery wrapped canvas reproductions of Paula’s original artwork  is just plain cheery and fun to look at. And it’s available in a primary-colored Alphabet Boy version. I’m not entirely certain that the letters have much to do with the accompanying imagery – unless the elephant carrying...

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Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad (Bad, Bad) Baby Names. And We Don’t Mean “Krystynne.”

When a newly-pregnant woman asks me for advice (okay, it’s not like it happens all the time, but it does happen), I have but one gem to share: Don’t tell anyone what you’re thinking of naming the baby. It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of Joe or Jehosephat, people will feel compelled to tell you that it’s too plain, too weird, too hard to spell, and by the way — they knew someone with that name once who used to pick his nose. But that’s not to say that baby-naming can’t be a little bit fun. In fact, there’s...

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The Jacket Worthy of the Easter Dress

I always torn about spending the cash on a fancy Easter dress for my daughter which I then hope that we can use again in July as a birthday dress. But when I saw this timeless Neige Signature Audrey Jacket at Aggie Hill, I came up with a better plan: Buy a modestly priced dress, and splurge on a jacket that she’ll actually use way more. Fashioned out of washable cotton and linen, and fully lined in cotton lawn, the tan or navy cover-up will make quite a showing over an Easter dress or dressy summer outfit. Granted you...

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Dads Need Hot Accessory Love Too

A lot of so-called daddy diaper bags are nothing more than lined messenger bags with cammo on the outside. Oh, the cammo – that ubiquitous indicator of paternal appropriateness. So we were psyched to see what the good folks at Dr Moz were up to when they told us they had been busy crafting a top-secret extra fancy dad bag in their underground lair for the past year. After all, we’re already fans of their awesome new papa gift, the Goodfather CD-ROM. Indeed, the Stork Tools Daddy Diaper Bag looks as terrific as we expected, from the stylish two-toned...

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Toy Stables For Kids Who Aren’t Horsing Around (Heh)

As a young girl, I was a die-hard collector of lifelike plastic horse models and gear, but the best accessory of them all was my wooden stable, lovingly handmade by my grandfather and accurate in every detail. Black Beauty was thrilled with his lavish digs. If there’s no carpentry expert in your family, you can give your horse-crazy kid his own handcrafted stable from parent-run Streamside Farm. Each one is individually made from reclaimed cork pine wood, originally used in barns that housed (gasp!) real live horses. The barns are based upon real life spaces, so they resemble buildings...

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There’s a reason this baby organizer is called essential

Even though my ever-supportive editors, Liz and Kristen, would never call me on it, I’m definitely off my game as I adjust to life with three kids. [Ed note: You’re doing great, Julie!] I have difficulty remembering to take my daily vitamin, let alone tracking of feeding times, diaper changes, and the litany of "firsts" to come. The Essential Baby Organizer has been a fabulous resource for keeping me up to date as the days and weeks go by. Like its companion pregnancy organizer (previously reviewed here), this planner will impress any new parent in desperate need of organization....

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Chalk Talk

I’m a firm believer that well-behaved children should also be allowed in restaurants that don’t encourage them to color on the tables. But if you’re willing to take that leap, then it’s up to you to keep the kids occupied in ways that don’t require a legion of busboys to clean up after them. Chalk mats are always a good idea, and I really like the new ones from CMP fave Bella Tunno. Called Designer Diners (ooh, swanky) they unroll to a cute laminated place mat on one side, and a handy toddler distracting device on the other. There...

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