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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