Month: April 2008

Go Ahead and Get Picky With That Crib Bedding

The greatest time suck of my pregnancy was, oddly, spent on crib bedding websites. Javis-Davis, easily our fave custom crib bedding company (see our rave here) has just cut down the time you’ll need to spend looking for nursery bedding. Or wait – maybe they’ve made it longer. Because they’ve just come out with a fabulous online design studio that let’s you virtually assemble fabrics from their collections to see how it will all come together. It is absolutely practical and absolutely addictive. Go! Play! Now! I just spent an hour on there last night, and I’m not even...

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Baby Loves Hip Hop. And Dinosaurs. And Eating Dog Food – But That’s Another Story.

The way I see it, kids are ridiculously obsessed with dinosaurs and they love a kicking beat, so it was only a matter of time before the two came together. Baby Loves Hip Hop made it happen. Adding to their smash hits Baby Loves Jazz and Baby Loves Disco, this latest greatest release brings in an impressive who’s who list of producers, collaborators and singers in the form of five friendly but decidedly cool animated dinosaurs. You might better recognize the voices of The Dino 5 from groups like Jurassic 5, Diggable Planets, and the Roots Crew, so it’s...

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Time to Pack Up the Wool Blankets

Call me a blanket snob, but it drives me crazy when a blanket isn’t finished as perfectly on both sides. Considering most babies kick the thing all over the place, why even bother picking out a beautiful fabric if all anyone is going to see is the solid underside? Mairzey Dotes, who we discovered here last year, is tackling this grave issue head-on with their new line of handmade reversible blankets. Filled with cotton batting, they soften nicely with every wash. The Mockingbird/Polka dot combo is striking for Spring and the Paisley Dot is a great gift for a...

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The Glass Sipper

We’re always looking out for safer, non-leaching plastic baby bottle alternatives, like the ones from Green to Grow and my own baby’s choice, Adiri.  But I know that some moms are like Ack, plastic! Plastic is the devil! Plastic will come to earth, eat our brains and kill us all! And hey, they may be right. Even so, I’m a bit reluctant to make the leap to glass. You know, it being glass and all. Until I got a load of the Wee-Go bottles from Go Baby Life. [EDITED UPDATE: They are now called Lifefactory Bottles, available at our...

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Video Birth Announcements: It’s a New World, Isn’t It

I procrastinated greatly putting together my second daughter’s birth announcement, in part because I couldn’t settle on a single photo. I needed more than one to capture her personality, but I’m not crazy about cards cluttered with images. Cool Dog Productions, however, could have nipped that in the bud with professional editor Sharon Gavini Reilly’s video birth announcements. As a pro, she’s more than capable of cropping, zooming, wiping, retouching up to 30 of your fave baby pics, and generally creating a piece that doesn’t look like you fumbled through iMovie yourself and got zany with the special effects....

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Burp Cloths That Don’t Encourage Spitting Up – From You

I confess, I’m not much of a fan of burp cloths. The fabrics are either too scratchy or too foo-foo, and the nice ones don’t exactly make you want to employ them for their intended purpose. I’m happy to say however that I’ve finally found some I like, if only a few months too late for my own little ex-puker. Baby JaR run by sister team Jessica and Rachael is best known for their plush, lush Snuggler Blankets that are big with the glitterati coughNicoleRichiecough. But they really get burp cloths right by employing a super soft cotton twill....

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Family Photo Sorting Help, Just In Time for Mother’s Day

Recently my family found a box of my Great Uncle’s old photos. They were fascinating — exotic locations, men in uniform — but apart from the one familiar face, even my mom, his favorite niece, did not recognize another person or place. Now inspired to tackle our own mess of family photos for the benefit of the next generation, we’re counting on CatchMyMemory. Family historian Rory Siefer developed two unique products to help the organizationally challenged (ahem) capture and memorialize family history. If you’re swimming in snapshots, PhotoCatcher will help you sort, select, and narrate your family’s most memorable...

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I Wish They All Could Be California Boys

The number one question we get in the CMP inboxes (besides Dear friend would you please helep me I am Nigerian prince I inheret $60 million dollars US) is easily Where can I find some cool boys clothes? Fear not dear parents of boys, we have you covered. And right now, one of our new fave finds is the wonderfully named West Coast shop, Peek…Aren’t You Curious. This oh-so-California brand has got some super cute girls clothes, but we’re particularly impressed with their SoCal inspired boys line. Or rather, lines. Because they’ve essentially created four mini labels within their...

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When I Think Nursery Decor, I think Deer Head

When brainstorming decorating themes for my daughters’ bedroom, the first thing that comes to mind is definitely hunting lodge.  Okay, so it’s not. But I would consider fun-ing things up a bit with this 3-d deer head puzzle mounted over the bed. You or an older child can put it together, and then proudly display your treasure. It’s a toy! It’s art! It’s a conversation piece! And best of all, it’s totally 100% PETA-approved. Find it along with lots of other baby goodies, stationery and beautiful gifts that and you’ll find hard to resist at the online boutique of...

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Sweet Shoes! No, They Really Are Sweet Shoes.

It is never too early to start a child on the righteous path towards ultimate footwear coolness. You may be tempted just to keep the teeniest tootsies clad only in socks, but resist you must – for early shoe choices may impact their preferences for life. One option to consider: The skate and surf-inspired soft-soled shoes from Sweet Shoes. Contrasting x-bones, angular stripes, and groovy waves provide authentic Pacific Coast detail to the Turkish suede leather uppers. And the slip-on styles, from Keds-like skull shoes to embroidered mary janes, just put me in that Venice Beach state of mind....

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Lockets like they used to make ’em. Literally.

As much as I don’t love most keepsake jewelry, I absolutely adore vintage lockets. And if I miss anything about my younger, baby-less days it’s the time I used to have to comb flea markets and tag sales for ye olde time-y jewelry on the weekends. Hooray for Stacey Samuels who now does it for me. Her company, Vintage Rehab, tracks down the most beautiful heirloom lockets, then fixes them up, adds fantastic chains and clasps, and turns them from someone’s castoffs into your own very fortunate find. Check her shop and you’ll find goodies from a deco-era double...

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Ensuring yours is the prettiest baby on the block

One of those things that no one warns you about in Lamaze class is newborn acne. It’s devastating seeing those beautiful baby cheeks – and forehead, and chin, and nose, and neck – absolutely obscured by that ugly red rash. The docs say it goes away in six to nine months. But six to nine MONTHS? Ack. What about photos? What about daytime social occasions? What about baby modeling? Fear not, for we’ve uncovered Ultimate Baybee’s  innovative Ultimate Baybee Concealer Stick. Just slather a thick layer of this (not yet FDA-approved) cover up all over those nasty spots and...

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The Alphabet According to Pop Culture Junkies

Yeah yeah yeah, A is for Apple. B is for Ball. Whatever. I’m far more interested in Brooklyn dad/designer Adam Scherr’s retro cultural take on the alphabet via his label, Infinitee. A is for Audrey, B is for Brando, F is for Frank – You know which one. As if there’s more than one Frank. I’m sincerely hoping Adam makes it through the whole alphabet, because there really is a dearth of toddler tees featuring Xavier Cugat, Yo Yo Ma, and Frank Zappa. Find a dandy selection for sale online at PsychoBaby. Let us know which one you get....

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Boon is Putting the Self in Self-Feeding

I have one of those toddlers who insists on feeding himself with a spoon or fork. He also refuses to wear a bib. Put those two together and it’s a brutal combination. Too bad I didn’t pull out the Boon Benders from my cupboard a little sooner. These BPA-free utensils look like a simple set of kiddie silverware, however the spork and spoon ends are bendable so you can strategically angle them to maximize the food that gets in the baby’s mouth and minimize the food that gets over his clothes. Seriously, they work. Genius! They’re as easy to...

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