Month: July 2009

Protecting kids from sunburn, petrochemicals, and shoddy package design

We’ve gotten our fair share of baby lotions and bath products from Little Twig as gifts and I must say, they’re often the ones I reach for first. I love the adorable packaging, but even more so I love the pthalate-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free products inside which are consistently excellent across the line.  So of course I had high expectations for their new SPF 30+ Mineral Sunscreen for children. The first sign that I was going to like this sunscreen was the scent, which is light and not chemical-y, probably because it’s actually not chemical-y. It goes on really nicely...

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Take a Ride on The Sippy Cups’ Time Machine

They grow up so fast, I’ve said a million times, and while they’re still little I want to introduce them to the coolest indie-vibe kids’ music I can. Like CMP fave The Sippy Cups’ new CD The Time Machine. Mixing bits of “stop and smell the roses” wisdom with fun-loving trippy pop/rock, I wonder if the band is talking to the kids or the parents when they sing in the title track, We spend our days in search of love/And wish the time to linger on and on and on and on. Sigh. Off to go hug the kids...

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Baby quilts approved by those of us who know baby quilts

I’m from small-town Iowa, so when my daughter was born, the Quilting Ladies (as they are known) whipped up something custom, no problem. I didn’t even have to ask. But fear not, Quilting Lady-less mamas, for Etsy has delivered once again. Baby Jayne’s quilted blankets have the piercing/batting/quilting/edging quality of aging Lutheran church ladies’ work, but these lovingly handmade baby quilts can be had by anyone with a credit card and mailing address. I’m also impressed by the design of these blankets, especially the classic looking black and butter cream baby quilt which would appeal to even you city...

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A is for Alexander Girard – Alphabet blocks for you mid-century design freaks

My heart is going thumpity-thump on seeing the new Alexander Girard alphabet blocks by House Industries. Yes okay, so the set is 100 bucks at maXimo design but the truth is, if I add up all the disposable plastic toys we’ve received for the kids, I could have owned about 60 of these sets–and actually owned something my kids could hand down to their own kids. The blocks, besides being utterly gorgeous in both color and typography, are all US made out of sustainable Michigan-grown basswood. (Love the idea of supporting Michigan industry these days.) And of course the...

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Rolling with Dante Beatrix

We’re already huge fans of the kids’ backpacks from Dante Beatrix as we already revealed (again) this week, so it’s not surprising that they’ve got some new items we’re adding to the must-have-it-NOW-NOW-NOW list. First of all, their new wheelie bags for kids are an essential once your child is old enough not to make you carry all 700 lbs of his stuff through the airport. We first saw Dante Beatrix’s new kids’ luggage line at a children’s trade show earlier this year and couldn’t wait until they were available for sale so we could rave about them. The...

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Squiggle it, just a little bit

Now that I’ve put my foot down on the whole no-DVD-in-the-car thing (the same way Liz had mentioned earlier this week), I better have something to keep my three occupied on long road trips. So along with all the great kids’ music we play, I keep some attention-grabbing toys stashed in the van like RandomLine’s Squiggle On-The-Go pads. Part game, part art project, Squiggle On-The-Go is basically a thick notepad with a “squiggle” printed on each tear-off sheet and a spinner on the back that tells the kids which way to hold the notepad before they turn their squiggle...

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Children’s aprons as pretty as the clothes underneath

As of late, my daughter the artist has been causing me quite a headache with her adamant desire to wear dresses even while engaging in messy crafts.You’d think a smock would do the trick but in her mind, all that does is cover up her beautiful dress. Oh the horror! Well, thanks to the gorgeous new reversible children’s aprons from Amuse Me, our little problem is solved. Beautifully constructed from bright, stylish fabrics and featuring a couple of strategically placed pockets and tie straps, these aprons are just as pretty as my daughter’s dresses. In fact, they’re so pretty,...

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Cool Mom Picks loves Psychobaby!

If we just so happened to win the lottery, one of the first places we’d hit on a spending spree would probably be Psychobaby, a Chicago-based boutique that sports some of the hippest clothes, shoes, and gifts for the alternative set. We found them way back when we first started CMP, and now we’re really¬†excited to announce a whole new partnership with them. Right now, the online shop will have an entire section featuring Cool Mom Picks’ favorite Psychobaby picks. It’s like being the Rachel Zoe of rockin’ kids stuff. How fun! We had a tough time narrowing it...

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You’ve got to keep it decorated

If I had my way, birthday decorations would be limited to a couple of mylar balloons. It’s not that I don’t appreciate a good birthday celebration. It’s just that when you pile on the streamers and the birthday signs and the confetti (oh how I loathe the confetti), you’re either stuck with a ton of post-party trash or a box of junk that you’ve got to figure out where to store. But at this year’s party, we’ll have two balloons and a lovely keepsake photo banner from Mary Had a Little Party. Mom of two Kristen Davis takes your...

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It’s a tie

While I appreciate the joys of velcro as much as the next mom, I’m worried that if I don’t start introducing actual shoe laces to my 4 year-old soon she’ll be learning to tie her sneakers in college. (Right about when she starts eating protein and sleeping all night in her own bed, I’d guess.) The classic Italian Superga sneakers in kids and toddler sizes–with actual old skool shoelaces–are calling my name. Those canvas tops over the thick white rubber soles feel like Vans, only more Mediterranean Coast than Zuma Beach. I’m reallllly digging navy shoes these days which look snazzy...

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