Month: January 2010

Plush explorer friends, beyond Dora

We love wooden toys, but let’s face it, there’s often more room in our kids’ hearts (and hands) for those that are cuddly, plush and less likely to leave a mark when you fall asleep on top of one. Evidently the eco-minded designers of Noferin agreed, and adapted their sustainably-made wooden toy collection called Pecanpals into a series of colorful Pecanpals Plush dolls. I don’t know exactly how sustainable they are, but each one has a clever backstory on a little tag to get imaginations started. The characters include Periwinkle the Wildlife Rescuer (my daughter’s favorite), Jac Jac the...

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The baby bibs for full contact eaters

The more time I spend around other people’s babies, the more I realize how lucky I was that my own weren’t the types to end up with more peas on their bodies than in their mouths at meal time. For those kids who like to get a little more Jackson Pollock with their baby food, I always recommend the long-sleeved learners bibs with more coverage than your standard below the chin deal, like the ones from Baggino. I just discovered these mom-designed smock-like body bibs and they look rather smart from the website. I like the simple design of...

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Love notes you’ll love

Are you stuck in a never-ending search for Valentine’s Day cards that don’t embarrass you to send to anyone over the age of five? Let’s just say glossy, cheap, mass produced images of kittens tangled in yarn don’t always convey the message for me. Instead, check out the textured, funky, eco-friendly cards from Green Shanti. The cards are made by hand in India and Nepal by communities of artisans, and no trees were destroyed to get your love message out there–instead they use raw materials such as silk, jute, cotton rag, coconut shells, banana fiber, dried leaves, beads and spices. They’re expensive, so it’s definitely the kind...

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Baby thigh highs. For real.

So when I first saw the email from Jennifer Dutcher asking us to check out her new business called Rock-a-thigh Baby, I admit to having visions of baby high heels and feather boas. On the contrary, this mom of four has created a pretty cool baby legwarmer and tights hybrid that I’m completely smitten with. These adorable, and eco-friendly thigh highs are made right here in the USA from a soft cotton blend of 100% pre-consumer yarn (read: recycled from new fabrics) with Oeko-Tex certified dyes. They cover your kiddo’s legs right up to their bum, making diaper changes...

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Many ways to say I love you. All of them sterling.

After yet another visit to the Beehive Co-op in Atlanta, Kristen ran home to tell me about some great new finds, and I’m starting to get jealous that the one in New York is up in Westchester and not in the city. Or better, Brooklyn. Right on my block. I was really taken with the beautiful handcrafted sterling necklaces from Christine Kober including this sweet conversation heart necklace, right in time for Valentine’s Day. You can choose any number of engraved sayings, or customize your own for no extra charge. (Personally I’d like one that says OMG WTF but...

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A Ray of sunshine in nursery decor.

I hate my hand-me-down crib with the passion of a thousand fiery suns, which is why it’s in pieces in the attic while my kid sleeps in an old pack-and-play the color of used hospital scrubs. In my dreams, I’ve got something from Muu Furniture – I’m thinking white with vines, please.  And a slice of chocolate pie. If you thought Muu had cute kids’ furniture before, wait until you see the new Ray Collection for the nursery which packs a lot of style and grace into an affordable price point.  This is what we call a win-win-win situation....

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Rolling out the big American welcome mat for Tommee Tippee

Expat mums in the US or those just enamored (or enamoured?) of European baby products will be delighted to know that Tommee Tippee, Britain’s #1 megabrand of sippies and bottles is about to flood American malls – or at least those with a Toys R Us in them. It’s nice to have yet another choice of phthalate- and BPA-free bottles and feeding products widely available, especially now that the FDA has gotten their act together and decided that the chemical company-funded studies that “proved” BPA safe miiiight not be all that reliable after all. Products like the Tommee Tippee...

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Three cheers for the Etsy & Cool Mom Picks Valentine’s Day contest winners!

After much, much deliberation, we are soooo pleased to announce the winners of our first Valentine’s Day color-your-own card contest with our friends at Etsy. We scoured through your amazing entries and picked our 12–yep, we just couldn’t do 9!–favorites, based on originality, creativity, and colorability (is that a word?) of the design for young kids. So, thank you to all who entered, and our deepest congrats and much admiration go to (in no particular order!): Spaceboy Out of this World by Olliegraphic Bunny at Mailbox by Nakisha VanderHoeven Airplane Be My Valentine by One Cool Mom All You...

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Looking to jazz up your kid’s room? Put a sock (monkey) in it

I’ve had a thing for sock monkeys ever since my mother-in-law gave me the one she’d made for my husband when he was a baby. They’re some kind of magical combination of goofy, cheerful cuddliness and retro-chic all in one. I always figured I’d try to make one for my own children when I had them. But then I had them. And there wasn’t quite as much sock-monkey-making-time as I’d initially expected. Go figure. So my kids have made do with their dad’s old one (which, in retrospect, is kind of nice). For people without sock monkey heirlooms (yet),...

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See Jane get totally organized for her next trip

If you’re planning a trip to California, New York, or Chicago in the near future, See Jane Fly is ready to offer you a customized travel guide to help you plan. But regardless of where you’re headed, peep their latest free perk: The See Jane Fly Toolbox, which is filled with everything you might need to get ready to hit the road. I was impressed with the free printable ready-made checklists including ones for what to pack for your 0-6 month old, which is handy because I don’t remember having two spare braincells to rub together when I had...

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