Month: March 2011

Cool Mom Picks is voted the most trustworthy product reviews for parents. Um, wow.

We were nothing short of thrilled to find out that we’ve won a Cribsie Award for the most trustworthy product reviews for parents. Thank you Cribsies! Considering more than 135,000 total votes were cast, and our formidable competition included Daily Candy, AOL’s Parent Dish, Babble, and Lil’ Sugar–some of our favorite sites too–we really are blown away. Head over to the website and see the winners in more than 60 categories, including lots of brands you might be familiar with from these pages. (You Cribsie voters have good taste!) Thank you so much to those of you who voted...

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Web coolness – Great baby gifts, great car seat tips, great books for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. I hope you will too. Have you seen our new 2011 Baby Shower Gift Guide, yet? Enjoy! Also see Kristen’s take on 3 baby shower gifts she couldn’t live without. The 50 books every child should read. With the new AAP recommendations on car seat safety,  we found a passionate discussion about rear-facing child seats at Baby Bunching. Also, Britax is offering a free webinar on car seat safety on April 14 to help new mamas with the first car ride home. Sign up through the link....

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Baby blankets that you can drool on too.

We’ve panted over Noko’s baby clothes and girls’ dresses and, now the baby gear obsessed among us can covet their new unbelievably gorgeous baby blankets. Or better yet, we can buy them. I am in love with Noko’s updated traditional Japanese prints which are so absolutely beautiful. I’m especially liking Noko’s Ami baby blanket in this striking Violet Mum pattern which is both sophisticated and sweet. The blanket is reversible with a coordinating pattern that is elegant and photo op-ready. Plus the square shape makes it perfect for swaddling and the soft, 100% Cotton knit is ideal for newborns....

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What’s hot for kids in LA? Ask Lifesize Kids

On a trip to LA last month, I knew I had to stop into Fred Segal, my retail happy place for many many years. While I’m not in the market for a $700 pair of shoes this particular moment, I always love stopping into the kids boutique there to see what LA mamas are procuring for their stylish offspring these days. Lifesize Kids is a fun shortcut to check out what’s hot for SoCal tots. The answer: high-end designer brands like Splendid, Stella McCartney Kids (love the denim dress, shown here, even if the price makes me gasp), Billabong,...

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Stretch your imagination with Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock

Though “infinity sock” sounds like what I face when I’m matching up pairs in another endless load of laundry, it’s actually the name of the fourth DVD/CD combo in the amazing Gustafer Yellowgold series by illustrator and songwriter Morgan Taylor. For those of your who already know and love Gustafer Yellowgold, I have a feeling you don’t need to know much more to make you want to grab this newest release—yes, the music is that consistently good. {don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!} Like the previous DVD/CD releases, the much-loved Mello Fever, Have You Never Been Yellow and...

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The best baby shower gifts ever? We’ve got them right here.

We’re so thrilled to introduce our third annual Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide! After much work (phew!) this year we’ve packed our guide with more than 125 of the coolest must-haves and want-to-have baby gifts for every baby and mama on your list, in every price range, from so many of our favorite shops and indie artists. Plus shower inspiration, gift ideas under $15, and the definitive list of items you don’t need. And of course? Lots of exclusive discount codes, all good through the end of 2011. We hope have as much fun browsing as we did putting...

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10 beautiful items to help support Japan

It’s been just over a week since the earth shook just off the coast of Japan, and the devastation and loss has rocked us all. However I’ve been heartened to see how families and companies are so quickly finding ways to help raise money for the people of Japan, from the family organizing a community yard sale in our neighborhood, to the fantastic Chronicle Books which held a bake sale out of their San Francisco storefront. Some of our favorite small business owners and artisans are doing what they can too, by donating as much as 100% of their...

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Combating winter skin in time for spring

A momma friend taught me a simple premise years ago – if a product is genuinely gentle enough for your baby’s delicate skin, it’ll be kind to your sensitive skin, too. That’s how I started using Combat-Ready Balm, formulated for babies and kids, on my winterized, wizened hands. Even though the name doesn’t instantly sound like something you store in a pink gingham basket on the changing table. Esthetician Sara Damelio developed Skincando, with a line of organic and natural products, including a balm, bar, and lip balm. The balm is non-greasy, lanolin-free and gently scented with French lavender...

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3 cool booster seats your kids won’t mind sitting in for another six years

As you may have heard, the AAP updated their car seat recommendations yesterday, advising that parents leave their kids in a rear facing car seat now until the age of two, not one. This means means getting a little creative when it comes to the back of the seat they’ll be staring at, and making sure your toddler seat is convertible, and won’t be soon outgrown. But the recommendations are also saying that kids should remain in a booster seat until they are at least 4′ 9″ and between the ages of 8-12. 12? Whoa! Since it looks like...

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Appaman launches mod suits for mini Mad Men

Sometimes having a son instead of daughter can be disappointing when it comes to sartorial selections. Although our cool clothes for boys category has been blowing up with new finds in recent weeks. Now, it’s the new Appaman Fine Tailoring collection of super-hip suits makes me want to break out in a rendition of Let’s Hear it For the Boy. Appaman‘s co-founder/head designer Harald Husum was inspired by the ultimate suave dresser, Mad Men’s Don Draper. Husum made sure all the details on the mini suit measured up to the meticulous standards of a grown-up hipster. The suit’s lining...

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Orange you glad spring is here?

What is it about orange on children that just makes me feel happy? It’s so springy and bright and optimistic–although of course, I look terrible in it myself. Wah. I love what one of my favorite small designers, Beth Miles of Ses Petites Mains, is doing with orange by tempering it with a seersucker plaid and some romantic ruffles to turn it into the cutest little dress for girls. [don’t miss a great discount and awesome giveaway after the jump!] The Betty Shirtwaist Dress, like all of the designs, is produced and designed entirely in San Francisco and made to...

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Undecorate my house, please!

My heart skips a beat when a new shelter magazine arrives in the mail, but ten minutes of flipping through the pages usually leaves me wanting more. The houses are too perfect, too expected and too completely out of touch with my life and my very imperfect house. Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio, gets it with her new book, Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design. Undecorate features twenty houses from around the country that, although very different from each other, share a common thread of being chic, personal and exciting. Each house looks lived in by real people....

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Bedtimes are not enchanting. These children’s pajamas are.

I have a lot of words for our current putting-of-the-kids-to-sleep experience. With a bed-jumping preschooler and a bedtime-book-ripping baby, “magical” is not one of them. Or at least it hasn’t been. But maybe that’ll change with the right sleepwear. This enchanting line of children’s pajamas by Noeuf–or “pyjamas” consdiering these babies are European–seems like everything dreams are made of. Made with organic cotton that looks as soft as the night is long (or as long as it should be, dear children who wake before the dawn), the prints are whimsical–and ooh-aah-adorable. Just look at those fairy wings, sketched right onto the...

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A book about seasons as beautiful as spring

Ah spring. The birds are chirping, the buds are poking through the soil, and if you ask the sigOth, miniskirts are making appearances on the leggy 20-somethings in our neighborhood. What’s not to love? Right in time, I’ve found a delicious little book to help the kids understand and celebrate the changing of the seasons. It’s called, aptly, Seasons, and Swiss author/illustrator Anne Crausaz does a beautiful job describing the small joys and big changes that each season brings, starting with spring. This isn’t the same old “oh look–the flowers have buds” kind of book. It reads almost like...

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SPF Moisturizer that’s green and clean? Sold!

Relying on an SPF moisturizer alone has always worried me just a little bit. With hours of playground and beach time ahead of me this summer, I need my skin to be well protected (and to look pretty, too). But I’m a tough customer when it comes to my sun protection. My SPF has to be a physical block, like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, and be free of as many toxins as possible. It’s hard to find that all in one facial moisturizer. And yet, I found a new product that fits the bill: Super by Dr. Nicholas...

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The baby in black (for just a little Cash)

Love may be a burning thing… but it doesn’t have to make a fiery ring. In your wallet, anyway.  What am I going on about? Oh, maybe just the cutest pint-sized nod to one of the world’s most notable singers. This Johnny Cash Pomade Kids’ Tee by Sourpuss evokes so much rockabilly attitude, I almost can’t look right at it. I love its vintage-y image in gold on black and totally dig the huge mike, front and center. Love, too, that it’s available for super-junior Johnnies or for bigger kids up to 4T. Plus: it’s only $20 at Mimi & Red–a...

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Bizarre love triangles

Usually, when I hear the words “geometry” or “polymer clay,” I start daydreaming about cupcakes until the conversation comes back around to something I dig. Like cupcakes. But as soon as I saw the cool jewelry by nomilktoday, I perked right up. Originally, I thought they were made of paper origami, which wouldn’t last. Nope. It’s polymer clay, and it’s bizarrely elegant and cool. Each of these pieces is created of hand-cut and textured polymer clay by nomilktoday‘s Eva from Athens, Greece. We haven’t actually seen one live, but the feedback at her Etsy shop is 100% positive and...

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The paper crown princess

If I had a dollar for every princess themed birthday party I’ve been to, including my daughter’s birthday party…well, I’d be able to pay for our next goodie bags. If you get suckered into hosting one with the ever-so-popular theme, I love these paper crowns which are so charming and special. They help me envision a new take on the princess party with a more classic than Disney vibe. The paper crowns (update: now available at Present and Correct) actually happen to be cards that fold up nicely and come with a matching envelope, all with a cool retro style. With the...

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Best baby books? – Reader Q+A

Any suggestions for a good baby book? I saw the “Baby’s First Year Journal” in your Ultimate Baby Shower Guide but I’m wondering if you have any other cool things you’ve found out there? -Janet First of all, our all new 2012 Baby Shower Gift Guide is going to be out any day now. You’re in for a treat! But back to your question–we’ve found no shortage of super cool baby books of all varieties. What we seem to be lacking, however is the time to fill them out. For you motivated mamas who are ready to document those...

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Swaddling blankets for the swaddling impaired

It used to drive me crazy when my son was a newborn that I couldn’t learn how to swaddle properly with a swaddling blanket. My husband could. In fact, everybody else could. Why wasn’t this genius product around then? I could have looked like a swaddling superstar! What’s cool about TrueWomb is that it not only secures your baby into the fetal position, which is how they feel most comfortable at that age, but is also made with stretchy, breathable, cotton, so that babies can extend their bodies and move their arms around when they want to–unlike the traditional...

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