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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