Month: May 2011

Owls are the new black

If you’ve been anywhere near a children’s shop in the last year or so, you’ll know that an owl is the requisite children’s motif for 2011. And we’re not complaining a bit. Especially when it’s as cute as the ones we’ve just found. This adorable baby owl tee was designed by Holly Cruise, who with her sister Ariel, created Mimosa, a site devoted to great design. The design is silk screened onto 100% organic cotton fabric and sizing ranges from newborn onesies to 6T tees. In addition to an entire menagerie of animal tees (I’m pretty crazy about the...

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Best beginner bike? – Reader Q&A

I am totally overwhelmed by bike options for my 3.5-year-old son. He outgrew his tricycle in minutes and now I’m wondering what to get next … balance bike or a regular bike with training wheels? Just want something he can enjoy this summer and that will work for his younger sister in a year or two. – Aleca   If your son is the type to really practice something until he masters it, you should look into a balance bike, like the Tyke Rider (at top) for these early stages. Our Publisher, Kristen swears by it– her oldest daughter used...

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Beaba Bib’expresso – Bottle warming as easy as making a cup of coffee

My three oldest kiddos were boob snobs and rarely took a bottle, but my fourth little one has been much more receptive, making life much easier for me. Mostly. I would never have thought it before, but now I understand that for newbies, heating up breastmilk and making formula bottles can actually be challenging at times–like when the baby is already fussing and crying. While we’ve never recommended a bottle warmer before, and frankly, find most of them kind of silly, there happens to be a super amazing new gadget for bottle-feeding moms, that I really can stand behind....

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Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks and you can be strolling in style in June

We’d be happier than a bunch of Junebugs on a blackberry bush if you subscribe to Cool Mom Picks before June 1. Like all our subscribers, you’ll get free (free!) access to the hottest trends, coolest deals, sunniest discounts, and biggest lifesavers we can find, many of which are just for our subscribers. And for an extra added burst of sunshine, you’ll be be eligible to enter to win this month’s subscribers-only giveaway, a $450 Cool Travel with Baby Package from Scandinavian Child! In the next couple of days, one lucky subscriber will win their very own Micralite FastFold...

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Frames that will inspire you to get out the camera

Summer is here – hooray! Something about being outside in the sun makes kids happy to be photographed. But instead of shooting all those photos and then just leaving them in a drawer (or on the hard drive of your laptop), I suggest you get some summer-worthy frames for them. We’re crazy about Obrien Schridde frames, which are understated and classic, with clean antique finishes. This summer though, those same simple frames come in a rainbow of stunning new colors — blueberry, tangerine, strawberry and grape — that will go perfectly with all those pool and beach photos of...

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Patriotic printables for your summer picnic

After I run a 5k with my girls (their first!) and hit our local Memorial Day parade, I plan to do a whole lot of nothing but eat, drink and spend a few moments thanking those brave men and women who gave everything so I could live in this wackily lovable country. But before I enjoy some food and drink with the family, I plan to spend a few moments with my printer grabbing a few decorations for our picnic table. Look at the sweet designs I found! With thanks to Amy at Living Locurto who pulled together a...

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Nice buns!

I can’t help loving these artist-created bunnies made with vintage fabrics from some of our favorite designers. I just want to squeeze them and love them; especially the one with the apples. The vintage bunnies and rag dolls from UK Etsian Jane Foster have faces hand printed on linen, and bodies handmade of vintage Scandinavian fabric from designers like Orla Kiely.  They stand at a rugged fifteen inches, meaning they’re a fantastic, affordable kids’ gift; or a stand-in for the glass rabbit statue in a recreation of the final scene in Jewel of the Nile. The handmade rag dolls...

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The perfect vase to showcase your May flowers

Etsy artist Cara Taylor of Northampton, Mass makes charming and simple ceramic pieces inspired by what she likes as part of her own everyday life– and apparently we have something in common. Coffee and flowers, meet your mugs and vases. I am so digging the clean, fresh design of her new bottle seam vases. As the spring blossoms continue to flourish, you couldn’t find a more perfect way to showcase them indoors. I personally love how the hand-drawn charcoal lines create a playful undertone. Adding them to my want list, stat. –Stephanie M See Cara Taylor’s full spread of ceramic vases...

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Bath toys for kids who really love bath toys

Right now, our bathtub is like another toy chest and ohmygod do I wish I was exaggerating about this. Random pots and Tupperware purloined from the kitchen, squeezie orcas and penguins, and bottles of bubble bath (which ceased actually containing bubble bath months ago)–they’ve all found a home in the tub. I’m looking to evict some of these squatter tub tenants. And I know just which amazing bath toys to replace them with. These Boon Creatures are a set of four soft, squishy, and cute toy cups–heads with little eyes and fins, and bottoms with tails and flippers–that kids can...

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Board game boredom no more

My kids are always coming up with some crazy games from our board game graveyard, and anything else they can find in my craft cabinet. So I figure, why not let them put their creativity into action by letting them invent their own board game? Rainy days, or around here, too-bloody-hot days, will be welcome with this awesome create-your-own board game set. Complete with six paintable wooden pieces and a foldable round board, plus blank cards, money, and a spinner all packed in a muslin bag, your creative kids will have a blast making their own game from scratch....

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Kids’ books that take the road less traveled

It’s a Pinkalicious world, but I am not a Pinkalicious girl, and neither is my kid. We’re more into the Cowboy & Octopus thing. Of course there’s nothing wrong with loving the books prominently displayed at big box stores, because, honestly, there’s a good reason they’re popular. But there’s also an underground world of independent kids’ books– forgotten books, rare books, books that march to a different drummer. And now there’s a great and trusted way to find and capture these roguish tomes. It’s called One Potato, and it’s a lovingly run blog with corresponding shop on Amazon. One...

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Candy-colored baby clothes, totally sugar-free

I love finding baby clothes that provide an antidote to the whole babies wear black thing. I mean look, if you can’t wear turquoise, pink and tangerine when you’re two, when can you? (Okay, maybe when you’re 70 and retiring in Palm Beach.) I’ve always loved Zutano for making unabashedly optimistic baby and kids clothes, and some of their new spring/summer patterns are just that. The spring line of baby clothes from Zutano has the sweetest candy-colored “Gumballs“ print for girls’ shorts, sunsuits, dresses, and shirts. Zutano founder and lead designer, Uli Belenky, designed the print to evoke a...

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Web Coolness – summer tunes, summer parties, summer clothes for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. Two days left to get ready for summer! Kristen shares three of her favorite UPF clothing brands for kids right in time. You might recognize MSG’s Blogger of the Month for June. These Photo Booth props would be a huge hit with the kids and the grown ups at our next shindig. (via Ohdeedoh) In time for the holiday weekend, fun ideas for a summer party. Check out our first Kids’ Music Download of the Week at Cool Mom Tech. You’ll want this...

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We heart real artists

We love seeing the amazing work of independent artisans recognized on big sites–except when they don’t actually give credit to the artist. That seems to be the case with jewelry artist Stevie Koerner of tru.che, whose beautiful United/World of Love line has inspired an exact replica on a certain huge retailer’s website. In honor of all the support she’s gotten from the web today, she’s offering a fantastic discount on all her pieces. But hurry, it lasts for today only! You can score 20% off Stevie’s beautiful sterling silver jewelry, whether you’d wear the country of your heritage or...

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Old Navy offers a Gay Pride tee and we love them for it

We’ve always been proud to support all types of families at Cool Mom Picks–the ones with one mommy, the ones with two mommies, the ones with no mommies at all. So we’re thrilled to see that Old Navy is doing the same, by making a stand in favor of love and tolerance with their new line of Gay Pride T-shirts launching next week. This is a pretty big corporate statement and we admire the guts. But we really like that 10% of Old Navy sales on the items will go to the It Gets Better Project, a truly amazing...

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Swankify your spring wardrobe for 40% less.

If you like swanky designer clothes but not the swanky designer clothes prices, one of my favorite ever boutiques is having a 40% off sale right now that’s definitely worth a few clicks. New Yorkers can pop into Scoop in person (I love the one in the Meatpacking District), but for the rest of you, just hit the website. I’m seeing deals on items like Seven Skinny Jeans, designer handbags from labels like Philip Lim and Zac Posen, and the awesome Alice + Olivia dress shown here. (Though darn, not in my size.) Be warned, non New Yorkers—this is...

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Bring home more than bug bites from camp

The first time I packed my kids up for a week of summer camp, I couldn’t get believe all the stuff they needed, even for day camp. And everything, everything, needed a name attached to it, something I unfortunately left to the last minute the first year.  This year, I’d rather spend a few moments with CMP fave Mabel’s Labels and their new camp pack, than an hour spent with a Sharpie and a cramped hand. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The Mabel’s Labels camp labels combo pack has a specific label for just about everything...

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Kids’ helmets – Hold the licensed characters

With my kids racing around our hilly neighborhood on the Mini Kick scooters we bought for their birthdays, helmets are a mandatory part of their attire. But it’s tough finding helmets that fit little heads well– and aren’t covered in characters from the TV. The Little Nutty helmets from Nutcase (ha – get it?), whose motto is “I love my brain,” make helmet-wearing fun, rather than merely a necessity, with seriously bold, clever designs for both boys and girls. But these helmets don’t just look great– they’re safe and smart too. The ABS shell with inner foam plus a...

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Getting kids to write thank you notes–actually, not too hard.

I’ve been a fan of the fun color-your-own cards from Greenstarstudio since back when I discovered her cool holiday designs. So I’m happy to see some of the new cards at the shop, that can be good for slightly older kids too. The color your own cards featuring speech/thought bubbles are so smart! Kids can not only put crayon to paper and make illustrator Danamarie Hosler’s original creatures come to life, they can now fill in the bubbles with personalized messages–anything from happy birthday, to MOMMMMM which is all my four year-old wants to write these days. Grab the...

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Snug like a bug in a Snug

My little ones were much happier in an upright position but usually before they were able to actually do it safely on their own. So when I heard Euro parent fave (and ours)  Mamas and Papas had launched an infant positioner seat, me, my back, and my baby were more than happy to give it a try. Their new infant positioner called the Baby Snug has made life much easier around our place since it arrived. Like similar seats (think Bumbo), you just pop your 3 month old or older into the seat so he can enjoy being off...

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