Month: July 2011

Good things (like babies!) are worth waiting for

Not every baby comes into this world as soon as its parents expect it to. Some of them are years in the making. And for those special little ones, I think this onesie is a pretty darn cute baby gift. The Worth the Wait babysuit and hat set includes simple cotton basics with a sweet message (“I was worth the wait”) that would be perfect for all kinds of new parents, including families who have overcome infertility and families who have adopted. Oddly the hat–which is a 12-24 month size–s much larger than the onesie -which comes in 3-6...

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These baby booties are erg schattig. (That’s “very cute” in Dutch).

Just when I thought I had seen all the baby booties in the world, I was introduced to these gorgeous Dutch made cuties,, which, for the first time ever are available in the United States and Canada. Lucky us! [Don’t miss the awesome giveaway after the jump!] Meet Boumy, a well-known Dutch brand of stylish, 100% leather baby booties that have finally made it across the Atlantic for us North American mamas. While yes, they’re similar in shape and feel to other baby bootie brands you may have already seen, I love a couple special features. Like the slightly...

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Facebook Fans – Introducing the Cool Mom Picks Deal of the Day!

We love a great deal as much as you do, so we’re thrilled to be introducing a cool new deals program just for our Facebook fans. We set it up so that our readers can score awesome discounts on some of our favorite, rarely discounted brands. Starting next week, keep your eyes on our Facebook page for a one-day only deal. Act fast to take advantage, before the discount code ends at midnight. All you have to do to gain access is “like” the Cool Mom Picks Facebook page. Easy! Along with these fantastic deals, liking our page brings...

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Girlie dresses that aren’t too girlie

When I had my daughter–after already having a son–I am a tiny bit ashamed to admit that I became a pretty easy sell with special “girlie” things like dresses and hair clips. Girlie, but not too girlie, you know? So these new baby dresses are the exact kind of beautiful item I would have been only too happy to invest in. Notice I said invest. The dresses from Mama Moderne aren’t inexpensive–more like a dress you might get for a first birthday. But the price comes because they’re handmade. And organic. And adorable. While all the patterns are sweet,...

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5 Super-Hot Picks You Might Have Missed

Summer is all about trying new things, and we’ve got a round-up of picks so new and hot that they will melt your (breast milk?) popsicle.  1. One of our most controversial posts ever involves a European baby doll and a halter top. How do you feel about it? 2. Shop for cute shoes and help young Ugandan women? Yes, please! 3. Finally! We love these new biodegradable beach toys. And when you’re done, just bury ’em. Heh. 4. We dig this new, chemical-free bug spray. The mosquitoes, not so much. 5. Isn’t she Handsome in Pink? Absolutely. And...

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Cut and run

Of all the gifts my sigOth has given to me over all the years, there’s one that I think might be my very favorite: garden shears. Yes, garden shears. And I don’t even have a garden. We are rarely without cut flowers in the house, and it kind of makes me crazy to try and saw off the stems with a chef’s knife. It made him more crazy that I was using his good knives in the first place. Thus – the Celia Birtwell garden pruners (or secateur if you’re fancy) that make me happy every time I take...

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The Wonder Woman onesie for your Wonder Woman-to-be

Superheroes are so summer 2011–Thor, Xmen, Green Lantern, Captain America have all made the rounds at the movies. It’s only a matter of time before my favorite caped crusader gets her day in the sun. This Wonder Woman onesie is the perfect outfit for your delicious baby girl. It is a way to announce her gender without dousing her in pink and ruffles. Sure, clueless octogenarians may not get the reference, but when they say “what a cute little boy,” you can sigh and say “yup, she’s my wonder woman all right.” Girl Power! -Eva The Wonder Woman onesie...

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The best food on Fresh Direct for the time-starved NYC parent

Like so many New York area parents, I’ve been an avid user of Fresh Direct for years now. For me, shopping for groceries online is the best way to avoid the stress and mess of supermarket shopping with a curious toddler who wants to stick his fingers into packages of raw chicken and take bites out of everything in the produce section. So I did not need convincing that it’s a seriously great way to stock my kitchen. What I did need convincing about, was that the prepared meals didn’t taste like hospital food. Fresh Direct sent me a...

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Zutano baby clothes just got way easier to find

I remember with fondness my very first Zutano purchase. It was a cozy fleece newborn hat with perky animal ears for my son, who’s now almost three. I immediately became hooked on the affordable, well-made and adorable options from Zutano, but their website was definitely not a shopper’s paradise, more geared towards wholesale than me. Well finally, with an awesome redesign, Zutano.com is so fun and easy to peruse that I added a dozen things for my boys to my cart on my first visit. My fave purchases include the kimono wrap Lions Short Sleeve Newborn Onesie, pictured, ($18),...

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Join us at BlogHer for the most important conversation on parenting ever

Going to the big BlogHer conference in San Diego in August? So are we! And what’s better, we’re hosting an awesome discussion with two of our favorite ever bloggers, Alice Bradley of Finslippy, and Eden Kennedy of Fussy–also the authors of the brilliant book Let’s Panic About Babies. Thanks to our sponsor BillMyParents (which you must check out stat, especially if you have kids of spending money age), we’re going to answer your questions about parenting in the digital age. If you can’t join us in person (which we’d love you to do!) then let us know your questions....

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Web Coolness – Found hearts, cooler strollers, and a truck with a huge nipple on the top

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.  Boy Sees Hearts: Such a simple idea with results we love. (via Design Mom)   Waitstaff tells you to nurse your baby in the bathroom?! Who you gonna call? The Milk Truck! (via @royhandy) The simple joys of a tire swing, with a few tips for getting it just right. Muppets invade Manhattan? Actually, it’s the new Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image. If you feel like freshening up the kids’ bedrooms, we love these three DIY...

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Personalized alphabet blocks help you spell BEST BABY GIFT EVER

We’ve long been fans of the beautiful handmade wooden baby toys from family-run Little Sapling Toys, and now there’s one more item that can make you the most awesome gift-giver ever. These personalized wooden alphabet blocks are lovingly handcrafted out of walnut, cherry and maple woods, and I think it’s about the greatest baby gift. Especially considering it’s just $12.50 for 5 blocks. (Or $31 for 13.) Even cooler–you can also personalize them with recessed Braille letters too, should you need a great gift for a visually-impaired child. The first time I had heard about personalized name blocks was...

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Sponsored Message: Take your kid to “The Smurfs” in 3-D

This is a message from our sponsor, The Smurfs Movie Every Saturday morning as a kid, you may have watched “The Smurfs,” the original 1980s animated series featuring all those little blue guys that taught life lessons and entertained kids in countries around the world. Now, you have the opportunity to share the Smurfy fun with your own children. Coming to the big screen in 3-D on July 29, “The Smurfs” stars Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as a couple that helps the tiny creatures after they accidentally enter a portal outside their magical village and wind up in New...

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Handsome in Pink

Did you know that pink was originally a color for boys? It’s true. Up until the 1940’s, boys were dressed in pink and girls in blue. And then it got all confusing. But we live in a time when barriers are being broken all over the place. In the wake of our review of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, if you have a boy who likes pink or a girl who likes tools or a child of any type who just wants to be hip, you’re going to want to check out the boutique Handsome in Pink. Or HIP, as...

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Banish bug bites without using any nasty chemicals

The first sign of summer for me is always my first mosquito bite. I always consider bug bites to be the price I pay for good weather and barbecues. But now that I have kids, I feel the need to douse them in something to ward off bug bites, and I’ve never been a fan of that hideous bug spray smell mixed with all those nasty chemicals. Thanks to Erbaviva, I’ve found a way to fend off the bugs, while still keeping my family chemical-free. The new Organic Buzz Spray bug repellant from natural mom and baby skincare line Erbaviva...

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Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones and Piperlime partner up for charity

I have always loved wearing jewelry with a story behind it, and I’ve never really been a fan of the mass produced status pieces that everyone else and her mother is sporting too. So naturally I was thrilled to hear about Piperlime’s new partnership with Project Runway season 8 winner, jewelry designer Gretchen Jones, that just launched today. For a limited time, the popular shopping destination and the now Brooklyn-based artist are offering an exclusive line of jewelry with 100% of profits going to Aid to Artisans, a wonderful and necessary charity devoted to providing economic opportunities to help artisans worldwide....

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The latest stroller accessory is off the hook

You know what I love most about my stroller? Having something to toss all my stuff in whenever I’m out. I’m not kidding. I really do depend on a stroller to be my pack mule. And now there’s the simplest little invention that helps me do it. The Jumbo Swirly Hook from the mom inventor of the brilliant Buggy Cup, is right up my alley. It attaches to a stroller handle bar (think Bugaboo type, not umbrella handles) with a velcro strap. And then you’ve instantly got yourself a handy-dandy hook to put lots of bags on, even with...

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American Eagle 77Kids NYC Style Lab just made Times Square 18% cooler

Today is the official launch of American Eagle’s 77Kids Style Lab shop in Times Square, and while that’s not a sentence I ever thought I’d utter with any level of excitement, after getting a sneak press preview yesterday I gotta say…I’m excited. Let’s just say the ghosts of CBGBs are in there somewhere, hold the nasty dressing rooms. When you walk down the industrial staircase right towards a giant LCD screen projecting music videos featuring the kids in the shop, Jib-Jab style (kids can take pics in a nearby “rock band” photobooth), you know this is no ordinary mall...

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Beach toys that are good for toddlers and the earth

I’m almost embarrassed to think about how many plastic buckets and beach toys we’ve gone through in my seven years of parenting. If only one of our fave brands, Zoe b organic, had come up with this amazing earth-friendly alternative back then. Their new biodegradable beach toys are the perfect size for your beach happy toddler, with a bucket with built-in handles, a sifting lid, two little cups and a shovel that’s more like a scoop, which is great for little ones who aren’t really concerned with digging holes. The best part, however, is that the entire set will...

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Empowering Ugandan women from the ground up

Designer Elizabeth Bohannan has an inspired mission: to help young women in Uganda achieve their higher learning goals. And she’s doing it through beautiful sandals. Yes, sandals. Sseko Designs (sey-ko) was created to provide women with jobs during the 9-month gap between secondary school and university, that exists so that students can earn their tuition. Many young female students are unable to compete for fair work in this very conflicted and still majorly male dominant society, making Sseko an an amazing success story that helps women beat the odds. The sandals themselves:  fun, flexible and durable. Pick your size,...

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