Month: September 2011

Audio books for toddler? Reader Q&A

My daughter is turning 3 next month and is starting to outgrow her naps! I am trying to enforce quiet time on the days she won’t nap, and someone gave me the idea of letting her listen to audio books as her quiet time activity. I was hoping you had some ideas or could point me in the right direction of somewhere to start. Many thanks in advance for your help! -Rebecca   I agree that audio books are a great way to get her to hold still for a little bit and relax, and we’ve pulled together a...

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In silhouette

As I’ve learned, finding the perfect holiday gift for nieces and nephews can be tough, particularly when I’m trying to avoid picking out some random thing from the giant toy store chain. This year, I’m thinking about something personalized and special that they will love for years to come–and my sister-in-law will adore right now. Each of the canvas silhouette pillows from CMP favorite Le Papier Studio is handcrafted; you choose the fabric and one of 25 silhouettes, or send a photo and have the artists create a custom silhouette. Instant keepsake. I love that these aren’t pillows that...

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Web Coolness – fun with chalk, Angry Bird pumpkins, and new life for LEGO sets

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Check out this neat way to use sidewalk chalk to make your kids’ photos unique. (photo: babychaser) Love Kristen’s pick for cool Halloween shirts for kids that will look especially spooky in the dark. Angry Bird pumpkins! Just don’t throw them. Be a rebel and vow to read one of these banned stories during Banned Books Week. (Oh no! Not Harry Potter!) Cracking up over this review of Pixar’s new abstract photo journal. NYC new mamas: Sign up today to attend the...

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Baby name. You’ve got the cutest little baby name.

I’ve always been a big fan of custom baby gifts. After all, what parent doesn’t want to see that oh-so-perfect name they’ve spent days or months (or years, ahem) agonizing over ,emblazoned on something special? The delightful custom posters from alfabetika are a wonderful option for stealing the show at any meet-the-baby shower or first birthday party, and so different from anything we’ve seen. Darling little anthropomorphic letters created by graphic designer Anne-Lise Borgen Borgen Rizzo spell out each wonderful name just as sweetly as can be–only with a little humor built into the funny alphabet creatures that keeps...

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Monster tees for your monster dude

Lots of mamas to boys have a common complaint: not enough awesome boy clothing in the world. But you know what? Around here, we see more and more evidence that boy clothes are starting to rock. Like these, for example, from a most unexpected place. The boy clothing from Hanna Andersson is just too rad. I mean, look at these Go Monsters thermal tees: soft, washed cotton with graphics of monsters that are neither cutesy nor scary. The perfect blend of innocent mischief and mayhem, blended into a super-comfy shirt. And I would be lying if I said I...

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The baby travel crib that raises the bar for all other travel cribs

I finally get the baby travel crib thing. My first baby had a play yard which was great for storing all kinds of new baby gifts, diapers, blankets–you get the idea. We didn’t bring it out at all with my second child, giving it away soon after she was born. Then came number three. And that’s when I realized what I had been missing. The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light is the easiest-to-put-together piece of baby gear I have ever seen. Ever. It is the answer to my oh-my-goodness-I-need-to-put-this-baby-down-somewhere-safe-for-five-minutes so-he-won’t-eat-electrical-cords-while-I-cut-carrot-sticks-for-my-big-kids woes. Let me put it to you this way: when I pulled it...

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Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks and get the celebrity baby treatment

If you’re not a Cool Mom Picks subscriber yet, oh boy is this the perfect time to join the ranks of thousands of cool moms. Not only will you get the scoop on the hippest clothes, coolest gadgets, and most amazing resources for families, but you’ll find phenomenal subscribers-only deals and discounts that you won’t see on our site. Plus? You’ll get to enter our exclusive giveaways, like this month’s, which hails from Jewels and Pinstripes. And ooh, is it a good one. This amazing celebrity gift bag company is bringing one of our lucky subscribers the very same...

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Now I lay them down to sleep

My organic-eating, organic-dressing, organic-playing kids sleep on regular old foam pillows. There, I said it: they spend half of their lives with cuddling up with chemical-filled foam. Not one of the greatest horrors of childhood, of course, but still, I’m so glad to have found an organic pillow alternative When I learned the great pillows by Madii & Dyl online–an awesome Australian kids’ line that’s now available in the US–I was quite excited. They’re sized perfectly for little heads and necks (there’s a toddler size and a child size) and made from 100% organic latex, so they’re naturally hypoallergenic...

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We’ve waited five years for this: New music from Dan Zanes and Friends

My kids and I know that our lives are made even more awesome because of all the friends who join us on our adventures, something I couldn’t help but think about while listening to Dan Zanes and Friends latest release. One that happens to be heavy on the “and Friends”. It’s as if his musical buddies heard he was releasing another CD—his first in five years!—and lined up at the studio door to join in the fun. And unlike my friends who I wouldn’t trust in a karaoke duet, the all-star crew on this CD can all carry one...

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4 Kids or More helps larger families find good company

I remember the time I told a friend that I was pregnant with my third child in less than four years. She shook her head and said sagely, You’re about to be outnumbered. Good luck with that. While there are definitely times my husband and I could use another pair of hands to wrangle our trio, I know plenty of people who manage much bigger families than ours, often with a huge sense of humor to get them through the more chaotic moments. For all you maxi-families who are juggling four, five, six (or more!) kids, there is now...

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