Author: Cool Mom Staff

Woodours bears – the one stuffed animal you might actually like as much as your baby

Personally I’m a fan of the Deglingos dolls, though I understand the quirky hedgehogs and crazy-eyed lobsters aren’t everyone’s cup of stuffed animal tea. But the brand new Woodours bears from the same French company, Ebulobo, I’d imagine will be irresistible to anyone. I’ve been excited to feature these stuffed bears ever since I found them at a trade show in the spring. They’re sort of a modern European take on the classic activity dolls that engage babies with squeaky bits, crinkly feet, teething pieces, vibration, and working pockets, but with great mismatched fabric accents and a cute, quirky...

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Busy mom tip – No time for notes, send postcards

Chasing after three young kids alone is a pretty good excuse for getting out of a lot of things, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel guilty about it, in particular, my tortoise-speed ability to send any kind of snail mail note. So instead of giving up completely, I’ve taken to sending out postcards instead – like the adorable Menagerie postcards I found at Mary Kilvert’s Etsy shop. This sweet, whimsical limited edition book of 22 postcards is part of the “Girls Can Draw” collective (cool!) and features the artwork of eleven different female artists. They’re a smart and...

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Looking to donate that extra Halloween candy? (Your scale says yes, please.)

Like it’s not bad enough that my kids toooootally ignored the extra hour of sleep thing this morning, they also started their day (at 6:20 AM) by plunging headfirst into the piles of candy. We told them they could pick 7 pieces of candy to keep, and the rest of their Halloween hoard — or at least the leftover candy daddy doesn’t steal — they’re donating. Our associate editor Christina just turned us onto some great options for Halloween candy donation, and we thought we’d add a few more to the list: Operation Gratitude Operation Gratitude sends care packages to...

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Baby slings with a story

I’d all but retired my baby slings with my youngest just turning one, but then I remembered how fantastic and handy slings are for toddlers (hello, hip carry!) thanks to Small Wish. It’s hard to go wrong considering the lovely fabric choices of their beautiful baby slings like my fave, the completely authentic African fabric sling (pictured), the careful construction, and the $39 price tag. Owner and mom Tracy Capobianco originally created these slings as a means to bond with her daughter, and is now setting aside a percentage of the profits to help with their upcoming Ethiopia adoption....

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Chill, groceries. Chill.

I love that the eco-bag revolution has taken over to the degree that even the nasty, old supermarket in my neighborhood is trying to encourage the use of reusable grocery bags. But one thing I’ve realized is that those cute canvas totes don’t do a lot in terms of keeping the ice cream from melting in the back of your trunk. So it’s very smart that mom-run and super eco-committed Blue Avocado has come out with their messenger-style Chill insulated bag. They claim it keeps food cold cold up to three hours — or hot, if you’re grabbing rotisserie...

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Cool dollhouse suggestions? Reader Q&A

My daughter is three and is interested in a doll house for Christmas. I would love to accommodate, but I am looking for something that is sturdy and made of environmentally safe products. Any suggestions? -Dee We’re doll house freaks around these parts, Dee. Heck, my son even loves playing with them. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of awesome dollhouses out there that fit your eco-friendly specs — although the workmanship and processes mean these environmentally responsible dollhouses are going to ring in much higher than your average mass produced plastic version. We’re huge fans of Plan Toys, who are...

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Etsy and Cool Mom Picks, sitting in a tree…

It’s no secret that at Cool Mom Picks we love Etsy. Love, adore, want to marry. But what we recently found out is that Etsy loves Cool Mom Picks and as you can imagine, we couldn’t be more excited! Kristen and Liz recently spent a lovely afternoon checking out their new DUMBO Brooklyn space, getting inspired by the creativity that radiates from every corner (even accounting), and eating some damn fine sticky rice. We’ll get our own photo essay up soon, but in the meanwhile, check out the article on The Storque. You might even learn some stuff you...

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Baby carrier covers prevent Cold Baby Toe Syndrome (CBTS)

When I had babies of Bjorn age, the Popopver saved my life. Or at least my winters. This fleecy, simple, mom-invented baby carrier cover was a great way for me to grab the kid, strap her on, and race out the door in the middle of January, without worrying about frozen extremities or stroller wheels stuck in a snowbank. I still stand behind the Popover, but there’s another carrier cover that’s worth mentioning too–the Thinsulite-lined Metro baby carrier cover from Brooks Pond which is wind-resistant, water-resistant, and so popular with parents, they discontinued their other two carrier covers this...

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Makeup bags get an eco makeover

Are you already putting together holiday gift lists? Or is that just me because I’m so busy working on our annual Holiday Gift Guide that I’ve got presents on the brain? In any case, I’ve just added the great looking eco-friendly makeup bags from Aster + Sage under the category of  “Get a bunch of these for holiday gifts because I know I’ll forget someone” so I figure I’d let you all know about them too. Like all of her great handbags, RISD pedigreed artist Linda Yesline handcrafts the makeup bags from fabrics made from recycled fabrics and soda...

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Sesame Street Couture

I admit that my daughter had one licensed Sesame Street shirt she got as a gift. I cringed every time she asked to wear it, not because I don’t like Sesame Street (who doesn’t like Sesame Street?) but because this one looked like it was designed by a blind monkey who had gotten a hold of Photoshop and some muppet clip art.  In any case, I’m way more partial to the handmade Cookie Monster shirt by Morfs. Made by designer and mom Julie Barger, the handmade shirt takes a more artistic approach to the classic blue guy, with a...

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