Author: Esther Chen

Ergobaby launches a nursing pillow which could be a game-changer for achy backs everywhere.

It’s probably going to get me kicked out of the state of California where breastfeeding is a religion, but I’m just going to say it: Breastfeeding can sometimes suck. Literally and figuratively. Obviously, it’s rewarding in countless ways, which is why nursing moms willingly scarf down fenugreek, pump in between office meetings or in the dead of night, and generally lose their sanity sometimes. But I think we can all agree that the nursing moms need support in all kinds of ways, and that the last thing we need is to be hunched over and uncomfortable while breastfeeding, right? Well, exciting...

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Two nursing sports bras that will have you looking like their hot catalog models in no time. (Ha.)

Since my baby literally can’t be without me for more than 20 minutes without starting a scream-fest — I’m just that special, I guess — it means I need to be ready to feed pretty much at all times. Like, the second I arrive home from a workout. And that means I need a good nursing sports bra. It seems unfair that moms don’t have a million fantastic nursing sports bra options in this day and age, and I’ve been looking for great ones. I do wish I had more to share with  right now (I bet you and I can name several major brands that...

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Baby socks that stay up? We found them!

It’s a small #firstworldproblem as far as parenting goes, but baby socks that don’t stay up are one of my pet peeves. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve spent more money than I care to admit on tiny pairs of socks the last two years, but it just sucks when one sock goes missing or sometimes, when both mysteriously disappear. Knowing that I’ll never be as organized as I want to be, and that I’ll never get my two-year-old and four-month-old to cease pulling or kicking off their already-loose socks, imagine my delight to discover Little Grippers socks, a UK brand that specializes...

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The sweetest and sassiest new swaddle blankets for spring and summer: Bunnies, birds, bees and zoonicorns

I think I probably speak for most parents of young babies when I say that swaddle blankets are my life. And ironically, mostly not for swaddling. I mean, yes, my kids were wrapped up like burritos in the early months, but those handy swaddle blankets also doubled as nursing covers, sun shields, emergency burp cloths, picnic blankets…you name it. So in honor of all you lucky parents of babies just arriving, I rounded up a variety of styles for spring that I love — from traditional to modern to quirky — that will have you brainstorming new excuses to buy more swaddles.   Canada’s Lulujo continues to launch irresistibly cute...

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New baby memory books for parents who find other baby books a little too traditional.

Being a parent definitely makes you realize how fast time flies by. Case in point: my baby girl, who I feel like I had yesterday, is almost ready for solids. Meanwhile, my nearly two-year-old son is spitting out new words every day. But when you’re running on zero hours of sleep, who has time to document all of baby’s milestones let alone turn them into something Pinterest-worthy? Well, the adorable new baby memory books from Lucy Darling were designed with busy, sleep-deprived parents in mind. And if all the traditional, cutesie, pink gingham and baby blue chevron books aren’t your speed, I really think you’ll like...

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The baby booster seat you’ll be sad to outgrow.

As you might imagine, we see a lot of baby gear ’round these parts (yes, I’m still a southern girl at heart) and that includes all kinds of booster seats. But the new Mamas & Papas Baby Bud booster is worth a look for several reasons, not just because it’s nice to look at. Of course looks are probably not the most critical feature when it comes to boosters, this one’s definitely easier on the eyes than most I’ve seen, in a lovely neutral putty color, along with some more colorful options like lime and teal. Hey, if you’re going to look at it in your dining room every day...

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Piki Piki: It’s a bike! It’s a trike! It’s the new top of your toddler’s wish list.

Vroom vroom! That’s the sound of one very happy 21-month-old zooming around in my living room on the Piki Piki from Gallo and Spence Toys, a great new bike-trike hybrid for toddlers and preschoolers. And with my own toddler (and soon-to-be toddler, eek!) am so happy to have found this! Made in the USA and created by a mom and dad who grew up in South Africa where they still get that independent play is more important than hovering over your kid every moment, the three-wheeled Piki Piki offers toddlers the independence they crave– while reassuring slightly nervous parents like myself with its solid...

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We’re mod for Petunia’s chic new diaper bags

Maybe it’s because spring is officially in the air, but mamas, I am definitely in love. With a diaper bag. More specifically, with the new Mod collection from Cool Mom Picks favorite Petunia Pickle Bottom. With three modern diaper bags that any mom — or accessory aficionado — will find useful and stylish, the Petunia Pickle Bottom Mod collection features chic geometric patterns in three colors. Though the ex-New Yorker in me thinks you can never go wrong with black, the electric citrus and paprika would brighten up any stroller they’re attached to this spring. Related:  10 of the best diaper bags under $150     If size and versatility are...

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Teething toys so beautiful, they’re like your baby’s first accessory.

Next to sleeping and feeding, teething is probably the most-talked about baby topic on the hundreds of Facebook mom groups I’m a member of–probably because it always impacts sleeping and feeding too. Thus, my desperation to find cool teething toys that also have a little style to them since I know I’ll be looking at them every single day for ages. Mom favorite Chewbeads is already cornering the market on beautiful teethers for babies disguised as jewelry, and now they’re out with the 100% safe silicone Chewbeads Baby Gramercy Stroller Toy which conveniently attaches to car seat handles, stroller toy bars and even your baby’s jungle gym....

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Naturally gentle baby skincare from everyone’s favorite giraffe

Other than diapers and onesies when it comes to babies, is there anything more iconic than Sophie the Giraffe? Even my friends without kids recognize the now ubiquitous French baby teether. So so it makes sense that she’s branching out into the new Sophie la Girafe Bath and Baby line. (So fancy, that giraffe.) This is a new line of natural and organic beauty and bath products made just for babies, and when I say natural and organic, the folks who created the Sophie baby skincare line have really done their homework, eliminating potential allergens, synthetic perfumes and dyes, no-no’s for parents like parabens and phthalates, and...

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Foxes and pandas and trees, oh my!

I don’t know what it is about girls and purses. Maybe it’s that even the youngest of us naturally feel the need to have a bag for every occasion. But it’s never too early to start a healthy obsession with fun accessories, right? Which is why we love the sweet little coin purses from NYC-based Oktak that were just added to the Cool Mom Picks indie shop. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. Featuring cute pandas and foxes in fun colors, these tiny handmade coin purses would make a special gift for any girl...

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Goumikids newborn hats, mittens and booties: Designed to actually stay on.

Let’s be real, parents. Amid the cry-fests and all-night burp-a-thons, it would be tough to remember a single thing about those early months, if it weren’t for the photos we take and look back on later. (“Oh right! We went to Florida for a week…totally forgot.”). That’s why ridiculously cute baby accessories have a special place in my heart, and hey, they can even give us sleep-deprived parents that squee when we need it most. From Goumikids, the same geniuses who brought us those soft, stay-put baby mitts and baby booties that have become a Cool Mom Picks favorite, they’ve just launched adorable Goumikids hats that, like their other accessories, are more...

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The Happy Mat that saved mealtimes

My toddler seeks out new ways daily to make mealtimes all stress and all mess. Food on the floor, “non-slip” mat thrown in the air, liquids everywhere–you name it, he’s done it. It’s more than the OCD in me can handle some days–okay, most days–and it raises the question: do happy mealtimes really exist? Well, I have good news, my fellow neat freaks. It’s called the Happy Mat, made by a company called ezpz. (Get it? Easy-Peasy?) Created by Lindsey Laurain, a mom of three young boys who I know understands messy mealtimes, the sturdy, high quality silicone mat truly suctions to...

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Mama’s Milk Warmer: you’ll never have to wait for water to boil again

It’s 3 a.m. and your baby is screaming at the top of her lungs. You are trying to heat up breast milk as quickly as humanly possible. Microwaving creates hot spots and potentially burnt mouths. Placing a bottle in a pot of boiling water makes it bob up and down and almost always burns you. And that fancy bottle warming gadget you registered for? Much more complicated to use than anticipated. If you’ve ever tried warming breast milk from the fridge or freezer, chances are one of those scenarios rings a bell. That’s why a company called Nutto created  Mama’s Milk...

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CupCake washable nursing pads: an organic treat for breastfeeding moms

There’s nothing sexier than leaky boobs, am I right, breastfeeding mamas? Not. Having popped out a newborn just weeks ago, I’m currently leakier than a broken faucet and have already been in a few un-sexy, publicly embarrassing situations due to insufficiently absorbent nursing pads. Well, if your itchy disposable pads consistently fail you like mine do, it’s time to check out Cake Maternity’s CupCake washable nursing pads. Made from organic cotton, CupCake nursing pads are machine washable and customizable depending on your milk flow. The outer layer wicks away and transfers moisture to the inner cotton hemp fleece layer to keep you feeling dry. The...

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The 5 best double strollers from our favorite baby gear pros. (And a sneak peek at the newest ones coming out!)

File under problems I never thought I’d have: Agonizing over double strollers. With a 17-month-old in tow and a brand new baby, I’ve been feeling the pressure to pick the perfect ride. If I was still in New York where my primary means of transportation were my own two feet and unpredictable winter weather was inevitable, I just might be plunking down serious cash for a Bugaboo Donkey. But now that I drive just about everywhere in sunny California, my priorities have changed. How easy is the stroller to fold? How heavy and wide is it? Will it fit in my trunk? Is side-by-side...

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Baby Comfy Nail: a baby nail clipper you won’t be afraid to use on a newborn

I remember putting off trimming my son’s nails for days when he was born, because I was afraid of accidentally cutting his delicate fingers off with the baby nail clipper and suddenly finding myself in a scene worthy of Quentin Tarantino. Not so with my newborn baby girl. I’m a little more confident now, plus I tried out Baby Comfy Nail safety clippers on her super soft one-week-old nails, and they worked like a charm. The concept is pretty simple. Baby Comfy Nail only has one blade! The bottom plastic edge pushes your baby’s skin back and out of the way as the top blade trims her nails.  I...

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The cutest baby ballet flats. Dare you not to squee.

The days of fabulous heels are gone for this ex-New Yorker. Pregnant or not, I live in cute, comfy flats these days. And although I’m not the matchy-matchy type, expecting a little girl has me thinking about the occasional mommy and me outfit that wouldn’t make 25-year-old me roll my eyes. So when I heard that Linge Shoes, known for their stylish grown-up ballet flats, was coming out with ballet shoes for babies and kids, I leapt at the chance (ha) to check them out. Linge Shoes’ baby ballet flats are made of soft leather, and so colorful and precious they make me want to enroll my daughter in ballet class right now–and...

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Bunzi: A first balance bike for toddlers that doesn’t break your budget

If it’s not yet clear from the pages of Cool Mom Picks, the holiday season is upon us. And for a lot of us, that means time to come up with a standout holiday gift for the little guys and gals on our shopping list will be a hit without breaking the bank. You may know we’re big fans of balance bikes here, from the Y-Bike that grows with your child, to Christina’s top pick, the Micro-Mini 3-in-1 scooter which transforms from balance bike into a mini-scooters to grow with your child. Now there’s one tailor-made for the youngest biking enthusiasts, and get this: this awesome first balance...

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Nutribaby Food Processor: Possibly the new must-have baby registry item

So yeah, making your own baby food can become daunting and tedious surprisingly fast, even for people like me who love to cook, and even if we have awesome baby food gadgets like the excellent Beaba Babycook. But even with the Beaba (and other similar products), I often had to steam one ingredient at a time since each required different amounts of water and time to cook properly. Also, the smaller capacity meant spending double or triple the time to make a decent batch of food to freeze so I didn’t have to do it all again the next day. Problem solved, now that French company Babymoov has...

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