Author: Jeana

The Petunia Pickle Bottom Cake Collection: Have your cake and wear it too.

Having three kids is just fine by me, but Petunia Pickle Bottom almost makes me want to keep having babies just so I can keep using their gorgeous diaper bags year after year. I said almost. And kids or no kids, I think any woman would be excited to use a bag from Petunia’s new Cake Collection launching today, which we’re happy to give you a first look at exclusively on Cool Mom Picks. We have been fans of the highly coveted Petunia diaper bags (and clothes and accessories!) for a long time now and the re-imagined Petunia Cake Collection of bags still has us ogling its beautiful wares....

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Tummy time, big city style

As soon as my baby was ready for tummy time, I was vigilant about putting a nice blanket or playmat down for her to lay on, as anyone with a shedding dog can understand. While of course any blanket will do, you have to check out the fabulous  Wanderlust City Map Baby Playmats by Ella Lou which gives kids even more to explore without all the hanging toys and crazy lights and switches. These cute baby playmats are a great accessory (or baby shower gift!) for any household with an urban affection because they feature colorful depictions of San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York City. I...

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These cute personalized lunch boxes that go beyond monograms and first names

The sting of summer ending can be hard to bear, but I know that accessories always make me feel better. I mean uh, my kids. So take a look at this adorable line of personalized lunch boxes  by Itzy Ritzy for, of all places, Shutterfly. Maybe it will help? We have covered many lunch boxes,  but the Lunch Happens lunch bags may be the first line I’ve seen where you can personalize a lunch box with your kid’s name and pictures. It being Shutterfly and all. The designs are pretty cute — robots, fruit with faces, colorful photo bubbles. Once you’ve picked one, it’s really easy to upload photos from your...

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A perfect gift for baby-wearing dads, and their, um, sensitive areas

We’ve talked about baby carriers of all different kinds on Cool Mom Picks, but never before have we featured a product like the Kiccup, a baby carrier accessory that, shall I say, keeps all those cool baby-wearing dads’ parts protected from those dangling and kicking baby feet. My babies never really took to carriers, but in the few times I have worn them, I never considered the ergonomic challenges that dads have to face every time they wear a baby. But when you think about what’s in the baby’s kicking vicinity? A product like this starts to make a lot...

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Lil’ Sidekick toy strap for babies: The alternative to picking up that doll that your kid flings out of the stroller 100 billion times.

It’s been a while since we found a cool toy strap for babies and their strollers–as in, so long, that item isn’t even available anymore. So it’s nice to discover  Lil’ Sidekick, which keeps any item tethered to wherever your baby is sitting, and keep it from falling (or uh, “falling”) onto the ground. My baby is at the age where she is very grabby and will put anything in her mouth. But her coordination isn’t quite there, so whatever she grabs and gums, she inevitably drops. Over and over again. You with me mamas? If so, you’ll love Lil’ Sidekick, s a...

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…then comes aden + anais and Zutano swaddle blankets for babies. Obviously in the baby carriage

I’ve been a devotee of swaddle blankets for babies from day one, and five months in with Baby #3, we are still using our aden + anais muslin swaddle blanket for every daytime and nighttime snooze. And now that aden + anais has partnered with Zutano, another favorite baby brand of ours, I want to use these new, beautiful designs forever. You can still swaddle a three-year-old, right? The Zutano “Just for aden” by aden + anais collection is a colorful departure from the neutral and calming tones that we’re accustomed to from the aden line. Zutano’s bright colors and whimsical patterns like owls...

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An alternative to cabbage leaves: Nursing moms get relief from the weird, kind of wonderful NuzzleHUG.

Anyone who has gone through the highs and lows of breastfeeding knows that no matter how experienced you are, you’re bound to have moments of discomfort. Or worse. The truth is for some, nursing can be one big outright ouch, with afflictions from cracked nipples to mastitis (fun!). We’re all for breastfeeding, and so we’re all for anything that offers relief for nursing mamas in those difficult early weeks, so you can bet we wanted to find out more about the very weird but kind of wonderful NuzzleHUG. Admittedly our editors’ first reaction to a photo of the NuzzleHUG–well, let’s...

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WipesWraps: Something cute on the changing table besides your baby’s tush.

After the birth of my third baby, I was quickly jettisoned back into the world of nonstop diaper changes. For those of you still in that 12-a-day phase–or even if you just keep wipes in the car or the kitchen–the affordable, handmade WipesWraps by CleverRelish are an adorable way to make that generic wipes case a little prettier around the house. Some of the designs are a little off for me (that is the strangest “camo” fabric I’ve ever seen), but there are some nice simple stripes, chevrons, and prints like Cool Nordic that feel a bit more sophisticated. As for function,...

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Breast pump handbags that pump up the style

I’m always on the lookout for anything that makes life easier for nursing moms like myself (like these excellently cool nursing tops). And I can tell you from experience that returning to work after maternity leave is a particularly daunting process if you’re nursing and need to schlep a breast pump and bag of pumping accessories. Ugh. I feel like a Grand Canyon mule, lugging all of my pumping gear wherever I go. So I’m pretty pumped (heh) about Juno Blu‘s gorgeous line of bags — all specifically designed for pumping moms. How awesome is that? Juno Blu purses fit most breast...

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Jammies Pret-a-Porter: An extra-sweet stocking stuffer for an extra-sweet baby

I’m a sucker for cute packaging. Pair that with an even cuter baby outfit and you’ve got one adorable gift idea for any baby in your life who’s too young for chocolate Santas just yet. Jammies Prêt-à-Porter is an all-in-one gift for a stylish baby, coming in its own recycled, BPA-free plastic jam jar that can later be re-used for coins, crayons, and I suppose jam. But packaging aside, the real sweetness is in the contents inside the jar.   Each adorable outfit is beautifully made in the U.S., and super soft and cozy for newborn or baby up to...

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A Keurig machine for baby formula. No, really.

When I recently heard about the Baby Brezza Formula Pro, a new Keurig-like machine that dispenses baby formula, I chuckled to myself and thought, How hard is it to shake a bottle? But after re-experiencing the sleep deprivation that comes along with having a newborn myself (gah) I’ve decided this nifty device might be a winner for parents whose babies formula feed. If you can work a Keurig, you can work the Brezza. The Baby Brezza gives you one-touch access to pre-mixed formula that’s the exact amount you need and the right temperature you need it to be. When baby is ready for a...

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Gilt launches personalized sales, and a few other reasons this is still one of the best flash sale sites

If you’re like us and visit Gilt every day (fine, three times a day), to find chic new items for your wardrobe, home, or kids, you’ll be excited to hear about a new feature they just launched to make your shopping experience even nicer. As if getting great deals weren’t enough, Gilt’s new “Your Personal Sale” will present a curated 24-hour sale designed just for you on a daily basis. As in…you! Basically they look at your past purchases and browsing history to figure out what will be interesting to you, so when you log in you’ll see a...

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Two awesomely lightweight car seats your biceps will thank you for

Getting ready for baby #3 has required many a trip down to the basement to dig up all the gear we used with babies #1 and #2. Our old car seats were the size of woolly mammoths, though, ugh! Fortunately I’ve discovered two incredible new infant car seat systems on the market that may finally give arms a break. Long gone are the days of the really bulky car seats, at least when it comes to the Maxi Cosi Mico AP and the Nuna PIPA. Both boast a very lightweight frame, which is very helpful because even one pound...

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Rosie Pope offers a kind way to get that belly back in shape after baby

With an ever-expanding belly and a baby coming any day now, I’m already wistfully thinking about those blissful days when we didn’t have to suck in our bellies. (Ha.) I’m hoping to have some semblance of stomach muscles left after the delivery, but if not, I’m relying on this product from soon-to-be mom of four (whoa!) Rosie Pope, to help get that stomach flat–or flat-ish–while helping a great cause.   We’ve ben fans of Belly Bandit for years, and now they’re partnering with baby guru celeb and friend of Cool Mom Picks Rosie Pope to create a new organic, limited-edition version...

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Zippy nighttime diaper changes? We’re in.

As excited as I am about the impending arrival of Baby #3, one thing I am not particularly looking forward to is the sleep deprivation that arrives on the scene with a newborn. I recall with vague familiarity the middle of the night feedings and changings–and realizing in the morning that all the snaps on the baby’s PJs are mismatched. That will no longer be an issue with this adorable onesie.   The ZIPaboo is a revelation for all those weary-eyed parents fumbling with diapers and fiddling with snaps in the middle of the night. With a single zipper...

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Beaba goes from baby food to diaper bags in style

We’ve made no qualms about expressing our love for Beaba’s cool baby feeding products, from the awesome BabyCook Pro (included in our Baby Shower Gift Guide) to their folding bottle-drying rack. So when we found out that Beaba had entered the realm of diaper bags with a new line, we knew we had to check them out. The verdict? Nice work, Beaba. The new line of Beaba Diaper Bags is definitely a departure design-wise for the company, but, hey, we love a good surprise. These diaper bags come in several new styles with our favorites being the New York (shown...

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Think (and eat) out of the box with a monthly snack subscription

So here’s a chore I haven’t been missing this summer: packing endless school lunches. Argh! Trying to come up with variety and good nutrition for my kids drives me nuts. I’m already looking for new ideas for the coming school year, and I think I’ve found a pretty clever source. Boxtera is a monthly subscription service that delivers a big ol’ box of healthful snacks to your doorstep. Because of its focus on nutrition and overall health, Boxtera’s items are made from natural ingredients and minimally processed. They’re mostly organic and gluten-free (and sometimes vegan, too). In each monthly...

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Family game night gets educational. Just don’t tell the kids.

Ah, summer. It’s amazing what extra time you find when you’re not shuttling the kids back and forth to a zillion activities and games. We’ve been playing a lot of board games at our house–and some of our favorites come from a great company that not only offers fun and unique games, but ones with an educational slant too. Lakeshore Learning is well known for smart, engaging educational tools. When searching through the Lakeshore site, you’ll likely recognize many games from your children’s classrooms. There are literally hundreds of options for all age ranges–from infants to middle schoolers–and you can search...

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Document your baby’s firsts, Petunia Pickle Bottom-style

The first time I saw a diaper bag from Petunia Pickle Bottom more than eight years ago, it was love at first sight. Compared to the dowdy black diaper bag I had, it was a revelation to see the bright floral patterns and the attention to construction detail. We have come to expect amazing new designs every year, but we’re so delighted that they just launched a brand new baby book today, and we get to be the first to show it to you! It might even be the reinvention of the baby book. We’re excited about Petunia Pickle...

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Snazzy handcrafted baby shoes that really steal the show

If the baby I’m having next month is anything like me, the kid will appreciate a really good pair of shoes. (I’ve already passed that gene onto my daughter, who clamors for any beautiful pair of heels she sees.) I find most people focus on the baby clothes, but adorable shoes really make the outfit. And in the case of this Etsy shop I discovered? That cute romper set from Grandma might go unnoticed if Baby is wearing these. Sorry, Grandma! Warning: Visiting the Ajalor shop on Etsy will either make you want to have another baby stat, or you’ll...

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