Author: Jeana

Big-city baby tees with undeniable urban cool

Having lived in big cities through my entire pre-kids existence, I admit to a pretty intense fondness for designs with an urban edge. So it’s no surprise I fell hard for this creative, city-inspired collection of cool tees for babies (and by proxy, for nostalgic moms). Miki Miette, a small Los Angeles boutique, offers a cute but limited online selection of clothing for newborns to 24 months. Created by a Japanese designer with a fab eye, the clothes offer a mix of both traditional and urban styles. They offer the usual adorable baby wear–like this sweet lavender ruffled outfit...

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Baby bottles that come close to the real thing. Or so we can hope.

When my daughter was a baby, she was a hardcore bottle protester. I went through every single bottle brand I could get my hands on at the local Target, hoping that one would magically work on the kid. Luckily, with Baby #3, I think I’ve found a bottle that I am hoping will avoid some of that hassle right from the get-go. This line of baby bottles from Comotomo might do the trick for any baby suffering from what experts call “nipple confusion.” (anyone else hate that term and want it banned forever? Not just us? Okay). The inventive...

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aden + anais just made summer a little cooler. Babies everywhere say thank you.

My daughter was born smack in the middle of the summer, so it was a constant battle to find fabrics that kept her comfortably swaddled but not too hot. Luckily, a new line of baby blankets and sleepwear from one of our favorite indie labels, aden+anais, makes it simpler to navigate the heat when baby #3 comes along. We love everything at aden+anais (they have Hello Kitty muslin!). We have included their swaddles in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, and the new line of bamboo baby swaddles and bamboo sleep bags make us love them even more. It’s so...

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A seriously rugged (and really cool) balance bike for older kids

Watching your kids learn how to ride a bike is one of those nerve-wracking yet awesome moments of parenting that you don’t soon forget. For some kids, it can take a bit longer to learn this fine art of balancing. And that’s where this bike comes happily into play. We’ve covered awesome balance bikes for toddlers in the past, like the Kazam and FirstBIKE. But this STRIDER SS-1 balance bike is geared toward kids a little older. Because of its larger size (designed for ages 6 and up), the STRIDER SS-1 16″ can benefit many kids — those who are a little older and haven’t...

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Dream a little dream of your baby (finally) asleep in a cozy bassinet

With my first two kids, the bassinet was a bedside fixture for at least the first month or two after their respective arrivals. Clunky and awkward, it was not exactly a charmer — and my wakeful babies didn’t seem too impressed, either. This time around, I’m trading up.   I’m betting the Babyhome Dream will create a luxe enough sleeping environment for the baby to convince him/her sleep through the night. It could happen, right? Dream, by the genius designers at Babyhome, can be used as a bedside bassinet, a travel cot, or a convenient, comfy place for a napping baby...

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Adorable baby booties that actually stay on. It’s real! We swear!

There is some unknown force that prevents socks from staying on babies’ feet. Probably the same one that makes socks magically disappear from dryers. Luckily, a new line from guava kids, guavaboots, is an answer to this ongoing conundrum and will be the solution for all those one-socked babies in the world. The new baby footwear from guava kids (we love their guavamitts!), are adorable bamboo-derived, organic cotton sock-booties that miraculously stay on through all those little baby kicks and wiggles. Thanks to Velcro enclosures which are completely adjustable, the guavabooties will stay on babies’ feet, regardless of how...

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Get in The Shade: the all-purpose, all-weather protector for baby

I firmly believe that the rule that applies to dogs should also apply to babies: always ask before touching. (Hey, let’s add pregnant bellies to that list, too). When my son was an infant, I was at the grocery store and a total stranger walked up and just started touching his face. Um, excuse me? But now there are a few new products that comes in handy when people are being, well, a little too handsy, the newest being The Shade from Imagine Baby. It’s a stretchy cover (think spandex material) that pops onto almost any size baby car seat...

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Juuuuust right: baby bottles go thermal

Oh, the bottle stage. I remember jiggling wailing, hungry babies whose only goal in life was to get some warm milk, and those minutes of waiting for bottles to warm would seem like hours. This time around, I’ve discovered a fantastic alternative to those dreaded bottle-warming-minutes. The organicKidz thermal baby bottles not only feature great designs, they keep liquids cold or hot for up to six hours. Genius! Now I did test that claim and found it to be mostly true, although it really worked best if the liquid was either super cold or super hot to start with...

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The coolest, funkiest nursing tops we’ve ever seen. About time!

My first baby was born in the dead of winter, which basically gave me an excuse to hide my pitiful spit-up stained shirts under a bulky coat. My second baby: summer. I just barely pulled off the shabby tank top look. Um, or maybe I didn’t. Time to start thinking nice nursing tops for the third baby coming in the fall! Mama FeelsGood is a cute online boutique based out of Bristol, England. They create adorable and funky nursing tops I’m already totally crazy about, and it’s not hard to see why, right? The layered look and the hip...

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Yes, nursing clothes can be fashionable

I’m hoping to nurse this baby of mine after it arrives in the fall. So I am mighty pleased to see that nursing attire has come a long way since the last time I wore it (five years ago). No more zip-up hoodies for me, that’s for sure. I’ve been checking out the selections at Milk Nursingwear and–squeeee!–I am already planning my fall wardrobe around some of the beautiful options they have from dresses to shirts, tank tops and more. And in lieu of using those traditional snap flaps that I always remember fumbling with, Milk Nursingwear has designed...

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A pregnancy care package subscription to make those 9 months a little easier to take? Yes, please

Every pregnancy is a gift and with this being my third, I still marvel at how miraculous the whole process is. But along with the miracle of life comes other “gifts” like massive indigestion, fatigue, bloating, and well, I’ll spare you the others. Just in time for my final pregnancy, I’m so happy to find a new service that sends moms-to-be like me a box of treats every month to make the pregnancy a little easier. The pregnancy care packages from Mommies First are customized to suit whatever month of pregnancy you are in. The sample box I got...

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The ultimate maternity camisole, made simple

I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’m cold all the time, or just like wearing lots and lots of layers, but for many years now, a camisole has always been a staple in my wardrobe. It also continues to be, now that I’m shopping for maternity clothes again only I want a really, really good one.   I like how a good cami just smoothes everything out but with my expanding belly, the camisoles that I used to wear are quickly becoming halter tops. Not a good or comfy look. Luckily, I have discovered a line of...

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Bumbleride Indie: Is it too dated to call it the Cadillac of strollers?

They say that it’s hard to improve upon perfection, but the newest Bumbleride Indie stroller has found a way to buck that concept. We have always loved this line of super sturdy and stylish wheels, and with the newest features, there’s even more to get excited about. The Indie actually shouldn’t just be called a stroller. It’s more like a stroller system that lets you stroll, jog, run, and most importantly, keep your precious cargo in the comfiest of settings. I was immediately attracted to its overall look. Sporty and sleek at the same time, especially this new aquamarine...

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The new Jonathan Adler diaper bags you’ll covet (no baby required!)

Even though I’m only in my second trimester (!), I’m all about planning, so naturally, I’ve already bookmarked some of my most coveted diaper bags (thanks to Cool Mom Picks). Too many choices! But it may have just gotten easier. The new line of Light & Luxe Jonathan Adler diaper bags in collaboration with Skip*Hop is a joy. We’ve long been fans of Skip*Hop diaper bags and accessories, and this one combines all the smart design and practicality with that modern look that Adler fans can’t get enough of. I love that the bag is incredibly lightweight, yet holds...

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