Author: Melissa

Maternity workwear staples for spring. (A.K.A. no yoga pants for you!)

Finding beautiful and appropriate maternity clothing to wear to work when you’re pregnant can sometimes feel like a fruitless effort. There were many times during my pregnancies that I had to cobble together an office-appropriate outfit with items in my wardrobe that were really more suited for lounging around. But thanks to some clever designers and some new brands,I’ve put together a slew of cute maternity work clothes out there for the season. This knotted short sleeve dress (above) from the famous New York maternity boutique Veronique, is a comfy yet elegant essential for every working mama-to-be’s wardrobe. It’s...

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An easy way to get your car seat from the car to the airplane

Going on vacation is top on my list of things I love to do. At the bottom of that list has to be schlepping things–like car seats–from my house to the airport. I just discovered a contraption that makes that schlepping at least a little bit easier. The new Roll ‘n Go Car Seat Transporter from Brica takes the grunt work out of getting your front-facing car seat (or convertible car seat) through the airport and to the airplane. The Transporter is basically a lightweight hand truck that allows you to easily attach your car seat and push it wherever...

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3 clever new mom gear essentials from Munchkin

With two kids under four in our household, we are huge fans of Munchkin. From eating essentials to bath time fun, they’ve hooked a lot of mamas up over the years. So I was psyched to get a sneak peak at their new lineup, only to discover three really helpful, innovative new Munchkin items for feeding, sleeping and potty training just out this year. Click Lock Sippy Cup Leaking sippy cups are the bane of my existence. There’s nothing worse than finding water or juice spilled all over the inside of your diaper bag–I’ve even had to replace a...

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Diane von Furstenberg for GapKids launches today, and we swoon

I love having two yummy little boys, really I do. But it’s times like this–when I hear that design icon Diane von Furstenberg is creating a girls-only collection for GapKids and babyGap–that I get a little envious of moms with daughters. [get a look at some of our favorite new DVF looks after the jump!] The DVF + GapKids and babyGap collection hits stores and online today. Not since Stella McCartney’s line with the retailer has there been such excitement about a collaboration. And with good reason. The mini-me prints and outfits take you into cuteness overload. The iconic...

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A safer diaper wipe? Yep.

It always scares me when I see a laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients on my baby’s personal care packages. Especially when said product is a diaper wipe, meant to touch the delicate nether regions of my little one. Thankfully, there’s a new wipe in town that contains only two ingredients–water and fruit extract. WaterWipes from the Irish brand DermaH2O, have just launched in the U.S. and they very well might be the purest wipes around. Made with 99.9% water and .1% grapefruit seed extract, these are wipes you can feel confident about. I am seriously turned off by any...

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Treehouse Tykes – A new flash sale site that stands out from the rest

Another members-only flash sale site, you ask? Well, yes. But this one’s got an awesome charity aspect to it, plus the kinds of kids’ brands for up to 70% off, that we’d happily buy at full price. The new flash sale site, Treehouse Tykes, not only tempts are wallets by offering CMP favorites like Manny & Simon and 7 A.M. Enfant, but has a very cool way to shop while doing major good: 10% of net proceeds will go to the school or charity of your choosing. Another way Treehouse Tykes is different is their “10-10-10” program. Every time...

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A stroller deal from Phil & Teds and Mountain Buggy to get excited about

Some deals are just too good to keep to yourself. Especially when it involves a stroller, since great buggies can be so pricey, but are so integral for every family with young ones. Two of Cool Mom Picks’ fave stroller brands, Phil & Teds and Mountain Buggy, will be offering their strollers on the chic flash sale site Gilt Kids tomorrow with an awesome accessory thrown in. It’s already sweet to get a Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle for $100 off the sticker price or a Phil & Teds Explorer for $130 off the price–but with either one, Gilt is...

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Nom nom nom…blankets.

My 10 month old is teething. That means he’s chomping on virtually everything in our house. (Kind of gross when he chooses the wheels of the stroller.) I found a cool new blankie with attached teething toys, so I’m hopeful he’ll start gnawing on more appropriate things. The Teether Blankie from Petites Frites has four awesome teething toys attached to its corners. The teethers, which include a maple wooden ring, two pima cotton hand crochet shapes and a stuffed cotton gingham star, are secured to the blanket safely. Though truthfully, they’re too big to be choking hazards in the...

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Marni for H&M – the ultimate cheap chic collaboration

At the very top of my bucket list of designers I hope to have hanging in my closet one day is Marni. I’ve always loved the Italian design house’s eclectic mix of prints and modern offbeat silhouettes. Now, thanks to a collaboration with fast fashion chain H&M, I won’t have to wait (or save a zillion dollars) to snag a piece of Marni for my wardrobe. The collection promises to be a stunner. Expect Marni’s signature geometric prints and creative mixes of color on everything from formal suits to loose dresses and summer coats. I have my eye on...

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LunchBots goes bento

For those of you with kids (like my son) who would rather eat just a little bit of everything instead of a big Dagwood sandwich, CMP favorite LunchBots is going to make your day. (If not your kids’ lunch.) The brand new LunchBots Quad is a new box, or bot, divided into four quadrants. I can’t wait to fill up this modern looking bento box with pretzels, apples slices, cut-up cheese and ripped up turkey breast for my son at preschool. It’s also great for snackers on the go, since it seals shut easily and stays that way. Besides looking cool, I love that...

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A baby bib cute enough to wear out of the high chair

The thing about bibs is that they are made to get dirty. So I’ve never really cared much about what they look like. But I just discovered a collection of bibs that blends practical and chic. The stylish baby bibs from Ah Goo Baby come with wrap around collars (great for not getting baby’s hair caught in the closure!) and are made in an array of very cool patterns. I love the pop-art poppy (pictured) as well as the zoo frenzy featuring a bunch of animals in a, well, frenzy-like pattern. Everything we’ve ever seen from this brand is...

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Baby baths get plush. (Yes, plush.)

Bath time in our house is no easy feat. There’s a lot of wriggling and crying–from both baby and parents. I think partly it has to do with the fact that our plastic bathtub is not the comfiest of landing spots for little tushies. To remedy that, I’ve found really interesting new option. The plush, flower-shaped bath seat insert from Blooming Bath is like nothing I’ve ever seen. It provides a soft, safe place for babies to rest their little bottoms during cleaning time–easier than bathing a newborn in a plastic bathtub that’s five times bigger than her body....

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New shapewear you can wear just about everywhere

Ah shapewear. How essential you are. After all, the beginning of every new year starts with the same pledge: “I will get in shape.” But this year, I didn’t even dare make that resolution–with a baby who doesn’t sleep through the night and a busy three-year-old, heading to the gym falls somewhere on my list between reading War and Peace and cooking four-course meals every night. That’s why I was psyched to discover two pairs of pants that hold it all in for me. The pants are from shapewear golden child Spanx and a new kid on the block...

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Betsey Johnson. Now making…cupcakes?

Just in time for fashion week, one of our favorite local cupcake bakeries is getting all dolled up for the occasion from one of our favorite designers and we couldn’t be more excited. Seems like pink cupcakes are the new black. New York’s Baked by Melissa mini cupcakes has teamed up with fashion designer Betsey Johnson for a New York Fashion Week confection oozing with fabulousness. The mini pink-a-licious Betsey Johnson cupcakes, made with pink tye-dye cake, pink vanilla icing, pink popping (think Pop Rocks) chocolate and glitter (of course!), are a fashionista’s dream come true. Johnson sent a...

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New glass baby food containers make it easy to wean off the plastic

I admit to using plastic food containers for everything from storing leftovers to housing fresh made baby food. Yes, I cringe every time I put them in the dishwasher and I do find it a pain in the rear to take the extra step of pouring the contents in a porcelain bowl to microwave the food. But it’s not easy finding glass containers that snap shut as easily as the plastic ones. Hooray for Wean Green (gotta love the name!), an eco-friendly line of tempered glass food containers with BPA-free, totally secure, and very pretty lids. What I love most about...

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Non toxic nails for non toxic kids

I’m so happy to have just discovered another adorably chic new line of non-toxic nail polishes, so I can have some worry-free fun with my nieces when we’re playing salon. Little Bu is a new non-toxic nail polish line from the UK for sophisticated little ladies (and okay, boys who love colorful toenails). We’ve covered natural nail polish before and are so happy there are some great options on the market, but Little Bu stands out by nailing it (literally) in the style department. As in, these are colors I really want to wear, too. I love that the polishes wash...

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The Bugaboo Cameleon goes purple for 2012

My favorite color is purple, which not an easy shade to find on a stroller–until now. The coveted Bugaboo Cameleon just added a gorgeous new shade of deep purple to its family and we’re digging it. But if you do too, you have to hurry! Obviously a Bugaboo Cameleon is a fantastic stroller choice, regardless of the color, but the gorgeous new deep purple hue ads a modern style statement, if red and navy aren’t your style. Unfortunately, it’s available only for a limited time–and only at Buy Buy Baby. But the Chameleon stroller itself will last you a...

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The coolest new water bottle on the block

I fully admit to drinking way more bottled water than I should, even though I’m aware of how bad the plastic is for the environment, let alone the risk of water that’s been marinating in chemicals used to produce said plastic. But now I’ve found alternative that could truly change my water-drinking habits forever. I just discovered the incredibly cool looking glass bkr bottles and have fallen in love. Although the concept of a reusable bottle is not exactly earth-shattering, the people behind bkr have managed to get me excited about just that. Yes, it’s made of glass, which...

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Baby mats go eco-chic

One of my favorite pre-bedtime rituals with my son is massaging his little feet before I put him in his PJs. He immediately relaxes and gives me the biggest smile. I usually do this routine on his changing table, which is never that easy because he squirms way too close to the edge for my taste. Thanks to a new beautiful, yummy-soft massage mat, I have a new, non-scary spot to give my little guy a rub down. The luxurious Quilted Massage Mat from the moms at Honeydumplings (the creators of those awesome buckwheat pillows) is one of those...

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Pink bedding for girls, hold the cavities

I’m a big fan of gender-neutral colors, especially for the nursery. For my boys’ room I mixed in the requisite blue with lime, red and brown, all of which I consider both boy and girl-friendly. When I saw the new ultra-modern pink nursery designs from Olli and Lime, I actually had a change of heart–they are that cool. We are already big fans of the toddler bedding from Olli and Lime, which is best known for its gender-neutral nursery designs, so when they introduced their first “all about pink” collection (our name), we were interested to see how they...

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