Author: Stephanie Slate

Our fave baby milestone posters, now in 5 great colors

I’m a big fan of everything from Strange Birdy Studios, so I was excited to hear that they’ve expanded their My First Year Poster range to include some gorgeous limited edition colors, as well as a customized version.   There are five new color combinations available, each one cooler than the next. And for a really special new baby gift, there is also a customizable version of the poster. Imagine how much a new mama would love a poster with her precious baby’s name and birthdate printed right on it. These posters are so great for busy parents (which...

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Pump up the jammies

With spring on the horizon, everywhere I turn I see cotton-tailed bunnies, woolly lambs, and fluffy chicks. Not a bad thing, but you know what’s even cuter than spring critters? Kids in soft, snug cotton jammies, all squishy bums and chubby bellies. Adorable! So when I discovered this new line of pyjama perfection, I was one happy mama. {Don’t miss an exclusive coupon code for CMP readers after the jump!} OM Home is a new line designed by a mom duo from Toronto and made in Canada. And the Jasper Collection pyjamas–which fit from 6 months right up to 10 years–do not disappoint....

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Babywearing dolls? Whoa, the cuteness.

I’ve done a lot of babywearing in my day. A lot. And though my “baby” is a hand-holding toddler now, my daughter still remembers her little brother’s carrier days and wears her own doll babies with pride. While it’s no secret we at CMP love babywearing, it’s not often I’ve come across a really great babywearing doll. I just love the adorable Babywearing Mommy Doll (with equally adorable baby, of course!) from the Freja Toys Etsy shop. She’s so sweet and happy toting her baby around in what must be the world’s tiniest ring sling. And with several hair...

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This personalized set of pins will bowl them over

Growing up, I used to love spotting my name on keychains, toothbrushes, shoelaces, and whatever else happened to be hanging on those spinning racks by store cash registers. Kids today–well, my weirdly named kids, at least–don’t always have the same fun name-spotting opportunities as I once did. That’s why I always get excited when I find great customizable gifts for kids, especially keepsake-worthy ones like this. These Personalized Wooden Toy Skittles (no, not the candy) from KeepsakeToys fit the bill perfectly. Durable and plenty of fun for indoor play, this 10-pin wooden bowling set can be personalized with up...

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The baby keepsake for parents short on time. So, like, all of us?

Quick, how old was your baby when he started rolling over? What were her favorite foods? When did he first laugh? If you’re anything like me (seriously, I’ve been known to forget their birthdays and mix up their middle names on occasion), it’s nice to have a little help in the remembering department. Which is why I am such a big fan of everything from Strange Birdy Studios, a cool design shop just for parents that we recently discovered. Infographic meets baby book meets family heirloom in the new Milestones Poster, with over 40 spaces to fill in. Parents...

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It’s National Hat Day! Why not celebrate with a new hat?

Cover your noggins, people! It’s Hat Day, a tragically overlooked holiday, in my opinion. Here it is, January 15. And to my knowledge, there have been exactly zero fez parties planned, zero berets exchanged, and zero Viking helmet cards sent. A crying shame, particularly given how much we here at CMP like hats, hats, and more hats. And so in honor of National Hat Day, I’m going to let you in on two little hat secrets of mine. I’m talking hats so spectacular, you will get stopped in the streets daily by people wanting to know where you got...

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Letting your kid draw on the furniture

Every once in a while, my toddler and I will be walking through our house when he stops, points, and says his sister’s name. Why? Because she has so kindly written it or drawn a picture in that very spot. On the wall. Or the door. Or the kitchen cupboard. It seems it’s time for her artistic self to spread her wings and, you know, draw on some paper, or something. Which is where CMP favorite, P’kolino, comes in. The line has a few new products that have caught my eye, most specifically, the gorgeous Chalkboard Bookshelf (above) and the Tabletop...

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Mighty mittens that stay put so kids stay warm

In my neck of the woods, it seems the snow is now here to stay. And with the cold, snowy weather comes the whining. And the complaining. And the putting-a-pair-of-mittens-on-your-toddler-sixteen-times because you know, he keeps pulling them off. So I’m happy to see that CMP-fave mimiTENS has now created a new line just for babies and littler kids. MimiTENS stay on and the kids keep warm because these Canadian-made mittens have a long, stretchy cuff that goes over a child’s arm, keeping their mittens right where you want them. We Canadians know a thing or two about keeping warm, after...

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Bonjour, organic baby playmat. Au revoir, fussy baby.

Sure, babies are cute and all. Still, sometimes a mama has to set her wee one down in a safe place so she can do something really exotic–like wash her face, or maybe flush a toilet. Quelle horreur! When they can’t crawl yet (oh, the luxury), those baby playmats sure do come in handy. Bonus points if they happen to be chic, fair-trade, organic cotton playmats designed in France. Created by a pair of French sisters who were looking for a comfortable, safe, modern design option for one of their own babies, this delightful, interactive Organic Baby Playmat from Deuz is bright...

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Birchbox Home arrives, whoa! A new reason to stay in on Friday nights

We’ve already have described how much we love Birchbox from the day they launched since, well, who doesn’t love a hot pink box filled with amazing high-end cosmetics samples delivered to their door each month? So it will be no surprise to hear that we’re ridiculously excited about two brand new Birchbox developments. Just in time for the holiday season, Birchbox has announced the launch of Birchbox Home, their brand new pop-up shop. And I won’t lie to you, I’m already drooling. With everything from pretty Ikat nesting bowls and gourmet vanilla bean sugar to the super-cool Jonathan Adler...

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Wooden sweets for your sweets? Sweet!

My kids absolutely love to play store. They’ll gather up whatever small toys they want to sell, set them out, and then yell at me until I agree to buy something. (They need to work on their customer service a little.) I imagine my favorite shopkeepers would happily extend their offerings to sweets if they saw the adorable wooden candy store sets from a brand-new Etsy shop I found. Snugglebug University at Etsy is pure sweetness. The Wood Snow Cone sets (below) are amazing, but I love the two Deluxe Wooden Candy Store sets best. They’re packed with little whoopee pies, candy peach rings, money,...

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Change the world by changing your socks. Really.

I don’t tend to spend much time thinking about my sock purchases. Half of my socks tend to get lost in that treacherous journey from laundry hamper to dryer, anyway. But I’ve just found an incredible site that makes shopping for socks–and good-looking socks, at that–an opportunity to change the world. I kid you not. The good folks at PACT have what they call “a movement designed as a clothing company.” (Love.) Each season, they design a collection of clothing inspired by someone doing something good. And then they donate money from the sales of the clothing to that very cause. ...

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Swaddle sweetness: a genius new product for fussy babes

It seems like no matter when you have a baby, a couple years later there’s a new product on the market you wish you’d had at the time. If it’s baby time right now in your world or a friend’s, you won’t want to miss this snuggly wonder. *sigh* Oh, how I needed the Zen Swaddle from Nested Bean.  This innovative new swaddling blanket is designed with lightly weighted (the key word is lightly) sections that mimic a parent’s warm, gentle touch and help soothe a fussy baby. For times when mama just wants five minutes of quiet time to brush...

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Buy one, gift one, make someone’s day: kindness comes in travel size

We adore this new trend of “buy one, donate one” products, in the model of TOMS Shoes. And now there’s one more, from a mom of two who took a personal tragedy and turned it into a truly inspiring company. After the near-drowning of her three-year-old son, Laura Metro founded WINK (When In Need of Kindness), a buy-one-give-one toiletry bag company.  When you buy one of her gorgeous toiletry bags, a similar one will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms. As Laura writes, “When a parent is in those rooms, things are not good.” These toiletry bags help bring...

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Feed the world with beautiful limited-edition art

My kids are getting to an age when they’re understanding that there are big differences between the way we live and how families around the world live.It’s pretty tough these days, though, for a kid to feel like they can make any kind of impact in a faraway country. Because, frankly, when you only have a couple of dollars a week at your disposal, it’s going to take a long time for it to add up to much. The beautiful Global Compassion poster from Children Inspire Design might be just the answer our family is looking for. Purchasing a signed, limited-edition poster for...

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My First Year posters and cards: second babies everywhere, rejoice!

As a mom of three, I had the best intentions of chronicling my children’s milestones–and the worst follow-through. I know I’m not alone here. If you’re expecting Baby #2 or #3 now, you’re in luck. I found a new approach to documenting all those sweet milestones that I think you’re really going to appreciate. If I’d had one of the new and wonderful My First Year Cards or My First Year Posters from Strange Birdy Studios, I think I would have been set. With space to fill in baby’s key milestones over the first year, they’re simple to keep up with and make...

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Welcome to The Studio: a brilliant resource for budding artists, scientists, chefs and their parents

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Kiwi Crate here at CMP. We love the concept: a subscription service for kids that sends out monthly boxes filled with superfun, educational activities. But now, we can also benefit from the creative minds behind the wonderful Kiwi Crate kits without spending a dime.  The Studio is a brand new online directory that’s packed with more than 500 projects, recipes and activity ideas to keep your family’s creative juices flowing. I’m already obsessing over all the Halloween ideas. My kids would go batty (heh) for the 3D Yarn Spider Web.  But The Studio’s...

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The most spectacular vintage paper dolls. We want them all!

Paper dolls are the perfect emergency boredom-buster to have on hand, at least if you’re our family; every fall, a bunch of annoying colds and coughs descend on my children, leaving at least one of them at any given time home on a school day, moaning “I’m boooooored.” I’m loving this wonderful Etsy find as an alternative to 12-hour movie marathons. We’re already big fans of the gorgeous collectible carved Alice in Wonderland dolls at Etsy shop Cart Before the Horse, but we’re so happy to find their awesome articulated paper-animal dolls which are just as lovely. Just cut...

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Shop green and do good? Count us in

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy shopping. Because, uh, I do. But a brand-new partnership between two very green sites, Vine.com and Healthy Child Healthy World, has me even more giddy about my shopping habit. And with a nice little discount for all of us too. Vine.com is a new online shop from the same people behind Diapers.com and Soap.com. Currently in beta, Vine is devoted to green, natural and sustainably sourced products, like Cool Mom Picks favorites gDiapers, Method and Plum Organics. Great premise for a shop, right? But here’s the cool part: when you make a purchase of $49 or more...

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5 of the most stylish metallic diaper bags

I’ve been noticing something in the land of designer bags these days. It’s flashy. And shiny. And very, very cool. The metallic trend is popping up in handbags everywhere, but that doesn’t mean that mamas can’t be part of it, too with one of these 5 beautiful diaper bag options we tracked down. No blindingly gold Studio 54 era bags either, promise. –Stephanie S. We’ve always been fans of timi & leslie bags at Cool Mom Picks, and their gorgeous Hannah bag in Pewter bag is an affordable, durable option that just happens to be vegan-friendly, too since it’s...

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