Category: Baby

Boost your beginner eater’s diet with these 10 best superfoods for babies and toddlers.

We here on the CMP team have a lot of collective parenting experience under our belts — or, uh, stretchy waist bands — and one thing that we all agree on is that starting solids is one of the most exciting and overwhelming developmental stages. There’s just so much info (that always seems to be changing) and pressure (mostly self imposed). Not to mention the mess (or is that just my issue?). But how cool to help shape baby’s eating habits and get them off on the right foot? Very cool, as long as you have a little practical...

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The most amazing new breast pumps that say, welcome, 21st century moms!

Any mom who’s used a breast pump recently knows that the old, tried-and-true breast pump design has been in need a serious makeover for a while. As a new mom myself, I feel so lucky to be nursing just as some of the coolest innovations in breast pumps are hitting the market! Here are three cool new breast pumps with technology that’s really blowing my mind. And just in time for National Breastfeeding Month, whoo! Here’s to more nursing moms experiencing as little stress, inconvenience, and uh, pain as possible. Related: The ultimate baby shower gift guide: bigger and...

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Oh, please please tell us they’ll come out with one for adults.

Since unicorns show no sign of going away — nor would we want them to — I couldn’t wait to share the most adorable baby gift ever: The soft, cuddly new unicorn hooded bath towel from Pottery Barn Kids. I saw it at a recent press event for all the new goodies coming out in time for holidays and uh, yeah. No way I was waiting until the holidays. Related: The coolest unicorn gifts for kids or kids at heart It would be such a jaw-dropper of a baby shower gift, or fabulous for your favorite toddler, especially when...

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A new baby swaddler that completely reinvents the baby swaddler. Whoa!

Is there really anything new in baby swaddlers. Not much, generally. Mostly variations on fabrics and Velcro positioning. But as a new mom myself, I am flipping out over the Kepi Kozy Support Swaddle and Dock. You heard that right: It’s got a dock. This swaddler system was created by a BTDT dad in order to not just help your baby get a good night’s sleep, but to support your newborn’s head and neck with a body-hugging “spoon” that tucks right into the fabric. As I recently discovered, supporting a baby’s delicate head and neck can be surprisingly hard work (and...

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The hipster baby carrier of the year, courtesy of Keith Haring

The upcoming Keith Haring special edition Ergobaby carriers are being promoted as a celebration of parenting and art. Which they are. But if you know about the vision of this now iconic pop artist, wearing these new carriers says so much more. Keith Haring’s rainbow palette and social activist themes have come to represent the importance of community and equality, especially for the LGBT community, ever since his graffiti started appeared around New York City subways in the 1970’s. So imagine a lot of parents will be thrilled to wear those values comfortably on their chests, thanks to two different styles of...

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Too cool for the kiddie pool: We’ve got 5 of the cutest reusable swim diapers for boys.

While I love a classic sailboat print as much as the next mama, I’ve been looking to find something a little fresher for my son’s big debut at the kiddie pool this summer. And OMG these reusable swim diaper for boys (and, hey, girls too!) are just the prints I was hoping for. These vikings, pirates, and turtles will let my little dude rule the kiddie pool in epic style — even with his floaties on. At top: Nageuret Premium Reusable Swim Diaper | Amazon CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 2017 EWG best safe sunscreens for kids and babies: Which is the most affordable? Turtles Reusable Swim...

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6 simple tips for making a baby book when you’re a busy new parent. You can do it!

One of the biggest mom guilt woes (or badges if you’re a proud Type B Mom) is the lack of a completed baby book. We hear it from so many readers over the years, and I get it! Even the best-laid plans can go south once there’s a real, live baby with needs — and an inability to sleep for more than 3 seconds at a time, in my case. Let alone when you have a second child. So we’re happy to welcome back our sponsor Artifact Uprising, which is just out with their new heirloom-quality Story of You baby book and...

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10 sweet first Easter gifts for the new baby in your life

If the new spring season also means a new baby in your family, don’t miss these 10 sweet first Easter gifts we’ve found at some of our favorite indie shops and makers this year. From keepsake ornaments to baby wraps so cute you won’t be able to resist Instagramming them, these are our favorite first Easter gifts for babies this year. As if you needed an excuse to spoil them any more, right? CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 15 cool bunny gifts to fill up your baby’s Easter basket Every kid needs their own Easter basket, and I love these handmade custom...

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100+ adorably geeky baby names for 2017 and beyond. No Anakin included.

Considering geeks now rule the world — or at least the box office — we’ve rounded up tons of adorably geeky baby names for parents who want a baby name that reflects a love for Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and Stranger Things. Hey, maybe you fell in love and uh…conceived after the Red Wedding episode. Who knows? Many of these geeky names, or at least their derivations, will go unnoticed as anything geeky-cool by your friends and family. But the parents in the Joss Whedon shirts at the PTO meeting? They just might give you a secret fist...

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Bitchen! Found these totally tubular 80’s clothes for rad babies, like, yours, you know?

So like, the 80s are toooootally back, you know? And like, as much as we loved the rad shark romper from Rosie Pope that we just shared, turns out there’s a lot more to love in her collection of righteous new 80s inspired baby clothes for little dudes and dudettes? All those rainbows, surfboards, and unicorns like, make me want to dig up some Bangles cassettes and do that Molly Ringwald in Breakfast Club happy dance. The prices teeter between Target and Gap; you can grab a five-pack of 80s baby bodysuits at our affiliate Amazon for just $32, or a five-pack of awesome bibs on Rosie’s...

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10 of the best, thoughtful gifts for newly adoptive parents and their kids

As a newly adoptive parent, I’ve received a lot of generous adoption gifts from friends and family that celebrate our daughter’s culture and heritage, and speak volumes about the fact that she came into our family in a way very different from our other three children. Of course, like any new parent, an adoptive parent would welcome home cooked meals, gift cards, boxes of diapers. But if you’re looking to give a more meaningful or sentimental gift, I’ve pulled together 10 of the best adoption gifts that I would love to have received myself. Each one of these is sure to get a very...

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Can it be summer now? Please?

If we ever needed one more reason to wish we could blink and have it be June, it’s so we could slip our girls in this ridiculously adorable shark romper from Rosie Pope. A shark romper! For babies! And girls! You can understand my excitement, right? Of course you can. Because it’s a shark romper. For girls. And okay, boys too. Hammerheads are equal opportunity outfitters, of...

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14 sweet and modern Valentine’s Day gifts for babies | Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

For new parents, Valentine’s Day gifts for babies who will never remember the day, is of course just one more way to justify buying something adorable. So this year, we pulled together 14 sweet but modern Valentine’s Day gifts for babies that are so fabulous we hope you’ll cherish them even after the holiday is over. Some might be keepers for years. (And, hey, if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day gifts for kids who are a little older we have that covered too.) CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: More cute Valentine’s gifts for babies. Because babies!  Freshly Picked Sweetheart Moccasins How sweet are...

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New Jersey parents of newborns can take home baby boxes filled with everything—even a bed.

When I was an overwhelmed brand-new mom, I wished for a magical box that would somehow contain all that my newborn would need: Diapers, health supplies, onesies, how-to guides, a baby bed for safe sleeping. Yes. An actual baby bed. In a box. It turns out that the idea isn’t only real, it can be life-saving. And thanks to The Baby Box Co., 105,000 new families in New Jersey will experience them firsthand — for free! Related: Safe sleep sources on SIDS and more The creators of The Baby Box Co. were inspired by a 75-year-old Finnish initiative that sends new families home with baby boxes after they’d received prenatal care and...

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From the OMG files: The portable changing table that hangs from the bathroom stall door.

Until there’s a changing table in every restroom — male and female — one company has come up with an innovative solution in a portable baby changing table. And it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. The Baby Change-n-Go was designed by two moms with toddler twins, with the hopes of saving parents a whole lot of grief when the only option is to change your baby on the bathroom floor (ew) or in your lap. It’s small enough to fit in your diaper bag until you need it. Then you just unfold it, and basically slip over the top of any public restroom stall door. Fold it down, and you’ve got...

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5 wildly cool STEM bath toys to inspire future scientists. (Even if they can’t spell scientist yet.)

If your kids are getting older and casting off rubber duckies for something a bit more stimulating when it comes to bath toys, we’ve tracked down some very cool science-based bath toys with an educational spin that might do the trick. Even though little plastic cups keep kids entertained (and certainly have educational value all on its own), these 5 fun STEM bath toys go a little further to teach the youngest kids fundamentals of water science while cutting no corners on fun or imagination. Consider giving one to your budding hydro-engineer or future architect, or wrapping it up as a smart, educational toy for your...

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Bring on the holiday cheer with 4 great gifts for new moms that support amazing causes too.

If you’ve already checked out our awesomely extensive holiday gift guide this year, which of course we hope you have, you know we’ve handpicked the very best gifts for pretty much everyone on your nice list — from your hard to please mother-in-law to that coworker you want to impress without spending more than $15. And, of course, we couldn’t forget about gifts for new moms. So here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts for new moms that support amazing causes too. Because we all know new motherhood is one gigantic step toward remembering to put others before ourselves,...

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8 of the coolest high-tech baby gifts that new parents will actually use | Baby registry essentials guide

There’s a ton of high-tech baby gear out there these days — but not all of it is stuff we’d actually use or recommend. I mean, just because you can invent a training potty with an iPad stand that doesn’t mean you should. So we put our heads together and took a good look at some of the very best high-tech baby gifts you can find, narrowing it down to 8 we think are definitely worth a spot on your own baby registry. Speaking of which, we’re thrilled to present this next post in our monthly Baby Registry Essentials Guide on behalf...

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Unicorns make feeding baby more magical. Because, unicorns.

There’s nothing more magical than holding your baby close as you fill that chunky little tummy. Well, except for maybe unicorns. Yep, unicorns are more magical. And now you can have both. The limited-edition Unikiki Nursing Pillow designed by Tokidoki for Bébé au Lait is everything a new mom in your life would want this holiday season. The pillow itself is a dream — flat and firm on one side, plush and soft on the other, and puts your baby at the optimum height for a better latch and an easier feed. It also includes a handy, two-sided pocket, and both...

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9 terrific baby gift ideas to help baby (and mom) get more sleep | Baby Registry Essentials Guide

If there’s one thing we know that every new mom needs, it’s sleep. Lots of it. Lots and lots of it. So what better baby shower gift to consider than one aimed at getting her just what she needs? We are so excited to put together tons of recommendations in this next installment of our Baby Registry Essentials Guide series on behalf of our partner, Gugu Guru. It’s a free online baby registry that actually gives you custom product recommendations based on your taste and lifestyle, though when it comes to sleep, that’s something every single parent wants and needs. You’ll find all 9 of these smart gift...

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Adorable knit bunny, deer and unicorn winter hats for babies from Oeuf NYC. Because, of course you need this.

When you find a gift as adorable as these handknit animal hoodies and winter hats for babies from Oeuf (pronounced uh-f, it’s French for “egg”), I think it’s completely appropriate to ditch any baby gift registry suggestions and go rogue instead. I mean, what friend could blame you for skipping the bottle cleaner when these are an option? These knit hats and hoodies are hilariously charming and sweet, with a whimsical sense of modern style to them. Seriously, buy the unicorn hat instead of the diaper pail liners. You won’t regret it. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: The Baby Registry Essentials...

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We’re in love with these Rookie Humans crib sheets for amazing naptime instagrams without all the effort.

If you follow the magical baby portraits at Wengenn in Wonderland or the instagram glory of Laura Izumikawa, you know that naptime photography is no joke. I’m mesmerized by the way these moms create whimsical worlds for their babies and keep them peacefully sleeping long enough to capture the moment on film. But for others, like me, who may not have the same level of imagination, skill, and ahem, patience, to pull off these elaborate scenes, there’s now an amazing easy alternative. Rookie Humans creates photo-ready crib sheets that frame babies in the cutest way possible, without all that work. Even if you’re not the...

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Our 6 favorite baby carriers and slings, in honor of International Babywearing Month

October is my favorite month, because: hot cider, changing leaves, and sweater weather. And let’s go ahead and add International Babywearing Month to that list of loves too. As a new mom, I had plenty of unwelcome advice from strangers to not “spoil” my babies by holding them too much (which, if you were wondering, is not a real thing), but I just let that roll right off my back. Keeping them close to me was a huge comfort to us both, and sometimes, even now, I miss those months of snuggling all day long. So, in honor of babywearers everywhere, we...

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The smartest pair of leggings your kid will ever wear.

When we say these leggings are smart, we don’t just mean they hold up well after washing. Although they are well-made and do hold up to repeated washings without shrinking, fading, or losing shape, what really impresses us are the amazingly cool, creative, intellectual designs — famous works of art, strong women of history, philosophers. Who wouldn’t want to wear the periodic table on their rear? Smarty Pants are the geniuses behind these clever, cultured leggings for kids ages 6 months to 3 years. These designs go way beyond unicorns, stripes, and polka dots (which we love, too!). There’s Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, and Bell...

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6 adorably easy Halloween costumes for babies all from items they can wear again. Yay for that!

Putting together these ideas for easy Halloween costumes for babies, all featuring clothes and accessories they can wear again, wasn’t just fun — it was very personal. I know I’m not the only parent who doesn’t look forward to spending a lot of time or money on a Halloween costume that will be worn once. (Looking at you, overpriced pea-in-a-pod costume that my first baby wore for a grand total of 45 minutes.) In fact, last year, I realized that every item in my then 8-year-old daughter’s dream costume (Gwen from Total Drama in case you’re wondering) was something she wore again. I may...

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The cutest sleep sacks that can actually help babies and toddlers get more ZZZs.

Since becoming pregnant with my first child, I’m trying to absorb all the advice, dos and don’ts of taking care of a baby before I have the baby. (Fortunately, working with all the moms at Cool Mom Picks is a huge help!) One of the things I didn’t actually know is that blankets and stuffed animals in the crib are a no-no, so I’ve been researching the cutest sleep sacks for babies and toddlers. I’m looking for something snuggly, safe, and also easy for parents to use, because sleepless nights require all things easy. (Am I right, BTDT parents?) Thankfully, I’ve found some seriously adorable sleep...

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Adorable silicone teethers that look just like donuts and other treats. Sweet!

Every good baby deserves donuts and ice cream and Oreos… at least in the form of adorable silicone teethers. Not only are they so delicious, you just want to gobble them up (the teethers, not the babies), they’re also super safe and carefully constructed. That’s one less thing to worry about. Oh, and the donuts contain no trans fats. Heh. Related: Teething toys so beautiful, they’re like your baby’s first accessory.     The teethers, which we found at Spearmint Love, are made of 100% food grade silicone and can be chilled for added relief while teething. The ones that come with...

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11 times new parents have thought WTF, how is this my life?

Sure, those prenatal classes and baby books may prepare you for labor, breastfeeding (kind of), and baby milestones. But there are so many truly insane moments as a new parent that create a stark difference between your new life (i.e. slave to an infant) and your old one (i.e. slave to the sales days at your favorite store) and we had the best time remembering some of our favorites. This post is graciously brought to you by one of our favorite infant brands, FridaBaby, because they not only have a great sense of humor, but they know a little something about...

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Honest election diapers for bipartisan babies

Now your baby’s bottom can get political this election season with these limited edition Honest election diapers that are eco-friendly and bipartisan-friendly, too. (Great for split households.) Related: Get political with these new TOMS shoes We’ve been longtime fans of Honest diapers and not just because we have a girl crush on Jessica Alba (who doesn’t, seriously?). Not only are they freaking cute, they’re made from sustainable, plant-based materials, without chlorine processing or additives, but still keep babies dry. Not included, however, is the Sharpie. To make them your own DIY partisan diapers, of course. Heh. You can order the Honest election diapers...

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