Category: Bedding + Blankets, Burps + Bibs

A bandana baby bib with a pacifier clip. So simple, it’s genius.

There have been no shortage of clever products made since my kids have emerged from babyhood and the handmade bandana baby bib with a pacifier clip from SevenWhiteRabbits ranks high on that list. It’s quite a simple concept but one that’s so smart if you’ve got a baby who loves a pacifier. Take an adorable bandana bib (the most subtle of all the bib styles, by the way), then attach ribbon pacifier clip. Voila! A drool catcher and a binky catcher altogether. Oh, and a little hint: If you see a specific bib you like in the shop, just ask to have the pacifier clip...

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Handmade toddler blankets for your future hipster who will claim to have had one before they were cool

True story: when my daughter was born in 2006, I struggled to find a stroller blanket that wasn’t either pink butterflies or blue trains. I basically taught myself to sew just so I could make a black blanket with flame-printed fleece. So I’m jealous of anyone with a hip baby today who can take advantage of these gorgeous, hip, and super soft handmade toddler blankets from Designed by Artists. If you’re on Pinterest, you probably have a board donated to pretty typography and clever quotes (we sure do), and now you can have that modern design sensibility on your baby blankets too. Whether you...

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Spit-up stains? A Jedi suffers not this embarrassment, thanks to geeky baby bibs on Etsy.

The future is now, and geeky babies don’t have to put up with spit-up on their Bazinga! onesies. Whether you (and your Padawan) are into Star Wars, Star Trek, video games, ninjas, cassette tapes, or mustaches, this adorable Etsy shop has you covered–figuratively and literally. Bitti Bottom Designs is run by a geeky mom and offers all sorts of baby gear with a pop culture twist. From blankets to paci clips to baby carrier drool pads, you can even custom order the design of your choice with your favorite geeky fabric. Of course, we’re into the baby bibs, because spit-up...

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BTDT new mom tip: Spend more on the mattress, less on the crib

A newborn’s sleep is something moms take seriously–as in don’t-you-dare-turn-that-vacuum-on seriously. So we spend a ton of time picking out the perfect crib, and not a whole lot of time thinking about the mattress. I’m here to tell you to shift your mindset. We’ve loved Naturalmat for a long time for their completely non-toxic mattresses for little ones. If you’ve ever opened a new mattress for yourself and dealt with the fumes coming from it, then you understand why I’d rather my baby have a more eco-friendly option. Naturalmat has been committed to making all their products by hand (in...

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Modern baby quilts that don’t look like they came from your grandma’s attic

I’ve said before that a quilt is the perfect baby gift. That said, all families are different and all blankets are not created equal. That sweet pastel quilt you fell hard for might not work for your funkier friends–you know, the ones who actually dare to keep all their restored mid-century furniture with children. (At least for now.) Enter the gorgeous  handmade modern baby quilts from Nashville-based Twiggy and Opal, which I’m betting will be a hit with the mod crowd. Shop owner Jayne Willis makes every piece by hand, letting her instinct guide her style decisions as her inspiration pours in from her own children. At first glance...

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aden + anais + (RED): The brand new baby gifts that give gifts to babies around the world who need it most.

When it comes to charities helping moms and babies, I’m crazy supportive of (RED), a division of The ONE Campaign. Actually, we all are around here. Over the years, they’ve raised millions to bring life-saving anti-retroviral drugs to HIV+ moms and their babies in still-developing regions. It’s amazing work, really, and they keep adding fantastic brand partners from tech companies like Apple and Mophie to Bugaboo. But their newest collaboration might be one of our favorites—burp clothes and swaddle blankets they’ve developed with the wonderful folks at aden + anais. Ooh, we’re seriously excited about these. The aden + anais (PRODUCT)RED swaddles, dream blankets,...

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Scabib: Kind of a bib, only cooler.

With the popularity of the infinity scarf, why are we not surprised that clever designers are now making them for babies. Presenting the adorable–and yet surprisingly practical–scarf-bib called Scabibs, on Etsy. Is it a scarf? Is it a bib? It’s both, and we’re kind of in love. My kids drooled when they were babies. A lot. So I’m pretty sure I would have velcroed one of these Scabibs on my own kids  had I’d known about them back then.   This is no mere fashion choice. Scabibs are actually really effective in keeping babies’ drool where it belongs, as...

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Gorgeous organic baby blankets that are more cool than crunchy

Never underestimate the investment in a good blankie. I am a grown woman who still sleeps with one every night, even though I have to endure from my husband’s endless teasing. And the organic baby blankets from the aptly named Organic Quilt Company can get new babies started off on the right foot with some amazingly gorgeous  options. From modern and simple to bohemian and sweet, each design from this Montreal-based company features warm, rich colors and whimsical patterns that suit nearly any taste. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, no worries: you can request a custom design....

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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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Mod, organic swaddling blankets for cool moms. And cool babies.

There is nothing sweeter than a new baby, swaddled up like a little burrito. Especially if it gets the kid to sleep at last. (You know what I mean.)  Not surprisingly, the baby swaddling blanket market is heavy on  patterns of precious teddy bears and rubber duckies, so I’m happy to find swaddlers for modern mamas in the market for something a little different.   There is hope out there for those of us interested in baby gifts that are more chic than cutesy. Etsy’s Wren & Rumor shop has baby blankets in amazing fabrics that have turned our...

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Gender neutral crib bedding ideas? Reader Q + A

Hi Cool Mom Picks! I’m looking for some cute gender neutral crib bedding ideas for my surprise baby who will be here soon. I like modern design and bold patterns but I’m open to other ideas. Can you help? Thanks, Julie   First of all, congrats Julie! And yes we can definitely help in the gender neutral crib bedding department. Here are just a few ideas I love right now–modern, playful, and 100% pastel-free in a variety of color ranges that work for any kid at all.  Hope one is just right for you and your style. 1.YELLOW CRIB...

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Organic swaddle blankets from Aden + Anais join with the The Honest Co., and babies everywhere fall to sleep in style

We were wrapping our wee babes in Aden + Anais’ soft muslin swaddle blankets long before today’s babies were even a twinkle in their fathers’ eyes. But, for today’s lucky kids, Aden + Anais has partnered with another one of our favorites baby brands, The Honest Company, to develop an exclusive collection of organic swaddle blankets that are ready to put your baby to sleep and here’s a first look at them.   Aden + Anais’ Up in the Air boxed set of three swaddlers features gentle designs in non-toxic, low-impact dyes that will have your baby dreaming about stars,...

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Modern nursery decor to welcome babies, without a princess crown or a train in sight.

It’s been a while since I found handmade modern nursery decor and crib bedding that made me yearn (almost) for an opportunity to redecorate a nursery, and I’ve definitely found it with the Ivie Baby Etsy Shop. You can choose from tons of modern designs. I think what I like best is how they’re all gender-neutral and free from baby room clichés; no ballerinas, no airplanes, no bunny rabbits. Those graphic grey and white crib sheets or lime green pillows are perfect for any baby who gets to spend those early months amidst a modern nursery — and are...

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15 beautiful baby gift ideas from Jacadi for fall and winter babies

featured partner Every time the new Jacadi baby seasonal collections come out, we swoon. Especially this season when there’s so much cuddly adorableness for babies to keep them snug and warm, including Jacadi’s brand new home and nursery collection. Those are some lucky babies! Here, 15 of our very favorites little luxuries for baby boys and girls (from one of our very favorite sponsors), should you have a shower coming up, a special new niece or nephew to shop for, or a Grandma who likes to spoil her grandbaby but could use a little nudge towards the stuff you...

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Chevrons: Yep, still in.

Winter is just around the corner whether we like it or not, and with the chilly weather comes all of those extra layers for baby (and the extra hours to get out the door!). When it comes to combining style with warmth for the littlest ones, no one does it better than 7 A.M. Enfant, easily the BMW of stroller blankets. And their newest offering injects some serious style into your baby’s winter getup. I love the new chevron-striped B212 Evolution stroller blanket and not just for its great looks. The original B212 Evolution won a stroller-blanket smackdown I did a few winters...

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Aden + Anais makes cozy sleeping bags for babies. And we’re jealous.

You know we love swaddling. And you know our favorite swaddlers (and the ones used by the future king of England) are by Aden + Anais. But did you know they now make a super cozy sleeping bag for cooler nights that lets you prolong the painful switch from nighttime swaddling to kick-offable blankets? Emphasis on the word cozy. The new Cozy Plus Sleeping Bag by Aden + Anais is the warmest sleeping bag in their line and will keep baby snoozing sweetly. The cotton muslin shell is lightly padded with cushiony polyester fill, perfect for temps around 60...

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DIY: Cute napmat for preschoolers. No guarantees if it will actually get them to sleep.

Whether or not your preschooler actually sleeps during naptime, their teachers will attempt to make such a thing happen. (My kids? Never.) If you have sewing skills, there’s something really sweet about making your own napmat for little student so they feel a piece of you with them when they’re away from home.  I am really taken with this tutorial at one of my favorite crafty sites, The Purl Bee, for a DIY nap mat for children. It’s actually got a pillow and light blanket built right in, and only uses two (large) pieces of fabric–in this case, a soft...

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Ergobaby Swaddlers: bringing adorable baby burritos to a bedroom near you

Every time I get to review a product intended for a tiny baby, my heart skips a beat. I love tiny babies. I really do. And though my three are much more than enough for me, I still get wistful when a great baby product comes to my door. Especially when it’s something new by a CMP fave like Ergobaby.   The new Ergobaby Swaddler is a lovely addition to the product line of a company that has been calming babies for years. And just like their celebrated carriers, this swaddler aims to keep babies’ hips and legs in a proper...

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Personalized baby gifts guaranteed to bring the squees

If you’re looking for a baby gift that’s going to stand out from the other baby gifts–in more ways than one–we think we’ve found one that’s perfect. And perfectly adorable. The personalized name baby leggings from Jennifer Ann are so beautifully designed. We’ve seen similar and they always look a little…wonky. But these? Wow. Made from 100% organic cotton right in the USA, each pair is entirely handsewn to order. The printing quality is really beautiful, and I love both the script and the block type fonts–and the number of color choices. You can even get a matching personalized baby...

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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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Baby gift sets, and how to make them more personal

We’re happy to offer up these baby shower gift ideas on behalf of our sponsor, Munchkin. And don’t miss a huge giveaway below! We admit it: We all want to be the ones at the shower who hand over a gift and get the biggest “awwww…” from the crowd when it’s open. Not that it’s a contest. Still, if you want to put together something extra-special, it’s about putting more thought into the gift than just clicking a box on an online registry. The best part is, you don’t even have to spend a lot of money to do...

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A new baby blanket with a vintage feel

My sister-in-law is about to give birth to my new niece or nephew in just a couple of weeks. Here’s the problem: she’s a new mom and an event planner. So I’m glad to find her one baby gift that I know she doesn’t already have–and will actually appreciate. (No easy task!)         Little Auggie, one of our new favorite online shops, has just the answer in these beautiful baby quilts with a luscious new muted color palette to choose from. Little Auggie’s blankets look delicate, but they are machine washable which makes life as a new parent...

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A Mother’s Day gift for new moms: a very friendly blanket. (Yes, friendly.)

Whether you know a pregnant typography geek who’s starting to look like an uppercase B, or even a grandmother who asks you to call more often to say hi, this luxe, and very amicable blanket is the perfect way to greet her on Mother’s Day. We want to snuggle the stylish simplicity of this beautiful “hi” blanket by YarningMade on Etsy. Hand-knitted in a 50/50 blend of acrylic and wool, it’s soft but not itchy and a nice small size for laps on cool days or new babies in strollers, come fall. You might be thinking, “Off-white with black?...

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Scooter sweetness in a zippy retro-style bib

Babies drool: that’s a fact. I tried to rock the sans bib look for my brood and that option didn’t quite pan out. It turns out that wet necks lead to rashes, not rockstars. My suggestion? Embrace the right bib, and your little one will scoot in style. Finn and Emma’s Scooter Bib has a retro scooter and a mod color combo (orange and gray! divine!) that go perfectly together. The best part? Soft organic cotton and a nifty wooden snap. And a matching blanket, if you want a really awesome baby gift.   I also super love that...

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The most beautiful baby sleep sacks: almost as nice as beautiful baby sleep

Until I had a baby, I didn’t understand the purpose of a sleep sack. But as a new mama, oh, my eyes were opened. I sought out the perfect cozy nighttime sack that would ensure my little girl had a safe, warm, sleep-filled night…so I would too. And I sure wish that this sleep sack had been around back then. Don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!   We’ve long adored Bella Bundles for its gorgeous, oh-so-smart line of snap-under-the-chin towels. Now they’ve added the sweetest sleep bundles to the mix. Swoon. Made in luxuriously soft, 100-percent cotton, each bundle is lined...

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Handmade quilts for some very lucky babies

Nothing finishes off a nursery like a beautiful handmade quilt. A mix of modern and handmade can create a stunning element of decor, especially in a child’s space, but there’s no reason artfully crafted baby quilts can’t be put to use as real blankets too, when they’re made as well as these are. These breathtaking handmade baby quilts by Painted & Patched are each unique, original work of art. Made from the finest fabrics in England today plus hand-dyed silks, soft eco cottons and peace silks, each quilt is made look better and better over time. All of Painted...

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A first Christmas gift for baby that you’ll want to snuggle as much as she does

One of my favorite categories on our Holiday Gift Guide this year is first Christmas gifts for babies that are all handmade. Recently we shared an entire selection of great first holiday gifts for baby (lots of handmade goodness there too!) but I also happen to adore this blanket that’s featured on our guide this year. Especially once I realized who made it. Turns out the stunning craftsmanship and design comes from none other than Seven Smooches, makers of gorgeous handmade accessories and clothing all from upcycled fabrics. I discovered them about three years ago when they launched and I love to...

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Stylin’ new nursery decor and crib bedding from Skip Hop? Yes, please!

Cool Mom Picks is a huge fan of the mom-and-pop created label Skip Hop. Back in March we announced that they’re offering adorable nursery decor and crib bedding.  And the news just gets better: Skip Hop has expanded its nursery line, with gorgeous designs that have us smitten. Get schooled in style with the Alphabet Zoo nursery set. Your babe will be at the top of the class (ha) with this modern alphabet print. Skip Hop, you had us at birdies–but not in a Portlandia kinda way. Seriously, their take on our feathered friends in the Springtime Birdies nursery bedding...

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Gorgeous quilts that look great beyond the nursery

One of my most favorite items is a quilt made by my great-grandmother, handed down to me by my grandmother. There is something so special and meaningful about a handmade quilt, although quilting for most people seems like a talent reserved for other people. I feel like every nursery should have a pretty quilt on hand. Barbara Perrino of BPerrino Quilts creates modern baby quilts at a price worth celebrating. All of her lovely quilts and quilted pillow covers are designed, cut and pieced one at a time. You can use these quilts as extra bedding or to just...

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A bib that’s less bib and more boho

Babies drool. My oldest was so good at it that every outfit was always drenched. If your pint-sized, drooly hipster needs something a bit cooler and less traditional than a regular bib the Bobobib might be your speed. Bobobib looks like a perfectly tied bandanna, but nifty velcro does all of the work for you in back. And unlike a bandana, Bobobib is truly absorbent and practical to boot and all made in the USA. The organic cotton fabric is super soft, and the 20+ patterns are all really funky and fun. I am partial to Her Cruisers, the...

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