Category: Bedding + Blankets, Burps + Bibs

Bloom’s new crib bedding – A reason to let your kids have lollipops in bed

The new Lollipop crib bedding sets from Bloom are mod, cool and have a luxe 300 thread count, which is exactly what you’d expect from the company that produces such baby gems as the new eye-popping Zen Stroller and the luxury Fresco High Chair. When it comes to fusing amazing design with amazing functionality for the little ones, Bloom is in the major leagues. Their new Lollipop crib bedding set is soft, eco-conscious and way easy on the eyes. The collection of retro-looking bedding is made with super-soft 100% cotton. There’s a pair of fitted sheets for $55 and I...

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UPF blankets for babies, hold the chemicals

I’ll admit the sun frightens me, especially where my little boys are concerned. But I don’t let my fear keep us inside or under a tree–though I admit to having overloaded them with sunscreen until their limbs resembled a sheet of notebook paper. Thankfully, I discovered a new blanket made with a UPF 50+ fabric which is just the ticket for parents like me. The new UPF 50 blanket from Sun Snapz is made without chemicals and fits over strollers, baby carriers, and car seats. It’s also great as as snuggly wrap for kids. The snaps make it perfect...

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Our favorite swaddlers, now as crib sheets

The aden + anais swaddlers have been a staple in my household since my second baby was born, but now that my youngest is almost two-years old, we’ve outgrown them a bit. So imagine how thrilled I was to learn that they’ve recently launched crib sheets. The new aden + anais crib sheets are made from the same super soft muslin that their blankets are known for, and really, I couldn’t think of a better material for a baby to sleep on. It’s cool during the summer months, but still cozy in the winter. And if they wash as...

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A monkey of a lovey

Finding the perfect lovey can be a daunting task. Before your baby is born, you buy a bunch of different types and hope that one of them becomes “the one.” The issue may be solved with this cool new toy/blanket combo. Drool Monkey Organics knows that babies and children like the dual function of their soft, luxurious, organic teething lovey–kids can hold onto the toy and soothe themselves with the cotton blanket at the same time. But what sets this brand apart is that the design is so clean and simple. The stitching gives it the perfect texture, and...

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Foodsplosions happen. This can help.

I still remember the first time I put a bib on my first child and attempted to feed her mashed avocado. The bib was tiny, and the burp cloths were across the room, and I panicked. We both ended up in the bathtub afterward. On the plus side, the avocado was great for my hair. If you have similar problems with tiny eaters making big messes, here’s the bib for you. The Mommapia Bib n’ Burp is pretty much the love child of a full-sized bib and two burp cloths, with three layers to keep the veggie explosions contained....

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Wait, that’s a bib?

I’ve considered feeding my one-year-old naked. (As in, naked one-year old, not me.) Though there is art in the way he manages to splatter his outfit with every color and texture of the foods on his plate, I’d rather not change his cute outfits six times a day. So I think I’m going to be suiting him up in this adorable, unique new bib I’ve found. The Wee Drool bibs actually look like really cool t-shirts at first glance. And that’s not a bad thing, considering that it sometimes takes more than a scrap of terrycloth fabric to protect...

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It’s a lovey. Or a rug. Or a stuffed animal. Or wait…

Confession: I’ve never totally understood the stuffed-animals-that-turn-into-blankets thing. Pulling a blankie out of a stuffed animal’s middle always seemed kind of… weird.  Of course, it’s not up to me–kids seem to love them. And luckier still, I just found a handmade version that’s way cuter (and more sense-making… to me, at least) than some of those seen-on-TV versions. Kenzie of Bewhiskered makes adorable stuffed animals that she calls Ruggles because they–you guessed it–also convert to teensy little rugs. Teensy little man-cave style tiger skin rugs. Of course there are plenty of other choices, from cute lambs to fuzzy unicorns,...

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Modern baby blankets – I’ll take one of each, please

When giving a gift to an expecting mother, I prefer finding something that’s of very good quality, a reasonable price point and aesthetically pretty–but practical at the same time. Fortunately, those three thing are becoming easier to find all together. Especially at this amazing new shop. My first response when seeing Little Hip Squeaks was pure excitement. This new Etsy shop has the cutest products all made from soft organic jersey in a variety of patterns and colors from vivid chevrons to owls to marching elephants. Owner Amy Richardson designs all of the fabrics herself. Also everything from her...

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Burp cloths with a secondary purpose

Two important things for new mamas to know: not everything useful has to look utilitarian, and there will be many, many uses for burp cloths. I can justify buying gorgeous ones–despite their intended use–considering how much time they’ll spend on my shoulders, across my lap, or clutched in Baby’s hand. With the photographic evidence to prove it. Well here’s one more reason to justify the expense: when it supports an amazing organization. Ella Sophia & Co., a new shop launched by new mama Erika Hodge, offers colorful, extremely absorbent burp cloths made in Nepal by a Nepalese fair trade organization....

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Elegant, exotic blankets for baby? How bazaar!

We love the new elegance in nurseries, and we especially love when beautiful design goes hand in hand with comfort and eco-consciousness. And we really, really love when peacocks are involved. [don’t miss a truly great giveaway after the jump!] Baby Bazaar is a breath of fresh air in nursery textiles, and not only because the artisan-made quilts and blankets are handmade of 100% cotton with azo-free dyes. The refreshingly vibrant quilts have an Indian flair that perfectly marries adult sensibility with cozy softness. Let me put it this way: if this peacock quilt were queen-sized, my editors would...

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The most eco-friendly, “aw”-worthy organic nursery bedding probably ever

You know, it’s ironic. I’m on the precipice of moving my baby into his first big-boy bed (sniffle), meaning big boy sheets, and it’s only now that I’ve found all the most adorable organic nursery bedding for the perfect nursery. Smiling Planet is a CMP favorite–we’ve long been impressed with the small company’s devotion to teaching children about the environment via its truly special and truly eco-friendly housewares. Smiling Planet’s new bedding line is no exception. The Smiling Planet Casa Collection made with 100% organic cotton, so it’s super-soft, and the whimsical designs on every item — from the...

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Can’t find the perfect baby bedding? Design your own.

Decorating the nursery is one of the best–or most frustrating, depending on your point of view–rituals of pregnancy. Whether you’re a perfectionist that knows exactly what you want and can’t find it anywhere (oh, how I feel you!) or are seriously design-challenged, we’ve found a great online tool that helps you visualize your dream nursery and have a lot of fun while you’re at it. The Nursery Designer by Carousel Designs is a cool online tool that lets you design your own custom crib bedding online, right to the smallest detail. You can mix and match fabrics freely or...

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Quilts for the design snob in all of us

When I think of quilts, modern isn’t the word that jumps to mind. Cozy and comforting? Yes. Hip and fresh? Not really.  So when I came across the quilts made by Etsy seller Deer and Hippo I was delighted and more than a little surprised by just how at home they would be in the most modern of nurseries. They’re just the thing to add a bit of warmth to baby’s room. Each quilt is a one-of-a-kind heirloom piece meant to be loved and used for many years, just like a traditional quilt. But unlike a traditional quilt, these will...

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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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Is there anything new in the world of baby bibs? Shockingly, yes.

As much as I love how far bibs have come since my oldest was born 7 years ago, my biggest complaint has always been that they rarely stop food from getting on a kid’s collar–which also happens to be the hardest part of their clothes to wash. So I’m pleased to discover this brand new bib that solves that problem completely. Meet the Tuckaroo, the brain-child of mom of 2 Kerry Mazzacano, who like many of us, was sick of trying to get food and gook out of her kids’ collars. So she decided to do something about it...

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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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Shiver me slumbers!

Avast, me hearties and shiver me slumbers! This organic pirate bedding is the next best thing to being rocked to sleep in the crow’s nest. And even better, you can’t get seasick! Those scurvy dogs at The Land of Nod are in cahoots with Winter Water Factory to bring you A Pirate’s Bedding for Me, which is one of the most stylish sets of pirate bedding for kids we’ve ever seen. From sheet to duvets to shams, yarr setting sail in 200 thread count, machine washable, organic cotton. We love the cool blue and the subtle rolling waves, which...

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A sleepsack with your baby’s name on it. Literally.

I had my trusty HALO sleepsacks to thank for getting me a few nights of sleep when blankets weren’t the safest option for my little roly poly babes. So how cool to hear about a new collaboration between HALO and Pottery Barn Kids that’s surprisingly budget friendly. The new Chamois Dot HALO SleepSacks feature exactly what I love: soft, warm fabrics, no sleeves (so babies don’t overheat) and a double zipper for easy diaper changes. And I love that you can have a name embroidered on them, making them a great baby gift. Best of all, at just under...

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A bicycle built for a little one.

My 5-year old son’s now security blanket is a handmade one we featured here on Cool Mom Picks awhile back. Cool how that happens. So when I saw these beautiful baby blankets at Dandelion Baby, I imagined that they could easily become a favorite for one of your lucky kiddos too. Handmade to order by mom-of-3 Nicole Brown, these lovely blankets combine two of my favorite fabrics: modern cotton prints and a soft plush underside. I’m loving the gender-neutral styles, like the hip bicycle print blanket (pictured), but I’m also taken by the sweet lime giraffes. Admittedly I’m not...

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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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A safer, cozier place for baby to sleep than the car seat

Editor’s Note: The Nap Nanny and Chill have been recalled by the CPSC. You should discontinue use immediately and return it to your retailer.  The last 8 1/2 months have not been easy. That’s how long ago our second child was born. And that was the last time I got a full night’s sleep. One place our baby always seems to fall fast asleep is the car seat, which I’m not a big fan of since it’s not exactly the most ergonomically-correct place to snooze. So I was thrilled to discover a cushier alternative that promises to lull babies...

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Crib bumper safety – no longer an issue with this bumper-less option

There’s always been so much controversy about crib bumper safety. Even so, when my first son was a baby, I always longed for a bumper. They looked so cool in the crib and added that extra bit of style to the nursery. However since 2010 was the year that they banned the bumper, skip*hop has been smart to create a very clever alternative The new Complete Sheet from skip*hop is a bumper-less crib sheet that lends the look of an actual bumper. Sounds like magic, right? The truth is, it’s really a pretty simple sheet, with a contrasting design...

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Hey baby, what’s your sign?

A blankey is the the one gift that I didn’t care we received way too many of when my daughter was born. It’s a perfect idea when you have no idea what the new parents have or need, but want something more keepsake-y than diapers. But this one takes it up a notch, should you want your blanket to be just a wee bit cooler than the others at the shower. This hand stitched super cozy astrology baby blanket is so very sweet, and a more interesting way to personalize it than a mere monogram. It’s made from repurposed...

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A baby quilt that’s photo op ready

Nothing says “welcome to the world baby” quite like a cozy quilt. We must have gotten half a dozen of them as gifts when each of my sons were born. We are fully loaded with brightly colored patchworks, dizzying animal prints and handmade woven blankets, all of which do the job, but oh how I wish one of those quilts were as delicate, soft and gorgeous as these lovely ones by Little Auggie.  Made with ultra-snuggly 100% cotton, the printed baby quilts from Little Auggie look perfect for wrapping little bundles. They are certainly not the most budget-friendly blankies...

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Now I lay them down to sleep

My organic-eating, organic-dressing, organic-playing kids sleep on regular old foam pillows. There, I said it: they spend half of their lives with cuddling up with chemical-filled foam. Not one of the greatest horrors of childhood, of course, but still, I’m so glad to have found an organic pillow alternative When I learned the great pillows by Madii & Dyl online–an awesome Australian kids’ line that’s now available in the US–I was quite excited. They’re sized perfectly for little heads and necks (there’s a toddler size and a child size) and made from 100% organic latex, so they’re naturally hypoallergenic...

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Twin Bedding for Girls? – Reader Q&A

I am looking for more suggestions for twin bedding for girls. Not cutesy pink all over…something more sophisticated she can grow into. Thanks for your suggestions! -Lisa Hi Lisa, We’ve featured a bunch of great girls’ twin bedding options in past posts, and found a few new ones too. Bright and sunshiny, Serena & Lily’s Marni Collection (at top) brings such a cheerful pop of color to her bedroom, you may not even mind all the toys strewn across the floor. The yellow duvet pairs nicely with Berry Gobi Embroidered Sheets, though it’d be pretty with plain crisp white...

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Over-packing mama birds will love Phil & Ted’s Nest

The first time you travel with a baby in tow is shocking, to say the least. If you thought you were an over-packer before, suddenly you feel like you might need to rent a moving truck just to get your things to the cottage. Each precious piece of gear seems more important than the next because, frankly, how is baby going to make it through the weekend without his beloved [insert one of hundreds of important baby items here]?  Phil & Ted to the rescue. The Phil & Ted’s Nest is a brilliant travel bassinet, designed to hold babies...

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From the makers of the cutest swaddlers come the cutest baby bibs

Like so many moms, I’m obsessed with those feather-soft muslin swaddle blankets from the beloved aden + anais line. I use the beautifully printed blankies for everything from hiding my nursing newborn to protecting him from the sun and, oh yeah, swaddling him. Now their new collection of bibs has me pumped for feeding time. The new aden + anais snap bibs are made with the same 100% cotton muslin in three super-absorbent layers, as their uber-popular swaddle blankets. Which makes perfect sense, since one of the other uses I have found for the blankets is as a napkin...

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New crib bedding sets from Maclaren – the inside scoop from David Netto himself

I’m a firm believer in color therapy, especially when it comes to kid’s rooms. So when I saw the bold and peppy new crib bedding sets from Maclaren, which happens to be the complete opposite of their very chic and very white nursery furniture, my mood magically began to lift. [don’t miss a huge awesome giveaway after the jump!] “If you look around at children’s bedding, it’s vastly light blue and light pink,” Maclaren’s chief designer (and modern design icon) David Netto explained to me. And who could disagree? “I wanted to create something that didn’t exist in the marketplace, which was...

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Baby blankets that you can drool on too.

We’ve panted over Noko’s baby clothes and girls’ dresses and, now the baby gear obsessed among us can covet their new unbelievably gorgeous baby blankets. Or better yet, we can buy them. I am in love with Noko’s updated traditional Japanese prints which are so absolutely beautiful. I’m especially liking Noko’s Ami baby blanket in this striking Violet Mum pattern which is both sophisticated and sweet. The blanket is reversible with a coordinating pattern that is elegant and photo op-ready. Plus the square shape makes it perfect for swaddling and the soft, 100% Cotton knit is ideal for newborns....

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