Category: Bedding + Blankets, Burps + Bibs

Cribstyles of the rich and famous

If MTV’s show Cribs was actually about cribs, this is what you’d see: Custom, handmade, super-luxe linens for only the poshest of tots. As narrated by Robin Leach. Of course, you can also buy it retail, but it’s still going to cost you. Olena Boyko is pretty much the celebrity wedding cake of the nursery linen world. From her sumptuous crib sets to her confectionery bassinets and high style Moses baskets, every piece is handmade and can be ordered completely custom, down to embroidery color, font, and monogram style. (What? Your own baby didn’t have monogrammed silk sheets?) The...

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Custom baby quilts for the very picky

I love making quilts. Well… quilt. I made one quilt. The job, the kids, life in general, and time in particular have since conspired against me.  So Quilt Creator is a dream realized. It’s the chance to be a quilter extraordinaire–without having to sew a stitch. Essentially you can design your own baby quilt or full-size bedspread at Quilt Creator in a variety of fabulous layouts and beautiful colors.  The fabrics–there are more than 150 of them, each 100% natural cotton–are gorgeous vintage-inspired prints and patterns, grouped together in themes like Noir or Spring Bouquet. You simply drag the...

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Drooling over DwellStudio for Target

Looks like it’s the time of year for another cool line at Target to make me –a Canadian– feel a little jealous. This time, it’s the DwellStudio for Target Fall 2010 collection – a whole bunch of gorgeous baby layette items that I’m already drooling over. In keeping with the bold and colorful DwellStudio prints and patterns we’ve all come to love, these new designs are fun and, of course, beautiful. And they’re affordable enough that you’ll be able to outfit your newborn in the snazziest of clothes with change to spare for a sweet blanket or two. I...

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Beautiful French bibs with a beautiful eco story too.

I’ve had a rash of friends and family having babies lately (welcome to the world little Drew Micah!) so I’ve had baby gifts on the brain quite a bit. I tend to get something off the registry for the shower, plus a little something-something extra, like a fun bib that brings some style. I think the baby bibs by Cocoboheme are the kind of thing I could stock up on for all future showers. These French made bibs have absolutely adorable designs–a pig, frog or lobster–printed on an eco-friendly plastic that’s made from potato starch. So if you don’t...

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Aden + Anais go organic

Even though I haven’t had a baby around here in just under two years, I still use my aden + anais muslin swaddling blankets. But with a new little one arriving soon, I might just have to splurge and add more of their amazing swaddlers to my collection – this time from their new organic line. The same fantastic muslin that you (and I) have fallen in love with is now available as an organic baby swaddler, which means the cotton is grown free of pesticides and other chemicals. And while I still love the brighter patterns, like the...

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Baby gifts with your own personal touch

Picking out a baby gift for my brand new niece, Isabella, was incredibly easy when I discovered makaboo–or difficult depending how you look at it. [don’t miss a great offer, and giveaway after the jump!] Easy, because the shop has a great selection of gifts, at every price point, all of which can be personalized. But hard, because eek! There’s so much to choose from. Look around and you’ll find everything on a new mama’s registry from blankets and burp cloths, to baby clothes and even a lovely moses basket by 3 Marthas with personalized liners. I really love...

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Aden + Anais – Now at Little 77 for American Eagle

We get outrageously excited when see some of our favorite small brands hit the big time, and it’s no surprise that our perennial top pick Aden + Anais has done just that. They’ve created a line of their awesome muslin baby blankets and swaddlers for Little 77, the new baby line by the popular clothing store American Eagle. Their lovely muslin swaddling blankets and burpy bibs are a staple in my own baby warddrobe – the light, soft fabric and subtle designs are the perfect for any taste and any season. You’ll find the new exclusive Little 77 collection is similar to...

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Calling dibs on affordable bibs

After getting two kids through the messy eating phase and currently dealing with one who’s in the thick of it, I might just be a bib expert. And I have to say that the bibs from JJ Cole are some of my all-time favorites. It doesn’t hurt that they’ve added two very adorable patterns for girls (pictured) and boys, but what I like is that the laminated canvas — which is PVC-free and pthalate-free by the way — is super easy to clean. Add the catch-most pocket that’s just the right size, along with neck snaps that stay closed...

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Passage to India

Now that our air conditioner is blaring full force (curse you, NYC humidity!), I’ve finally gotten around to summer-izing the linens. I find a simple little change like switching throw pillow covers from wool to cotton or swapping out our duvet for something lighter makes me feel like I have a whole new, seasonally-appropriate home. (Just avoid the mounds of shedding cat hair and you’ll be fine.) If you’re looking for little changes that can go a long way, take a gander at the utterly gorgeous linens we just discovered at Saffron Marigold. The richly vibrant, ethnic-inspired textiles are...

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Made you Nook.

I’ve been known to be a bit, shall we say, obsessive, when it comes to finding healthy, environmentally-friendly products for my children. So when I stumbled upon Nook Sleep Systems, a brand-new line of baby and toddler mattresses and bedding, I was overjoyed for two reasons. One, these products look amazing. Two, turns out I’m not the only one obsessing over the health of my children. Nook will surely get any eco-mama drooling as much as I am. From an adorable eucalyptus and organic cotton Toddler Pillow, to a precious organic cotton NapSack, I love it all. But the...

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Oh Canada

In honor of our friends up in Vancouver, we thought we’d celebrate the 2010 Winter Olympics opening by helping the littlest among us to get into the spirit – with the fantastic leather maple leaf bib from Mally Bibs. It’s a great way to commemorate a baby born during the festivities, or just to root on your favorite Canucks. (And yes, there’s a stars and stripes bib too, although it reminds me of the Puerto Rican flag most of all.) These nearly indestructible, Triple-A, Cool Mom Picks approved leather bibs, are a fantastic value considering they wipe clean in...

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The baby bibs for full contact eaters

The more time I spend around other people’s babies, the more I realize how lucky I was that my own weren’t the types to end up with more peas on their bodies than in their mouths at meal time. For those kids who like to get a little more Jackson Pollock with their baby food, I always recommend the long-sleeved learners bibs with more coverage than your standard below the chin deal, like the ones from Baggino. I just discovered these mom-designed smock-like body bibs and they look rather smart from the website. I like the simple design of...

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When you research enough to give the very best

I like giving the best gift at the baby shower. Call me competitive, but I just feel that as a mom of two young kids that I should be better equipped to pick out the perfect gift than Great-Aunt Mary who still thinks the baby should be sleeping on her stomach and has no idea what a Bumbo seat is. (You know, the sort of gift that I came looking to CMP for before I became a contributor here.) Here’s a perfect example: The Bebe au Lait gift set which includes their awesome rigid-neck nursing cover and three super-plush...

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Sweet dreams are a good gift for moms, too

My parents can’t help it – they see something cute for the kids and they buy it. I suppose that’s The Prerogative Of The Grandparent. My only hope is that their version of cute is my version of cute (and that it doesn’t happen to be loaded up with cadmium). Well recently my kids’ Grammy scored with a stop at the boutique of fabulous local kids’ playspace Appleseeds, and the procurement of two deliciously soft cuddle pillows from Angel Dear. These half-moon shaped pillows are actually cuddly friends like bunnies and puppies and sleeping elephants, and are apparently stuffed...

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Aden & Anais Burpy bibs – It’s a bib! It’s a burp cloth! It’s both!

Ever since I was introduced to the Aden & Anais muslin swaddlers, I’ve anxiously awaited (and subsequently been blown away by) their new products, most recently the baby sleep sacks. So I’m not surprised that I was instantly smitten with their new genius Burpy bibs. Crafted from their signature muslin in a slew of cool, exclusive patterns, these burp cloths are thick and soft which is a must for drooly, spitty baby faces, but even better, the cloths are shaped to fit easily on your shoulder. That means they’ll actually catch the drool and spit instead of your shirt. But if...

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It’s a blanket! It’s a pillow! It’s a Balob!

My son, the one who is afraid there may be a monster under his bed, is totally willing to curl up with a Balob, Joop or even a Doot as he heads off to dreamland. Who can blame him: Muddy Cloud’s adorable cast of characters, which we’ve loved on their childrens hats and gloves and their finger puppets, are much more cuddly than monstrous. And now they’ve been transformed into a line of limited-edition Pillow Blankets in time for the cold winter. These soft, squishy, sizable pillows measure 16″ square, a great size to bring on long car rides...

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Gender neutral baby bedding? Reader Q&A

I just found out we’re expecting a boy who’ll be sharing a room with our 3-year-old daughter, who will be 3 years old, so I need to buy bedding for both of them. Any suggestions on where to find bedding that will look great in a boy baby/girl preschooler shared bedroom? -Katie Congrats Katie! We didn’t plan as well as you have and now my two-year-old son currently sleeps in a bright pink room with his older sister. Thankfully, it’s easier than it ever has been to find gender-neutral bedding. You’ll find a bunch of lovely (and I mean...

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Dwell bedding provides some sweet girly dreams

When I went on the hunt for new toddler bedding for my daughter recently, I was amazed at some of the adorable options out there these days. One that really caught my eye is the Paper Dolls duvet set from Dwell Home Furnishings. The bedding features the classic paper dolls in fresh modern colors that are sweet and girly without being frilly. I love that this set says “girl” and not “baby,” which I think she will appreciate as well. And it will easily transition with her from little girl as she grows into a (gasp!) big girl. Well,...

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Toddler bedding that’s looks absolutely nothing like toddler bedding. (That’s a good thing.)

I hesitate to admit that my daughter’s current toddler bedding collection includes a queen sheet wrapped twice around the mattress and a handmade quilt with shudder-worthy pink flowers. Needless to say, not my style. That’s why I was so drawn to Olli and Lime’s line of modern toddler bedding and their cool geometric sensibility. I particularly love the Egg comforter and pillowcase set (shown) and how its mod geometric design is perfect for boy or girl, since I have one of each — I figure I’ve got a greater chance of spending $100 on a comforter and pillowcase if...

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At least the inanimate people around here are getting some sleep at night now

At two, my youngest daughter is already into dolls in a way that her big sister never was. She pushes them in strollers, shares her dessert with them, and gives them rides on the bulldog–much to the bulldog’s dismay. She tucks her dolls into bed with her with so much care and sweetness and kindness, that it almost makes up for the fact that she was shrieking bloody murder moments beforehand when I told her she couldn’t sleep in my bed. (Ah, two. Such a glorious, glorious age.) And now she is going to be able to tuck Rose...

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Snug as a pea in a pod. Or at least in a baby sleep sack.

While I can’t say that sleep sacks miraculously kept my kids from waking up, they at least kept me from needlessly running to their cribs to cover them up or untangle them from their web of blankets. It’s a great practical gift for new moms, but it seems as though most baby sleep sacks are styled with the idea that kids are wearing them in the dark. That is clearly not the case with the gorgeous Mandarin Fun baby sleep sack from Violet’s Peapod. Fashioned in their unique signature pea pod shape to give baby’s feet plenty of room...

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Baby quilts approved by those of us who know baby quilts

I’m from small-town Iowa, so when my daughter was born, the Quilting Ladies (as they are known) whipped up something custom, no problem. I didn’t even have to ask. But fear not, Quilting Lady-less mamas, for Etsy has delivered once again. Baby Jayne’s quilted blankets have the piercing/batting/quilting/edging quality of aging Lutheran church ladies’ work, but these lovingly handmade baby quilts can be had by anyone with a credit card and mailing address. I’m also impressed by the design of these blankets, especially the classic looking black and butter cream baby quilt which would appeal to even you city...

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Something new in baby bibs? Believe it or not, yes.

I know, organic cotton is cool, plastic is not.  But cotton gets … wet. With the drool. And the spit-up. And the yams. I’m grossing myself out just thinking about it. Never fear, though — Wow Baby has a new line of US made, double-lined, organic bamboo bibs and burp cloths with removable, clear-plastic liners that keep your baby and your shoulder from growing mildew by noon. It’s one of the more innovative things we’ve seen in bibs recently. In a word, they’re soft. The cotton goes next to your baby’s skin, and even the plastic backing is thinner...

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You always burp the ones you love

You know how you have your everyday jeans and your “fancy” jeans? (Or is that just us suburban moms.) Well these personalized burp cloths from Blume are like those, perfect for when you want your baby to spit up on something a little more stylish. A set of three super soft and absorbent cotton cloths are embellished with an embroidered 50’s gas station inspired patch. The thing I love the most is that you can personalize the tags on the bibs, or any of the custom baby gifts on the site, up to ten characters. You could do three...

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Baby blankets with a softer side

I know, it’s summer and you’re not thinking warm, fuzzy blanket, but really, for those pregnant friends due in fall or winter or those of us with the air conditioning pumping all night, the handmade blankets from Big Fat Hen are a pretty great pick to have on your radar. These blankets combine bright, fun fabrics with a super soft underside, for a thick, plush blanket with a stylish twist. There are even a good number of choices for harder-to-shop-for boys from the tried and true transportation motif to cool prints and geometrics. All without getting too theme-y, which...

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Your picnics just got eco-friendlier, at least as far as your butt is concerned

I’m the woefully unprepared mom at my daughter’s soccer games — the one who’s sitting directly on the itchy grass (and who will probably forget to brush the grass off her rear end when she stands up). So I was practically giddy when I discovered the eco-friendly Throw & Go blanket from ‘Lina Bean and tried it out at last weekend’s game.  Caroline Ritter, pedigreed designer turned mom, has thrown her passion for style into creating modern children’s accessories including this picnic-sized blanket, one of those must-haves that I’ve gone too long without. I love the soft fleece (made...

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Hip bibs – Yes, you read that correctly

Since discovering so many fabulous baby bibs here, I’ve crossed over to the dark side and now I love dressing my daughter in them. Good thing too, since she’s teething and starting solids, making them more of a requirement, and less of an optional accessory. On the top of my list are the lovely handmade baby bibs from Hip Violet, handcrafted by mom Jesi Josten. Combining fun fabrics and adorable fleece appliques, these sizable bibs will definitely keep baby’s clothes protected. And the fleece backing actually wicks away moisture and helps to keep drooly babies dry. Which really, isn’t...

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Baby blankets that are soft on the eyes, skin and wallet

We’re not usually big pastel gals around here, but looking at the Cover Me baby blankets spotted at Little Milk Junkie you can see why we made an exception. These super soft, cuddly, knit cotton stroller blankets are made in the US by two moms, and come in sweet repeating patterns like butterflies and stars and elephants. In person the colors are way way more subtle and pretty than they would seem on the website — that star blanket is actually a really delicate sage green (here’s a better shot) and what’s great is that it reverses so it...

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Not your grandmother’s quilts

Say “quilt” and certain words are likely to spring to mind, like old-fashioned, patchwork, and grannies — but one look at the incredible modern quilts from Got Me In Stitches and you’ll realize that you’re way off base. These quilts are contemporary, beautiful and completely unexpected interpretations of the classic. Each one is hand made in LA by artisans Adam Young and Michael Alvarado. You won’t find choo choo train and flower themes here, but when your kid is done using the Birds on a Line quilt you may just want to hang on the wall as a one-of-a-kind...

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Changing pads with personality (yes, there is such a thing)

After changing three little bums on the go, I’ve learned never to underestimate the power of a fantastic diaper changing pad. And while lots of diaper bags these days come with their own matching changing pads, the majority tend to be an afterthought and not the prime feature. The diaper changing mats from Rugged Idea – these I am digging. Created by two smart mamas, the mats have got a lot of thoughtful stuff going on. The nylon makes the pad comfy for baby and easy to wipe off (always key) while the fleece underside is rugged, soft, and fairly...

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