Category: Bedding + Blankets, Burps + Bibs

The Modern Baby Company: Designer baby bedding you can actually afford

It’s so nice these days that a modern mama has more choices when it comes to nursery bedding and accessories– even more so than I did nearly (eep) four years ago when I became a parent. And with the proliferation of all this great mod decor, you know what that means? Yep, better prices. We loved Quilt-Baby when we found them a year ago, and now I think I love them more as The Modern Baby Company which offers a much wider range of US-made baby gifts and decor, all about 50% less than comparable items from the high-end...

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Aden and Anais do sleep sacks for spring

Since I can no longer swaddle my youngest, I’m stuck in that weird place of needing to keep her warm, but not wanting to use a loose blanket just yet. And most of the infant sleep sacks that we’ve found here tend to be meant for cooler weather, which doesn’t work well here in Atlanta where it’s already starting to feel like summer. But thanks to CMP super fave Aden and Anais, I’ve got the perfect option. Their brand new baby sleeping bag makes for a great in-between baby cover and helps you avoid having a baby rolling around...

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Yeehaw, bibs!

I admire the smart momtrepreneurs out there that have created alternabibs that don’t look like bibs. Because as I’ve made very clear, I really hate bibs. But I hate changing my 4-month old’s clothes three times a day even more than I hate bibs. So when I was introduced to Boopalina + bebe‘s fantastic modern kerchief bibs, I instantly fell in love. Unlike some of the kerchief bibs I’ve seen, these are created from gorgeous vintage fabrics and organic bamboo and cotton. I’m seriously coveting the beautiful red flowers bib (pictured) or look: Tweed! Plus they actually work to...

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It’s not a bib

A bib is not something that makes you gasp upon opening the package. It’s just not. Whatever combo of terry or cotton or vinyl or whatever…it’s a bib. So why exactly did I gasp when I opened the Bibbie from Dilly Dally? This beautiful reversible um…not a bib, is more like a structured pinafore that covers the body in front and some of the back, then  ties behind at the neck. Inspired by designer Ashley Peterson’s Great Grandma Donna, the beautiful vintage-inspired fabrics are quilted and sewn just marvelously. Lest you think this cover-up too pretty to get food...

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Throwing in the towel on my old hooded towels

I just checked out one of the designer hooded towels from Tess & Tallulah, and once again I’m smacking myself upside the head and wondering where they were when my babies were cold and wet and drying off with some scratchy, sub-par, threadbare version. The generous size and absorbent terry lining make these towels extra cute for bath time. But with such lovely cotton fabrics on the outside, you’ll want to show them off at the pool or the beach. Let’s just say Massachusetts mom and designer Sarah Good has quite the eye for fabrics. Are they pricey? Eh,...

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Do you believe in magnets?

If there’s one thing that I love in a bib, other than the fact that it actually works, is not having to fight with my baby to get it on. And thanks to Cheeky and Swank’s magnetic baby bibs, I don’t. Sure, the bibs’ magnet closure makes life incredibly easier, with only one hand needed to pop a bib on and off your little one. But the soft chenille back makes these bibs comfy and functional, and the bright stylish fabrics don’t make you feel so bad having to cover up your kid’s clothes with a bib. When someone...

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bgreen or b squared

I guess you could say that I’m the token eco-skeptic among the Cool Mom Picks writers.  Before you start throwing rotten tomatoes at me, consider what this means: If it’s green and crunchy and I rave about it, then it really is spectacular. That’s certainly the case with the new bgreen by joyababy Collection.  Of course, we’re already fans of joyababy founder and mom Joya Logue’s designs, so it’s not surprising that her new PVC-free line of bibs, blankets, and diaper clutches is just as gorgeous as everything else she has created.  With striking, sophisticated fabrics and mom-essential function,...

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Hooded baby towels that actually do what a hooded baby towel is supposed to do. Shocking.

Hooded towels are pretty much a requisite baby registry purchase, but most of the big shops that moms register with offer the thinnest, scratchiest, least absorbent towels in the world. I know. I’ve been there, as have my poor shivering kids. So you’d better hope your baby shower guests make a detour over Mia Belle Baby for their most excellent double-layered hooded baby towel. Big, thirsty, and deliciously soft, it’s a must-have in the bathroom or next to the pool. The absorbent terry is on the inside, and a bathrobe-like knit on the outside keeps it extra-warm. But what...

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Cafe Handmade’s virtual craft show: open 24 hours

A few days before Christmas, I decided to visit a large indoor craft show, jam-packed with cool, one-of-a-kind items. I arranged for a sitter to watch the kids, got directions and was ready to go. Then, it snowed. I wish I had known about Cafe Handmade when I was sitting home. Started by husband-and-wife team Len and Kerri Testa, Cafe Handmade’s virtual craft show area feels almost like you are looking at a table of crafts from each artist. And, thankfully, most of these artists are not making crocheted toilet paper covers. Instead I found but colorful and modern...

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The fairy [quilt] godmother

We’re lucky enough to have a great-godmother (is that what they’re called?) who has made a gorgeous quilt for each of our kids. But if you’re not as fortunate as we are, then you can always commission one from Olive Jane Designs. Designer and mom of 4 Kara Aina creates amazing hand pieced, machine sewn quilts using a unique free-form technique that gives them a cool modern appeal. You can even convo her with your color palette and let her work her sewing magic to create a custom quilt design. With the combination of bright 100% cotton fabrics and...

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A poppy quilt that makes my uterus jump

If I were to have another baby, there is no question that at the very top of my wish list would be this Poppy Quilt from Boston’s All the Numbers. With its big childlike poppies the motif CMP has been crushing on of late, I’d use this oversize quilt for snuggling time or for playing on the floor. This is the kind of blanket that begs to be touched with its cool satin edge and bury-your-face-in-its-soft flannel backing. And I wouldn’t even cry over any drool (or worse) that my babe gets all over it: It can stand up...

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Merino Kids Baby Sleep Sack – Hold the Blankets

My husband used to go into my wriggly toddler son’s room every night at least twice to cover him up. But thanks to the Merino Kids baby sleep sack, we’re all getting way more sleep now. This super comfy striped sack is made using a 100% merino inner layer and then soft cotton on the outside, which definitely kept my kid warm but not overheated. And thanks to strategically placed slits, you can strap your little one in his carseat with the sack on. No reaching back to keep covering him with his blanket on the long car ride...

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See Dick. See Dick wipe up puke.

I’m a sucker for vintage fabrics, even when I know they’re going to be used to sop up body fluids that you could never have imagined you’d spend quite so much time with back in your prepartum days. That’s why I’m loving the handmade Dick and Jane burp cloth from designer Kelly Cowan. The minkie backing might seem a little counterintuitive for a burp cloth, but hey, all things being equal, why not let your princess puke into something plush? Kelly makes some really nice matching blankets and changing pads, and I’m guessing she’ll do custom orders if you...

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Baby bedding has come a long way, even since having my son just under two years ago. And what’s amazing to me is that designers, like Catherine Fitzsimmons of Rikshaw Design, formerly of Pottery Barn and Ralph Lauren, are still able to impress us with their unique take on the baby registry¬†staple. This amazing line of bedding, bibs and accessories, features printed Indian textiles with a decided bohemian feel that’s still accessible. It’s a lovely mix of traditional meets modern, with my personal fave being the Jaipur collection (pictured) followed closely by the Lali. The designs definitely skew feminine,...

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Modern moms like plush baby blankets too

I’ve never quite understood why the plushest baby blankets have to be made out of the most unnatural of materials (hello polyester!). Apparently, mom Tamre Sutphen and owner of Shi Shu Style didn’t get it either, and when her son had an allergic reaction to those traditional blankets, she decided to make something equally as plush only without the man-made fibers. And so, Shi Shu Baby blankets were born – handwoven with cotton and bamboo, and trimmed with a bamboo sateen, thus making them look and feel like a gorgeous keepsake blanket except without that pomp and stuffiness. They’re super soft and breathable...

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Sleep sacks with style

With my roly-poly sleeping toddler, sleep sacks are most definitely my friend, except they either tend to be completely dull or made of materials that I would never buy as a blanket. Go figure. That is clearly not the case with the CoZi Sac, a collection of modern sleep sacks that combine bright fabrics on the outside and soft plush on the inside. While they feature shoulder snaps and bottom zipper for easy diaper changes like most sacks, we really appreciate mom/designer Sonia Larsson’s attention to eco-details – recycled tags and a resuable bag come with every sack.  In fact,...

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Serena & Lily supports breast cancer month with a blanket you’d totally buy anyway

When I first saw the gorgeous Harper Stroller blanket by Serena & Lily, I knew it’d be the perfect accessory for any pink-cheeked baby girl. Fluffy and soft on one side, silky smooth on the other, it almost makes me wish I had a newborn of my own to swaddle and rock. Don’t worry, dear husband, I said “almost.” While it would be beautiful any time of the year, I was especially touched to learn that Serena & Lily will donate a whopping 50% of the blanket’s proceeds in October to support breast cancer research. Don’t be fooled: this...

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Flannel receiving blankets get a makeover

Once I discovered muslin swaddling blankets, my flannel ones all became changing pad liners. But as the cool weather approaches, there is something wonderfully comforting about wrapping your sweet baby in softness and warmth. With fall here (and a new baby too!), I’m back to flannel receiving blankets courtesy of CMP fave Resa Design. Mom and designer Resa Troyer offers these traditional swaddlers for snuggling your fall or winter baby, and it’s turned up a notch or two with wonderfully cheerful, bright fabrics. Now who said flannel couldn’t be exciting?  -Kristen In honor of Resa’s 3 year anniversary, keep...

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Mairzey Dotes starts making bibs, and suddenly, I start liking bibs

Bibs have made great strides, even since having my son 18 months ago, and now I’ll be far less reluctant to pop the dreaded things on my soon-to-arrive new daughter All hail CMP fave Mairzey Dotes and mom/owner Sarah Kronland, winning us over this time with her new applique bibs and burp cloths. The sweet, simple designs like the paisley bird or my favorite, the pink owl shown here, reflect Sarah’s penchant for vintage styles. Grab a set for your next baby shower or add them to your own arsenal of bibs and burps as a special treat. Considering...

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How do you like them apples

When I think of December babies, my mind goes to gifts like cozy little cashmere hats and cozy flannel blankets. But when I think of fall babies, I sort of draw a blank. And then I saw the apple bib from Atlanta etsy shop plum.tree.studio and a lightbulb went off. The bib is nicely constructed with hand stitching and a white terry back, and is quite bright and cheery in person. For just $10 it’s a nice little gift to help a third trimester mama get her mind off her cankles. –Liz Congratulations to Lisa T, winner of the...

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Going cuckoo for cu cu yo

Having brought two out of three babies home to a teeny apartment, I’m a trained minimalist where it comes to gear; I love oh-so-cute stuff as much as the next mama. But if it doesn’t combine form and function, it’s not for me. Enter Ana Reza-Hadden and Laura Nixon Miller, the moms and creative minds behind cu cu yo who are doing incredibly smart things with those old registry standbys, the changing pad and the travel blanket. I love how compactly their Ori Changing Station folds, secured with a wide elastic band which is far superior to magnetic clasps...

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Keeping the Changing Pad Germ-Free. Yes, It’s Possible.

I will say I think the anti-germ stuff has gotten a leeeeettle out of control for moms. Germs aren’t all bad, you know! But then I think, hm, you know where I might want a germ-resistant fabric? A changing pad cover. And it seems that BonnBonn Baby has beat me to the idea with that and more. The company works with this fancy patented NASA-approved magical fabric woven by mermaids or something that kills up to 650 strains of bacteria and their odors. But even better, it feels like a nice soft dishtowel. Like the kinds used as cloth...

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Picnic Week: The Diaper Dude Blanket

Life’s a picnic, or so the saying goes, until you try to take three kids on one. Just when I need them all to carry something, they all decide it is too heavy, they are too tired, and where are we stopping? The fine folks over at Diaper Dude must feel my pain because they’ve come up with a convenient and stylish picnic blanket that can be rolled up and carried by a shoulder strap, leaving my hands free for everything else. Okay, it’s really a baby blanket with a removable diaper and wipes pouch onto the outside of...

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In Your Next Life, You Could be a Bib Too

I hate plastic bags. There are just too many of them, and most end up in the trash to do nothing but take up space for the next bazillion years. I applaud Dallas mom Mandolyn’s decision to turn hers into something useful, like clever baby bibs. At her shop, The Pretty Bean, fused bags that once packaged everything from bread and potatoes to diapers and napkins become a reversible, easy-to-clean and very funky looking bib with Velcro closures and sewn soft edging. Too tired to clean it off? Just reverse it and no one need be the wiser. Yes,...

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myQuilt: You’ll Wish It Were Your Quilt

It’s pretty hard to wow us with a baby blanket these days, but Canadian Milk Lush has done it in spades. Designer and mom Ashley Ransay has created a fresh square baby quilt called a myQuilt, and color us impressed. It’s clear that designing and assembling each exquisite patchwork of high-quality fabrics is a labor of love for Ashley; her workmanship is stellar. She then adds three ribbon loops to get those baby fingers (or baby tongues) working, or you can use them to attach a toy or a pacifier if you’re using the blanket for tummy time or...

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Kids Bedding to Spare You From Care Bears

I love the idea of reviving 60s-style psychedelic prints for kids bedding. It makes so much sense when you consider the wild colors, and the cool repetitive graphics. And no, I don’t mean tie-dye. That’s just what you’ll get with the cool kids bedding from kideko. The 100% cotton percale sheets from Australian designer Shelley Mason feature motifs like pink hearts, lightning bolts that would appease any superhero wannabe, a funny green monster and even a unisex rock-poster inspired typographic pattern in raging yellow that won’t be outgrown by the time your child turns four. Always a good thing....

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Ja, Mon

That’s it, it’s official. Organic baby gifts are officially taking over the world. Not that we take issue with that, mind you. What could be better than knowing that the bibs and blankets your little one is bequeated are free of icky chemicals and helping the earth to boot? Well, one thing: Knowing that the bibs and blankets your little one is bequeathed are super cute and look good in family photos. That’s just what you’ll get when you shop at ja*lu, a brand new mom-run label out of Spokane. Their certified organic cotton stroller blankets and swaddle blankets...

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How to Buy an American Quilt

I am lucky enough to have a mom who slaved over handmade quilts for each of my daughters, creating two very special one-of-a-kind heirlooms. I’m doubly lucky that they’re not some cheesy grandma quilts, but exquisite, modern, and very very me. For the rest of you however, no, you can’t borrow my mother. But you can check out the work from Amherst mom and artist Rebecca Fricke of Bedscape Designs. Her handmade baby quilts are just spectacular, incorporating playful color and bold graphics while still retaining a timeless feel. Rebecca makes them in grown-up sizes too – I’m in...

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Smart Sheets

It’s exhausting enough to drag yourself out of bed for the 2am feeding, but add a leaky-diaper induced crib sheet change and nighttime becomes painful. Or, you could get yourself the Clouds and Stars super genius zip sheet. Setting it up will take you a bit longer than a typical sheet change, but once you get the zipper base on the underside of your mattress, you’re set to go. Now the soft cotton top sheet zips on (and off) in a snap, making the far too frequent new baby crib sheet changes a no-brainer. Just make sure you’ve stocked up on extra zip sheets which also...

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Practically Fashionable Baby Blankets

We’ve written on occasion about our aversion to baby blankets that are too pretty to use. To say nothing of being spit up on, peed on, caught in the rain and soaked with other substances of unknown origin. All-weather blankets are a godsend, but they’re not exactly the blankets you wrap the baby in for the photo ops with the relatives. Or are they? Designer Laura Walker’s handmade in the USA Rainkie Blankie (along with her wonderfully navigable website – bless you, Laura) is definitely impressing us. The blanket makes clever use of satin, fleece or minkie on the...

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