Category: Baby Books

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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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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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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Cute new gender neutral onesies for babies who refuse to be pigeonholed thank you very much. (Lots of progressive babies out there!)

To beat the summer heat, like lots of parents I like going with a simple and light wardrobe for our new bundle. I am currently on the hunt for some awesome onesies to showcase my baby girl’s sweetness. Yes, baby boys are sweet too. They all don’t have to be FUTURE SPACE NINJA SUMO WRESTLING GALACTIC LORDS. So I love the new gender-neutral baby onesie collection from Susie Ghahremani of CMP fave indie shop Boygirlparty. Your little boy or girl  can wear these gender-neutral, extremely charming, very cute onesies all summer long and still lounge in comfort and style. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount...

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New baby memory books for parents who find other baby books a little too traditional.

Being a parent definitely makes you realize how fast time flies by. Case in point: my baby girl, who I feel like I had yesterday, is almost ready for solids. Meanwhile, my nearly two-year-old son is spitting out new words every day. But when you’re running on zero hours of sleep, who has time to document all of baby’s milestones let alone turn them into something Pinterest-worthy? Well, the adorable new baby memory books from Lucy Darling were designed with busy, sleep-deprived parents in mind. And if all the traditional, cutesie, pink gingham and baby blue chevron books aren’t your speed, I really think you’ll like...

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Love letters to your baby. Future you will thank you.

If we ask my four-year-old to help out with something, he’s taken to tipping an imaginary hat and saying, “Happy to sublige.” As in, happy to oblige. How Downton Abbey of him. He’s always cracked us up, but when I try to think of specific things he’s said, all I can hear in my head is the grandparents in my life who told me a million times, “I hope you’re writing this stuff down.” Thus: Letters to My Baby by one of our favorites, Lea Redmond of Leafcutter Designs. Related: Baby memory books for parents who find others a little too traditional This keepsake book is way more...

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Rag and Bone Bindery’s sweet handcrafted photo albums make perfect gifts for Mother’s Day

We all love to give photos as gifts here at Cool Mom Picks, and they’re especially wonderful when you have really nice photo albums to put them in. I feel like the only way I see pictures anymore is through Instagram or custom photo books, which I love, but there’s something special about holding real, printed photos in an actual album. My favorite right now: the handcrafted photo albums from CMP fave, Rag & Bone Bindery which is out with some terrific new designs. If there’s anyone in the world who’s going to want to get pictures of your kids for...

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Rag and Bone personalized baby books are for all loving families. Because so are babies.

In a way, we’re less surprised that someone has come out with the first ever personalized baby books for same sex couples–and more surprised that it took this long. That said, we’re thrilled, since we love finding baby books and baby memory books that are just perfect for the families who choose them. And no one does that better in the first place than Rag & Bone Bindery. The traditional, entirely handmade baby book from Rag & Bone now has an option which allows you to add Two Moms or Two Dads pages right into their beautifully simple baby books.  While beautifully illustrated prompts like...

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Document your baby’s firsts, Petunia Pickle Bottom-style

The first time I saw a diaper bag from Petunia Pickle Bottom more than eight years ago, it was love at first sight. Compared to the dowdy black diaper bag I had, it was a revelation to see the bright floral patterns and the attention to construction detail. We have come to expect amazing new designs every year, but we’re so delighted that they just launched a brand new baby book today, and we get to be the first to show it to you! It might even be the reinvention of the baby book. We’re excited about Petunia Pickle...

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Parenthood Listography: It’s a baby book, it’s a parenting keepsake journal, and it’s hilarious

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt guilt–even a little–over those unfinished baby book pages, incomplete prompts and photo spaces that really, you swear you meant to put a photo in…one day… Yeah, well, me too. Which is why I think I may have found the best book ever for parents. Especially because your kids don’t have to be babies for you to ue it.   Parenthood Listography: My Kid In Lists is just that. Lisa Nolan has created an absolutely wonderful solution for parents who want to remember stuff, but can’t always remember to remember. Each page has...

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The best baby’s first year calendar: Precious and totally low pressure. (We like low pressure.)

I am a planner: to-do lists, calendars, and Post-Its rule my universe and make me feel complete. You would think that I would have been all over the baby book record keeping, right? Looking back, I think it was a commitment issue, the same way I never feel right about writing in nice journals. The concept was just a little too permanent and formal for my freewheeling, note-scribbling self. So while I might have to tune into my husband’s YouTube channel to see what my babe was doing when, I have found the perfect solution for others looking to...

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Our fave baby milestone posters, now in 5 great colors

I’m a big fan of everything from Strange Birdy Studios, so I was excited to hear that they’ve expanded their My First Year Poster range to include some gorgeous limited edition colors, as well as a customized version.   There are five new color combinations available, each one cooler than the next. And for a really special new baby gift, there is also a customizable version of the poster. Imagine how much a new mama would love a poster with her precious baby’s name and birthdate printed right on it. These posters are so great for busy parents (which...

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Instagram photo albums for those photos worth saving somewhere besides your phone

You know Instagram and Hipstamatic have gone mainstream when suddenly there’s a rash of square photo frames and photo books popping up on the market, one more lovely than the next. And now I’m so thrilled to see that CMP favorite Rag & Bone Bindery has just served up their own gorgeous offerings as well.   Aptly named InstaBooks, these mini, accordion-style square brag books blend old and new just beautifully. They are as artfully handmade as their other albums (as brides-a-plenty know), with your choice of more than two dozen clothbound covers from elegant linens to pretty florals and several...

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The baby keepsake for parents short on time. So, like, all of us?

Quick, how old was your baby when he started rolling over? What were her favorite foods? When did he first laugh? If you’re anything like me (seriously, I’ve been known to forget their birthdays and mix up their middle names on occasion), it’s nice to have a little help in the remembering department. Which is why I am such a big fan of everything from Strange Birdy Studios, a cool design shop just for parents that we recently discovered. Infographic meets baby book meets family heirloom in the new Milestones Poster, with over 40 spaces to fill in. Parents...

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My First Year posters and cards: second babies everywhere, rejoice!

As a mom of three, I had the best intentions of chronicling my children’s milestones–and the worst follow-through. I know I’m not alone here. If you’re expecting Baby #2 or #3 now, you’re in luck. I found a new approach to documenting all those sweet milestones that I think you’re really going to appreciate. If I’d had one of the new and wonderful My First Year Cards or My First Year Posters from Strange Birdy Studios, I think I would have been set. With space to fill in baby’s key milestones over the first year, they’re simple to keep up with and make...

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A baby book that’s not so babyish

I have to admit that when it comes to baby books, I don’t have a great track record; I have three kids and one half of one completed baby book. It’s bad. I wish that I had this option back when my kids were babes because then I would be more likely to be 3 for 3 in the baby book department. Why am I so sure? Because This Is Your Book is tantalizing and aesthetically pleasing and absolutely original. This is  place to write down things that aren’t typically included in baby books, like the price of a...

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A special book for a mama’s special thoughts

When our daughter was born, I did what so many mamas do: I started a baby book. I wanted to capture everything about her, along with the wonderment of being a new mom; I’d lost my own mother to cancer a year earlier, to the date, and I thought writing about motherhood would somehow connect grandmother, mom, and baby. At least I hoped so. But because our daughter arrived five weeks early, I wasn’t entirely prepared–so the “baby book” is a little slapdash. It’s, uh, not even a book. It’s an ever-growing Word file. Inspiring? Not so much. That’s...

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A new spin on photo books

Scrapbooks as gifts are super sweet, even if they are a ton of work. It’s the kind of present that really makes the receiver feel special. That is why I’m really interested in a new company that’s putting a cool spin on a familiar concept. Sure, you can make photo books on lots of different websites. You can even add text to personalize it. But at Twig Tale they have created a series of books complete with text and layout that gives you a great storyboard to work with–smart for those stretched for time (and maybe creativity). Is your...

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A baby book for the modern mom

More than 10 years ago, author/illustrator Sara Midda first published a lovely baby book as an alternative to those structured, rigid baby books with all those intimidating lines. (You know the ones.) Only for some reason, I just discovered it. Good thing, because today it’s just as relevant as ever.  Simply titled Baby Book, the first thing you’ll notice is the loose, fun watercolor illustrations that remind me a bit of the wonderful R.O. Blechman. Next you’ll be struck by some subtly cheeky prompts that put you at ease right away. Like, “don’t worry if you don’t hand-calligraph every...

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Embrace pregnancy one pretty page at a time

When I was assigned to check out a pregnancy journal for Cool Mom Picks, I jokingly responded that I’d do it as long as I didn’t have to get pregnant. Well, here I am (no, not pregnant!) flipping through Embrace: A Pregnancy Journal and suddenly I’m kind of longing to be. It’s just that the book, filled with Nikki McClure’s gorgeous paper cut illustrations and beautifully simple writing and drawing suggestions, is so darned romantic, it’s hard not to get caught up in the dreaminess of it all. With sweet and unique directions to draw or write about everything...

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A five second baby book for moms – when five seconds is all you’ve got

Leave it to a mom to know exactly what other moms want – a baby book. But not a time-consuming baby book. And maybe it’s not really a baby book at all, because that just opens up all sorts of expectations about what goes inside and just how perfect it has to be. Mom’s Five-Second Memory Journal is a wonderfully clever effort from writer and mom Lambeth Hochwald and designer Alison Oliver. It’s filled with fun prompts, checklists and fill-in-the-blanks to help you remember some of those moments as a parent that you might be otherwise too busy to...

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5 great picks you might have missed this week – March Madness Edition

If your kids have acted a little nuts this week, it’s totally not your fault. Blame it on supermoon–we do. Here are a few of our favorites from the last week, in case you were too busy pulling out your hair to have caught them. 1. The new AAP’s new car seat and booster recommendations for kids 7-12 may your big kid hopping mad. Luckily, we’ve rounded up 3 awesomely cool booster seats for the car to keep everyone legal and safe. 2. If you’re going crazy trying to find the perfect baby book, we’ve rounded up some of...

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Best baby books? – Reader Q+A

Any suggestions for a good baby book? I saw the “Baby’s First Year Journal” in your Ultimate Baby Shower Guide but I’m wondering if you have any other cool things you’ve found out there? -Janet First of all, our all new 2012 Baby Shower Gift Guide is going to be out any day now. You’re in for a treat! But back to your question–we’ve found no shortage of super cool baby books of all varieties. What we seem to be lacking, however is the time to fill them out. For you motivated mamas who are ready to document those...

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An online baby book that lets you plant sweet memories

So this adorable thing happened the other day with my preschooler and baby. It was really adorable. It happened and I said to myself, “Self, remember this so you can write it down after they’re in bed.”  ….Yeah. If I could only remember what that adorable moment was. But I think I’ve found a way that might help me record these memories before they’re forever lost to the baby-post-bedtime fog. Moment Garden is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a virtual garden where you “plant” milestones and baby memories. At first, I wasn’t totally sure about the idea–I mean,...

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The baby book that almost writes itself

My first daughter’s baby book is a masterpiece of elaborate details, funny stories and photos. But my second child’s baby book? Almost empty.  Every time I open it, I’m overwhelmed by all those blank pages and I’m struck with such intense guilt that I invent an excuse that I’m too busy (or maybe I am) and put it down. I know I’m not alone here. My Own Little Story (love the name!) is exactly what I need. This website was designed to make recording all the details and memories easy and fast. Seriously, you can create a baby book...

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Baby shower gifts with a sense of humor. (Unlike most baby showers.)

I’m proud to admit that I like a good breastfeeding boob joke. And I always say that if I wasn’t laughing about parenting, I’d be crying. So too bad the awesome products from Egg2Cake weren’t around when I had my baby shower, four births ago. [don’t miss a fun giveaway after the jump!] These funny, lighthearted gifts are a welcome change to the often very serious and sentimental baby books out there. Sure, I get it – having a baby is a big life change, blahblah. But there’s nothing wrong with infusing a little bit of laughter in it...

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Web Coolness – Halloween pumpkin decoupage, weird foods, and the magic of daddies

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week – we hope you will too. Make and Takes has a fun tutorial to decoupage a Halloween pumpkin – great for kids who aren’t yet ready for carving knives. At Slashfood, a fun story on weird foods kids love NASA and Etsy – an unlikely pair? They’re partnering to host a space-themed crafts contest that looks out of this world. (Couldn’t resist.) As we start to think holiday gifts (eek) a smart discussion on Design Mom about families’ Christmas gift rules. Bullying is big news right now...

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The baby soft book pretty enough for mom’s dresser

Plastic. Polyester. Licensed characters. Slobbered-on ribbon. The sound of a toilet flushing with one press of a button, that becomes four million presses of a button–those soft baby books that pile up after the baby shower have always been strictly utilitarian. Until now. Our friends at Wee Gallery have knocked another shower gift out of the baby ballpark with their new accordian-style soft book, that looks more like a piece of art than a learning toy. Hand-made in India of beautiful, touchable silk and hand-loomed cotton, the soft book features six sassy Wee Gallery animals drawn in an artsy...

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