Category: Baby Clothes

Little Creatures

Frequent readers of CMP will know that we’re not a big fan of barnyard animals on the kid duds, but we do love all things creepy, crawly, and traditionally unloved. So of course we were instantly smitten with the Beasty Baby monster rompers at indie emporium Aunt Beep.

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What’s Bub Got to Do With It?

When my daughter is a bit older, she’s definitely going to be embarrassed by the nicknames I’ve given her, some of which are so long and absurd, they sound like a combination of Russian and Chinese as said by a person rolling marbles around in her mouth.

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Wearing Your Dirty Laundry

I love getting my tees for my friends’ kids because I know they actually get worn. (Unlike a few of the things we’ve received–enough said?) But a gift needs to be something a little more special than your average, run-of-the mill Hanes undershirt with a decal, and the cheeky, hand-embroidered numbers from Dirty Laundry fit the bill. More wearable art than plain old garment, each tee is hand-appliqued with layers of handcut fabric for a 2-D look and feel, then embellished with decorative top-stitching. The themes are hilarious, more like the offbeat cartoons found in alternative newspapers than typical...

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Nice Package

I’m a sucker for great wrapping. Yep, I’m the one at gift exchanges who instead of shaking the box and examining its size and shape picks a present solely on the pretty paper — even as I end up the proud owner of a new electronic nose hair trimmer.

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Look Ma, No Sparkles!

My older daughter, Mimi, is a princess-kittens-glittery flowers kind of girl. I can’t convince her to don any clothing that doesn’t scream I AM A GIRLY GIRL, most often in some shade of pink. Rosie, however, is more tomboy than princess, which makes shopping for both of them at once a little challenging.

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The Other Layettes Will Be Jealous

Yes, you can purchase a "layette" as a baby gift–a complete set of boring onesies, bibs, and Victorian-era booties that I’m not sure ever make it out of the box, let alone the house. And then there are those sets that just make your ovaries hurt.That’s how I felt when I saw these adorable gift sets by Shannon by Hand. These totally handmade and 100% sweatshop free babyduds make you wanna go pump out a few more kids, just to be able to dress them up in Shannon’s chicly simple designs. I’m in love with the cow set, including...

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Baby in Red

When you’re fresh out of the maternity ward, you can hardly be counted on to brush your teeth, let alone pick out coordinated accessories for the offspring. It seems a small matter until months later, when you scan through the millions of baby photos, and it looks like a rainbow exploded all over him.Consider honoring the next mom-to-be in your life with the Pixie Cap and Mary Jane Bootie set from the very cool New Zealand knitting collaborative, She’s Crafty. Hand-knit from scrumptious NZ merino wool in brilliant red, they’ll keep a new babe nice and cozy, as plenty...

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I’m This Many Years Old

It’s birthday time here at Cool Mom Picks–it just so happens that our girls (Liz and mine) will be celebrating their first and second birthdays within a day of each other. But instead of attempting to keep a tiara on the head of our tots, we’re thinking these rhinestone birthday shirts from Trendy Togs are the way to go. Even if you’re not into the Bedazzler look for yourself, I can’t imagine a little birthday girl (they come in numbers one through five) who would say no to both the glitz and the extra attention. Besides, unlike most birthday...

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It Beats the Heck Out of Tofu

When I heard Japanese scientists were researching soy powered vehicles, I wasn’t surprised. Aside from Ben & Jerry’s and boot cut jeans, soy is the most amazing discovery. And apparently it’s not just a dairy subsitute anymore. Check out these cute baby onesies from Pur Bebe, created from a combination of cotton and soybean fiber. Touted as "vegetable cashmere," soybean fiber is formed from a way-too-complicated- to-explain process that starts with extracting proteins from leftover dregs at tofu factories. By the time they get through with it, you’ve got a soft, hearty material that is perfect for your sweet...

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Fit Your Little Misfit

White sheep: Cute. Charming. Yawn. But black sheep, that’s a different story entirely.If like me you believe that fitting in is overrated, consider this black sheep tee for your rebel-in-training. The folks at Mighty Politey use charming illustrations to bring to life irreverent plays on words (others include bad apple and potty mouth) then silkscreen them front and center on premium tees. They’re kid duds that will appease both your inner punster and your inner James Dean. As if you ever knew the two could coexist. –Liz [Thanks Meredith!] For a limited time, get 20% off your entire purchase!...

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Tattoo You

While the CMP staff has a bit of an irreverent streak, we do draw the line at tattooing your children. Unless the tattoo reads MOM in which case…no. No no no. No tattooing babies. But we can support the Mom Tattoo tee from Small Roar. This is a real mom and pop operation, run by mom Stephannie and pop Mike Weikert. They call their clever clothing "the fusion of graphic design, free speech and baby clothes" and we’re digging that fusion in a big way.Besides the Mom Tattoo, there are four other clever, conceptual designs (check out The Future)...

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Hats On!

I love hats. Looooove. My poor kid has a different hat for every hour of the day, every occasion, and every nap-time. So when I happened uponBabyfairiesand their oh-so-adorable-headgear, I died. I seriously fell to the floor and convulsed from the cuteness. (Okay not really, but close enough).

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Just in Case They Don’t Believe You

If your child is anything like mine then chances areyouwere the one telling your friends and family her first words. I mean, now she’ll say "hi" and "no" in public, but when we tried to get her to express her first words to anyone but us, we were out of luck. It’s too bad we didn’t have these cute "first words" shirts from CMP fave Three Girls and Us. Not only will they create a shirt (or bib) with your child’s first words, they’ll add the translation, just in case they’re like my daughter andsaid "uck" – you know,...

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No More Fighting Over Old Tees

I found the perfect solution fighting over the old way-too-small-yet- still-kind-of-cute-and-comfy Air Force Academy shirt that my husband refuses to get rid of. Instead of allowing it collect dust in the huge box labeled "Old tees that I’m forced to save because if I throw them away we will surely get divorced," I’m sending that old thing to Nancy Dene so she can create a fabulous onesie romper out of it for my daughter. Along with various vintage t-shirts that she finds herself, Nancy creates cool outfits from your comfy vintage t-shirts. Maybe it’s that Police Concert Tour shirt...

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Gemini: There is Twice the Drool in Your Future

Today the sun enters Gemini. Oh admit it, you love that stuff. Who among us doesn’t feverishly turn to her local paper’s horoscope page on her children’s birthdays and look up "For those born on this date…" In any case, it’s hard to resist the line of children’s zodiac tees from AG Bella. Every one of the charming illustrated birthsigns is printed on a colorful patch and hand-stitched onto super high-quality tees, bodysuits or loungepants. I’ve seen them in person and they’re really nicely made. Besides, we love the story behind AG Bella; more than a mom-and-pop, it’s a...

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These Pants Were Made For Crawling

Trade my gorgeous hardwood floors for wall-to-wall? No chance. Fortunately I’ve been alerted to crawling pants. No, I’m not kidding. Crawling pants. Pants. Just for crawling. These inventive and thoughtfully constructed toddler trousers from mom Tammany Atkinson’s company Bees Knees come in three styles at Imagine Baby: A sporty microfiber, a stretchy dark denim, and our favorite, the Hahvahd-esque baby chinos. Each one has reinforced knee pads "for high performance crawling," and they’re conveniently removable once your toddler actually starts toddling. Besides, a long list of parents who own them absolutely swear by them. Including Courteney whatshernamefromTV. Crawling pants....

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Tee shirts squared

New moms of twins need everything. EVERYTHING. Times two. But that doesn’t mean you want to be the practical friend who shows up at the shower with two packs of diapers, two boxes of wipes, and two snot-sucking nasal thingies. At least not without throwing in something a little indulgent, just for fun. The sets of twin onesies at Allison Friedland’s Uncommonly Cute are, appropriately, uncommonly cute. With a mantra like "no princesses, trucks or puppies allowed," we’re not surprised at the clever slogans and clean graphics she employs. Choose from lines like baby-squared, copy/paste, and 1 of 2...

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Little. Hand-Stitched. Different.

If you’re the type who prefers your child in slightly more interesting clothing (coughGAPcough) than every other kid on the block is wearing, we feel you. So does designer Heather Flottman. Her online boutique, Lilliputians NYC, is packed not only with fabulous original designs, but truly original items, since many of them are one-of-a-kind or handcrafted in limited runs. We especially love The Butterflies, Cherry Blossoms and Kimono Girls Asian Dress–a deceptively long name for such a chic little wisp of a frock. Love the styling, the whimsical Asian theme, and above all, her toddler daughter LIly who models...

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Misogynists, Read No Further

When my daughter was born, I made a vow: no clothing with sayings like future hottie or future runway model. I mean come on, she’s a baby. Not a bulimic-in-training. Apparently I’m not alone in my convictions. TIred of all the negative, sexual, and egotistical slogans that innundate the T-shirt market, mom Jennifer Hoffman started the company, Emotional Armor, designing tees with positive, empowering, but never cheesy messages. Perusing the list of slogans on her stylish children’s shirts makes a 21st century mom want to weep with joy. You’ll find lines like i believe in me; small body, big...

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All That Glitters

I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been living in Mississippi too long (the pizazz capital of the world), or if I’m really a 3-year-old trapped in a woman’s body – but in either case, I heart glitter. However, as a new mama and a domestic engineer, I realize that it can be kind of annoying, even for a champion swiffer-er. But not when you do it like Daria over at Glamscience. These handmade baby and toddler shirts feature a combo of original art and high quality glitter – you know, the kind that doesn’t go everywhere and is...

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Jesus Christ, Fashion Superstar

JesusjoggersWe’ve come to that time of year when all not-so-good Christians, including me, make their annual pilgrimage to the big house for cleansing and renewal. But just because I don’t go to church on a regular basis doesn’t mean I don’t think Jesus was someone we could all learn from.

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Attention Future Rock Stars

Handstitched and cool – two words that perk up our ears at Cool Mom Picks. So it’s not surprising at all that we’re enamoured of 60 Bugs, a website whose tagline is, appropriately, handstitched coolness. Designer Debbie Lee hand-embroiders bibs, pillowcases, and tees, but this isn’t your grandmother’s embroidery. She’s got a rock ‘n roll sensibility and leans towards designs like the drum kit or crybaby mixed tape shown here. She’ll even customize a line or two on the piece for you. It’s the perfect way to show your child that you are, and will always be, his number...

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Hey, There’s Shmutz on This Bib!

With Passover just around the corner, we searched far and wide for a great item for baby’s first Seder. We stopped when we found this clever cotton bib. Shmutz (Yiddish for a little mess) will pretty much sum up the state of affairs if your little mensch takes a liking to the charoset. It’s available for just $15 at the online shop of The Jewish Museum. Order now to insure it arrives in time for the first bowl of Aunt Marsha’s infamous matzoh ball soup....

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Loungin’ Out In Style

There’s nothing like a crazy day of nursing and sleeping to tire out even the busiest babies. Nothing feels better than tearing off that tight, dirty onesie and slipping on something way more comfortable – say a Lounge Set by Janel and Amy at Abe Jones. These 100% cotton long sleeved shirts accompanied by a pair of wide legged karate pants are the perfect after-work attire. Each set is embellished with an understated hand sewn patch from choices like bugsy, litebrite, and quiet time. And at $34, it’s the perfect little ensemble for laying around in a bouncy seat...

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The Pros of Cons

As a teenager in the 80s, I was rarely seen without my black Chuck Taylor high-tops with the anarchy A scrawled on the toes. The kicks have since given way to something a bit more fashion-backward (and more supportive in the arches), but I still yearn for the hipster that what once was. So what good are children if we can’t project our every fashion whim on them? Mom and designer Leila Wylie hand-knits these utterly stylin’ baby booties that look just like the fab footwear of my youth. They’re only $22 at Mamie Originals. So cute, I wouldn’t...

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It even looks good covered in oatmeal.

At Cool Mom Picks, we are particularly fond of family-run enterprises (no, not the Mansons). So we were excited to discover the simple, original designs of 3 Girls and Us. Claire and Matt, parents to–what else–three girls, have created tees, hoodies, creepers and bibs with whimsical graphics like little people rule the world, shown here. Their outerspace themed pieces are also a standout, the perfect fit for your child’s alien alter ego. They’re so cute, it’s almost a shame that they’ll end up covered in strained vegetables of every color. Ah well, that’s why God created OxyClean....

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Binky Bling

Admit it, the only reason to stick around for the whole gift-opening shebang at baby showers is to make sure no present receives bigger oohs and ahhs than yours. Let‚Äôs just say your title of World‚Äôs Most Awesome Gift Giver will never be challenged when the hipster mom-to-be holds up her new Swarovski Crystal pacifier. Tracee at PaciPosh has four styles of blingalicious binkies‚Äîchose from a princess crown, pink heart, skull and crossbones, or ying yang symbol. While not recommended for everyday use, it‚Äôs the perfect paci for those playdates at Finn and Hazel’s pad, or for the inevitable...

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Cool Duds For the Whole Fam

While cruising the net for cool picks this evening, I happened across Tot Rocket, a Cafepress site selling shirts for the whole family. The minds behind the gear describe themselves as specializing in hip baby clothing with style and attitude. With shirts for baby that say exactly what baby is thinking (Naps are for Pussies), Tot Rocket has me wondering why the hell I didn’t think of that? And, even though Father’s Day is a few months away, I know my guy would be thrilled to recieve a Sexy Dads Do Diapers shirt. Let’s just say these designs make...

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