Category: Bathtime

Where tea time and bath time come together.

I dug into my Mother’s Day stash of bubble baths recently only to realize that they are filled with tons of artificial chemicals and additives. Hardly a relaxing thought. Cyan Bonacci must have felt the same way since she created Lee-Lai Bathing Teas, which really are all natural. Although A Little Lovin’ Calendula Milk Bath is technically for babies, I decided that if the blend of lavender buds, oats, calendula flowers and milk powder can relieve diaper rash and soothe a baby’s sensitive skin, it would probably work wonders on own winter-ravaged body. Behold, it did. Plus it smelled...

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There’s a bug in my tub

You’d think after spending at least ten minutes before bath time last night rinsing and cleaning out the bath toys, we would have invested in a new bath toy holder.  We lost our last one to broken suction cups and the one before that to size. Seriously, we have a lot of toys! So at the top of this week’s must-buy list is Boon’s new lady bug bath pod. Similar to their frog pod, the lady bug bath storage container attaches to your bathroom wall, keeping those baby soaps and shampoos organized, and toys dripping dry. Just remove the...

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Baby washcloth 2.0

All three of my kids love to take baths.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they love to wash themselves. Enter MiniMitts by BellyLaf. These cute bamboo/cotton blend wash mitts are the eco-friendly version of traditional bath mitts. Embellished with your choice of cute sea creatures, you’ll find your kids can scrub themselves way easier with these mitts than with a baby washcloth. If you’ve got a baby, then try Grippees which has little silicone gripping dots strategically placed at the heel of the hand  right where I need it when wrangling a slippery, squirming baby who’s determined to elude my...

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Bathtime with the MD Moms

It took three tries, but I’ve finally got a baby who has enjoyed his bath right from the very start. Although his enthusiasm is such that I practically have to wear a rain slicker while bathing him, it also makes it pretty fun to try out baby bath products–with his help, of course. The new Baby Silk baby bath products gift sets from our friends the MD Moms combine some of our all-time favorite products of theirs into perfect shower gifts. Not only will the chic packaging stand out, the products in each of the three gift sets are...

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Say goodbye to terry cloth

I realize that drooling over a baby towel might seem a bit ridiculous, but when your closet is stuffed to the gills with old, rough towels, then you’d be just as excited as I was to wrap your baby up in a Bamboosa Bath Wrap found at Peekagreen. The combination of 80% bamboo and 20% recycled polyester makes for a super absorbent, soft, almost chamois-like towel that will keep that baby toasty warm and dry. Known for its antibacterial and hypoallergenic qualities, Bamboo also washes extremely well, which works well when you’ve got a couple of kids that are...

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Luxe baby towels without the luxe prices

If there’s anything I wish I had about 400 more of, it would have to be baby towels. Or at least ones that you can’t see through after a few washings. So that’s why I was happy to discover the gorgeous–and reasonably priced—Beeby towels at mom-owned boutique Cutie and Patootie. These towels are soft and thick and feature a lovely velvety fabric hood and soft fleece lining around the edges. Plus they’re just big enough to fit an infant or small toddler so you’re not dealing with a flailing little one in a gigantic towel. If you’re looking for...

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Rock Star Baby Organic Shampoo: Two, two, two trends in one

When we first started Cool Mom Picks, there was definitely a wave of rock ‘n roll themed stuff for kids. This year, it was all about organics. So it was only a matter of time before it all came together into some sort of cool, organic, rocking…something or other. Well that something or other happens to be Lulu’s Rock Star Baby Organics which makes the shampoos and conditioners that have been gracing our bathtub rim as of late. Scents like paparazzi lime and tangerine limousine sound a little silly but they’re actually far more subtle than your average “hey,...

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Giving a whole new meaning to “clean up your toys”

I am going nuts for the handmade LEGO(ish) soaps we just discovered from the California-based etsy shop, Washable Art. They are adorable, they’re original, and hello? They are $5 a pack. No wonder she can’t keep them in stock. I can’t think of a better stocking stuffer, or impromptu gift for surprise holiday guests of all ages. Besides, they just might be the first ever toy pieces that you don’t end up finding under the couch for months to come. –Liz [via indie fixx] If the item is sold out, check here to see all the goodies available then...

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Scrub-a-dub-dub, Zoo Zuds in the tub

I love the idea of all-natural soaps, but often I don’t actually love the actual all-natural soap. Sometimes they just seem… I don’t know. Fussy. Slimy. And weird-smelling. So you have to believe me when I tell you that hand-made Zoo Zuds, currently on sale at Bitsy Birdie, are something of a trifecta of awesomeness. First, each bar is named for an animal and the label gives you cool stats about that animal. Second, these are solid (read: not slimy!) bars of substantial soap, with gentle veggie oils as a base (suitable for even the most sensitive skin). And...

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Preschoolers in the Hood

It seems like hooded towels only come adorned with zoo animals and licensed characters, and considering my daughter isn’t into monkeys anymore and I’m not so into Dora, our options are pretty limited. That’s not the case, however, since finding the hooded towels at All About Baby earlier this summer. I’d snatch up a couple of these bright, bold hooded towels to get you through the end of the summer then transition them right over to bath time. They’re the perfect size for the preschool set, absorbent but not too bulky. You know, so when your kid is wrapped...

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Bath Toy Storage That Actually Stores Bath Toys. Crazy, Huh?

I’ve tried several ways to manage the ever growing load of water toys that seem to be overtaking our bathroom. None of them have worked as well or looked as sleek as the Kuster Bath Toy Store. (Which is not actually a toy store, but a way to store toys. A little confusing, I know.) The simple but smart design makes me wish I had thought of it myself. Scoop up the toys in the deep strainer bucket, then drop into the coordinating holder. The water drains without dripping on your floor (hooray!) and any extra water in the holder you...

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Clean as a European Whistle

You’ve heard about bathing your baby to relax them before bedtime, right? Not necessarily so. My older daughter screamed bloody murder at bath time until she was well past her first birthday. Not so relaxing. How I wish we’d had the Spa Baby European Style Tub back then. Now I know what you’re thinking, you predictable Americans: Bathe my baby in a bucket? Because that’s what I thought when I first saw it too. Yes, it’s a transparent plastic bucket, albeit one that’s BPA and PVC-free. Fill it to the designated line, curl your baby into a sitting position...

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How Do You Know if the Bath Water Is Too Hot? The Whale Will Tell You.

I am one of those sad NYC moms with a single bathroom to accommodate our family of four. My greatest dream in life, besides the one about the full scholarships to college for both kids, is a second bathroom – one which I could fill with all that fun goofy kid stuff. My first purchase might well be the heat-sensing, non-slip tub decals from organize.com that turn from blue to white if the water gets too hot. It’s an easy way to head off that fear mamas have of lowering the baby into a scalding bath. Which, come to...

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Green Up, Green Up, Everybody Green Up

If you’re not yet familiar with Method Home, you haven’t been in my bathroom where the pink grapefruit liquid soap is a permanent fixture. (Don’t worry, you’re not missing much not having been to my bathroom.)  Their nifty line of household and cleaning products would best be described as "light green" – eco friendly and non-toxic, but not exactly made in small batches in some hippie’s bathtub. What’s most appealing to moms, besides the whole they won’t kill you thing, is that they smell way better than cleaning products have any right to. I recently tried out their Squeaky...

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Baby Zen Guarantees No More Screams…Er, Tears.

My babies aren’t babies anymore, but that doesn’t stop them from acting like babies on occasion. In particular, my son is prone to shrieking like a lamb at the slaughter if a single molecule of shampoo or conditioner hits his precious eyeballs while he’s in the shower. Most tear-free shampoos for kids either can’t stand up to real mops of hair or smell like fruits on steroids. Call me crazy, but maybe I don’t want my kids reeking of "wacky watermelon." NewBornMom is a new mom-run online source for eco-friendly baby products, and quite frankly it never would’ve occurred...

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Hooded animal towels, and they aren’t even scary!

I decided early on in my parenting career to eschew hooded towels with larger-than-life animal heads on top, simply because all the ones I saw scared me. If some humongo, limp-necked terry cloth duck head with threads hanging off the misshapen mouth was freaking me out, I can’t imagine what it would have done to my infant daughter. But then I saw the hooded towels from CMP fave Toronto-based 3 Sprouts. (You might remember their awesome sleep sacs we all fell in love with this past Fall.) And now I’m changing my tune. The terry is beyond soft, and...

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So Maybe Sparkles Aren’t The Best Ever Ingredient For Baby Lotions

Being the quintessential product snob can be hard work (trust me, I know), especially when you have a wee one with dry skin and chapped lips. It’s difficult having to choose between Big Name Baby Products that are loaded with artificial ingredients and Natural Products that smell, uh, a little too natural if you catch my drift. I am happy to have found mom-run Stuff For Sprouts and their all-natural skin care products. With a tagline that boasts Nothing gross. Nothing weird, the creams and lotions are made with the best ingredients and feature fun fragrances like Blueberry Muffin...

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Jubi: Holy Sheet

Try walking into your local big box store and asking for some solid colored crib sheets. The sales clerk will look at you like you just asked her for some nice razor blades wrapped in barbed wire for your baby to play with. What, no clowns? No farm animals? No avant-garde geometrics?  Which is why you shouldn’t go to your local big box store for such a thing. You should go to Jubi. This New Zealand company run by mom Alison Hui is already known across the globe for their heaven-sent thick, soft crib-bassinet-bed sheets in refreshingly neutral solids....

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Cozy Cuts, Now Coming To a Bathtub Near You

One of the happy places for NYC moms is the chain of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids, the kind of salon that feels more Peewee’s Playhouse than barber shop. But what’s especially appealing to parents – besides the fact that your kid doesn’t mind sitting in the car-shaped chair and watching his favorite Diego tape during his cut – is the line of paraben-free kids hair products. Kids will like the fruity scents, and you’ll like the use of herbs instead of chemicals in their shampoos, detangling products, and styling goop. They’ve even got a natural lice shampoo called Boo!...

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You Can Be My Cowboy

When you speak, fair Cool Mom Picks readers, we listen. And so when you write to us and ask us ever so politely for more boy gear, we can’t help but oblige, even though tracking down boy gear that doesn’t scream "I love sports and tractors" is pretty darn hard. So how about vintage cowboys? I’m liking this handmade hooded towel from the mother-daughter team behind Paisley Baby. The Canadian duo designs and creates generously-sized towels of soft and absorbent terry cloth for those extra soft baby bums, and the hand-dyed trim matches their snazzy fabric choices. You’ll get a set...

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A Remedy For That Not-So-Fresh Feeling

Once they’re past that delicious newborn phase, kids (and their rooms) do not continue to smell like sunshine and rainbows. After a couple of serious playground sessions, my girls’ rooms take on that not-so-subtle twinge of sweaty sneakers and I’ve been eager to find a remedy that doesn’t reek of eau de artificial vanilla nastiness. I didn’t immediately assume the Nursery Spray from Sweet Grass Farm’s baby collection would be the answer to my dilemma: We’re way past the nursery stage here, folks. But fortunately for me, first impressions aren’t always, er, on the nose. The spray has a...

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Just Call Her Spike

You wouldn’t know it to look at me, but this mellow mama’s got a punk rock interior. Fortunately (I think) my older daughter’s inherited a bit of my hidden dramatic side. So we had the best time recently playing with the Hair Putty from Love Me Baby Me, a line of natural, vegan and paraben-free baby skin and hair products. This fun styling product (and apparently the only non-toxic one on the market for kids) had Mimi’s normally flat, fine hair bouncing with body and curl — and did I mention the spiky bangs? A huge hit for one...

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Don’t Drop The Soaptopia

When you’re a parent, one of the first things to go–besides your figure–is personal grooming. My feeling is that you’ve got so little time in that shower, you’d better be using products that make it enjoyable as possible. As in: Not Safeguard.  This week, I have been adoring my sixty second soaks thanks to the naturally delicious homemade soaps, scrubs and rubs from the lovely folks at LA-based Soaptopia. You sense that founder Jolie Chitwood and her peeps love soap the way most people love pets. They clearly had a great time dreaming up names for yummy, natural, herb-infused...

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The End of Shrieking Wet Baby Syndrome

There’s nothing like seeing your happy, warm, water baby turn into a screaming cold monsterwhen you attempt to extract her ever so quickly from the bathtub. Even the most highly skilled supermom does not have the power to wrap that baby up quickly enough to avoid those awful yelps.

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Another Good Reason to Bathe Daily

More and more, I am asked by friends to point them towards something reeeeeally special for their cousin’s/sister’s/husband’s supervisor’s wife’s baby shower. Not just the same old special that I recommended to someone else, but reeeeeeeally special. I’m pleased to say I now have a new option to add to the list.

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Shouldn’t the Baby Smell Better After the Bath?

I have learned over the past 18 months that fancy packaging is no indication of a great baby lotion. I started with the highest-end, la-di-da, imported line of products, only to find they reeked like a perfume counter saleswoman exploded all over the nursery. Now I’m doubly skeptical of anything until I try it myself.

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Kids In the Hood

I just came to the realization that the hooded towels Iown cover only about half of my 2-year-old daughter’s body. No wonder she’s always shivering after bathtime.

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Skin So Soft

When I first had my baby, I spared no expense at procuring the fanciest, most expensive, la-di-da baby lotions and creams from Europe. And then, I promptly gave them away. The smell! Oh my goodness, the smell–so sweet, I felt my insulin levels soar as soon as the cap came off.

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