Ahh, the breast pump. Not the most glamorous part of new motherhood. But for many of us, it’s a necessity. Whether you’re just pumping and freezing so your partner can take the midnight feedings or you’re headed back to work but don’t want to cut off breastfeeding when you do, a good breast pump can be your best friend. And now, there’s finally a stylish breast pump tote bag for you to carry it in when you head back to the office or go on vacation, thanks to Petunia Pickle Bottom. Petunia Pickle Bottom has, for years, been one of...Read More
When I returned to work while breastfeeding my first daughter, I found myself sorely unprepared for everything it entailed. I can’t even begin to convey the frustration I experienced — though I’m sure a lot of you know just what I’d been through. Add that to sleep deprivation and it was a very difficult time for me. Cue crying behind my closed office door. Looking back, I realize there’s more I could have done prior to going back to work, to make the transition a whole lot easier. (Ah, hindsight, right?) Plus, now that there are so many more workplaces doing more for working...Read More
After I discovered the magic of swaddling to help my babies sleep for longer than, oh, 15 minutes at a time, I was hooked. And in the way newborns spit up, poop, and find other creative ways to get their clothes and bedding messy again and again, you really can’t have too many swaddle blankets. If I had a newborn these days, the adorable swaddle sacks from Etsy shop Mint and Arrows would most definitely be in my stash. The thing is, eventually my babies easily squirmed their way out of their swaddles, waking themselves up in the process. So I’m intrigued by...Read More
Whether or not you remember it, there was a time that the only crib bedding options for new parents were matchy-matchy bed-in-a-bag sets or expensive bespoke bedding. So we’re really thankful that now there are so many stylish options for our babies’ nurseries. And just this week we discovered Monica & Andy, and they have the some of the most adorable new organic baby bedding collection that we’ve seen lately. The new line includes various sheets, quilts and reversible blankets, all made from the super-soft organic cotton — perfect for tummy time or breezy walks in the stroller. They also offer dozens of cute swaddle blankets made of organic, double-layer muslin....Read More
We’re typically not huge fans of nursing covers around here. Grabbing a baby blanket or muslin swaddler and tucking it into our bra straps always worked just fine for all of us when we felt the need to cover up a little more. But when I found out about the new Covered Goods nursing cover I was impressed. This nursing cover covers way more than you might think, doing quadruple duty as a nursing cover, a shopping cart cover, a car seat shade, and an infinity scarf. That’s some seriously smart thinking. And, it looks super chic too. Related: Two nursing sports bras that will have you looking...Read More
Even if you’re not in the market for a new diaper bag, you might want to give the waterproof diaper bags from TWELVElittle a second look. My kids haven’t been in diapers in years, but I’ve been using their new waterproof diaper bag daily because it makes a perfect pool tote, too. There’s plenty of room for sunscreen, snacks, and towels for three kids. And if you do have little ones, it’ll work well for hauling diapers and swim vests, too. Or, you can hook swim vests to the shoulder straps — wet or dry — without worrying about ruining a pretty bag....Read More
When it’s brutally hot outside like it is now in some areas — hello, summer! — we start thinking seriously about protecting our littlest ones’ skin from damaging UV rays. And, sunscreen can only do so much. It’s important we find other ways to protect our baby’s skin, and shading them with sun hats is one good way to go. From modern prints to sweet florals, we found the cutest baby sun hats that offer great protection for your littlest kids at the pool or park this summer. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Swim diapers that help stave off sunburn too?...Read More
Summer break has already started for my kids, and will soon for the rest of you all who are still dealing with daily drama of homework and packing lunches. Our first day was spent at the pool. Mom win, right? Well, sort of. Because my youngest — also, the squirmiest who hates getting sunscreen slathered on him — got burned, badly. And all too quickly I remembered it’s hard to trust your eyes in the bright sun to see if your kids are getting too pink and need to reapply their sunscreen. Well, if you’ve got any pre potty-trained kids in your house,...Read More
It’s summertime, and lemons are everywhere. I’m making pie. Beyoncé’s making music. And now babyGap is partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), an organization dedicated to curing childhood cancer, with an exclusive collection of baby and toddler summer essentials. ALSF was named after Alexandra Scott, who lost her battle with cancer in 2004 at the age of 8. The foundation, which has evolved into a nationwide non-profit, sprung from a front yard lemonade stand and her mission to raise money to find a cure for all children with cancer, like herself. Related: The absolutely remarkable things you don’t know about St. Jude’s hospital, but should. This babyGap...Read More
After ten years of parenting, I thought I had this whole toothbrushing thing figured out. I mean, it’s not that hard, compared to say potty training or tying shoelaces. But when my preschooler ended up at the dentist with three cavities, I realized brushing teeth well is more difficult than I had thought. It turns out the cheap packs of toothbrushes from the grocery store weren’t getting my kids teeth very clean. Like at all. So I was excited to try out Foreo’s brand new ISSA mikro toothbrush. And it’s not like we tend to get excited about toothbrushes around here — but this one is just so...Read More
We’re fond of baby rain ponchos as easy, pull-on-and-off alternatives to the traditional raincoats with all those snaps and buttons. You too? Well then your rainy day blues are about to get a little brighter since we discovered these bright and totally charming baby rain ponchos from Seattle-based small biz, Satsuma Designs. We’ve been fans of this company for a long time now, since featuring their gorgeous bamboo blankets wayyyy back in the dark ages 2007. But we think their USA-made rain ponchos for babies take cuteness to a whole other level. With six different designs and an easy-to-wear style, you’ll be out strolling in the...Read More
With news that even Phthalate-free and BPA-free plastic baby bottles may not be all they’re cracked up to be, more parents are on the hunt for glass baby bottles. While not long ago, the idea of glass baby bottles once inspired panic in the hearts of new parents — and I remember those days! — glass in the diaper bag is becoming increasingly prevalent. Even old school bottle brands that were holding out for years are now out with glass alternatives and hey, we’re all for choice when it comes to our baby gear. Glass baby bottles, for the uninitiated are made of...Read More
Okay so maybe we didn’t completely buy those pastel Pantone colors of the year during the winter. But now? Spring! And just in time, BabyBjörn is totally on trend with a new line of baby gear they call the BabyBjörn Watercolor Collection. In fact, I get a little daydream-y just looking at all those icy blues and soft turquoises, and not because I’m jonesing for a new baby to stick in their carriers. (Though if you have one, I’ll gladly ooh and ahh at you.) Not every color is available for every item. Like you’ll find our highly recommended BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light in...Read More
Since we’re always looking for anything that will make parents’ lives easier, we’re so excited to break the news today about the brand new Ergobaby ADAPT. While Ergobaby already makes tons of fabulous carriers that moms and dads swear by, the ADAPT is the very first infant carrier offering a custom, ergonomic fit for your child — from birth — all without the need for any extra inserts. Life with newborns made easier? Yes, please. It’s hard enough to get kids and babies and all their gear out the door, so anything that requires fewer parts is a big win for us....Read More
I know I’m not alone in wanting to hurl my laptop out the window many times during what’s probably been the most contentious election cycle of my lifetime. So I had to just stop, smile and breathe a little sigh of relief when I saw the new Let’s Be Friends baby onesie from our friends at Wry Baby. If you’ve got a politically divided family that’s starting to block each other on Facebook, I’d say this is the onesie to put your baby in every single visit until November. And probably beyond. With a collection of happy states from coast to coast holding hands, (though why so...Read More
We are so thrilled to present, our 2016 Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, back by popular demand after a short hiatus. It’s been a labor (pun kind of intended) of love to seek out over 175 of the absolute coolest baby gift ideas, including lots from the small brands that we love to support. No basic, boring registry essentials here. (Sorry, baby nail clippers). These are more like those desperately-want-to-have items that can really, truly make those early days and months so much easier, more stylish, more organized, and hopefully more fun. Yes, it’s true. Babies are fun! Also? You’ll find lots of exclusive...Read More
What’s even better than snuggling your baby in the soft, stylish swaddle blankets we love from Buttermilk Babies? Knowing that your purchase is going to help low-income kids get the things they need to feel well-cared for. That makes me feel all the warm fuzzies inside, too. To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Buttermilk Babies will donate 50% of the proceeds from every single sale to Baby2Baby, a terrific LA-based organization that distributes new and gently used items to underprivileged kids. But this campaign is only through February 29, so hurry! The hard part will be picking the item you love best. Buttermilk...Read More
My breast pump definitely got the job done, but it was certainly not stylish. Or smart. Try awkward and uncomfortable. But the husband and wife team behind Babyation are aiming to change that. Their new breast pump might be exactly what nursing moms have been hoping for. Babyation is the brain child of Jared Miller and Samantha Rudolph, born after they realized breast pumps really hadn’t changed much since the 1850s. Talk about scary! So, they set out to make a pump that’s super quiet, very discreet (as in, no boobage on display), and smart — it interfaces with an app that gives moms...Read More
Thanks to my mom, who put me in sewing camp when I was a kid (for real), I know a little bit about patterns, pleats and patchwork. While sewing doesn’t evoke some kind of longing for the carefree days of my youth, I do get pretty sentimental over making something sweet for my babies. And I find the easiest thing to sew, even for the craft-challenged, is a baby blanket. Related: The company that takes personalized baby blankets to a whole new level. Check out these adorable DIY baby blanket kits from Itty Bitty Handmade. These beautiful quilt kits make it so easy (promise, I tried it myself!) to handcraft a keepsake...Read More
Supporting amazing artists and designers we find at cool, yet undiscovered indie shops we find is so important to us — in fact, it’s why Kristen and Liz started Cool Mom Picks in the first place. So when we find a shop like Small Apparel, we can’t wait to share them with you all. This tiny, family-run business currently makes very cool tees and onesies for kids with positive, inspiring designs and messages. However, their profit margins are super slim. So going forward, if their Kickstarter campaign is successful, their goal is to start donating 25% of all their sales to support kid-related non-profits related to the designs, without raising...Read More
You always need a few toys to keep kids entertained in the bath, of course. Cups and boats have always always been a hit with mine, but I just had to share the adorable new Marco light-up bath toy from Boon from Boon for something a little more special or even a fun shower gift add-on for a bath set, or a charming little birthday for a young child not yet asking for XBox games. This little battery-powered aquanaut lights up when the sensors on his feet hit the water, and he changes color every time you dip him in and out. Plus, he floats with his...Read More
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, cold weather, and rebellion streaks, I spotted this adorable girls mohawk snowboard hat on Etsy, beautifully handmade at the Washington State shop, Tory Makes. It can be sized for punk rock babies through preschoolers, teens and even adults, though it’s my hat-addicted 8-year-old who really wants one. (Seriously, she’s like Jay of Jay and Silent Bob fame with the hat…always the hat!) Related: 16 of the sweetest first Valentine’s gifts for babies. There are some other colors and styles that might be more appropriate for little dudes or pink-averse girls, in shades of gray, turquoise,...Read More
We’re so excited to wrap up our year by featuring our very top picks in all sorts of categories, starting with our very favorite cool baby gifts and gears that were new or new to us in 2015. This is a tough category to be sure, so we went through our archives, talked to our editors and writers, and put together the few from our archives that we think deserve an extra special nod this year. And perhaps a spot on your baby registry too! In no particular order…our picks for coolest baby gifts and gear of 2015. This...Read More
The challenge of a winter babe is constantly having to layer up every time you leave home. But since vacating the house for actual adult human interaction at your local coffee shop is necessary, I’m all about cute layered basics for babies. One brand that has been helping my little one stay warm and snug is indie brand June & January. Created by Brooklyn mom Amy Richardson, I love their well-constructed, US-made essentials for babies and toddlers, and their really fantastic colors. But just in time for winter’s chill, they recently launched a collection of fun and heavy knit tights that are awesome for both...Read More
As cute as those little baby fingers and toes are, winter is coming, and it’s time for all those digits to go under wraps. If you’re looking to keep your little ones snug and warm in something really special, you’ve got to check out the eco-friendly and adorable handmade wool slippers and mittens for babies from Cate and Levi. Related: Cool gifts for baby’s first Christmas: Holiday gift guide 2015 We’ve been gaga over Toronto-based Cate and Levi ever since we saw how the company took reclaimed wool, mainly from discarded sweaters that were destined for the landfill, and turned it into unique stuffed animals, incredible wall art,...Read More
The Mountain Buggy Juno baby carrier: From the high-end stroller company, comes a high-end baby carrier that’s really worth a look. And a carry.
When one of our favorite rugged, stylish stroller brands, Mountain Buggy, announced they were getting into the baby carrier business, I was definitely intrigued. I knew that keeping up with a baby and a six-year-old of my own was going to require some kind of super comfy carrier, especially with my neck and back issues. So I decided to put the Mountain Buggy Juno baby carrier through the ringer for a few months then report back on my real-life use experience. Turns out, this high-end baby carrier has a lot to offer. It won’t be for everyone, but what it does, it does well....Read More
As a mom of three, I have checked out my fair share of bottles. Some are great while others…just awful. And during those sleepless days (and nights), it’s fair to say that a bottle that eases my mind, whether the baby is right in my arms while I work from home, or away from me when I’m getting a needed break. Lately, I have been trying out the Comotomo soft baby bottle system which is made of a safe silicone that’s super squishy for little hands can grip them comfortably. The silicone baby bottles feature a naturally shaped nipple that is designed to mimic the suction of breastfeeding, to help both...Read More
Next up in our series The Originals, in which we honor makers whose original designs are so wonderful that we start seeing knock-offs everywhere, features a longtime favorite of ours, mom and designer Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked. We fell in love with her adorable, handmade leather baby mocs about four years ago, before she hit it big with Shark Tank, before she had a zillion different colors and styles, before she was making larger sizes and a few coordinating accessories, and certainly before she was making trompe l’oeil pepperoni pizza moccasins or kitten face moccasins. (Really.) Top photo: Jessica Shyba...Read More
I laughed so hard when I found this adorable Mama said there’d be days like this onesie from Little Adi, inspired by the Shirelle’s popular song lyrics. Was there ever a more perfect song chorus that’s applicable to those early baby months, even it was was written for an entirely different reason? Okay, so probably No Sleep Til Brooklyn qualifies. Maybe a few others. Not that a baby has any concept what a bad day is; at least until she’s the one frantically bouncing the newborn who’s crying, fussing, not sleeping, and generally being, you know. A typical baby. In other words, maybe they should make this design in...Read More
Meet the awesome new superhero Robeez: Able to leap all that baby gear all over your floor in a single bound.
Robeez has been a favorite of mine since before my kids were even born; I was literally buying them when I was still pregnant. With awesome styles like the little peanut elephant shoes, football frenzy shoes, and monogrammed options – could you blame me? Well this fall they’ve taken things up a notch from cute-to-super-cool with their new superhero Robeez shoes. Let’s just say, they are awesome. This is the first time I’ve seen an all-over print on Robeez, and I love the modern black-and-white graphics with the red letters that make these shoes pop. They would also go great with the bright, bold colors that we’ve been spotting this...Read More
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