Category: Baby

Baby pants made just for all-star crawlers

It was so exciting to watch my daughter learn to crawl–until she bypassed the area rug and face-planted onto the hardwood floor. We used to joke that she needed knee pads, so I’m excited to find Go Little One Go anti-slip crawling pants for babies, just in time for baby number two. The super cute gripping stars cover the knees of these one-size-fits-all bottoms, giving baby some traction and control on slippery surfaces. They’re made from super soft and breathable bamboo fabric–which I really love for its extra coziness–and are designed to stretch and move with baby as she takes off. Plus? So cool looking!  ...

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The new Aden and Anais teething toy: Prepare to make room on your registry.

It seems the masters of all things cozy for baby have done it again; our friends at Aden + Anais, have added yet another baby registry must-have to their collection with new Aden + Anais teething toys and ooh are they cute. Made of maple wood, which is awesome for calming those poor swollen gums, and fitted with a cotton muslin mini-blanket for extra comfort, this teething toy-lovey hybrid is genius. And here I confess that my five-year-old still sleeps with her original Aden + Anais muslin swaddler, so I know firsthand the calming power of these magic blankies.   The designs are sweet and cheerful, in shapes like elephants, stars, posies...

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Mama’s Milk Warmer: you’ll never have to wait for water to boil again

It’s 3 a.m. and your baby is screaming at the top of her lungs. You are trying to heat up breast milk as quickly as humanly possible. Microwaving creates hot spots and potentially burnt mouths. Placing a bottle in a pot of boiling water makes it bob up and down and almost always burns you. And that fancy bottle warming gadget you registered for? Much more complicated to use than anticipated. If you’ve ever tried warming breast milk from the fridge or freezer, chances are one of those scenarios rings a bell. That’s why a company called Nutto created  Mama’s Milk...

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CupCake washable nursing pads: an organic treat for breastfeeding moms

There’s nothing sexier than leaky boobs, am I right, breastfeeding mamas? Not. Having popped out a newborn just weeks ago, I’m currently leakier than a broken faucet and have already been in a few un-sexy, publicly embarrassing situations due to insufficiently absorbent nursing pads. Well, if your itchy disposable pads consistently fail you like mine do, it’s time to check out Cake Maternity’s CupCake washable nursing pads. Made from organic cotton, CupCake nursing pads are machine washable and customizable depending on your milk flow. The outer layer wicks away and transfers moisture to the inner cotton hemp fleece layer to keep you feeling dry. The...

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Baby Comfy Nail: a baby nail clipper you won’t be afraid to use on a newborn

I remember putting off trimming my son’s nails for days when he was born, because I was afraid of accidentally cutting his delicate fingers off with the baby nail clipper and suddenly finding myself in a scene worthy of Quentin Tarantino. Not so with my newborn baby girl. I’m a little more confident now, plus I tried out Baby Comfy Nail safety clippers on her super soft one-week-old nails, and they worked like a charm. The concept is pretty simple. Baby Comfy Nail only has one blade! The bottom plastic edge pushes your baby’s skin back and out of the way as the top blade trims her nails.  I...

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Celebrity moms help swaddle babies in love for World AIDS Day.

If you didn’t get a chance to snag one of the aden + anais and (RED) swaddle blankets that support The Global Fund earlier this year, you’re still in luck. You can treat a baby you love–while you help other babies–with this brand new limited edition 3-pack of aden + anais PRODUCT (RED) organic cotton muslin swaddle blankets designed by some amazing celebrity moms, and just released in honor of today’s World AIDS Day. I love the bold, vibrant designs on these swaddlers all created by celeb designers. And what a job they’ve done–check out Rachel Zoe’s paisley print, Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers pattern, and my favorite–Jessica Alba’s...

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The cutest baby ballet flats. Dare you not to squee.

The days of fabulous heels are gone for this ex-New Yorker. Pregnant or not, I live in cute, comfy flats these days. And although I’m not the matchy-matchy type, expecting a little girl has me thinking about the occasional mommy and me outfit that wouldn’t make 25-year-old me roll my eyes. So when I heard that Linge Shoes, known for their stylish grown-up ballet flats, was coming out with ballet shoes for babies and kids, I leapt at the chance (ha) to check them out. Linge Shoes’ baby ballet flats are made of soft leather, and so colorful and precious they make me want to enroll my daughter in ballet class right now–and...

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Just when you thought there was nothing new in baby bibs: Glitter!

I’m all about the function and not the form when it comes to baby bibs, so I’m not usually one to freak out over a cute one. But then I saw the glitter baby bibs from Luna on the Moon, and everything changed. Okay, that may be a bit hyperbolic, but these bibs are so stylish that I’m thinking of buying one, and I don’t even have a baby right now. Kids love glitter, and this mama loves glitter that doesn’t get all over my house. But I also love that these bibs cover baby from chin to crotch (or probably knees, when they’re...

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Nutribaby Food Processor: Possibly the new must-have baby registry item

So yeah, making your own baby food can become daunting and tedious surprisingly fast, even for people like me who love to cook, and even if we have awesome baby food gadgets like the excellent Beaba Babycook. But even with the Beaba (and other similar products), I often had to steam one ingredient at a time since each required different amounts of water and time to cook properly. Also, the smaller capacity meant spending double or triple the time to make a decent batch of food to freeze so I didn’t have to do it all again the next day. Problem solved, now that French company Babymoov has...

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Cloth diaper covers too cute to cover up.

Baby bums are cute, but cloth-diapered baby bums? Well, they’re really something else. So when I learned about the lovely new handmade-to-order cloth diaper covers by Carissa Halbmaier in the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop, I got just a little bit excited thinking about all the babies I’ll be able to buy them for. (Update: They’re now available at the Barrel and a Heap Etsy shop.) These bright, bold geometric prints are nothing like the plain primary-colored cloth diaper covers from my diapering days. And looks aside, these covers are also conveniently designed to grow with baby, plus lined with PUL fabric...

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Winter hats on!

Finding a winter coat for the baby always seems easy, but it can be a challenge to find a hat that is logo, character and cheesy design-free. We came across these delightful, updated-retro styles from Little Sun Hat that I think will do the trick to keep mini noggins warm this winter. The plaid winter hats will have your little ones looking like they just stepped out of a 1950s catalog in the best way possible. Designer Kara Meloy drew inspiration for her new winter collection from her childhood in the Cascade Mountains, focusing on plaids and tweeds, with charmingly classic cuts. The collection is available in three...

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Heirloom cashmere for babies so gorgeous, you might never take it out of the box.

It’s no secret we’re fans of gorgeous cashmere, for ourselves and for our kids, even if we do tend to covet it from afar. So imagine our delight when we recently stumbled upon a new cashmere line–this time, just for babies. I know, low points for practicality, but super high points for the irresistible factor, right? Inspired by his love of grey and a couple of cuddly rabbits he discovered in his black & white photo collection, Bob Andrews, the NYC-based founder of Grey Rabbit Baby who has worked for the likes of Ralph Lauren, has created some gorgeous cashmere pieces for newborns that make special gifts for...

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4 of the best baby bathtubs after much trial and error. (Oh, the error…)

Baby bathtubs aren’t exactly the sexiest type of baby gear–I’d much rather look at the latest strollers and bassinets all day long, I admit it. But tubs are an everyday necessity that all new parents need, so I’ve narrowed it down to four fantastic–and dare I say, chic–options that will make bath time simple and stress-free. Well, as stress-free as is possible with a wiggling crying, slippery little baby in your hands. Trust us, your “first bath”shots are not likely to be adorable smiling keepers for the baby book. But hey, there’s always that second bath. And the 274th…   Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub...

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Our new favorite couple: aden + anais and Stokke. Aren’t they cute together?

We’ve been longtime fans of aden + anais and all their lovely textiles for our babies, plus the modern nursery furniture and stroller designs from Stokke are some of our favorites. So when we heard the two of them were partnering to bring us oval Stokke crib sheets for the Sleepi crib in aden + anais’s signature cotton muslin we thought it was a great collaboration. Time for a nursery makeover? Until now, Stokke has only offered their crib sheets in a range of neutrals—from beige to white to the very palest rose. Now you can find three of aden + anais’s most popular patterns—twinkle, lovely,...

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Baby, you’re about to embark on a serious adventure. But first, get warm.

We recently discovered the loveliness that is Designed by Artists, an emporium full of whimsical, wonderful, handmade baby and toddler blankets, all created by local Houston artists. And I’m not sure how I missed their signature design, but it’s totally captured my heart – designer Insun Hong’s baby blanket that says You’re About to Embark on a Serious Adventure. Have truer words ever been spoken?   I absolutely love the typography, the color choices, the velvety soft backing…everything. And what’s new is that now you can spend a little more and have it completely personalized with your baby’s name and year of...

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Baby carrier covers that make instant Halloween costumes

Halloween means lots of clever costume ideas circulating for babies, but chances are that no baby under a year–or her costume, for that matter–is going to last long for trick or treating. However the hilarious new animal-themed baby carrier covers from CuddleRoo struck us as a hilarious option for an instant, no-work costume. Because let’s face it, if your infant is still young enough to be carried, most likely you’re not full of costume-making energy these days. Cuddleroo animal baby carrier covers slip right over pretty much any rear-facing soft structured baby carrier–they’re compatible with brands like Ergo, Infantino, and smaller brands like Boba and Tula. With choices like a giraffe, unicorn, lion, dragon...

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The Ergobaby 360 carrier brings in even more Ergo fans. And we’re not surprised at all.

We’re big believers in the benefits of babywearing around here. And now that my husband and I are planning an adoption, I’ve been looking even more into the benefits of attachment to adopted kids through babywearing, and I’m convinced it’s the right way to go for us. So when I found out the Ergobaby Four-Position 360 Carrier now allows you to carry your baby forward-facing, something you couldn’t do in their other models, I had to try it out. I admit I’ve been hesitant to invest in an Ergobaby carrier in the past, even as the designs got more contemporary, because I wasn’t...

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Super cute color block baby booties, for days you reluctantly cover those toes at all

Oh Zutano, I have missed you. We have been sized out of your cute baby goodness for a while now, but I’ll have a brand new baby soon and it looks like my timing couldn’t be any better. First in my shopping cart for baby’s winter wardrobe are the adorable color block baby booties with the same fleecy comfort that parents have sworn by for years. My baby is going to be all over these perfect Double Cozy Color Block Baby Booties  for lounging around the house or for running errands.  Uh, that’s me running the errands. The baby will be along for the ride...

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Aden + Anais’ new Pure Merino Muslin collection: Sleep never felt so good.

When I finally figured out how to get my babies in a good, tight swaddle, it changed my life. My night life, at least, because mama finally got to sleep. So I mean it when I say a good swaddling blanket makes all the difference in the world, because no matter how well you swaddle your baby, if it comes undone 30 minutes later it’s useless. That’s why I’ve been a fan of Aden + Anais since the day they first hit shelves. But now that I’ve seen their new Pure Merino Muslin collection of luxury swaddling blankets, I’m almost looking forward to...

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Hip baby gift boxes new parents will love. Because, coolness. And coffee.

We have known Pinhole Press for a while now as a great option for high-quality photo books and gifts with a modern design aesthetic, and now they’re branching out into the world of hip baby gifts with their Oh Baby! Personalized Baby Gift Boxes. I’m considering it my new go-to gift for friends who are expecting, it’s just that cool. Even cooler, they’re great for new dads too. No pink diaper bags or breast pumps here. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) – Don’t miss a great free shipping offer below –  The presentation is incredibly impressive; just the box...

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Chaboukie: Handmade baby leggings to dye for

Maybe it’s the cooler weather, but we just keep discovering funky leggings your babies and kids should be wearing. Like, stat. And now there’s another. I’ve loved the mom-and-pop owned LA shop Chaboukie for their super cool, edgy designs, and their latest collection of Shibori handmade tie-dye baby leggings is no exception. Named after the centuries-old Japanese method for fabric embellishment (so no, it was not invented by Deadheads) the new line features really special tie-dye baby leggings and matching tank tops for kids up to size 4T.       Shibori‘s philosophy is to attempt to guide the dye as much as possible before ultimately letting it run its own course–much 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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Handmade baby blankets with a truly wonderful design

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for nice baby blankets — which is why you see a lot of them around here.  Especially handmade ones. I mean, what’s more sweet than wrapping your little newborn up in a soft bundle that’s one-of-a-kind, too? For lightweight baby blankets, I always find myself turning to tried and true favorites like aden + anais so I’m psyched to share a new source for lightweight, handmade baby blankets with a completely different look and feel from anything I’ve personally found. Designed more like a flat sheet than a thick blanket and made with three layers of organic cotton, these, handmade...

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Don’t hate the cold. Love Winter.

The hardest person to keep warm in winter always seems to be the baby–they’re just too small to layer too much, and I hate trying to wrangle them into a coat. So other than layers of baby blankets, I turn to hats, booties, and mittens. This year I’m already obsessing about the Love Winter line of warm winter accessories for toddlers I just discovered from Elks & Angels.     The Love Winter hats, booties, and mittens are each available in almond, pink, or grey Australian sheepskin leather, accented with shearling wool, and they are sooooo soft. Seriously, this is pure luxury for your smallest family members....

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Cool, comfy baby leg warmers. What a feeling.

We’ve always been a big fan of BabyLegs for their fun designs and ease of use. I mean, what parent wouldn’t love a pair of baby leg warmers that keep those chubby little legs snug while also making diaper changes a breeze? That’s why we’re excited to share that BabyLegs has launched BabyScoot, a new, even more cushiony version of their adorable baby leg warmers, just in time for cooler weather. Perfect for babies who are just learning to crawl (or army crawl, as my son did for months on end), BabyScoot baby leg warmers have extra thick terry cushioning around the knees to ensure that your little...

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This Mother Tucker’s Not Your Average Nursing Tank

I probably would’ve loved the Mother Tucker just for the name itself, but after taking it for a test run, I’m comfortable saying that every nursing mom needs to try this nursing tank right tucking now. Full disclosure: I’m not nursing again until baby numero dos arrives in November, but since I just had my son a little over a year ago, stretch marks, love handles, and public nursing debacles unfortunately aren’t too distant from my memory. Designed by the clever folks at Belly Bandit, the Mother Tucker nursing tank is the closest thing I’ve experienced to what I would imagine a Spanx nursing...

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Zooties are animal baby booties for your wild little cutie-patootie

Zooties animal baby booties are adorable, if you couldn’t tell. Even more adorable? They have a great story that involves providing work, medical assistance, and education to women in Kyrgyzstan, who hand-craft each pair from sheep wool. And we’re not lion! No matter which critter you select for a toe-tally awesome pair of booties, you’ll know that each pair of sweet critter feet is handmade in small batches, with the wool dyed, spun, felted, and stitched by a women-run collective. Zooties fit babies up to one year old and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. That’s a better deal...

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3 cool new feeding utensils for babies that reinvent how they learn to eat

Baby food. Oh, baby food. Some parents love it, but me, I dreaded the mess. Still, your baby has to learn how to use a spoon sometime, and that can be harder than you might think, with all of that scooping, balancing, and mouth-eye coordination. So we’ve come across three new feeding utensils for babies that are making it so much easier for them to feed themselves. Yay for learning–and for no more pureed avocado on the curtains.   NumNum Dips are an innovative fork-spoon-spatula thing that’s like training wheels for your baby as he learns to feed himself. NumNum as designed them...

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Tummy time, big city style

As soon as my baby was ready for tummy time, I was vigilant about putting a nice blanket or playmat down for her to lay on, as anyone with a shedding dog can understand. While of course any blanket will do, you have to check out the fabulous  Wanderlust City Map Baby Playmats by Ella Lou which gives kids even more to explore without all the hanging toys and crazy lights and switches. These cute baby playmats are a great accessory (or baby shower gift!) for any household with an urban affection because they feature colorful depictions of San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York City. I...

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The cutest way ever to get more parents talking to their babies

Want your baby to be smarter? Maybe you’ve seen all the research that says to talk to her. A lot. Especially in those early months and years. And of course you know that – what is parenting these days if not an exercise in reading way too much research from too many experts? Even so, I know that talking to my own babies could get pretty monotonous, so for other parents — or caregivers — who might need a little inspiration from time to time, I think this new, hip line of conversation-starting bodysuits and blankets at TalkReadSing.org are so smart. TalkReadSing is a...

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