Whether you are looking for just the right gift to wow your favorite new parents, or if you just welcomed your own little one and know you’re worth a splurge, we’ve got A Little Bundle is making some of the most amazing baby gift box subscriptions we’ve seen. Be prepared to swoon. A Little Bundle has been sending out gorgeously curated monthly boxes for mother-baby pairs since last August. Each box of goodies includes indie brands that we know and love, like Aden +Anais swaddlers, Soopsori wooden rattles, PlanToys eco-friendly toys, and plush toys from Maileg. Most of the baby gift boxes I’ve...Read More
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...Read More
We’re parents too. We sure know that leaving baby overnight for the first time can be a tough–very tough–decision. But if you’ve got family or close friends near by and willing, it can be an opportunity to catch up on sleep (the gift that keeps on giving when you’re a new parent), to spend some much-needed time with your partner, or take advantage of an important business trip. And don’t forget, it also gives some loving family members the chance to bond with the baby too. Of course, it all comes down to if and when you feel comfortable leaving...Read More
I’ve been an avowed Mrs. Meyers fan ever since they let me run around in their laboratory, mixing up eco-conscious cleaning products and dabbing the basil fragrance behind my ears. My kids are fans now, too, as there’s nothing they love as much as their own foaming hand soap–especially when it smells like watermelon. The new Foaming Hand Soap from Mrs. Meyers contains the same 98% naturally-derived ingredients as the brand’s regular hand soaps, but are improved a thousand-fold in my kids’ eyes by the addition of exciting foam! And bubbles! They also love the new kid-friendly watermelon and apple...Read More
I’ve been a devotee of swaddle blankets for babies from day one, and five months in with Baby #3, we are still using our aden + anais muslin swaddle blanket for every daytime and nighttime snooze. And now that aden + anais has partnered with Zutano, another favorite baby brand of ours, I want to use these new, beautiful designs forever. You can still swaddle a three-year-old, right? The Zutano “Just for aden” by aden + anais collection is a colorful departure from the neutral and calming tones that we’re accustomed to from the aden line. Zutano’s bright colors and whimsical patterns like owls...Read More
When my first son was just a baby, the chemicals that I learned were in most baby shampoos and bath soaps scared me, honestly. Even when I looked through the non-toxic shampoos for babies at our grocery, I wasn’t sure which ones I could trust. New moms have so much to worry about already–I wasn’t expecting bath time to be stressful, too. Fortunately there are now so many great non-toxic shampoo options for kids and babies, and they’re getting even more readily available and more affordable so that more parents have access to them. These are six of my...Read More
If you don’t know what totes adorbs means, the Earth Cadets shop will show it to you (Or, a teen who you wish would talk like someone from Earth) with a selection of wildly cool onesies for babies. From organic cotton one-pieces and adult tees to pillows and recycled totes, everything in the shop is screen printed in Chicago by hand and is, yes, utterly adorable. Especially the baby selection. We’re digging all of their designs, from chevrons and arrows to catchy phrases and boom boxes. The baby gift-ready onesies come in a variety of colors, each available in sizes...Read More
We remember when play dates were just called “hey, let’s invite Jennifer over.” But now play dates are an actual Thing, and the very first one with your baby can provoke a little anxiety. Though it doesn’t have to; it’s a fun excuse to get out of the house as a new parent and catch up with old friends or meet new ones. Or, if you’re the entertaining sort, you can host it yourself. Either way, we’ve got a few of our favorite play date tips for making your baby’s first social outing a successful one, though we can’t guarantee...Read More
There is nothing sweeter than a new baby, swaddled up like a little burrito. Especially if it gets the kid to sleep at last. (You know what I mean.) Not surprisingly, the baby swaddling blanket market is heavy on patterns of precious teddy bears and rubber duckies, so I’m happy to find swaddlers for modern mamas in the market for something a little different. There is hope out there for those of us interested in baby gifts that are more chic than cutesy. Etsy’s Wren & Rumor shop has baby blankets in amazing fabrics that have turned our...Read More
More and more, we’re seeing a move away from yellow for “surprise” babies, and toward beautiful heather grays and rich charcoals. Paired with white, it’s a little less severe than black and can be and incredibly stylish on either a boy or a girl. Plus, you can pair this gender neutral palette with accessories of any color, should you want a pale pink blanket, for example, to tip off admirers that that bald little baby head does, in fact, belong to a girl. On behalf of our partner Nordstrom, and their Little Me collection of very affordable baby basics,...Read More
Hi Cool Mom Picks! I’m looking for some cute gender neutral crib bedding ideas for my surprise baby who will be here soon. I like modern design and bold patterns but I’m open to other ideas. Can you help? Thanks, Julie First of all, congrats Julie! And yes we can definitely help in the gender neutral crib bedding department. Here are just a few ideas I love right now–modern, playful, and 100% pastel-free in a variety of color ranges that work for any kid at all. Hope one is just right for you and your style. 1.YELLOW CRIB...Read More
An alternative to cabbage leaves: Nursing moms get relief from the weird, kind of wonderful NuzzleHUG.
Anyone who has gone through the highs and lows of breastfeeding knows that no matter how experienced you are, you’re bound to have moments of discomfort. Or worse. The truth is for some, nursing can be one big outright ouch, with afflictions from cracked nipples to mastitis (fun!). We’re all for breastfeeding, and so we’re all for anything that offers relief for nursing mamas in those difficult early weeks, so you can bet we wanted to find out more about the very weird but kind of wonderful NuzzleHUG. Admittedly our editors’ first reaction to a photo of the NuzzleHUG–well, let’s...Read More
Kidscounter: Non-toxic shampoo for kids that we love. Even if they make your kid want to eat a creamsicle.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve tried tons of kid’s shampoos, with mixed reviews from my kids. While there are many non-toxic shampoos for babies and kids these days, it’s been hard to find a scent that speaks to my sons, who hate stuff that smells too floral or sweet. So I’m happy to find Beautycounter‘s new collection of adorable and awesomely worry-free kids’ bath and beauty products. The combo of clementine and vanilla in Kidscounter Nice Do Shampoo actually had my son lathering up his own hair and asking for more (this from the boy who ducks his head in...Read More
We’re so excited to present some of our favorite ideas for how to make a baby gift set. Because one of our favorite things to do is help our readers find great baby gift ideas. If you know the parents have a theme or style in mind, whether it’s vintage florals, race cars, Nantucket prep, or a single color or pattern, start with one anchor piece. Then, search for a few additional gifts that can tie it all together. Think nursery art, stationery, stuffed animals, accessories–even tag sale finds can make the gift surprising and unique. Our partner Nordstrom...Read More
When my oldest was a baby, my “portable changing pad” was a burp cloth spread out on a bathroom counter. Nothing wrong with that, but looking back I would have prefered one of aden + anais’s portable diaper changing pads back then. We’ve been big fans of aden + anais for ages (they just keep making so many great things!) and this changing pad is no disappointment. It comes in eight of their modern, cool designs — I love “up, up and away” and “liam the brave” — and they’re made from a pre-washed cotton muslin. And they are so soft. The pads are...Read More
Since you can’t give the gift of sleep for Valentine’s Day, we love the next best thing: An adorable photo of your sweet baby. We’ve scoured the web and rounded-up some of the most creative baby photo ideas ideas for Valentine’s Day, whether it’s for a card to send the relatives, or just a cute photo for the nursery wall. Best part, they’re all super easy; while the professionals provide wonderful inspiration, you can recreate plenty of these yourself. This post is part of our monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor babyGap, with tips to help you celebrate motherhood...Read More
I’m continually amazed at the advances in baby gear since I had my youngest three years ago. And this Zipit playsuit for babies are a perfect example of the genius I totally missed out on. Not only do I love the bold colors, I’m digging how the ankle to chest zipper makes it a cinch to change a diaper. If you’re like I was, with a very active baby and early walker, you know how annoying even simple snaps can be. Don’t even start on buttons. Just a quick zip with this playsuit though, and you’re done. Even better, there’s a...Read More
Organic swaddle blankets from Aden + Anais join with the The Honest Co., and babies everywhere fall to sleep in style
We were wrapping our wee babes in Aden + Anais’ soft muslin swaddle blankets long before today’s babies were even a twinkle in their fathers’ eyes. But, for today’s lucky kids, Aden + Anais has partnered with another one of our favorites baby brands, The Honest Company, to develop an exclusive collection of organic swaddle blankets that are ready to put your baby to sleep and here’s a first look at them. Aden + Anais’ Up in the Air boxed set of three swaddlers features gentle designs in non-toxic, low-impact dyes that will have your baby dreaming about stars,...Read More
After the birth of my third baby, I was quickly jettisoned back into the world of nonstop diaper changes. For those of you still in that 12-a-day phase–or even if you just keep wipes in the car or the kitchen–the affordable, handmade WipesWraps by CleverRelish are an adorable way to make that generic wipes case a little prettier around the house. Some of the designs are a little off for me (that is the strangest “camo” fabric I’ve ever seen), but there are some nice simple stripes, chevrons, and prints like Cool Nordic that feel a bit more sophisticated. As for function,...Read More
It’s been a while since I found handmade modern nursery decor and crib bedding that made me yearn (almost) for an opportunity to redecorate a nursery, and I’ve definitely found it with the Ivie Baby Etsy Shop. You can choose from tons of modern designs. I think what I like best is how they’re all gender-neutral and free from baby room clichés; no ballerinas, no airplanes, no bunny rabbits. Those graphic grey and white crib sheets or lime green pillows are perfect for any baby who gets to spend those early months amidst a modern nursery — and are...Read More
I’m always on the lookout for anything that makes life easier for nursing moms like myself (like these excellently cool nursing tops). And I can tell you from experience that returning to work after maternity leave is a particularly daunting process if you’re nursing and need to schlep a breast pump and bag of pumping accessories. Ugh. I feel like a Grand Canyon mule, lugging all of my pumping gear wherever I go. So I’m pretty pumped (heh) about Juno Blu‘s gorgeous line of bags — all specifically designed for pumping moms. How awesome is that? Juno Blu purses fit most breast...Read More
If you’ve been following the recent news (and our own posts for the last few years), it turns out that antibacterial soaps are not the safe soaps for babies and kids they’ve claimed to be. The FDA recently issued a statement saying that after 40 years of study, they’ve found no evidence that anti-bacterial agents, such as triclosan, are any more effective than regular soap and water in killing bacteria. Worse yet, triclosan and its like may be messing with our hormone levels and creating drug-resistant bacteria. Uh, no thanks! While natural hand sanitizers are still a good option if soap isn’t...Read More
We know personalized baby gifts are supposed to show you gave it more than two seconds’ thought choosing a special keepsake. These cozy pachyderms, an exclusive offering from Baby Gardner, do just that. This little baby elephant parade wall hanging is a a great find for anyone looking for a sweet, unique baby gift. The vintage vibe of these hand-stitched friends make them a darling accessory to any nursery. There is a tenderness to these softies with the interlocking of the trunks and tails of the family, very comforting indeed. We also couldn’t love more how these don’t scream safari theme —...Read More
Important tips for keeping your baby cozy and warm through her first winter. Other than moving to Hawaii.
This post is part of our monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap, celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! Unless you live in super warm climes, we know that heading outside with your baby during the winter months can be a bit challenging. Like you don’t already have enough baby gear as it is, now you’ve got to add hats and boots and blankets (oh my!) to the mix. But it doesn’t need to be overwhelming, especially when you know what you’ll actually need — and what you don’t. Take it from us, we’ve lived...Read More
I’m a sucker for cute packaging. Pair that with an even cuter baby outfit and you’ve got one adorable gift idea for any baby in your life who’s too young for chocolate Santas just yet. Jammies Prêt-à-Porter is an all-in-one gift for a stylish baby, coming in its own recycled, BPA-free plastic jam jar that can later be re-used for coins, crayons, and I suppose jam. But packaging aside, the real sweetness is in the contents inside the jar. Each adorable outfit is beautifully made in the U.S., and super soft and cozy for newborn or baby up to...Read More
I still remember how frustrating it was when the adults on Sesame Street couldn’t see fuzzy, lovable Snuffy, and Big Bird always got in trouble for whatever trouble that big, clumsy critter caused. Boy, was I glad I didn’t have an imaginary friend — or a sibling! But I always believed in the Snuffleupagus. And I still do. Don’t you? These sweet I Believe in Snuffleupagus shirts and onesies by Hot Mess T-Shirts and available at Babesta let everyone from the tiniest baby to the biggest kid get in on the Snuffy fandom. Choose from 100% cotton onesies in sizes 3 to 18 months,...Read More
When I recently heard about the Baby Brezza Formula Pro, a new Keurig-like machine that dispenses baby formula, I chuckled to myself and thought, How hard is it to shake a bottle? But after re-experiencing the sleep deprivation that comes along with having a newborn myself (gah) I’ve decided this nifty device might be a winner for parents whose babies formula feed. If you can work a Keurig, you can work the Brezza. The Baby Brezza gives you one-touch access to pre-mixed formula that’s the exact amount you need and the right temperature you need it to be. When baby is ready for a...Read More
Featured partner If we had to pick a favorite department store, Nordstrom would be right up there. Between the designers, the wide selection, and their amazing customer service (take the time our Editor Kristen accidentally came home with a security tag attached to her new coat and Nordstrom sent an associate to her home to take it off!) we find ourselves making excuses to pop in whenever we can. (Hello, Chanel counter.) You can also ask our credit cards how much we love shopping there. So you can imagine how excited we are to welcome Nordstrom as our newest...Read More
This post is part of our monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap, celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! We can’t really think of a bigger deal than baby’s first holiday, which ranks right up there with, well, the birth. But trust us, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the gifts and family and merrymaking only to find yourself–or more likely, your wee one–kind of exhausted. Possibly cranky. There’s no crankiness allowed at the holidays, mamas! So here, we’ve put together some of our tips for you to help make your baby’s very first...Read More
This post is part of our monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap, celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! No milestone may be more exciting than hearing a baby's first word. Whether it's "ba" for ball, "da" for dog, or a perfectly articulated cronut (it could happen) it's a thrill to see kids starting with the basics and building from there. Which is why we love finding wonderful resources for capturing and documenting them. 1. Write it down You think you'll remember your baby's first word forever but those of us parents with more than one can assure you that's not always...Read More
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