Category: Baby

Method + Disney: The Happiest Bath On Earth

Hi ho, everybody! We’ve found a new, affordable 2-in-1 shampoo and body wash for kids that’s as squeaky clean and safe as Main Street, USA, even for tender skin. And it smells pretty good, too. The Mickey + Minnie 2-in-1 Shampoo + Body Wash is a big hit at our house thanks to fluffy bubbles, subtle but yummy scents, and ingredients that are healthy and safe. We’d expect no less from our pals at Method! We’ve been using the Strawberry Fizz and Lemonade scents separately and together (pink lemonade!) for a few weeks, and I’m glad to report that...

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15 beautiful baby gift ideas from Jacadi for fall and winter babies

featured partner Every time the new Jacadi baby seasonal collections come out, we swoon. Especially this season when there’s so much cuddly adorableness for babies to keep them snug and warm, including Jacadi’s brand new home and nursery collection. Those are some lucky babies! Here, 15 of our very favorites little luxuries for baby boys and girls (from one of our very favorite sponsors), should you have a shower coming up, a special new niece or nephew to shop for, or a Grandma who likes to spoil her grandbaby but could use a little nudge towards the stuff you...

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Chevrons: Yep, still in.

Winter is just around the corner whether we like it or not, and with the chilly weather comes all of those extra layers for baby (and the extra hours to get out the door!). When it comes to combining style with warmth for the littlest ones, no one does it better than 7 A.M. Enfant, easily the BMW of stroller blankets. And their newest offering injects some serious style into your baby’s winter getup. I love the new chevron-striped B212 Evolution stroller blanket and not just for its great looks. The original B212 Evolution won a stroller-blanket smackdown I did a few winters...

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The 5 best slings and baby carriers in honor of National Babywearing Week. (Though for us, every week is babywearing week.)

The Cool Moms agree: babywearing using a sling or baby carrier can be a real sanity saver and a great way to bond with your baby–and hey, maybe get some exercise or, you know, go out in the world. In honor of National Babywearing Week this week, here’s my picks for our top 5 baby carriers from the last few years. 1. LilleBaby buckle carrier Do you see how versatile the LilleBaby buckle carrier carrier is? Once your baby is three months old and has some head control, you can wear them in tons of different ways to free up your...

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Belts little kids can do by themselves. Whoo!

We discovered mom-run Myself Belts back in 2006 (wow), and it’s awesome to see how they’ve grown. They make a brilliant line of first belts for toddlers, especially during the potty training months. You know what I’m talking about. And now there are some smart new styles for fall. If you’re not familiar with the concept, these are more than just a piece of fabric with some Velcro at the end; they snap around the first belt loop to secure themselves to the pants (no belt ends in the toilet, whoo!) and then it’s easy for kids to string...

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Understanding your baby’s cries with a super cute tee

Recently there have been some strange new products out there that purport to help you understand your baby’s various cries. Well, save your money. Turns out this adorable elbow-patch baby tee is all you need. The wahhh baby shirt at Zara spells it all out for you in cozy 100% cotton: One wahhh means yes; two wahhhs mean maybe. And you thought parenting was hard. Wait, what’s Babyspeak for “no,” you ask? No need for a translation. When he spits an entire mouthful of strained whatever all over that adorable tee, you’ll know. –Liz The wahhh baby shirt at Zara US makes a great baby gift for under...

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Tips for taking your baby to the zoo: A celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of our year long series celebrating our favorite milestones and motherhood firsts on behalf of babyGap and their new Red Wellies Collection. Some of our fondest memories of our own children are taking them to the zoo for the very first time. There’s hardly a child whose eyes don’t light up seeing their favorite animal from picture books in real life for the first time, hearing the sound of the monkeys, or watching the sea lions underwater from behind glass. [above: stuffed elephant via kaleidescope stitches] Here are just a few tips to help make your first...

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Is it ever too early to introduce your kids to Saved by the Bell?

Ah, the 90s. It was a time of tight-rolled jeans and cell phones the size of a couch cushion. But we will always have a soft spot for the TV shows that kept us company after school every night. If you loved Saved by the Bell, Full House, and Rainbow Brite as much as we did, get ready to relive it all with cute shirts for babies who have never heard of Screech and Slater.  Time out, mamas. Ro Sham Bo Baby has an adorable line of super soft 90s TV baby shirts that rock harder than Zack Attack. And...

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J Crew Baby clothes are here! Yes, please.

As if they didn’t already fit the bill for most everything, J Crew has gone baby. It’s almost hard to believe that this is a new line, but yes, now J Crew Baby is here, meaning your tiniest members of the family can be groomed from day one to start craving cute cardigans and classics with a twist. It begins with the basics which they are notorious for. The new baby collection features totally adorable onesies, baby hats in a dozen colors, pants and leggings, baby shoes and baby booties, bibs and more. There are wearable solids and easy stripes and dots–even graphic prints...

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Return your hand me down baby clothes and get new organic ones back. Sounds good to us!

The worst thing about buying baby clothes? The fact that those precious outfits will be outgrown way too fast. While of course lots of us try to hand our baby clothes down or resell them, not all of them are in shape to do that. In fact according to the EPA, Americans toss over 13 million tons of textiles a year with babies’ and kids’ clothes accounting for a hefty percentage of that. And that’s why we’re loving this seriously revolutionary new planet-friendly approach to babywear.   Kinderstuff is a company that’s rethinking baby fashion by letting you send in your...

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Baby socks that are major in the style department

There may not be much cuter in life than teeny tiny baby feet. But with fall now nipping at our heels, it’s time to think about socks. And if you’re going to cover up something so adorable as baby toes, it might as well be with something beyond chic.   Say hello to the new ridiculously cute sock collaboration between Colette, Paris’s most trend-setting fashion boutique, and the simple chic clothing line Etiquette. The new Etiquette x Colette Bundle gives newborns (0-12 months) a serious dose of style in the form of combed cotton socks in cool geometric patterns and in...

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Aden + Anais makes cozy sleeping bags for babies. And we’re jealous.

You know we love swaddling. And you know our favorite swaddlers (and the ones used by the future king of England) are by Aden + Anais. But did you know they now make a super cozy sleeping bag for cooler nights that lets you prolong the painful switch from nighttime swaddling to kick-offable blankets? Emphasis on the word cozy. The new Cozy Plus Sleeping Bag by Aden + Anais is the warmest sleeping bag in their line and will keep baby snoozing sweetly. The cotton muslin shell is lightly padded with cushiony polyester fill, perfect for temps around 60...

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You are amazing, beautiful and strong. Just ask your socks.

Heaven knows we’ve featured plenty of tees and artwork featuring empowering messages for kids. Now we’re adding socks to the lineup.  I really like the premise behind the Notes to Self Socks founded by mom Laura Schmidt. They offer simple notes of affirmation that kids will see first thing in the morning, last thing when they go to bed, and if they’re my kids, throughout the day when they are ripping off their socks to do cartwheels in the living room. They’re not super cheap, so I don’t think you’ll stock your whole sock drawer with them, but as a cool...

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DIY: Cute napmat for preschoolers. No guarantees if it will actually get them to sleep.

Whether or not your preschooler actually sleeps during naptime, their teachers will attempt to make such a thing happen. (My kids? Never.) If you have sewing skills, there’s something really sweet about making your own napmat for little student so they feel a piece of you with them when they’re away from home.  I am really taken with this tutorial at one of my favorite crafty sites, The Purl Bee, for a DIY nap mat for children. It’s actually got a pillow and light blanket built right in, and only uses two (large) pieces of fabric–in this case, a soft...

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Ergobaby Swaddlers: bringing adorable baby burritos to a bedroom near you

Every time I get to review a product intended for a tiny baby, my heart skips a beat. I love tiny babies. I really do. And though my three are much more than enough for me, I still get wistful when a great baby product comes to my door. Especially when it’s something new by a CMP fave like Ergobaby.   The new Ergobaby Swaddler is a lovely addition to the product line of a company that has been calming babies for years. And just like their celebrated carriers, this swaddler aims to keep babies’ hips and legs in a proper...

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The best advice for new parents from parents who get it: You!

Recently, we had an awesome discussion on our Facebook page about the best parenting advice we ever got. Which led to some insightful, honest, and often hilarious contributions from our own community. Here, a wonderful range of parenting advice from our very own readers. And hey, don’t be shy on jumping in on Cool Mom Picks Facebook discussions; you never know who you might be helping. 1. When people ask if your child sleeps through the night, just lie and say yes. It helps you avoid all that sleep advice. -Nancy 2. It’s okay to mourn your old life...

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Black and white for babies. (You were expecting pink and blue perhaps?)

With black and white back as a hot trend this fall, my eye went right to these super cute handmade baby onesies and accessories on a very cool Etsy shop that’s new to us. At Mabelretro, you’ll find all kinds of fun, vintage-inspired baby clothes, from 40’s-era diaper covers to baby spat booties and dribble bibs that look like old sailor collars. Every single item is handmade by Andrea in Vancouver and it’s hard to pick a favorite. But I’m definitely digging the fun collared onesies, especially in bold black and white patterns that we know are best for an...

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Ergobaby X-tra: The baby carrier we love now with a little extra awesome.

My first son turned me into a hard-core babywearer when he made it mighty clear that he hated riding in strollers or car seats. We’d travel everywhere with nothing but our Ergobaby carrier and a diaper or two. Magic! So my ears perked up when I heard that Ergobaby’s got a new carrier…with even more appeal. Although the size of the Ergobaby carrier was never an issue for my husband or me, we definitely had friends and family who could have used a few extra inches on the straps. And that’s precisely what the folks at Ergobaby were hearing...

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A new baby gift set that gets around

We love the whole premise of Lately Lily, who teaches kids the joy of travel and worldliness–a little like our generation’s Eloise, but without the bad attitude. And now kids can start joining her on journeys from birth, with these cute new gift sets for baby boys and girls.    Poking around Land of Nod, I happened to catch these brand new Lately Lily baby gift sets featuring the trademark vintage picture book style that I fell in love with last year. The designs are all printed on three baby onesies and packaged in a reusable suitcase gift box which will...

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Tips for getting around the city with baby for the first time: a celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! We city mamas know that getting around the city with a baby is a wee bit different than hopping in and out of the SUV all day. If you’e got a trip to a city–New York, Paris, Chicago, you name it–planned with your baby, we hope these tips will help make life easier. So you can spend less time worrying about germs (ha) and more time taking awesome photos. Our cute city outfit pick for boys...

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Document your baby’s firsts, Petunia Pickle Bottom-style

The first time I saw a diaper bag from Petunia Pickle Bottom more than eight years ago, it was love at first sight. Compared to the dowdy black diaper bag I had, it was a revelation to see the bright floral patterns and the attention to construction detail. We have come to expect amazing new designs every year, but we’re so delighted that they just launched a brand new baby book today, and we get to be the first to show it to you! It might even be the reinvention of the baby book. We’re excited about Petunia Pickle...

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Personalized baby gifts guaranteed to bring the squees

If you’re looking for a baby gift that’s going to stand out from the other baby gifts–in more ways than one–we think we’ve found one that’s perfect. And perfectly adorable. The personalized name baby leggings from Jennifer Ann are so beautifully designed. We’ve seen similar and they always look a little…wonky. But these? Wow. Made from 100% organic cotton right in the USA, each pair is entirely handsewn to order. The printing quality is really beautiful, and I love both the script and the block type fonts–and the number of color choices. You can even get a matching personalized baby...

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Safe rubber teethers for a teething baby? Reader Q+A

Q: Hi! Do you have any suggestions for rubber ducks for the bath or any teething toys that don’t have paint that can come off when my 10 month old chews on them? He loves the feel of rubber toys but we worry about the paint that comes off when he chews. Thanks. -Melissa A: Melissa, we’ve got you covered. Fortunately there are an increasing number of safe rubber teething toy for babies, hold the paint. We happen to love the Natursutten safe teethers, like the adorable fish here. (Perfect for the bath, right?)  Although there’s also a cute...

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Affordable, adorable, and organic: not three things you usually can find in a baby gift

Burt’s Bees Baby has gone from making cute little bathtime gift sets you can find at CVS to a serious contender in your baby gift shopping arsenal. Yesterday I got a sneak preview of some of the adorableness coming your way, but there are some gorgeous baby clothes and gifts sets that just launched this week. And I love how affordable they are–especially considering they’re organic. Check out the new arrivals at Burt’s Bees Baby and you’ll see a ton of sweet options for baby gifts that are cute on the website, but even more so in person. I...

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Tips for taking the first family photos with baby: A celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap celebrating motherhood firsts. We hope you enjoy our tips! Great close-up of baby June Blair with her older sister, via Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom. We all remember that first big gathering with a humongo group of relatives to meet the baby for the first time. For some people it’s in the hospital but for others of us, it’s a big party or even a trip, where you can count on dozens of hands begging for turns with the newest members of the...

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Big-city baby tees with undeniable urban cool

Having lived in big cities through my entire pre-kids existence, I admit to a pretty intense fondness for designs with an urban edge. So it’s no surprise I fell hard for this creative, city-inspired collection of cool tees for babies (and by proxy, for nostalgic moms). Miki Miette, a small Los Angeles boutique, offers a cute but limited online selection of clothing for newborns to 24 months. Created by a Japanese designer with a fab eye, the clothes offer a mix of both traditional and urban styles. They offer the usual adorable baby wear–like this sweet lavender ruffled outfit...

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Baby bottles that come close to the real thing. Or so we can hope.

When my daughter was a baby, she was a hardcore bottle protester. I went through every single bottle brand I could get my hands on at the local Target, hoping that one would magically work on the kid. Luckily, with Baby #3, I think I’ve found a bottle that I am hoping will avoid some of that hassle right from the get-go. This line of baby bottles from Comotomo might do the trick for any baby suffering from what experts call “nipple confusion.” (anyone else hate that term and want it banned forever? Not just us? Okay). The inventive...

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aden + anais just made summer a little cooler. Babies everywhere say thank you.

My daughter was born smack in the middle of the summer, so it was a constant battle to find fabrics that kept her comfortably swaddled but not too hot. Luckily, a new line of baby blankets and sleepwear from one of our favorite indie labels, aden+anais, makes it simpler to navigate the heat when baby #3 comes along. We love everything at aden+anais (they have Hello Kitty muslin!). We have included their swaddles in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, and the new line of bamboo baby swaddles and bamboo sleep bags make us love them even more. It’s so...

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The super pure moisturizer that’s great for kids’ eczema…or fickle grownup skin

I always look for facial moisturizers that are oil-free and chemical-free. So that basically leaves…uh, water. Until now. This amazing, natural, one-ingredient spray not only treats eczema and dry skin for babies, kids, and adults, but it also makes my face totally glow, without any of the cystic acne I usually get from oils. You might say I’m…coconuts for it. Heh. CapriClear has only one ingredient: fractionated coconut oil, also known as caprylic triglyceride. Basically, you get the benefits of coconut oil without the scent and waxiness, leaving a clear, pure, all-natural spray that’s non-staining, odorless, and a great...

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A celebration of motherhood firsts: tips for traveling with baby on the first vacation

This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! The first time you travel with baby doesn’t have to be horrible at all. (Or…as horrible as you think it will be.) We’ve all been longtime advocates of traveling with your kids early and often. It’s something you’ll never regret, whether you’re flying across country or making daytrips to the cousins’ house. Here are some of our top baby travel tips, from years of experience of traveling with children under 12 months. Ask us if you...

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