Category: Baby Gear

4 stylish summer diaper bags to make schlepping your crap bit more glam

Now that my son is 4 months old, I’m craving a diaper bag that’s a little more stylish and summery than the workhorse tote I hauled around when he was a newborn. Because now that he’s screaming slightly less often — or at more regular intervals, anyway — I’ve been bringing him to so many more places, like the local paleta shop or an al fresco dinner with friends. So I searched around and found some really fun and stylish diaper bags that might make you feel a little sunnier during those dog days of summer schlepping. CMP is...

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The world’s cutest baby playmats: We found a contender!

When you’ve got a baby who’s tummy-timing all over the house, it’s nice to have something for her floor exercises that goes beyond a slippity blanket or boring bath towel. We’ve BTDT and what we wanted for our little ones? Something cushioned, soft, portable, and — hey, why not? — lovely to look at too. And these designer Kip & Co. baby playmats fit the bill perfectly. Kip & Co. is a cool women-owned company based in Australia that specializes in these colorful, beautifully crafted playmats (as well as other linens for babies like sheets and swaddles). And lucky for us, they just recently launched their...

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The limited-edition Bugaboo Niark1 stroller: Parenting gear with serious street cred.

My youngest is just about to age out of her stroller, which is a shame because the brand new Bugaboo Niark1 stroller limited-edition accessories is crazy cool. In this collaboration, Bugaboo gave French graphic artist Sébastien Féraut (a.k.a. Niark1) free reign to create a new canopy design using his iconic monster images. And the result is whoa! Who knew a stroller could give us such serious street cred? Related: The best strollers to buy right now: What to look for, what to avoid, and which brands we’d buy again. You can scroll the Bugaboo website to see which canopies fit which stroller...

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10 of the best, thoughtful gifts for newly adoptive parents and their kids

As a newly adoptive parent, I’ve received a lot of generous adoption gifts from friends and family that celebrate our daughter’s culture and heritage, and speak volumes about the fact that she came into our family in a way very different from our other three children. Of course, like any new parent, an adoptive parent would welcome home cooked meals, gift cards, boxes of diapers. But if you’re looking to give a more meaningful or sentimental gift, I’ve pulled together 10 of the best adoption gifts that I would love to have received myself. Each one of these is sure to get a very...

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Grocery shopping with a baby? You’ve got to see this cool shopping cart hammock.

The logistics of shopping with a baby in tow can be challenging, to say the least. But this clever creation from Binxy Baby changes everything. I can hear parents everywhere rejoicing. Related: From the OMG files: The portable changing table that hangs from the bathroom stall door. Roll it up, and you can easily toss this shopping cart hammock in a diaper bag or tote. We haven’t tested this ourselves, but from the instructions online, it looks super easy to install onto a shopping cart and to secure your child into the hammock. What I think is so smart is that by using the safety strap,...

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Could this simple idea finally make potty training easier for parents?

I tried reward charts, treats, and downright begging when it came to potty training, and my daughter was having none of it. So when I heard about Pee-kaboo potty training stickers, created by a stay-at-home mother of two who lives in my own town (go New Jersey moms!) I was like, whoa. Could this be the help that desperate potty training parents have been looking for? Related: 9 terrific baby gift ideas to help baby (and mom) get more sleep The cool thing about these reusable stickers is that you can only see the cute designs — after they’re peed on. Kind of like the plus...

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Finally: an affordable convertible high chair that looks like it should cost way more.

New parents know — or soon learn — how ideal it is to find baby gear that grows with your baby, especially when you’re on a budget. Which is why we’re thrilled to discover the beautifully made, modern new Tuo Convertible High Chair from our friends at Skip*Hop. Honestly, we all tend to be fairly skeptical at this point about new baby gear that promises great looks and functionality all at a low price, but having had the chance to try a review unit for myself, well…score! Related: 3 more highchairs we love that grow with your kid If you’re not even considering the array of $1,500 (really) high chairs out...

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A play mat that teaches your baby how to speak emoji. (Insert winking face here.)

When my kids were babies and tummy-time touring their way throughout the house, it was a given that their play mat migrated to each room with them. And while I have fond memories of our jungle themed mat and odd interactive thingies (who doesn’t love a squeaking, googly eyed hippo, honestly?), I’m at least 98 percent sure my now-tech-loving littles would have preferred the Emoji Baby Play Mat. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Fun emoji gifts: For kids or kids at heart Exclusive to Land of Nod, this hand-quilted mat is just soft and squishy enough to be both comfy and sturdy as your baby strengthens her...

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How Boppy is making it easier for pregnant mamas to get some zzz’s | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from The Boppy Company Finding a comfortable position when you’re pregnant — whether you’re sitting, laying down or sleeping — can be pretty challenging, which is why the new line of prenatal pillows from Boppy might just be the respite you moms-to-be are looking for. They’re all designed specifically for expectant moms to be used in bed, the couch, or wherever you’re trying to get comfortable. And the companion slipcovers help make cleaning a breeze. The uniquely-shaped Boppy Pregnancy Support Pillow with a Jersey Slipcover and upcoming Boppy Bump and Back Support Pillow can be used sitting up or laying down to give your back and...

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My holiday gift wish list: 5 splurge items I’d love for my baby! (Any family members listening?)

I tend to be a pragmatist when it comes to buying baby gear. I want great, smart products that won’t break the bank, so you won’t find me shopping for a diamond-encrusted baby rattle or a WiFi-enabled wipes warmer (is that even a thing?) anytime soon. But that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about some of the more luxurious baby gifts out there. High-tech, heirloom, handcrafted, and just plain awesome. So I searched through the Cool Mom holiday gift guides to share my own top holiday gifts I wish I had for my new baby. In other words, these are the things I won’t buy...

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Hilarious video from Naya Health: What if men could breastfeed? | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Naya Health If you’ve ever struggled with pumping breast milk in a public restroom, or hid in a supply closet or stairwell as a co-worker walked in on you, you know how challenging (and uncomfortable) pumping in the workplace can be. That’s exactly why Naya Health has developed a smart breast pump that’s getting a ton of buzz for revolutionizing every aspect of pumping. And now, they’re getting a ton of buzz for their hilarious new video. Here, they answer the hypothetical question that so many breastfeeding women have laughed about to themselves: What if men were the ones who had to breastfeed? Where’s our...

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8 of the coolest high-tech baby gifts that new parents will actually use | Baby registry essentials guide

There’s a ton of high-tech baby gear out there these days — but not all of it is stuff we’d actually use or recommend. I mean, just because you can invent a training potty with an iPad stand that doesn’t mean you should. So we put our heads together and took a good look at some of the very best high-tech baby gifts you can find, narrowing it down to 8 we think are definitely worth a spot on your own baby registry. Speaking of which, we’re thrilled to present this next post in our monthly Baby Registry Essentials Guide on behalf...

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Personalize a Stokke Tripp Trapp chair — a very special holiday gift for a very lucky child.

If you’re looking for a truly special holiday gift for a friend, family member, or for your own little bundle of joy, we think that the Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair, now available with free personalized engraving, is a fabulous option. We’re big fans of the Tripp Trapp at Cool Mom Picks. It’s a classic (seriously, it’s been around since the ’70s), it’s nice to look at (Scandinavian style is just the coolest), and it transitions from one stage to the next — year after year — your child’s once-beloved highchair becoming their homework desk chair. So we love that this chair can now have a truly...

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Rock-and-roll baby gear that helps you keep the dream alive.

As a parent, your head banging days may be over. And at five months pregnant, mine are coming to an end pretty soon. In fact, lately I’ve been spending much more time agonizing over the perfect lullaby playlist than attending music festivals or buying backstage passes to my favorite local bands. But it doesn’t mean I don’t miss it. Which is why I was stoked to discover Daphyl’s new (and growing) line of rock n’ roll-inspired strollers, sippy cups, and plush toys that really gives a new meaning to classic baby gear. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Chatting with Lisa Loeb...

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The most stylish tummy time blanket we’ve seen in…uh, ever?

After 11 years of parenting, I’m a pretty big believer in not buying baby gear that doesn’t grow with your child. That means floor mats dedicated exclusively to, say, tummy time isn’t at the top of my priority list. (As cute as they may be.) Instead, I’d throw down any clean blanket — or bath towel, if I’m being honest — and call it a day. But then I found the new Bliss round blanket from Little Giraffe, which is so perfect for playtime and, yes, tummy time. I think the cool, modern design is pretty enough that parents will want to use it long after their baby has...

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SoundBub: The cutest (and smartest) portable white noise machine ever.

I never used a white noise machine with any of my kids when they were babies, which may explain why they were such terrible nappers. Compare that to my friends, who’d come over for dinner and board games with their babies in tow. Their kids slept soundly in our room with a white noise machine running, while we hung out in the next room. Traveling with a plug-in white noise machine is clunky, though, so I’m happy to discover the SoundBub. This adorable white noise machine is now at the top of my baby shower gift ideas list. For parents who are on-the-go...

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Swanky baby gear that looks like adult coloring books? Color us excited.

The only thing we love more than super safe, comfortable car seats and strollers is when our essential baby gear has swanky styling too. The new City Motif Collection of baby gear from Maxi-Cosi combines serious safety features with a playful black-and-white city skyline design that manages to look both very European and, well, like you could whip out some markers and color right on it. (But, don’t!) The City Motif line includes three different products to take your kids from teeny to toddling. To start off, there’s the Mico Max 30 infant seat, known for being the most lightweight seat...

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3 of the best highchairs that grow with your kid. In other words, they’re worth the investment.

Now that I’ve had three kids, I’m a big believer in only spending money on baby gear that’s really worth it. That spendy bottle warmer you’ll use for oh, 3 months? Skip it. But a highchair that will literally last until your kids are in elementary school (or older) — that’s totally worth the investment to me. So, we’ve taken a look back at some of the very best highchairs we’ve had a chance to review over the years to find our favorites that will grow with your kids. In other words, you know you’re getting your money’s worth even after you’ve quit...

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Breastfeeding at work: 7 tips to help nursing moms make the transition

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...

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7 must-haves for breastfeeding moms | Baby Registry Essentials Guide

Next up in our Baby Registry Essentials Guide series, we’re excited to share 7 of our own must-haves for breastfeeding moms. And hey, just in time for National Breastfeeding Month — although of course, these are all fantastically useful gifts any month at all. We’re so happy to be able to bring you all this monthly series of essentials for new parents, thanks to our partner Gugu Guru, the brilliant online baby registry. If you’re expecting, or know someone who is, you’ll appreciate their personalized, unbiased product recos that they make based on your own lifestyle preferences and tastes, plus the expert guidance they offer along the way. Best...

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5 benefits of breastfeeding for moms, that we should be talking about more

Like many moms who choose to breastfeed, I was fairly aware of the benefits of breastfeeding my first baby well before I started. But I actually didn’t know how many benefits there would be for me too, at least until I was pretty far along into nursing my first baby. The more I think about it, the more I realize how much it would have helped me to focus on those upsides during those early days and months when, admittedly, I was struggling a bit. And that goes for my second, third and fourth babies. (That’s me with number two up in the photo above. So cute!)   Our newest...

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The Baby Registry Essentials Guide: The Coolest Gifts for the Eco Mom

You know how much we love to seek out the very coolest baby registry essentials and must-haves, both as a group of moms who are searching for cool baby gifts for our own new additions, and as those who only wish we had them when ours were young ones. Especially when it comes to cool eco baby products that make you feel that much better about the items you’re buying. So we are beyond thrilled to have joined up with the most perfect partner, Gugu Guru, the brilliant online baby registry, for some of the coolest baby essentials. They make personalized, unbiased product...

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The smartest way for new parents to save some money: Rent baby gear from Expectantly

Budgeting for a new baby can be overwhelming for many of us. You need clothes, diapers, a crib, a stroller — the list goes on. And on. While some items like rattles and burp clothes are relatively inexpensive, others — like a car seat and high chair or even crib bedding — can be beyond pricey. It’s hard to know where to splurge on something you’ll use for years (hint: go for the nice stroller) and where to save (skip the expensive bassinet you’ll use a couple months, at most). So, when I found out about the cool new site...

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Sponsored Message: Nanit may be the biggest thing to happen to baby monitors.

  This is a sponsored message from Nanit If you’ve ever lost sleep waiting impatiently for your baby to fall asleep — or worse, woken your little one up when you’ve just peeked in —  you need to meet Nanit, a tremendous new advancement in baby monitors. In fact it’s part baby monitor, part translator, part personal baby guru. And what new parent couldn’t use one of those? – Don’t miss a special limited-time offer below –  Nanit is designed to track everything about your baby’s sleep, no wearable required. You’ll have access to a wealth of information with ease through the nicely designed companion app, including data...

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6 modern baby bouncers that are super stylish space-savers

Sometimes in the world of baby gear, less is definitely way more. These modern, space-saving baby bouncers capture this spirit in a big way. Their sleek designs mean your living room can look less like a mini gymnasium and more like smart, stylish adults live there. When my first child was born, I splurged on that deluxe set with all the bells and whistles, dangling toys, and musical buttons. My sister, on the other hand, chose a bouncer that was about as big as her diaper bag and folded up to slide under the sofa when not in use. Turns out her baby was just...

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14 of the coolest baby gifts and gear we wish we had when we were new moms. (Yeah, just a little jealous.)

If innovative baby gear is any indication, we can confidently say this is an awesome time to be expecting. My youngest just turned 6 years old, so I’m only a few years out of the baby stage, and yet there has been so much amazing change in baby gear even since he was an infant that I am left feeling just a wee bit jealous of all you new moms. From high-tech strollers that charge your phone to super smart breast pumps controlled by your phone — and even some gear that has nothing at all to do with phones — here’s our list of the coolest baby gifts and...

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The new Cocoon multi-stage high chair keeps up with your growing child.

I had three kids in four years and learned very quickly how fast kids outgrow their gear. That’s why I love companies like Oribel, smart engineers who are creating modern, multi-stage products that are meant to last throughout several developmental stages. We’ve praised their designs before, like when they came out with their PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center that goes from an activity center to a play table so our kids can get many years use out of it. Still a favorite. And now, Oribel is introducing the Cocoon Complete High Chair, designed for kids as young as 6 months of age all the way up to 3 years. As they grow, the Cocoon grows...

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A fully reclining infant car seat from Cybex: Mamas, prepare your baby registry wish lists.

It takes a lot to wow us when it comes to car seats these days; there are just so many similarities among them, it’s rare when one stands out from the crowd. But if I were shopping for a new infant car seat right now — and (cough) money was no object — then the Cybex Cloud Q car seat from the stroller company we’ve come to love is the one I’d be all over. This infant seat has some remarkable safety features I haven’t seen anywhere else, but I think what will impress parents most is the fact that, outside the car, it converts from a car seat...

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The new BabyBjörn watercolor collection is a thing of beauty

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...

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The Clek Mat-thingy. Because kids + cars = gross.

As a suburban mom of four, I live in my car. And as much as I try to tell my kids that this time we will not be eating in the car (don’t laugh too hard), I can never stick to that rule because, well, we’re all in it so much. That’s why the Clek Mat-thingy is so smart. Also, the name makes me chuckle every time I say it. Related: Tokidoki and Clek collaborate for some out-of-this-world car seats  Not only does the non-slip, waterproof Mat-thingy protect your seats against spills and messes, it keeps them safe from compression damage courtesy...

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