Category: Baby Gear

Restaurant high chairs without the ew factor

Surely I’m not the only one who’s often grossed-out by restaurant high chairs? They’re handy, yes, but they’re usually filled with the remains of some other kid’s meal. This is just why the new Phil & Ted’s Lobster seat comes in very handy for restaurant-goers. This portable high chair is a brilliant, fold-flat seat that attaches to most tables with its “claws” (get it?). You just unfold it, screw both sides tight and you’re good to go. It’s easy enough to do with one hand – trust me, I’ve had to. The buckle is a breeze to use and...

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Building a better sleep sack

It must be hard to come up with new twists on old baby gear, like sleep sacks, but it seems there’s always a smart mom out there ready to devise a brilliant improvement. And if there is, we’re going to find her. Or in the case of the Gunapod wearable blanket, three moms. This soft and cozy fleece baby sleep sack –which is available in three sizes ranging from 3 to 24 months– isn’t just another adorable wearable blanket. That’s because the mama creators behind the blanket know a thing or two about middle-of-the-night diaper changes and sleeping-baby-transfers. Their experience is our gain....

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Hygeia Breast Pump

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, our contributors are sharing their favorite nursing picks.I’ve never actually needed to pump other than for comfort until my most recent baby. Thank goodness I’ve had the Hygeia Breast Pump to keep me company on various hotel rooms and yes, even airport bathrooms. The rechargeable battery is genius, but the recording feature that lets me bring the sounds of my baby with me really makes this such a smart choice.- Kristen More World Breastfeeding Week Picks: Medela Nursing Cami, BOOB Nursing TopsThe Breastfeeding BuddyBella Materna Nursing BraNursing Halter...

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Cool baby booties made for sleep deprived parents

The last thing I need as a mom of a newborn is an article of clothing that takes actual brain power to figure out how to put on. Give me no-fuss onesies and slip-on pants and I’m a happy camper. I always thought booties fell into the too-much-work-to-put-on-baby category until checking out the new Uno booties from Puj. Puj, the company famous for the foldable foam Puj infant bathtub that’s so smart it’s in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, just introduced Puj Unos. Aside from the glaring Puj label right smack dab in the middle of the bootie, these...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: The Breastfeeding Buddy

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. How annoying is it to have to carry around dozens of different cloths, bibs and blankets whenever you take your baby out? The Breastfeeding Buddy, a handy little strip of fabric with clips on both ends, allows you to get double duty from those various baby blankies. Clip one on and it transforms any blanket or swaddler into a hooter hider. Genius.  -Melissa Stay tuned this week for more great nursing picks. And if you missed Monday’s post, click to check...

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Ergo and Petunia Pickle Bottom make babywearing oh so pretty

My first Ergo was a lot like my first boyfriend. Solid, comfortable, and dependable, if a little thick. But not pretty. Not swoon-worthy. Then Petunia Pickle Bottom got involved. In a babywearing version of She’s All That (or Can’t Buy Me Love, or Clueless–you get the picture) The Ergo got an extreme makeover, and now it’s one of the prettiest baby carriers on the block. For along time, the main complaint of Ergo carriers was that they weren’t stylish. Well, the new collection of Petunia Picklebottom Ergo buckle baby carriers includes three gorgeous prints in soft organic cotton, and...

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A keepsake baby blanket you’ll actually use

I love the idea of buying a keepsake blanket for a baby, but in my experience, they’re usually more beautiful than they are useful. However that’s not the case when it comes to these mom-designed blankets that are as gorgeous as they are functional. The Spunge Design blankets are made from 100% organic cotton knit, which gives them the perfect amount of stretch to make them an ideal swaddle blanket. But once your baby has outgrown that stage, they’re a great size for toddlers. I love the whimsical designs, particularly the tree motif, which features three-dimensional leaves to entertain...

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And the Cat’s in the Apron and the silver spoon…

We’re always sad to see a small shop we love, like Cat in an Apron, close its doors. But there’s a silver lining. At least if you’d like to get 50% off their remaining inventory of beautifully tailored clothing, gifts and accessories. Cat in an Apron specializes in pretty hats, cute onesies, fancy burp cloths, cozy swaddle blankets, sweet hair accessories, and more. Or at least, this week. As the inventory dwindles, they’ve mentioned even further discounts, so keep an eye on the Cat in an Apron blog if you want to score some great deals. We’ll miss you,...

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From the makers of the cutest swaddlers come the cutest baby bibs

Like so many moms, I’m obsessed with those feather-soft muslin swaddle blankets from the beloved aden + anais line. I use the beautifully printed blankies for everything from hiding my nursing newborn to protecting him from the sun and, oh yeah, swaddling him. Now their new collection of bibs has me pumped for feeding time. The new aden + anais snap bibs are made with the same 100% cotton muslin in three super-absorbent layers, as their uber-popular swaddle blankets. Which makes perfect sense, since one of the other uses I have found for the blankets is as a napkin...

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Hello Kitty BabyLegs. Prepare to squee in Japanese.

If you don’t yet know how awesome BabyLegs are, we’re happy to remind you every few months or so. They not only respect the accessibility of the onesie and keep little legs warm in heavily air conditioned places, but diaper changes are a breeze. Now we’ve got one more reason to love them: The all new Hello Kitty collection. The Hello Kitty BabyLegs are not only cute and sweet, but practical, too. Any of the seven styles will funky up any outfit, but without interfering with the business at hand. You know, the free wheeling crawling kind. Plus she...

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Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks to be in the know and on the go

This is a fabulous day to become a Cool Mom Picks subscriber. If not just for our exclusive discount codes, celebrity trends, and picks you won’t find on our site, there’s that dandy subscribers-only monthly giveaway like this one: One lucky CMP subscriber will win the ultimate on-the-go gift pack valued at over $250, including a fabulous Timi + Leslie convertible diaper bag filled with goodies from some of our favorite boutique brands–Stokke, Maclaren, skip+hop, and more. All to keep your little one comfy and happy while you’re on the go this summer. All the details will show up...

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3 insanely crazy high-end cribs. Prepare to gawk.

At the end of the day–and there really is an end of the day, when baby has no choice but to conk out, at least for a little while, anyway–all you really need is a good, sturdy crib so that your little one is safe and snug, right? Well, maybe not. For some parents, crib aesthetics figure prominently into the equation. Maybe basic is too boring? Maybe they’ve got a million dollars that they need to spend before midnight to win a Japanese reality show contest? In which case, these cribs really up the ante. At Nurseryworks, unique cribs...

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Go anywhere booster – The baby travel essential of the summer

Whether you’ve got one kid or four like me, it’s tough traveling on a long road trip. Hey, it’s even hard just going out to dinner with all your baby gear essentials sometimes. But this new pick is so practical, so cool, it’s become far from an extra for our family. In fact, I’d call it the baby travel essential of the summer. [don’t miss a giveaway after the jump!] The Go Anywhere Booster seat is by far the best-made and best-looking of this type of baby seat I’ve seen yet. What appears to be a pack about the...

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Keep your baby in the dark. Literally.

I’ve got to be honest, the Snooze Shade is the kind of product I dream of being able to use more. Because, well, my babies don’t generally start sleeping in the first place. But for anyone with a baby who actually does sleep, the Snooze Shade could be a lifesaver. It comes in two sizes –to fit an infant car seat or a stroller– and is made from black, breathable UPF50+ fabric. Anytime baby is ready for shut-eye you can just pop it on and create a dark, comfy environment for baby, even on the sunniest of days. Yes,...

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Beaba Bib’expresso – Bottle warming as easy as making a cup of coffee

My three oldest kiddos were boob snobs and rarely took a bottle, but my fourth little one has been much more receptive, making life much easier for me. Mostly. I would never have thought it before, but now I understand that for newbies, heating up breastmilk and making formula bottles can actually be challenging at times–like when the baby is already fussing and crying. While we’ve never recommended a bottle warmer before, and frankly, find most of them kind of silly, there happens to be a super amazing new gadget for bottle-feeding moms, that I really can stand behind....

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Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks and you can be strolling in style in June

We’d be happier than a bunch of Junebugs on a blackberry bush if you subscribe to Cool Mom Picks before June 1. Like all our subscribers, you’ll get free (free!) access to the hottest trends, coolest deals, sunniest discounts, and biggest lifesavers we can find, many of which are just for our subscribers. And for an extra added burst of sunshine, you’ll be be eligible to enter to win this month’s subscribers-only giveaway, a $450 Cool Travel with Baby Package from Scandinavian Child! In the next couple of days, one lucky subscriber will win their very own Micralite FastFold...

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Snug like a bug in a Snug

My little ones were much happier in an upright position but usually before they were able to actually do it safely on their own. So when I heard Euro parent fave (and ours)  Mamas and Papas had launched an infant positioner seat, me, my back, and my baby were more than happy to give it a try. Their new infant positioner called the Baby Snug has made life much easier around our place since it arrived. Like similar seats (think Bumbo), you just pop your 3 month old or older into the seat so he can enjoy being off...

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A pacifier case to keep you feeling groovy

Here’s one for you combination germaphobes-70s nostalgia buffs: A vented neoprene pacifier case that will keep two binkies close at hand, and deliver twice the smiles of the leading pacifier case. The Keep on Suckin’ pacifier case might be my favorite of all the styles from our friends at Wry Baby. And a smart, simple design means you just  clip it to your diaper bag or right to your stroller. It’s definitely better than “If this stroller is a-knocking…” Yeah. You know the rest. –Liz Find 10 clever styles of pacifier cases online at Wry Baby For more awesome...

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From the folks who brought you the Nook Mattress, a baby playmat that’s spot-on

My baby has reached the flip-over-at-every-opportunity stage. Which means two seconds after we place him on his back on his playmat, he’s rolled off the mat and is face down on the bare floor. And then two seconds after that I’m freaking out that he’s going to face-plant on the hardwood. Not a pretty picture. Particularly not while I’m sitting on the toilet. This is why I kind of think I’d love the new LilyPad Playmat from Nook. Not only is it made from the same soft, eco-friendly and baby-safe material as the Nook mattresses (a CMP fave), but...

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A Quinny for Jenny (and you, and Beth, and Ann)

We started Cool Mom Picks because we just had to share all of our amazing finds with someone besides each other. It’s all about sharing– deals, discounts, splurges, handy helpers, giveaways, and so much more. Our subscribers have an extra chance every month to win a super-huge, extra-awesome giveaway that can only be found in our newsletter. But now there’s a new way to share the goodness. See that Invite button at the top of the page? You can use that to invite more Cool Moms into the fold. And just because you invite them doesn’t mean they’re required...

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The Orbit Baby Travel System – life changing! Especially if your life is just a few weeks old.

You’re going to think I’m crazy, but believe me when I tell you that the Orbit Baby infant car seat has totally changed my life. It comes with the Orbit Baby Stroller Travel System G2–which includes the amazing stroller frame, too– and has some magical tricks up its sleeve that aren’t in any other car seats on the market. Like a flexible carry handle, amazing eco-foam and fabric, and the easiest to install base I’ve ever seen. The real life-changer, though, is the special circular “SmartHub,” which actually allows you to dock your baby into the car or the...

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Cool Canadian craft and design for our “collectif” consciousness

If you’re lucky enough to live in Montreal, then April 30 is going to be one really amazing day of shopping. The mama-run Collectif nënë is launching their first annual baby show and you will want to be there. Of course, most of us aren’t Montreal mamas, but that’s what online shopping is for. I started browsing their websites to write this post and, well, let’s just say I’m amazed. These artists have some of the most original and incredible creations and I kind of want one of everything. From the endearing stuffed animals and creatures by Raplapla (above)...

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ReCrib – Discount baby gear from brands that simply don’t discount

I’ve often said to new mom friends that if I had to do it over, I’d have spent less on the crib. Not that I didn’t adore our crib for the four years that we used it; but there has to be a better way than shelling out a fortune, even for those of us who have high-end tastes. Now, fortunately, there is an amazing option: a fabulous new website that’s like Craig’s List for high end baby gear. ReCrib is a place you can buy and sell only gently used, high end nursery furniture and toys. The site...

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Invite a friend (or three) to Cool Mom Picks and win a Quinny. (Or four.)

Want to win your own super fab Quinny Zapp Xtra stroller, valued at $299? And how about one more for each of your three closest friends? We can do that. Our Cool Mom Picks newsletter subscribers already know how much we adore them. (After all, without them we’d just be telling ourselves about all this cool stuff we find). But we’re always trying to come up with new ways to share the love, and this one’s so fun! See that new option in our nav bar up there, where it says invite? Go ahead and click that link, or...

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A little bird told me about Birdhouse Pajamas

For a gift that will definitely inspire some “awwwws” at baby showers, we’ve found that very thing. Or rather, we’ve found 120 of those very things on our recently launched Baby Shower Gift Guide. But now, we’ve found one more. (Don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!) The Birdhouse Pajamas gift set is a sweet cardboard birdhouse decorated with trees and flowers, but that’s not all. Inside the house is a pair of cute baby pajamas and an adorable bird stuffed animal. A gift, wrapped in a gift. All for under $25. With such cute packaging, the pajamas...

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The Nordic Carrier – Well played, baby-snuggling Vikings.

There’s a hot new baby carrier that just might exceed all your baby carrying dreams. Except for the one where you’re carrying a baby while riding a magical unicorn with Ashton Kutcher. It’s called the Nordic Carrier, made by our friends at Lillebaby. And it’s got the same multi-tasking, simply elegant design that we’ve come to expect from the mighty Vikings, inventors of Ikea and Swedish meatballs. First of all, the sturdy Nordic Carrier is made to work in six different carrying positions, including front, back, and hip. Your baby can face inward or outward, and the seat can...

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The Bugaboo Donkey is here! But you Bugaboo Cameleon fans have some good news too.

All the Bugaboo talk this week is about the new Bugaboo Donkey double stroller –that oddly-named, but coolly-designed single-to-double convertible stroller that our Editor-in-Chief Liz got a sneak peek at a few days ago at the US launch at New York’s Giggle. Yes, it’s a gorgeous, pricey, joy-inspiring feat of modern engineering. And we’ll have a proper review coming out shortly, when we’ve had a chance to test it out ourselves and not just push it around a store floor for six seconds. But there are some other, albeit smaller, Bugaboo developments, too. Especially for those of you Bug...

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Buy me some peanuts and BabyLegs

It can be mighty windy up in the stands, but even if you’re staying home to watch the game on the TV, every tot-sized baseball fan needs a pair of baseball-themed leg warmers, right? Just in time for the start of baseball season, I am loving these Homerun BabyLegs. It’s the perfect way to keep legs warm (while still making diaper changes or pottying a snap) and display love for America’s Pasttime, without resorting to logo-mania. Like all BabyLegs, they’re great for all sizes from babies to little kids, and they can be worn on the arms or legs....

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5 great picks you might have missed this week – March Madness Edition

If your kids have acted a little nuts this week, it’s totally not your fault. Blame it on supermoon–we do. Here are a few of our favorites from the last week, in case you were too busy pulling out your hair to have caught them. 1. The new AAP’s new car seat and booster recommendations for kids 7-12 may your big kid hopping mad. Luckily, we’ve rounded up 3 awesomely cool booster seats for the car to keep everyone legal and safe. 2. If you’re going crazy trying to find the perfect baby book, we’ve rounded up some of...

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Baby blankets that you can drool on too.

We’ve panted over Noko’s baby clothes and girls’ dresses and, now the baby gear obsessed among us can covet their new unbelievably gorgeous baby blankets. Or better yet, we can buy them. I am in love with Noko’s updated traditional Japanese prints which are so absolutely beautiful. I’m especially liking Noko’s Ami baby blanket in this striking Violet Mum pattern which is both sophisticated and sweet. The blanket is reversible with a coordinating pattern that is elegant and photo op-ready. Plus the square shape makes it perfect for swaddling and the soft, 100% Cotton knit is ideal for newborns....

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