Category: Baby Gear

3 cool booster seats your kids won’t mind sitting in for another six years

As you may have heard, the AAP updated their car seat recommendations yesterday, advising that parents leave their kids in a rear facing car seat now until the age of two, not one. This means means getting a little creative when it comes to the back of the seat they’ll be staring at, and making sure your toddler seat is convertible, and won’t be soon outgrown. But the recommendations are also saying that kids should remain in a booster seat until they are at least 4′ 9″ and between the ages of 8-12. 12? Whoa! Since it looks like...

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Swaddling blankets for the swaddling impaired

It used to drive me crazy when my son was a newborn that I couldn’t learn how to swaddle properly with a swaddling blanket. My husband could. In fact, everybody else could. Why wasn’t this genius product around then? I could have looked like a swaddling superstar! What’s cool about TrueWomb is that it not only secures your baby into the fetal position, which is how they feel most comfortable at that age, but is also made with stretchy, breathable, cotton, so that babies can extend their bodies and move their arms around when they want to–unlike the traditional...

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Who’s holding your diapers?

I am addicted to cool organizing products. That’s not to say that I’m the most organized person out there–that would be my sister-in-law and she is a goddess. (But not the Charlie Sheen kind. Ew.) I just like fun boxes and containers which really do help wrangle the piles of stuff that accumulate around here. So I kind of flipped when I saw this fabulous new diaper caddy from one of CMP’s favorite little brands. The new 3 Sprouts diaper caddy is quirky and fun, featuring their signature felt animals on canvas. The caddies are shaped perfectly to keep...

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Calling all NYC area mamas and mamas-to-be!

Besides brownstones and indie coffee shops, Brooklyn is also known for being home to oodles and oodles of families. (As our Ed-in-Chief Liz can attest.) So it makes perfect sense that the first ever Child Grows in Brooklyn Baby Expo would take place in New York’s most family-friendly borough this coming Sunday. What makes this expo different than, say, a car expo? Well, first of all, it’s not boring. Second of all, it’s hosted by A Child Grows in Brooklyn, one of our favorite local blogs devoted to all things kids and parents. Register and you’ll have complete access...

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The cutest cloth nappies. (That’s uh, diapers, America.)

Okay, I may get a lot of flack for saying this, but when it comes to cloth diapering, I think the cute factor matters. Yes, I choose cloth for a number of less, um, superficial reasons–good for the environment, good for my babies’ skin, and convenience. Seriously, I think cloth is easy.  But the bottom line (heh, I said bottom) is that you wouldn’t catch me putting an ugly diaper on my baby. And the new-to-the-US line of diapers from Itti Bitti fits the bill perfectly. Created in 2005 by an Australian mom, these Itti Bitti cloth nappies –as...

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Write on, baby!

Yes, chalkboards are huge right now. From mugs at Starbucks to the chalkboard wall decals we’ve covered here, scribbles on black is hott with two wobbly, handwritten T’s. And here’s a unique and adorable way to jump in on the cuteness, whether for your own little darling or maybe your favorite preggers preschool teacher. The useful Chalkboard Bib is handcrafted of soft, sturdy cotton with a backing of softer, just as sturdy, organic cotton flannel. The letters and numbers are even hand-drawn, making each one unique. And you get two with each order, so you can share the blackboard...

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Too many Nook mattresses spoil the baby. In a good way.

Last year, Nook wowed me with the launch of their incredible (if expensive) Pebble crib mattress. Natural materials, no off-gassing, water and stain resistant and–bonus–it looked totally cool. Now they have a new mattress that even more mamas can afford. The Nook Pebble Lite offers the same conveniences and eco-friendliness in a package that lives up to its name–it weighs less and it costs less. Lite, get it? Now, there are some elements that differ from the original Pebble mattress, like the core is non-toxic foam, not latex. And the materials in the Lite mattress aren’t organic. But, really, the great features still exist...

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Sipidee doo dah

I just saw the cutest ever sippy cups–so cute in fact that despite the fact that my girls are (thankfully!) almost past the sippy cup stage, I immediately thought about whether I could justify owning them. The sippy cups from SugarBooger (I know, ignore the name) are minis–just 6 oz–making them great to grab on the go. The designs are just fabulous, from the pretty butterfly design seen here, to the sleek vintage alphabet, and the funky Day of the Dead motif. But what I really love is that they work just fine without that BPA-free sippy lid too,...

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Baby clothes with magnets = Magnificent!

I couldn’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve mis-snapped my baby’s onesies and sleepers during a middle of the night diaper change. Heck, I’ve even done it during the day. And now, since finding Magnificent Baby, I’m seriously considering tossing them all out. This company has designed something rather smart: magnetic closure baby clothes which  pop together (and stay together) like magic, eliminating mismatches and the annoying tugging at the too-tight snaps. Believe me, I was pretty skeptical at first, and sizing is definitely important; my long baby needed a size up since their onesies do...

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A stylish baby gate. I kid you not.

I’m not a big fan of baby gates. Sure, I appreciate the protection they offer, don’t get me wrong. But more often than not, they’re ugly. Now, I’m no interior decorator, but I do like my home to look good. And bland wooden baby gates simply do not look good. Instead of wishing I could move back to the small (but stair-less) apartment I lived in when my other babies started crawling, I’m ready now to embrace the baby gate. Know why? Because I’ve just discovered a cool one. The Munchkin Numi is actually a cool baby gate. Believe...

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What’s up, doc? Baby gifts for the Year of the Rabbit.

Today starts the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, and after last year’s “Year of the Tiger”, I’m more than ready to settle down with something a little more cuddly and sweet. This means our kids will roar less, right? To commemorate the start of the year 4709, I’ve dug up a bunch of adorable Chinese New Year gifts for the little bunny in your life — or any that may hop your way before the year is done. -Christina Gotta love the little buck teeth on Colette Kids’ Beta Bunny Onesie (at top), and the bright red color...

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Baby proofing with a new kind of outlet cover

I know all about baby proofing, considering my toddler is absolutely fascinated by electrical outlets. For some reason, the combination of the right height plus holes you can poke your fingers into equals a good time. Whee! Luckily, there’s a new outlet cover in town and this one is impossible for curious hands to pry off–but a cinch for parents when they have to actually use the outlet. Kid-E-Covers were designed by a dad who designs car parts for the automotive industry, and realized he could build a better electrical outlet cover that covers the entire thing and not...

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Personalized blankets for baby, and the child she’ll become (sniff).

I first discovered the fleece personalized baby blankets from mom-run Admiral Road a few years back, and really liked their bold, child-friendly designs right away. Having owned one for several years now, it sure has held up over time; it’s gone from a stroller blanket for my babies, to a toddler blanket when they outgrew the crib, and now it’s in its third career as a doll blanket that moonlights as a superhero cape. And it still looks great. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] Looking to see what’s new at the shop since back in the...

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The baby book that almost writes itself

My first daughter’s baby book is a masterpiece of elaborate details, funny stories and photos. But my second child’s baby book? Almost empty.  Every time I open it, I’m overwhelmed by all those blank pages and I’m struck with such intense guilt that I invent an excuse that I’m too busy (or maybe I am) and put it down. I know I’m not alone here. My Own Little Story (love the name!) is exactly what I need. This website was designed to make recording all the details and memories easy and fast. Seriously, you can create a baby book...

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Cribstyles of the rich and famous

If MTV’s show Cribs was actually about cribs, this is what you’d see: Custom, handmade, super-luxe linens for only the poshest of tots. As narrated by Robin Leach. Of course, you can also buy it retail, but it’s still going to cost you. Olena Boyko is pretty much the celebrity wedding cake of the nursery linen world. From her sumptuous crib sets to her confectionery bassinets and high style Moses baskets, every piece is handmade and can be ordered completely custom, down to embroidery color, font, and monogram style. (What? Your own baby didn’t have monogrammed silk sheets?) The...

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Thoroughly modern sleep sacks

Based on the color offerings of most sleep sacks out there, I’m left to believe that manufacturers think bright colors will somehow keep babies awake at night. What’s with all the pastels? Well, that’s exactly how mom Holly MacLean felt when she decided to launch the charming Wee Urban. [don’t miss a sweet giveaway and special offer after the jump!] This line of bright, modern baby sleep sacks are simply gorgeous. Made from soft organic cotton and bamboo and featuring original artwork screen printed in water based inks, they feel like your baby is wrapped up in your favorite...

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A swaddling blanket for the swaddle-impaired

I remember wrangling that swaddling blanket and trying to wrap our first newborn babe like a burrito over and over and over again. More often, we accomplished a tortilla, flat and floppy, with baby girl seriously unimpressed with her parents’ swaddling skills. Oh, if only we’d known about these buttery-soft new swaddling blankets–we might have gotten our swaddle on from the get-go. Honeydumplings–the smartypants creator of the padded baby caps and buckwheat toddler pillows that we have admired in the past–has come up with another brilliant idea: practically foolproof and organic swaddling blankets.  Each blankie–which is sized to fit a...

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Your baby’s first pillow

Trying to figure out the culprit behind your baby’s fussiness can prove to be one of the most frustrating tasks around. There are a ton of products out there that try to remedy the crying and overall miserableness (ie the pacifier, swings, teething toys). Now there’s an ergonomic head-support pillow, that aims to provide some much needed relief. When her infant son was in a constant state of discomfort, the founder of Baby Elephant Ears, took him to a number of specialists, including a chiropractor, who explained the root of the fussiness was most likely due to neck strain the...

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The change mat that’s getting me excited about dirty diapers

The time has arrived that I have to think about changing diapers again. Diapers. I’d kind of forgotten about that part of having a new baby. Lucky for me, though, there’s a nifty new change mat in town that will make it easy for me to do the anytime, anywhere diaper change with grace. And, of course, style. The Thula Eco Mat kind of looks like a mini yoga mat. And, I’ll admit, since a sample came into our house, my kids have had a great time using it as such. Made from a non-toxic foam material that is...

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Delicious Butters and Beans

I like to give crafted baby items made of fabric that are as soft and as safe as possible. And if they look fabulous? Even better. A brand new organic baby line is in town (virtually), and the fabrics are sophisticated enough for grown ups, too.  [don’t miss a limited time offer after the jump] butters&beans, a line created and crafted in a momma-centric home business in Minnesota, offers eye-catching, hand-stitched, organic cotton and bamboo bibs and burp cloths, baby blankets, and more. The quality is really special, the fabric is super soft for tender baby skin, and the...

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Chewbeads – Mom jewelry for your main accessory

I had not yet felt a great need for mom jewelry. For me, wearing my child’s name around my neck felt redundant because frankly, she is hanging around my neck.(After 15 months of breastfeeding and a total failure to ever accept a bottle, my husband has deemed her my “appendage.”) But here is some mom jewelry me (and my appendage) can really go for. Because it’s meant for babies too. Created by Lisa Greenwald, a former fashion-babe turned mom, Chewbeads is a line of non-toxic jewelry inspired by Lisa’s teething son. Sure, we’ve seen teething jewelry before- but this...

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Mod mobiles made just for you… I mean, your baby

We went crazy for the hand-sewn, graphic cut-paper mobiles by Frazier+Wing earlier this year, and it’s not hard to see why. Now Heather Frazier, the artist behind the art, has just upped the ante on the crazy-for-it-o-meter with a very cool new collaboration. Frazier+Wing has teamed up with Dwell Studio–the same design company behind the charmingly modern baby layette goodies at Target–to make awe-inspiring mobiles and garlands in Dwell’s own signature patterns: pretty birds, trains and cars, big round dots, and fluttery flowers. Strung on strong, clear thread and made with die-cut cardstock, the colorful mobiles hang from a...

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5 new mom must-haves

The more kids I add to my brood, the more aware I am of what I absolutely do not need as a mom. But more so, I’m now completely convinced of what I can’t live without. This is the kind of thing I wish someone had shared with me waaaay back when I spent too many hours creating a baby registry full of useless crap – like that darn $50 baby positioner. And don’t expect the store registry lists to be honest with you about not needing a moses basket and a bassinet and a co-sleeper. With that in...

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Organic crib bedding for the wild at heart

When I planned my baby’s nursery, I obsessed over the furniture, color scheme, storage ideas, art, hamper, family photos, plus which toys to display and which ones to put away. I thought about everything, except what moms think about these days–how and where to go green. Knowing what I know now, I might have splurged on organic sheets that keep the chemicals out of the crib, and spent a little less on other things, like that pricey knit dachshund. (We had a dachshund at the time, so I fell hard for this stuffed animal. I know, embarrassing.) Some organic...

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Robeez goes organic

This week, I saw the cutest pair of Robeez baby shoes in a local boutique and I ran online to see what else they were up to. Boy the company has come a long way since my 5 year-old was a baby and your choices were basically the fire truck or the flower or the other flower. The organic soft sole Robeez is adorable, whether or not you care about the water-soluble inks, eco-friendly canvas and leather with natural tanning. I just love the subtle, sweet neutral color. If you’ve got a boy, or a baby girl who doesn’t...

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Super snug bunting bags (that are also just a little bit posh)

I live in the desert, so I fully cop to craving the cold. I start wearing sweaters way too early in the hopes of somehow forcing the weather to cool more quickly. I usually succeed only in sweating. But now we’re fully in the midst of a cold snap here (yessss!), so it’s time to get baby all bundled up. And what says “snug” to a baby on the go like a stroller bunting bag?  Ralph Lauren (whose classic tartans always make me feel fall-ish) has these beautiful quilted stroller bunting bags which are fully lined in fleece and...

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Oshi Mat: Don’t go to baby music class without it

Looking back to my baby’s first music class, I see a woman in sweats, no make-up and a silly grin on her face. I was just so happy to be, finally, out of the house! New to my neighborhood, I was also convinced I was going to meet all my new best friends that day. Every time my baby clapped to the music, I burst into hysterical laughter. (No wonder I didn’t meet any friends in that class.) But, I stopped laughing when I noticed how my daughter was crawling around on a dirty looking carpet and how the...

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Shop for a cause at Happy Chickadee

As if I needed another reason to scour the virtual shelves of Happy Chickadee, one of our fave mom-owned boutiques, I just got another really awesome one. And it’s not even because of my new baby (that has yet to arrive, argh). It’s because every penny spent there this weekend will help someone who really needs it. Now through Sunday October 17th, Happy Chickadee is donating 100% of purchases (yes, 100%) of in-stock clothing and decor items to One Day’s Wages, an amazing org that’s alleviating extreme world poverty. In this instance, the proceeds will benefit two organizations assisting...

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Versatile doesn’t even begin to describe this diaper bag

Some days, I tend to be a bit of an over-packer. What if the kids get really thirsty and they finish their water bottles? Better pack an extra. What if they have a run-in with a mud puddle? Better pack clean outfits for each of them. What if they get hungry while we walk two blocks to the park? Better pack three meals’ worth of food. You can imagine, then, the size of my diaper bags. (And I don’t even have a kid in diapers right now!) At the other extreme, though, my over-packing tendencies sometimes cause me to...

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A minimalist Halloween

While my oldest would just as soon cover herself in a head to toe costume for Halloween, my other little one would is more in the “naked baby” camp. Amazing how kids are so different. So if you’ve got a kiddo who’s not so into the whole dressing up thing, or just need an idea that doesn’t take a lot of fuss, you might consider these handknit mask and tail sets from Oeuf. With just a little something over the nose, and a tail around the waist, these beautiful animal costumes from the luxury knit baby label are a...

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