Category: Gear

Bugaboo goes neon – cue the opening to Karma Chameleon. Or Cameleon?

Back after the sad demise of neon in the 80s, I really thought I would never thought I would see neon again. Boy George, was I wrong. And now even Bugaboo is getting into the neon action, and it puts the boom boom into my heart. Personally, I think the new NEON POP collection is absolutely gorgeous. A beautiful navy fabric and Bugaboo’s first-ever navy chassis on the Cameleon are complemented by striking hits of fluorescent red on the wheels, zippers, buckles and more. The best part is that even if your love affair with neon was as short-lived as...

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Petite Box – Also known as, how to make a new mom smile

UPDATE: This service has now shut down. We highly recommend Citrus Lane for a similar service with products we love. -Eds There are actually lots of ways to make new and pregnant moms smile, most of them involving food, cleaning, and babysitting. But if you’re far away, here’s a great way to make her feel great: This wonderful new monthly gift box service catering just to new and pregnant moms. Monthly delivery services are hot now, and Petite Box is taking on the new mom market with lovingly curated boxes of eco-friendly and useful gifts. The boxes feel truly posh...

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Reinventing the bento box

As the old saying goes: Once you go Bento you never go back. Okay, that’s not it at all. But it’s exactly how I feel every morning that I pack my kids’ lunches. After discovering the perfect reusable, food-safe containers, those plastic baggies and reused Chinese takeout containers just don’t seem to do the job. Canadian company Steeltainer, has a really terrific take on the classic Bento box. Each side of the lid has a simple snap up/snap down clasp to really keep the thing sealed. And yet it’s so easy, my four year-old doesn’t have trouble at all;...

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The stroller pad as cozy as a mattress

There have been many times when I’ve wanted nothing more for my baby to just chill and take a snooze in the buggy when all he does is fuss. But now that I’ve discovered this new stroller pad that is so comfortable, I’m tempted to sit on it myself. The new NuComfort Memory Foam Stroller Pads from Tivoli Couture are lined with high density memory foam to give your little peanut a luxurious ride. It self-adjusts to your child’s body and helps with shock absorption–a huge plus when navigating bumpy city blocks and rough terrain in my neighborhood. But...

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Shower the strollers you love with love

You’re probably going to think I’m crazy, but one of my favorite baby shower gifts in the Cool Mom Picks Baby Shower Gift Guide this year is a stroller cleaning kit. I know. Weird, right? But, hear me out. Not only does the BUGGYLOVE Organic Stroller Cleaning Kit contain everything you’ll ever need to clean and maintain baby’s ride, the products are all made of natural and organic materials. Even the squeak-eliminating Wheel Love is made from citrus and other plant oils. None of that smelly, aerosol stuff you might otherwise have to use. How cool is that? I’ve...

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An easy way to get your car seat from the car to the airplane

Going on vacation is top on my list of things I love to do. At the bottom of that list has to be schlepping things–like car seats–from my house to the airport. I just discovered a contraption that makes that schlepping at least a little bit easier. The new Roll ‘n Go Car Seat Transporter from Brica takes the grunt work out of getting your front-facing car seat (or convertible car seat) through the airport and to the airplane. The Transporter is basically a lightweight hand truck that allows you to easily attach your car seat and push it wherever...

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Pura Kiki bottles let you ditch plastic sippy cups for stainless steel

I admit that I was pretty skeptical of the stainless steel baby bottle trend, and never could actually make the leap. But now that my baby is of sippy cup age, I am pretty intrigued by the idea of stainless steel sippy cups. The Pura Kiki stainless steel toddler bottle has become a fixture in the hands of my 17-month old, pretty much converting me from the slew of plastic sippy cups that are stuffed in my kitchen drawers. They just wear so well compared to the plastic that looks beaten up pretty quickly, and I love how easy they are to wash....

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3 clever new mom gear essentials from Munchkin

With two kids under four in our household, we are huge fans of Munchkin. From eating essentials to bath time fun, they’ve hooked a lot of mamas up over the years. So I was psyched to get a sneak peak at their new lineup, only to discover three really helpful, innovative new Munchkin items for feeding, sleeping and potty training just out this year. Click Lock Sippy Cup Leaking sippy cups are the bane of my existence. There’s nothing worse than finding water or juice spilled all over the inside of your diaper bag–I’ve even had to replace a...

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A seriously cool backpack for kids

I take backpack shopping very seriously. My kids are hard on their stuff, so by the time spring rolls around, we may need to upgrade what seemed so new and fresh in the fall. I need something durable but slightly more kid friendly than an industrial strength backpack. I’ve loved MadPax spiky backpacks since I discovered them here last year, but I’m happy to see that they now have new options that aren’t quite so, well…spiky. The MadPax bubbles backpack feels like something out of a space expedition. The colors are bright and attention grabbing, which helps to distinguish...

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A stroller deal from Phil & Teds and Mountain Buggy to get excited about

Some deals are just too good to keep to yourself. Especially when it involves a stroller, since great buggies can be so pricey, but are so integral for every family with young ones. Two of Cool Mom Picks’ fave stroller brands, Phil & Teds and Mountain Buggy, will be offering their strollers on the chic flash sale site Gilt Kids tomorrow with an awesome accessory thrown in. It’s already sweet to get a Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle for $100 off the sticker price or a Phil & Teds Explorer for $130 off the price–but with either one, Gilt is...

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LunchBots goes bento

For those of you with kids (like my son) who would rather eat just a little bit of everything instead of a big Dagwood sandwich, CMP favorite LunchBots is going to make your day. (If not your kids’ lunch.) The brand new LunchBots Quad is a new box, or bot, divided into four quadrants. I can’t wait to fill up this modern looking bento box with pretzels, apples slices, cut-up cheese and ripped up turkey breast for my son at preschool. It’s also great for snackers on the go, since it seals shut easily and stays that way. Besides looking cool, I love that...

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It’s Cool Mom Picks on The Martha Stewart Show!

In case you missed our Editor-in-Chief Liz’s recent Martha Stewart baby shower show appearance, here’s the online clip so you can watch the whole thing right from your computer! [Updated to add: The clip no longer is on the Martha Stewart site as this program was a long time ago!] Along with showcasing adorable baby outfits from Polarn O. Pyret, Zutano, Goat-Milk, Go Gently Baby, Tea Collection and Estella NYC, Liz announced our new Baby Shower Gift Guide which has over 150 of the coolest gifts for new and expectant moms. We’re so thrilled to be able to showcase...

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Presenting our 2012 Baby Shower Gift Guide!

We are so excited to announce the launch of our annual baby shower gift guide, our biggest and best ever, if we do say so ourselves. We’ve worked so hard, scouring the ends of the internet to track down more than 150 of the most clever, creative, and covetable baby shower gifts in every price range, many from indie artists, Etsy crafters, and the small boutique brands we love. If you’re visiting from our Martha Stewart Show appearance today (welcome!) you might even recognize a few of our picks from the show. We really hope you’ll love the guide as...

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We’re on Martha Stewart! Yipeeeee!

Our editor Liz Gumbinner practically skipped out of the 26th Street studios after her taping of the Martha Stewart Show this week. (Okay, she did skip, according to some reports. Just a little.)  Please catch Liz on Martha’s big baby shower episode, airing this Friday, February 17! Set your alarms (or DVRs) for Friday at 10AM on the Hallmark Channel or again at 1PM if you miss it. We’ll post a link when we’ve got it. Don’t worry– Liz won’t be making a cake shaped like a diaper from scratch, or hand-varnishing a crib. But she and Martha are hosting...

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Born angry.

ust when we thought we might be over Angry Birds, one of our favorite little baby companies goes and makes a brand new, very well-done Angry Birds for babies collection. Happily, the birds all look more happy than anything. Guess they just cleared level 6-12? Swaddle Designs, makers of the flannel receiving blankets that my own firstborn spent many months in, now has a whole Angry Birds Baby collection. You’ll find your favorite characters beautifully printed on high quality flannel blankets, muslin swaddlers, lovies, and even snapsuits. I saw them at Toy Fair this past week and color me...

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Red baby gear that will look great all year round

Other than wearing hearts on their clothing and looking at us with love in their eyes, our babies are still a little young to be celebrating Valentine’s Day with lollipops or big messy chocolate hearts. But since we love red all the time, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite red baby gear, that will look bright, fresh and modern all year long–more than I can say for those roses. We are in love with the contemporary shape of Bloom’s new Coco Rosso lounger. No noisy bells or batteries required, this simple self-rocker lets our babies gaze at the...

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We <3 this bottle because it's #twittering

Why is this new SIGG bottle awesome for Valentine’s Day? Because no one can live without water. (And lots of us can’t live without Twitter.) It’s a child-sized bottle, but I would totally drink from it. Damask, birds, flowers, bright colors, and all the usual things we love about SIGG, including BPA- and phalate-free aluminum lining and near-unbreakability (that’s a word, right?). Perfect for a little girl’s lunchbox. Perfect for a Twitter-addict’s laptop bag. And perfect for Valentine’s Day, especially when filled with Hershey’s Kisses.~Delilah Find the Twittering .4-liter SIGG bottle at the SIGG site or check for a...

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The stroller bag for baby hipsters

Not every baby wants to jet about town covered in a glorified sleeping bag. Some may feel the need to be a little more stylish than that. For those baby hipsters, we’ve got just the solution for chilly days. Behold the Smally Hoodmuff. I love this thing. Not only is it certifiably adorable–I mean come on, it looks like a comfy hoodie sweatshirt–it’s also ridiculously easy to use. We’ve had no trouble attaching it to our stroller seat and zipping baby in. And though it’s obviously not intended for frigid  winter days, I like it as an extra layer...

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The Bugaboo Cameleon goes purple for 2012

My favorite color is purple, which not an easy shade to find on a stroller–until now. The coveted Bugaboo Cameleon just added a gorgeous new shade of deep purple to its family and we’re digging it. But if you do too, you have to hurry! Obviously a Bugaboo Cameleon is a fantastic stroller choice, regardless of the color, but the gorgeous new deep purple hue ads a modern style statement, if red and navy aren’t your style. Unfortunately, it’s available only for a limited time–and only at Buy Buy Baby. But the Chameleon stroller itself will last you a...

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All in favor of gorgeous diaper bags, say Oi.

I can’t say that I mourn the fact that my diaper bag carrying days are over. But really, it’s the diapers I’m glad to be over with, not the bags. Especially when they’re as awesome as this one. When I got a first glimpse of this OiOi hobo sack in silver, the word oooohhhhh may have escaped my lips. Last season I loved their jungle leather slouch bag, but now I’m liking this one to get me through the dreary days of winter, into spring, and possibly summer. Silver is pretty awesome with white, after all. It’s made so...

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Adorable, eco-friendly baby clothes and gifts, 50%-80% off until they’re gone (sniffle)

It’s bittersweet when we see a mom-owned boutique that we love, close up shop. What Every Baby Needs, say it ain’t so! But if there’s an upside, it’s the amazing discounts. You can now score 50% off everything on the site and up to 80% off sale and clearance items. Serious steals here, mamas. We’ve always adored the huge selection of cute baby boy shirts and toddler boy shirts shirts (so hard to find!) at the shop not to mention the great selection of girls clothes, baby slings, baby toys (like these awesome crochet rattles from Anne Clare-Petit) and...

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Potty training, now a lot less stinky

I thought my three-year-old was a total potty pro until I learned today that he has been peeing in his closet every night for a week. Oops. If only we had this fresh and truly inventive new potty, I think a lot of things would stink less.  You might think it would be hard to improve upon something as simple as a potty, but Munchkin has joined Arm & Hammer to create the Munchkin 3-in-1 potty that eliminates odors (with baking soda, of course) and encourages better bathroom habits than evidently I did. It functions as a step stool,...

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Baby mats go eco-chic

One of my favorite pre-bedtime rituals with my son is massaging his little feet before I put him in his PJs. He immediately relaxes and gives me the biggest smile. I usually do this routine on his changing table, which is never that easy because he squirms way too close to the edge for my taste. Thanks to a new beautiful, yummy-soft massage mat, I have a new, non-scary spot to give my little guy a rub down. The luxurious Quilted Massage Mat from the moms at Honeydumplings (the creators of those awesome buckwheat pillows) is one of those...

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Vintage meets handmade meets gorgeous

I have a soft spot for stitch art and it’s not just because I live in the embroidery capital of the world (yes, there is such a place). As a gal who can’t even sew a button onto a pair of pants, I greatly admire those patient enough to create detailed designs out of those tedious little stitches. Designer Jamie Davis offers a fresh take on the use of embroidery with her line of vintage luggage pieces. Jamie refinishes her finds with sweet yarn stitching and updates the inner lining with retro inspired bold designs. One of my favorites is...

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A convertible stroller blankie that changes with the seasons

After a very generous stretch of unseasonably mild weather in New York, the freezing cold is here (sigh). Rather than pretend I live in LA, I have to take winter seriously this year since I have a new-ish baby to keep warm. Thankfully I found a new stroller blanket from 7 A.M. Enfant that feels like the coziest puffer coat and can still be used when it finally does get warmer again. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] Since strollers are the main mode of transport for us city moms, I make sure whatever is attached to...

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Cleaning dirty pacifiers on the go with Dapple SurfaceWipes

My 8 month-old is going through the slobber-filled teething stage. That means a lot of wiping his drooly chin and giving him plenty of teething toys to alleviate some of the pain. One thing that I find incredibly frustrating is when he drops those teethers on the dirty sidewalk or restaurant floor and wondering how to clean them. Yes, I know that the more kids you have, the more you’re probably comfortable just wiping it off on your jeans. But for those of you clean freaks (like me), allow me to present the food grade wipes from Dapple. All of the cleaning products from Dapple use...

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A portable easel for whenever inspiration strikes

My kids are what you might call serious artists. No they aren’t selling their paintings for thousands, they just can’t leave the house without a bunch of arts and crafts stuff–just in case inspiration hits in the minivan, I suppose. Fortunately, one of our favorite brands for neatly-designed, high-quality kids’ toys has come up with a portable easel for an artistic playspace on-the-go Long-time CMP favorite B. Toys’ Take it Easel—gotta love their creative product names—pops up to be a two-sided magnetic easel with a whiteboard on one side and blackboard on the other. Hooray for families with two...

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Buy one baby blanket and get two. The second, for a child who really needs it.

If you’re considering a baby blanket as a gift for the upcoming holidays, or simply for a new baby in your life, I can’t think of a more beautiful gesture than one of these Me Two You baby blankets. Because for every one you buy, one is also donated to a child who can really need it. Made with supersoft, luxuriously minky fabric and trimmed with satin piping, Me Two You’s Plush Blanket is the very definition of what a snuggly blanket should be. And it’s just the slightest bit smaller than a crib mattress–the perfect not-too-big-not-too-little size for little...

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Jonathan Adler Skip Hop Diaper Bags – Maybe the only ones that would make me want to change diapers again.

I’m particularly envious right now of the Jonathan Adler Skip Hop line that launched yesterday. Which is funny, because I do not miss the days of hauling a baby bag around with me. I love a great bag, don’t get me wrong, but when my kids were in diapers, there were precious few diaper bags that could be described as “great.” But now? Wow. My favorite is the Pronto clutch, because I’m all about the small bag, especially one that holds a changing pad, wipes, and up to four diapers. And the wristlet means that when you’re wrangling your squirmy...

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The perfect gift for baby’s first Hanukkah

Baby’s first anything can be difficult to shop for and baby’s first Hanukkah doubly so. So if you are looking for something different and special for the little bundle I suggest you check out Judaica pioneer Emily Rosenfeld. I have personally been gifting from Emily’s charming line of judaica for years. Fashioned out of pewter and featuring funky and playful designs, every Emily Rosenfeld piece is great for the modern Jewish family who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.  In the past I have been known to give her tzedakah boxes and mezuzahs as baby gifts but this “chai” baby...

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