Category: Gear

The Bentgo lunch box for kids: Could this be a better bento?

My kids tend to like a lunch made up of several snack-sized options, which can be such a pain to pack. And certainly no fun when they get home with a bunch of little containers for me to clean out. And while their bigger-kid appetites might be too large to be contained in the clever Bentgo Kids portable lunch box, those of you with younger grazers will appreciate this smart, easy-to-pack, dishwasher-safe container. Bentgo Kids makes the compartmentalization that we love about bento lunch box systems a little more kid-friendly. The one-piece molded tray is just perfect for half a sandwich or a small salad, plus three other...

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The BabyBjorn bouncer gets a modern makeover with polka dots

I’m determined to keep the baby clutter to the necessary minimum for this second round of parenting, and not a wipe warmer more. (Actually, not a wipe warmer at all.) We misplaced a few of our essential items, though, including the trusty baby bouncer so what great timing to discover the new BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft from the BabyBjorn Dots by Karin (as in, the company’s art director Karin Hoxster) collection that’s exclusively at Kohls. I was raised in a house designed almost entirely in black and white, so this very cool modern polka dot collection caught my eye right away. It’s exactly what I have been looking for —...

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Nuna MIXX stroller: a swanky, sturdy recliner on wheels

As we get ready to welcome our newest bundle I have been catching up on all the hip and inventive baby gear that has surfaced in the past 5 years. Of course, the stroller is one of the most essential pieces, so I have been taking my time on this one. The brand new Nuna MIXX stroller is a strong contender from my recent test drives. The Nuna MIXX stroller is solid for my new task of keeping up with a baby and a kindergartner.  I love the sleek, modern look, but my favorite part of this Dutch-inspired design is the seating flexibility. The...

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The 5 best double strollers from our favorite baby gear pros. (And a sneak peek at the newest ones coming out!)

File under problems I never thought I’d have: Agonizing over double strollers. With a 17-month-old in tow and a brand new baby, I’ve been feeling the pressure to pick the perfect ride. If I was still in New York where my primary means of transportation were my own two feet and unpredictable winter weather was inevitable, I just might be plunking down serious cash for a Bugaboo Donkey. But now that I drive just about everywhere in sunny California, my priorities have changed. How easy is the stroller to fold? How heavy and wide is it? Will it fit in my trunk? Is side-by-side...

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Be the last stroller standing, no matter how many gifts are weighing you down.

Maybe you’ve been there, too–out holiday shopping or enjoying a lovely family day when your kid hops out of the stroller and down it goes. Thanks, overstuffed stroller bag! There is a chance that tipped strollers could be a thing of the past with SureShop, a new stroller bag designed to keep your baby’s vehicle upright no matter the cargo. This reusable shopping bag connects to the back and sides of your stroller with a simple clip. It redistributes weight up to ten pounds on each side of the stroller, keeping it standing. I really like the handle pocket that holds the bag straps in place on an umbrella...

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Family road trip tips: Tons of sanity-savers, tricks, and essential products to keep the back seat under control and save your vacation.

A lot of us are heading out for family vacations this month, and while a lot of parents consider a long car road trip with the kids the seventh circle of hell, I like to think of it as…a character building experience. But as tired as I get of hearing, “How much longer?” I’m sure it’s less fun for my kids, who are squished together in the back seat on a seemingly endless journey. When we took a 16-hour road trip (each way) with a 3-year-old and an 18-month-old, I had plenty of time to discover what works and what doesn’t. And after talking...

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The Orbit Baby G3 travel system: a good stroller just got a whole lot better

I never would have guessed that a ten-pound baby could bring so much joy–and so much back pain. I’ve recently been trying out the Orbit Baby car seat, and from my perspective it’s a game changer. Plus a real back-saver that I’m thinking could have eliminated a few trips to the chiropractor for me over the years. My back and I appreciate Orbit’s SmartHub Technology, which allows me to set the bassinet into the base (or the baby into the car seat) with her facing me while we walk; then I can twist it to the rear-facing position for driving. It’s such a simple, innovative detail that makes a huge difference....

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The best new all-terrain strollers: We see you rollin’.

Having been the resident stroller expert around here for years, believe it or not, I still get excited when I hear about cool new jogging strollers. It’s great to know that stroller manufacturers are increasingly thinking about us who want to push our kids around more places than a shiny mall floor. And now there are three new all-terrain stroller models on the way that are so cool, you new parents in the market for one are going to have a tough time choosing a favorite.   ORBIT BABY O2 STROLLER I loved my Orbit stroller with my own children; it was so versatile and easy...

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10 completely over-the-top, absolutely gorgeous, seriously splurgy baby gifts for a lucky kid (that’s not ours)

One of the obvious—and awesome—perks of writing for Cool Mom Picks is that I get to scope out the newest, coolest products for moms. And sometimes, those products fall into the I-can-only-dream, outrageously chic, over-the-top gorgeous category. Then again, sometimes we get emails make us ask, are these for real? Here are ten seriously splurgy baby gifts I’ve seen lately, in no particular order. If you’re a 90201-er or $4500 for a crib doesn’t blow your mind, have fun. My wish list can be your shopping list.   1. Silver Cross Kensington Pram Stroller, $2,750 Feel like Kate Middleton when you stroll your baby around town; she has one...

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Shake it up baby.

In my early days of parenting, finding beautiful handmade baby gifts was something you really had to work on. But now, they’re popping up everywhere. And as we try to pare it down to just our favorites we’re happy to discover Cheengoo who just might make the cutest crocheted baby rattles in the world. Besides cute, the handmade rattles are totally eco-friendly, crocheted from 100% pesticide-free bamboo yarn that makes them super-soft, naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic. That may sound like marketing speak until you think about how much your newborn is going to have these against his sensitive skin–or in that sensitive mouth. (Fact.) Plus they’re made by...

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