Category: Gear

Ubbi – Building a better diaper pail

The best diaper pail is the kind of topic that inspires some raging debates on mom message boards. They’re essential. They’re a waste of money. They’re too expensive. I couldn’t live without it. So what’s a first-time mama to do? My advice: Get the diaper pail. And this is from a woman in an apartment in which space is a premium. My other advice: Get the Ubbi diaper pail. The Ubbi Diaper pail is easy on the eyes–nice considering you will be engaging with it upwards of a dozen times daily (I’m sorry to report, new moms). The tough...

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Reinventing the beach towel

It’s not too often that I get excited about a beach towel for kids. Yes, I get it – some have cuter patterns or whatever. But in the case of Towelmate, they really did reinvent the beach towel for both kids and adults–and it’s awesome. Hit the Towelmate website and you’ll find a brilliantly simple idea–towels with a little zipper up one side, forming a small pocket for your keys or money. Or in the case of the kids’ beach towels, lotion and little treasures. In fact, I love that right inside the pocket it say “shells.” The mermaid towel...

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Baby sun protection? Reader Q&A

I just had my fifth baby a couple weeks ago and need some ideas for baby sun protection. Could you tell me some of your favorite products for making it easier and safer to be out in the sun with a very young infant? -Kim Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Number five no less. The cool thing is, there are a lot of great new products out there for you, even since your first was born. Here are a few picks to help keep your babe safer in the sun. –Christina I got to try out the GoCrib...

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The coolest luggage tags, just in time for travel season

It’s Memorial Day, which means the start of summer travel season, hooray! If upgrading your entire set of luggage isn’t in the budget at this particular moment, you can at least swankify it all with a super cool new luggage tag. Here are just a few I’ve found that might get us even more excited, that moment we see our bags make it out onto that airport conveyer belt. If you’d rather not put your name on the outside of your bag, how about a simple This Bag Is Mine stamped onto leather, and sold at Owen & Fred....

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BOB gets into the stroller accessory game and the kids aren’t complaining a bit.

Toddlerhood is a mover and shaker kind of lifestyle, which is probably why our first lower budget stroller wore out its welcome fairly quickly, and our replacement umbrella stroller is handy–but not souped-up enough for a long day bopping around. It seemed the timing was right to find a ride to fit our new lifestyle and we have with the BOB Revolution SE, launched just last year. Is it right for you too? Because they’ve got a sweet new accessory that might sweeten the deal. The newest addition to the BOB Revolution line that kids will undoubtedly appreciate as...

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Which stroller to buy? How about the one that makes you happy to push every day

One of the questions we’re most often asked: which stroller to buy? We often recommend travel systems, which let you couple a great stroller with that baby seat you’re going to need. But a great travel system is one thing; great travel system in colors that make your heart race is another thing altogether. I was excited to learn that Britax is releasing some new fabrics this season to take their B-SAFE infant car seat and B-AGILE stroller from the red and black offerings to a fun Kiwi and sophisticated Sandstone –that’s bright green and tan to those of...

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A bento box you will fight your child for

My kids and I are suckers for cool lunch boxes and bento boxes.  We are constantly stealing each others–they take my “sophisticated” boxes and sometimes I borrow Hello Kitty. And now here’s another amazing bento box that anyone of any age will love. When I first saw the Takenaka Bento Box, I was floored! The design is sleek and sophisticated enough for me to take to work, while the multiple color choices keep them fun for the kiddos.  Each box comes with a removable divider, making it a breeze to keep the carrot sticks away from the apple slices....

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The online baby registry that keeps things natural

I will never forget that rush of giddy power when they put the baby registry gun in my hands. I had no idea what I was doing. I had no real concept of what I needed; just that I had the power to build my tiny nursery empire. Then the baby showed up, and I realized that, sadly, most of the things I really wanted could only be found online: the truly natural and organic products, the baby carriers, the wooden toys.  Now there’s a new kind of baby registry in town that lets you find those very things....

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High fashion highchair, hold the high fashion price

High chairs can really be the bane of style aficionados everywhere. Cumbersome, big, and frankly….ugly. Is it too much to ask for a high chair that looks cool, functions well–oh, and doesn’t cost $500? [don’t miss a great high chair giveaway after the jump!] The babyhome EAT high chair is simply sweet. It’s a burst of color (I love the green, although the orange is spectacular), it rolls on demand, and it does its job with a smile. There are no hidden corners that cheerios can find there way into, I thoroughly checked. That doesn’t mean that your floor...

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A Petunia Pickle Bottom bag made for all women. No babies required.

We’re always fans of Petunia Pickle Bottom bags, thanks to smart design, elegant patterns, and a rugged refusal to succumb to ruination. But once you’re past the gigantic diaper bag phase and even the maybe-it’s-just-a-purse diaper bag phase, you might enjoy this lovely new option. The exterior of the Travel Train Case is made of the same easily cleaned, PVC-free, matte-glazed canvas we’ve come to love, and all the beautiful fabrics are available. However the inside is made just for you. And that means no bottles. The six interior pockets are great for dividing jewelry for travel, or maybe for...

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A cute talking elephant helps the medicine go down

In our household, dealing with kids’ flus and colds is a sticky process. I mean this literally: we are usually well-doused in prescribed medicine before any of it actually ends up inside the child. It’s not necessarily that the kids don’t want the medicine itself–the stuff tastes like Kool Aid these days–it’s more that the actual procedure is kind of scary for them.  To Tiffany Krumins, the solution was perfectly clear: make medicine-giving fun. She even went on ABC’s “Shark Tank” to debut her idea: AVA the Elephant, a cute, talking medicine dispenser. You just remove the dropper from AVA’s trunk...

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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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Keeping it clean

Sippy cup: check. Snacks: check. Wipes: darn tootin’. This is my leaving the house with a toddler checklist, and they come even before my own sunglasses and lip gloss. If wipes are still one of your must-haves when you head out, then, this nifty new carrying case for them can’t hurt. This adorable and bright wipes case by Funktion is both handy and cute. This bag comes from Mommassentials, a new line of mom and baby goods designed to fit a not so frilly family lifestyle. As a woman drowning in princess accoutrements, I am thankful.  We road tested...

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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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