Category: Gear

The really cool allergy action kit we hope you won’t have to use

Since my son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy two years ago, we’ve made several permanent adjustments to our family’s lifestyle. No more trips to the Chinese buffet down the street, or the ice cream parlour. No more visits to most restaurants, period without calling ahead. No more unidentified cupcakes at classmates’ birthday parties. No more (sigh) trick-or-treating at Halloween.  And most importantly, no going anywhere, ever, without my son’s EpiPen.  Which is why I’ll be buying him an allergy action kit from Medpax. The “why didn’t I think of that?” invention of a mom who also happens to be a doctor,...

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The Maclaren denim stroller rides again, this time for two

I’m something of a stroller hoarder. We have gone through no less than ten strollers between my two sons–which is actually par for the course in New York, where our strollers are our cars. One of my faves is still the Maclaren Denim Quest which I reviewed some months back. Seems I wasn’t alone in my love for that stylish stroller; due to popular demand, Maclaren just introduced the Denim Twin Triumph Stroller, allowing even moms of twins to have another fashionable option. There’s a whole lot to love about the new Maclaren Denim Twin Triumph Stroller, other than...

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A Bugaboo stroller accessory not just for Bugaboos.

I’ve always admired Bugaboo for their inventive, practical design–their infamous strollers and thoughtful accessories have arguably influenced a new wave of great design in baby gear. And I really love what they’re doing with their handy new stroller organizer, especially since you don’t have actually to own a Bug to use it .(Shh…) The Bugaboo organizer is a really smart alternative to a diaper bag, especially if you’ve got an actual Bugaboo (which, as moms know, doesn’t have “tons of storage space” as a prime selling point). You just affix the two straps onto the handlebar and you’ve got...

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Love Bottle. Yep, we love it.

I’m not one to compromise my design taste because I have kids, but I do generally pass by the fancy dishes or ceramic vases at my favorite stores, not having a lot use for them these days. Still, that doesn’t mean I have to rid my table of all the pretty things I love.[don’t miss a great giveway after the jump!] I admit that I was a little skeptical about Love Bottle, but after seeing them, I’m completely sold. Not just because I like the idea of keeping water in a glass bottle and not in plastic, but because...

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A baby quilt that’s photo op ready

Nothing says “welcome to the world baby” quite like a cozy quilt. We must have gotten half a dozen of them as gifts when each of my sons were born. We are fully loaded with brightly colored patchworks, dizzying animal prints and handmade woven blankets, all of which do the job, but oh how I wish one of those quilts were as delicate, soft and gorgeous as these lovely ones by Little Auggie.  Made with ultra-snuggly 100% cotton, the printed baby quilts from Little Auggie look perfect for wrapping little bundles. They are certainly not the most budget-friendly blankies...

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The baby travel crib that raises the bar for all other travel cribs

I finally get the baby travel crib thing. My first baby had a play yard which was great for storing all kinds of new baby gifts, diapers, blankets–you get the idea. We didn’t bring it out at all with my second child, giving it away soon after she was born. Then came number three. And that’s when I realized what I had been missing. The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light is the easiest-to-put-together piece of baby gear I have ever seen. Ever. It is the answer to my oh-my-goodness-I-need-to-put-this-baby-down-somewhere-safe-for-five-minutes so-he-won’t-eat-electrical-cords-while-I-cut-carrot-sticks-for-my-big-kids woes. Let me put it to you this way: when I pulled it...

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Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks and get the celebrity baby treatment

If you’re not a Cool Mom Picks subscriber yet, oh boy is this the perfect time to join the ranks of thousands of cool moms. Not only will you get the scoop on the hippest clothes, coolest gadgets, and most amazing resources for families, but you’ll find phenomenal subscribers-only deals and discounts that you won’t see on our site. Plus? You’ll get to enter our exclusive giveaways, like this month’s, which hails from Jewels and Pinstripes. And ooh, is it a good one. This amazing celebrity gift bag company is bringing one of our lucky subscribers the very same...

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A baby book for the modern mom

More than 10 years ago, author/illustrator Sara Midda first published a lovely baby book as an alternative to those structured, rigid baby books with all those intimidating lines. (You know the ones.) Only for some reason, I just discovered it. Good thing, because today it’s just as relevant as ever.  Simply titled Baby Book, the first thing you’ll notice is the loose, fun watercolor illustrations that remind me a bit of the wonderful R.O. Blechman. Next you’ll be struck by some subtly cheeky prompts that put you at ease right away. Like, “don’t worry if you don’t hand-calligraph every...

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Britax makes that car seat to stroller dance so much easier

I think having a baby would be so much easier if the getting from point A to point B wasn’t such a pain the butt. In my family, we’ve tried pretty much all of the travel systems that are supposed to make life simpler; let’s just say that most of those stroller/car seat combos never really live up to their promises and often make things even more difficult. But then I discovered the new ultra-lightweight, ridiculously easy travel system from Britax, I actually started leaving my 10 block radius with baby in tow. The Britax B-AGILE Stroller manages to...

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Building a better sippy cup

I don’t remember having trouble learning how to use a straw but, then again, I’m about four decades past that stage in life. It was my kids who made me realize that “straw use” was going to be another one of those odd little skills I was going to have to teach them, along with using a napkin instead of their shirt. For those of you just entering this stage of development, check out this neat cup which helps make the transition from sippy cup to straw-in-cup even easier. The new Lollacup infant/toddler cup features a flexible weighted straw...

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