Category: Gear

Mobiles go neon

If you’ve been anywhere near a fashion magazine, you’ll know that bright colors are in for fall. We’re seeing it everywhere, from clothing to accessories to school supplies. And now, one more very welcome place: kids nursery decor. If pastels were never your thing, you’ll love the new handmade paper mobiles from the talented Heather at CMP fave, Frazier + Wing. The bright, neon colors. I love designs like “Lucy” and “Alexander” (shown) which artfully string together a yarn pom pom amongst thick die-cut paper shapes in colors that will match any kid’s room decor. Hooray for color! –Liz...

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Feeling blue about the same old Orbit G2 stroller?

Sometimes it can get boring pushing around the same old stroller year after year. I know you mamas know what I’m talking about. Now, if you’ve chosen your stroller wisely (which, as a CMP reader, you surely have), it’s not going anywhere anytime soon because it’s totally built to last. But you don’t keep the same purse every season. Or clothes. So why should you keep your stroller looking the same? That’s where the awesome Color Packs from Orbit Baby come and save the day for any Orbit Stroller G2-pushing mamas out there. With a quick swap of the...

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A designer diaper bag that feels like fall

I don’t generally have diaper bag envy–to me that’s like having diaper envy or leaky bottle envy. I’m kind of glad to be done with all of them. That said, there are still those diaper bags that don’t look like diaper bags, enough for me to ignore the “mom” features and consider a purchase. The new Oi Oi Leather Diaper bag called “Jungle Leather Slouch” has me making an exception and bringing out the envy. On the outside, it looks like a pricy, gorgeous distressed leather bag that you might see at Barney’s or Bendel’s. But inside, the water-resistant...

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Swankifying the booster seat with Clek

One of the biggest complaints we hear about kids car seats and boosters is how ugly they are. Yes, I know safety is the biggest priority, but once we check that off the list, I would prefer not to have a ginormous thing squarely in my rear view that’s covered in neon zoo animals. Well yay for Clek which is upping the style quotient in the booster department with a limited edition offering that sure is swanky. The Oobr Booster, reviewed here last year, is practical as it is safe, made with an amazing range of safety features, a...

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Muslin swaddlers get as pretty as they are practical

If there’s one baby product that’s made a name for itself in the last few years, it’s the cotton muslin swaddling blanket. Yes, we’ve been tracking down the best ones for quite a few years now, but they’ve never been as beautiful and adorable as they are now. The gorgeous new muslin swaddlers from Little Giraffe are so pretty, they’re kind of making me want another baby to swaddle. (Let’s keep that under wraps, though. Pun intended.) They’re the same big swaddling blanket size we’re used to, but I’m really in love with some of the prints. Particularly the...

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I vant to suck your homework

If you haven’t yet settled on a new backpack for your older kid yet, I think she’ll probably love this one– at least if she’s a fan of Twilight, or vampires, or True Blood. Which she is. As required by law. The Vampire Orthodontics backpack at Threadless totally cracks me up. Designed by artist Ilia Ovechkin and handcrafted thousands of miles from Transylvania (that’s, the USA) it features a set of vampire fangs covered in braces. Who knows, maybe Edward Cullen wore braces at some point 90 or so years ago to get those choppers looking so perfect. I...

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Make lunch less of a chore with the world’s cutest personalized lunchboxes

School’s back in session, and I’m back into my daily routine of packing lunches for my sons. I’ve been trying to think of ways to make this less of a chore, and I’m pretty sure I’ve found the answer. {don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] Each of these uber-cute retro preppy personalized lunchboxes from Pencil Shavings Paper is made of lead-free tin and covered in a printed, laminated high-tack adhesive. You can choose from gingham (my fave), chevrons, polka dots or stripes, and each box can be personalized with your child’s name or just an initial. But...

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Have pouch, will travel in style.

Okay, show of hands: Who else gets ready for a fabulous trip by overloading a bunch of sandwich baggies with half-full sample bottles and hotel soaps? Um, me. Not exactly glamorous. Know what we be much more fitting?  This pouch. “No matter how much I have seen, there is always so much more that I have not.” The words are perfect, and so is the design. This flat canvas travel pouch is just the right size for all the little doodads you keep in your carry-on for in-flight and post-flight primping. They’ve also got a pouch that says “always...

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phil & ted’s, you’ve got some Verve!

It’s got to be said: I’ve never been a big fan of the in-line stroller concept. I was always worried that the poor kid in the bottom kind of gets the shaft, staring at the back of a seat for the whole ride. Much to my surprise however, all it took was one look at the phil & ted’s Verve stroller with the double kit attached, for my kids to start fighting over who would get to ride in that bottom seat first. Guess I was wrong. We really enjoyed our time trying out the Verve. It’s a sleek...

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Clothes that are easy to get baby in and out of–and now easy on the eyes, too.

I’m all about finding ways to make life easier, especially when there’s a newborn at home. To that end, we raved about the clever designs from Magnificent Baby when it first launched. The magnetic closure baby clothes make getting baby dressed a zillion times easier than snaps or buttons. And now they’ve teamed up with one of our favorite mom websites (no, not us!) for a brand new design that’s just too cute. Magnificent Baby and A-List Mom founder Elina Furman put their minds together and designed the adorable Elephants on Parade fall collection. It’s the same thoughtful sleepwear...

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