Category: Gear

The luggage tag that says hands off. Pretty clearly.

Having recently spent oh, a good twenty minutes at a luggage carousel in a panic that my bag wasn’t out yet and that it happened to be the exact same shade of black as every other, with a black luggage tag that blended right in, it’s time for me to move beyond tying a red ribbon to the handle. Which is why I think I may be in love with this Jonathan Adler Luggage Tag.  The color, the type, the message…everything about it is perfect. And also the sale price: it’s currently 1/3 off at Nordstrom. It would also...

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A Giggle sale that new parents should be flocking to.

Welcome to that time of year we love most. (No, not our birthdays.) It’s sale time, and there’s great deals all over the web right now including a sale at Giggle, one of our favorite shops for babies and kids–and you can find more than just winter clothes you won’t need until next year. In fact, you can get another 15% off for a limited time (see info below for details). Here, some of our faves that we’d snatch up while you can, from baby clothes and gear to toys to seriously great discounts on strollers. Above: The penguin soapster from Skip*Hop...

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We know what the fox says. And we know his preferred ride: the special-edition stroller from Mamas & Papas

I know it doesn’t technically appear in the Chinese Zodiac, but I really do think that 2013 was the Year of the Fox. That cute bushy tail. The little pointy nose. And, of course, the song that my kids won’t stop singing. So I think Mamas & Papas have really hit the nail on the head with their new, limited-edition, Donna Wilson designed Urbo2 stroller and accessories. The adorable red foxes adorn the stroller with the same patter available on all kinds of accessories, including a carrycot, a lovely stroller blanket, and a foot muff. There’s even a sweet...

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Eco-friendly strollers (and accessories!) that don’t skimp on style

I’ve tried to be a pretty eco-savvy mom. But with three kids and all the gear that goes along with a posse that size? Yeah. Many times I’ve struggled to wrap my brain around how we could have wound up with so much stuff … and where it might end up years down the road. When my kids were teeny babies, there just weren’t many green”options to choose from. But today things are different, in the best way. And CMP fave Bumbleride is making it easier for parents to make choices that are healthier for our kids and better for the...

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Calling all germaphobes: booger-free shopping carts, swings, and high chairs

I have a confession to make: I used a grocery cart cover obsessively with my first child. Now that that’s out of the way, I have another confession to make: I never used one with my second kid. And with my third? Not a chance. But the germaphobe in me would have loved to. I just couldn’t stand carrying that big, bulky thing around. But now there’s a very cool option available–and I definitely would have taken this with me everywhere. If only the Cool Wazoo had existed way back when! This intriguing new product isn’t just a shopping cart cover....

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The designer diaper bag you won’t give up with the diapers

It’s been a while since I’ve found a designer diaper bag that made me wish for a do-over on the diaper bags I carried during my own early stroller-pushing days. And now, here are three from one of my favorite designers.     While Marc Jacobs may not know nothin’ about birthing no babies, the Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Eliz-a Baby Bag shows he still has it when it comes to chic accessories. The quilted nylon bag looks luxe in wearable taupe or black, whether or not anyone realizes there’s a changing pad in there, or a bottle in one of...

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Custom rock star backpacks. Like any kid would turn that down?

Two years in a row, I fell prey to a starry-eyed child who’d discovered the World’s Most Perfect Backpack while shopping for school supplies. By October, it had a broken zipper, ripped netting, and a bum wheel. Nice. This year I wised up and found a personalized backpack that’s built to last but still respects her rock-star style. And now we’re both happy. And that really rocks. Our pals at Psychobaby really rock at making unique, custom apparel and accessories with a wholesome but slightly punky style, and these personalized backpacks are a logical progression for big kids. The...

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Mamas & Papas Armadillo stroller review: minor investment, major ride

I’ve been noticing a trend lately away from some of the fancier budget-breaking dollar strollers and toward excellent quality strollers that do everything you want, but still leave room in the budget for other things. (Like, say, an iPhone 5s.) It’s not that I’m not into the fancy-schmancy strollers–because I am–it’s just that sometimes we parents want more than just a stroller. And the latest stroller from CMP fave, Mamas and Papas, is just that kind of budget-friendly baby ride. The Armadillo stroller (and yes, the name sounds like it could be from Bugaboo) has a lovely array of bright canopy and...

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The Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan Stroller is a seriously posh ride

With my youngest almost three years old, I’m almost out of the stroller world. I admit it: that bums me out. Because I loooove strollers. Especially the strollers from Mountain Buggy. I’ve fallen hard for their newest one, because it’s pretty much perfect. Hey…can I borrow your baby?   The Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan stroller is a new look for Mountain Buggy with the same reliable performance and a super-smooth ride. For starters, the denim fabric is stylish without going over the top. Available in three bright color options for the cotton inner lining, the subtle denim outer fabric is a very cool...

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Two awesomely lightweight car seats your biceps will thank you for

Getting ready for baby #3 has required many a trip down to the basement to dig up all the gear we used with babies #1 and #2. Our old car seats were the size of woolly mammoths, though, ugh! Fortunately I’ve discovered two incredible new infant car seat systems on the market that may finally give arms a break. Long gone are the days of the really bulky car seats, at least when it comes to the Maxi Cosi Mico AP and the Nuna PIPA. Both boast a very lightweight frame, which is very helpful because even one pound...

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Kinderwagon Hop: At last, a double stroller you can take anywhere

What is it about strollers that makes a big kid want to ride in one as soon as there’s a little kid in there? Nothing like a second baby to help you understand the need for a double stroller, even if you thought you were out of the weeds on that one. Fortunately there’s a fabulous new double stroller perfect for those who don’t want to pay the big bucks for a super fancy one.    We first checked out the Kinderwagon HOP Stroller earlier this year and have been waiting ages for the revamped version to be available. And now...

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Not just backpacks: State GiveBackPacks also help kids who need them.

So here’s something I didn’t know: More than 46 million Americans are living below the poverty line right now. And of those 46 million people, 23% of them are kids. So we’re very happy to support a company that helps kids living in poverty to head back to school knowing someone’s got their back. Don’t miss a limited time discount after the jump! No kid should have to carry their school things in a plastic trash bag. But after witnessing children in NYC doing just that, the husband-wife founders of State were inspired to do something that would make a tangible...

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The Orla Kiely baby bag: designer on the outside, diapers on the inside

Since I love everything Orla Kiely, I’m so glad to see this London designer out with a cool new diaper bag for moms who don’t want to trade their sense of style for their sense of practicality. The Orla Kiely Baby Bag is so great looking for fall. I love that while it looks all fancy, it’s made from a coated canvas that wipes clean, has tons of pockets, and the nylon interior is made for those spills we moms wish we didn’t have to deal with but always do. There’s even a coordinated changing pad–which might be the only way...

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Bella and Harry: Books to take children around the world in 35 pages

My kids are increasingly fascinated by travel and different cities around the world, but alas, I’ve yet to find that spare million in my old jacket pocket that will allow us to travel the globe every year. Still, this new book series for kids is a really wonderful way to get kids excited about the culture, history, landmarks and foods of the great cities of the world.  The Adventures of Bella and Harry are a series of 10 books by Lisa Manzione in which our heroes, two cute chihuahuas, hit one city at a time. They books read less like...

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Beaba goes from baby food to diaper bags in style

We’ve made no qualms about expressing our love for Beaba’s cool baby feeding products, from the awesome BabyCook Pro (included in our Baby Shower Gift Guide) to their folding bottle-drying rack. So when we found out that Beaba had entered the realm of diaper bags with a new line, we knew we had to check them out. The verdict? Nice work, Beaba. The new line of Beaba Diaper Bags is definitely a departure design-wise for the company, but, hey, we love a good surprise. These diaper bags come in several new styles with our favorites being the New York (shown...

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Some of our favorite lunch bags for kids get even cuter

My kids have loved Milkdot lunch bags since we first found them. And Milkdot’s brand new styles give us one more reason. Or, three.   Milkdot reusable lunch totes are the right size to shove in multiple bentos and a small water bottle or juice box, complete with a little net pouch on the side for a piece of fruit or a note from you (awwww). The handle makes them easy to carry around. and I really like that the bags are structured, but still soft so I can cram them into a backpack if need be. I love...

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New Mountain Buggy MB Mini stroller review: possibly the only stroller you’ll ever need

When I’m out and about with my three kids, the last thing I want to worry about is whether or not my stroller will be able to handle whatever it is we’re doing that day. Will it fit through the doorway at the bank? Will it get stuck in rocks, mud, sand, or snow? Will it fold up easily and fit into our car? I have always been a huge fan of Mountain Buggy strollers, but now I love their strollers even more with this clever new addition. The new MB Mini is a perfect stroller for anyone looking...

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The best bag for vacationing with baby…and baby’s 14 tons of stuff

I consider myself a pretty light packer, but traveling with kids can make an overpacker of the best of us. Especially if a baby is involved. Those tiny people sure don’t travel light. Luckily, the wise folks at Phil & Ted’s have found a way to make packing tons of stuff a total breeze.   Phil & Ted’s new Universal Travel Bag is designed to protect and carry all of the baby’s essentials (and then some). First and foremost, it’s a stroller bag. Because of its unique wrap design, this bag is adaptable to almost any stroller you want to pack. It’s...

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The royal baby’s swaddling blanket? Actually, one you can afford too.

One of our favorite things about running Cool Mom Picks is watching the little labels make it big. And that’s just how we felt when we saw that Aden + Anais, the swaddlers we fell in love with way back in 2007 at their launch, have been photographed as the first swaddling blanket of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. Which one exactly? It seems the bird print from the Aden + Anais Jungle Jam Swaddle set (on the far left, above) the lucky print. And we don’t blame the new parents at all. In fact, how cool...

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Bugaboo’s game-changer: the new all-terrain Buffalo stroller

I have always loved Bugaboo strollers. They’re lovely to look at and easy to push. The design is always exceptional and functional. And they’ve got pretty darn good street-cred. But until now, my existence in a city that’s covered in snow for at least half the year has kept my lust in check.   All of a sudden, however, the all-terrain Bugaboo Buffalo stroller has charged onto the stroller scene and I’m ready to forget everything I ever thought I knew about Bugaboo strollers. The Buffalo is everything the Cameleon 3 is, only–in my humble opinion–better. It’s bigger (literally–the seat is higher and...

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The portable picnic blanket

I love picnics, but I hate schlepping giant picnic blankets with me, especially because in New York, we don’t always have car trunks to shove everything into. I was so excited to find this Picnic Bag that converts to a blanket, at Yield Design Co. In five great colors, the duck canvas bags are made with zippers in lieu of seams, cleverly allowing the bag to unfold flat so you can plop right down without adding extra ground cover to your load. When you’re done, zip it up and sling the tote over your shoulder. It’s also great for...

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The cutest backpacks and bags for little kids just got cuter

Back to school shopping season gets earlier every year, doesn’t it? I have to say, there’s something about a shiny new backpack ready for new learning and new adventures that makes the season more fun. I mean, for the kids. Of course. We’ve loved, owned, and cherished Beatrix NY kids’ backpacks, wheelie bags and lunchbags since the day they launched. And while the adorable owl and the dinosaur are old friends, I’m happy to see some new designs added to the menagerie. The new little kids’ backpacks add some slightly more feminine options, like Katarina the Frog (Katarina was...

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You can finally stop threatening to destroy whoever wakes the baby.

You know how it goes. You spend an hour rocking the baby to sleep, carefully tiptoe to the crib, nail the arm-to-mattress transfer, and slip out the door. You’re home free. You’re almost downstairs to the brownies, wine, and Hannibal. And then some horrible monster comes home and closes a door, and WHAMMO. Tears–until now. The Latchy Catchy is a nifty little device that slips over your doorknobs to ensure that all closing doors are silent, happy, friendly closing doors. It’s thick enough to keep the door tightly shut and fits all door shapes and sizes–even French or lever...

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The best beach umbrellas to keep those hot summer days a little cooler

Yes, I’ve become That Mom, the uncool one sacking out under the big beach umbrella while everyone else on the beach bears the heat for that lovely glowing tan. What can I say–I’m a delicate flower. And I definitely want my kids to have some respite from the sun at the first sign of pink shoulders. Here are just a few beach umbrellas and tents worth checking out when shade is as essential as a swimsuit that stays on when a big wave hits. CMP is an rstyle affiliate   The Sport-Brella One of the big issues with big...

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Warhol meets Bugaboo. And the fancy parents go wild.

We like classic cars for kids’ gear, but in this case, it’s “cars” with a lowercase C–more Soho than Radiator Springs. If you’re in the market for an eye-catching stroller and you happen to love Andy Warhol’s trademark style, check out the latest special edition of one of our favorite strollers. We love the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 for comfort, ease of use, and storage space. Now we adore the latest Andy Warhol special edition Bugaboo fabric set featuring the pop artists iconic automobiles print. Note: the price you see here is for the fabric set only; the actual Bugaboo...

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Go Dutch with this dashing (and affordable) stroller from Nuna

The thing about high-end strollers is this: sometimes it’s hard to imagine spending all that money when what you really want is a fancy vacation. Or an iPad. Or gorgeous new patio furniture. Not every family needs a break-the-bank stroller. Especially now that there’s a great new affordable option available–with undeniably good looks, to boot. The PEPP stroller from Nuna abides by simple Dutch design to create a less-is-more approach to stroller-ing. For starters, this stroller is a looker. Plain, bold colors (which can be enhanced with optional add-ons like seat liners and foot muffs) pair with black to create a...

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Cool Mom Picks loves Kids Place Live

It’s not a secret that we’re big Kids Place Live fans here at Cool Mom Picks. In fact, I’m pretty sure there would be a mutiny in my care if I tried to change the channel, especially during the Absolutely Mindy show, our afterschool staple. So when my daughter Quinlan and I were invited to be guests on her show, there was a fair amount of squeeing. From both of us. If you’re an SiriusXM subscriber, or know someone who is, tune in to Absolutely Mindy’s show (3-6pm EST) today and listen to us chat about vacation travel tips...

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High quality, kid-friendly SPF to go. Ooh la la.

I tried carrying a tube of sunscreen in my purse once. Once. And then I got a new purse. So I’m head over heels for individually packaged, safe sunscreen for kids that even I can’t spill. Bonus: it works. And smells great. [Don’t miss a chance to win this wonder sunblock, after the jump!] If you’ve ever wished for a kid-friendly sunscreen that can’t be spilled, can fit in your pocket, and actually works, we’ve got good news. These Sun Protection Wipes for kids from Le bébé Coo are practically perfect in every way. Each box includes 40 packets, and each packet includes a...

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Bring it on home with the coolest summer camp labels for kids

The first thing I learned about summer camp was that kids take a LOT of stuff with them. And all of it needs to be marked with a label if you ever hope to see it again. Here, four cool summer-camp themed label sets that will cover everything your kids takes along for either day or sleep-away camp. And may you never have to suffer the smells from the lost-and-found bin full of sweaty-kid stuff. I love the retro tent-camping design on Kidecals’ Camp Labels featuring a cute tent on a die-cut decal. Made with a super-sticky adhesive that...

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The reusable coffee cup that’s cooler than those other ones

I love that more and more, coffee shops, including Starbucks, are offering discounts for bringing in your own cup. But these might be the most distinctive ones I’ve ever seen. And? On sale. Of course i’m a retro-modern type gal, so the black and white eco cups by DCI are right up my Grande Hazelnut Latte alley. (Use our Fab invitation link if you’re not yet a member and save 20%.) Made out of porcelain with a contrasting silicone lid, it’s ready to stick right under your Keurig and go. Or…stay. Which might be wiser considering they’re porcelain.  –Liz...

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