Category: Gear

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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The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 works its magic again

I can’t get my son out of this stroller. This is a good thing. Trust me. My two-year-old gives the Energizer Bunny a run for his money. That is, until I introduced him to this new ride from Bugaboo. Before the new Bugaboo Cameleon 3, this kid was not having any strollers. But a miracle happened when I received the new Bug to test drive–my little guy suddenly loved to go on stroller rides. Really. The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 is an even greater version of the original and much-loved Cameleon stroller. First of all, hooray for the larger underseat...

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French stripes from skip*hop, ooh-la-la!

My obsession with stripes runs deep, so much so that I’m coveting yet another  skip*hop diaper bag (love them!) even though I’m waaaay past the diaper bag stage. But…but…this one is limited edition! Snatch up the Duo Luxe French Stripe bag while you can. This looker features everything we’ve always loved about skip*hop bags, but in a cool limited fabric pattern and with rolled handles, which makes it look a bit swankier than some of their other choices. But just because it looks stylish doesn’t mean it’s not functional. You can still wipe it clean, and pop it easily...

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Get in The Shade: the all-purpose, all-weather protector for baby

I firmly believe that the rule that applies to dogs should also apply to babies: always ask before touching. (Hey, let’s add pregnant bellies to that list, too). When my son was an infant, I was at the grocery store and a total stranger walked up and just started touching his face. Um, excuse me? But now there are a few new products that comes in handy when people are being, well, a little too handsy, the newest being The Shade from Imagine Baby. It’s a stretchy cover (think spandex material) that pops onto almost any size baby car seat...

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Gorgeous waterproof picnic blankets: if only they kept the rain away too.

Even though it’s not quite summer feeling everywhere just yet, it’s the official start of summer, which means picnics. Yay! We recently featured this post with our top picnic tips for parents with new babies, and number one: Use a waterproof blanket. Fortunately, we found a great Etsy shop selling a ton of them.   Sewn Natural makes lovely handmade blankets of all kinds, but it’s the thoughtfully-designed waterproof picnic blankets I’m really digging right now. In polka dots, chevrons (of course), traditional checks and even Marimekko fabrics, they all roll-up into a super convenient 14″ roll and button closed. They’re...

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Summer camp backpacks with serious standout style

The first summer I sent my son to day camp, I tried to cram his lunch, towel, bathing suit, rain jacket, and various other doodads into his cute little preschool backpack. Epic mommy fail. This summer, we are ready with a standout backpack. It’s got plenty of room for camp gear, all with a personality that really pops. We’ve been big fans of MadPax ever since their Spiketus Rex backpacks hit the scene. My son adores his big red BUBBLE pack, which always gets a ton of comments wherever he goes.  Their latest creation, the MadPax BLOK, has a...

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The genius idea for packing wine on your picnic

While there’s something to be said for sipping wine out of those big red keg cups in the summer, I admit I always feel a little fancy when my Albarino is an actual wine glass. Unfortunately, if you’re picnicking, glass isn’t going to cut it. So to speak. The Wine Sippy Cup may have a name that conjures up activites that can trigger a visit from child services, but they are definitely not for children. It’s really just a spill-resistant plastic tumbler that looks like a wine glass inside. You can drink it without the lid, or keep it on if...

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Keeping them busy all summer long with fun kids’ games and crafts

Summer break starts in two weeks down here in Atlanta (yes, two weeks!), so I’m already stocking up on cool kids’ games and activities to keep my kids occupied.   My go-to stop on the web: mom-owned Cattiwampus, where I always find a few keepers I know my kids (and yours) will love. Like this Janod Memofrutti game. My kids are already big memory game fans, but this one has a unique twist I know they’ve never experienced: each piece is scented!   For my older kids, I’m picking up these awesome Magnetibook sets, complete with 200 magnets and...

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Adorable new lunchboxes for kids that are recycled. But you’d never know it.

I take lunchbox shopping verrrrry seriously. I need a durable, reusable lunch pack for the kids that is insulated, looks great, is eco-friendly, and stays closed (so the leftover crumbs don’t take up residence in my car). Take it from a woman who just took on a thousand goldfish crackers wreaking havoc in the trunk: we’ve found a fabulous new option. Cool Mom Picks fave Apple Park has got just the lunch bag, and just in time for summer camp, too.Their reusable kids’ lunchpacks cover all of the bases that get us interested; they’re made from kid-safe, eco-friendly materials without compromising fun...

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What to buy for twin babies? Reader Q&A

Q: I’m having twins and I need everything. Where do I start? Please help! -Julia A: For this post, we’ve called upon friend, blogger, and twin mom Kelcey Kintner for some first person advice. Twins! Yay! Wait, why are you hyperventilating? Ha. Kidding. I know it can be pretty daunting to figure out what you need when you’re expecting not one but two wriggly bundles of joy. I can’t help you take care of them (seriously, don’t even ask), but as a mother of twins, I can absolutely tell you what you really need to buy or borrow. And...

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The new Phil & Ted’s Poppy high chair converts to a not-so-high chair

You know what’s always a major disappointment? When an amazing company like Phil & Ted’s releases a great new baby item after my babies are already too grown up to need it. And now they’ve gone and created a high chair that almost makes me want to have more babies. Almost. The new Poppy high chair is a very nearly birth-control-defying product. The sleek new chair is such a perfect design meant to grow with your child, that I totally wish I had one in my kitchen right now. For everyone with a baby: you will want to take...

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The coolest baby shower gift ideas under $30

Welcome NY1 viewers! If you caught our Editor Liz Gumbinner showcasing our favorite baby shower gifts under $30 today (and all weekend long), we’ve rounded them all up right here, along with a few splurge items we love. You can find all the links, and more info at our Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide – plus more than 150 other ideas. Happy shopping! Under $30 Baby Shower Gifts – Personalized embroidery art ($23, Blue Without You Kids on Etsy, above) – Anything personalized is thoughtful, and if you can’t make one yourself, this amazing artist can do it at...

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Bumbleride Indie: Is it too dated to call it the Cadillac of strollers?

They say that it’s hard to improve upon perfection, but the newest Bumbleride Indie stroller has found a way to buck that concept. We have always loved this line of super sturdy and stylish wheels, and with the newest features, there’s even more to get excited about. The Indie actually shouldn’t just be called a stroller. It’s more like a stroller system that lets you stroll, jog, run, and most importantly, keep your precious cargo in the comfiest of settings. I was immediately attracted to its overall look. Sporty and sleek at the same time, especially this new aquamarine...

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Cool Mom Picks and Gilt Groupe team up for awesome discounts on cool baby gifts

Since launching our Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide a few days ago, we’ve clearly got baby gifts on the brain. So it’s perfect timing to continue helping out new mamas and all their generous friends and family with a special sale event on Top Must-Haves for Baby over at Gilt starting today. And we’re a part of it! Starting at noon, you’ll find tons of great items at amazing prices, from some of our favorite brands like Go Gently Baby organic clothing, aden+anais swaddlers, Ergo carriers, Basq NYC skincare and more, all up to 70% off. Plus click over...

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The new Jonathan Adler diaper bags you’ll covet (no baby required!)

Even though I’m only in my second trimester (!), I’m all about planning, so naturally, I’ve already bookmarked some of my most coveted diaper bags (thanks to Cool Mom Picks). Too many choices! But it may have just gotten easier. The new line of Light & Luxe Jonathan Adler diaper bags in collaboration with Skip*Hop is a joy. We’ve long been fans of Skip*Hop diaper bags and accessories, and this one combines all the smart design and practicality with that modern look that Adler fans can’t get enough of. I love that the bag is incredibly lightweight, yet holds...

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Traveling in style: swanky passport case, ooh!

A passport case is one of those small indulgences I’ve always wanted but it never seemed necessary. But with a few international trips under my belt recently, and seeing how ratty mine is getting compared with my kids’ less-used passports, I’m ready to the take plunge. This snake-print leather passport case at Hayden and Harnett is calling my name. The snake pattern is so cool right now—but don’t worry. It’s not a real snake. Heck, if you’re going to have a real snake passport holder you’d better have killed it, skinned it and tanned it yourself. (Too much?)  ...

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What do do with the kids’ wet bathing suits? Take a lesson from pro surfers.

You know what really irks me? When my boys have their swimming lessons, and then I’m left with several wet trunks and towels when the lesson ends and no wetbag to tote them home. I usually shove the drippy mess into a backpack, but then everything around it gets wet. Not the biggest problem on the planet (yes, I know I can use baggies and plastic grocery bags) but still, I’m thrilled to find a swanky wetbag that doesn’t look “mom” at all.  And it’s a far cry from Ziplocs. Who better to come up with a solution to...

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Baby’s first BMW, courtesy of Maclaren

I’m a huge fan of Maclaren strollers. In fact, out of all the strollers I’ve tried and tested over the years, the Maclaren Denim Quest is one of the only ones that has stood the test of time and tantrums. Their latest Object of Design launch (which is the same series that birthed the denim model) has me overjoyed–you might even call it the BMW of strollers. The new limited-edition BMW Buggy from Maclaren, a meeting of the minds between the stroller giant and the luxury car company, is a specimen of great engineering. It’s sporty, cool and definitely a...

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Snazzy snakeskin bags that, okay, you can call them diaper bags

The more kids I added to my brood, the more I actually wanted (and needed) a smaller diaper bag. Since I was already juggling children, I didn’t need to add a child-sized bag to the mix, you know? If only the new python bags from CMP-fave My Cocolime were around when I was in diaper bag mode. {Don’t miss an amazing giveaway after the jump!} We’ve been longtime fans of My Cocolime, from their awesome lunch bags for kids as well as their diaper bags, so it’s no surprise we’re digging their newest collection, all designed by a mom...

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A changing pad and chic chevron diaper bag in one

Changing diapers is hardly what I’d call my chicest hour. But then I had never used this. Don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump! The new Patemm navy chevron-striped pad is available exclusively at Pottery Barn Kids–and yay for the small mom-run company that created it. We have loved Patemm changing pads going way back to 2006 for the super smart round design that allows moms to lay their little one down any which way for a diaper change and not have them squirm themselves off a corner. And after all these years? They’re still made in the...

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Finally, a rear-facing car seat that won’t squish your toddler’s legs

Thanks to the American Academy of Pediatrics’s well-intentioned rule that babies under the age of two should remain in rear-facing car seats, there’s plenty of cranky, uncomfortable toddlers out there, whining in backseats across the land. Luckily I came across a very smart rear-facing car seat for ages newborn to 2, so my growing, grumpy toddler boy can finally get back to chillaxing and watching the rear-view world go by. The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 car seat is the first car seat that comfortably accommodates children up to 40 pounds. The secret is in the base of the...

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Meet the newest tummy-time floor pillow for babies (then wonder whether they make them for adults.)

At the NY International Gift Fair recently, I was instantly taken with a gorgeous new tummy-time play mat/pillow from a small mom-run company that’s sure to be the newest baby registry dying-to-have, if not quite a must-have.   Imagine a ginormous Boppy without the hole in the middle and you’re picturing the Pello. This is no cheap disposable playtime mat; rather, it’s a beautifully constructed, amply sized reversible donut-shaped mat that grows with your baby. And I love that it’s entirely made in the US by Ohio mom Cindy Perry. The soft center is extra cuddly and gives smaller babies...

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Bring on spring with these cool new stroller shades from Bugaboo

We’re almost out of the stroller stage at my house (sniff), but that doesn’t mean I don’t have total stroller envy. With all the gorgeous colors and amazing features, they’ve really become as much of a style statement as they are a gear essential for parents. The next best thing to a new stroller: These new summer shades from Bugaboo. What a cool way to snazz up your basic black Bugaboo: just add the new “Jazz Up Summer” shades, which are available for all the Bugaboo models, including the Cameleon, Donkey, and the Bee. Both the blue and gold...

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The hot diaper bags from Timi and Leslie for spring

As someone with a certified handbag addiction, you can bet that I’ve always been pretty picky about the diaper bags I carry, insisting that I should be able to use it long after my baby was out of diapers. That’s why I’ve been a long time fan of Timi and Leslie diaper bags and ooh, their new spring line is making me happy! And even though there is absolutely no reason for me to carry a diaper bag anymore (sniffle), that doesn’t mean I can’t share my favorite picks from their new spring collection with you. I’m probably most smitten...

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How to give your kids monthly gifts of awesomeness from littlefox

There are so many amazingly unique and gorgeous baby products out there. But when I was a new mama, I was so exhausted and preoccupied, I found it hard to find the time to actually buy all the cool baby clothes, toys and gear I would’ve loved to have. If only I had a personal shopper who could have sent me some of the best things every now and then.   So I think it’s pretty cool that there is a company that selects a few of the most-beautiful and thoughtfully made baby items and delivers them every month...

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The water bottle that never leaks. Ever.

I’m kind of floored to admit that the new Active Top Smart Drinking System from SIGG absolutely refused to leak no matter how much I abused it. This new line of bottles for adults and kids has a liner that’s eco-friendly, BPA-free and phthalate-free, plus it’s recyclable and practically unbreakable. It’s designed so that kids can drink out of this bottle without tilting it–not to mention carry it upside down in a backpack full of report cards or fall asleep with it in their lap during a long car trip and wake up with dry pants. And I know,...

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Lotus Everywhere Crib: Puts “travel” back in travel crib

I’m always amazed to see the vast improvements in baby gear even since my littlest one, only two, was a baby, which gives me hope that they will one day be able to manufacture sleep for us parents. Ha. Until then, I’ll just take little advances, like what the folks at Guava Family have done to the travel crib. The new Guava Family Lotus Everywhere crib has a sleek, compact design, and what’s really special: a handy convertible carrying bag that you can turn into a backpack. As a mom of four, I can appreciate having two extra hands, especially...

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A lovely journal for your little traveler…other than a ticket to Paris

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have a father who traveled for work and could take us with him on many of his trips. The sad part: I don’t have much of a written record of all our flying adventures.  Now that I’m married to a pilot, my kids are afforded a similar luxury, but unlike me, I want them to be able to record their travels. And I think I found just the way for them to do it.  The adorable Children’s Flight Logbook is a creation by Australian mom Bronwyn Darnoc, who got the idea during a long...

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