Category: Gear

Rounding up the best mustaches for kids in honor of Movember

For the past few years, my husband has kicked off November cleanly shaven and ended it in full mustache-mode. I don’t even complain because he’s doing it for Movember, an annual worldwide mustache-growing fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for male cancer charities. So in support of all those men who are smack in the fuzzy middle of growing a mustache this month (and with empathy for us women who have to get used to kissing them in various prickly phases), we’ve rounded up some fun mustache-themed items for kids that will stick around long after the facial hair...

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This style-savvy stroller bag moonlights as a messenger bag

It’s always tricky trying to figure out which bag to bring with me on when I’ve got the stroller in tow. My usual diaper bag is way too heavy and tends to topple the stroller if my son hops out. My purse, on the other hand, is too small for outings with the kiddo. But there’s a new stroller bag in town that walks the line of chic and functional–perfectly. The new Georgi stroller bag from Baby Cargo doesn’t actually look like a stroller bag at all. The feminine and stylish messenger bag looks more like something you’d pick up at hipster boutique...

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Get a grip

If you’d told me a few weeks ago that I needed covers for my stroller handles, I would have  been like, stroller handlebar covers? Riiiight. Well, guess what? Turns out it was love at first grip. The stroller handlebar covers from mom-created CityGrips are not just colorful and fun, they feel great and make all that pram-pushing far more pleasant–and less sweaty.  I was more than a little skeptical, but after slipping the Missoni-esque zigzag covers onto my Maclaren handlebars, I’m sold.  The covers are made from a super-silky, luxurious fabric that kept my fingers happy even as I struggled...

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5 of the most stylish metallic diaper bags

I’ve been noticing something in the land of designer bags these days. It’s flashy. And shiny. And very, very cool. The metallic trend is popping up in handbags everywhere, but that doesn’t mean that mamas can’t be part of it, too with one of these 5 beautiful diaper bag options we tracked down. No blindingly gold Studio 54 era bags either, promise. –Stephanie S. We’ve always been fans of timi & leslie bags at Cool Mom Picks, and their gorgeous Hannah bag in Pewter bag is an affordable, durable option that just happens to be vegan-friendly, too since it’s...

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Japanese anime-inspired diaper bags? We say Tokidoki!

Diaper bags are kind of like minivans. They are super practical, but don’t exactly scream funky fresh. But this new Tokidoki and Ju Ju Be diaper bag collaboration is like taking your Honda Odyssey and making it a low rider. We’re talking blinged out, and we’re talking awesome. Tokidoki always gets me with their great designs and Japanese anime-inspired looks. (I’m partial to the milk carton on a skateboard, and the cactus kid.) Pair that graphic style with Ju Ju Be, a popular diaper bag, and you have a Tokidoki diaper bag that will stop traffic. (Of course, they’re really stopping because your...

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Fashionable scarves. With an emphasis on -able.

At this time next week, I’ll be traveling through Ethiopia with the wonderful humanitarian organization ONE. Yes, I’m excited. Yes, I’m nervous. No, Bono won’t be there that I know of. And yes, you will be hearing more about it. But when I got my informational travel packet from the team at ONE this week, I was thrilled to find a surprise: a small, chic gift that does a whole lot of good. I thought you’d want to know about it too. The stunning scarf from fashionABLE absolutely melted me. Not just because it’s beautiful, which it is, but because...

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The new Phil&Ted’s Dot stroller. Not just for city moms.

Confession: I still envy the fancy strollers of my city-dwelling mama counterparts. But raising four kids in the suburbs doesn’t present much of a rationale for much more than the bare basics. At least, that’s what I thought until I was introduced to the newest stroller from Phil&Ted’s. Let’s just say now I know what I’ve been missing all these years. And why everyone raves about their strollers. The new Phil&Ted’s Dot stroller is definitely an urban mom’s dream, with careful attention to all the ins and outs of city life, like maneuvering through busy streets and tight subway spaces, thanks...

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The new Double Helix double stroller from Orbit is one far-out ride

For any mom with more than one child, finding the right double stroller is pretty much the search for the holy grail. The perfect buggy built for two should be easy to maneuver, fit through doorways, and allow you to convert it into a single stroller without breaking your back. The new Helix from Orbit does all that, with many more out-of-this-world features. There are many innovative new strollers out there, but not since the launch of the Bugaboo Donkey has there been so much buzz surrounding a double buggy. The Double Helix from Orbit not only looks completely...

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We’ve got the buzz on a sweet new line by Burt’s Bees

We’re used to slathering our babies in products from Burt’s Bees, but now you can dress your baby in them, too.  Sweet! [Don’t miss a great giveaway and discount code after the jump!] The new Burt’s Bees Baby line includes a complete layette in sizes preemie through 9 months for your sweetest little honeybee. From cozy elf caps and onesies to footie-pajamas and tees, you can expect supersoft 100% organic pima cotton in muted hues with minimalistic but natural designs.  I love the soft beige stripes and sleepy pastels–and the adorable bee graphic. And I’ve tried those darling little...

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32 Ways to Dress a Fox? Is that a personal challenge?

I’m smitten with kittens–of the fox and rabbit variety. And piglets, too. If you like open-ended, simple, beautiful activity books that leave plenty of room for imagination and fun, then you’ll want to buy all three.  That’s a total of 96 outfits, by the way. More than I have in my closet. Just saying. Each sweet new Activity Book from CMP favorite Wee Gallery includes 32 pages of artsy fun. Each image is slightly different, with head, hands, feet, and tail rarin’ for dress-up fun, plus occasional accessories added to help spark imagination. Whether you’re looking to dress a...

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Baby-friendly bling: necklaces safe for little nibblers

When my son was a baby, he was fascinated by my jewelry–a fascination that led to his stuffing fistfuls of my necklaces into his curious mouth. Worried that my necklaces might be sporting some not-so-friendly chemicals, I stopped wearing them altogether. At the time, I didn’t have any other option–because I didn’t have any Chewbeads. Chewbeads, which we love so much you’ll find them in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, are every bling-crazy mom’s salvation. These non-toxic, silicone jewelry pieces are stylish for mama and intriguingly colorful (and mouth-safe) for babies who like to chomp. And now I’m loving...

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The Fresco Chrome from Bloom is one hot high chair

Until now, I’d never realized that a highchair could be a style statement. I’ve always steered toward simplicity when it comes to kids’ furniture, but the dazzling new highchair from Bloom has me positively wowed. The Fresco Chrome Special Edition highchair from Bloom is an even cooler version of their already amazingly fancy Fresco highchair. The Fresco, if you hadn’t heard, is every design-centric parent’s dream highchair. The Fresco Chrome offers a metallic seat and some pretty rad updates to the original. It’s stylish, slick and futuristic–but trust us, this highchair does a lot more than just look cool....

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Avast, me hearties! It’s a pirate rattle! And it’s cute!

Arrr! What could be cuter than a tiny pirate rattle? Why, a tiny baby holding on to a tiny pirate rattle, of course. September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day. But just because you’re too little to talk, doesn’t mean you can’t participate. For every baby who ever dreamed of being a boatswain and swabbing the decks, this adorable tiny pirate rattle is a perfect introduction to life on the high seas. From the scruffy beard to the embroidered belt buckle, this freebooter might just be the cutest pirate I’ve ever seen. And, shiver me timbers, there’s even...

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Romero Britto, come to baby

Back when I was shopping for baby gear for my now-tween, my choices for stroller and car seat covers were pretty blah: Solid navy, neutral plaids, and teddy bear. You new mamas have it so good, especially those of you with a penchant for the modern pop-art of artist Romero Britto which is coming soon to two of our favorite brands: Quinny strollers and Maxi-Cosi infant car seats. The bright colors and graphic designs of Romero Britto’s work give such a big visual punch to the red/black combo on both the Quinny Moodd single stroller and the Maxi-Cosi Mico...

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6 of the best of the robot backpacks for kids

It’s 2012, and we still don’t have our jet packs, hovercars, and personal house-cleaning robots. But we have found that robot backpacks are super hot, so we’ve rounded up a fantastic collection of the very best ones, to keep your kid company at school. And no, they do not do homework. Alexander the Robot Backpack is a structured bag sized for ages 5 to 10, with plenty of space for lunch, homework folders, and those old-fashioned “book” thingies. He’s free of PVC, lead, pthalates, and Daleks and is available from one of our favorite little labels, Beatrix NY. Alexander’s...

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Teaching the kids a little dice

If you’re a Yahtzee fan, but your kids aren’t quite old enough to keep track of it all–or you just have trouble keeping track of those darn pads–you’ll probably love this awesome new dice game, Tenzi. Plus, it’s from a cool little company and I always love supporting the small gamemakers when they come up with something this fun. [don’t miss a fun giveaway after the jump] Don’t be betrayed by the simplicity of Tenzi–my kids and I ended up playing for a good hour. Essentially there are four sets each of 10 colored dice. The basic game requires...

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Traveling to France with the accessories, but not the plane ticket. Le sigh.

I’ve had Paris on the brain lately. Leave it to Petunia Picklebottom to come out with new French-inspired prints on pretty new accessories and make me even more wistful. In fact, you don’t even have to be a mom to carry these. The Strolling in St Germain fabric rounds out the gorgeous city print collection to make an even dozen. I love it on the new boxy diaper backpack from Petunia. It’s so beautifully classic and sophisticated. The crimson-and-navy coated cotton fabric coupled with hand-embroidered accents make it a piece reminiscent of some $400 scarf you might find on Rue St Honoré. It’s...

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If Wonder Woman opened an Etsy store

Judging by the awesomely geeky baby goods in this chic boutique, I would wager that Wonder Woman’s sewing machine isn’t as invisible as her jet. Whether you need to burp, wipe, snuggle, or celebrate your little Loki, this is the source of some super baby gear for fans of comic books, video games, and, of course, Star Wars. The Spry Sprout shop on Etsy bills itself as “a unique geek kid boutique”, and that just about covers it. Baltimore mom Miranda makes each piece by hand using some of the coolest geeky fabrics we’ve ever seen.  Star Wars, Avengers,...

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Lunch bag and sandwich bag value packs make back to school eco-friendly and affordable

I’ve always liked BuiltNY’s lunch totes, so much so that I own a few of them myself. I can assure you they’ve all stood the test of time. And the test of peanut butter. Now they’re offering new kid’s lunchboxes and brand new reusable sandwich bags that are so cute, we featured them last week on the TODAY Show, and in our back to school shopping guide. I think it might have also made me their new biggest fan. Their adorable Big Apple Buddies are some of the cutest and well-priced lunch bags I’ve seen, with insulation, sturdy construction, a wipe-clean...

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Designer diaper bags for fall: fashionable + affordable

As we start heading towards fall, I’ve got new diaper bags on the brain. (Why should back to school shopping time be just for the kids?) It’s been a while since I took a look to see what diaper bag label JP Lizzy has been up to, and it’s a good thing I had a mind to do just that this week. Ages ago we liked their diaper totes, but they don’t quite feel like something I’d wear today. And wow, turns out JP Lizzy has come a long way with their 2012 styles. The new diaper bag satchels...

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7am enfant diaper bags, equal parts style and function

Considering how much we love all the products from 7am enfant, I’m not surprised at all that I’m in love with their new luxury diaper bag.  I’ve seen many a stylish diaper bag that looks fantastic but doesn’t exactly hold up to the test of kids and their 400 Cheerios and sippy cups. But that’s not the case here. The new 7am enfant roma baby bag looks like a stylish tote on the outside, but on the inside, it’s got handy zippered pockets and pouches to keep everything organized. I really love the water-resistant nylon fabric (on both the inside...

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The pros and cons of 4 popular cleansing wipes

Traveling as much as I do, I don’t know why I wasted so much time agonizing about 3-ounce bottles of leaky cleansers and travel-sized samples of sub-par skincare brands, when there’s a whole world of fantastic cleansing cloths out there. I’ve been playing around with a few brands over the last year, and here are 4 great picks for all kinds of skin types, that definitely beat using the hotel soap on your face. (Been there.) For Regular Skin: Comodynes Makeup Remover Wipes for Normal Skin I grabbed these off the shelf at Ricky’s in a panic before a...

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A Truffle you’ll love, without all the calories

Lately, my handbag has become a bottomless pit, full of everything from loose business cards to computer cords and bottles of milk and lip gloss. And my idea of using old make-up bags to keep everything separate was brilliant until I couldn’t remember what I had put in each one.  But now thanks to these beautiful see-through pouches, I can find everything I need, without having to unzip or rifle.  {Don’t miss the exclusive limited-time discount after the jump!} The Truffle No 1 clarity pouch is a busy mom’s dream, with a sturdy waxed cotton canvas trim, clip zipper,...

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A bike helmet so cool, we can’t keep it under our hat… or can we?

Reading the recent Cool Mom Picks post about awesome family-friendly bicycles had me dreamily clicking through images of families on bikes and imagining myself pedaling my kids through our neighborhood. Only, with the most awesome bike helmet ever made. And that’s exactly when I first saw it: the bike helmet of my dreams. Now, I have always been a helmet-wearer. Hair-, image- and outfit-be-damned. But I know there are people out there who have more fashionable priorities. And I get it.  (Kind of.) Helmets are ugly. They’re bulky. And they don’t match cute outfits. Until now. These amazing helmets...

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The new 4moms Breeze play yard is worth marking your calendar for now!

With four kids, all of whom slept for many years in a play yard, I’ve seen and owned my fair share. So when Cool Mom Picks got the exclusive first look at this new play yard from the inventive company 4moms, I was pretty skeptical it would top all the good choices already out there. Now let me say, it’s worth marking your calendar for the launch, because it’s just that cool. The new 4moms Breeze is probably the most intuitive play yard (or playpen – does that make me old skool?) I’ve ever seen. With just one push...

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Bloom strollers blend neon with zen and it totally works

I’ve often wondered why strollers don’t come with headlights. (Seriously, I think about such things.) Well, my wish has actually come true. The new Zen stroller from Bloom comes with–you guessed it–a headlight. But that’s only one of the very cool and clever design features on this futuristic-looking buggy. The new Zen stroller from Bloom is definitely one of the more eye-catching baby-carting mechanisms I’ve seen. And this comes from a mama who’s pushed her kids in some big name, SUV-sized strollers. Part of the notice me-ness is due in part to the acid bright colors in the CMYK...

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Bakfiets – Bikes for you and your brood

Let me tell you why I’m Bakfiet crazy: when I had kids, I really wanted to keep up my exercise routine and just have them fall in line. I got a double jogger, which was great. But I really wanted to bike with the kids in tow, I just didn’t feel super comfortable putting them in a bike trailer behind me. I wanted them to be within reach, just in case–and now I realize that the solution was here all along. I fell in love with the Babboe Bakfiets at first sight. It’s a Dutch import but I became acquainted...

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The 2012 Flite of the Bumbleride

We love Bumbleride strollers and gear. We’ve featured their stuff quite a bit because it is consistently fresh looking with updated features, colors and the kinds of accessories that actually get used. Plus their customer service is just–well, nice! Back in 2010, we reviewed the Bumbleride Flite, and were really impressed with what we saw. Now, the 2012 model takes a great thing and makes it even better. [don’t miss your chance to win your own Bumbleride stroller from Cool Mom Picks!] Bumbleride has updated their wheel system which means that the stroller really glides and will make maneuvering in crowds...

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The full body baby bib, for full contact baby feeding

There were moments in my children’s earlier years that all I wanted to do was cover them in a full body raincoat.  It seemed like meal times turned into “let’s get as covered with food as we possibly can” times.  Thankfully, a brilliant mother out there has created a great solution with a full-sleeved, laminated baby bib from Baby Graybee. These bibs for babies 6-18 months keep even the most spirited eaters clean at meal time. The front of the bib is made of BPA-free laminated cotton, providing waterproof coverage for spills. The sleeves are a comfy soft jersey...

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Are we freaking there yet?

Are we there yet? It’s one of those perpetual jokes paid forward by each generation. You’re going to torture your parents? That’s fine. One day, your kids will torture you in turn. And that day is now. And even your noise-canceling headphones and some yodeling Gotye can’t stop it. But at least you can enjoy the freaking ride in style, right? It’s kind of amazing, how much one pretty luggage tag can affect one’s mood while traveling. I know that when I see the little mod pear dangling off my blue rolling suitcase on the conveyor belt after a...

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