Category: Gear

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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Bugaboo stroller recall – no reason to panic but worth a read if you own one

Today, Bugaboo voluntarily recalled the Cameleon and Donkey strollers that have detachable carrycots/seats. A button on the seat carry handle can become disengaged and detach. No injuries have been reported, and the safety risk has been deemed low. Bugaboo Cameleon Even so, you’ll want to get a free replacement handle right away if you own a stroller with one of these serial numbers under the seat:  Bugaboo CameleonSerial Number 04011090900001 to 04031101009999Serial Number 08011090900001 to 08021100800386Serial Number 140100093600531 to 140103123350418 Bugaboo DonkeySerial Number 170101105300001 to 170104130900500 To get your free handle replacement, call Bugaboo at (800) 460-2922 from 7AM...

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The best portable travel crib? journeyBee is an excellent new contender

Back when my now-tween was a babe, the one piece of equipment I dreaded using above almost anything else was her “portable” playpen. It weighed a ton, pinched my fingers every time I tried to assemble it, and just looked like a big ugly netted cage taking over whatever room in which it was placed. So I am a wee bit jealous, and a whole lot excited, for you new parents who can spend the year traveling a lot lighter with this travel crib that is ready to pop up wherever you go. {Keep reading for your chance to...

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Your baby’s toasty in that stroller. Shouldn’t you be toasty, too?

I am definitely not one for gimmicky baby and new mom products that you really don’t need. That’s probably why you don’t see a lot of stroller accessories on here, or stuff like the dreaded wipes warmer. (Sorry to those of you who love them.) But in this case, I kind of fell hard for a dandy stroller accessory that I wish I had had when my kiddos were babies. The WarmMuffs from one of our favorite little baby brands, 7 A.M. Enfant, are pretty genius if you live anywhere the temperature likes to drop below 32F. These ultra luxe, fuzzy,...

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Bonjour, organic baby playmat. Au revoir, fussy baby.

Sure, babies are cute and all. Still, sometimes a mama has to set her wee one down in a safe place so she can do something really exotic–like wash her face, or maybe flush a toilet. Quelle horreur! When they can’t crawl yet (oh, the luxury), those baby playmats sure do come in handy. Bonus points if they happen to be chic, fair-trade, organic cotton playmats designed in France. Created by a pair of French sisters who were looking for a comfortable, safe, modern design option for one of their own babies, this delightful, interactive Organic Baby Playmat from Deuz is bright...

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Breaking news: Peapod travel crib recall

Just yesterday, the CPSC and KidCo Inc. recalled all 220,000 of their Peapod travel cribs that have been sold since 2005. We were so sad to hear that the recall was due to a possible infant death (though the cause is unknown), and others being trapped and distressed–however these occurred in some cases due to users placing the mattress on the floor of the tent and not in the pocket as the directions specify. KidCo Inc. is offering a kit so parents who own a Peapod travel beds and Peapod Plus travel beds can fix them, making the cribs safe...

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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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Buy one, gift one, make someone’s day: kindness comes in travel size

We adore this new trend of “buy one, donate one” products, in the model of TOMS Shoes. And now there’s one more, from a mom of two who took a personal tragedy and turned it into a truly inspiring company. After the near-drowning of her three-year-old son, Laura Metro founded WINK (When In Need of Kindness), a buy-one-give-one toiletry bag company.  When you buy one of her gorgeous toiletry bags, a similar one will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms. As Laura writes, “When a parent is in those rooms, things are not good.” These toiletry bags help bring...

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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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