Category: Editors Best of the Year

The cutest baby clothes: Editors’ Best of 2013

We’re so excited to present our Editors Best of 2013 series. As always, no voting, no vote-begging, no entrance fees. Just the stuff we really really loved this year–starting with the cutest baby clothes of the year in 0-12mo. This is always one of the hardest for us–not necessarily because there are thousands of great ones, though there are lots, but because every single one makes us miss those little toes and little fingers and sweet little baby heads. (Though not so much the diapers.) Nununu (at top) It’s always refreshing to find cool clothes for baby that go beyond...

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The coolest children’s books of the year: Editors Best of 2012

We can’t think of a nicer way to end our Editors Best of 2012 than with our very favorite kids’ books of the year. Especially because they will still be relevant in 2013 and beyond–unlike handbags or even tech, books never go out of style. Here, three of our editors present their very favorite books for children that we discovered this past year. Enjoy! Liz Baby Lit Books by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver I can’t help it. After suffering through the same board books for months on end when my kids were little (you know the ones!) it’s...

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The coolest kids’ albums of the year: Editors Best of 2012

Whether your family wants to get the party started with some kid-hop beats or needs to settle down to some gentle folk tunes, our top kids’ music picks of 2012 has a little something for every mood. And, you’ll find great musical options for the youngest babes all the way up to the ficklest of tweens.  [click the links for our full reviews] 1. Can You Canoe? by The Okee Dokee Brothers 2. In Tents by Recess Monkey 3. Make Believers by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo 4. Radio Jungle by The Pop-Ups 5. Tumble Bee by Laura Veirs 6....

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The coolest jewelry, bags and accessories of 2012: Editors Best of 2012

This year felt like an extra amazing year for discovering gorgeous jewelry, bags, and accessories that keep mamas feeling cool. (Even if we’re just faking it.) Here, a few of our editors’ very favorites of the year. And phew…it wasn’t easy paring it down. So congrats to all our favorites! Kristen Leigh Luna braille jewelry It’s no secret that I love braille; I have my kids’ initials tattooed in braille on my wrist! But even I can appreciate the gorgeous braille jewelry from from this artist, which is a personal but much less permanent option. Metallic Cambridge Satchels I...

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The coolest kids toys of 2012: Editors Best of 2012

We love nothing more than finding toys for kids that are handmade, or at least, don’t require an on and off switch and 300 batteries. Instead, our favorite toys of 2012 are all powered by the imaginations and little hands of kids. Liz LEGO Friends As one of the original they’re doing WHAT with LEGOS? cynics, I have come full circle, completely respecting the way that LEGO Friends sets give more girls the chance to combine building skills with imaginative play. I will say I prefer the veterinary clinic, flying club, or invention workshop to the uh, beauty salon; but hey, no one says...

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The coolest ways to decorate a kid’s room: Editors Best of 2012

Decorating the baby’s room may be the most fun thing about being pregnant. (Unless you eat a lot of chocolate chip pancakes, which would make it a tie.) We had so much fun rounding up our picks for the coolest nursery and kids’ room decor of 2012. Liz Aden + Anais muslin crib bedding Muslin is so genius in all seasons, that I’m so happy this mom-run company finally turned their uber-popular swaddler designs into sheets for your baby’s crib. Also? Utterly adorable. Amanda Vissel Boys Posters In a world where so-called boys’ artwork is either super precious or el destructo, I...

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The coolest new baby gear: Editors Best of 2012

While our annual guide to the best baby shower gifts is always a smart place to search for the coolest baby gifts and gear, so many fabulous new gear essentials have come out in 2012 that we’re excited to share some of our very favorites. Liz Bloom Zen Stroller When one of our resident stroller experts, Melissa, swears by a stroller I sit up and take note. She called the Bloom Zen “the perfect compromise between an umbrella stroller and a heavy-duty buggy,” with a super easy fold, and compact profile for small spaces. And if you’re not up...

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The coolest boys’ clothes and accessories: Editors Best of 2012:

Every time we hear a parent say, “We can’t find cool clothes for boys,” we say, “Visit Cool Mom Picks!” We like a challenge. However, it is getting easier each year, and it’s fun finding the clothes that make our little fellows a little funkier. Liz Aven clothing If I had a cool little guy to style, I’d be hitting this website first. From rockin’ denim jackets with leather sleeves, to plaid blazers and topstitched jeans, you’re dressed for Williamsburg or Silverlake in a snap. I mean uh, your kid is. Okllo boys’ tees We already gave a shoutout to the cool...

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The coolest girls’ clothes and accessories: Editors Best of 2012

Okay, so we moms of girls try to play it down, but we admit it can be pretty darn fun shopping for them. On the other hand, it can get a little harder as they get older and the designers want our kids to grow up faster than we’d like. So kudos to these brands which really made us happy this year. Kristen Inspiring women tees for girls by Okllo In the sea of blinged out, sequined covered girls’ clothes out there, I was thrilled to find these awesome inspiring shirts for girls featuring historical female heroes. We need...

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The coolest modern kids furniture: Editors Best of 2012

Finding modern kids’ furniture has gotten so much easier in recent years (hooray!) that the only downside is having to choose what you want. And what you have room for. And what’s worth the investment. Hopefully these picks of 2012 will help. Kristen: A desk that’s also a playhouse? That’s exactly what the Deskhouse from Cool Kids’ Company is (at top). There’s just too much awesome about this concept. Plus, it’s perfect for families with lots of kids like mine. They’re tables! or ottomans! or both! Either way, the Quinze and Milan Jellyfish Ottomans are brilliant, and remind me...

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