Category: Kid Fashion

Vogue Bambini gets me excited for spring

This past fall I got a look at some of the new spring kids fashions on the runway, courtesy of our friends at Vogue Bambini.The theme was Garden Style, so there were plenty of flower baskets, clogs, and fun florals – just the thing to get you excited for spring if you’re in snowpocalypse mode these days. Now that the spring clothes are juuuuust starting to make their way into shops, it seemed like a good time to point out some of my favorite looks from the show. I met designer Bonnie Young last year and her couture kids...

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Get into the Valentine’s Day spirit from the top down

Okay, so I couldn’t resist featuring just one Valentine’s Day themey, adorable heart barrette. Especially after I was kind of wishing I had one at my daughter’s preschool Valentine’s party this past weekend. (Not for me – for her.) The heartfelt clip from Natty Bratty‘s brand new Etsy shop fits the bill, with three layers of felt hearts–and a little repair work that your sweet girl will hopefully never experience. The neat part is that you can order it with a hair clip backing or as a pin, in case you want to wear it yourself this week. Oh,...

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Fancy Nancy meets Bob Ross

Okay, friends, we’re going to put a happy little flower right here, just a sparkly little daisy…. (Come on, I’m not the only Bob Ross fan here right?) If you’ve ever looked at a cute hair clip only to say, “I can make that myself!” (but you never do), then you’re going to love the clever Kensey Lu Create-a-Clip set which is more than a Bedazzler and a Hairigami combined. Unless you’re me, and then you become more of a backseat artist/maidservant as your pint-sized princess takes creative control. First of all, the box is so cute that my...

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Baby thigh highs. For real.

So when I first saw the email from Jennifer Dutcher asking us to check out her new business called Rock-a-thigh Baby, I admit to having visions of baby high heels and feather boas. On the contrary, this mom of four has created a pretty cool baby legwarmer and tights hybrid that I’m completely smitten with. These adorable, and eco-friendly thigh highs are made right here in the USA from a soft cotton blend of 100% pre-consumer yarn (read: recycled from new fabrics) with Oeko-Tex certified dyes. They cover your kiddo’s legs right up to their bum, making diaper changes...

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Ultra comfort especially for the uncomfortable

If you have a kid who just puts clothes on like it’s no big deal, you’re a lot luckier than you probably realize. For those of us with a child with sensory issues, clothing is one of a million battles we fight every day. For most kids with tactile sensitivities, tags are a problem; they can be removed, fortunately. But for many kids with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD, and other medical issues that can cause tactile sensitivity, even the seaming inside a shirt can cause issues, and sometimes it can be hard to figure out what clothing will...

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Here Be Monsters – And Birds And Robots And Squids – For Your Little Monster

You’d think that with all those businesses out there designing hip/cool/adorable/clever tees for kids, a mother would be able to find at least one sweet monster design that was exactly to her taste. I mean, robots are everywhere. So are space aliens and bug-like creatures and Che Guevara. And those are great and all, but I’ve really been wanting some monsters for my little monster. Because I love monsters, and, also, because he is a monster. In toddler form, but still. So I was really excited when I came across Luv My Lolly, an online kidswear shop that has...

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L-Bow Mittens mind the gap

If I’m going to go through the trouble of suiting up three kids to play in the snow, they had better stay out there for longer than it took me to get them dressed. But an armful of snow lodged in the wrist is a total bummer, so back before my oldest could make a decent snowball, I bought her a pair of L-Bow Mittens to help keep her arms dry, her fingers warm, and all my effort worthwhile. Flash forward almost nine years, and those same L-Bow Mittens are now being sported by my youngest son. L-Bow Mittens...

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Adorable t-shirts – this time, it’s personal

There is no shortage of adorable graphic kids’ t-shirts out there (you’ve probably seen one or two here), but what I really love about Hopscotch Tees collection of customized tees is that they don’t just put your child’s name on the front; they also incorporate other information like the year your kid was born or hometown, to let your kid know that the shirt was really made just for them. The graphics range from cute girlie designs to robots and pirates that are cute for girls of all ages, but probably best for younger boys. In fact, the snug-fitting,...

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One more from the yes there are cool clothes for boys department

My boys wear uniforms to school, so they like their play clothes to be fun and funky. I like them to be clothes they can actually play in. Boy Peralta, Inc has cool stuff that we can both live with — and love. You’ll find brands like Appaman and Knuckleheads, as well as their own original pieces. I love that these designs — like the Knuckleheads Eagle tee pictured here — are kid-appropriate without being cutesy (no fire truck appliques here).  I also love that Boy Peralta isn’t just tees — they have great pants and cool accessories, too,...

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Child-safe makeup or play makeup? Reader Q&A

My 4 year old daughter is very into dressing up–including the make-up. Do you know if there are safer kids’ make-up products out there? Maybe I’m paranoid, but I worry about the $5 variety available at the toy store–do I need to worry about it irritating her eyes, or bothering her skin? -Kristen In a word, “yes”. Kristen, you are smart to worry about play makeup since it can be loaded with particles and ingredients that are anything but kid-friendly to little lungs, eyes and skin. After my kids received a big cheap kit of “play makeup” made of...

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Solid basics for kids? Reader Q&A

I am trying to locate solid lap tees, onesies, and pants comparable to American Apparel in lots of great colors. Any suggestions? – JasmineI’m a huge fan of plain, bright solid baby clothes myself, Jasmine, and luckily, we’ve featured a few companies who offer just that on our site. Plus, everything is going on sale this weekend, so it’s a great time to scour the web for some good discounts. Mom Erin Gutierrez started Cottonseed clothing because she was so tired of trying to find awesome quality solid shirts to match with hand-me-down patterned bottoms. Her shirts, onesies, even pants come in...

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Affordable girl’s tights – Reader Q&A

I’m looking for simple, solid color winter tights in 3T that won’t break the bank. -Kristina As the weather has officially turned here in Atlanta, I’ve also been on the lookout for winter tights for both my girls, Kristina. I dug around to find a few high quality options that will hopefully last the entire season. We’re huge fans of Baby Legs, and lucky for us they’ve just started making adorable toddler tights (above). While most of the tights are patterned, they’ve got solid pink, which can work well for most girls’ wardrobes, from what we hear. (Ha.) I’ve heard excellent...

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The kids’ pajamas to wake up to Christmas morning – and every morning after that.

I know friends who have a holiday tradition of giving the kids a new pair of pajamas every Christmas Eve. It makes for fantastic photo ops on Christmas morning — but then I visit in the spring and those poor kids are still walking around in candy cane stripes with elves on the chest. For alternative, I am looooving the Kung Fu style Pajamas from mom-run Douglas & Cocoa. These soft, slouchy, sophisticated Asian-inspired pajama sets come in patterns like a forest plaid or a red and green flower print that look festive for the holidays without feeling theme-y....

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Cool Mom Picks loves Psychobaby – Holiday shopping edition

For years we’ve been professing our love for Psychobaby, mostly because they make our job of finding edgier baby gifts ridiculously easy. And since they’re always updating their inventory with new, fabulous items, we decided to update our own category of Cool Mom Picks – Psychobaby picks at the shop with some of our favorite holiday gifts for all the cool babies and kids in your family. My personal fave has to be the Schylling metal firetruck speedster, for which my son would completely flip. I’m also eyeing the Green Toys cookware and dining set for my daughter. Seriously,...

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7 holiday hair clips to keep girls festive from head to toe. (But don’t wear them on your toes.)

We’re big fans of handmade hair clips, which make fun stocking stuffers and an inexpensive way to get in the holiday spirit. Whether you’re looking to coordinate with your daughter’s holiday best or just make a simple pair of jeans and red shirt look more festive, we’ve found a few holiday hair accessories that are sure to do the trick. Hold the big zany corker bows. 1. These retro holiday ponytail holders add vintage style to any outfit with sweet, subtle gold accents in the fabric. ($6 at CuckooBoo) 2. The Rudolph the red-nosed hair barrette from Giddy Giddy...

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…and warm woolen mittens.

I love being a mom of boys, but I envy my mom-of-girls friends one wee thing: Barrettes. Especially when I see ones as cute as the felt barettes from Redhaven. Redhaven’s no-slip barrettes are handmade of 100% wool felt; each set of three includes two hearts and a mitten and is available in one of five shades. I love these barrettes because they’re super sweet but not overly frilly; the felt designs are funky and fun. They’re perfect for the holidays, but unlike Christmas tree or Santa designs, your little one can wear these all winter long.  –SusanYou can...

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Shoelace chic

Tween girls are often the hardest to shop for at the holidays – everything they covet seems to be a fortune (iPod Touch, I’m talking to you) and most of the inexpensive gifts are hopelessly disposable. But I think I just found a home run with the affordable Japanese fabric shoelaces at Spoon sisters. Okay, to get technical they’re actually Japanese fabric inspired, but so what. The cool kimono patterns will make any pair of shoes stand out, at a time when girls are looking to figure out their own personal style and make their mark. And they sure...

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Adoption t-shirts that say just the right thing

With the end of November just around the corner, we had to sneak in one more adoption gift in honor of National Adoption Month – this time the incredibly sweet I was born in my mama’s heart shirt from friend to Cool Mom Picks, mom-owned Baby Brewing. While Baby Brewing is generally known for shirts printed with clever, sometimes snarky sayings for moms and kids, we were instantly smitten with this particular shirt’s lovely sentiment. And it doesn’t hurt that 100% of the purchase from this shirt is donated to help feed hungry children in Haiti. That’s 100% awesome.  -Kristen Find this adorable...

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A t-shirt can be a WYSH your heart makes

My daughter spent the better part of her second summer in a Che Guevara onesie that bore the tagline: I don’t know who this is. The thing about those hipster tees, though is that they’re generally not, you know, heartwarming and inspirational. Which is not necessarily something that you want every day but come on, aren’t there times when you look at your child and you sort of wish that the words I am so freaking adorable that I make the world glow with my incandescent light were emblazoned all over them? It’s not just me. The lovely Lu...

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One more reason to stock up on Vincent shoes for winter – 35% off

I can’t even believe it’s time to start thinking about snow boots but yep, it is. Vincent Shoes has always impressed me with their children’s boots in particular, which have nice European styling at decent prices. Plus they always have amazing sales — great for the type B moms like me who never remember to get my kids boots until halfway into the season. The Jarl winter boots (above) have that Wellie thing going that’s so hot for kids now, only with a little woolen flap of fabric that folds down over the top of the boot to keep...

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Slippers for kids without the cartoon characters

With the weather getting cooler (yes, even here in Atlanta) my barefoot kiddos are sporting some pretty chilly tootsies. I perused a few stores for some kids’ slipper options, only to find gigantic square cars and other impractical licensed character footwear. I decided my kids’ feet deserved better. Lo and behold, the ridiculously cute kids’ slippers from mom-own Philadelphia Etsy shop, Wooly Baby, appeared. These are no ordinary slippers – crafted by hand from recycled lambswool sweaters, every pair is one of a kind. In fact they are completely made to order to fit kids up to about 4...

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Holiday plaid for Christmas and beyond

With my family spread out around the country, my husband, kids and I often spend the holidays alone, which means I don’t have the greatest excuse to buy my children fancy holiday-best clothes. So instead, I tend to look for festive clothes for the holidays that still work the other 364 days out of the year. Take the Holiday Plaid Shirt from one of our favorite special occasion boutiques, Velvet and Tweed. The bright red accents in the plaid pattern give a definite holiday-inspired look to this boys’ button-down, but the neutral brown and khaki undertones make this 100%...

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The hottest accessory for the coldest temperatures

I had my baby in February, which meant my son’s little toes needed to be kept warm. He was too young for shoes, and the baby socks I had for him spent more time on the floor than on his feet.  But the socks from Trumpette are known for staying on, and moms can’t get enough of the adorable designs. Their brand new set of six Nordic Baby Socks are sure to brighten up even the bleakest winter day. And they’re soft and cottony, with just enough spandex. They even make a set of tights in the same style for...

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Holiday best just for boys

When it comes to holiday outfits, I tend to spend most of my shopping energy and yes, I’ll be honest, my cash on my girls. But this year, they’re going to have a run for my money thanks to the boys’ clothes in the new Fall/Winter children’s collection at babysusu.  I’m completely smitten with the simple, classic styles crafted in gorgeous fabrics and textiles, in particular the navy Liberty of London boys’ oxford shirt from the legendary UK label. The subtle navy print is a welcome change from the typical red and green treatment that most kids’ holiday clothing collections...

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Forecast: Dressy yet cool

I generally prescribe to the “small boys are suitably dressed up for the holidays when wearing a cute sweater” school of thought, but sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes even little boys must wear a tie to be suitably (get it?) attired. Okay, so a tie may not scream “free spirit” to your wild child, but if he’s going to wear a tie, he should get the coolest tie around — say, a kid-sized version from one of Dad’s favorite shops? When we recommended Cyberoptix Tie Lab in last year’s holiday gift guide they only made ties for the big...

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The Mini Social and Shoe 4 Africa. The perfect combination.

Thanks to a bit of a shoe obsession, I really don’t need any excuse to buy new shoes for my kids. But when I heard that the The Mini Social, a cool members-only shopping site and past CMP fave will be offering amazing deals on some of our favorite kid’s shoes, I got myself some extra rationale for my purchases. For the entire week starting today, you can stock up on styles from See Kai Run, Livie and Luca (pictured), Robeez and more all for up to 60% off. But the kicker (ha!), is that a portion of the sales from these...

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Kicky pants – they aren’t just pants

With a couple of super skinny girls, I’m often relegated to more structured, streamlined dresses just so they don’t look like they’re wearing a parachute. But with the gorgeous long print dress for girls from Kicky Pants, my girls can enjoy prance and twirl to their heart’s content. Created by a mom and dad team, Kicky Pants offers what, at first glance, might appear like simple play outfits. But the amazingly soft stretch bamboo / cotton fabric is one of the nicest we’ve seen, and the lovely details make them way more than your average kids’ clothes. The long print dress can...

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Shoes for big kids? Reader Q&A

I am a mama of three little ones, my oldest is five and we are running into a dilemma. There seems to be a lack of cute kids’ shoes after size 12. Please would you help? You guys always have the best recommendations! -Gabrielle I’ve actually got the opposite problem over at my house, Gabrielle, with my teeny-footed kiddos. But luckily, a few of our favorite children’s shoe purveyors offer great picks up through size 12. Ever since I was introduced to Umi shoes (pictured), it’s the only shoe I’ll buy for my son. Luckily, their girl styles are...

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Stella McCartney for Gap Kids and Baby – we admit it, we’re fans

As it turns out, Target and H+M no longer have a lock on the lower priced clothing from high-end designers thing. We recently got a look at the brand new Stella McCartney for Gap Kids and Baby line, and the verdict is, many enthusiastic thumbs up. Don’t expect any super bargains here, or at least not until the end of the season – a gorgeous cashmere baby blanket will run you $98, and a lovely gray cotton-cashmere blend children’s cardigan with asymmetrical button detailing is $54. Although that’s still less than the $500 you might pay for the Stella...

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Hey foodies, your baby’s wardrobe is ready

Believe it or not, there are kids out there who eat more than spaghetti with butter sauce. Some eat spaghetti and tomato sauce. Some even eat things like (gasp) sushi – and one day I hope to count my kids among them. So I love the onesies from WonderToast found at eco boutique Greeno Bambino which allow you to proclaim your adventurous food allegiances on your baby’s chest. In illustrator and mom Anna Woltz’s clever alphabet (which come from the WonderToast coloring book), D stands for Dim Sum, G is for Guacamole, N is for Nigiri, and T is...

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