The downside to loving Tea Collection‘s well-made, comfortable, stylish clothes for my kids is that they outgrow them, as kids are wont to do. They even outgrow them while the clothes still look fantastic and nearly new. So you can hand them down to siblings or friends, or try this: A new collaboration between Tea Collection and online consignment shop thredUP will give me credit towards new clothes for every piece of gently used Tea that I send to thredUP. To get started, just order an empty bag from thredUP and start filling it with Tea Collection clothing that your kids have outgrown or just don’t need anymore. Mamas who love...Read More
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Trying to find cool bathing suits for boys that are actually comfortable is no easy task. My son lasts a few hours at most before he starts to get a little “itchy,” particularly at the beach. Let’s just say that sand is not a bottom’s friend. That’s why I’m loving the bathing suits for boys from Coastal Dog which have compression shorts built right in–and an amazing charitable mission too. Imagined and designed by mom Stephanie Magee and made in the USA, Coastal Dog’s bathing suits feature a comfy inner compression short (i.e. no mesh underwear thingy) coupled with a light,...Read More
Browsing through photos of last night’s 2014 Ralph Lauren Kids fall preview with my girls (which we were sad to miss this year since the 2013 Ralph Lauren fall show was so great), they had some pretty strong opinions on which things they loved for themselves. Let’s just say, anything with boots? Yes! Fair isle? No. Color, yes! All brown…no way. Don’t even ask about boys in bow ties. So, if you’re looking for some fun, fancy girls’ looks for fall, and want the very opinionated opinion of two grade-school girls, allow us to help provide you with some inspiration for color, patterns layering and...Read More
My kids never just want to know what something is. They also need to know where it’s from, what it does, what it eats, and why it makes that weird noise. If your kids want all the answers too, check out these adorably informative science t-shirts for kids from Elemental Ts. Each image is a labeled anatomical diagram just like you find in science textbooks. (Wait, do kids still use actual textbooks anymore?) Hand-printed in Brooklyn by two clearly cool Brooklyn moms, we love the bright colors and hand-illustrated images of animals and robots which are totally great for boys or girls. From frogs to...Read More
The hippie in me has a soft spot for batik style. I love dressing my child in a way that softly suggests our family’s peacekeeping ways, and yet, I know it’s not 1966. So I am all over the funky modern batik shirts, dresses and pants for kids new from Hiho Batik. Hiho Batik’s new spring collection for kids really has us seeing the handmade light. With throwback images like ring pops, hipster headphones, dreamy clouds and the radness of Brooklyn, I love the 60s-meets-80s vibe. (Except for the Woodstock tee which is definitely 60ss-meets-60s, although the 80s did bring back the whole hippie batik thing…but...Read More
Along with SPF 10,000 and a good hat, I’m all for protecting my kids and their baby blues (and browns and greens) this summer with a good pair of sunglasses. We’ve tried a lot, but one of my favorite brands of kids’ sunglasses may be Babiators, which not only shield their eyes from the sun, but also come with an amazingly forgiving replacement guarantee that seems to be made with my forgetful kids in mind. Babiators’ Lost and Found Guarantee insures that if your kids misplace their glasses at the beach or accidentally sit on them at the playground,...Read More
There is the most beautiful Pink Chicken dress hanging in my girls’ closet that I can’t bear to part with. And maybe I don’t have to. It’s got a beautiful floral pattern, adorably puffy sleeves, the perfect a-line shape, and a comfy cotton fabric that’s so unfussy, it looks great a little smushy right out of the wash, or more nicely pressed for dressier days. It’s gone from a 2-year birthday gift dress for my oldest daughter, to a tunic over jeans or leggings, and now it’s a tunic for her younger sister. I’d say that was $64 well spent by...Read More
It’s been a while since we’ve found a label along the lines of Seven Smooches, a favorite indie designer who repurposes vintage clothing into stunning upcycled clothes for children and babies. And now…well, found one! A great one. Enter mom-run Kallio NYC. For parents who are looking for a special piece for their babies and kids that aren’t the same ones every other kid will be wearing, these carefully crafted, eco-conscious, Brooklyn-made clothes are a wonderful (if spendy) option. Men’s cotton shirts become swingy girls’ dresses of all kinds, which are definitely the standout of the collection. Skirts, dresses, and lounge...Read More
I’m the first to freak out over great superhero shirts for my kids (and myself), but there’s something to be said for actual heroes from history. Sure, Thor has a rad hammer, but Abraham Lincoln did real good in the world. So we’re digging these retro-stylish historical shirts for kids, with vintage images of heroes from history. Wee Rascals is a new mom-run business making stylish, US-made tees and onesies with designs based on old stamps, engravings, and books. There’s a small selection now, ranging from Sir Isaac Newton to Davy Crocket to the Founding Fathers. While I love...Read More
After what seemed to be the winter that would never end, we’re all ready for warmer climes and adorable spring clothes for kids and babies. Which is one of the reasons we love partnering with Jacadi–they make it so easy to find that very thing. (Well, maybe not the weather. But definitely the clothes.) We could browse their website for hours, fantasizing about the classic, sophisticated styles, all designed with a lovely French flair. But right now, you might not have to dream, since they’re giving away a $200 gift card as part of their spring photo contest. Yeah, we’d...Read More
Don’t be a Vader hater–these rad Star Wars Darth Vader shoes for kids rule the galaxy with benevolent coolness. Plus they’re well-made and will actually last until your kid grows out of them. The Vader Slip-On Shoes from Stride Rite have a canvas upper and flexible sole and come in sizes for toddlers through young kids. I really like the way the red and black is stylish and classically Star Wars but not too “Hey, giant logos everywhere!” Vader’s helmet and red-and-black color scheme are iconic enough on their own, with little flashes of the Death Star on the sides. And I...Read More
The prettiest girls’ Easter dresses that your daughters will never want to take off. (For better or for worse.)
One of my favorite things to do each year on Cool Mom Picks is look for the prettiest, sweetest, coolest girls’ Easter dresses in every price. Whether or not you celebrate Easter. To me, spring is just such a long-awaited respite, that getting my daughters one special, lightweight dress that they can wear all spring and summer has become our own annual tradition. I tend to be less into pounds of crinoline, smocking, humongous floral embellishments or scrunchy taffeta; my style leans more towards simple, elegant shapes and fabrics that are dressy, but not quite cotillion-level. Plus if my...Read More
If you’ve been putting off buying new spring clothes for your growing-like-a-weed child because they find most clothes too scratchy, tight, or rough, check out Soft clothing, a brand we’ve loved since they launched. And get ready to stock your kids’ closets with clothes they’ll actually want to wear. Plus, their new spring line, coming out later this month, is totally cute. Soft’s organic cotton, comfy, and tag-less clothes are created for kids with sensitivity issues like Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD, and other medical issues that can cause tactile sensitivity. Even if they aren’t diagnosed with an issue, for...Read More
Time to peel your child out of the seventeen layers of winter clothing and think about short-sleeved dresses, rompers and sunhats. No, seriously. All you have to do is look at that gorgeous kurta top in the Rikshaw Design line of spring clothing for kids to know why this small label one of our major faves. With their hand block-printed florals and animals on the softest Indian cotton voile, these cap sleeve dresses, bubble rompers, and burp & bib sets just (gently) scream warmer temperatures and comfy lounging for babies and toddlers. Oh, and did we mention the perfect sunhat? If only we could get a...Read More
After a winter that pummeled us with snow I’m actually looking forward to a few spring showers. So not surprisingly, this little happy kawaii cloud tee for kids is making me happy too. There’s not a huge selection at Canadian indie label Whistle + Flute, but what there is, is adorable. You can also get the tee as a baby onesie, raglan, or sweatshirt and yes, they come in adult sizes too. Or hey, if happy clouds aren’t your thing, check out the kawaii ice cream cone tees. Because ice cream follows April showers, too. Visit Whistle + Flute for...Read More
One of my favorite trends for kids this spring, besides the whole dip-dye ombre look, is floral clothes. Normally I think of them as a little twee, but what I’m seeing is bold, fun without frills, and nothing like what Laura Ingalls wore back in the day. Here are a ton of great girls’ floral clothes and even a little something just for fashion-forward boys who are digging the look too. Cool Mom Picks is an rstyle affiliate Girls’ floral printed dress ($42.90 pictured above at Zara Kids) How great is this pattern which starts and stops at the bottom...Read More
We’ve come a long way from the days our readers asked us to find a dinosaur dress for girls and it took a little bit of digging. Now the pendulum is swinging the other way with a clever company called Quirkie Kids which is making pink tees for boys and girls with the kinds of images you don’t always see on pink tees. In other words, no tiaras, no future diva slogans. The bright fuschia, US-made tees in sizes 2-10 are created by Martine Zoer and designed by cool dad and pro animator Liam Robinson, featuring four motifs like dinosaurs,...Read More
Origami is always in, so we’re not surprised that our talented designer pals at Wee Gallery have devised a way to wear it–in Origami Tattoo form. Whether you’re still into foxes (because I’m always into foxes) or love the classic peace crane or the challenging goldfish I didn’t master until seventh grade, these critters are certain to be a hit with kids and adults alike. I love these as party favors or something fun and different in those plastic eggs the school room mom always demands around this time of year. Plus Wee Gallery tattoos are easy to apply and...Read More
Safari prints are going to be a big trend this spring, but that doesn’t mean dressing your kid like a wannabe Real Housewife. (I’ll stop there. I’ve said too much already. ) There are some really adorable prints and patterns on kids’ clothes that are stylish, and even subtle–provided you don’t pair a leopard print with a zebra print with snakeskin shoes. But you knew that, right? Here, just a few of my favorite safari inspired clothes for girls and boys. No cutesie cartoon lions or toucans, promise. Leopard print sneakers (above, $17.95 at H + M) Starting from the...Read More
Even as cold as it still is in my neck of the woods, my three girls are insistent on wearing skirts and dresses, which means leggings and tights are a must. I’ve definitely seen my fair share of cool tights for girls, but since discovering Funky Legs, I’m smitten. And so are my kids. Thanks to the internet, you can still get UK-based Funky Legs if you live in the States like me, and trust me, they’re worth it. I really love the bold colors and prints that are a bit more unique and playful than the ubiquitous...Read More
Finding t-shirts I actually like for my boys has become something of a challenge. They gravitate between wanting to wear soccer jerseys or tees emblazoned with their favorite superhero on their chests. I pick and choose my battles, so I usually let them head off to school with their choice. I finally found a line of t-shirts that both my sons and I adore equally as much. Warrior Poet Clothing is a terrific collection of cool clothes for boys including graphic t-shirts and hoodies that help promote a larger message of courage. My older son, the fledgling guitar hero, is...Read More
I discovered the wonderful work of the Kenyan rescue charity, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, several years ago, when my parents fostered an orphaned baby elephant on behalf of my children. We continue to follow Kenze‘s progress to this day and we love the frequent and very specific updates we get from them, and news that he’s gone from near starvation to healthy adult now thriving in the wild, even despite the rampant and illegal bands of poachers that still threaten him. Sheldrick’s passionate work gets some ink thanks to avid celeb supporters like Kristin Davis, but otherwise I’m surprised I don’t hear...Read More
Since Pantone released their it colors for spring 2014, the stunning shade I’ve been most taken with is Pantone Orchid. This bold, not-quite-lavender purple is great for boys and girls, which is why we’re seeing it all over the spring collections for kids’ clothes right now. In order to avoid overhearing another toddler commenting that your child’s color choices are “sooo last year” (don’t you hate when that happens?) here are some of our favorite kids’ looks that come in Radiant Orchid. Or similar shades. Because really, you don’t have to walk around with a Pantone Swatch in your pocket when you shop for...Read More
We’re head over smoochable, pudgy heels for these soft and sweet heirloom leather baby moccasins that will make tiny toes look like blingy candy. And our pals at Freshly Picked make baby moccasins in suede and metallics, too, in case you’re a little more low-key. When I was a kid, heirloom meant “your grandmother will kill me if I throw this ugly thing away.” As applied to these amazing, butter-soft moccasins, it means “built to last and look beautiful doing it.” Each pair of baby booties is handmade of durable leather, and made to stay on the sweet feet of...Read More
Getting my kids to wear socks indoors takes some serious convincing on my part. They love being being barefoot regardless of how cold the floor is. But the new animal rival Vs. Socks for kids from Hooray Hoopla have finally given them reason to keep their socks on. We (along with countless celeb kids, if you follow such things) are already big fans of the Vs mittens and now their new collection of socks is taking the battle to the ground with mismatched pairs of owl vs. mouse, lion vs. tiger, and shark vs. penguin. Though that last one makes me a little sad...Read More
I’ve had my eye on a few hot kids’ trends for spring, but the one that caught my eye immediately was ombre dip dye clothes. Maybe it’s because my kids’ clothes are already sort of that way anyway thanks to a bunch of juice spills. (Ha.) I love the way the gradated color saturation transforms a simple piece into something so stylish, and one that won’t look out of style so fast with tie dye always popular for kids. Plus, it just screams warm weather to me, which I think we could all use a dose of right now. Here,...Read More
Are you sick of the cold yet? It’s snowing in the deep south. Pigs are flying. Brrr. So, in our house, instead of dolls or video games, the thing my daughter is begging for at the moment is earmuffs. Kinda sad, but not when mama finds kids’ earmuffs as fabulous as these from the Etsy shop Rainbow Mittens. I love the fluffy and huge pale pink muffs on these (they also come in white, brown or black). And the headband is covered in pretty lace, just for some fancy. Moms, they make them in your size too, in case...Read More
My friend Natalie has a huge smile, bright red hair, and Down syndrome. That means her thigh bones and upper arm bones are a little shorter than the average girl her age, and most pants and shirt sleeves she tries on in a normal retail store are too long. As a result, she often ends up looking a little disheveled, which she hates. She loves to look cute. So I’m pretty sure she’s going to love Downs Designs, a clothing line designed especially for people with bodies like Natalie’s. This fantastic company was started by a sweet grandmother wanting...Read More
If you’re like me, you get pretty sick of the same-old-same-old patterns and themes when it comes to boys’ clothes. That’s why I was thrilled to discover the cool boys’ clothes at Geo Fox Apparel. Made in Los Angeles, Geo Fox is the brainchild of parents Justin and Sarah Fox (hence the name) who prefer something a little edgier for their own two sons, went out and made it. Not a new story, but I’ve found it’s always one of the best when it comes to inspiration. Nothing like two really motivated parents running on a lack of sleep- at...Read More
Growing up in the age of The Official Preppy Handbook, I coveted Izod shirts and monogrammed sweaters. While my mother agreed to the Izods, she argued that a monogrammed sweater was a waste, since we knew no one else with the initials JRW and couldn’t hand it down. As a mother myself now, I can concede that she had a point. But if Match My Monogram (and, uh, the internet) had been around back then, I might have scored someone else’s outgrown JRW-emblazoned sweater. This smart site helps gently used monogrammed items find matching initials in new homes. Just...Read More
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