Category: Toys + Other Playthings

A baby gift that’s adorable, organic, and only $15. For real.

The perfect stuffed animal I want snuggling up against my kids’ face at night? Soft, cuddly, machine-washable, and made of safe, organic fabric. And it’d be nice if it didn’t cost a small fortune, so I wouldn’t mind my kids drooling on it in their sleep. Target located! Check out how this cute kid-stuff company is repurposing the scraps from their soft and safe baby clothing to create precious loveys at a price that makes me love ’em even more. Under the Nile’s adorable Scrappy Dogs are the cutest little hounds, all dressed up in 100% Egyptian organic cotton scraps that...

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Hopscotch mat: fab indoor fun for rainy spring days

We’ve been having what feels like a particularly cold and wet spring in my neck of the woods. Which means we’ve been spending a lot of afternoons rushing home from school in the rain and then pulling our hair coming up with fun new indoor activities. But now I have a mighty excellent idea for our next rainy day. This sweet hopscotch mat by Etsy store CoolSpacesForKids fits the rainy afterschool bill perfectly. It’s simple, cute, easy to use, and easy to store. And I love that it offers a controlled way to keep kids active without tearing apart the house....

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It’s a chair! It’s a dollhouse! It’s genius!

Welcome to our home full of teeny kids’ chairs that are good for one thing. Or two if you count tripping over them. But these cool handmade chairs from CMP-fave Paloma’s Nest are good for three, or more. Just when I thought we were done with kids’ furniture, I spy the amazing Children’s Chair from Paloma’s Nest that actually doubles as a doll house. Or “colonial house” to be specific. Unless you prefer the Victorian House chair. So genius, right? They can sit and then play underneath, or play while someone else is sitting, or… you get the idea....

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Cooper and Kid: an “awesome box” just for dads.

It was inevitable that with the proliferation of monthly boxes for moms, that someone would come along with a version for dads. And we’re pleased to see it has nothing to do with “reminding” dads that they are incapable of cooking or changing diapers; but rather, it’s about dads who like to play with their kids. Shocker, right?     The stunningly designed and conceived Cooper and Kid box is jam packed with $65 worth of fun–which had honestly be a whole lot of fun at that price point. Still, it seems to give you your money’s worth in...

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Introducing the 2013 Cool Mom Picks Baby Shower Gift Guide!

Yes we’re tired, but more than that, we’re so excited! After endless hours scouring the web just for you, we’re ready to present our biggest, best annual Cool Mom Picks Baby Shower Gift Guide yet, chock full of more than 150 of the coolest baby gifts for expectant and new parents, and of course, their adorable babies. Whether you’re looking for personalized baby gifts, baby registry essentials, baby gifts for dads, special keepsakes, or that one super special thing that will make everyone at the baby shower go oooooh–well, we hope we can help. Plus? Discount codes galore.   ...

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A Passover gift to keep kids from bogarting the matzoh

Passover is creeping up on us before we know it (quick! Buy matzoh before it’s all gone from the supermarket!) and while it’s not really the giftiest of holidays, I’m loving this sweet handmade toy set that can get little ones through a seder with minimal fussing.   The Passover peg dolls are lovely little handmade wooden dolls that represent Moses, Pharoah, and those ever-lovin’ 10 plagues in an appropriately un-gruesome way to help bring the story to life. There are also 3 random “Israelites” (dying to turn one into Leo G Carrol as Dathan), plus a clever tent...

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This Waldorf rainbow toy just needs a pot of gold

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and that means it’s time to put green food coloring in the pancakes, the mashed potatoes, and the toilet. What, your leprechauns don’t tinkle in the potty as they hunt for gold? But if you’d like a pretty, sturdy, and long-lasting rainbow to celebrate the sweeter part of the leprechaun myth, we think this toy is worth its weight in gold. This Waldorf-style homemade rainbow stacking toy from Apple n Amos on Etsy will bring smiles long after the leprechauns have fled. Handcut of hardwood, hand-sanded, painted with non-toxic soy-based paint, and sealed with a...

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Cuddly plush Easter Peeps: still pretty sweet

While I’ve been known to consume a whole flock of marshmallowy Peeps in one sitting, I’m not as eager to see what happens to my kids when they’re all hopped up on the sugary treats. So this Easter, I think I’ll tuck a different kind of Peep treat in their Easter baskets. Like body doubles for “real” Peeps, the plush Peep Chicks and Bunnies come packaged in a little yellow box, in four Eastery pastel colors. And it’s nice to know that when my kids clutch one in their hands, they won’t get sugar all over their fingers.  These...

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InPieces puts LEGOs in the most unlikely places. (No, not under your feet.)

If you’re a LEGO fan, a fine art photography fan, a kid, or just a cool adult (which, of course you are) you’re going to flip over this exhibit.   Nathan Sawaya, an inspiring LEGO sculptor, has put his talents together with those of photographer Dean West to create the InPieces Collection currently on display at New York’s OPENHOUSE gallery. And wow, is it cool. Look closely at the photos, and you just may catch a dog, a beach flip-flop, an umbrella, a fluffy white cloud, or even an entire red gown on a woman made out of LEGOs,...

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What if LEGO pieces were made of wood?

It’s hard to imagine a world without little plastic bricks, especially if you have a kid who’s obsessed. But what if LEGO were made of wood? The cool part is that they actually exist. And they’re compatible with the original bricks too. Japanese firm Mokurokku has created a line of all-natural Mokulock bricks made of woods like maple and birch that turn building blocks into an art form. Each package costs $31 US and includes fifty wooden LEGO bricks. The details (which are in Japanese) mention that some warping may occur due to heat and humidity–so keep them off...

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