Category: Kids

Toys that make beautiful music

Once kids are past the age of banging on an overturned pot and wooden spoon,they can now move onto something more melodious than a simple percussion instrument. And while their fingers may not yet be big enough to tickle the ivories, they can make some beautiful music with this new and very cool toy from one of our favorite little toy companies,  B. Toys. The Symphony in B. Orchestra puts a mini orchestra into the hands of your little musician, and it is one of those toys that is so neat, I find myself playing with it all the...

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More bathing suits for little girls that are big on style, not skin

I’m so happy to know that our recent post on appropriate swimsuits for little girls was so well-received! Also glad to know it’s not just us that’s thinking our girls can still be girls for a good while longer–there’s plenty of time later for those teeny bikinis (gulp). So here’s another adorable option for you, which I fell in love with when I saw it on my niece this past weekend. Thanks to my sister-in-law, I’m so happy to have discovered this boy short tankini for girls at Garnet-Hill. I could not stop shrieking about how cute her 5...

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How to get your kid ready for kindergarten. And it’s fun.

Though I know some eager young children who are excited to begin their kindergarten adventure, not one of them wants to be doing flashcard drills and workbooks on a summer’s day. Which is why I love the adorable and smart monthly subscription box o’ treats from CMP favorite Education.com that disguises learning as play, and insures that you have something on hand the second I’m bored escapes their lips. {unfortunately, Wonderbox is no longer in production} Education.com’s Wonder Box* joins the growing category of monthly gift subscriptions for kids, though the treats found inside this box are all designed to help build...

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Indian Summer

With summer here, we are seeing a lot of bright colors, fun patterns and soft textures in baby and children’s clothes. Perfect–because even kids dressed like little fashion models want to be comfortable. One awesome shop that has stylish options for your children is Masala Baby. They’ve grown a lot since Cool Mom Picks first found them a few years ago! Their current line caters to ages 3 months to 10 years which is great for those hard-to-shop-for tweens. And now they’ve expanded to dresses, tunics, skirts, and hoodies, and while they’re stronger for girls, they have more wearable...

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4 awesome kids’ books about food, with recipes that make them even better

Pairing food and wine is an art. Pairing food and music is a new trend. Pairing food with a good food book: It’s one of the best ways to get kids excited about eating–even foods that they’re not normally excited about eating. In honor of the bounty of summer, I’ve gathered a collection of books about farm-fresh fruits and veggies for my kids. Check out four of my favorite picks and, if you really want to rev up your little one’s appetite, pair your summer reading with a fresh and easy recipe. Suggested pairings included, of course! -Stacie Blueberries...

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Goody bag gift ideas for kids: ready-made crafty party packs

I haven’t thrown that many birthday parties for my kids and it’s like I’m already out of goody bag gift ideas. It might be easier if you have a theme in mind–wands and a spell book for a Harry Potter Party, a toy boat for a sailboat themed party–but how about when you just want the kids to have something that they’ll enjoy. And uh, that their parents won’t think of as, “oh good. More junk around the house.” Well now there’s just the thing–crafty, eco-friendly, totally fun, and they’re affordable too. CMP favorite Kiwi Crate has recently launched...

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Board shorts for boys go Japanese pop

I’m a sucker for Harajuku-inspired goodness. The colors are so fun, the designs are loud and perfect for kids who are confident and love standing out. Which is all of them in my house. And now there’s a new line of awesome clothes that do all of the above. [we’ve got an exclusive discount after the jump!] Mom-run business, Little Z Kids is a previous pick of ours, and they hit a home run with the new Japanese Pop line. You’ll find monsters (cute ones), and candy, and superheroes, just as you might expect from a Japanese Pop line. You...

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An alphabet book for your little road warrior

The very first word my son ever spelled was S-T-O-P, which is not surprising given how many hours he spent accompanying his older sisters to their many activities. If you also have a little road warrior who’s more interested in street signs than a DVD player, you’ll want to take this unique new alphabet book out for a spin.< Backseat A-B-See is a simple ABC book for beginner readers or kids who just like looking at the bold graphics, and then exclaiming when they see the same signs whizzing by the windows. Street sign graphics really pop as they...

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Ideas for a child’s birthday party? How about some all in one place

Looking for ideas for a child’s birthday party can be both fun– and stressful. When my kids were younger, I confess, I went a little overboard with over-the-top parties causing me to collapse with exhaustion. As I learned, it can be a lot simpler. And just as fun. Here’s one shop that helps you with both. Dollyrockets, a shop based out of New Zealand (but which offers USD pricing), is designed for busy parents who need a simple plan for the perfect party. Their collections allow you to create your own stylish party that looks different than every other...

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Mini vintage rag dolls that inspire huge love

When I brought home a Best Pals rag doll for my youngest daughter, I had no idea it would end up becoming one of her very favorite of many (many) dolls an stuffed animals. I mean, clearly I loved the simplicity of the design and the wonderful backstory behind its creation, but I was thrilled to know it doesn’t take batteries or “real chewing action!” to make a kid happy these days. Now the Best Pals have new mini versions, and they’re just adorable. If your daughter is going off to camp or kindergarten for the first time and needs...

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