Looking Smart

I admit to being a bit skeptical when it comes to all these baby products that promote early learning. Is it really necessary to label a baby spoon and bowl with words and pictures?

Pregnant and Polished

Like there aren’t enough things you have to give up when you’re pregnant (sushi, Pinot Noir, catcalls from construction workers) now people are getting all waffle-y on nailpolish. Excuse me, but give up my weekend pedicures? Not happening.

Felt Up

We’ve done our best here at Cool Mom Picks to highlight fantastic alternatives to typical baby hair clips. But what we’ve discovered is that when your kid actually gets enough hair for real accessories, it’s as though the designers just take all the creepy infant hair bows and just make them bigger.

The Art of Ka-Ching

Back when I was in middle school, I would put scotch tape around my lunch money change and cram it in my front pocket. Today, pre-teens, tweens and teens sport more cash than some island nations do. I say that kind of cold hard cabbage deserves to be wrapped up in some cool art.

I’m in Luv With a Sunscreen

There’s nothing like a beach day with two kids: The sun. The sand. The 30-minute suncreen battle.It’s almost enough to make me forego the beach and just skip to the ice cream. But sincediscoveringKINeSYS I have a newfound love.

Born With a Silver Rattle in His Hand

I never really got the expensive silver rattle thing until I had kids (like everything else, right?) and my dear friend gave me the kind that come in the pretty blue box. Either my kid has extremely expensive taste or he just knows a good thing when he hears it, but that rattle is all but glued to his hand.

We’re Gonna Zoom, Zoom, Zooma Zoom

In theory, I appreciate the heroic intentions of the diaper clutch — saving moms everywhere from gigantic diaper bags. But let’s face it, they’re not made for quick access, nor do they provide you for much space for your own personal items.

Monster Repellent

I’ve tried all sorts of tricks to convince my girls that monsters do not inhabit their rooms. I even resorted to logic at one point, to no avail. Silly me for even trying such a longshot.

Pearls for the Not-So-Into-Pearls Set

I’ve never been the Grace Kelly type, although I certainly admired her style. I just couldn’t pull off a pearl choker over a cashmere twin set without looking like I was in a costume. But boy do I like pearls.