For years now, stripes have been a hot trend–on clothes, on bags, on shoes and just about anything that can be striped. So it’s only fitting that the brand new Hanna Anderssson Bright Baby Basics collection launching today is all about stripes, a nod to their Swedish roots. Inspired by the very first Hanna Andersson catalogs and the Swedish tradition of, well, babies wearing stripes, the Bright Baby Basics collection features organic onesies, comfy cotton baby pants and matching accessories in vibrant gender-neutral primary colors, as well as a classic light blue and pink. Made from...Read More
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I’ve said before that a quilt is the perfect baby gift. That said, all families are different and all blankets are not created equal. That sweet pastel quilt you fell hard for might not work for your funkier friends–you know, the ones who actually dare to keep all their restored mid-century furniture with children. (At least for now.) Enter the gorgeous handmade modern baby quilts from Nashville-based Twiggy and Opal, which I’m betting will be a hit with the mod crowd. Shop owner Jayne Willis makes every piece by hand, letting her instinct guide her style decisions as her inspiration pours in from her own children. At first glance...Read More
aden + anais + (RED): The brand new baby gifts that give gifts to babies around the world who need it most.
When it comes to charities helping moms and babies, I’m crazy supportive of (RED), a division of The ONE Campaign. Actually, we all are around here. Over the years, they’ve raised millions to bring life-saving anti-retroviral drugs to HIV+ moms and their babies in still-developing regions. It’s amazing work, really, and they keep adding fantastic brand partners from tech companies like Apple and Mophie to Bugaboo. But their newest collaboration might be one of our favorites—burp clothes and swaddle blankets they’ve developed with the wonderful folks at aden + anais. Ooh, we’re seriously excited about these. The aden + anais (PRODUCT)RED swaddles, dream blankets,...Read More
They aren’t as sly as a fox, as wise as an owl, or as puffy as a hedgehog, but the unassuming sloth is poised to be the next big thing for kids, as Liz and I noticed as we toured Toy Fair earlier this year. These slow-moving, surprisingly adorable creatures even have their own week dedicated to them, with Sloth Week 2014 beginning today, June 20 so you and the kids can view online videos and sloth-related TV programming on Animal Planet all week long. (Kind of the kinder, gentler alternative to Shark Week.) If you too want to surround yourself or your kids with all things sloth,...Read More
Never underestimate the investment in a good blankie. I am a grown woman who still sleeps with one every night, even though I have to endure from my husband’s endless teasing. And the organic baby blankets from the aptly named Organic Quilt Company can get new babies started off on the right foot with some amazingly gorgeous options. From modern and simple to bohemian and sweet, each design from this Montreal-based company features warm, rich colors and whimsical patterns that suit nearly any taste. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, no worries: you can request a custom design....Read More
The dreamy new collection of kid stuff from luxury home decor brand Pyar & Co is perfect for design-conscious moms who want their kids’ home accessories to be durable, playful and homemade. The Lil’ Pyar collection melds ultra-yummy fabrics made from natural materials, happy (but not garish) colors, and modern graphic elements for a small line of Pinterest-worthy home goodies. The standout from the collection tome is the Kitab Pouf, which is handmade from recycled canvas and adorned with letters that are hand-painted–a far cry from those mass produced poufs that seeming to be poufing up everywhere. I...Read More
When we heard that one of our favorite design bloggers, Joy Cho, was launching the Oh Joy for Land of Nod baby collection, we seriously couldn’t wait to get a look at it. All of her design collaborations have been terrific and we figured this one would be both terrific–and affordable. And so it is. Well, not like thrift shop affordable, but definitely in the realm of baby gifts that people outside the 90210 can afford. Starting today, you’ll find cute, colorful, playful baby gifts with modern touches from artwork to bedding and decor. Even three fun patterns of an elephant...Read More
I’ve been a devotee of swaddle blankets for babies from day one, and five months in with Baby #3, we are still using our aden + anais muslin swaddle blanket for every daytime and nighttime snooze. And now that aden + anais has partnered with Zutano, another favorite baby brand of ours, I want to use these new, beautiful designs forever. You can still swaddle a three-year-old, right? The Zutano “Just for aden” by aden + anais collection is a colorful departure from the neutral and calming tones that we’re accustomed to from the aden line. Zutano’s bright colors and whimsical patterns like owls...Read More
There is nothing sweeter than a new baby, swaddled up like a little burrito. Especially if it gets the kid to sleep at last. (You know what I mean.) Not surprisingly, the baby swaddling blanket market is heavy on patterns of precious teddy bears and rubber duckies, so I’m happy to find swaddlers for modern mamas in the market for something a little different. There is hope out there for those of us interested in baby gifts that are more chic than cutesy. Etsy’s Wren & Rumor shop has baby blankets in amazing fabrics that have turned our...Read More
More and more, we’re seeing a move away from yellow for “surprise” babies, and toward beautiful heather grays and rich charcoals. Paired with white, it’s a little less severe than black and can be and incredibly stylish on either a boy or a girl. Plus, you can pair this gender neutral palette with accessories of any color, should you want a pale pink blanket, for example, to tip off admirers that that bald little baby head does, in fact, belong to a girl. On behalf of our partner Nordstrom, and their Little Me collection of very affordable baby basics,...Read More
Hi Cool Mom Picks! I’m looking for some cute gender neutral crib bedding ideas for my surprise baby who will be here soon. I like modern design and bold patterns but I’m open to other ideas. Can you help? Thanks, Julie First of all, congrats Julie! And yes we can definitely help in the gender neutral crib bedding department. Here are just a few ideas I love right now–modern, playful, and 100% pastel-free in a variety of color ranges that work for any kid at all. Hope one is just right for you and your style. 1.YELLOW CRIB...Read More
Yeah, they’re too young for chocolate hearts. But if you’re the sentimental type like me, Valentine gifts for babies aren’t entirely out of the question. Here are some ridiculously cute ideas. Bonus: You won’t mind having these items around for a long time after February has come and gone. 1. Baby hat with tattooed heart Since it’ll be a while before he can scrawl an “I Love You” card of his own, let him wear his heart on his sleeve — or head — this Valentine’s Day with this super-cute, crocheted winter hat with a tattoo-style MOM on the...Read More
Web Coolness: Trapeze kids, Pentatonix on Sesame Street (yay!), and snowflake photos that will leave you speechless
Happy Friday! Each week we share some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you like them too. Must pre-order: We can’t wait to browse Playful by Merrilee Liddiard. Don’t you love the page shown at top? Must follow: The Design Brooklyn tumblr is packed full of Brooklyn coolness. Must watch: Our kids are obsessed with this cool band that uses no instruments. Check out this video featuring Pentatonix as the musical guest on Sesame Street next Friday. Must buy: Awesome alternative to Valentine’s Day jewelry for a digital sweetheart. Must See: incredible photos of snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov. Wow. Must read: What...Read More
Organic swaddle blankets from Aden + Anais join with the The Honest Co., and babies everywhere fall to sleep in style
We were wrapping our wee babes in Aden + Anais’ soft muslin swaddle blankets long before today’s babies were even a twinkle in their fathers’ eyes. But, for today’s lucky kids, Aden + Anais has partnered with another one of our favorites baby brands, The Honest Company, to develop an exclusive collection of organic swaddle blankets that are ready to put your baby to sleep and here’s a first look at them. Aden + Anais’ Up in the Air boxed set of three swaddlers features gentle designs in non-toxic, low-impact dyes that will have your baby dreaming about stars,...Read More
It’s been a while since I found handmade modern nursery decor and crib bedding that made me yearn (almost) for an opportunity to redecorate a nursery, and I’ve definitely found it with the Ivie Baby Etsy Shop. You can choose from tons of modern designs. I think what I like best is how they’re all gender-neutral and free from baby room clichés; no ballerinas, no airplanes, no bunny rabbits. Those graphic grey and white crib sheets or lime green pillows are perfect for any baby who gets to spend those early months amidst a modern nursery — and are...Read More
A lot of great new baby gear was born in 2013 and, though we hate to play favorites, we have 9 picks that deserve special mention for being extra-cool, innovative, practical, and helping make life with baby a little bit easier. Maybe even more stylish. Even if you’re working on only two hours of sleep and the idea of matching your diaper bag to your stroller is wayyyy down on the list of priorities. Kinderwagon Hop Double Stroller We waited a long time for the widespread release of this lightweight and narrow double stroller since we...Read More
Winter is just around the corner whether we like it or not, and with the chilly weather comes all of those extra layers for baby (and the extra hours to get out the door!). When it comes to combining style with warmth for the littlest ones, no one does it better than 7 A.M. Enfant, easily the BMW of stroller blankets. And their newest offering injects some serious style into your baby’s winter getup. I love the new chevron-striped B212 Evolution stroller blanket and not just for its great looks. The original B212 Evolution won a stroller-blanket smackdown I did a few winters...Read More
You know we love swaddling. And you know our favorite swaddlers (and the ones used by the future king of England) are by Aden + Anais. But did you know they now make a super cozy sleeping bag for cooler nights that lets you prolong the painful switch from nighttime swaddling to kick-offable blankets? Emphasis on the word cozy. The new Cozy Plus Sleeping Bag by Aden + Anais is the warmest sleeping bag in their line and will keep baby snoozing sweetly. The cotton muslin shell is lightly padded with cushiony polyester fill, perfect for temps around 60...Read More
Every time I get to review a product intended for a tiny baby, my heart skips a beat. I love tiny babies. I really do. And though my three are much more than enough for me, I still get wistful when a great baby product comes to my door. Especially when it’s something new by a CMP fave like Ergobaby. The new Ergobaby Swaddler is a lovely addition to the product line of a company that has been calming babies for years. And just like their celebrated carriers, this swaddler aims to keep babies’ hips and legs in a proper...Read More
If you’re looking for a baby gift that’s going to stand out from the other baby gifts–in more ways than one–we think we’ve found one that’s perfect. And perfectly adorable. The personalized name baby leggings from Jennifer Ann are so beautifully designed. We’ve seen similar and they always look a little…wonky. But these? Wow. Made from 100% organic cotton right in the USA, each pair is entirely handsewn to order. The printing quality is really beautiful, and I love both the script and the block type fonts–and the number of color choices. You can even get a matching personalized baby...Read More
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