Tag: baby gifts

New Mountain Buggy MB Mini stroller review: possibly the only stroller you’ll ever need

When I’m out and about with my three kids, the last thing I want to worry about is whether or not my stroller will be able to handle whatever it is we’re doing that day. Will it fit through the doorway at the bank? Will it get stuck in rocks, mud, sand, or snow? Will it fold up easily and fit into our car? I have always been a huge fan of Mountain Buggy strollers, but now I love their strollers even more with this clever new addition. The new MB Mini is a perfect stroller for anyone looking...

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Personalized baby gifts guaranteed to bring the squees

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...

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Bugaboo’s game-changer: the new all-terrain Buffalo stroller

I have always loved Bugaboo strollers. They’re lovely to look at and easy to push. The design is always exceptional and functional. And they’ve got pretty darn good street-cred. But until now, my existence in a city that’s covered in snow for at least half the year has kept my lust in check.   All of a sudden, however, the all-terrain Bugaboo Buffalo stroller has charged onto the stroller scene and I’m ready to forget everything I ever thought I knew about Bugaboo strollers. The Buffalo is everything the Cameleon 3 is, only–in my humble opinion–better. It’s bigger (literally–the seat is higher and...

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Xavier Deneux board books to make babies touch, think, and learn. And probably laugh.

Books make the best baby gifts, especially when you know it’s not a book that the mom has already been showered with 14 times. And now there’s a whole new kind of board book series just launched that’s aiming not only to freshen up the genre, but maybe even reinvent it. Xavier Deneux is a wonderful French illustrator who jumped into the baby book game a few years ago. Now he’s out with TouchThinkLearn: Colors and TouchThinkLearn: Opposites, the pages of which feel more like works of art or interactive sculpture, designed encourage kids to engage with the books in...

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Strong princess gifts for for a modern-day royal baby

Though we are still waiting to hear if the royal baby is a he or a she, we can’t help but help fuel the rumors that it will be a little princess that makes her royal appearance any day now. And because we know in this day and age that princesses are about more than tiaras and ballgowns, we offer up a few baby gift ideas for strong princesses–and knowing Will and Kate and their own amazing parents, we imagine she’d be nothing less. Strong Princess Posters A princess who can save herself while riding her own steed? That’s...

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Affordable, adorable, and organic: not three things you usually can find in a baby gift

Burt’s Bees Baby has gone from making cute little bathtime gift sets you can find at CVS to a serious contender in your baby gift shopping arsenal. Yesterday I got a sneak preview of some of the adorableness coming your way, but there are some gorgeous baby clothes and gifts sets that just launched this week. And I love how affordable they are–especially considering they’re organic. Check out the new arrivals at Burt’s Bees Baby and you’ll see a ton of sweet options for baby gifts that are cute on the website, but even more so in person. I...

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You can finally stop threatening to destroy whoever wakes the baby.

You know how it goes. You spend an hour rocking the baby to sleep, carefully tiptoe to the crib, nail the arm-to-mattress transfer, and slip out the door. You’re home free. You’re almost downstairs to the brownies, wine, and Hannibal. And then some horrible monster comes home and closes a door, and WHAMMO. Tears–until now. The Latchy Catchy is a nifty little device that slips over your doorknobs to ensure that all closing doors are silent, happy, friendly closing doors. It’s thick enough to keep the door tightly shut and fits all door shapes and sizes–even French or lever...

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Snazzy handcrafted baby shoes that really steal the show

If the baby I’m having next month is anything like me, the kid will appreciate a really good pair of shoes. (I’ve already passed that gene onto my daughter, who clamors for any beautiful pair of heels she sees.) I find most people focus on the baby clothes, but adorable shoes really make the outfit. And in the case of this Etsy shop I discovered? That cute romper set from Grandma might go unnoticed if Baby is wearing these. Sorry, Grandma! Warning: Visiting the Ajalor shop on Etsy will either make you want to have another baby stat, or you’ll...

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Big-city baby tees with undeniable urban cool

Having lived in big cities through my entire pre-kids existence, I admit to a pretty intense fondness for designs with an urban edge. So it’s no surprise I fell hard for this creative, city-inspired collection of cool tees for babies (and by proxy, for nostalgic moms). Miki Miette, a small Los Angeles boutique, offers a cute but limited online selection of clothing for newborns to 24 months. Created by a Japanese designer with a fab eye, the clothes offer a mix of both traditional and urban styles. They offer the usual adorable baby wear–like this sweet lavender ruffled outfit...

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A new baby card with seriously awesome sass

Sweet little bundle of joy? Yeah, right. Anyone who’s already a parent knows exactly what’s swaddled in that cozy blanket. I salute our pals at Hello Lucky for telling the truth about that adorable new baby with this stylish card: she’s a tiny little dictator, and you’ll serve her for the next eighteen years at least.  The gorgeous design is letterpress-printed on thick 100% recycled paper and is blank on the inside, which means you have plenty of space to write out your tips for surviving the first few weeks of the tiny dictator’s regime. This card would be...

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It’s summertime…and subscribing is easy.

We want to make your life easier and breezier. And all you have to do is become a Cool Mom Picks subscriber. In addition to all the cool picks, helpful reviews, and fantastic discounts on our regular site, our subscribers can look forward to extra special offers including a monthly subscriber-only giveaway like this gorgeous Deluxe Americana Basket from Culture Baby worth $300! What a great gift for a summer baby, right? Subscribing is easy and free. Just click here, enter your email address in that handy little box, and look forward to a more summery, sunny...

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Take a ride on the Peace Van: hand knitted toys and rattles with purpose

If you’re into peaceful babies and peaceful communities, you’re going to love this sweet collection of hand-knitted rattles and toys that helps artisans in Bangladesh rebuild their lives. The toys and rattles from Kahiniwalla are all hand-knit of 100% cotton by artisans at Hathay Bunano in rural Bangladesh. They’re so fabulous we even included them in our 2013 Baby Shower Gift Guide. The program centers on providing livable working conditions and fair trade wages in rural areas so that women aren’t forced leave their families to work in larger and more dangerous garment facilities. Each piece is carefully designed...

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Geek-tastic babies, your wardrobe awaits.

We discovered the awesome pop culture baby tees and onesies from Austin artist Kayo Master over a year ago, and loved them so much (zomg, that Princess Leia onesie?) that we featured them in our Baby Shower Gift Guide. Since then she’s expanded her line, with some awesome new designs and even some baby gift sets than any geeky mama will swoon for. With Dr. Spock, Captain America, Mr. T, and a huge host of baby Star Wars characters in training (sorry…Star Wars inspired characters) you can find lots of these cool handmade Kayo Master baby clothes at BRIKA...

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Baby gift sets, and how to make them more personal

We’re happy to offer up these baby shower gift ideas on behalf of our sponsor, Munchkin. And don’t miss a huge giveaway below! We admit it: We all want to be the ones at the shower who hand over a gift and get the biggest “awwww…” from the crowd when it’s open. Not that it’s a contest. Still, if you want to put together something extra-special, it’s about putting more thought into the gift than just clicking a box on an online registry. The best part is, you don’t even have to spend a lot of money to do...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool picks like these, daily. 1. Adorable Father’s Day gift idea from the kids. Mostly free. 2. We’re so coveting these shoes! Anyone have a time machine so we can get them? 3. The yummy recipe that would make a great Father’s Day gift. If you don’t eat it yourself. 4. One of our new favorite baby gifts. So cute! 5. 12 of the coolest tech gifts for dads under $50. (No, not an XBox...

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11 great homemade Father’s Day gift ideas: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

There are great gifts for dads, and then there are the great gifts they’ll always remember. This next batch of our 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide series offers up incredibly thoughtful Father’s Day gift ideas with heart and homemade charm. We always love handmade gifts, because there’s no price you can put on thoughtfulness. And these shouldn’t take you all day either. DIY Father’s Day art We totally love this Daddy art which is backed up by your kids’ own watercolors, for something extra special. There are two templates you can download that read DADDY and GRANPA but you could probably...

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Father’s Day gifts for new dads: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

It’s so special shopping for Father’s Day gifts for new dads or dads-to-be. That’s why the next post in our 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide series is just for those lucky fellas. Check out some of these thoughtful ideas in every price range, and let him know just how appreciated he is. Don’t forget the sappy card. (Trust us.) Don’t miss our huge Father’s Day Gift Guide Giveaway! Details below Framed photo of the baby in a dad tattoo onesie No dad can resist a baby wearing his love for dad on his chest, and this onesie does the...

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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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Flying high

Personalized nursery art is one of our favorite baby shower gift ideas, especially when it’s as sweet and affordable as this custom print.   I love this simple little personalized airplane art print which can feature a letter or name on the side–though I love the single initial. It’s a great option when you want something that will look great in a newborn nursery, but won’t be so easily outgrown. –Liz Find the personalized airplane print for kids and lots more very cool art online at Let’s All Make Believe....

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A new baby blanket with a vintage feel

My sister-in-law is about to give birth to my new niece or nephew in just a couple of weeks. Here’s the problem: she’s a new mom and an event planner. So I’m glad to find her one baby gift that I know she doesn’t already have–and will actually appreciate. (No easy task!)         Little Auggie, one of our new favorite online shops, has just the answer in these beautiful baby quilts with a luscious new muted color palette to choose from. Little Auggie’s blankets look delicate, but they are machine washable which makes life as a new parent...

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