Tag: baby gifts

Hilarious new baby cards, because heaven knows new parents need to laugh

When I laugh out loud reading a new baby card, that’s saying something–especially on the floor of the NY International Gift Show where there’s oh, 600 million or so greeting cards. But hey, I should expect no less from CMP fave design studio 9 Spot Monk. Typeset perfectly in the most understated, gentle, letterpress font, these hilarious new baby cards are such a refreshing break from the same old “welcome baby!” They’re sold individually, but personally I’d stock up on about ten, ready for each new baby that comes into our lives in the coming months. Or should I...

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Handmade crib mobiles for those looking for something a little…different

What does it take to get a jaded mother of two excited about baby mobiles? Ninjas, circus animals with mustaches, and angelic pigs, apparently. All handmade, and all so very different. Not to mention customizable. That small, squishy boom? Eh, just my ovaries exploding. Carry on. (But not until you take a peek at these gorgeous squee-worthy works of art.) Pink Cheeks Studio on Etsy is a treasure chest of beautiful, bright, handmade-by-a-mom goodies that add color, cheer and outrageous charm to almost any decor. As I may have mentioned (ha) we’re especially smitten with the utterly adorable handmade...

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Twin sets for babies we love. Because roses are red, onesies are…mustard?

If pink and red are a little too sweet for your taste on Valentine’s Day, try some mustard. As in, these gorgeous mustard and cream organic onesies that feature a hip, understated version of hearts and arrows. So cute for twins! Or a singleton who likes options. The Baby Heart and Arrows Gift Set from eleventyfive on Etsy (don’t you love that name?) is an adorable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day that’s not too cutesy and totally wearable year-round. The set of two 100% organic cotton onesies is hand-printed in Austin, TX using environmentally friendly inks and available up...

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Kiss your feet? Don’t mind if I do.

The only thing cuter than adorable baby feet is adorable baby feet wearing sweet little baby booties. And if you’re planning some Valentine’s Day photo ops, we’ve got the shoes for you. These lovely little Valentines Baby Booties from Good Wishes Quilts on Etsy are cozy and fleecy and ideal for keeping sweet baby feet cozy warm if they’re smaller than 6 months. Each pair is hand-made in red felt and hand-embroidered with a Valentine-appropriate X and 0, but you can also buy them with hearts or snowflakes.  Once your baby’s outgrown them and moved on to big kid...

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The coolest new baby gear: Editors Best of 2012

While our annual guide to the best baby shower gifts is always a smart place to search for the coolest baby gifts and gear, so many fabulous new gear essentials have come out in 2012 that we’re excited to share some of our very favorites. Liz Bloom Zen Stroller When one of our resident stroller experts, Melissa, swears by a stroller I sit up and take note. She called the Bloom Zen “the perfect compromise between an umbrella stroller and a heavy-duty buggy,” with a super easy fold, and compact profile for small spaces. And if you’re not up...

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Your baby’s toasty in that stroller. Shouldn’t you be toasty, too?

I am definitely not one for gimmicky baby and new mom products that you really don’t need. That’s probably why you don’t see a lot of stroller accessories on here, or stuff like the dreaded wipes warmer. (Sorry to those of you who love them.) But in this case, I kind of fell hard for a dandy stroller accessory that I wish I had had when my kiddos were babies. The WarmMuffs from one of our favorite little baby brands, 7 A.M. Enfant, are pretty genius if you live anywhere the temperature likes to drop below 32F. These ultra luxe, fuzzy,...

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A first Christmas gift for baby that you’ll want to snuggle as much as she does

One of my favorite categories on our Holiday Gift Guide this year is first Christmas gifts for babies that are all handmade. Recently we shared an entire selection of great first holiday gifts for baby (lots of handmade goodness there too!) but I also happen to adore this blanket that’s featured on our guide this year. Especially once I realized who made it. Turns out the stunning craftsmanship and design comes from none other than Seven Smooches, makers of gorgeous handmade accessories and clothing all from upcycled fabrics. I discovered them about three years ago when they launched and I love to...

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The best first Christmas and holiday gift ideas for babies and new parents

Seeking out the best first Christmas and holiday gift ideas for babies each year for our holiday gift guide is one of my very favorite parts of the job. With a lot of schmaltz out there, a lot of bad sweaters, and a lot of mass produced trinkets oddly labeled “keepsakes,” we take this category very seriously! So we’re happy that our sponsor, Cardstore.com, has asked us to share some of our very favorite special gift ideas for babies. (After all, they know a liiiittle something about holidays too, if you check their amazing selection of cards online.) Here...

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Irresistible nursery decor that has us swooning (and snuggling)

With winter upon us and a chill in the air, warm, snuggly blankets, soft pillows and cuddly toys are officially a hot commodity in our house–the cuter, the better. Betcha you and yours will be smitten with this adorable, sunny-bright nursery collection as much as we are. Snuggle up. Introducing Sunday In Color, a brand new online store dedicated to colorful children’s decor and toys. They carry the sweetest selection of baby blankets and cushions. I’m in love with the bold, fun colors and patterns in each blanket and pillow from Petit Pan sold here–can you think of a better...

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Count us in: BabyLit scores with a spooky number book

Jennifer Adams and Allison Oliver hooked us with their beautiful BabyLit counting and color board books based on classic literature like Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre. They’ve done it again–this time, with a counting Count Dracula. Little Master Stoker’s Dracula is a very different counting count, spookier than the snuggly number-maestro of Sesame Street, and perfect for Halloween. Just a little bit dark (think semisweet chocolate), and just as modern and pretty as the other books in the BabyLit family, Dracula uses imagery from Bram Stoker’s original Dracula tale to teach counting from one to ten. The illustrations are atmospheric and...

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My Prudent Advice? This mother-daughter keepsake is a keeper

Looking for a shower gift for a baby girl? Something that is original, meaningful, and will never, ever go out of style? I’ve got just the thing. And I’m calling dibs on gifting it at every baby-girl shower I ever attend. Jaime Morrison Curtis has created a stunning keepsake journal to be passed down from mother to daughter. My Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Daughter is inspiring, thoughtful, and simply creative.  Jaime is the founding editor of Prudent Baby, a site that encourages even the least craftiest among us (read: me!) to go out and make some awesome happen.  Not surprisingly, her journal...

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These booties are made for gawking (and raising money for breast cancer research)

Listen up, partner. Even though they’re cute as the dickens, those baby toes must go under wraps in this colder weather. And if you’re going to cover those sweet things up, you might as well do it with something just as adorable, like these soft handmade booties. .  The crocheted, pink-and-black Chloe Cowboy Booties would make a great baby gift for your country-music-loving friend, or even the urbanite who loves the look of classic cowboy-boot style on teeny-tiny feet. I love that these booties know how to kick a little butt, too–each pair purchased raises $10 for Rethink Breast Cancer. Yee-haw!...

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Stylin’ new nursery decor and crib bedding from Skip Hop? Yes, please!

Cool Mom Picks is a huge fan of the mom-and-pop created label Skip Hop. Back in March we announced that they’re offering adorable nursery decor and crib bedding.  And the news just gets better: Skip Hop has expanded its nursery line, with gorgeous designs that have us smitten. Get schooled in style with the Alphabet Zoo nursery set. Your babe will be at the top of the class (ha) with this modern alphabet print. Skip Hop, you had us at birdies–but not in a Portlandia kinda way. Seriously, their take on our feathered friends in the Springtime Birdies nursery bedding...

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A hand-painted, multicultural mobile babies (and grownups) will love

My favorite kind of mobile isn’t my cell phone. I love hanging mobiles. What’s not to love? They’re moving pieces of art, transformed by light, wind, and perspective. And I’ve just found a real beauty that you might love as much as your baby. Why should they have all the fun? I totally adore this beautiful handmade baby mobile from Little Edie. Becky Brisco is the talented artist behind the shop. Her multicultural mobile is a fantastic way to introduce your child to the beauty of diversity. All of the faces are hand-painted so each mobile is completely unique–just like us. The...

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We’ve got the buzz on a sweet new line by Burt’s Bees

We’re used to slathering our babies in products from Burt’s Bees, but now you can dress your baby in them, too.  Sweet! [Don’t miss a great giveaway and discount code after the jump!] The new Burt’s Bees Baby line includes a complete layette in sizes preemie through 9 months for your sweetest little honeybee. From cozy elf caps and onesies to footie-pajamas and tees, you can expect supersoft 100% organic pima cotton in muted hues with minimalistic but natural designs.  I love the soft beige stripes and sleepy pastels–and the adorable bee graphic. And I’ve tried those darling little...

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Gorgeous quilts that look great beyond the nursery

One of my most favorite items is a quilt made by my great-grandmother, handed down to me by my grandmother. There is something so special and meaningful about a handmade quilt, although quilting for most people seems like a talent reserved for other people. I feel like every nursery should have a pretty quilt on hand. Barbara Perrino of BPerrino Quilts creates modern baby quilts at a price worth celebrating. All of her lovely quilts and quilted pillow covers are designed, cut and pieced one at a time. You can use these quilts as extra bedding or to just...

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A bib that’s less bib and more boho

Babies drool. My oldest was so good at it that every outfit was always drenched. If your pint-sized, drooly hipster needs something a bit cooler and less traditional than a regular bib the Bobobib might be your speed. Bobobib looks like a perfectly tied bandanna, but nifty velcro does all of the work for you in back. And unlike a bandana, Bobobib is truly absorbent and practical to boot and all made in the USA. The organic cotton fabric is super soft, and the 20+ patterns are all really funky and fun. I am partial to Her Cruisers, the...

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The baby girl gift that warrants an extra-nice thank you note

My favorite baby girl outfits were ones that could be worn for a fun little playdate or a special day out with just a simple change of shoes. And that’s exactly why I love this adorable tunic and leggings combo from Cool Mom Picks fave Bean New York. [don’t miss a limited time discount for CMP readers after the jump NOW EXTENDED] Maybe because it reminds me of what I brought all my kids home in; but this simple, beautiful, pebble knitted swing baby tunic and leggings outfit is the perfect addition to any little one’s fall wardrobe and a...

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Bloom’s new crib bedding – A reason to let your kids have lollipops in bed

The new Lollipop crib bedding sets from Bloom are mod, cool and have a luxe 300 thread count, which is exactly what you’d expect from the company that produces such baby gems as the new eye-popping Zen Stroller and the luxury Fresco High Chair. When it comes to fusing amazing design with amazing functionality for the little ones, Bloom is in the major leagues. Their new Lollipop crib bedding set is soft, eco-conscious and way easy on the eyes. The collection of retro-looking bedding is made with super-soft 100% cotton. There’s a pair of fitted sheets for $55 and I...

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If Wonder Woman opened an Etsy store

Judging by the awesomely geeky baby goods in this chic boutique, I would wager that Wonder Woman’s sewing machine isn’t as invisible as her jet. Whether you need to burp, wipe, snuggle, or celebrate your little Loki, this is the source of some super baby gear for fans of comic books, video games, and, of course, Star Wars. The Spry Sprout shop on Etsy bills itself as “a unique geek kid boutique”, and that just about covers it. Baltimore mom Miranda makes each piece by hand using some of the coolest geeky fabrics we’ve ever seen.  Star Wars, Avengers,...

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