As a first-time pregnant lady, I’ve been dreaming up color schemes for a nursery for oh, the past 5 months or so. And with my recent gender reveal party (it’s a boy!), I’m now even closer to honing in on colors, patterns, and styles for my baby’s room. And one thing I’m really on the lookout for is a bright, fun, friendly mobile. Which is why I was so excited to find these really cool DIY mobile kits on Etsy that let you create the perfect mobile for your baby’s nursery. None of these seem to require too much skill, and they all look amazing....Read More
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Adorable knit bunny, deer and unicorn winter hats for babies from Oeuf NYC. Because, of course you need this.
When you find a gift as adorable as these handknit animal hoodies and winter hats for babies from Oeuf (pronounced uh-f, it’s French for “egg”), I think it’s completely appropriate to ditch any baby gift registry suggestions and go rogue instead. I mean, what friend could blame you for skipping the bottle cleaner when these are an option? These knit hats and hoodies are hilariously charming and sweet, with a whimsical sense of modern style to them. Seriously, buy the unicorn hat instead of the diaper pail liners. You won’t regret it. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: The Baby Registry Essentials...Read More
We’re in love with these Rookie Humans crib sheets for amazing naptime instagrams without all the effort.
If you follow the magical baby portraits at Wengenn in Wonderland or the instagram glory of Laura Izumikawa, you know that naptime photography is no joke. I’m mesmerized by the way these moms create whimsical worlds for their babies and keep them peacefully sleeping long enough to capture the moment on film. But for others, like me, who may not have the same level of imagination, skill, and ahem, patience, to pull off these elaborate scenes, there’s now an amazing easy alternative. Rookie Humans creates photo-ready crib sheets that frame babies in the cutest way possible, without all that work. Even if you’re not the...Read More
As a parent, your head banging days may be over. And at five months pregnant, mine are coming to an end pretty soon. In fact, lately I’ve been spending much more time agonizing over the perfect lullaby playlist than attending music festivals or buying backstage passes to my favorite local bands. But it doesn’t mean I don’t miss it. Which is why I was stoked to discover Daphyl’s new (and growing) line of rock n’ roll-inspired strollers, sippy cups, and plush toys that really gives a new meaning to classic baby gear. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Chatting with Lisa Loeb...Read More
October is my favorite month, because: hot cider, changing leaves, and sweater weather. And let’s go ahead and add International Babywearing Month to that list of loves too. As a new mom, I had plenty of unwelcome advice from strangers to not “spoil” my babies by holding them too much (which, if you were wondering, is not a real thing), but I just let that roll right off my back. Keeping them close to me was a huge comfort to us both, and sometimes, even now, I miss those months of snuggling all day long. So, in honor of babywearers everywhere, we...Read More
Dan Yaccarino’s Happyland board books help our kids understand worry, gratitude and sharing. You know, the easy stuff.
If you’ve ever had this tune stuck in your head, “We’ve got the whole wide world in our yard to explore…”, you can thank Dan Yaccarino. He designed Pablo, Uniqua and the rest of the Backyardigans crew, and he’s also the creator of the adorable show Oswald. Best of all, he’s been a huge help to our kids in developing their imaginations and learning how to work well with others. With his new Happyland board books series, he’s aiming to teach children about social-emotional aspects of growing up — and, in our opinion, he nails it. We can only hope there are more books to...Read More
Who says first-time moms need all the stuff? Even BTDT second-time around moms who have saved a bunch of their favorite items, could still use some new gear and gifts for second babies that make their life much easier. Especially if there’s a good spread between kids because wow, gifts for new moms just get better and better by the minute! So we’re so excited to put together this next installment of our Baby Registry Essentials Guide series on behalf of our partner, Gugu Guru, a smart online baby registry — which is truly a life saver for even second-time (or third or fourth-time, ahem) moms. You can find all...Read More
Since becoming pregnant with my first child, I’m trying to absorb all the advice, dos and don’ts of taking care of a baby before I have the baby. (Fortunately, working with all the moms at Cool Mom Picks is a huge help!) One of the things I didn’t actually know is that blankets and stuffed animals in the crib are a no-no, so I’ve been researching the cutest sleep sacks for babies and toddlers. I’m looking for something snuggly, safe, and also easy for parents to use, because sleepless nights require all things easy. (Am I right, BTDT parents?) Thankfully, I’ve found some seriously adorable sleep...Read More
After 11 years of parenting, I’m a pretty big believer in not buying baby gear that doesn’t grow with your child. That means floor mats dedicated exclusively to, say, tummy time isn’t at the top of my priority list. (As cute as they may be.) Instead, I’d throw down any clean blanket — or bath towel, if I’m being honest — and call it a day. But then I found the new Bliss round blanket from Little Giraffe, which is so perfect for playtime and, yes, tummy time. I think the cool, modern design is pretty enough that parents will want to use it long after their baby has...Read More
Every good baby deserves donuts and ice cream and Oreos… at least in the form of adorable silicone teethers. Not only are they so delicious, you just want to gobble them up (the teethers, not the babies), they’re also super safe and carefully constructed. That’s one less thing to worry about. Oh, and the donuts contain no trans fats. Heh. Related: Teething toys so beautiful, they’re like your baby’s first accessory. The teethers, which we found at Spearmint Love, are made of 100% food grade silicone and can be chilled for added relief while teething. The ones that come with...Read More
I never used a white noise machine with any of my kids when they were babies, which may explain why they were such terrible nappers. Compare that to my friends, who’d come over for dinner and board games with their babies in tow. Their kids slept soundly in our room with a white noise machine running, while we hung out in the next room. Traveling with a plug-in white noise machine is clunky, though, so I’m happy to discover the SoundBub. This adorable white noise machine is now at the top of my baby shower gift ideas list. For parents who are on-the-go...Read More
Now your baby’s bottom can get political this election season with these limited edition Honest election diapers that are eco-friendly and bipartisan-friendly, too. (Great for split households.) Related: Get political with these new TOMS shoes We’ve been longtime fans of Honest diapers and not just because we have a girl crush on Jessica Alba (who doesn’t, seriously?). Not only are they freaking cute, they’re made from sustainable, plant-based materials, without chlorine processing or additives, but still keep babies dry. Not included, however, is the Sharpie. To make them your own DIY partisan diapers, of course. Heh. You can order the Honest election diapers...Read More
We’re so excited to share our own favorite baby registry nursery must-haves as part of our ongoing Baby Registry Essentials Guide series, which we’re bringing to you thanks to our partner, Gugu Guru. Some of our picks we bet you’ve seen (or maybe recommended yourself!), some of them are definitely worth a look if they’re new to you. You will find all of our nursery must-haves right on the Gugu Guru site where you can easily add them (or anything on the web at all) to your baby registry there with a single click. It’s seriously a lifesaver for expectant parents, with completely custom product recommendations that they offer you based...Read More
My younger kids usually need a little one-on-one time to decompress after school, and one of our favorite ways to do this is reading together. After a few minutes in my lap, they’re ready to go play again. But, I have to admit, I’d much rather read a cool indie book like Carson Ellis’ Home than anything Dora or Clifford or, heaven help us, Caillou. I think it’s hard to find artfully designed board books for preschoolers — although we do love Cozy Classics and BabyLit — but the new board book for kids, Air by Kyla Ryman with beautiful cut-paper illustrations by Nathalie Trovato, is now right up...Read More
Ahh, the breast pump. Not the most glamorous part of new motherhood. But for many of us, it’s a necessity. Whether you’re just pumping and freezing so your partner can take the midnight feedings or you’re headed back to work but don’t want to cut off breastfeeding when you do, a good breast pump can be your best friend. And now, there’s finally a stylish breast pump tote bag for you to carry it in when you head back to the office or go on vacation, thanks to Petunia Pickle Bottom. Petunia Pickle Bottom has, for years, been one of...Read More
Now that I’ve had three kids, I’m a big believer in only spending money on baby gear that’s really worth it. That spendy bottle warmer you’ll use for oh, 3 months? Skip it. But a highchair that will literally last until your kids are in elementary school (or older) — that’s totally worth the investment to me. So, we’ve taken a look back at some of the very best highchairs we’ve had a chance to review over the years to find our favorites that will grow with your kids. In other words, you know you’re getting your money’s worth even after you’ve quit...Read More
Since sunscreen applications, checking swim diapers, and dragging a bag full of snacks, toys, and towels to the pool all falls on the grown-up in charge, we’re up for anything to make it easier. We’ve found that the new swimsuits from Fastenswim are a big help for swimmers who are still in diapers or potty training. You know, that stage when a trip to the bathroom needs to happen fast. Fastenswim suits have a band of magnets at the waist with two snaps on either end. These snaps make sure the magnets won’t pull free while you’re swimming — an important detail. When you need...Read More
After I discovered the magic of swaddling to help my babies sleep for longer than, oh, 15 minutes at a time, I was hooked. And in the way newborns spit up, poop, and find other creative ways to get their clothes and bedding messy again and again, you really can’t have too many swaddle blankets. If I had a newborn these days, the adorable swaddle sacks from Etsy shop Mint and Arrows would most definitely be in my stash. The thing is, eventually my babies easily squirmed their way out of their swaddles, waking themselves up in the process. So I’m intrigued by...Read More
We’re so glad we’re raising girls in an era where feminism is front and center, and the number of strong, visible female role models is growing across every profession at the highest levels. So I was thrilled when I saw this adorable feminist baby onesie at Etsy shop Eythink. Because raising girls to be smart and empowered is everything. I love them so much, I’d go ahead and order that two-pack. You’ll score a nice discount, and have an extra baby gift on hand for the future. And, now that our male President has stated that he is “what a feminist looks like,” I’d say consider getting one for your baby boy, too....Read More
Whether or not you remember it, there was a time that the only crib bedding options for new parents were matchy-matchy bed-in-a-bag sets or expensive bespoke bedding. So we’re really thankful that now there are so many stylish options for our babies’ nurseries. And just this week we discovered Monica & Andy, and they have the some of the most adorable new organic baby bedding collection that we’ve seen lately. The new line includes various sheets, quilts and reversible blankets, all made from the super-soft organic cotton — perfect for tummy time or breezy walks in the stroller. They also offer dozens of cute swaddle blankets made of organic, double-layer muslin....Read More