Tag: baby gifts

Owls and mushrooms and hedgehogs, oh my!

If you’re looking to bring some happy new artwork to your child’s nursery, or think it would make an awesome baby gift for some other lucky child, I’ve discovered a wonderfully affordable option that I absolutely love, in Woodland Friends. This colorful book is filled with twenty beautifully sweet pull-out prints, all created by five talented illustrators and designers from the US and UK. In other words, twenty gifts under $20. Not bad, right? From the simple muted tones of Dawn Bishop’s work to the Michelle Romo’s bright, vibrant colors, I like that there is so much variety in these heavy cardstock prints. And, yet, since all...

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Teething toys so beautiful, they’re like your baby’s first accessory.

Next to sleeping and feeding, teething is probably the most-talked about baby topic on the hundreds of Facebook mom groups I’m a member of–probably because it always impacts sleeping and feeding too. Thus, my desperation to find cool teething toys that also have a little style to them since I know I’ll be looking at them every single day for ages. Mom favorite Chewbeads is already cornering the market on beautiful teethers for babies disguised as jewelry, and now they’re out with the 100% safe silicone Chewbeads Baby Gramercy Stroller Toy which conveniently attaches to car seat handles, stroller toy bars and even your baby’s jungle gym....

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A sweetly affordable new layette collection from none other than Skip Hop. (What took them so long?)

There’s a reason why Skip Hop is a favorite brand of modern parents. Their ability to create playful and adorable items for babies that aren’t so, well, babyish is what made me a longtime fan, from their nursery decor and crib bedding to their ever popular diaper bags. That’s why I was super stoked to learn about the launch of the Skip Hop Modern Baby Basics layette collection. I wouldn’t call any of the pieces revolutionary, but I like everything I see — and feel. Sometimes the cutest baby outfits are like cardboard, but the new Skip Hop layette collection is made from the softest cotton, even though...

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A modern baby bounce chair without all the bells and whistles. And that’s a good thing.

One of the best new-mom tips I ever received was to invest in a nice baby bounce chair. My BTDT friends swore that we’d use it every single day, and they were right. I’ve had a few over the years, and by far my favorite were the simple, minimalist rockers that just let my babies bounce at their own whim—rather than the battery-operated, light-up, talking and vibrating chairs that can be overwhelming to me, much less my tired infant. Now that I’m waiting for baby number four, I would love to get my hands on the beautiful Wave Wave baby bounce chair from Babyhome (the...

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Irish rock band t-shirts: Cool on kids every day of the year

While a ton of kids and babies are going to end up with “Kiss me I’m Irish” shirts today, we thought we’d take a slightly different tack and track down some cool kids’ t-shirts featuring some of our favorite Irish rock bands. Because St. Patrick’s Day or any other day, it’s never too young to introduce your kid to Bob Geldoff — and the fact that Irish music doesn’t necessarily mean jigs and drinking songs. But hey, should the Boomtown Rats not be your thing, at Red Molotov you can also find nice, heavyweight cotton tribute tees to The Pogues and of...

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The hottest shoes for babies this spring? Lizard, dahling.

It isn’t quite what you might imagine when you think of lizard shoes, of course. But when I stumbled on the leather lizard baby moccasins from Little House in the Orchard, I couldn’t help but smile. They’re beautifully handmade from ankle to uh, claws? I love the bright green, and details like the contrasting inner fabric and comfy elastic bands to keep them on. The leather soles makes them great for both indoor play and scampering around outside as the weather warms up. Related: The cutest animal baby booties for your cutie patootie At a time that most baby booties are aiming to...

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Naturally gentle baby skincare from everyone’s favorite giraffe

Other than diapers and onesies when it comes to babies, is there anything more iconic than Sophie the Giraffe? Even my friends without kids recognize the now ubiquitous French baby teether. So so it makes sense that she’s branching out into the new Sophie la Girafe Bath and Baby line. (So fancy, that giraffe.) This is a new line of natural and organic beauty and bath products made just for babies, and when I say natural and organic, the folks who created the Sophie baby skincare line have really done their homework, eliminating potential allergens, synthetic perfumes and dyes, no-no’s for parents like parabens and phthalates, and...

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Silispoon: Possibly the new best baby spoon

Ahh, the teething phase. Which is only made worse by the fact that it occurs the same time as the baby food phase. My kids liked to soothe their aching gums by biting down on their spoons, but even the plastic ones couldn’t have felt that great. That’s why I’m convinced the best baby spoon for teething kids may be the brand new Silispoon from Silikids. The flexible silicone bends and squishes, which is perfect since babies chew on absolutely everything when they’re teething. (Who else has the bite marks in their skin to prove it?) The flexible silicone scoop of the Silispoon bends when...

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The Burley Solstice reinvents the jogging stroller with some amazing features.

If you’re part of the baby biker set (and I don’t mean leather jackets and chaps), you probably already know Burley. They’ve been making great bike trailers and accessories for over 35 years. I’m excited about the new Burley Solstice, however, which is a stand-alone stroller and whole new world for Burley. And they’ve definitely risen to the challenge. The Burley Solstice jogging stroller (a great price right now at our affiliate Amazon) is billed as a “premium jogging stroller” and as soon as it comes out of the box, it’s easy to see why. As expected, it’s rugged with a metal...

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5 creative photo gifts for baby showers. All guaranteed to last longer than a bottle warmer.

Photo gifts for baby showers can be a win even before the little one arrives. It’s just so personal and thoughtful, and hey, if you’re going to go off the registry, might as well really go off the registry. So we’ve looked around to find some of the most creative photo gift ideas out there. You know, the ones so sweet they’re destined to bring tears to the eyes of the guest of honor (with a little help of those pregnancy hormones). Of course, as with any photo gift, these require a little bit of lead time to get ready before...

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8 of the coolest Year of the Sheep baby gifts for your little lamb

I’ve always loved the Chinese Zodiac and not just because I’m a Chinese American. I am fascinated by the history of the signs and their meanings. So with the Chinese New Year just a couple of days away, we thought it would be fun to round-up cool Year of the Sheep baby gifts. If you happen to be expecting a little baby lamb (we’ll go with the lamb instead of the ram) in 2015 or know someone who is, here are some wonderful Year of the Sheep baby gifts to help celebrate. Kung Hei Fat Choi!   The beautiful knit dolls from BlaBla Kids have...

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A rainbow of handmade sorting games bringing beautiful, old-school play to kids

Ever in search for more colorful playthings to brighten up the dreary northeast weather, I am so happy to discover Laughing Crickets, an Etsy shop creating the most beautiful, bright, happy-making handmade toys for kids, with a focus on handmade sorting games. The shop overs brightly beautiful natural  sorting games featuring the likes of giraffes, hearts, birds, lady bugs, and rainbow clad peg dolls in their own little wooden beds. Plus, Easter eggs which should be a big hit in the coming weeks.I love that they’re painted with non-toxic paints and finished with natural beeswax and olive oil, by makers who clearly...

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Goumikids newborn hats, mittens and booties: Designed to actually stay on.

Let’s be real, parents. Amid the cry-fests and all-night burp-a-thons, it would be tough to remember a single thing about those early months, if it weren’t for the photos we take and look back on later. (“Oh right! We went to Florida for a week…totally forgot.”). That’s why ridiculously cute baby accessories have a special place in my heart, and hey, they can even give us sleep-deprived parents that squee when we need it most. From Goumikids, the same geniuses who brought us those soft, stay-put baby mitts and baby booties that have become a Cool Mom Picks favorite, they’ve just launched adorable Goumikids hats that, like their other accessories, are more...

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Last minute Valentine’s Day help: Printables, crafts, gifts, and recipes. We have you covered.

If somehow Valentine’s Day snuck up on you–or oh, say, you’ve spent the last month tracking down cool Valentine’s picks for your readers and totally forgot to do anything about it yourself (ahem)–fear not! We have hundreds of resources, recipes, gift ideas, DIY projects, crafts for kids and more to help you out. Go forth and be romantic!  [at top: DIY heart crayon craft from 100 layer cakelet]    VALENTINES CARDS AND PRINTABLES     19 of the best printable Valentines for kids from around the web 15 more of our favorite printable Valentine’s cards for kids (Above: Heart printables from The...

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16 of the sweetest first Valentine’s gifts for babies.

You didn’t think we’d forget little ones in our 2015 Valentine’s Gift Guide did you? While of course we dig all the romance of the day, we also can’t resist showering babies with love, which is why we put together this list of 16 Valentine’s gifts for babies, should you feel the need to do something ridiculously cute. Plus, just think of the awesome photo opps you’ll have to send to the grandparents on the 14th. Or, maybe you have a friend expecting around Valentine’s Day. Or a February shower that requires a thoughtful gift. No big splurges here–just little tokens...

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The Valentine’s gift for the baby who stole your heart

It’s coming up on Valentine’s Day, which means it’s the time we start looking for cute Valentine’s gifts for babies that don’t make our teeth hurt from the sweetness. One of my favorite fallback recommendations is the personalized heart tattoo onesie, and this one from Psychobaby is just perfect. Instead of arguing whether it should say mom or dad, it’s personalized with your own child’s name–or nickname. I think it would be pretty cool if his name was Bruiser or something. The shop also features blankets, hats and bibs with the same design in red or pink. All complete with the...

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The Mini Life: When you feel like you’ve seen every baby and kid gift out there, here’s where to go.

I’m always happy to introduce you to beautifully-curated independent web boutiques and here’s one more  new one that’s caught my attention since its launch just a few weeks ago. Mini Life is an exquisite children’s lifestyle boutique packed full of gorgeous toys, decor, home items and more, all cultivated from around the world. It’s definitely not the kinds of gifts you see in every shop in the mall. Founder Athena Rotolo has a modern sensibility I just love, and if you’ve got little ones to shop for–or maybe, splurge on–then you must look around this exquisite site. Here are just...

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Home T shirts : When you’re proud to be…well, from wherever you’re from.

I smiled right away when I discovered Home T shirts, and you probably will too. Because hey, Texans aren’t the only ones happy to show a little state pride. These super soft, US-made adult tees, kids tees, and baby onesies cover all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, Cuba, the UK, and even the entire continents of Australia and Africa, simply featuring the word Home over a screen-printed state silhouette. And in a thorough nod to democracy, even DC gets representation here. I support that.   I only feel bad for Colorado Home T wearers, because it just looks like the word Colorado over a big...

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Baby pants made just for all-star crawlers

It was so exciting to watch my daughter learn to crawl–until she bypassed the area rug and face-planted onto the hardwood floor. We used to joke that she needed knee pads, so I’m excited to find Go Little One Go anti-slip crawling pants for babies, just in time for baby number two. The super cute gripping stars cover the knees of these one-size-fits-all bottoms, giving baby some traction and control on slippery surfaces. They’re made from super soft and breathable bamboo fabric–which I really love for its extra coziness–and are designed to stretch and move with baby as she takes off. Plus? So cool looking!  ...

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The new Aden and Anais teething toy: Prepare to make room on your registry.

It seems the masters of all things cozy for baby have done it again; our friends at Aden + Anais, have added yet another baby registry must-have to their collection with new Aden + Anais teething toys and ooh are they cute. Made of maple wood, which is awesome for calming those poor swollen gums, and fitted with a cotton muslin mini-blanket for extra comfort, this teething toy-lovey hybrid is genius. And here I confess that my five-year-old still sleeps with her original Aden + Anais muslin swaddler, so I know firsthand the calming power of these magic blankies.   The designs are sweet and cheerful, in shapes like elephants, stars, posies...

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