Tag: baby gifts

The BabyBjorn bouncer gets a modern makeover with polka dots

I’m determined to keep the baby clutter to the necessary minimum for this second round of parenting, and not a wipe warmer more. (Actually, not a wipe warmer at all.) We misplaced a few of our essential items, though, including the trusty baby bouncer so what great timing to discover the new BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft from the BabyBjorn Dots by Karin (as in, the company’s art director Karin Hoxster) collection that’s exclusively at Kohls. I was raised in a house designed almost entirely in black and white, so this very cool modern polka dot collection caught my eye right away. It’s exactly what I have been looking for —...

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New monogrammed baby shoes from Robeez. This time it’s personal.

They say it’s all in a name and the name here is your own kid’s. Well, that plus Robeez. As long time fans of the baby shoe brand that rose from start-up to Stride-Rite, it’s no surprise that we are all ogling over their perfectly adorable new monogrammed Robeez soft sole baby shoes. It was early on with my first child that I discovered and fell hard for Robeez.  First because they were the only shoes that would fit over her rather plump tootsies (got to love that elastic ankle). And second, for the huge array of fun styles. I find this...

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Mama’s Milk Warmer: you’ll never have to wait for water to boil again

It’s 3 a.m. and your baby is screaming at the top of her lungs. You are trying to heat up breast milk as quickly as humanly possible. Microwaving creates hot spots and potentially burnt mouths. Placing a bottle in a pot of boiling water makes it bob up and down and almost always burns you. And that fancy bottle warming gadget you registered for? Much more complicated to use than anticipated. If you’ve ever tried warming breast milk from the fridge or freezer, chances are one of those scenarios rings a bell. That’s why a company called Nutto created  Mama’s Milk...

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Nuna MIXX stroller: a swanky, sturdy recliner on wheels

As we get ready to welcome our newest bundle I have been catching up on all the hip and inventive baby gear that has surfaced in the past 5 years. Of course, the stroller is one of the most essential pieces, so I have been taking my time on this one. The brand new Nuna MIXX stroller is a strong contender from my recent test drives. The Nuna MIXX stroller is solid for my new task of keeping up with a baby and a kindergartner.  I love the sleek, modern look, but my favorite part of this Dutch-inspired design is the seating flexibility. The...

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Dream a little dream of dragons, bats, and narwhals.

Now you can put your baby to sleep with visions of fantasy dragons, hedgehogs, and even adorable bats (yes, they’re a thing) in her head. The handmade baby mobiles from Bee Janie Baby Mobiles feature all these creatures and more. You guys, they even have a mythical beasts mobile—you know, in case you have a Game of Thrones nursery in the works. Each mobile is handmade from felt, and most have somewhat unexpected creatures for a baby’s room. I mean, have you ever seen a mobile with bats before—the sleeping-in-caves kind, not the baseball kind? Me either, but I want one now. The...

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The 5 best double strollers from our favorite baby gear pros. (And a sneak peek at the newest ones coming out!)

File under problems I never thought I’d have: Agonizing over double strollers. With a 17-month-old in tow and a brand new baby, I’ve been feeling the pressure to pick the perfect ride. If I was still in New York where my primary means of transportation were my own two feet and unpredictable winter weather was inevitable, I just might be plunking down serious cash for a Bugaboo Donkey. But now that I drive just about everywhere in sunny California, my priorities have changed. How easy is the stroller to fold? How heavy and wide is it? Will it fit in my trunk? Is side-by-side...

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Baby Comfy Nail: a baby nail clipper you won’t be afraid to use on a newborn

I remember putting off trimming my son’s nails for days when he was born, because I was afraid of accidentally cutting his delicate fingers off with the baby nail clipper and suddenly finding myself in a scene worthy of Quentin Tarantino. Not so with my newborn baby girl. I’m a little more confident now, plus I tried out Baby Comfy Nail safety clippers on her super soft one-week-old nails, and they worked like a charm. The concept is pretty simple. Baby Comfy Nail only has one blade! The bottom plastic edge pushes your baby’s skin back and out of the way as the top blade trims her nails.  I...

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12 of the coolest baby gifts, gadgets, and gear of the year: Editors’ Best of 2014

Shopping for baby gifts might just be among our favorite kind of shopping to do, and we’ve featured no shortage of amazing baby gift ideas on our site this year. (If we do say so ourselves). After much consideration, deliberation, and debate, we’ve narrowed it down to the very coolest, all of which we would have loved to receive ourselves when our little ones were born. Here, our picks for 12 of the best new baby gifts of 2014. That will be just as cool to give to some lucky parents in 2015.   This is post is part of of our annual series of Editors...

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Up to 50% off the most gorgeous clothes to get our kids through winter. We’ll take it!

Winter officially started just only a week ago, which means we’ve still got plenty of cold weather ahead for sweaters and hats and outerwear to wrap the kids in. We know, we can’t believe it either. And if your kids are anything like ours, they like to grow. Often right in the middle of the season. Which is why we’re always grateful for awesome sales on kids’ clothes, so we can score the stuff we need for less, just when we need it. So we’re cheering once again for our wonderful sponsor Jacadi and their huge winter sale, where you’ll find some of...

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The ultimate subscription gift box gift guide: 10 cool subscription gift boxes that keep on giving

Yes, Hanukkah is here and Christmas is coming (fast) but no need to panic if you still have VIPs to shop for on your list and are scrambling for last-minute gift ideas. By now, you’ve surely heard of the magic of subscription gift boxes as gifts: Just sign up and they’ll regularly send a curated box of goodies for new parents, dads, kids, foodies, dogs (yes, dogs), as well as boxes for just about any special interest you can imagine, from coffee lovers to geekery. We’ve seen them all, and recommended our favorite over the years. Along with the subscription gift...

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Cool craft kits for kids that give back

If you’ve got big kids like mine who love to DIY, then you need to snatch up one of these KidKnits craft kits for kids that help give back to people in need. Founded by 9-year old (yes, 9!) and avid knitter Ellie, KidKnits is a non-profit organization that helps families in Chile and Rwanda through the sale of hat craft kits. Each kit features everything you’ll need to make your own hat, including your color choice of hand-dyed yarn from the artisans in both countries the charity supports, as well as a round loom, hook, needle, and instructions, all...

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We pity the fool who doesn’t love this Mr. T holiday onesie

If there was anything ever that made me think to myself boy I wish I had a baby right now it’s this hilarious Mr. T holiday onesie by Cool Mom Picks favorite Mi Cielo. This isn’t the first time I’ve been in love with the baby gifts from Mi Cielo. You might have seen owner Kayo Master’s work on our site several times before, including in our baby shower gift guide, but this holiday Mr. T onesie takes the cake. Or smashes it to bits. Each onesie is made by hand, available in newborn size up through 18 months, and unofficially guaranteed...

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Celebrity moms help swaddle babies in love for World AIDS Day.

If you didn’t get a chance to snag one of the aden + anais and (RED) swaddle blankets that support The Global Fund earlier this year, you’re still in luck. You can treat a baby you love–while you help other babies–with this brand new limited edition 3-pack of aden + anais PRODUCT (RED) organic cotton muslin swaddle blankets designed by some amazing celebrity moms, and just released in honor of today’s World AIDS Day. I love the bold, vibrant designs on these swaddlers all created by celeb designers. And what a job they’ve done–check out Rachel Zoe’s paisley print, Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers pattern, and my favorite–Jessica Alba’s...

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20 luxury holiday gifts for kids and babies under $50, complete with a VIP discount code from Jacadi

We all discovered our partner Jacadi when we were pregnant and quickly became obsessed with their gorgeous Parisian kids and baby clothes. Their clothing and accessories are often a splurge, which is why as a parent, receiving a Jacadi box for the holidays has that same effect as that iconic Tiffany blue box. So we’re always excited when Jacadi clothes for kids and babies go on sale  — and we’re even more excited today, because we have an exclusive Jacadi sale complete with a big VIP discount code just for our readers. Whoo! Head to Jacadi right now because we’re giving you an exclusive 35%...

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The cutest baby ballet flats. Dare you not to squee.

The days of fabulous heels are gone for this ex-New Yorker. Pregnant or not, I live in cute, comfy flats these days. And although I’m not the matchy-matchy type, expecting a little girl has me thinking about the occasional mommy and me outfit that wouldn’t make 25-year-old me roll my eyes. So when I heard that Linge Shoes, known for their stylish grown-up ballet flats, was coming out with ballet shoes for babies and kids, I leapt at the chance (ha) to check them out. Linge Shoes’ baby ballet flats are made of soft leather, and so colorful and precious they make me want to enroll my daughter in ballet class right now–and...

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It’s here! It’s here! Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide has arrived.

We are so SO excited to present our 2014 holiday gift guide, our biggest and best yet, if we do say so ourselves. You’ll find 20 pages of absolutely amazing holiday gift ideas (over 200 to be exact) for everyone on your list in every price range, all scoured from the ends of the earth by our intrepid Cool Mom elves. (Okay, from the ends of the Internet. Same thing these days.) As always, when you shop from our guide, you’re supporting a whole lot of small brands and indie artists, including our absolutely awesome sponsor, Micro Kickboard. They...

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Super nerdy blocks for super scientists

There aren’t many wooden toys for toddlers that I can imagine an older kid would love too, but these super nerdy ABC blocks from Uncommon Goods are a major exception. They’re made from locally sourced wood and printed with non-toxic inks, featuring letters, illustrations, and scientific vocabulary words. They’re safe for toddlers to gnaw on, sturdy enough for preschool architects, and offer such cool reading material that middle schoolers might use them as a study reference for science class. Or hey, maybe your kindergartner will wow her teacher with talk of buckyballs and the water cycle. It’s never too...

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Trend alert: Snow Leopards. They’re everywhere.

This time last year, our kids were all about foxes, probably because The Song That Will Not Be Mentioned was playing on repeat in our homes. While woodland animals are still a favorite with my kids, I’m noticing one animal obsession rising above the rest—snow leopards. My kids see them as cuddly cats with cool fur, so I don’t blame them for ooh-ing at some of the fun snow leopard fashion we’re seeing around our local boutiques.     You’ll find the Schneelepoard Graphic Tee from Tea Collection in their boys department, but that’s not going to stop our girls from pairing it with black leggings and...

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Just when you thought there was nothing new in baby bibs: Glitter!

I’m all about the function and not the form when it comes to baby bibs, so I’m not usually one to freak out over a cute one. But then I saw the glitter baby bibs from Luna on the Moon, and everything changed. Okay, that may be a bit hyperbolic, but these bibs are so stylish that I’m thinking of buying one, and I don’t even have a baby right now. Kids love glitter, and this mama loves glitter that doesn’t get all over my house. But I also love that these bibs cover baby from chin to crotch (or probably knees, when they’re...

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Join us for a Twitter Social to help you get ready for your baby’s first holiday

A baby’s first holiday has to be one of the best parts of parenting. It might even make up for all those sleepless nights and dirty diaper changes. Maybe. But we also know the holidays can be overwhelming on their own, and adding baby into the mix, especially the first time, can make it all border on stressful. Which it shouldn’t be. But don’t worry. We can help! (Hey, that’s what we’re here for.) In fact, we’re excited to be teaming up with Babies R Us for a fun, probably funny (if you know us) Twitter social this Tuesday to talk everything baby’s first...

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