Tag: baby shower gifts

The Petunia Pickle Bottom Cake Collection: Have your cake and wear it too.

Having three kids is just fine by me, but Petunia Pickle Bottom almost makes me want to keep having babies just so I can keep using their gorgeous diaper bags year after year. I said almost. And kids or no kids, I think any woman would be excited to use a bag from Petunia’s new Cake Collection launching today, which we’re happy to give you a first look at exclusively on Cool Mom Picks. We have been fans of the highly coveted Petunia diaper bags (and clothes and accessories!) for a long time now and the re-imagined Petunia Cake Collection of bags still has us ogling its beautiful wares....

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Love letters to your baby. Future you will thank you.

If we ask my four-year-old to help out with something, he’s taken to tipping an imaginary hat and saying, “Happy to sublige.” As in, happy to oblige. How Downton Abbey of him. He’s always cracked us up, but when I try to think of specific things he’s said, all I can hear in my head is the grandparents in my life who told me a million times, “I hope you’re writing this stuff down.” Thus: Letters to My Baby by one of our favorites, Lea Redmond of Leafcutter Designs. Related: Baby memory books for parents who find others a little too traditional This keepsake book is way more...

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Handmade baby blankets with a truly wonderful design

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for nice baby blankets — which is why you see a lot of them around here.  Especially handmade ones. I mean, what’s more sweet than wrapping your little newborn up in a soft bundle that’s one-of-a-kind, too? For lightweight baby blankets, I always find myself turning to tried and true favorites like aden + anais so I’m psyched to share a new source for lightweight, handmade baby blankets with a completely different look and feel from anything I’ve personally found. Designed more like a flat sheet than a thick blanket and made with three layers of organic cotton, these, handmade...

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Don’t hate the cold. Love Winter.

The hardest person to keep warm in winter always seems to be the baby–they’re just too small to layer too much, and I hate trying to wrangle them into a coat. So other than layers of baby blankets, I turn to hats, booties, and mittens. This year I’m already obsessing about the Love Winter line of warm winter accessories for toddlers I just discovered from Elks & Angels.     The Love Winter hats, booties, and mittens are each available in almond, pink, or grey Australian sheepskin leather, accented with shearling wool, and they are sooooo soft. Seriously, this is pure luxury for your smallest family members....

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Cool, comfy baby leg warmers. What a feeling.

We’ve always been a big fan of BabyLegs for their fun designs and ease of use. I mean, what parent wouldn’t love a pair of baby leg warmers that keep those chubby little legs snug while also making diaper changes a breeze? That’s why we’re excited to share that BabyLegs has launched BabyScoot, a new, even more cushiony version of their adorable baby leg warmers, just in time for cooler weather. Perfect for babies who are just learning to crawl (or army crawl, as my son did for months on end), BabyScoot baby leg warmers have extra thick terry cushioning around the knees to ensure that your little...

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Super cute baby shoes that do good for babies everywhere

Around here we’ve kind of got a thing for shoes (if you haven’t noticed) and so we’ve always loved buying shoes for our babies as much as we do shoes for ourselves. The cuteness factor is just off the charts; one look at teeny little sneakers and soft, squishy boots from our favorite brands we know just what to get the pregnant mamas on our team in a few months. And now we have a new brand to add add to our list of favorites. We’re thrilled to introduce you to our newest partner Friendly Rooster (how cute is that) and their fantastic Share...

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This Mother Tucker’s Not Your Average Nursing Tank

I probably would’ve loved the Mother Tucker just for the name itself, but after taking it for a test run, I’m comfortable saying that every nursing mom needs to try this nursing tank right tucking now. Full disclosure: I’m not nursing again until baby numero dos arrives in November, but since I just had my son a little over a year ago, stretch marks, love handles, and public nursing debacles unfortunately aren’t too distant from my memory. Designed by the clever folks at Belly Bandit, the Mother Tucker nursing tank is the closest thing I’ve experienced to what I would imagine a Spanx nursing...

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Zooties are animal baby booties for your wild little cutie-patootie

Zooties animal baby booties are adorable, if you couldn’t tell. Even more adorable? They have a great story that involves providing work, medical assistance, and education to women in Kyrgyzstan, who hand-craft each pair from sheep wool. And we’re not lion! No matter which critter you select for a toe-tally awesome pair of booties, you’ll know that each pair of sweet critter feet is handmade in small batches, with the wool dyed, spun, felted, and stitched by a women-run collective. Zooties fit babies up to one year old and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. That’s a better deal...

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Best affordable jogging stroller? Reader Q + A

Hi Cool Mom Picks. Any recommendations on the best affordable jogging stroller that’s ideally lightweight, compact and versatile? -Pamela J.   Hi Pamela, Though I will admit right off the bat that I am not a jogger, I have reviewed my share of jogging strollers and I have a few recommendations for the best ones that ought to give you a good start when looking. There’s one catch, though: Affordable and jogging stroller usually aren’t two phrases seen together. The best jogging strollers are definitely the priciest options, but they’re also the ones that last, which means you should have no trouble finding gently...

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A onesie almost as fierce as the baby wearing it.

Lately we’ve seen a lot of quotes misattributed to Shakespeare, but this great one from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the real deal: Though she be but little she is fierce. And we love it on these onesies and tees from mod & mini on BRIKA.   This is such a cool new baby gift; no matter what size she is, we’re betting she’s got a fierce set of lungs. Or get it for a toddler who’s got a spirited personality. (So pretty much all of them, right?) My only teensy gripe? I wish the sizes went up to...

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Diaper bags so smart they almost pack themselves.

Having three babies in the past nine years has taught me that I need to be able to find what I need in my diaper bag, stat. There is no time for digging around to find the wipes when I’m dealing with a diaper blowout, or for, well, anything during those lovely tantrums at the grocery store. So with my next baby, I’m going to be carrying a PacaPod diaper bag, a fab diaper bag just introduced in the U.S. that keeps things organized in zip pouches, or pods (hence the bag name) for easy access. Designer Jacqueline Waggett is a mom of two girls who learned...

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Eco-friendly baby bags to organize your mother load

As we prepare for baby #2, I dug out our old, flattened diaper bag, and I’m suddenly revisiting the idea of ditching it and just working with a cool tote. Luckily someone has gone a step further and invented an adaptable solution. Check out Mother Load eco-friendly baby bags. Mother Load bags are the brainchild of another mom who just couldn’t get used to conventional diaper bags, and wanted to use her own bags to adapt her packing approach instead. She created these eco-friendly mesh and nylon bags to help sort and organize her load o’ mom stuff and keep the chaos to a minimum. While yes, you...

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Tummy time, big city style

As soon as my baby was ready for tummy time, I was vigilant about putting a nice blanket or playmat down for her to lay on, as anyone with a shedding dog can understand. While of course any blanket will do, you have to check out the fabulous  Wanderlust City Map Baby Playmats by Ella Lou which gives kids even more to explore without all the hanging toys and crazy lights and switches. These cute baby playmats are a great accessory (or baby shower gift!) for any household with an urban affection because they feature colorful depictions of San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York City. I...

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Modern fairy tale art for girls who want to write their own endings.

If you check out the Cool Mom Picks indie shop at great.ly, you’ll find a whole category of cool kids’ room decor, and now we have a new artist we’re adding to the fold that I think is just wonderful. Rosy Designs is run by a Vancouver artist, creating what feels like modern fairy tale art in the style of modern children’s book illustrations. Her Sleeping Beauty print is made all that much more sweet with the addition of a unicorn (because, unicorns). It would only be more 2014 if it were Twilight Sparkle, but I give the unicorn points for longevity. However my favorite...

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10 of the best diaper bags under $150 that any mom of multiples (or any over-packer) will love

Like a lot of you out there, I can’t live without my favorite handbags, yet for some reason, diaper bags were not at the top of my priority list when I began preparing for baby number one. Now I know better. However I’ve run into trouble recently, in my attempt to plan for baby number two, in finding a stylish, affordable diaper bag with room to spare. Room for bottles and sippys. Room for extra clothes. Room for wipes of every kind. Room for what-are-those-things-called again? Oh right, diapers. For two kids this time. We’ve covered so many fantastic diaper bag brands over the years, and now mainstream handbag designers...

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Aden + Anais plus J. Crew muslin blankets: A match made in baby layette heaven

Muslin blankets are among my most beloved baby items. They’re so perfect for swaddling, shading and about a thousand other baby-friendly things, too–as all of us have been preaching for years. When my kids were babies my favorite muslin blanket in the world was the soft, generously cut one from CMP fave Aden + Anais. Though I don’t have anyone to swaddle these days, I’m still excited about the newest prints from their partnership with another CMP fave whose ramped up their cool partnerships lately, J. Crew. Designed by the retailer’s creative director (and cameo actor on Girls this season) Jenna Lyons, this new and exclusive set...

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Lucky Palm Tree: Luxury organic baby clothes that make you happy to have a baby to shop for.

Well, here I go again. After five years of heavy spousal debate we are expecting a brand new bundle of girlie joy this winter. And YES that counts as my big announcement! We are ecstatic, but we’re finding ourselves in the position of shopping for baby clothes again, only this time for super warm ones that our summer baby never needed. Luckily I found a treasure trove right away at Lucky Palm Tree. And if you hurry, some of it is on sale. Which is great. Because I did say luxury. Lucky Palm Tree features fresh and adorable organic threads for babies and toddlers...

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AXL Brand organic infant clothing: For those who like the baby to shine more than the clothes.

We’re always so excited to find a new designer making stylish, modern clothes for babies and kids, because as we’ve preached for years now, there is more to baby style than appliquéd sequin puppy dogs playing baseball. (Sorry, puppies.) That’s why I’m excited to share my latest discovery, AXL Brand, a new line of simple, but beautifully constructed organic infant clothing out of San Francisco. These pieces are impeccably made in the USA with soft, 100% cotton fabrics, and the styles are modern and clean, with not a single crazy appliqué in sight. In other words, the clothe don’t toddle into the room before the...

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The ultimate cute self closing pacifiers for germaphobe parents

None of my kids had any interest in baby pacifiers, which was not for lack of trying on my part, let me tell you. If they had, I know that my germaphobic tendencies mean that I would have carried around lots of extra clean binkies and pacifier wipes, and  tried to heed the urging of my Cool Mom compadres to never invest in a useless pacifier sterilizer. But here’s something up my alley without a big investment: the Keep-it-Kleen baby pacifiers from RaZbaby. We first discovered these self closing pacifiers years ago, and since then they’ve added a ton of new adorable designs–I totally love how retro the...

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The Big Book of Symptoms: How to figure out whether to panic about your kid’s rash, or go back to bed.

3 a.m. was scariest when I couldn’t tell if my child’s diarrhea or ear ache were serious or just things to wait and see about. And one of the hardest parts of being a new mom was calling the pediatrician and ending up feeling like I’d overreacted to a minor concern But we can rest a little easier now, because the new release, The Big Book of Symptoms outlines all the different kinds of issues kids can have and the right action to take, whether it’s a home remedy or the emergency room. You know how you can look up a symptom online and the results are...

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