Tag: baby shower gifts

Baby layette wishlist: 1. No chemicals 2. Makes the SIL jealous

It never seems to matter how many adorable baby layettes I’ve got, I still end up choosing my favorite and using it more than anything else. Had I received the amazing Dimples organic baby layette, it would have easily been the one I was washing and drying every single day. Made in New Zealand from beautifully soft organic cotton, the infant layette set features a blanket, sleep gown, and hat (oh that adorable baby hat). The bumblebee detail is just as cute as the set itself. No doubt it’s on the pricey side for a layette set, but if...

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Big brands doing cool things – Munchkin introduces glass bottles

Thankfully, BPA free plastic baby bottles are now easy to find, but if you’ve decided to go the extra careful route and use glass bottles for your baby, you might find the search a little trickier. Well now you can hop over to your local Target or click over to Amazon and snag a few Munchkin glass baby bottles. Available in both 4 oz and 8 oz sizes, they are not only completely BPA free, but at $3.99 each, they’re reasonably priced too. The bottles are smartly designed with a molded side for easy gripping, and the vented nipples...

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Shower the people you love with love – and baby gifts

After many weeks in the making, we’re so excited to launch the Cool Mom Picks Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide! You’ll find a full 100 of our editors’ favorite baby gifts to give in 2009, from the cutest organic onesies to affordable personalized baby blankets, to must-have gadgets and gear. There’s even a few goodies for the poor neglected new dads of the world. Also? Discount codes (of course!), all of them good for the entire year. So click over mamas and get shopping, bookmarking, and oohing and ahhing. Because if there’s one thing we can universally agree is pretty nice about pregnancy — it’s the...

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Cross packing the hospital bag off your list

We’ve come across a few prepacked maternity bags and I have to say the idea is generally better than the execution. The bags often have these huge ugly logos on it that say something awful like NEW MOMMY ON BOARD and they’re filled with stuff that sounds good but you’ll never actually use. Exfoliator? I’m sorry, after I gave birth the last thing I considered was a luxury skin sloughing in the nasty hospital shower. The maternity bags from Babytime Bags were developed by two moms who obviously gave it a lot of thought. The cute quilted tote contains...

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Now that we’ve named the baby, what do we name the grandparents?

You can’t imagine the debates that went on in our household when it came to naming the grandparents for the first time. If you start factoring in inlaws and the inlaws’ inlaws, and everyone’s different traditions and expectations, it’s amazing we came to any agreement at all. We certainly could have used You Can Call Me Hoppa: The Grandparents’ Guide to Choosing a Name That Fits by mom Lauren Charpio back in 2005. It’s one part thought starter, one part grandparent keepsake. And in fact it would be a great little grandparent gift as a way to announce a...

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Play Mats Fit For Trust Fund Babies

Well it’s about time that someone created the high-end, fancy pants, gorgeous version of all those ubiquitous fugly play mats. Here the honor goes to Plain Mary, creator of the Kensington Baby Play Mat. And it is indeed very fancy. Did I mention it’s fancy? This padded play mat is substantial at 56″ long, and beautifully constructed of quilted microsuede which resists spills and stains far better than cotton or poly. If the ivory color is still scaring you practical moms, there’s also a lovely camel or chocolate.  I must say I think that a baby can be perfectly...

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A play mat without the ugly

When I was expecting, I dutifully put a tummy time play mat on my registry. It came complete with lights, music and hanging rattles, and to be honest, it was slightly less than beautiful and slightly more than stimulating. If I had only known about the awesome play mats from Agent Mommy, I could have avoided the sensory overload – for both of us. The mat comes with an over-the-shoulder carrying case and boasts generous proportions, really nice construction, and a waterproof backing. I would totally take it to the park or the beach.  And with all the beautiful...

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The newest teething solution for babies: Mushrooms

Continually asked for safe teething toys by parents, we’re always quick to suggest Sophie Giraffe, Vulli’s European fave for decades. But now the company has transitioned from the animal kingdom to the vegetable garden, with a trio of totally cute mushroom teethers. Blue Chan, pink Pie and yellow Gnon (a play on the french word for mushroom, champignon)  might even be safer than their real world counterparts–they’re made from sustainable rubber, painted with food dyes, and free of phthalates. Also? No fungus. Which, come to think of it, is a mushroom first. Find the Chan Pie Gnon teethers at...

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