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The one page baby record book

We’ve all experimented with the best way to keep track of a newborn’s schedule of eating, sleeping, and pooping. If the pen-and-paper way isn’t for you, then Sarah Masci’s stylish and eco-friendly Lullaboard may do the trick. This dry-erase board is formatted to track important information about your baby’s daily existence. It’s especially useful for moms and dads with caregivers who want a report of feedings and diaper changes, but don’t need to save the report for future generations. They have a few different Lullaboard formats including newborn, older baby, and even a toddler format which includes a space...

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A baby wrap so pretty you might steal it for yourself

My younger son has always been a big blanket kid; even now, at six, he sleeps with at least one baby blanket every night. I love this, both because a kid with a blanket melts my heart and because we got some great blankies when he was a baby, and we’re still dragging them out today. The Shinwa Organics line of baby wraps is perhaps one of the best baby gifts ever (no exaggeration). These luxurious Australian hand-printed bamboo swaddle blankets are soft and sturdy, framed with a thin trim of raw silk, and the patterns are adorable without...

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You always burp the ones you love

You know how you have your everyday jeans and your “fancy” jeans? (Or is that just us suburban moms.) Well these personalized burp cloths from Blume are like those, perfect for when you want your baby to spit up on something a little more stylish. A set of three super soft and absorbent cotton cloths are embellished with an embroidered 50’s gas station inspired patch. The thing I love the most is that you can personalize the tags on the bibs, or any of the custom baby gifts on the site, up to ten characters. You could do three...

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Baby blankets with a softer side

I know, it’s summer and you’re not thinking warm, fuzzy blanket, but really, for those pregnant friends due in fall or winter or those of us with the air conditioning pumping all night, the handmade blankets from Big Fat Hen are a pretty great pick to have on your radar. These blankets combine bright, fun fabrics with a super soft underside, for a thick, plush blanket with a stylish twist. There are even a good number of choices for harder-to-shop-for boys from the tried and true transportation motif to cool prints and geometrics. All without getting too theme-y, which...

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The cloth diapering mama’s little helper

Cloth diapering obviously requires more work than disposables, and if you are new to it it can be a little daunting. It’s always great to find resources on the web and friendly people willing to help out, which is what Julie Sparrow Carson is doing with Bundle Baby Shop. She’s gathered not only excellent choices for cloth diapering, mama care, and baby carriers (like the beautiful Polkadot Papoose which we love), but they offer diaper service for those of you lucky enough to live in the Denver area. I love that they offer a half-and-half delivery service (half cloth,...

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Bright ideas for babies from Bright Shop

Considering the last craft I attempted ended squarely in the trash can, it’s pretty clear that you don’t need to be crafty to write for Cool Mom Picks. But, it just so happens that one of our esteemed writers has an eye for design that she translates into super cute baby and toddler t-shirts, and we’re more than happy to pimp her out. Thus is the case with our new contributor and Etsian, Carrie Damen, and her adorable custom alphabet tees. When she’s not chasing after her two kids and waxing poetic for us, Carrie and her friend Sara...

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Baby Daze – The new mom’s record of, well, everything

The joke about the second child’s baby book being empty is actually a reality for most parents I know; by the time you’ve done it once before, you’re less likely to have the interest (or time) in recording every little thing. But for the ever-earnest new parent, the idea of recording the kid’s every bottle and burble and coo is fairly magical. Then again, by the second kid you can rarely remember what you did five minutes ago, so having an organizational aid may come in handy then, too. I know I often wished I’d written down whether or...

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Angel Dear – Baby gifts from the patron saint of not spending a lot of money

I just opened the baby onesies that came in from the mail from Angel Dear and suddenly I found I had a little catch in my throat. Something about the teeny teeny little size and that tag reading newborn just made me all sentimental for the days that my girls were just squirmy little things. These are just the sweetest little cotton jersey onesies, featuring a bird pulling a pennant that spells out boy, girl, or baby. There’s even little embroidery detailing around the silkscreening which make this really special at any price. But they’re not any price —...

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Organic baby essentials make great gifts, naturally.

When my son was born there weren’t really tons of organic or eco-friendly baby products like there are today. Honestly I thought I was being environmentally responsible by making sure there was no lead paint on his crib. Who knew a scant 9 years later eco-friendly materials would almost be the price of entry into the baby product category. The beautiful all-natural organic nursery collection from Amenity Home is the newest gift stop on our radar. Their baby collection features super-soft, durable towels, blankets and washcloths woven from undyed organic cotton. You can get them packaged in nifty little...

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Baby blankets that are soft on the eyes, skin and wallet

We’re not usually big pastel gals around here, but looking at the Cover Me baby blankets spotted at Little Milk Junkie you can see why we made an exception. These super soft, cuddly, knit cotton stroller blankets are made in the US by two moms, and come in sweet repeating patterns like butterflies and stars and elephants. In person the colors are way way more subtle and pretty than they would seem on the website — that star blanket is actually a really delicate sage green (here’s a better shot) and what’s great is that it reverses so it...

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Basics for those of us without yachts

I love Egg by Susan Lazar baby clothes as much as the next regular person — which is to say that I adore the designs and the commitment to eco-friendly fibers, but those adorable designer baby onesies and jumpsuits in premium organic cotton are pretty well out of my budget these days. But now, Egg has spawned the Basics line: Organic cotton layette staples in sizes from newborn up to 24 months, in practical styles and in four different colors, at prices normal people can afford. Hey, don’t say the recession never gave you anything. -Mir Find affordable organic...

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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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