Tag: bamboo

Beautiful new muslin baby blankets, for a new generation of peacefully sleeping babies

New moms now have more baby blankets to choose from than babies have reason to cry.  But the cool, mom-owned label, Lulujo that’s new to the US from Canada, has really caught my eye with gorgeous, affordable muslin baby blankets and other gift-worthy swaddling options. My favorites: a bold, double-layer muslin swaddler that I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to live without when new baby arrives, and a luxurious turkish towel I can use for almost anything. I know, I really shouldn’t be this excited about baby blankets. But I am. Related: Celebrity-designed baby blankets in a beautiful collaboration   Like the original swaddlers...

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Venice Beach-worthy skateboards for your little shredder

On a recent trip to Venice Beach, I wandered through skate shops and hung out at the skatepark. What can I say — I’m still a skatebetty at heart, even at my age. But unlike the old days when bumper stickers proclaimed Skateboarding is not a crime!, skateboarding has gone mainstream, which makes a skateboard a pretty rad holiday gift for just about any kid. Here are two cool models I got a chance to check out, and why I think each one could be a cool gift this year. First there’s Sunset Skateboards, which was started by two California skaters who’d been...

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Shake it up baby.

In my early days of parenting, finding beautiful handmade baby gifts was something you really had to work on. But now, they’re popping up everywhere. And as we try to pare it down to just our favorites we’re happy to discover Cheengoo who just might make the cutest crocheted baby rattles in the world. Besides cute, the handmade rattles are totally eco-friendly, crocheted from 100% pesticide-free bamboo yarn that makes them super-soft, naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic. That may sound like marketing speak until you think about how much your newborn is going to have these against his sensitive skin–or in that sensitive mouth. (Fact.) Plus they’re made by...

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A gorgeous baby grooming kit that makes you dread nail clipping duty a little less

When I was the parent of a tiny baby, it sometimes felt like I worked in a salon with all the hair brushing, scalp exfoliating, nail clipping and face washing going on. If only I’d had something as beautiful as the new Rhoost Baby Grooming Kit to make it, well, a more beautiful experience. We’ve all seen (and used) the cheap baby grooming kits. They do the job. But they certainly wouldn’t be top of my list of great new baby gifts. Luckily for new moms and dads, the small company we love that has been helping parents with eco-friendly baby proofing for the last several years is now branching into...

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Kids’ dishes that are pretty enough for the grownup table.

Here’s one of my secrets for keeping the kids well-behaved at mealtime: Avoid kids’ dishes that look like they’re kids’ dishes. Don’t laugh. I’ve found that when  kids eat off of plates with cartoons on them, it seems to set the scene for them to act, well, like kids. When I treat my kids like they’re mature, responsible little people, they tend to act that way. Crazy, I know.  The makers of the Bambino dishware from Ekobo get that parents don’t necessarily want kids’ stuff to scream kids’ stuff. Their dishes are simple, modern, and gorgeous. I love each of the six...

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Aden and Anais Bamboo Daydream Blankets are all grown up

At the moment I am sitting on the couch in front of a roasty fire. There’s snow outside, Sarah McLaughlin is on in the background (guilty pleasure, don’t judge), and I’m draped in my new Aden + Anais Bamboo Daydream Blanket. You guys, this is the life. Aden + Anais swaddlers have been one of Cool Mom Picks’ top choices for essential baby gear since we first helped break the news about their launch in 2006. So when I heard about the Bamboo Daydream Blanket, a larger version of their luxury dream blankets, I couldn’t wait to get my hands...

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Eco-friendly strollers (and accessories!) that don’t skimp on style

I’ve tried to be a pretty eco-savvy mom. But with three kids and all the gear that goes along with a posse that size? Yeah. Many times I’ve struggled to wrap my brain around how we could have wound up with so much stuff … and where it might end up years down the road. When my kids were teeny babies, there just weren’t many green”options to choose from. But today things are different, in the best way. And CMP fave Bumbleride is making it easier for parents to make choices that are healthier for our kids and better for the...

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aden + anais just made summer a little cooler. Babies everywhere say thank you.

My daughter was born smack in the middle of the summer, so it was a constant battle to find fabrics that kept her comfortably swaddled but not too hot. Luckily, a new line of baby blankets and sleepwear from one of our favorite indie labels, aden+anais, makes it simpler to navigate the heat when baby #3 comes along. We love everything at aden+anais (they have Hello Kitty muslin!). We have included their swaddles in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, and the new line of bamboo baby swaddles and bamboo sleep bags make us love them even more. It’s so...

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Eco-excellent wooden eyewear (and each purchase plants a tree!)

If you’re pining for cool shades, here’s a collection that might bamboozle you. Because they’re made of woods like pine and bamboo. Whether you’re on the hunt for cool frames or love collecting unusual, attention-grabbing sunglasses, I’m digging how Anni Shades delivers on style and eco-consciousness. Each pair of glasses frames is made by hand in Ohio of exotic, eco-sourced wood in a special process that’s fairly detailed, but they got me with “no stains or paints.” The sunglasses automatically come with SOLA by Carl Zeiss lenses, or you can have your own prescription lenses dropped right in. For...

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Special kids’ tees you’ll fall in love with for so many reasons

Funky t-shirts are my kids’ uniform. Since my boys share clothing, I need a material that can stand up to my kids’ rugged routines. Oh, and eco-friendly threads are always welcome. Now imagine all this, complete with cool designs created by artists with special needs to support great causes. Yeah, I’m excited too. I am in love with Paper Clouds Apparel. The sweet guitar you see here was designed by an artist with special needs. For every purchase of a bamboo or cotton blend t-shirt printed with organic paints, 50% of all proceeds go directly to a rotating charity–currently...

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Offer a warm welcome with eco-savvy guest toothbrushes

While I will never come close to the Martha Stewart level of preparedness, there are some nifty tricks I’ve picked up along the way to help me appear as a super hostess-goddess always at the ready for guests (even of the unexpected overnight variety). And I’ve just found a classy new item to add to my hostess-with-the-mostest stash. My newest discovery is these guest toothbrushes from Izola. I’ll definitely be adding these to my guest arsenal (right along with my frozen Trader Joe’s hors d’oeuvres). Made out of sustainable bamboo and nylon bristles, with “guest” charmingly stamped on the handles,...

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Planes, trains, and automobiles: 3 of the coolest eco-friendly toys this holiday

If you are shopping for a vehicle-obsessed child who can’t wait to get more Things That Go, you’re in luck. This holiday, some of our favorite small companies are offering such cool, eco-friendly toys that fly, choo-choo, and zip–with a little kid-power of course. –Christina CMP favorite Green Toys takes used milk jugs to make the recycled plastic for their toys, like these new, colorful airplanes. With their spinning propellers and sturdy construction, this is one toy that could go from indoors to out, and maybe even spend some time in the bath. In fact, if you ever find the...

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Sew sweet: DIY embroidery gifts for under $15

I realize it’s not even November yet, but since I’m a fan of DIY holiday gifts–especially for my family from my kids–I try to start early. And in my search for easy, affordable crafts that my daughter and I can make, I found these lovely little needlepoint kits from Red Gate Stitchery. I snatched up a bunch of these affordable DIY embroidery kits that include everything you or your kiddo needs to make a pretty holiday gift. These are so small and easy that your child can finish one in only a sitting or two, like the pretty DIY bamboo pendant...

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Wait, that’s a bib?

I’ve considered feeding my one-year-old naked. (As in, naked one-year old, not me.) Though there is art in the way he manages to splatter his outfit with every color and texture of the foods on his plate, I’d rather not change his cute outfits six times a day. So I think I’m going to be suiting him up in this adorable, unique new bib I’ve found. The Wee Drool bibs actually look like really cool t-shirts at first glance. And that’s not a bad thing, considering that it sometimes takes more than a scrap of terrycloth fabric to protect...

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Baby mats go eco-chic

One of my favorite pre-bedtime rituals with my son is massaging his little feet before I put him in his PJs. He immediately relaxes and gives me the biggest smile. I usually do this routine on his changing table, which is never that easy because he squirms way too close to the edge for my taste. Thanks to a new beautiful, yummy-soft massage mat, I have a new, non-scary spot to give my little guy a rub down. The luxurious Quilted Massage Mat from the moms at Honeydumplings (the creators of those awesome buckwheat pillows) is one of those...

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A new way to frame those fabulous family photos

I am always looking for fun ways to hang up pictures of the brood. Once I can convince my husband to help me arrange the pictures on the walls, they are pretty much up for good. We are big fans of Paper Culture around here, and they have come up with a perfect solution to my problem….printing beautiful rich photos on bamboo! It’s like my photographer and my ecologist got married and this is their delightfully sweet offspring. I’ve got to tell you, the bamboo really catches your eye. It’s textured and beautiful and frames the kiddos so nicely. It...

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Bumbleride Indie Natural Edition – the stroller of our dreams

UPDATE: On 2/3/12 there was a CPSC recall of Bumbleride Indie strollers: model numbers I-107, I-110 and I-205 with a Date of Manufacture from 1/09 through 8/11.The front wheel can crack causing the stroller to tip. There have been no major injuries.If you own the stroller, stop using it until you’ve received the free front wheel retrofit kit. To do so, or for info, visit support.bumbleride.com or call (800) 530-3930 during business hours. When I say I have found the stroller of my dreams, you’d better believe it. Bumbleride Indie Natural Edition is that very thing, and here’s why....

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A clock that’s not digital? Shocking!

I find myself missing clocks these days. You know, clocks? Actual things with two hands that don’t glow in the dark from your DVR box or flash 12:00 after the electricity goes out? So when I saw this wooden clock, I felt this little pang of must have it. The eco-friendly Raindrops Clock by decoylab is made from bamboo, then hand-sanded and finished with natural oils. It runs on a single battery, so no worries about wires. And it’s silent, so no worries about gongs, alarms, or cuckoo birds either. There are some adorable children’s clocks in the shop...

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Thoroughly modern sleep sacks

Based on the color offerings of most sleep sacks out there, I’m left to believe that manufacturers think bright colors will somehow keep babies awake at night. What’s with all the pastels? Well, that’s exactly how mom Holly MacLean felt when she decided to launch the charming Wee Urban. [don’t miss a sweet giveaway and special offer after the jump!] This line of bright, modern baby sleep sacks are simply gorgeous. Made from soft organic cotton and bamboo and featuring original artwork screen printed in water based inks, they feel like your baby is wrapped up in your favorite...

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Delicious Butters and Beans

I like to give crafted baby items made of fabric that are as soft and as safe as possible. And if they look fabulous? Even better. A brand new organic baby line is in town (virtually), and the fabrics are sophisticated enough for grown ups, too.  [don’t miss a limited time offer after the jump] butters&beans, a line created and crafted in a momma-centric home business in Minnesota, offers eye-catching, hand-stitched, organic cotton and bamboo bibs and burp cloths, baby blankets, and more. The quality is really special, the fabric is super soft for tender baby skin, and the...

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