Tag: bedtime

A beautiful bedtime book that captures the joy of childhood

It’s hard not to be completely smitten with the work of Brooklyn artist Ida Pearle as we have for ages. Her cut-paper illustrations beautifully capture the whimsy and joy of childhood. We loved her alphabet book A Child’s Day: An Alphabet of Play, and now she’s out with a new book called The Moon is Going to Addy’s House, a magical and unique look at bedtime. My kids are hooked. In this book, Addy has been at a playdate in the city and she’s headed home for bed. The family drives through the city, over the Brooklyn bridge, and toward their house in the country. The whole time, Addy...

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The hottest tech posts you missed this week

Here are the hottest tech picks on Cool Mom Tech from this week. Look what you might have missed!   1. This amazing iPad case turns your favorite tablet into a laptop. Sort of. 2. 7 awesome cord management solutions to get you organized! 3. The new Sleep Number bed for kids. Is it worth the hefty price tag? 4. If you’re not sure which fitness band is right for you, this smart new service can help. 5. Helpful tips for getting your digital photos organized finally....

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We’re nuts for Eric Litwin’s Bedtime at the Nut House. (Yeah, we went there.)

I don’t know about you, but the books that get my reluctant reader the most excited are the ones that drive me nuts. You know, the ones that include a catchy little song that he can shout at bedtime, when he’s supposed to be relaxing? His most recent favorite is Bedtime at the Nut House, with just that very sort of catchy chorus. And you might recognize the style considering it was written by Eric Litwin, author of our own bookshelf staple, Pete the Cat.   What happens when Wally and Hazel Nut refuse to go to bed? Let’s just say that...

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Back to school stress-buster: 5 tips to get kids out the door in time for school

It’s back to school time and we would love to go on and on about how structured and peaceful the morning routine is in our homes, what with getting the kids ready, making a healthy breakfast, packing the perfect lunches, signing permission slips days in advance, creating exquisite french braids “just like Elsa,” and walking the dog–maybe twice. You know, just like you do, right? We admit it: Mornings are crazy, and a little help can go a long way. That’s where the kids earn their keep. Having your kids shoulder some of that school morning burden can really...

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BTDT new mom tip: Spend more on the mattress, less on the crib

A newborn’s sleep is something moms take seriously–as in don’t-you-dare-turn-that-vacuum-on seriously. So we spend a ton of time picking out the perfect crib, and not a whole lot of time thinking about the mattress. I’m here to tell you to shift your mindset. We’ve loved Naturalmat for a long time for their completely non-toxic mattresses for little ones. If you’ve ever opened a new mattress for yourself and dealt with the fumes coming from it, then you understand why I’d rather my baby have a more eco-friendly option. Naturalmat has been committed to making all their products by hand (in...

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The Bear’s Song: A new bedtime book for kids that I don’t mind reading over and over.

I have a few non-negotiable criteria when I’m looking for a new bedtime book to read with my kids and The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud exceeds my expectations on all counts. This book is my kids’ and my own current favorite bedtime story. The art is reminiscent of Richard Scarry’s busy world–only more artful than cartoony–making it fascinating for the kids. They quietly listen as I read because they’re so mesmerized by the images. Plus, the book isn’t too wordy which means it’s absolutely re-readable; one of my essential requirements.  Plus the plot is adventuresome, and our favorite part is to try...

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Looking for a great bed rail with night light built right in? We’ve found a great one.

My kids are rollers. I can’t count how many times I’ve gone to check on them while they sleep, only to find them on the floor. I’ve considered getting a bed rail but they think they’re so babyish. And when you’re a big four-year-old, is there a worse fate?  But then I discovered the new new Side Light bed rail from Babyhome which even my older kids think looks pretty cool. If you recognize the name Babyhome it’s because they’re the amazing modern children’s design company responsible for the modern So-Ro cradle that we’ve all been coveting for the babies in our...

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Web Coolness: Tattooed Easter eggs, Push Presents, and the insanity of a $1000 Elsa doll.

It’s Friday, and we’ve rounded up our favorite links for the week for you to enjoy as much as we did. Have a great weekend!   Terrific Easter egg DIY. With tattoos. Add it to all the other Easter egg decorating ideas we love. The new Frozen dolls are going for more than $1000 on eBay. Our readers have a lot to say about that. Laughing at this funny blog post about push presents. Great advice on how to raise inquisitive kids. Bookmark: Helpful advice on choosing the best Instagram collage app. Why some parents do over-the-top ridiculous things to delight our children....

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The Pop-Clock alarm clock for kids. Waking up almost seems fun.

I have the hardest time getting my night owl daughter up for school in the mornings. She likes to come visit us most nights around 2 AM, so when morning comes around she’s too tired to get up and dressed for kindergarten. The trick that’s working for me—for this week, at least—is Pop-Clock, a super-fun alarm clock for kids. You might be familiar with the Clocky alarm clock for older kids, and now Pop-Clock is  made just for younger ones just learning to get out of bed by themselves. When the alarm goes off, the creature’s head goes flying across the room...

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Web Coolness: Children as women through history, the history of pink, and the case for not “leaning in.”

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we all have.   This fun photo series models children as great female role models through history. [h/t buzzfeed] Speaking of which, Happy 80th birthay to Jane Goodall! Did we get you with this April Fool’s joke on Cool Mom Tech? (Sorry!) Why people associate pink with girls. (For the record, we’ve always thought boys look great in pink.) A case for not leaning in and more sanity in our lives. Top children’s book authors and illustrate protest excessive school testing, including...

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