Tag: blankets

How to make a DIY weighted blanket, and save yourself $100 (whoo!)

I have a couple of kids with on-and-off sleep issues, so I’ve been paying attention to the swell of discussion about the benefits of weighted blankets for children. These blankets, which are generally filled with anywhere from 5–10 lbs. of weighted beads, are said to help increase both serotonin (which improves your mood) and melatonin (which makes you sleepy). Basically, your kids feel like they’re being held, which of course makes them happy. And sleepy. Yay! We recently received a sample weighted blanket from The Magic Blanket for my kids to try out, and after using it for a week or so their bedtime routines were much less...

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Unicorns make feeding baby more magical. Because, unicorns.

There’s nothing more magical than holding your baby close as you fill that chunky little tummy. Well, except for maybe unicorns. Yep, unicorns are more magical. And now you can have both. The limited-edition Unikiki Nursing Pillow designed by Tokidoki for Bébé au Lait is everything a new mom in your life would want this holiday season. The pillow itself is a dream — flat and firm on one side, plush and soft on the other, and puts your baby at the optimum height for a better latch and an easier feed. It also includes a handy, two-sided pocket, and both...

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9 terrific baby gift ideas to help baby (and mom) get more sleep | Baby Registry Essentials Guide

If there’s one thing we know that every new mom needs, it’s sleep. Lots of it. Lots and lots of it. So what better baby shower gift to consider than one aimed at getting her just what she needs? We are so excited to put together tons of recommendations in this next installment of our Baby Registry Essentials Guide series on behalf of our partner, Gugu Guru. It’s a free online baby registry that actually gives you custom product recommendations based on your taste and lifestyle, though when it comes to sleep, that’s something every single parent wants and needs. You’ll find all 9 of these smart gift...

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Freshly Picked Marketplace: The new indie marketplace you need to bookmark for your holiday shopping

When Kristen and Liz started Cool Mom Picks, their desire was to highlight cool, indie shops that make innovative products with fresh ideas for kids and families. A decade later, that’s still our driving passion, and the chic handmade baby moccasins at Freshly Picked is one of our favorite indie shops to recommend for baby gifts. We’ve always loved Susan Petersen’s eye for style, and now she’s using that to highlight other small businesses too, with the Freshly Picked Marketplace. This online community is a hub of small shops curated by Susan, and when I browsed through the site I immediately added gifts from each one to my holiday shopping...

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Sleep anxiety in kids: 5 solutions for big kid sleep issues that really work

I still remember celebrating when I was finally out of the baby and toddler no-sleep days, only to discover that I had a big kid with sleep anxiety. Once I realized the incentive of Star Wars Legos wasn’t keeping him in his bed through the night, I knew it was a bigger problem than a normal behavioral issue. My son, now 9, has quite an overactive brain, which makes it terribly hard for him to fall asleep. And then, if he wakes up in the middle of the night, he can’t fall back asleep unless he’s with me. In my bed. Over...

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The most stylish tummy time blanket we’ve seen in…uh, ever?

After 11 years of parenting, I’m a pretty big believer in not buying baby gear that doesn’t grow with your child. That means floor mats dedicated exclusively to, say, tummy time isn’t at the top of my priority list. (As cute as they may be.) Instead, I’d throw down any clean blanket — or bath towel, if I’m being honest — and call it a day. But then I found the new Bliss round blanket from Little Giraffe, which is so perfect for playtime and, yes, tummy time. I think the cool, modern design is pretty enough that parents will want to use it long after their baby has...

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Swaddle sacks that help you give the perfect gift: A better sleep.

After I discovered the magic of swaddling to help my babies sleep for longer than, oh, 15 minutes at a time, I was hooked. And in the way newborns spit up, poop, and find other creative ways to get their clothes and bedding messy again and again, you really can’t have too many swaddle blankets. If I had a newborn these days, the adorable swaddle sacks from Etsy shop Mint and Arrows would most definitely be in my stash. The thing is, eventually my babies easily squirmed their way out of their swaddles, waking themselves up in the process. So I’m intrigued by...

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The Baby Registry Essentials Guide: The Coolest Gifts for the Eco Mom

You know how much we love to seek out the very coolest baby registry essentials and must-haves, both as a group of moms who are searching for cool baby gifts for our own new additions, and as those who only wish we had them when ours were young ones. Especially when it comes to cool eco baby products that make you feel that much better about the items you’re buying. So we are beyond thrilled to have joined up with the most perfect partner, Gugu Guru, the brilliant online baby registry, for some of the coolest baby essentials. They make personalized, unbiased product...

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Cute organic baby bedding — and experts who will help you find a favorite — from Monica and Andy

Whether or not you remember it, there was a time that the only crib bedding options for new parents were matchy-matchy bed-in-a-bag sets or expensive bespoke bedding. So we’re really thankful that now there are so many stylish options for our babies’ nurseries. And just this week we discovered Monica & Andy, and they have the some of the most adorable new organic baby bedding collection that we’ve seen lately. The new line includes various sheets, quilts and reversible blankets, all made from the super-soft organic cotton — perfect for tummy time or breezy walks in the stroller. They also offer dozens of cute swaddle blankets made of organic, double-layer muslin....

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Shark Week is coming! Get ready with our 10 favorite shark picks for kids

Though the Fourth of July may be the number one holiday of the summer, Shark Week comes in a close second. It’s pretty popular among our readership because our kids get a good excuse to watch an entire week’s worth of programming about our favorite toothy fish. And, for that reason, it’s become somewhat of an annual tradition to round up our favorite shark picks for kids. If your kids are big fans of sharks too, get ready to tune into the Discovery Channel starting this Sunday, and check out our top 10 shark picks we’ve hooked just for you. CMP is an rstyle affiliate You’ll...

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The best friend blankie your child is sure to love.

I have a soft spot for twee animal products in general, but when I received Lewis, the snuggly, adorable travel blanket with the sweet raccoon face, I found myself in a blissful, childlike state, wanting to run outside and climb the nearest tree. The Nomad Travel Blankets from EllieFunDay go beyond adorable though, with a mission to encourage kids to venture outside more often. And Amelia the Bunny, Marco the Panda, and Lewis the Raccoon are all just waiting to be unfurled for an impromptu picnic, flown proudly as a cape, or tucked under a little head for some serious stargazing. Related: 10 really...

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Blankie Tails makes a big splash with new mermaid tails for dolls

If our most popular post of 2015, which introduced the brilliant and much coveted Blankie Tails, is any indication, there are now swarms of kids across America, flipping (ha) for their super-soft, well-made mermaid and shark tail blankets that are perfect for cozying up on the couch, or showing off at sleepovers. Lucky for all their kid fans, Blankie Tails just released the perfect complement to their people-sized tails: mermaid tails for dolls. Kind of ridiculous — and yet, ridiculously cute, right? After all, kids are outfitting their American Girl dolls in everything from equestrian wear to leg casts, so why not mermaid tails? I love that these...

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How beautiful swaddle blankets are helping babies in need of more than just sleep

What’s even better than snuggling your baby in the soft, stylish swaddle blankets we love from Buttermilk Babies? Knowing that your purchase is going to help low-income kids get the things they need to feel well-cared for. That makes me feel all the warm fuzzies inside, too. To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Buttermilk Babies will donate 50% of the proceeds from every single sale to Baby2Baby, a terrific LA-based organization that distributes new and gently used items to underprivileged kids.  But this campaign is only through February 29, so hurry! The hard part will be picking the item you love best. Buttermilk...

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Beautiful holiday party clothes your kids can wear all winter long

We love dressing our kids up for the holidays, but there’s something satisfying about picking clothes that they can wear beyond the parties and special events already crowding the calendar. That’s why we’re so happy to be working with our sponsor eden + zoe again. We’ve been huge fans of the lovely cashmere knitwear brand created by mom and designer Melissa Wang for so many years. This season, she’s added a gorgeous baby and toddler line, so you lucky parents of little ones get a chance to experience these truly amazing pieces. We’ve seen them in person and wow, they’re super soft...

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How to turn your kid into a mermaid without surgery

Summer may be ending but that doesn’t mean that mermaid season is over, at least if you have some mermaid-fanatic kids in your life like I do. So when I discovered Blankie Tails, handmade sleep-sack style blankets that look like shark or mermaid tails I immediately had to see it in person for myself. Because as I’ve learned, stuff like this can be a little hit or miss, with sloppy construction, cheap looking fabrics and big ugly product labels. Mamas? These are absolutely wonderful. With super soft, plush minky fabric, and a refreshingly homemade look and feel, it’s like one of those...

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A Kate Spade picnic blanket that comes complete with its own grass. Ants not included.

It’s finally the perfect weather for picnics, hooray! Eating al fresco of course isn’t complete without a picnic blanket, but this Kate Spade picnic blanket actually includes the grass too. Just in case that’s a little hard to find for you city dwellers. Related: 9 al fresco recipes for summer picnic perfection Okay, so it’s not real grass, but it looks pretty darn close, doesn’t it? The big difference is that it’s not itchy (sorry, grass) and it wipes clean, a helpful feature if you’re picnicking with children. Or heck, even adults, who might be a little clumsy with their wine sippy cup....

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Could the new toddler bedding from Aden + Anais keep your kid in bed longer? Hey, we’ll try anything.

I have a four-year-old. And in spite of putting him to sleep in his own bed each night, I wake up to his sweet little face beside me in my bed almost every single morning. I’m okay with that, but I am ready for whatever magical solution may keep him in his own bed once in a while so I’m willing to see if the new Aden + Anais toddler bedding bed in a bag does the trick. This is the same, soft Aden + Anais muslin so many babies these days are being swaddled in (my son, included), but it’s brilliantly designed so that the flat...

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Because girls like dinosaurs. And well, boys like purple.

I just love when parents get fired up about not being able to find the kinds of off-the-beaten-path things their girls are interested in. Because really, that just inspires entrepreneurs to come up with such things and now we all get to reap the benefits. Such is the case with everything at mom-run shop Nawi Kids. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount below –  Moms Nas and Whitney started their company years ago when Whitney’s daughter was potty training and into dinosaurs. Surprise, there was no dinosaur underwear for girls anywhere to be found. So, smart mom that she is, Whitney decided she...

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Swell Forever takes personalized baby blankets to a whole new level.

This spring, two of my friends have had kid number four which as we all know, makes it a little tougher in the gift-giving department. What baby gift do you give to the veteran mom who has three of everything already? Think heirlooms and personalized gifts. (Unless of course you are buying gifts for George Forman’s sons.) I just found the sweetly personalized baby blankets from Swell Forever and think they’re just perfect, since they take personalization way beyond monogramming. Send them your custom message, and they’ll print it on a tag sewn into the luxurious, made-in-the-US blanket. A sentimental message is so sweet, but you could also use a...

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The Peace Exchange: Fair trade accessories from an organization that just gives you more faith in humanity.

I admit that like a lot of you, that it can get really hard, day after day, learning about yet another violent incident around the world; another area facing political unrest, turmoil, and terrible conditions, especially for women and children. But as I recently heard Nicholas Kristoff describe at a ONE Girls + Women’s summit, every time he visits these countries he returns feeling less discouraged, not more so. Because there’s always one person, one group he encounters, doing absolutely remarkable things to help the lives of other people. Maybe that’s why I’m always looking for these kinds or organizations to support; it’s a necessary reminder...

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