Now’s the time in the school year that moms are figuring out whether that cool lunchbox you bought for your kid actually does the trick, or whether it was more cute than functional. Luckily, I fared pretty well (thanks Cool Mom Picks – heh), but if you didn’t, then don’t suffer for the rest of the year — snatch up a Yubo and thank us later. This super smart lunchbox, created by two parents with the help of the design team behind the Adiri Nurser, practically packs the lunch for you. The Yubo comes with three mix and match...Read More
A handful of readers have written to us asking for BPA-free food storage options, and I think it’s so great that there’s such heightened awareness of safety issues surrounding some plastics that manufacturers are responding. Case in point: The new BPA-free food storage containers from Pyrex. I’ve always had a thing for US-made Pyrex ever since my culinarily-obsessed dad lectured me about its virtues back in college, and I’m glad to see they’re keeping what works, and evolving what doesn’t. When you look at the lines, the shapes of these oven-safe glass storage containers are actually really clean and...Read More
Since the recent revelation that SIGG bottle liners contain BPA, we’ve been on the look out for more alternatives made of stainless steel and not aluminum, which requires a liner in the first place. There’s the Safe Sporter which we’ve featured on site, and several options in our Back to School Shopping Guide. But we hadn’t found anything with designs as beautiful as some of the SIGG offerings until we found the awesome stainless steel bottles from Earthlust. Created by an earth conscious San Francisco mom, the bottles are made from food grade stainless steel with a carabiner for...Read More
Cool Mom Picks + The Soft Landing bring you The BIGG Bottle Swap (a.k.a. Don’t get mad at SIGG…get discounts)
Like so many of you, we were super bummed to discover last week that SIGG bottles are not BPA-free. But after a few minutes of being bummed, we had this idea: What if, instead of everyone just tossing out their bottles, we ask one of our favorite sites to create some sort of bottle trade-in program so that folks like us (and you of course) can recycle your old SIGG bottles and get a product you feel better about in exchange? And so, the BIGG Bottle Swap was born, thanks to our amazing partner, The Soft Landing. As part...Read More
It’s disheartening to support a brand like SIGG for making safer, BPA-free drinking bottles for kids and adults when it turns out that nope, that wasn’t the situation at all. Or as the old saying goes, “we was played.” News broke this week that SIGG, the aluminum bottles we’ve often lauded as a safer, Bisphenol A-free alternative to plastic cups and bottles–and that my own kids drink out of every day–have linings that contain small amounts of the proven endocrine disrupting chemical. This is the case with all SIGG bottles made before August 2008, and plenty still being sold....Read More
I pack school lunches for my kids every day. I don’t mind actually making the lunches; it’s the packaging that gets me, all those little plastic bags bound for the trash, stored in a garish character tie-in lunchbox. That part is depressing. CMP has brought you plenty of alternatives lately and now here’s one more: Citizenpip’s Soup to Nuts Kit brings cool design and eco-friendly storage together — for lunch. Each stylish, insulated lunch box holds a thermos, water bottle, four airtight reusable food containers that can be opened by little hands, a fork and spoon, and five washable,...Read More
With my oldest daughter’s recent transition from sippy cups to regular cups, I’m having to scrounge around for our collection of BPA-free IKEA plastic cups that tend to end up in our bath tub as play toys instead of filled with milk on our dinner table. So that’s why I’m digging the new silicone sleeved glass tumblers from Silikids. We already love all their smart silicone-based products for kids, so it’s not a surprise that we’re equally enthralled with their new glassware. The tumblers are the perfect size for little kid hands, and the sleeves not only protect the glasses but help in...Read More
When my daughter turned five last month, we decided to be completely done with any cups with a top. That’s all fine and dandy when we’re home, but it does make life a little difficult when we’re on the road. So instead of buying stock in juice boxes and plastic sports bottles, I’ve got my daughter using the new, BPA-free Safe Sporter from Kid Basix, a kid-sized stainless steel sport cup that bridges that gap between sippies and regular drinking cups. The wide mouth is easy to clean and the spout is truly easy pull — I’m not being...Read More
Who knew, back when we were kids that there would be a lunchbox alternative besides those little metal numbers with the latch, the wobbly handle, and, if you were me, an illustration of the Partridge Family on the front. The contemporary new Oots Lunchbox is a really interesting take on the old sandwich carriers of yore – basically it’s a BPA/Phthalate-free plastic box with a contrasting colored top, held together by a wide swath of elastic over the top, plus a fabric carrying handle. You can pretty much stuff it to the gills with five enclosed plastic storage containers...Read More
Can I mention that I’m sort of freaking out about this whole packing a lunch in an actual lunch box thing, which is completely silly because it’s just a lunch for goodness sake. So, I’m relying on my daughter’s new Laptop Lunch box and bag to get me through this mini-crisis. It might sound crazy, but if you haven’t seen the Laptop Lunch bento box systems over the past couple of years, then you’re in for a real treat. They’ve upgraded their earlier version to feature three BPA-free, watertight containers with lids, a deeper bag, and completely metal silverware....Read More
The day I realized how many plastic baggies I was using in my kids’ lunches each week was the day I began trying every sort of reusable container and wrap out there. Nowadays the kids take a cobbled-together assortment of reusables in their lunch bags, but the Kids Konserve kit appeals to me for three reasons. First, it’s everything you could possibly need for a single gone-green lunch, with a combination of reusable lunch sack, reusable sandwich bag, stainless steel bottle, cloth napkin, and safe food storage, all perfectly coordinated. There’s “fun” butterfly and caterpillar designs for the little...Read More
The cult favorite Patemm pad was one of the first products we ever featured on Cool Mom Picks, back when we all had one kid a piece and were astonishingly better rested. Since then, we’ve added to our own broods while Pattem has extended their line of super smart round changing pads to include organic, and now laminated versions. Once you get your hands on a Patemm pad diaper changing mat, you may never go back to the regular old ones. The round shape gives you a bit more coverage for those roly poly babies, and they offer a...Read More
Recently Liz and I attended the Fancy Food Show in New York where we found Tasty Baby, a line of frozen organic baby foods that may just cause me to exceed my superlatives usage quotient for the day. How do I know that this baby food tastes amazing? Because I inhaled a cup of Bangos (banana + mangos) while standing at the booth and then brazenly asked for another one — despite the fact I have no babies. This mom-run, eco-friendly, and very charitable company offers products for every stage of development, all of which are gluten-free, unsweetened, and...Read More
Since all the issues with BPA surfaced, I, like many of you, have been on the search for safe glass kids dishes. But the combination of glass and two rambunctious kiddos means that they’d need to include some Xanax in the package. I am beyond excited to have discovered Zoeborganics’ new Kidishes, a set of kid-friendly tempered glass dishes that are both dishwasher safe and microwave friendly. That means no heating things up in a ceramic or glass and then transferring to BPA-free plastic. Plus, I like the idea of my kids, especially my five-year old, eating off “real”...Read More
My mother was the queen of homemade baby food. And while I admire her commitment and even bought a micro food processor to follow in her footsteps, more often than not I have to reach for something cooked, pureed, and packaged far from my home. I really do want to choose baby food that comes as close to homemade as I can afford — at least for my baby; the toddler has already been contaminated, poor child. And I was recently introduced to Sprout Organic Baby Foods, created by hot celeb chef/dad/Food Network mainstay Tyler Florence so I was...Read More
I absolutely adore our reusable stainless steel water bottles — I love knowing nothing weird is leeching into what we drink, and I love how they look — but I really, really miss being able to put ice in my water bottle without a mallet. Not the worst of all problems in the world, but still. Enter EcoUsable water bottles; they’re stainless, they’re pretty, and perhaps best of all they have a new, wider opening to accommodate my old friend the ice cube. Do you hear the angels singing? I do. They’re saying, “Yay, cold water!” -Mir Find wide-necked EcoUsable...Read More
When I first discovered Smiling Planet, I was instantly smitten by this mom and pop company’s avid commitment to teaching children respect for the environment through artful, eco-friendly housewares. Essentially Freddy and Olivia Deane have devised a way to make dishes out of a recycled polypropylene plastic that’s free of BPA, Phthalates, melamine and all that other stuff you hear about in scary news stories these days. Even the packaging is eco-d up the whazoo. Each plate features a different illustration from the Smiling Planet children’s book they designed about being good to the Earth. Take a look and...Read More
We’re always looking out for safer, non-leaching plastic baby bottle alternatives, like the ones from Green to Grow and my own baby’s choice, Adiri. But I know that some moms are like Ack, plastic! Plastic is the devil! Plastic will come to earth, eat our brains and kill us all! And hey, they may be right. Even so, I’m a bit reluctant to make the leap to glass. You know, it being glass and all. Until I got a load of the Wee-Go bottles from Go Baby Life. [EDITED UPDATE: They are now called Lifefactory Bottles, available at our...Read More
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