The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) wants to be as clear as can be on the safest way to buckle up your kids in the car. They just released new car seat guidelines for 2017 with very specific age and weight requirements and the folks at Healthy Child have conveniently summarized the important parts, should you not want to order a whole brochure. The AAP has even gone a step further and compiled a list of 2017 approved car seats that you can feel good about buying. Way to make a parent’s life easier, AAP! Related: Mifold vs. BubbleBum: Travel booster seat...Read More
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My kids have all used traditional booster seats in the car, but recently my son has had a chance to test out two cool booster seat alternatives so we could really give you the scoop on the pros, cons, and differences between the Mifold and the BubbleBum travel booster seats. While size and portability are huge benefits of travel boosters like these, my 7-year-old expert (you know, the kid who actually has to sit on them all day in the car) offered up some good insight too. So, if you’re looking for an option to the big traditional booster...Read More
8 of the coolest high-tech baby gifts that new parents will actually use | Baby registry essentials guide
There’s a ton of high-tech baby gear out there these days — but not all of it is stuff we’d actually use or recommend. I mean, just because you can invent a training potty with an iPad stand that doesn’t mean you should. So we put our heads together and took a good look at some of the very best high-tech baby gifts you can find, narrowing it down to 8 we think are definitely worth a spot on your own baby registry. Speaking of which, we’re thrilled to present this next post in our monthly Baby Registry Essentials Guide on behalf...Read More
We’re all huge fans of The Good+ Foundation, which was started 15 years ago by Jessica Seinfeld — and you may know it by its original name, Baby Buggy. (In fact, our Editor-in-Chief Liz is so committed, she’s a member of the Friends of Good+ Foundation board of ambassadors.) In less than two decades the organization has worked to provide more than 20 million essential baby supplies to low-income families. And now, I’m so happy to learn that in time for this week’s National Child Passenger Safety Week, they’ve teamed up with another brand we love, Britax, to provide families in need with free car seats, along with tips for buckling up safely. Because...Read More
The only thing we love more than super safe, comfortable car seats and strollers is when our essential baby gear has swanky styling too. The new City Motif Collection of baby gear from Maxi-Cosi combines serious safety features with a playful black-and-white city skyline design that manages to look both very European and, well, like you could whip out some markers and color right on it. (But, don’t!) The City Motif line includes three different products to take your kids from teeny to toddling. To start off, there’s the Mico Max 30 infant seat, known for being the most lightweight seat...Read More
14 of the coolest baby gifts and gear we wish we had when we were new moms. (Yeah, just a little jealous.)
If innovative baby gear is any indication, we can confidently say this is an awesome time to be expecting. My youngest just turned 6 years old, so I’m only a few years out of the baby stage, and yet there has been so much amazing change in baby gear even since he was an infant that I am left feeling just a wee bit jealous of all you new moms. From high-tech strollers that charge your phone to super smart breast pumps controlled by your phone — and even some gear that has nothing at all to do with phones — here’s our list of the coolest baby gifts and...Read More
It takes a lot to wow us when it comes to car seats these days; there are just so many similarities among them, it’s rare when one stands out from the crowd. But if I were shopping for a new infant car seat right now — and (cough) money was no object — then the Cybex Cloud Q car seat from the stroller company we’ve come to love is the one I’d be all over. This infant seat has some remarkable safety features I haven’t seen anywhere else, but I think what will impress parents most is the fact that, outside the car, it converts from a car seat...Read More
As a suburban mom of four, I live in my car. And as much as I try to tell my kids that this time we will not be eating in the car (don’t laugh too hard), I can never stick to that rule because, well, we’re all in it so much. That’s why the Clek Mat-thingy is so smart. Also, the name makes me chuckle every time I say it. Related: Tokidoki and Clek collaborate for some out-of-this-world car seats Not only does the non-slip, waterproof Mat-thingy protect your seats against spills and messes, it keeps them safe from compression damage courtesy...Read More
Sprinkle-donut spaceships. Cactus planets. Floating unicorns. Ninja aliens. All together. Seriously? Yep. Thanks to the brand new Tokidoki-Clek car seats and boosters, created in partnership once again between the safe, swanky car seat company Clek and the LA artists at Tokidoki. I loved their first series of car seats, but I am over the moon for these new ones. And to think, when my kids were little and I was picking out their car seats, I got to choose between grey, blue, or pink fabrics. Tokidoki’s anime-inspired outer space fabric is a far cry from that. It’s so detailed and vibrant, I bet kids everywhere are going to beg to be buckled up. And...Read More
I still remember car shopping when I was pregnant with my third child, trying to figure out which cars for big families would be right for me. As in, I didn’t want a minivan, and I wanted my car to safely fit three car seats, for my three kids under four. To be honest, I had absolutely no idea where to start, and it turned out to be something that dealers really didn’t know too much about either. Not fun. If only I could have thought to check out our newest partner, Cars.com, which is a tremendous help for families who are car shopping. It actually features a wealth of...Read More
Web Coolness: Star Wars in schools, smart ways to be more playful, and the most amazing new car seat.
Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Love these sweet Star Wars’ illustrations by James Hance in the style of classic children’s book illustrations. (via Bored Panda) How teachers can bring Star Wars into the classroom with these great lesson plan ideas that cover everything from Shakespeare to economics. We had our own theory on the Spawned Podcast last week about “Where is Rey?” Sadly, our theory was confirmed nearly verbatim by a toy manufacturer who confessed as to why there are so few Rey toys on shelves. Just wow. A great resolution: 52 ways...Read More
The best strollers to buy right now: What to look for, what to avoid, and which brands we’d buy again
If you’re trying to figure out the very best strollers for your family at this moment, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There are hundreds of models from dozens of brands, and it can be hard to tell which ones are worth heftier price tags — and which aren’t. Over the years, our staff of writers have tested everything from budget-friendly travel systems to high-end luxury strollers, and yes, there really is a noticeable difference between the two. We’ve talked to experts, we’ve talked to stroller makers, and most importantly we’ve talked to tons and tons of parents. We’ve been sent a lot of strollers and loaners...Read More
It sometimes seems like there’s a new stroller on the market every week. Great for new parents looking for lots of choices, not so great when you have to make a decision about which one to get. For some families, though, there’s an easy way to pare down the options: Cost. Strollers can be so expensive these days, it can feel like you’ve got to make a choice between getting one and affording to clothe your new baby for the first five years of its life. (If in doubt, go with clothes.) Affordability is the very reason I love the GB line of strollers...Read More
6 innovative products for babies with multiple uses, so you can use them for years past the infant stage.
Having a new baby is exciting and fun and…crazy expensive. We’ve all been there, it can be hard figuring out whether you splurge on the crib, or get a cheaper crib and spend more on all those cute clothes and room decor accessories and infant toys. It’s even harder before you even know what you or your baby will like. And it’s especially hard when you kind of want to buy everything that’s the very best you can afford because, after all, this is your baby. But as always, we’ve got your back! Our biggest tip is that if you are...Read More
Going on a vacation with a baby can be a lot of work, but if there’s anyone who needs to get away and relax for a while it’s a new parent. (We support you, new parents!) We have all packed for a lot of trips over the years, and we’ve put our heads together to figure out which travel essentials for babies are great to have on hand — and which are totally unnecessary. Some of these are splurges, some are bargains. But I really think they’re all great values because they do a great job at what they’re supposed to do. After all, your...Read More
We’re always looking for cool new safety innovations for children and since Volvo is synonymous with safety (thanks, advertising!) we’re not entirely surprised that they’re the first to reinvent family car travel with this Volvo child seat concept. Whoa, right? The premise is that the baby can remain in a rear-facing seat in the new Volvo XC90, only…in front. Then whomever is in the passenger seat has the ability to slide back. That way, the kiddo is in eyeshot of both the driver and another passenger, instead of one of us (ahem) climbing awkwardly into the rear over the seat back in the middle...Read More
At last, we’ve found a convertible infant car seat and stroller in one. A good one. A really good one.
My weekday stress point is double parking the car outside the elementary school to run, car seat in hand no less, while I pick up my oldest. It’s close enough that it’s not worth getting out the stroller but as each day passes, that car seat gets heavier and more awkward to tote up to the school doors. Just one of those mildly annoying parenting growing pains, that we’ve all lived with, but we don’t have to. Meet the Doona system, a car seat that transforms in to a smooth riding compact stroller with one click. Yes, that really is a car seat and stroller in one....Read More
The new lightweight Baby Jogger travel system gives you a lot of bang for those already stretched bucks
Ah, the umbrella stroller, one of the most important pieces of parenting gear you will own. Yes, even more than a wipes warmer. (Kidding. Don’t get a wipes warmer.) In round one of parenting, our umbrella stroller took a real beating as we threw our baby in there for practically every outing. So imagine my glee in our discovery that, just in time for my second child, the trusted Baby Jogger brand is out with a new umbrella stroller that pairs with a car seat to make a very affordable, attractive, lightweight Baby Jogger Travel system that isn’t quite so taxing on my already tired arms....Read More
I never would have guessed that a ten-pound baby could bring so much joy–and so much back pain. I’ve recently been trying out the Orbit Baby car seat, and from my perspective it’s a game changer. Plus a real back-saver that I’m thinking could have eliminated a few trips to the chiropractor for me over the years. My back and I appreciate Orbit’s SmartHub Technology, which allows me to set the bassinet into the base (or the baby into the car seat) with her facing me while we walk; then I can twist it to the rear-facing position for driving. It’s such a simple, innovative detail that makes a huge difference....Read More
10 completely over-the-top, absolutely gorgeous, seriously splurgy baby gifts for a lucky kid (that’s not ours)
One of the obvious—and awesome—perks of writing for Cool Mom Picks is that I get to scope out the newest, coolest products for moms. And sometimes, those products fall into the I-can-only-dream, outrageously chic, over-the-top gorgeous category. Then again, sometimes we get emails make us ask, are these for real? Here are ten seriously splurgy baby gifts I’ve seen lately, in no particular order. If you’re a 90201-er or $4500 for a crib doesn’t blow your mind, have fun. My wish list can be your shopping list. 1. Silver Cross Kensington Pram Stroller, $2,750 Feel like Kate Middleton when you stroll your baby around town; she has one...Read More
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