Tag: gifts for new parents

Organic baby essentials make great gifts, naturally.

When my son was born there weren’t really tons of organic or eco-friendly baby products like there are today. Honestly I thought I was being environmentally responsible by making sure there was no lead paint on his crib. Who knew a scant 9 years later eco-friendly materials would almost be the price of entry into the baby product category. The beautiful all-natural organic nursery collection from Amenity Home is the newest gift stop on our radar. Their baby collection features super-soft, durable towels, blankets and washcloths woven from undyed organic cotton. You can get them packaged in nifty little...

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Baby journals: Not just new-baby homework, I promise.

When each of my kids was born we had a mad scramble to figure out how to record the details of daily existence — eating, sleeping, and pooping, with an occasional weight check for good measure. Although it’s not a lot of information to keep track of, it sure does get lost in The Newborn Fog. Deena Wachtel and sister Lisa (Aunt LaLa) took their family’s penchant for organizing and created RosieBear baby journals for moms like me. These cute hand-bound logs for new parents come in all sorts of adorable prints from modern florals to a retro outer...

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The $25 Baby Layette

I realize that you probably have no problem finding a cute baby layette for under $25, and for that, I salute you. But to find one made with vegetable dyes out of soft pima cotton? Well that creates a bit more of a challenge. Well, say hello to the lovely mint classic gift set from the cool fair trade company, Baby Alpima Kids. Perfect for girls or boys, this soft-as-anything infant layette set includes footed pants and a long-sleeved onesie with hand mitts, all beautifully packaged in its own reusable little tote bag. Plus, I love the beautiful stitching...

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Sending out an S.O.S.

There’s nothing quite like those halcyon days with the new baby; the staying awake for hours on end, the endless crying, and — my personal favorite — the occasional complaint from a (usually childless) friend that you’ve fallen off the planet. Arm yourself (or your favorite pregnant lady) with the ample ammunition provided by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Post Partum Cards: 32 postcards are ready for tearing out and mailing, just to let people know that you’re still alive, and still have a sense of humor (even if you don’t have a spare minute). My favorite is the subtle approach,...

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Shower the people you love with love – and baby gifts

After many weeks in the making, we’re so excited to launch the Cool Mom Picks Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide! You’ll find a full 100 of our editors’ favorite baby gifts to give in 2009, from the cutest organic onesies to affordable personalized baby blankets, to must-have gadgets and gear. There’s even a few goodies for the poor neglected new dads of the world. Also? Discount codes (of course!), all of them good for the entire year. So click over mamas and get shopping, bookmarking, and oohing and ahhing. Because if there’s one thing we can universally agree is pretty nice about pregnancy — it’s the...

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Cross packing the hospital bag off your list

We’ve come across a few prepacked maternity bags and I have to say the idea is generally better than the execution. The bags often have these huge ugly logos on it that say something awful like NEW MOMMY ON BOARD and they’re filled with stuff that sounds good but you’ll never actually use. Exfoliator? I’m sorry, after I gave birth the last thing I considered was a luxury skin sloughing in the nasty hospital shower. The maternity bags from Babytime Bags were developed by two moms who obviously gave it a lot of thought. The cute quilted tote contains...

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A naturally gorgeous blanket for your naturally gorgeous baby

The soft, fleecy blanket with a satiny trim is a nursery staple– not only did my kids have them as babies, I had one as a baby, too, about a hundred years ago. And now Organic Blankees is offering up a new and fabulously earth-friendly way to grab your own. A whole variety of sizes, from a crib blanket to a huge sofa throw come in certified 100% organic cotton, trimmed with a charmeuse of hemp and silk. Customize your organic blanket with a ruffled or straight trim in a range of colors, and choose fleece or velour– which...

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A baby registry for the green-minded mama

Looking around the online shop, Sage Baby NYC, which focuses entirely on eco-friendly baby gifts and gear, it was hard to know what to rave about first. Wait — I know. All of it. Co-owners and moms Francesca Olivieri and Susan Gluck-Pappajohn (NYC ballet fans might recognize that name) have put together a beautifully curated selection of environmentally mindful and organic baby gifts, clothes and furniture. Plus there’s a convenient shower registry option that allows new moms to start their baby off on a green foot. Register for layette essentials for preemies on up, baby bath time goodies, modern...

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Born with a stainless steel spoon in his mouth

I have to say that the keepsake gifts for new baby boys are pretty slim pickin’s. I mean, nothing says “Welcome Boy” like a big plush monogrammed baby blanket, right? So, when I spotted the Baby’s First Spoon at Lisa Leonard Designs, I was glad to see someone finally got it right. This simple stainless steel baby spoon is handstamped to your specifications, and makes the perfect little new baby boy (or girl) gift. Whether the lucky new mom is a spoon collector or not, this custom gift expresses a lovely sentiment and makes a nice change from the...

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The perfect way to shake things up this Valentine’s Day.

Growing up, no Valentine’s Day was complete without a bagful of Be Mine and Hug Me heart candies. Sure they were cute, but let’s be honest: they tasted like chewable antacids. Conversation Heart Rattles from Yellow Label Kids are a much more tasteful way of showing your love. These sweet, soft, heart-shaped knit rattles are embroidered with the sayings you remember as a kid. And as if that weren’t enough, how about the fact that the rattles are made following fair trade practices–at CMP you know we truly “heart” that.  Plus they have the added bonus that they won’t...

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A baby changing pad that stays clean? Well, pretty much. Yeah.

While I don’t have a lot of patience for unnecessary baby “essentials” if there’s one little doodad I’m a big fan of it’s the changing pad. I stash one in the car, one at grandma’s, one in a diaper bag, one under the stroller, and even one on the actual changing pad in the nursery. Like I said, I’m a fan. Now CLENE has entered the game with their new baby changing pad which doesn’t just protect from germs in the bathroom changing station, it actually repels them. Smart. (Athough gawd, I hate having to write brand names ALL...

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Hooded baby towels that actually do what a hooded baby towel is supposed to do. Shocking.

Hooded towels are pretty much a requisite baby registry purchase, but most of the big shops that moms register with offer the thinnest, scratchiest, least absorbent towels in the world. I know. I’ve been there, as have my poor shivering kids. So you’d better hope your baby shower guests make a detour over Mia Belle Baby for their most excellent double-layered hooded baby towel. Big, thirsty, and deliciously soft, it’s a must-have in the bathroom or next to the pool. The absorbent terry is on the inside, and a bathrobe-like knit on the outside keeps it extra-warm. But what...

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Toby + Rei spin bamboo and cotton into a whole lot of cute

I don’t think I could ever send my kids off to school with a flimsy paper lunch bag after getting one of Toby + Rei’s sturdy and very cool reusable Robot Lunch Sacks. These heavyweight, 100% organic cotton sacks are so much bigger than the typical lunch bag, meaning I can get a sandwich, fruit, treat and reusable water bottle in there without later hearing about a squished PB&J. The stick-figure robots on the front of the bag could be passed from my daughters to my son and, unlike their latest pop obsession, would never become “so last year”....

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The baby book for parents who live in abject fear of the baby book

The brand new Keepaboo has created the perfect solution for disorganized mothers of three like me– you know, the ones who can’t get it together enough to fill out a whole baby book by hand, but who don’t want to forget the milestones. Or worse, hand over a few dozen CDs worth of pictures to our grown children and be like, “Here’s your childhood, kid!” Now I can document all of those precious details online in custom “books,” where I can include the information I want and lose what I don’t. (Beats blank pages in the traditional baby books,...

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Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest blankets, bibs and baby gear

It’s the quintessential new baby gift: A blanket, a bib, a must-have bit of gear, a fifth of Jack for the mom.¬†(We kid! We kid!) Kristen: Baby quilts meet 2008 in the most beautiful modern way with the myQuilt from MilkLush¬†(at top). Liz: I’m a huge fan of handmade quilts that don’t look straight out of the Colonial era. Props this year go to the gorgeous modern quilts from Bedscape Designs and the exquisite poppy quilt from All the Numbers. Kristen: The smart, cool baby gear from Wisey definitely make life with kids easier. Too bad I didn’t find...

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You’re the onesie that I want

Since my sweet third child will most likely be relegated to a life of shared toys and hand-me-down clothes, it’s always nice when someone sends her a personalized gift that makes it 100% clear that it was meant for her and her alone. So if you’re looking for the perfect 2nd or 3rd baby gift, you’ll want to check out the hand embroidered onesie from Baby Gardner. The sweet vintage-inspired elephant design is personalized with your choice of name and is packed in a delightful coordinating personalized drawstring bag. It’s a keepsake that can at least make up a...

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Say goodbye to terry cloth

I realize that drooling over a baby towel might seem a bit ridiculous, but when your closet is stuffed to the gills with old, rough towels, then you’d be just as excited as I was to wrap your baby up in a Bamboosa Bath Wrap found at Peekagreen. The combination of 80% bamboo and 20% recycled polyester makes for a super absorbent, soft, almost chamois-like towel that will keep that baby toasty warm and dry. Known for its antibacterial and hypoallergenic qualities, Bamboo also washes extremely well, which works well when you’ve got a couple of kids that are...

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The Ultimate Keepsake Baby Book – Before You’ve Even Filled In a Line

If you’ve been pining for the kind of baby book you might still pull off your mom or grandmother’s shelves when you go for a visit, why I think we’ve actually found it. Mother Stork’s Baby Book: 100th Anniversary Edition is a beautiful volume, harkening back to the days of lace bonnets for boys and and wet nurses for all. Mom and Kistner Supply owner Elizabeth Brantley has recreated the 1904 baby book that her great-grandmother owned with absolutely exquisite detail from the heavy custom paper stock to the linen-bound, gold foil-embossed covers. If this is right up your...

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Baby Book, Minus the Book Part

  I failed Baby Book 101. I started with good intentions: She rolled over! Must write this down in the baby book! Then something would distract me, and I’d forget until the next milestone occurred. Which I’d forget to record as well. I wish I had known about Plot-A-Tot back back then. These brightly illustrated wall calendars  (which also double growth charts) begin with your baby’s birth date, and include 96 stickers to mark first-year milestones without ever lifting a pencil. There’s everything from “My First Crawl” to “My First Tantrum” – as if you could forget that one...

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The Possible End to Empty Baby Book Syndrome

Kidmondo is the baby book 2.0 — a do-it-all destination combining photo storage, blogging, and all of the traditional info you’d put into a conventional baby book. Because let’s face it, as much as you want to chronicle everything your baby does, it doesn’t always happen. My poor second-born has a baby book containing his vital birth statistics and nothing else. Because I’m a terrible mother. And because Kidmondo didn’t exist back then. You control the privacy settings, so you can keep everything private or make specific information available to others. And there are different levels of service too,...

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