Tag: gifts for new parents

How to make your own easy, DIY Me-Time Mother’s Day Gift Basket. (Hint, hint.)

If there’s one thing that we know every mom wants, it’s me-time. Alone time. Mommy time. Call it what you will, it’s the gift she may appreciate more than any other. Especially if it’s made with her in mind. So if you want to save some money by skipping those prefab Mother’s Day gift baskets, we can help you put together your own. The best part is it can be more affordable and personal than one that’s already on a shelf somewhere. To help you get started, we’ve put together some ideas for the kinds of items we’d love to see in our own...

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The most awesome sleep masks, for a do not disturb kind of Mother’s Day.

Certain words are especially delightful to parents of babies and young children: Mama. Dada. Go take a nap honey, I’ll clean up. Are you with me? Once you’ve had kids, few things are as precious and elusive as sleep. Oh, sweet sweet sleep. That’s why I love the idea of these personalized sleep masks from The Sleepy Cottage on Etsy for an affordable, very thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. Our editor Liz has ordered a bunch herself over the holidays, and she swears by the craftsmanship and great service from Texas maker Sabrina Evans. Related: The coolest custom mother’s day gifts | 2016 Mothers Day Gift Guide There are...

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13 amazing Mother’s Day quote prints that say it all, when we can’t.

I love the idea of Mother’s Day quote prints featuring our favorite quotes about motherhood. Whether it’s coming from kids who don’t always know how to express their affections (I’m looking at you, teens) or just from those of us adult children of mothers who know just what will light up our own mothers’ eyes on Mother’s Day and find a permanent place on a wall or desk. These mom quote prints we’ve found run the gamut from modern but sweet to a little sassy and sarcastic — and I imagine there’s one that will be very much appreciated for a special mom in your life....

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Presenting our 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

If you’re thinking Mother’s Day gifts, well you’ve come to the right place. We’re so happy to present our 10th (or 11th? We’re losing track!) annual Mother’s Day gift guide, featuring all kinds of gifts for all kinds of moms in our lives. Whether you’re looking for a super special affordable keepsake jewelry for your own mother, something totally custom and totally fabulous, a Mother’s Day gift for grandma that will become the next family heirloom, an affordable thought that counts in a special Mother’s Day gift idea under $25, or one of 18 cool homemade Mother’s Day gifts from the kids, we’re rolling...

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6 of the most beautiful lockets for Mother’s Day: Good luck picking a favorite.

With just two weeks until Mother’s Day, I need to get serious about finding the perfect gift for my own mom. And I’d better start dropping hints like crazy if I’m hoping for something extra-special like one of these beautiful and timeless lockets that I can wear close to my heart. We found 6 of the prettiest lockets — so sweet and heartfelt, it might be hard to choose a favorite. But pay attention to lead times for ordering and delivery. If you think you may be cutting things too close, message the jeweler directly to see if they can get your gift here in time. After all, we don’t...

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Hurts Like a Mother: The alphabet book you read after the kids are asleep.

We can never have enough irreverent books about parenting to keep us laughing, amirite? If you’re with me, you have to check out the brand new, very dark and very hilarious Hurts Like a Mother: A Cautionary Alphabet, by Jennifer Weiss and Lauren Franklin, out just in time for Mother’s Day. Well, for a very particular kind of mother at least. Those of you familiar with the Gashlycrumb Tinies (one of my own longtime favorites) will smile before you’ve even cracked a page. But when you do? Get ready for an alphabet of parenting like nothing Dr. Sears ever imagined: Amy overdid the...

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A hot new line of diaper bags from a designer who’s not so new to them at all.

I recently got wind of the hot new line of Newlie diaper bags created by Leslie Newton, who might be best known as the Leslie of Timi and Leslie. I have to say, I’m impressed. And I’m a mom who doesn’t impress that easily when it comes to accessories, whether they’re meant to hold spare diapers or not. As with so many diaper bags these days, Newlie diaper bags are designed to look like nothing of the sort. It’s only the a wipe-clean interior, zillions of pockets, and a sizeable insulated pocket on the inside of each bag that gives its primary use away. That pocket is perfect...

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A fully reclining infant car seat from Cybex: Mamas, prepare your baby registry wish lists.

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...

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Sh*tty Mom For All Seasons is a parenting guide full of what we all need: Laughs. Lots of them.

If you loved the best-selling Sh*tty Mom book as much as we did when it came out four years ago, you will be as excited as we were to get our hands on its much-anticipated sequel, out just this week. If you couldn’t guess it from the title alone, Sh*tty Mom For All Seasons is a parenting guide like no other. And that’s a very, very, very good thing. Let’s just say it feels like a parenting book from some renowned mom guru kidnapped by the writing staff of SNL and plied with lots of merlot. This follow-up title by authors and NBC TODAY Show producers Alicia...

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Parent Hacks is the book that will literally change parents’ lives. Here’s why.

We’ve been friends and fans of Asha Dornfest, and her brilliant website Parent Hacks, for a full decade, since we both got started at the very same time. In fact, if you click that link, you’ll see we first touted the brilliance of her site back in April of 2006 (wow!) referring to it as the antidote to the disappointing Dr. Expert parenting book that everyone raved about. Over that time, Parent Hacks grown to be such a helpful resource for millions of parents that, at long last, Asha has compiled the best of the best of 10 years of parent-generated tips in a new must-have parenting book. Parent Hacks: 134...

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Make your dreariest mornings a whole lot brighter with these 5 mugs. (Coffee helps too.)

We could all use a little nudge to get moving some mornings, especially after a horrible night sleep with a teething infant or a sick child. And what’s way more helpful than a friend chanting “it takes a village,” or your partner reminding you “it’s just a phase,” are these get-up-and-go coffee mugs we found on Etsy. With these motivational mugs, you can get the affirmation you need that everything is going to be all right — and, really, it will be all right — and go seize the day, even on just 2 hours of sleep. (Coffee helps too.) Related: 9 beautifully...

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The new BabyBjörn watercolor collection is a thing of beauty

Okay so maybe we didn’t completely buy those pastel Pantone colors of the year during the winter. But now? Spring! And just in time, BabyBjörn is totally on trend with a new line of baby gear they call the BabyBjörn Watercolor Collection. In fact, I get a little daydream-y just looking at all those icy blues and soft turquoises, and not because I’m jonesing for a new baby to stick in their carriers.  (Though if you have one, I’ll gladly ooh and ahh at you.) Not every color is available for every item. Like you’ll find our highly recommended BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light in...

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The brand new Ergobaby ADAPT had us at use it from birth

Since we’re always looking for anything that will make parents’ lives easier, we’re so excited to break the news today about the brand new Ergobaby ADAPT. While Ergobaby already makes tons of fabulous carriers that moms and dads swear by, the ADAPT is the very first infant carrier offering a custom, ergonomic fit for your child — from birth — all without the need for any extra inserts. Life with newborns made easier? Yes, please. It’s hard enough to get kids and babies and all their gear out the door, so anything that requires fewer parts is a big win for us....

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The cool custom cut-paper portraits we really, really want for Mother’s Day.

I think any parent would be so happy to be gifted a portrait of their child for Mother’s Day. Not the old-fashioned, over-posed kind of photo but something unique, handmade, custom-created. I so admire indie artists who create images of families that still clearly, and without a doubt, look like them and I was so excited to find Patricia Lima at Purple Paper People on Etsy. I have been wanting a portrait of my youngest, and her custom cut-paper portraits are so full of personality and whimsy, she’s the perfect artist to capture his fun-loving spirit. With Mother’s Day coming up, this is the gift I really want. Not that...

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Announcing Rosie Pope Baby: Designer baby clothes made more affordable

Before you buy your next baby shower gift, you’re going to want to check out this new collection from one of our very favorite maternity designers (and amazing friend to CMP), Rosie Pope. Now she’s turned her attention to launching Rosie Pope Baby, and we cannot stop oohing and aahing this collection of cute little clothes and shoes. Related: Rosie Pope shares hilarious tips for sex after pregnancy The entire line is fun, quirky, modern and remarkably more affordable than what I might have expected. A five-pack of baby onesies in wonderful, trendy prints? Just $32. Sweet baby gift. As for my own favorites, a pair of silver bunny shoes, complete...

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Trend alert: diaper bags are going chic with black and white this spring

We’re happily getting ready for kid number four at our house, and with that, a return to diapers. While I’m not exactly excited about the wiping bottoms part, again (because, really, who is?), I am excited to find a new chic diaper bag to tote around all my stuff. I’m happy to report that this spring the trend is black and white. Very classic! Plus, it really goes with anything you choose to wear (barring baby spit-up). Related: 10 of the best diaper bags under $150 From florals to stripes and everything in-between, we’re seeing lots of statement-making black and white diaper bags....

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Presenting the 2016 Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide! It’s back, and bigger than ever.

We are so thrilled to present, our 2016 Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, back by popular demand after a short hiatus. It’s been a labor (pun kind of intended) of love to seek out over 175 of the absolute coolest baby gift ideas, including lots from the small brands that we love to support. No basic, boring registry essentials here. (Sorry, baby nail clippers). These are more like those desperately-want-to-have items that can really, truly make those early days and months so much easier, more stylish, more organized, and hopefully more fun. Yes, it’s true. Babies are fun! Also? You’ll find lots of exclusive...

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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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Babyation: A smart, stylish breast pump. Nope, pigs aren’t flying.

My breast pump definitely got the job done, but it was certainly not stylish. Or smart. Try awkward and uncomfortable. But the husband and wife team behind Babyation are aiming to change that. Their new breast pump might be exactly what nursing moms have been hoping for. Babyation is the brain child of Jared Miller and Samantha Rudolph, born after they realized breast pumps really hadn’t changed much since the 1850s. Talk about scary! So, they set out to make a pump that’s super quiet, very discreet (as in, no boobage on display), and smart — it interfaces with an app that gives moms...

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Modern DIY baby blanket kits for moms who love to get crafty

Thanks to my mom, who put me in sewing camp when I was a kid (for real), I know a little bit about patterns, pleats and patchwork. While sewing doesn’t evoke some kind of longing for the carefree days of my youth, I do get pretty sentimental over making something sweet for my babies. And I find the easiest thing to sew, even for the craft-challenged, is a baby blanket. Related: The company that takes personalized baby blankets to a whole new level. Check out these adorable DIY baby blanket kits from Itty Bitty Handmade. These beautiful quilt kits make it so easy (promise, I tried it myself!) to handcraft a keepsake...

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