Pool accessories have come a long way since I was a kid. Back then, we made do with inner tubes and foam noodles, but now there’s larger-than-life, lounge-able swans and rainbow unicorns. Not to mention huge floating hashtags. But my favorite new pool must-have takes the trend small-scale, with these magical inflatable Pink Flamingos Arm Floaties. OMG, adorable. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: We’ve got five of the cutest reusable swim diapers for boys. Love that these long-legged wonders have graduated from kitschy lawn art (no offense, Grandma!) to seriously cool summer garb, and we predict they’ll be...Read More
Tag: girls’ swimwear
It’s finally getting to pool and beach season (yippee!), which means time to shop for bathing suits for kids. Like many parents, we like that one-piece bathing suits keep our littlest ones covered up…although we also appreciate that a two-piece swimsuit makes bathroom trips sooooo much easier. At any age. (Raising hands here as adults!) So you can easily see why we’re excited about our newest sponsor FASTEN swimwear, an idea so smart we fell in love with it and shared it with all of you, when we first discovered it last year. – Special offer for Cool Mom Picks readers:...Read More
Life saver! 8 super cool swimsuits for picky tweens and teens that their mothers will approve of too.
It’s swimsuit shopping season again, which is increasingly becoming a challenge for those of us with tween daughters. And, I get it: Mine doesn’t want to show up to the pool in the same swimsuit as our 5-year-old neighbor. And yet, I don’t want her dabbling in those skin-baring swimsuits and teeny bikinis that she’s seeing the “cool” older kids wearing. So we all did a whole lot of searching for those of you in the same boat, finding some truly cool swimsuits for tweens and teens that are stylish, modest, and let’s be honest…appropriate. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: The most adorably modern, modest, mix-and-match...Read More
We found the most adorably modern, modest, mix-and-match swimsuits for kids. So many problems solved!
Each spring, one of our readers’ favorite posts is our recommendations for cute, modest swimsuits for girls that are stylish but not…you know…a little old for them. We’ll have our latest version coming soon! But in the meanwhile, I’m so excited to share this brand new swimsuit line for kids that launched today. From our friends at mom-run Primary, whose wonderfully wearable, affordable basics for kids and babies pretty much fill my girls’ closet these days, there’s now an awesome line of swimwear for girls and boys that will make a picky swimsuit-searching parent dance with glee. You’ll find a colorful, kid-appropriate collection...Read More
Since sunscreen applications, checking swim diapers, and dragging a bag full of snacks, toys, and towels to the pool all falls on the grown-up in charge, we’re up for anything to make it easier. We’ve found that the new swimsuits from Fastenswim are a big help for swimmers who are still in diapers or potty training. You know, that stage when a trip to the bathroom needs to happen fast. Fastenswim suits have a band of magnets at the waist with two snaps on either end. These snaps make sure the magnets won’t pull free while you’re swimming — an important detail. When you need...Read More
Leave it to my own cool mom to provide us with a most excellent Cool Grandmom Pick as we make the most of the final sweltering weeks of summer — Frogglez Goggles. My kids refuse to go in the pool without goggles, and these are the first ones I’ve ever tried that they can wear literally for hours without complaining about them. That double neoprene band may make them look a bit like orthodontic headgear (with due respect to Joan Cusack in Sixteen Candles) but they’re comfy, they stay on, and they don’t even get caught up in my girls’ long hair. You...Read More
If you’ve already binge-watched the entirety of OITNB and you’re looking for a little entertainment, we’ve got you covered with two episodes of Spawned! And yes, that’s kind of a pun. On the recent episode of Spawned with Kristen + Liz, we’re discussing our post about little girls and “modest” two-piece bathing suits, and the rather…passionate debate that ensued on our Facebook page from our fans. We imagine you’ll have a whole lot of thoughts about this one! (top image: Balla abstract tankini top and bottoms at Tea Collection; Pom-pom trim bikini by Maaji) Listen right here by clicking play below below. Or listen on iTunes through this link....Read More
With four outdoor-loving kids and lots of pool and beach time on our calendar this summer, you can bet I am always stocking up on sunscreen. I’m pretty careful about when and how I slather it on, too, which is why I was surprised to see that I was making a few very common mistakes when it comes to applying sunscreen to kids. Ack. If you’re going to be applying sunscreen to kids — and hopefully yourself — this summer, you’ll want to check these common mistakes parents make and what to do about them. No need to feel guilty; just...Read More
I am an unabashed Athleta fan after being introduced to their clothes by a friend a couple of years ago. I practically live in them, mostly because I can wear them to workout and then for the rest of the day without feeling like I’m wearing gym clothes. Yes, perhaps the epitome of lazy, but hey, it works for me. So when my girls were invited to test out a few pieces of their new Athleta Girl line, I was more than thrilled. And no surprise, so were they. Over the last couple of weeks, my girls and I (the laundress...Read More
The best modest two-piece swimsuits for sporty, modern, or girly girls. Because, well, they’re still kids.
It’s become somewhat of a summer tradition to share with you our favorite modest two-piece swimsuits for girls, because teensy triangle bikini tops just feel wrong to lots of parents of girls who haven’t even hit puberty yet. And maybe, if we can get them excited about how cute sportier suits can be, maybe it will make those teenage shopping years a little easier? (If we’re lucky.) We love the convenience of a two-piece for mixing and matching styles, quick bathroom trips, and the fact that those tankinis can grow with our girls into next summer. Plus, these kinds of swimsuits are not fussy at all, which...Read More
Summer break has already started for my kids, and will soon for the rest of you all who are still dealing with daily drama of homework and packing lunches. Our first day was spent at the pool. Mom win, right? Well, sort of. Because my youngest — also, the squirmiest who hates getting sunscreen slathered on him — got burned, badly. And all too quickly I remembered it’s hard to trust your eyes in the bright sun to see if your kids are getting too pink and need to reapply their sunscreen. Well, if you’ve got any pre potty-trained kids in your house,...Read More
I pretty much love all the hip, modern kidswear from Nununu. Some of it pushes design boundaries though, so when I heard they introduced new swimwear for kids this season– well, I wasn’t sure if it would be a little too avant-garde for most parents, or as wearable as the few Nununu basics that my youngest daughter owns and never wants to take off. Turns out, the swimwear is not only wearable, it’s modern, fun, and even modest. Which is the trifecta for this mom. You’ll find Nununu swimsuits for kids and babies in every shade of black. And okay, a little gray or white thrown...Read More
15 of our favorite mom-approved, totally adorable, non-hoochie two-piece swimsuits for girls this summer
It’s become a tradition for us now to track down our favorite two-piece swimsuits for girls that are, shall we say, age appropriate? As a mother of two girls, the eldest of which is pretty much hitting tweendom (eep) I’m really glad that they still gravitate to tankinis, halter tops, rash guards and other not-so-teeny bikinis, but I also know first hand that those swimsuits can be hard to find. Besides, I admit I get a little freaked out seeing ruching on the chest of a low cut size 2 bikini top. Are we trying to simulate cleavage on a toddler? Other things...Read More
My youngest daughter isn’t a strong swimmer yet, and feels much more comfortable when she goes “under the mushroom” and its cascade of water at her Grandma’s community pool while wearing a swim vest of some sort. So when I saw the sleek, lightweight, and super cool Sea Squirts swim vests and children’s life jackets–complete with a fin protruding from the back–I knew she would be all over them. Or really, it would be all over her. Besides, it gives me another excuse to hum the jaws theme song when she gets into the pool. The first thing you notice about them? Yep, that fin....Read More
12 Mom-approved two-piece swimsuits for girls. Because they can dress like teens when they are teens. (Maybe.)
It’s our new June tradition for the last several years: Warm weather hits, we’re here with recommendations for very cute, decidedly non-hoochie two-piece swimsuits for girls. In other words, no high cut leopard bikinis (oy), no padded bras (heaven forbid), no appliques that spell out “I’m a heartbreaker” in purple sequins, and definitely no thongs (kill me). Just cute, on-trend two-piece suits in stripes, florals and solids that let little girls just be little girls–as long as we can manage to keep it that way. CMP is an rstyle affiliate This tankini for girls at Mini Boden comes in three totally...Read More
Summertime means pool time for my family, and while I’m so so glad we’re finally all out of diapers this summer, I’m a little bit jealous that we missed the boat on so many adorable reusable swim diapers that are now out there. Not that jealous, mind you, because I’d much rather spend my extra cash this summer on popsicles, not diapers.(And heaven knows I’m delighted to be out of the diaper phase all together.) But if you’re in the market for cute, eco-friendly, and cost-effective alternatives to those disposable swim diapers, check out these favorites of ours that look more like bloomers...Read More
Every now and then we see ridiculous baby products that make us wonder if they’re real or…if they’re April Fool’s Day jokes left over from years past. Turns out, these five crazy baby products are not jokes at all. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t make us laugh. Or gasp. Or encourage some parents somewhere to think, “hey, I need that!” We’ll chalk it up to pregnancy brain. We’ve all been there. You get a free pass. 1. The Baby Mop. Hey, your baby’s rolling around on the floor anyway, might as well put him to good use....Read More
Just as we’re starting to dig into all the great sales on kids’ clothes online, we remember the reason why–the new stuff is coming, including lots of drool-worthy designer kids’ clothes. And after getting a peek at the brand new Stella McCartney for Kids line we are ready for more. Behold, some of my favorite not-cheap-at-all styles that you can expect to see on the celeb kids sizes 2-14 this coming spring and summer. And hey, maybe on your own kids, if you can hold out until these are discounted too. Or just stick with the sale section at Stella,...Read More
featured partner We get excited when Jacadi Paris, the awesomely luxe baby and kids’ brand that pretty much never goes on sale…is going on sale. Yay! And we’re partnering with them today to share our favorite picks from the sale. (If we can even narrow it down, because zomg…the shoes.) If you’ve got a shower coming up or a kiddo you’re excited to spoil for up to 50% less, here are some of our very favorites from the vastly discounted collection, at some of the best values. Don’t miss some great picks and amazing discounts on Jacadi Paris after...Read More
The best age-appropriate bikini swimsuits for little girls. As in, no, they don’t need to dress like teenagers.
If I fall on my sword for one thing every year, it’s that retailers need to provide us with more appropriately modest two-piece swimsuits for our daughters. Last year was a tough year, with triangle bikini tops making the rounds. This year looks more promising! UPDATE: For 2017 picks please visit our most recent post on adorable, age-appropriate two-piece swimsuits for girls. I hit some of our favorite go-to sites for a few recos for those of you mamas with similar girls’ bikini guidelines to mine: non-hoochie, no string bikinis, no provocative statements, no plunging necklines, limited sparkles and sequins,...Read More