We love it when two trusted favorites come together to make a product we believe in — and that our kids think is super cool. Behold this rad collaboration between fashion icon Tokidoki and ZoLi, trusted makers of cool water bottles and food solutions, all free of yucky chemicals. It’s a match made in rainbow unicorn heaven. The limited edition Tokidoki x ZoLi line includes 16 oz. stainless steel water bottles and 12 oz. food containers that are well-insulated and are great for hot or cold foods, so lunch is covered. Whether it’s water, soup, or yogurt, it’s all so much...Read More
Forget the plastic–we’ve found a shiny little metal school bus that’s ready to rock the five food groups– and keep them separated, too. The Din Din Smart Stainless Steel Bus Platter is non-toxic, lead-free, and it’s heavy-duty, too; we haven’t had a single dent or a dot of rust in several weeks of constant use. Although putting it in the microwave would result in electrifying, Back to the Future-ish escapades, it works just fine in the dishwasher. And my kids love it so much that I kind of wish I had gotten two at once (which you can actually...Read More
Remember back when lunch boxes were actually metal? I had a Holly Hobby one I adored (no cracks about my age, please!), though if I’d had the option of having my name on the box I probably would’ve happily chucked Holly for that. Name Your Design is covering eco-friendly, lead-free tin lunch boxes in cute designs featuring your child’s name. But that’s not the only reason they’re cool. They’re taking the retro metal lunch box one step further with a chalkboard surface inside the lid. Write a sappy note, draw a little picture, or remind kids to turn in...Read More
My older three kids gave me a heck of a time when it came to taking a bottle, so with number four, I’m determined to find one that she not only takes, but doesn’t add to the challenge with extra gas. And I may have just found the answer with the new Mellow bottles from Green to Grow. [don’t miss a nice discount after the jump] Now I’m not exactly a bottle expert, with my little breastfed baby bottle snobs and all, but I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with these – and it’s not just because...Read More
While plastic toys tend to fall a bit lower on my own personal shopping list, I wouldn’t complain one bit if the brand spankin’ never seen before holiday themed toys from B. Toys just happened to fall out of Santa’s sack (or Grandma’s purse) and under our tree. Especially with today’s news about the toys. We’ve already sung the praises of the cool, funky goodies from B. Toys and for good reason. We dig their gift-ready eco-minded packaging, their use of lead-free and pthalate-free plastic, and that they give charitable donation to educational charity Free the Children for each...Read More
For the first year ever, since becoming a parent, I actually have my kids’ Halloween costumes ready to go with more than 2 hours to spare before the 31st. Well, almost. The last thing we have to track down is some black cat nail polish, and some green face paint to perfect my five year-old evil witch. Browsing the local costume emporium in a bit of a rush, I was bummed to find no natural face paint options at all; just the cheap Chinese-made stuff. I totally admit I bought it, only to have a bit of remorse that...Read More
We’ve been toting our drinks around in stainless steel bottles and containers for years now. But what about the babies? Well, obviously when they’re drinking their milk straight from the source, they’ve got the best drink container out there. But if a baby needs a bottle, it seems that a lot of the choices still involve plastics. Not anymore. The new Kiki Bottles from Pura are made from stainless steel and they’re free from all those icky things we don’t want touching our kids’ drinks, like BPA, phthalates, lead and PVC. Even the fun and bright paints used on...Read More
I still use the soft cooler that I bought 10 years ago to lug around bottles and baby food for things like fruit, yogurt and juice pouches. But there is no doubt that if I were buying one now I would look no further than the Cooler Bags by SoYoung. I love the neutral linen exterior which is coated so it’s easy to wipe off. The retro designs on the front are a refreshing alternative to all the character-inspired bags I see out there, while the fully insulated interior works great, and isn’t made from the stuff that you...Read More
It breaks our heart when our favorite shops go out of business, for whatever reason, as with Quiet Hours Toys which is shutting its doors this spring. We’ve featured them so often over the years, always a fan of this mom-run shop’s exquisite taste in children’s toys, and commitment to supporting natural, handcrafted, and fair trade playthings of beauty. But the silver lining to the closing is amazing discounts on everything in the shop right now – if it’s in stock it’s 40% off. You’ll find kids’ dress up clothes like hand-embroidered crowns and stunning tutus, wooden blocks, teethers...Read More
My 4 year old daughter is very into dressing up–including the make-up. Do you know if there are safer kids’ make-up products out there? Maybe I’m paranoid, but I worry about the $5 variety available at the toy store–do I need to worry about it irritating her eyes, or bothering her skin? -Kristen In a word, “yes”. Kristen, you are smart to worry about play makeup since it can be loaded with particles and ingredients that are anything but kid-friendly to little lungs, eyes and skin. After my kids received a big cheap kit of “play makeup” made of...Read More
When I first had a baby, I kind of thought that a baby feeding set was one of those silly, outdated keepsake gifts that sits on the shelf. As it turns out, my toddler and my four year-old still fight over the “teeny spoon.” Because you know, all things teeny are great when you’re a four year-old girl. For a more 21st century twist on the traditional gift of baby’s first spoon, I adore the pewter baby feeding set handmade by Beehive. I spotted it at the new baby gift category of online shop Orange and Pear. It’s lead-free...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
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
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