Tag: mobiles

Freshly Picked Marketplace: The new indie marketplace you need to bookmark for your holiday shopping

When Kristen and Liz started Cool Mom Picks, their desire was to highlight cool, indie shops that make innovative products with fresh ideas for kids and families. A decade later, that’s still our driving passion, and the chic handmade baby moccasins at Freshly Picked is one of our favorite indie shops to recommend for baby gifts. We’ve always loved Susan Petersen’s eye for style, and now she’s using that to highlight other small businesses too, with the Freshly Picked Marketplace. This online community is a hub of small shops curated by Susan, and when I browsed through the site I immediately added gifts from each one to my holiday shopping...

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The coolest baby gifts and gear of the year: Editors’ Best of 2015

We’re so excited to wrap up our year by featuring our very top picks in all sorts of categories, starting with our very favorite cool baby gifts and gears that were new or new to us in 2015. This is a tough category to be sure, so we went through our archives, talked to our editors and writers, and put together the few from our archives that we think deserve an extra special nod this year. And perhaps a spot on your baby registry too! In no particular order…our picks for coolest baby gifts and gear of 2015.   This...

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Adorable handmade baby crib mobiles let your baby fall asleep dreaming of Cinderella. Or ninjas.

I was never a musical crib mobile kind of parent. And now that there are so many options for piping in lovely music into a child’s room — as in, lovelier music than that tinny awfulness in most crib mobiles — I love the idea of just a simple, pretty crib mobile that you can hang above a crib or changing table to dazzle a baby and lull her to sleep the old fashioned way. I just discovered an Etsy artist called Wonderfeltland who is doing the cutest things with handmade felt baby mobiles. Check out the selection from...

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8 of the coolest Year of the Sheep baby gifts for your little lamb

I’ve always loved the Chinese Zodiac and not just because I’m a Chinese American. I am fascinated by the history of the signs and their meanings. So with the Chinese New Year just a couple of days away, we thought it would be fun to round-up cool Year of the Sheep baby gifts. If you happen to be expecting a little baby lamb (we’ll go with the lamb instead of the ram) in 2015 or know someone who is, here are some wonderful Year of the Sheep baby gifts to help celebrate. Kung Hei Fat Choi!   The beautiful knit dolls from BlaBla Kids have...

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Dream a little dream of dragons, bats, and narwhals.

Now you can put your baby to sleep with visions of fantasy dragons, hedgehogs, and even adorable bats (yes, they’re a thing) in her head. The handmade baby mobiles from Bee Janie Baby Mobiles feature all these creatures and more. You guys, they even have a mythical beasts mobile—you know, in case you have a Game of Thrones nursery in the works. Each mobile is handmade from felt, and most have somewhat unexpected creatures for a baby’s room. I mean, have you ever seen a mobile with bats before—the sleeping-in-caves kind, not the baseball kind? Me either, but I want one now. The...

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12 of the coolest baby gifts, gadgets, and gear of the year: Editors’ Best of 2014

Shopping for baby gifts might just be among our favorite kind of shopping to do, and we’ve featured no shortage of amazing baby gift ideas on our site this year. (If we do say so ourselves). After much consideration, deliberation, and debate, we’ve narrowed it down to the very coolest, all of which we would have loved to receive ourselves when our little ones were born. Here, our picks for 12 of the best new baby gifts of 2014. That will be just as cool to give to some lucky parents in 2015.   This is post is part of of our annual series of Editors...

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Print your own super kawaii toys in ten minutes flat. And we mean flat.

In a world exploding with 3D printers and landfills full of old junk, there’s something refreshing about toys that start out as paper and end up as, well, more paper. In fact, you can print these toys at home, build them yourself, store them in a folder, and recycle them when you’re done. And you don’t have to untie 47 little twisty ties and cut tape out of anybody’s hair. It’s fantastic. Check that–it’s Fantastic Toys, an Etsy shop filled with retro-designy worlds you print and build yourself. From dollhouses complete with furniture and landscaping to Alice in Wonderland playsets to...

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Frazier and Wing mobiles: You don’t have to be a baby to smile up at them

I’ve been singing the praises of the gorgeous handmade mobiles from Portland’s Frazier and Wing for a while now, and as much as I love the artistry Heather brings to her paper mobiles and reusable handmade paper garlands, I’m so excited to see her getting into new materials. She’s just introduced the striking new Auden mobile made from German felt circles and  natural maple. It’s a gorgeous piece of original art that can transition from a baby’s room to pretty much anywhere in the house. If you love wood, then you may like the Sandro mobile in a dark walnut that looks...

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The silver lining over the crib

One of the most fun things about opening the Cool Mom Picks shop last week at great.ly is the ability to introduce new artists to all of you. One of our favorite finds: the lovely handmade cloud mobiles from Jahje Ives who was one of the very first makers we knew we wanted to feature. I was never a big fan of mobiles with music–especially now that it’s so easy to pump in your own favorite (and decidedly less repetitive) sleepytime music via MP3. These mobiles, on the other hand, do everything I want a mobile to do, floating and twisting and enchanting...

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Sweet dreams are made of these.

My daughter’s baby mobile came with the crib and featured four demented and hungry-looking rabbits, so I don’t know why I’m surprised she had sleep issues. Maybe a cozy handmade modern baby mobile  like the new from our pals at Blue Without You would be more soothing. Whether you prefer hearts or stars, they’re sure to bring sweet dreams when dangling overhead. These simple baby crib mobiles come in a rainbow of colors and feature hearts or stars and clouds, all swinging beautifully from a mountain laurel branch–with non-toxic finish, of course. Select from one of the color schemes shown...

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Handmade crocheted baby toys that could make you want another baby. (Or at least one to give them to.)

We are talking about getting a dog, which makes it official: No more babies for this household. And I’m pretty much okay with that fact until I see a store like YarnBall Stories. This absolutely adorable Etsy shop has safe and soft crocheted baby toys and decor that stop me in my tracks with the cuteness. And you know how much of a soft spot we have for cool crocheted toys and gifts like crocheted baby booties here at Cool Mom Picks. The YarnBall Stories crocheted baby mobiles come in themes like the solar system, colorful hearts, or just pretty pastels. I...

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Valentine gifts for babies: 10 ideas for our littlest loves.

Yeah, they’re too young for chocolate hearts. But if you’re the sentimental type like me, Valentine gifts for babies aren’t entirely out of the question. Here are some ridiculously cute ideas. Bonus: You won’t mind having these items around for a long time after February has come and gone.   1. Baby hat with tattooed heart Since it’ll be a while before he can scrawl an “I Love You” card of his own, let him wear his heart on his sleeve — or head — this Valentine’s Day with this super-cute, crocheted winter hat with a tattoo-style MOM on the...

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We’re head over heels for Willo Baby’s eco-friendly treasures for babies and mamas

You know we are always on the lookout for fabulous resources to support our goals of easy, beautiful, and natural living, but our latest one-stop shop find, Willo Baby, impressed us beyond expectations. We are totally kvelling over their collection of affordable, original, and thoughtful indulgences for baby and mama. Willo Baby’s wonderful new online shop of eco-friendly family items is curated by an L.A.-based husband-and-wife team who clearly know what they are doing — and most importantly, what they like. The finds at Willo Baby include sweet baby bibs and swaddles in stunning prints and fabrics, clever mobiles and wall...

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Handmade crib mobiles for those looking for something a little…different

What does it take to get a jaded mother of two excited about baby mobiles? Ninjas, circus animals with mustaches, and angelic pigs, apparently. All handmade, and all so very different. Not to mention customizable. That small, squishy boom? Eh, just my ovaries exploding. Carry on. (But not until you take a peek at these gorgeous squee-worthy works of art.) Pink Cheeks Studio on Etsy is a treasure chest of beautiful, bright, handmade-by-a-mom goodies that add color, cheer and outrageous charm to almost any decor. As I may have mentioned (ha) we’re especially smitten with the utterly adorable handmade...

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The coolest ways to decorate a kid’s room: Editors Best of 2012

Decorating the baby’s room may be the most fun thing about being pregnant. (Unless you eat a lot of chocolate chip pancakes, which would make it a tie.) We had so much fun rounding up our picks for the coolest nursery and kids’ room decor of 2012. Liz Aden + Anais muslin crib bedding Muslin is so genius in all seasons, that I’m so happy this mom-run company finally turned their uber-popular swaddler designs into sheets for your baby’s crib. Also? Utterly adorable. Amanda Vissel Boys Posters In a world where so-called boys’ artwork is either super precious or el destructo, I...

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A hand-painted, multicultural mobile babies (and grownups) will love

My favorite kind of mobile isn’t my cell phone. I love hanging mobiles. What’s not to love? They’re moving pieces of art, transformed by light, wind, and perspective. And I’ve just found a real beauty that you might love as much as your baby. Why should they have all the fun? I totally adore this beautiful handmade baby mobile from Little Edie. Becky Brisco is the talented artist behind the shop. Her multicultural mobile is a fantastic way to introduce your child to the beauty of diversity. All of the faces are hand-painted so each mobile is completely unique–just like us. The...

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Mobiles for when babies outgrow the black and white

While I will always have a soft spot in my heart for those high-contrast, abstract-shaped, infant mobiles, admittedly they don’t age well as your child gets older. The folks at CMP favorite Petit Collage have the perfect solution for that quiet corner of your kiddo’s room, or the bland area above your landing, or any place that needs a pop of color and little bit of movement. Their gorgeous cut paper mobiles are made with thick cardstock, stitched with cotton thread, and printed in delicious colors. And there’s not a zig-zaggy test pattern among them. All mobiles come fully-assembled and ready...

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A Calder mobile? No, more like a Mahler.

I still remember what it was like picking out the perfect mobile for my children’s nurseries. I wanted something modern and chic but that still felt whimsical and child-like. I also wanted something unique and original that every other nursery on my street did not have. Marco Mahler, a sculptor specializing in modern art mobiles and hanging kinetic art commissions, has created 32 airy mobile creations that seem like they are floating in space.  Some are colorful and bold while others are more simple and elegant. Marco uses a variety of materials including acrylic glass, foam and metal.  ...

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Now I know my ABCs

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by all the cool, modern updates to alphabet decor, like this recent Etsy discovery which almost makes me wish that I had another baby’s room to decorate. The Now I Know My ABCs mobile from MiChiMa L.A.N.D. on Etsy would be a lovely addition to any nursery, but would also translate well to a toddler room or kids’ play space as well. Made by hand using stuffed felt letters flying freely from a wooden ring, it’s got just the right amount of whimsy and color, a welcome change to the spinning pastel critters that never...

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Mobiles go neon

If you’ve been anywhere near a fashion magazine, you’ll know that bright colors are in for fall. We’re seeing it everywhere, from clothing to accessories to school supplies. And now, one more very welcome place: kids nursery decor. If pastels were never your thing, you’ll love the new handmade paper mobiles from the talented Heather at CMP fave, Frazier + Wing. The bright, neon colors. I love designs like “Lucy” and “Alexander” (shown) which artfully string together a yarn pom pom amongst thick die-cut paper shapes in colors that will match any kid’s room decor. Hooray for color! –Liz...

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