If you’ve been reading Cool Mom Picks for long while now, you know how much we love to support small indie shops that make amazing gifts for kids or families — like the beautiful handmade jewelry at Julian & Co or geeky wooden teething toys from 3Princesses Etsy shop. Well, this week we discovered a tiny clothing company that makes clever backpack vests my youngest kids are going to love, because they have storage pockets built right into the vest. So now, when they want to bring along their stuffed animal, favorite car, and snacks, I can stash it all in their vest. And then I...Read More
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It seems like our annual Back to School Guide gets earlier each year, because hey – we’re here for you, parents! Whether you’re already scrambling to get those school shopping lists covered or you’ve got a good month left to track down the best backpack or lunch box or pencil case or kawaii eraser, we’ve got you covered. So we’re excited to kick off our back to school shopping recos with an amazing selection of the coolest backpacks for preschoolers and little kids! We’ve scoured the web to find the most adorably fun backpacks that are sized or designed just for little ones, who don’t...Read More
With lots of kids heading back to school in early August, and September really not that far behind, it’s not too soon to start thinking about back to school. Especially when they’re some of the most adorable backpacks and lunch boxes you’ll see, and at an extra special discount too. We’ve been longtime fans of mom-run business Apple Park and their eco-friendly gifts and gear for babies kids, featuring them on our site almost exactly six years ago (wow!), and now we’re so thrilled to welcome them as a sponsor. Their ridiculously cute back to school goodies, including backpacks, lunchpacks,...Read More
While kids may not be able to bring that 647 piece LEGO x to school, it’s not to say they can’t bring bricks along in the form of a cool LEGO backpack or bag. There are quite a few neat ones to choose from this year for back to school — and even a few vintage ones you can still track down if you’re a good searcher. But we’ve done the legwork for you. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: The coolest backpacks for preschool and little kids | Back to school guide 2015 The Officially Licensed Stuff LEGO Future Backpack...Read More
There’s something so fun about picking out that first backpack for a younger child headed off to preschool or kindergarten for the first time. So we love helping you do that very thing! Check out our picks for the coolest backpacks for smaller kids who don’t yet have to tote six hardcover library books too and from school each day…yet. Related: Click here for our 2016 back to school guide: The coolest backpacks for preschoolers and little kids – Don’t miss a big chance to enter our back to school giveaway! We’re giving away TWO $250 Target Gift cards...Read More
Our friends at Tinyme, they of the generous free printables we often publish for our readers, happens to also design some things worth spending money on. In time for back to school, you have to check out their range of personalized backpacks and bags for kids, which is pretty mind blowing. From backpacks of all sizes to mini messengers, book totes, pencil cases, duffels, swim bags and more, you can chose from red, navy or pink and then get ready to spend like, oh, a better part of your day playing around with the hundreds of personalization options. I cannot stop...Read More
We can’t believe it’s August and we’re already thinking about back-to-school shopping. Although what’s crazier is that some of you parents have to think about it now because your kids go back to school next week. WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THIS WORLD? (Sorry, New Yorker here whose kids go back to school after Labor Day.) So as we start to poke around for the coolest school supplies to bring you in our upcoming annual back to school shopping guide, I came across these emoji backpacks and honestly, I just couldn’t wait another week to share them. Seeing how emoji is like the new...Read More
Do you know how much the average parent spends on back to school shopping? Let’s just say, a lot. We love supporting smaller indie brands, and finding the cool school supplies out there that helps make this time of year a little more fun — but we also love a great bargain. Which is why we are beyond happy to be working with our sponsor Ebates, which is now helping us all do both. From July 21 to August 3, when you sign in with your Ebates account, you get double cash back from tons of online retailers you may be shopping anyway, like Old...Read More
When I saw the brand new Skip Hop Forget Me Not backpack and lunch bag sets earlier this year at Toy Fair, it was like an instant, I HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THIS. And now, at long last, they’re available for purchase from their site, our affiliate Amazon, or indie kids’ boutiques everywhere. The idea is so clever: Backpacks in little kid sizes that is smartly designed with a matching lunch pack that actually fits right into a zippered flap on the outside of the bag with a see-through window. If that window isn’t showing the lunch box pattern on...Read More
My kids wear uniforms to school, which makes it hard for them to find ways to express their personalities while staying within the dress code. One great option is of course custom backpacks (and backpack accessories) that reflect their fun spirits, like the new ones we just discovered from Adelaide NYC, already one of our favorite spots for kids’ accessories. They’re pricy, but definitely something we haven’t seen before. DIY backpack in this case means design it yourself, which is definitely easier and less messy than handing your kids a sewing machine and some backpack fabric. Kids can choose from 12 different geometric...Read More
We featured Canadian brand Herschel in our 2013 Backpacks for Big Kids Guide because we’re so impressed with their sturdy construction and stylish design. Now we’re digging on the the Hershel toddler backpacks at My Sweet Muffin, which are slightly smaller but just as long-lasting. because as parents know, toddlers sure are rough on their backpacks for people without homework. I even discovered a faulty zipper on my kindergartner’s first bag–right after he tore off the tags on the day before school started. Yay. With gender neutral colors, padded straps, and plenty of reinforcement, we love Herschel Supply’s Plaid Survey Bag, Cobalt Blue Bag,...Read More
We’re so excited to bring you our annual Back to School Shopping Guide! Whoo! While you were busy drinking in the rest of summer, we were all busy combing the web to find our favorite back to school goodies to help get everyone a little more excited for September…or uh, early August, for a few of you. (Sorry Nashville.) We’re kicking things off today with the coolest backpacks and bags for preschoolers and the younger kids in your life, which is always one of our favorites. How sweet is it to pick out your child’s very first backpack that no doubt will...Read More
We thought hedgehogs, foxes, even narwhals would hit it big as the hot animal for kids his year. And yes, they have. But of all things, we’re also noticing a ton of adorable panda school supplies and we can’t say we’re complaining. If your kids awwww at them as much as ours do, here are some of our favorites. Panda preschool Backpack and Panda Zoo Lunchie ($20, $14 Skip*Hop) What preschooler or little kid would not want to skip to school holding one–or both–of these cute panda supplies in their paws. Actually, my seven-year old likes the lunch...Read More
Skip Hop is inextricable from my memories of my boys in their early years. My older son started preschool with a frog backpack and ended Pre-K with a very well worn monkey on his back. My three-year-old is currently toting the fox around on his tiny shoulders, but the replacement this September will undoubtedly be the adorable hedgehog backpack. And you may know how we feel about hedgehogs. He was just added to the Skip Hop Zoo Pack lineup this month, along with a pretty butterfly and kids will love them. Matching butterfly and hedgehog lunch boxes— which Skip Hop refers to as the cutesie “Zoo Lunchies”–are...Read More
We are so excited to bring you our annual back to school shopping guide, all fresh and fun for 2013. What’s the fun of going back to school–making lunches every morning? No! It’s finding your kids’ first new backpacks. That’s why we’re starting out with 11 of the best preschool backpacks, for all kinds of tastes in all kinds of price ranges. And hey–kindergarteners might like them a whole lot too. Shark Backpack in silver (Pkolino, $54.99) Panda Zoopack (Skip*Hop, $20) Kitty Personalized Backpack (Pottery Barn Kids, $34.50) MadPax Bubble Half-Pack (Madpax, $48) Milkdot Topkat Backpack (Milkdot, $40) Retro...Read More
Back to school shopping season gets earlier every year, doesn’t it? I have to say, there’s something about a shiny new backpack ready for new learning and new adventures that makes the season more fun. I mean, for the kids. Of course. We’ve loved, owned, and cherished Beatrix NY kids’ backpacks, wheelie bags and lunchbags since the day they launched. And while the adorable owl and the dinosaur are old friends, I’m happy to see some new designs added to the menagerie. The new little kids’ backpacks add some slightly more feminine options, like Katarina the Frog (Katarina was...Read More
It’s 2012, and we still don’t have our jet packs, hovercars, and personal house-cleaning robots. But we have found that robot backpacks are super hot, so we’ve rounded up a fantastic collection of the very best ones, to keep your kid company at school. And no, they do not do homework. Alexander the Robot Backpack is a structured bag sized for ages 5 to 10, with plenty of space for lunch, homework folders, and those old-fashioned “book” thingies. He’s free of PVC, lead, pthalates, and Daleks and is available from one of our favorite little labels, Beatrix NY. Alexander’s...Read More
The summer is almost officially over and that means one thing: The launch of our sixth annual Back to School Shopping Guide, featuring close to 150 goodies that will help make your little and big kids’ school year the coolest one yet. You’ll find everything from cool preschool backpacks and lunch boxes, to hip back-to-school clothes for kids and tweens, parents’ lifesavers, free printables, plus exclusive discount codes galore, all in one handy place. This year, we’ve also added an entire back-to-school craft section courtesy of our fabulous guide sponsor Scotch Colors + Patterns Duct Tape, which has just launched than...Read More
I learned the hard way, as have many parents, that if you buy a cheap backpack for your kid, even your toddler, you will be buying a second (and possibly third) backpack before the school year is through. So now I look for good quality, functionality, and still a cute design. Because another thing I’ve learned: it’s harder for my kids to forget their bag at home every morning if they actually look forward to showing it off. CMP favorite mom-run SoYoung Mother now is meeting all these criteria with an adorable new selection of kids’ backpacks made out...Read More
This past week, I had a dandy time perusing the 600,000* aisles of the NY International Gift Show, scouting out what’s cool in gifts and gear and design for our fair readers. I was also honored to be one of ten judges of the Best New Product Awards in the Baby+Kids category. One of my favorite finds of the whole show turned out to be the winner in the gear category: A new set of totally funky, punky, animalistic backpacks from a new company called Madpax. The fabulous Spiketus Rex backpacks from Madpax are going to be a huge...Read More
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