Having been the resident stroller expert around here for years, believe it or not, I still get excited when I hear about cool new jogging strollers. It’s great to know that stroller manufacturers are increasingly thinking about us who want to push our kids around more places than a shiny mall floor. And now there are three new all-terrain stroller models on the way that are so cool, you new parents in the market for one are going to have a tough time choosing a favorite. ORBIT BABY O2 STROLLER I loved my Orbit stroller with my own children; it was so versatile and easy...Read More
10 completely over-the-top, absolutely gorgeous, seriously splurgy baby gifts for a lucky kid (that’s not ours)
One of the obvious—and awesome—perks of writing for Cool Mom Picks is that I get to scope out the newest, coolest products for moms. And sometimes, those products fall into the I-can-only-dream, outrageously chic, over-the-top gorgeous category. Then again, sometimes we get emails make us ask, are these for real? Here are ten seriously splurgy baby gifts I’ve seen lately, in no particular order. If you’re a 90201-er or $4500 for a crib doesn’t blow your mind, have fun. My wish list can be your shopping list. 1. Silver Cross Kensington Pram Stroller, $2,750 Feel like Kate Middleton when you stroll your baby around town; she has one...Read More
Hi Cool Mom Picks. Any recommendations on the best affordable jogging stroller that’s ideally lightweight, compact and versatile? -Pamela J. Hi Pamela, Though I will admit right off the bat that I am not a jogger, I have reviewed my share of jogging strollers and I have a few recommendations for the best ones that ought to give you a good start when looking. There’s one catch, though: Affordable and jogging stroller usually aren’t two phrases seen together. The best jogging strollers are definitely the priciest options, but they’re also the ones that last, which means you should have no trouble finding gently...Read More
I’ve owned one too many strollers in a quest for one that my child can grow with, that can handle my local terrain, and also not break the bank. So when I heard that Bumbleride, a favorite of ours, was coming out with a new “crossover” stroller called the Indie 4--lightweight enough for everyday errands with four off-road-ready wheels–I was eager to test one out. In the past, living around NYC, I never owned a car that I had to pack a stroller into, so I wasn’t as concerned about a stroller’s weight or how easy it was to fold. I only cared if its wheels were...Read More
A dad’s first Father’s Day may be the most special of all–if he can even remember it through the whirlwind of those early months. So for them, we present these Father’s Day gift ideas for new dads as part of our 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide. They range from the sweet and sentimental to the “Wow, you got me what?” Just don’t forget a great card. First rule of Father’s Day: There always, always has to be a great card. (Because it’s totally fine to talk about Father’s Day.) And because we all adore the dads, granddads and stepdads in our lives so much, be sure to check...Read More
Last month the, Taga Bike began selling in the US after six years in Europe, and I’ve been fascinated by this innovation in biking for parents, and the whole bakfiet trend that’s slowly making its way to our shores. I totally see the appeal of a bike-stroller hybrid like the Taga; there is a cute outdoor shopping center about a mile from my house, and I’ve frequently thought how nice it would be to ride my bike down there, shop a bit, grab some groceries, and head back home with my four-year-old, who isn’t big enough to ride his own bike that far himself. And...Read More
More and more, we’re seeing a move away from yellow for “surprise” babies, and toward beautiful heather grays and rich charcoals. Paired with white, it’s a little less severe than black and can be and incredibly stylish on either a boy or a girl. Plus, you can pair this gender neutral palette with accessories of any color, should you want a pale pink blanket, for example, to tip off admirers that that bald little baby head does, in fact, belong to a girl. On behalf of our partner Nordstrom, and their Little Me collection of very affordable baby basics,...Read More
Welcome to that time of year we love most. (No, not our birthdays.) It’s sale time, and there’s great deals all over the web right now including a sale at Giggle, one of our favorite shops for babies and kids–and you can find more than just winter clothes you won’t need until next year. In fact, you can get another 15% off for a limited time (see info below for details). Here, some of our faves that we’d snatch up while you can, from baby clothes and gear to toys to seriously great discounts on strollers. Above: The penguin soapster from Skip*Hop...Read More
A lot of great new baby gear was born in 2013 and, though we hate to play favorites, we have 9 picks that deserve special mention for being extra-cool, innovative, practical, and helping make life with baby a little bit easier. Maybe even more stylish. Even if you’re working on only two hours of sleep and the idea of matching your diaper bag to your stroller is wayyyy down on the list of priorities. Kinderwagon Hop Double Stroller We waited a long time for the widespread release of this lightweight and narrow double stroller since we...Read More
We know what the fox says. And we know his preferred ride: the special-edition stroller from Mamas & Papas
I know it doesn’t technically appear in the Chinese Zodiac, but I really do think that 2013 was the Year of the Fox. That cute bushy tail. The little pointy nose. And, of course, the song that my kids won’t stop singing. So I think Mamas & Papas have really hit the nail on the head with their new, limited-edition, Donna Wilson designed Urbo2 stroller and accessories. The adorable red foxes adorn the stroller with the same patter available on all kinds of accessories, including a carrycot, a lovely stroller blanket, and a foot muff. There’s even a sweet...Read More
I’ve tried to be a pretty eco-savvy mom. But with three kids and all the gear that goes along with a posse that size? Yeah. Many times I’ve struggled to wrap my brain around how we could have wound up with so much stuff … and where it might end up years down the road. When my kids were teeny babies, there just weren’t many green”options to choose from. But today things are different, in the best way. And CMP fave Bumbleride is making it easier for parents to make choices that are healthier for our kids and better for the...Read More
Last week, the MoMA Design Store free author events for children continued in New York with none other than Andy Warhol. Of course he was not there himself (that would be a little weird–though very Andy) but we were excited to learn about a new board book out for children featuring some amazing new illustrations. What’s more, there’s a stroller to match. Really. So Many Stars is a beautiful board book, including never-before published images almost entirely from 1958. The collection was put together by none other than Bugaboo, as part of the Andy Warhol stroller collection we’ve recently featured. Their newest edition is the...Read More
I’ve been noticing a trend lately away from some of the fancier budget-breaking dollar strollers and toward excellent quality strollers that do everything you want, but still leave room in the budget for other things. (Like, say, an iPhone 5s.) It’s not that I’m not into the fancy-schmancy strollers–because I am–it’s just that sometimes we parents want more than just a stroller. And the latest stroller from CMP fave, Mamas and Papas, is just that kind of budget-friendly baby ride. The Armadillo stroller (and yes, the name sounds like it could be from Bugaboo) has a lovely array of bright canopy and...Read More
With my youngest almost three years old, I’m almost out of the stroller world. I admit it: that bums me out. Because I loooove strollers. Especially the strollers from Mountain Buggy. I’ve fallen hard for their newest one, because it’s pretty much perfect. Hey…can I borrow your baby? The Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan stroller is a new look for Mountain Buggy with the same reliable performance and a super-smooth ride. For starters, the denim fabric is stylish without going over the top. Available in three bright color options for the cotton inner lining, the subtle denim outer fabric is a very cool...Read More
What is it about strollers that makes a big kid want to ride in one as soon as there’s a little kid in there? Nothing like a second baby to help you understand the need for a double stroller, even if you thought you were out of the weeds on that one. Fortunately there’s a fabulous new double stroller perfect for those who don’t want to pay the big bucks for a super fancy one. We first checked out the Kinderwagon HOP Stroller earlier this year and have been waiting ages for the revamped version to be available. And now...Read More
This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! We city mamas know that getting around the city with a baby is a wee bit different than hopping in and out of the SUV all day. If you’e got a trip to a city–New York, Paris, Chicago, you name it–planned with your baby, we hope these tips will help make life easier. So you can spend less time worrying about germs (ha) and more time taking awesome photos. Our cute city outfit pick for boys...Read More
When I’m out and about with my three kids, the last thing I want to worry about is whether or not my stroller will be able to handle whatever it is we’re doing that day. Will it fit through the doorway at the bank? Will it get stuck in rocks, mud, sand, or snow? Will it fold up easily and fit into our car? I have always been a huge fan of Mountain Buggy strollers, but now I love their strollers even more with this clever new addition. The new MB Mini is a perfect stroller for anyone looking...Read More
I have always loved Bugaboo strollers. They’re lovely to look at and easy to push. The design is always exceptional and functional. And they’ve got pretty darn good street-cred. But until now, my existence in a city that’s covered in snow for at least half the year has kept my lust in check. All of a sudden, however, the all-terrain Bugaboo Buffalo stroller has charged onto the stroller scene and I’m ready to forget everything I ever thought I knew about Bugaboo strollers. The Buffalo is everything the Cameleon 3 is, only–in my humble opinion–better. It’s bigger (literally–the seat is higher and...Read More
We like classic cars for kids’ gear, but in this case, it’s “cars” with a lowercase C–more Soho than Radiator Springs. If you’re in the market for an eye-catching stroller and you happen to love Andy Warhol’s trademark style, check out the latest special edition of one of our favorite strollers. We love the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 for comfort, ease of use, and storage space. Now we adore the latest Andy Warhol special edition Bugaboo fabric set featuring the pop artists iconic automobiles print. Note: the price you see here is for the fabric set only; the actual Bugaboo...Read More
The thing about high-end strollers is this: sometimes it’s hard to imagine spending all that money when what you really want is a fancy vacation. Or an iPad. Or gorgeous new patio furniture. Not every family needs a break-the-bank stroller. Especially now that there’s a great new affordable option available–with undeniably good looks, to boot. The PEPP stroller from Nuna abides by simple Dutch design to create a less-is-more approach to stroller-ing. For starters, this stroller is a looker. Plain, bold colors (which can be enhanced with optional add-ons like seat liners and foot muffs) pair with black to create a...Read More
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