Category: Gear

7 smart sleepaway camp essentials that help stave off homesickness.

If your little camper is heading off to sleepaway camp this summer, possibly for the first time (sniff), you’ll likely receive from the camp a long list of all the essentials to pack — extra socks, bug repellent, water bottles, headlamps. But, on top of all those must-haves (and they really are), we think that a few special items that connect them to home can help make the transition from bed to bunk a little easier. We spoke to our experienced sleepaway camp parents around here, and put together 7 of our favorite ideas for sleepaway camp essentials that help stave off homesickness and ensure the transition...

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The best friend blankie your child is sure to love.

I have a soft spot for twee animal products in general, but when I received Lewis, the snuggly, adorable travel blanket with the sweet raccoon face, I found myself in a blissful, childlike state, wanting to run outside and climb the nearest tree. The Nomad Travel Blankets from EllieFunDay go beyond adorable though, with a mission to encourage kids to venture outside more often. And Amelia the Bunny, Marco the Panda, and Lewis the Raccoon are all just waiting to be unfurled for an impromptu picnic, flown proudly as a cape, or tucked under a little head for some serious stargazing. Related: 10 really...

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11 truly clever tips and tricks for camping with kids to make it fun and easy. (Well, easy as possible.)

If you’re up for the adventure, camping with kids can be a really fun, inexpensive way to get away for the weekend. While it’s admittedly not the best night’s sleep you’ll ever get (though really, what parent gets a good night’s sleep anyway?), I’m a big fan of the unplugged quality time you get when you camp with your family — hiking, cooking over the campfire, snuggling up in sleeping bags. (Provided you leave your devices at home or in the car, that is. Free tip, from me to you.) Of course, knowing what you’re doing makes the whole experience so much nicer, so as an...

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The EWG 2016 safest sunscreens for kids: which are most affordable?

Every year, we have turned to the Environmental Working Group’s Annual Guide to Sunscreens to help us make more educated decisions about what are the safest sunscreens to slather on our kids (and ourselves) each summer. But we often find that when you break down the prices, whoa — it’s expensive to get safe sunscreens for kids! Especially considering how much we’re using. So this year we thought we’d take a good look at their short list of the EWG Best Kids’ Sunscreens, find the average prices online (generally from Amazon, Drugstore.com, or the brand’s own website if the product isn’t widely available at...

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6 modern baby bouncers that are super stylish space-savers

Sometimes in the world of baby gear, less is definitely way more. These modern, space-saving baby bouncers capture this spirit in a big way. Their sleek designs mean your living room can look less like a mini gymnasium and more like smart, stylish adults live there. When my first child was born, I splurged on that deluxe set with all the bells and whistles, dangling toys, and musical buttons. My sister, on the other hand, chose a bouncer that was about as big as her diaper bag and folded up to slide under the sofa when not in use. Turns out her baby was just...

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14 of the coolest baby gifts and gear we wish we had when we were new moms. (Yeah, just a little jealous.)

If innovative baby gear is any indication, we can confidently say this is an awesome time to be expecting. My youngest just turned 6 years old, so I’m only a few years out of the baby stage, and yet there has been so much amazing change in baby gear even since he was an infant that I am left feeling just a wee bit jealous of all you new moms. From high-tech strollers that charge your phone to super smart breast pumps controlled by your phone — and even some gear that has nothing at all to do with phones — here’s our list of the coolest baby gifts and...

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The most awesome sleep masks, for a do not disturb kind of Mother’s Day.

Certain words are especially delightful to parents of babies and young children: Mama. Dada. Go take a nap honey, I’ll clean up. Are you with me? Once you’ve had kids, few things are as precious and elusive as sleep. Oh, sweet sweet sleep. That’s why I love the idea of these personalized sleep masks from The Sleepy Cottage on Etsy for an affordable, very thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. Our editor Liz has ordered a bunch herself over the holidays, and she swears by the craftsmanship and great service from Texas maker Sabrina Evans. Related: The coolest custom mother’s day gifts | 2016 Mothers Day Gift Guide There are...

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The new Cocoon multi-stage high chair keeps up with your growing child.

I had three kids in four years and learned very quickly how fast kids outgrow their gear. That’s why I love companies like Oribel, smart engineers who are creating modern, multi-stage products that are meant to last throughout several developmental stages. We’ve praised their designs before, like when they came out with their PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center that goes from an activity center to a play table so our kids can get many years use out of it. Still a favorite. And now, Oribel is introducing the Cocoon Complete High Chair, designed for kids as young as 6 months of age all the way up to 3 years. As they grow, the Cocoon grows...

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A hot new line of diaper bags from a designer who’s not so new to them at all.

I recently got wind of the hot new line of Newlie diaper bags created by Leslie Newton, who might be best known as the Leslie of Timi and Leslie. I have to say, I’m impressed. And I’m a mom who doesn’t impress that easily when it comes to accessories, whether they’re meant to hold spare diapers or not. As with so many diaper bags these days, Newlie diaper bags are designed to look like nothing of the sort. It’s only the a wipe-clean interior, zillions of pockets, and a sizeable insulated pocket on the inside of each bag that gives its primary use away. That pocket is perfect...

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gb Pockit: the heavy-duty umbrella stroller that fits in your bag.

When my first child was born I had no clue how much my heart could be so full with love . . . or how much my house could be so full of stuff. Bouncers and swings and piles upon piles of diapers and wipes and burp cloths. If space is at a premium for you too, then you’re going to want to take a look at the brand new gb Pockit umbrella stroller, which holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for smallest folding stroller. As in,, it’s so small you can hide it in a handbag. (Well, a large-ish handbag, not a...

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