Tag: reader Q & A

Stylish boys’ wedding clothes – Reader Q&A

Any suggestions where I can find stylish outfits online for my 3 year and 1 year old boys to wear to an outdoor summer wedding? – question via Twitter Your sharp-dressed toddlers will look amazing in one of Appaman’s Fine Tailoring suits or separates. I love their cool modern cut that help prevent little guys from looking “swallowed up” in an oversized suit. For your young kids, I think this seersucker shorts and jacket suit is too adorable. With tons of fabrics to choose from, the funky handmade boys’ neckties from The Belle and the Beau (also shown at...

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First Communion dresses? Reader Q&A

My daughter makes her First Communion in May, and I am in search of the perfect dress: Unique, inexpensive and not heavy (we live in Florida!). I also don’t want to spend a fortune on a dress that she will realistically only wear once. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. -Heather We think your daughter will find something she loves—and you love too—among these affordable options from some of our favorite clothing companies for kids. –Christina Mini Boden’s Broiderie Dress (at top) is age-appropriate and simple, but not plain. Love that it is versatile enough to be worn with bright...

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The best arts and crafts storage solutions – Reader Q&A

My apartment has been taken over by art supplies! I want to hold on to many of the supplies and keep them in an organized manner…if this this possible with a 3 year and 5 year old. –Holly   Hi Holly, With three of my own little artists, I can empathize! It’s easy for a small space to be quickly overrun byall those supplies–not to mention the results of your kids’ artistic labor. Here are some of my favorite ideas for storing art supplies and projects. Ikea’s Expedit bookcase (at top) is my hands-down favorite for art-supply storage, holding...

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Dinosaur dresses for girls? Reader Q+A

Do dresses with dinosaurs on them exist? – CMP reader @homawoodrum As popular as dinosaurs are with boys, dino dresses seem like an endangered species. Fortunately, they’re not quite extinct! We’ve tracked down some cute togs that will fill your dino-loving daughter with veloci-rapture. I love the deliciously rich magenta and olive jersey dinosaur dress for girls at TeenyBunny on Etsy (above), featuring an appliqued Apatosaurus. It looks soft and comfy, with no buttons or zippers, and is available in sizes from 12M to 6.   We’re avowed Jusami fans, and we love that they make a DinoGirl Dress which...

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Best babysitter gift at the last minute? Reader Q&A

I totally am stumped on what to give our favorite sitter in addition to some cash. Any last minute ideas? She’s really wonderful and we want her to know how much we value her but I don’t want to spend a lot because we’re already giving her money too. Thanks! -Alyssa While cash (generally a week to two week’s pay for a full time nanny or sitter) will be a most-appreciated gift, we like the idea of pairing it with a little something personal for those important caregivers in our children’s lives. If your child is old enough to...

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Stuffed toys for kids with asthma? – Reader Q&A

My twin 9-month-old daughters were just diagnosed with asthma (and) I’m having a really hard time finding hypoallergenic stuffed animals. Do you have any ideas or tips? Thanks! -Heidi As a fellow asthmatic, I totally understand the need to keep the amount of dust down, and so I’d love to help you find some safe toys your kids will love. Elks and Angels Cuddle Bear is 12″ of soft sheepskin. I love that the material is naturally resistant to bacteria, dirt and odor and is so fluffy, it doesn’t need stuffing to be huggable–something that cuts way down on...

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Best train table for a toddler? Reader Q&A

My toddler LOVES anything train! Do you all have any ideas for cool train tables that my toddler would love?   I wish I had done this research for my son before we got his ugly train table many years ago. Though he loves it, it’s a major eyesore every time I walk into his room. Here are some cooler-looking train tables I think you, and your toddler, could love.   Under-the-bed Train Table Sled I like that this Train Table Sled by Choo Choo Track & Toy Company doesn’t take up much space and can slide under the bed when not...

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Best dollhouse for holiday gift – Reader Q&A

I was wondering if you could recommend a classic dollhouse for my two daughters’ Christmas gift? Would love any suggestions you have. Thank you!! -Amy Ooh, dollhouses! One of our favorite things to look for, now that there are so many to choose from. If you’re into modern, Plan Toys makes several lovely eco-friendly dollhouses. Our editor Liz’s girls adore their modern Plan Toys Chalet Dollhouse (above). It is made up of two units that can be repositioned so that your two girls can play simultaneously without getting in each other’s way, and the furniture sets are fairly sturdy...

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Audio books for toddler? Reader Q&A

My daughter is turning 3 next month and is starting to outgrow her naps! I am trying to enforce quiet time on the days she won’t nap, and someone gave me the idea of letting her listen to audio books as her quiet time activity. I was hoping you had some ideas or could point me in the right direction of somewhere to start. Many thanks in advance for your help! -Rebecca   I agree that audio books are a great way to get her to hold still for a little bit and relax, and we’ve pulled together a...

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First birthday gift ideas? Reader Q&A

It’s time for first birthdays! I have two parties coming up; one boy and one girl. Then my own baby girl will celebrate her first this fall. So what are some gift recommendations for this new stage of development? -Elaine Yay for first birthdays! Time for walking, talking, eating and basically getting into everything with even more vigor than a ten-month old.  Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for that very special milestone. –Christina Books are my #1 favorite gift for kids of any age, though I think they look especially adorable stacked up in P’Kolino’s Book...

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