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The best lightweight city strollers? – Reader Q&A

I’ve been a huge fan of my Maclaren Techno XT. It’s a 2003. Sadly, it’s reaching the end of its usable years and I’m in the market for a new stroller. It must be subway friendly, lightweight and comfortable. Before I just purchase another Maclaren, I’m wondering if there is anything new out there I should try first. -Michelle I’m a subway-riding, stroller-pushing, big-city-dweller, too, Michelle, so I think I have an idea of what you’re looking for. My intial thought is that another Maclaren will probably be your best bet again. They’re excellent, hardy strollers that are lightweight,...

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Quiet travel toys – Reader Q&A

Do you have any suggestions for fun, quiet and small toys for a looooong flight/travel day for a 2yo and a 4yo, both boys? Would love to hear your suggestions! Thanks!  -Brave mama, Melissa.  Crayons and blank paper, activity books, and coloring books are always mainstays for travel. I’m also a big fan of “grab bags” where you put a bunch of cool little goodies in a bag and “surprise” the kids with something new every few hours (or minutes if it’s that kind of day). Some other ideas:  If you’re a bit crafty, check out this PDF for...

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Starting solids with baby? – Reader Q&A

I am getting ready to start feeding my baby solids next month. With my daughter, I thought making my own food would be way too much work. Now, I have the time and would love to make my own food for my son. The problem is I have no idea where to start. What do I need to have to make it and store it? Are there any great recipe books out there? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. – Anna Hi Anna, I’m at the very same stage with my own son, so you asked his question at the...

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Cool board shorts for boys – Reader Q&A

I’d love to find some boys’ board shorts that don’t look like gangster-wear. Can you help? -reader question via Twitter With his fair skin, I love board shorts on my son for the simple reason that they cover more of his body that shorter swim trunks. And I’m pretty certain that any little boy would look surfer-dude cute, and not gangster tough, in these great board short options that we’ve pulled together. –Christina Our editor Liz recently raved about Zio Sport’s great sportswear for boys and girls, and their brand new board shorts are pretty cool too. I love...

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10 year old birthday party ideas – Reader Q&A

I need ideas for my daughter’s 10th birthday..something original and wow. She’s a girly girl, loves to sing, very creative, honor student, responsible and loving. Over the years, we’ve done the bead parties, craft parties, clowns, art parties and dance parties. Now what! -Dania Hi Dania, I have a 10 year old daughter who loves at-home birthday parties, so I have some ideas that I think she’ll like, that won’t cost you a million dollars or make you install a carousel in your backyard. -Christina Luau A Luau theme is perfect for summer when the weather feels tropical already. If your guests...

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A flower girl dress she can wear again? Reader Q+A

My four year-old daughter is going to be a flower girl in my sister-in-law’s wedding. It’s somewhat informal and they told us to buy whatever we want. I don’t mind spending some money, but I would love to find something that’s not so poofy and over the top that she can wear it again. Just something light and pretty and summery. Any ideas? If you want to get more use out of a flower girl dress, I’d suggest not searching for “flower girl dress” or you’ll end up with lots of tulle crinolines and bows the size of your...

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Best beginner bike? – Reader Q&A

I am totally overwhelmed by bike options for my 3.5-year-old son. He outgrew his tricycle in minutes and now I’m wondering what to get next … balance bike or a regular bike with training wheels? Just want something he can enjoy this summer and that will work for his younger sister in a year or two. – Aleca   If your son is the type to really practice something until he masters it, you should look into a balance bike, like the Tyke Rider (at top) for these early stages. Our Publisher, Kristen swears by it– her oldest daughter used...

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Spend-and-save piggy banks? Reader Q&A

My daughter is 4, and we would love to get her a piggy bank that has the spend, share, save theory, but we can’t find any that fit that bill. We’d also be willing to just get a regular piggy bank, but then we would like one that is a little cooler than your average ceramic pig. -Melissa Ooh, good question! We think it’s great to start teaching kids the value of saving and sharing early. One of our favorite options for this type of saving/spending bank, Learning Cents, is unfortunately no longer available, but we did find some...

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Tween dresses that don’t scream teen – Reader Q&A

I am hoping you can help me with my latest shopping challenge – my 11 year old daughter! She is graduating from 5th grade and needs a dress. She hates pink, ruffles, and anything “too girly” AND shopping for an 11 year old girl is awful!   We need a not little girlish, but not teenagerish simple dress, and I feel we are never going to find it! Thanks! -Sharon Oh, how I can empathize—I have a tall 10 year old who will be attending a wedding in May, and also hates anything that is too frilly. I hope...

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Dress-up clothes? Reader Q + A

My daughter is turning three soon, and I want to put together a dress up box for her. Any ideas for a great Etsy costume shop? She wants an astronaut costume but I need it to be something she can get on and off herself. Any other ideas? -Alison Hi Alison, We love your question! Of course, you can start by dumping your own accessories in there–scarves, gloves, handbags, belts are all great for creative play. But if you want some specific costume accessories, here are some great ideas to fill up your daughter’s dress-up box: The masks at...

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