Here’s an unusual gift idea for a niece or nephew about whose age you aren’t super in-the-know. These Jelly Beadz (also sold as Orbeez) are hours of fun. My daughter filled a clear tub with a generous supply of them in order to create a spa experience for herself. She loves the feeling of the […]
Pajamas are my very favorite Halloween costume base. There, I said it. For about $20 you buy something that your child can sleep in for a year — what a value! Here are a 15 of my favorites for this year. Skeleton. Our go-to pajama-based costume is this skeleton from Carter’s. About $10 or $12, […]
Wanna just buy one outright? I don’t blame you, I got tired just writing about all these awesome projects. Three super cute (gender-neutral) play kitchens on amazon are Melissa & Doug’s wooden kitchen (more compact) and Kid Craft red retro (more deluxe, also comes in turquoise!!) or this stainless set just like modern times. I also encourage […]
I need to let you know that Whitney and I are on opposite sides of this kids backpacks debate. She likes to let her children pick their own backpacks and make them happy. Buying one each year or two is a victory in her family. That’s all well and good, but my vision of success […]
Learning to ride a bike includes many bikes a parent might want to try before your kid really rides a bike: trike, Skuut, trailer, etc.
I hope I’m not the first person to tell you that your baby won’t remember Christmas. Save your money and your stress, Mama. Go easy.
Friends, nine Christmases into this parenting thing and I have a useful tip to share: You can and your friends can go in on stocking stuffers. Here’s how: Mentally assemble your friends with similar age kids and share this post with a little note saying, “This! I want to do this for Christmas.” Gather up […]
Buying my three sons matching Christmas pajamas is the closest thing I have to an annual tradition. Stripes, plaid, whatever!
Karen — who has written numerous posts here and who has her own site Off the Meathook — and I spent the past two days walking the enormous floor of the annual ABC Kids Expo, where folks in the baby industry show off their products to potential buyers and media. Karen even spent some time laying on […]
Thanks to FriendlyRooster.com for sponsoring this post.Morgan & Milo slip-ons from FriendlyRooster.com Shoes are an entire new world of responsibility for parents. From deciding when kids start wearing them, to how many pairs of shoes a growing body needs at a time, to managing where they are, and if they are allowed to be worn in the […]
psst… These costumes are still adorbs but some are no longer available, see my 2016 update on 15 Toddler Halloween costumes from pajamas. Pajamas are my very favorite Halloween costume base. There, I said it. For about $20 you buy something that your child can sleep in for a year — what a value! Here […]
The company Primary, which sells affordable baby and kid clothes with no logos, animals, or sayings on them, might be on my top ten list of “Where was this when I first had a baby?” I love a plain, solid-colored garment, and they are so stinkin’ hard to find! Primary sells onesies, leggings, tshirts, tunics, […]