Every parent is in search of the safest products for their baby, and green products designed to save the planet are a perfect pick for little ones while protecting Mother Earth. "When a child is born, their immune systems are exceptionally fragile, so it's pivotal to ease the toxic overload they are exposed to during their developing years," advises Gay Browne, environmental health advisor and author of Living With a Green Heart. "If I can suggest the most important time to jump into your own personal environmental health, it would have to be the moment you decide to become a parent." In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, we've rounded up the best eco-friendly finds to help ease mom and dad's concerns and even reduce baby's carbon footprint.
Whether your kid is trying to master the art of comedy or just needs a break from the electronics, a joke book can be a great way to get them reading. Reading jokes books can help your kids build vocabulary, improve social skills and develop problem-solving skills by figuring out silly riddles. Check out these cool, clean and kid-approved joke books from retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Walmart.
Scratch "cuddly pets" off your Christmas toy list and snag one of these hilariously ferocious monsters instead. Grumblies are the fuming counterparts to Skyrocket Toys' sweet Pomsies. Each character has its own personality and design, plus over 40 fierce sounds and reactions. Tremor, Hydro, Bolt and Scorch will be your kid's best friend — until the fiery creature reaches full-on meltdown mode, of course. A Grumblies' short-fuse is something every parent and child knows a little bit about. These hot-headed and mischievous electronic plush toys are a major toy trend for kids this Christmas, so you might not want to wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Buy one (or the whole group!) and get early savings from Amazon and Walmart now.
When considering a car seat for your child, we know first-hand just how many options you're faced with. Of course safety comes first, but there are other factors to consider, such as ease of installation and knowing what is the correct car seat to fit your child.
We are happy to report that the Chicco Fit4 solves many (if not all) of the issues parents face when choosing a car seat. We got to try out the new car seat for ourselves and have fallen in love with how easy it is to install and how it fits our child perfectly at every stage!
Teen girls are notorious for experimenting with different styles and trying out new interests. To ensure your gift doesn't become the thing that collects dust in her closet, we've rounded up six foolproof ideas. The best part? Every gift on our list is less than $50.
It's about that time: Ice, ice baby! There's a chill in the air, the winter months are upon us and ice skating rinks across the country are opening their gates. This, of course, keeps kids busy outside with friends while parents are bustling around buying holiday gifts, readying the house for guests and more. Ice skating is not only a great sport but also one of the best outdoor activities and winter weather pastimes for families. Whether your kid is a beginner or a star athlete, a boy or a girl, a figure skater or a hockey player, or just having fun with friends at the local frozen pond, here are the coolest ice skate styles from Amazon, Target, L.L. Bean and Urban Outfitters that any kid will covet.
As a working mom of two little ones, taking care of myself has been a challenge. Even with all the self-care guidance and advice that floods my television and social media feeds, it's just not something that comes naturally. Of course, I know that when I'm at my best, my family will be, too. It's just so hard to remember that in the moment, especially if I'm tired and starving. That's why I was so excited for the chance to sign up for WW and finally put my wellness first!
Shhh...baby is asleep! Sound and white noise machines are a must-have for little ones and light sleepers. They're an excellent tool to help develop sleeping routines and provide soothing sounds while blocking loud noises to quietly calm your child. Backed by pediatricians and certified sleep specialists, the benefit of introducing a sound machine early on to your infant is to create a, "womb-like white noise that actually activates a calming reflex in the baby, which helps promote sleep," says Dr. Harvey Karp, founder of Happiest Baby and creator of the SNOO Smart Sleeper. "It also reduces waking from outside distractions like noises and lights and internal disturbances like gas and mild hunger."
When shopping for the best machine, parents should be on the lookout for a unit that blocks disturbing sounds, especially during naptime. "Sound machines help drown out the noise we can't control, this is especially important during the daytime when most outside noises occur (i.e. cars driving by, dogs barking etc)," observes Certified Child Sleep Consultant Susete Pinto. However, doctors and sleep professionals caution against keeping a loud sound machine near your sleeping baby. Always maintain the noise levels at 50 A-weighted decibels while never keeping the device too close to the crib. "I generally recommend a noise level similar to what a hair dryer or vacuum might produce," say Dr. Karp.
Sweet as a lullaby and the best method for blocking out boisterous household and outdoor noises, our top picks of sound machines will work to calm even the most restless little sleepers. Get ready to make some noise! Wait, on second thought, let's sound off on comforting white noises to soothe your sweet babe.
The hills are alive with the sound of music! Looking to scale back a little on electronic toys? Then it's time to make some noise with cool musical instruments designed to bring harmony to the home without driving Mom and Dad completely crazy. Music plays a significant role in stimulating brain development, coordination and creativity in babies and kids. In celebration of the 33rd annual Music in Our Schools Month, we've taken note of the best instruments guaranteed to bring music to your ears. Whether you have a pint-sized percussionist or a budding Beethoven, get ready to rock!
Stuck inside on a rainy day? Bust your kids' boredom with one of these STEM activity kits. They'll have so much fun with these experiments and activities, they won't even realize they're learning. And since they'll need your help with some of the fun, you'll all get some quality time together.