Hooray for snow days! That brisk chill in the air signals that it's time to bundle up the kids in warm winter gear and get outdoors for some cool family fun and winter activities. Way better than riding in a one-horse open sleigh, soaring downhill on the slickest sledding equipment is guaranteed to be a blast! Easy to pack for a trip to the park, our top picks of sleds, saucers, tubes, and toboggans are great for gliding through the season. Be sure to have helmets handy to keep the little ones safe, and enjoy the ride!
Mastering the art of diapering requires proper instruction, and the right diaper changing accessories. Managing the mess can be downright icky at times, but having the correct sized diaper as well as baby wipes that suit your baby's skin needs, makes all the difference. Be prepared for any and all potential diapering dilemmas—there are sure to be a few—by learning more about your diapering options.
So, your baby wants a fur baby, but they're just not ready for the real deal? Don't fret — get them a FurReal Pet! These imaginative, interactive plush animals continue their reign as one of the top-selling Christmas toys for kids in 2018. These fuzzy favorites were tops last year, and with their superior range of options, sound-and-movement combinations and adorable features, we predict they'll charm you — and Santa too! The FurReal pack includes cuties like StarLily the Unicorn, Ricky the Trick-Lovin' Pet, Ivory the Playful Tiger and many more. Amazon and Walmart both have FurReal Pets in stock at the moment, but some of the best-sellers are getting shopped-and-adopted fast. We say maybe don't wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, especially since you can get such sweet deals on these FurReal Pets now.
The diaper bag. It is a necessary part of parenthood, from baby's first few days in this world well into what may be their toddler years. It can seem daunting at first to try and determine what defines "must-have" versus "meh, maybe not" on-the-go gear. That's why we've rounded up our favorite diaper bag essentials, from a few ideas as to what to pack in a diaper bag for the hospital to what might even be a bit of a "bonus" for mom and dad. Speaking of, not much differs when it comes to diaper bag essentials for dad or mom, but guys on the go may appreciate a diaper bag backpack or duffle of their very own. You know, to avoid potential paisley prints or darling designs perhaps less desired by some dudes.
Still sorting out how to balance your new bun in the oven with an old workout routine? Well, the timing is perfect to put high-tech fitness trackers to the test to monitor safe prenatal exercises, heart rates and sleep patterns while staying healthy and fit for the next nine months (and beyond, of course!). New moms must keep moving for optimal well-being, suggests G. Thomas Ruiz, MD, OB/GYN Lead at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. "We encourage expectant women to engage in exercise or physical activity on a regular basis throughout their pregnancy," he advises. "Women who are physically active during pregnancy tend to have smaller babies, which most women who are pushing out a kid don't mind." But what about the anxieties of pregnant moms who fear the harmful effects of radiation from such devices? "There has never been a study to demonstrate that background radiation from a cell phone or a Bluetooth device has had a deleterious effect on the outcome of pregnancy," says Dr. Ruiz. "There has been no data to determine it. We do ultrasounds on a regular basis, which is sending sound energy to the baby so we can do diagnostic work, and that is at a much higher level of energy than a cell phone. It's never been shown to demonstrate harmful effects towards the baby or the pregnancy. So moms can use their trackers to their heart's content." So stay strong and count on, Mama! From Fitbit to Bellabeat, here are are our best picks to keep new moms stepping out in style.
Wondering whether it's time to ditch the crib and move your tot into a toddler bed? Let safety be your guide. In general, you should transition your child into roomier digs before he can crawl out of his crib and possibly injure himself. To help your child—and you—adjust to this significant milestone, we rounded up some of our favorite toddler beds, mattresses, bed rails, mattress pads and protectors, and bedding.
Your little one deserves the coziest, comfiest place to sleep—and you deserve a style that you love. We've compiled a list of the best crib bedding, made of baby-friendly materials, in a range of cute and trendy designs to complete your new baby's nursery space. Whether you're looking for baby girl crib bedding, baby boy crib bedding or gender neutral crib bedding with adorable woodland creatures, you'll find sets you love from retailers you know and trust, like Target, Wayfair, Pottery Barn Kids and more.
As a child, did you pretend to live in a castle by arranging old blankets over the couch and chairs? There was something so fun about sitting underneath mom's old sheets. Now think how much more awesome it would be to actually have a bed that looks like a mini house! Enter the toddler house bed, also known as a Montessori floor bed.
These beds are exactly what they sound like: Picture a house-shaped frame above the mattress, complete with windows, a door and a kitchen (OK, just kidding about the kitchen). But now picture your little angel's precious head resting underneath one of these magical creations.
While this may seem like a cool, new way to sleep, the floor bed concept actually dates back to the early 20th century teaching philosophy called the Montessori Method, which focuses on placing everything a child needs to learn and explore at the child's level. So, by placing their bed on the floor, you give children independence and a chance to learn on their own terms.
Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite toddler house beds that are ready to take up residence in dreamland.
Once all the holiday parties have died down and parents are back to work, the winter doldrums start to set in. Just because it's cold outside, that doesn't mean outdoor activities are out of the question. On the contrary, playing in the snow is one of the best ways to burn off (or chill out) all that pent-up energy. Plus, besides skating and sledding, there are all sorts of creative toys, games and even productive — snow chores, anyone? — things to do in the great, winter outdoors for kids and they're all available on Amazon now.
Subscription boxes are the perfect gift for the fun-loving kiddos in your life. With options including everything from science to cooking, kids will love receiving their very own monthly packages filled with fun activities and toys. Don't know which subscription to choose? Read on to discover 12 of our favorites.
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Learning Resources Chart Stand Adjustable:Holds both pocket and flip chartsSturdy locking castersAdjustable chart stand has 5 ring...-style hooksAssembles in minutesMeasures 35-74" x 50-80" read more
Learning Resources Weather Tracker: Chart temperatures and citiesTri-fold formatActivity GuideMeasures 44" x 28"
The Learning Resources Word Family & Rhyme Chart helps kids learn words in a rhyming fashion. This chart features 3 clear pocket r...ows and 214 coated cards, including die-cut picture cards, word family cards, consonant cards and blank cards. read more
The Learning Resources El Centro de las Silabas Charts features 2 charts that teach Spanish reading skills. One chart features Sp...anish syllables and the other chart teaches Spanish blends. Each chart comes with an activity guide and over 220 cards. read more
Steady… don’t spill the fruit! Spin the wheel, then use the jumbo tweezers to pick or place fruit. Develops fine motor skills, esp...ecially the all-important pincer grasp that prepares children for handwriting.Includes:• Game board• 40 fruit counters• 2 tweezers• Spinner• Activity guideBoard measures 6”L x 9.5”W x 13.75”H, tweezers measure 6”LGrades: PreK +Learning Style: Visual, TactileSkill Development:Fine Motor- Tweezers guide proper finger placement to practice pincer grasp and engage hand muscle strength needed for daily living activities like brushing teeth or using a pencil.Fine Motor- Eye-hand coordination and depth perception are engaged while precision and control are promoted to pluck or place fruits on the stand.Social & Behavioral- Encourages pretend play opportunities with peers through turn taking, patience and cooperative play.Basic Concepts- Reinforces vocabulary, color recognition and identification, counting practice and organization. Hands-on play helps build a concrete foundation of skills through exploration, imagination, and fun. read more
Let your little ones have their pick of the fruit with this fun game. Simply spin the wheel and then use the jumbo tweezers to pic...k, or place, a piece of fruit. Just don't let it all come crashing down. Providing endless hours of entertainment, the Avalanche Fruit Stand helps develop motor skills and prepares children for learning handwriting. It also reinforces color and fruit vocabulary. Perfect for teachers, specialists, and occupational therapists. From Learning Resources. WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. read more
Learning Resources Rainbow Learning Xylophone:Encourage toddlers to get an early start learning numbers, colors and more with this... fun Learning XylophoneIncludes 2 drumsticksFor ages 2 and upMaterial: plastic read more
Encouraging imaginative play, the Avalanche Fruit Stand Set from Learning Resources includes works on developmental skills while y...our little one learns. This set is wonderful for building vocabulary and learning about fruits. read more
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Learning Resources Binoculars:6x magnification35mm lensesDurable plasticColors may varyIncludes safety lanyard
Learning Resources Lemonade Stand-Off: Unique game teaches kids how to take turns while building memory and money conceptsFor 2 - ...4 playersMaterial: plastic read more
Engages even reluctant learners with colorful, versatile super-size floor mat designReinforces a range of early learning skills: c...olor and shape recognition, numbers and counting (1-10), problem solving and gross motorHelps children practice following simple directionsOffers opportunities for children to play alone, in small groups or with the whole classSupports NCTM StandardsIncludes 2 inflatable cubes (5"), 40 animal game markers, Activity Guide and vinyl floor mat measuring 100"L x 30"H read more
These sturdy binoculars feature 6x magnification with 35mm lenses and are made of durable plastic. Colors may vary. Includes safet...y lanyard. read more
Here's a sweet way to teach shapes, letters, numbers, and more. Children will enjoy imaginative role play while using their very o...wn pretend baking set that features a numbered cake, alphabet cookies, and brownies and measuring spoons that come in different shapes. From Learning Resources. read more
Learning Resources Attribute Apples:Sort and classify apples by five attributesGuide features suggested uses of Venn diagramsKids'... learning toy is made of plastic read more
Reach in and grab a card to spark creativity early in the writing or oral storytelling process. Includes over 150 engaging ideas!_...x000D__x000D_Features 86 double-sided prompt cards color-coded by subject (language, math, science, social studies) with real-life photographs on front and writing prompts on reverse_x000D__x000D_Includes 14 blank, write-on/wipe-off prompt cards for customization_x000D__x000D_Prompts elicit responses to who, what, when, where, why and how questions and encourage different types of writing (creative, expository, informational and more)_x000D__x000D_Displays steps in the writing process and writing traits on outside of 5" cardboard cube_x000D__x000D_Grades 3-6_x000D_ read more
The Learning Resources Magnetic Learning Calendar allows your kids to get involved with planning and scheduling. Includes 51 magne...tic date, season, and month pieces so your kids can mark the calendar for birthdays, holidays and more. read more
Encourage your child to gain new skills with the Learning Resources Snap 'N Learn Color Caterpillars. They are designed to help ki...ds refine their motor skills and learn about colors, patterns and sizes. It is also a good tool for building imaginative play and creativity. The crawling worms are designed for children ages 2 years old and up. The kids' construction set is composed of 15 distinctive parts for a total of three complete caterpillars. Children will enjoy mixing and matching the types of parts to create new animals. They could even name them or pretend they are a special type that only lives in playrooms. When finished, the pieces are easy to put away in their convenient storage jar. It has a handle to carry the plastic toys wherever you want to play. The set is good for home, daycare and preschool activities. read more
Learning Resources Snap 'N' Learn Counting Elephants:Age Range: 2-4 yearsReinforces number recognition (110), sequencing, color ma...tching and fine motor skillsFeatures durable, chunky plastic pieces that wipe clean with a damp clothIncludes 5 small and 5 large elephants, which store in a bucketLarge elephants measure 4.25"L x 2.25"H read more
Cheer on your budding musician as they learn to tap a tune on Learning Resources' Rainbow Learning Xylophone. Count the colorful k...eys from 1-8, and encourage creativity by rearranging the pieces in a different order. read more
Learning Resources Bake and Learn: Children will learn letters, shapes and numbers with this 27-piece set that includes alphabet c...ookies, shape brownies and number cakeMaterial: plastic read more
Learning Resources Math Balance:Demonstrate abstract number and operations conceptsIncludes balance and weights1-year manufacturer...'s warrantyModel# LER0100 read more