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.
Winter weather is hastily headed this way, and the frigid temps have already arrived. Brrr! Now is the time to make sure your kiddo has the best snow boots this season to keep their tiny tootsies toasty and dry.
It's also essential to choose the correct size advises Dr. Velimir Petkov, Medical Director of Premier Podiatry. "When shopping for children's snow boots, you should choose boots that are half a size to a size larger than your child's foot size to allow room for thick socks. Our feet and hands tend to be the first body parts to get cold, so proper insulation is key," says Dr. Petkov. "One of the main concerns when walking or playing outside in the snow is falling. Foot and ankle injuries are extremely common in the cold months. Make sure that you select soles constructed of rubber that provide a good grip when confronted with moisture."
Now that the temps have started to dip to record lows, with some days feeling as cold as ice, it's time to warm up with the hottest wintertime picks to keep you and your baby feeling cozy and comfy while braving frosty climates. We've rounded up our favorite finds designed to help mom and baby withstand winter's brutal bite in toasty trends too hot not to shop this season. Snag these fab winter weather essentials to survive the season in style!
As a first-time parent, you are trying to figure out the best products that make life with baby easier to manage. After all, your life was just turned upside down and all the things you used to rely on before, just won't cut it now with this little person in your life, in fact you will need a whole new set of "stuff" just for the baby. You'll be super sleep-deprived and have lost count of how many diapers you've changed in 24 hours. Being a new parent isn't going to be easy, so anything that will help you along your parenting journey is definitely worth checking out. Babies need a lot of stuff and finding the right stuff can make all the difference from day to day. From finding the perfect temperature for baby's bath to getting rid of nasty boogers (in a way you probably never imaged), these products are multi-purpose and life-changing!
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!
Because your newborn isn't at all interested in indulging in an ice-cold bottle of milk, the heat is on to find the perfect warmer for properly preparing formula or breastmilk for your babe. With so many models to choose from, we've narrowed down the best bottle warmers on the market to prevent those dangerous hot spots caused by microwaving bottles to fit your every need (and countertop). Be sure to add one of these cool, best-selling picks to your baby registry to avoid the risk of getting into hot water when it's time to heat things up!
From recyclable breast milk bags and sturdy storage bottles to convenient portable coolers, we've selected the best products to ensure that Mom won't be crying over spilled (or spoiled) milk. According to Medela's Breast Milk Storage Guidelines and Tips, nursing moms can safely store pumped milk in the refrigerator for up to three days, at room temperature for up to four hours and in the freezer for up to six months. Check out our roundup of must-have breast milk storage containers from Lansinoh, Kiinde, Lifefactory and more for breastfeeding mothers to pump and preserve that precious liquid gold while guarding against any leaks or spills.
As every breastfeeding mom quickly discovers, having a reliable bag handy to tote a breast pump and accessories is essential. For nursing mothers returning to work after maternity leave, carrying a pump is a must, and with these stylish options, mom can choose a fabulously functional bag to meet her every need. We've rounded up the best bags to transport your breast pump to and from home with ease and without the need to skimp on style.
If your little reader loves a sweet story at bedtime, this heart-filled selection of children's books is perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day with loveable tales that teach valuable lessons of the importance of family, kindness and friendship. Check out our roundup of super cute stories you'll want to add to your reading collection right away!
Cool clothes? Check. A surplus of supplies? Check. Fun, yet functional backpack? Working on it. Before purchasing a new backpack, look out for the following criteria: the amount that the backpack can hold, the quality of the zippers/buckles/closures, the finishing detail on the seams, and the safety features (double straps, padded back, and ergonomic design).