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Baby & Toddler

OXO’s Baby Registry Guide

Creating a baby registry was almost paralyzing for me—there are thousands of competing products out there and, especially when you’re having your first baby, you’re completely unsure which things are essential. Friends and family are bound to get you a few meaningful and sentimental gifts, so I’m a big fan of creating a very useful, practical registry with your must-haves and big ticket items (because you never know!)

Baby & Toddler

What Meals and Gifts to Bring New Parents

Those first days of parenting are often a blur – and for good reason: around-the-clock feedings and a sudden change in schedule result in days that feel jumbled together at best. I remember feeling so thankful for our friends and family who diligently dropped by hot meals in the late afternoons, pints of gelato in the evening and little surprises to help make our lives easier along the way. While there’s nothing wrong with a good casserole, here are a few other ideas for what to bring to a new family in those early days as they’re getting to know their new addition.

Baby & Toddler

Staff Picks: Lunch Ideas for Kids

Let’s be honest. Making weekday lunch for kids can be daunting. Your goals are twofold: feed them something nutritious they’ll actually eat and expand their budding palates. Sure, there are countless recommendations out there for the best kids lunches, but we feel that real life is messier than a Pinterest board, and sometimes you need a dose of inspiration from real (not virtual) caregivers. So we asked around the office for brown bag lunch ideas and got tips for both the 10-and-under set and grownups alike. We’ve also included some favorite tools to make lunch prep even easier.

Baby & Toddler

What to Pack for An All-Day Adventure

During the winter months, getting to spend the whole day outdoors is often a luxury. When the weather cooperates, we love to head out and explore our neighborhood, stop by our favorite coffee shop, and fit in a visit with a few friends. Now that our little guy is a toddler, we have a bit more flexibility in terms of leaving the house – but it still takes some planning and prep. Thankfully our stroller has a super roomy expandable basket underneath and easy-to-reach pockets, so we never have a problem squeezing in our go-to essentials, especially important for an all-day adventure.

Baby & Toddler, Behind The Scenes

How We Designed the Cubby Strollers

At OXO we apply our “question everything” philosophy to every product we develop. When it came time to design our first line of baby strollers, we knew we wanted them to be lightweight and easy to fold, but also address pet peeves we experienced as parents and questions we had about strollers. We interviewed nearly 1,000 parents, both first-timers and old pros, met with baby store staff, and pored over hundreds of online reviews, to discover what people loved about their strollers—and what drove them nuts. Those pet peeves led to some of the most important and parent-friendly features in our brand new Cubby and Cubby+ Strollers.

Baby & Toddler

How to Avoid Cabin Fever With Your Kids in Winter

Feeling cooped up is an inevitable part of the winter months. The days are short and dark, and our typical trips to the beach or neighborhood playground are often thwarted by less-than-desirable weather. So it’s easy to fall into a rut, and last year we found ourselves spending more time staring at one another indoors than we would have liked. So here are a few ways to beat the blues this season, baby in tow.

Baby & Toddler, Cooking & Baking

Easy Recipe with Kids: Banana Muffins

Confession time: I went to culinary school, but I can’t bake. At all. Something about the precision required for most recipes just eludes me. One time I started an oven fire baking oatmeal cookies, but that’s another story altogether. When my daughter was old enough to help out in the kitchen, I figured we should make things together that she’d like to eat, so I had to confront my baking aversion head on.

Baby & Toddler

How to Throw a Laid-back First Birthday Party

Our son just turned one and we wanted to mark the occasion with a small party, but as soon as we sat down to make a list of family and friends, things started to spin out of control. Should we hire a photographer? Should we rent out a space? After a bit of discussion, we decided to keep things simple, giving us a chance to actually talk with our friends and allowing the babies lots of time to crawl around and bat at each other. Here are a handful of ways we pulled off a mellow first birthday party with minimal stress and a doable budget.

Baby & Toddler

5 Tips for Enjoying a Stress-Free Holiday with Kids

The holiday season comes on strong in early November with the inevitable Thanksgiving plans, Christmas card writing, and holiday gift lists. Add a baby (and not as much sleep as we’d like) into the mix and you’ve got a potential recipe for a very stressed out family. So this year, my husband and I sat down to scheme up some strategies to avoid that stress and simply enjoy more time together as a family.