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Baby & Toddler

Baby & Toddler

Get Your Home Baby-Ready

If you have a baby on the way, it’s time to prepare yourself and your home for lots of exciting changes. Pregnancy is a great time to establish organized systems and habits that will be invaluable once your new baby arrives. Since late night drugstore runs and bottle fumbling are inevitable and fast approaching, take advantage of the time you have now to get things in order. You and your family will be thankful for it!

Baby & Toddler

How to Make the Most of Summer Vacation with Kids

While there are certainly moments when I miss the languorous uninterrupted pool time that characterizes a vacation without kids, I find family trips are so much richer and more interesting, and I love seeing new sights through my son’s eyes. That being said, there are definitely some things to keep in mind to ensure that your entire family (including you!) have a great time away. Here are a few tips that have worked for us.

Baby & Toddler

Survival Guide: Toddler Playdate Edition

Toddlerhood is a wonderful, wild, and dynamic time characterized by pushing boundaries, testing out language and new motor skills, and learning to socialize. It can be a tricky age socially as the developmental range is often vast: some kids are chattering away and stacking blocks independently while others need a bit more stimulation and encouragement. And this is the reason I love introducing play dates at this age – kiddos get a change of scenery, interaction with their peers, and a chance to begin boosting those early social skills. Here are a few tips that have worked well for us when planning play dates.

Baby & Toddler

Moms of Instagram Talk Strollers

A stroller has many jobs. From keeping your most precious cargo safe and snug to holding everything you need when you’re on the move with your tot, it’s important to consider all of the things a good stroller can do. We worked with Musefind to team up with moms around the United States to see what they thought of OXO Tot’s new Cubby+ Stroller — from storage space to the adjustable handle bar check out what some of these mamas have to say about it.

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How to Set Up a Cozy, Laidback Baby Nursery

When we found out we were expecting, there was a whirlwind of questions, appointments and uncertainty. But the one thing that was clear from the start: we wanted to remain surprised when it came to the sex of the baby, so we were all about a gender- neutral nursery. From simple colors to laidback themes and personalized touches, here are a few ways we set about creating a cozy and welcoming space.

Baby & Toddler

4 Alternative Uses for Your Bottle Drying Rack

If you hate kitchen clutter, thinking of ways to maximize the utility of some of your favorite countertop mainstays is always a worthwhile endeavor. For our family, one of those items is the Bottle Drying Rack, which we got when our son was born. This rack in particular is our favorite because we go through many bottles a day and it can hold around eight at a time. There’s also a nice, flat space in the front of the drying rack for small pieces and generous raised ribs on the bottom, making for much quicker drying time than others we’ve tried. While its purpose is obvious, there are a handful of additional ways to use the rack when you don’t need it for bottles or your baby is all grown up.  

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.