The Summer blockbuster season kicks into high gear this weekend with the highly anticipated release of Monsters University, but it's not only the flicks that have kids (and retailers) excited — it's the toys. Movie tie-in toys are always a hit with little ones, who love to reenact scenes from the movies, but all toys aren't appropriate for kids of all ages. That's why we've done the dirty work for you — playing with the toys to advise you which are best for each age group. Happy playing!
Royal baby fever is spreading as we await the arrival of Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby. The heir to the throne is sure to be gifted luxurious clothing and baby gear, but the tot isn't the only one who will be raking it in next month. According to analysts, the British economy may see a $380 million boost due to baby's birth, and that will mostly come in the form of royal fans buying just about anything that screams of babies and Great Britain — think onesies, strollers, booties, and more! With that in mind, we sought out our favorite British finds for little ones — be it the future king or queen of England, or your own little prince or princess!
When it comes to favorite Summer motifs, whales rule the ocean blue! From the bathtub to the bedroom, there are plenty of fun ways to incorporate these beloved creatures of the sea into your kids' decor, wardrobes, and more. Thar she blows!
From The Hunger Games to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a number of movies today are based on popular books. Some moms say there are good reasons to read the book first, while others prefer their child just see the movie. To help you decide whether your teens should only be allowed in the theater after they finish the book, here are four questions to consider.
It wasn't all that long ago that we were amazed by the launch of Orbit's Sidekick, a skateboard attachment for their G2 stroller. The added ride-on fave gives bigger tots the luxury of rolling when their young sibling was being pushed.
Now it looks like Quinny is about to one-up things in the skateboard-loving baby world with plans for the Longboard Stroller. According to our friends at Child Mode, the Dutch stroller company is working with Studio Peter van Riet to "develop strollers to suit the urban lifestyle." The ultimate way to do so? With a stroller that combines mobility with practicality, thus a longboard (skateboard) attached to a stroller seat — providing parents with a mode of transportation and exercise, while still giving tots a safe, comfortable place to sit.
The project is still in development mode, as the designers work to perfect the stroller, ensure its safety, and incorporate testers' feedback. But even in its current state, we're doing a bit of a kick flip over the entire idea. How about you?
Every season, Tea Collection travels the globe for international inspiration, and this Fall, the brand is hitting the Far East. "China is electric. It's alive and optimistic . . . Art that was once rooted in tradition is now rendered with an edge," says Emily Meyer, cofounder and chief creative officer of Tea. Sneak a peek at new arrivals from the Fall collection, many of which were guided by Beijing's traditional blue and white porcelain.
There's more than one way to keep a toddler in his or her crib. Just ask Jeff Frese. After watching his daughter make easy escapes from her crib — during which she interrupted his much-needed sleep — he was desperate to find a safe way to keep her in her place. While crib tents seem like an easy solution, a recent nationwide recall sent the NYC dad searching for a safer solution.
The result: Crib Pants, a footie for active tots that is restrictive enough to keep them in the crib but flexible enough to allow them to move around and play in their space. The pants of the footie have a bat-like wing sewn between the legs that prevents little ones from raising their legs high enough to escape their cribs. The product makes its Kickstarter debut today, where a limited early-backer reward will include two pairs for the price of one at $25. Crib Pants' designers hope to raise $10,000 to "kick" the pants to market. Watch the video that details how the pants came to be, and tell us: would you buy a pair?
One surefire way to put a damper on an otherwise great beach vacation? Sunburn! Keep the whole family safe in the shade this Summer with a lightweight, portable umbrella, cabana, or sun shelter that you can easily tote along to the beach. Here are 11 of our favorite picks!
While leggings and maternity jeans are a pregnancy must, so too are the tops to pair them with. Because it's hard to justify a new wardrobe for only a few months, we found five essential tops every third trimester needs. Between the basic tee and tunic, you'll be able to create a variety of looks for any occasion — yes, even your baby shower! Take a peek and start shopping, these tops will get you and your bump through those last few weeks in style!
With everything that goes into preparing for baby, the costs can quickly add up — so don't blow it all on the nursery. To ensure your little one's space is still stylish without breaking the bank, we found cute accents under $25. Little touches like retro prints and bright pillows will complete your nursery's look without denting the diaper budget. Check out our favorite picks; a few of them make great gifts, too!