Continually finding new, creative ways to engage your children can be a challenge, to say the least. Who has time to come up with a cool craft project or an exploration game (let alone shop for the materials involved) when you have work, laundry, and life piling up all around you? A modern mom needs all the help she can get, and the following 10 subscription services are here to help. Not only does each come stocked with activities, craft projects, toys, and educational info that your lil ones will love, but because you subscribe, you only have to buy it once and a new shipment of awesome entertainment will arrive at your door each month. We're a little enamored with the minds who dreamed up BabbaBox, Kiwi Crate, and dad-centric Cooper & Kid, and after you check them out, you will be too!
If your kids have regular household responsibilities, then you've already conquered half the battle. Now holding them accountable for those responsibilities is the next step. Keep your tots on task with a clever chore chart that turns even the most mundane of tasks into a game. We've found nine unique ways — from a smartphone app to a DIY reward system — to keep your family functioning efficiently.
If your design aesthetic tends towards the classic, your baby's nursery is most likely to do the same. While traditionalists tend not to take as big of design risks as their mod counterparts, that doesn't mean that your little one's room can't wow with thoughtful decor elements and original touches. Here, 15 tasteful, traditional nurseries designed to inspire!
For modern design at an incredibly affordable price point, no one does it quite like Ikea. The Swedish megastore is known for its kid-friendly practices, from supervised play areas to shopping strollers, baby care areas to healthy, hearty children's meals at in-store bistros and restaurants. Here are 25 of our favorite Ikea finds for little ones — from kids room essentials to fun, affordable playthings.
Your best friend's pregnant and you want to celebrate! While buying her a round of drinks at your favorite bar may be out of the question, there are a number of ways you can congratulate her — whether you live down the street or halfway around the world. From cheeky cards to tasty (yet nutritionally helpful) treats, check out our favorite ways to celebrate your newly pregnant friend's big news!
Before heading out for sun-filled days of fun this Summer, it's important to take babies' extrasensitive skin into account. While sunscreen is one precautionary measure, topping off little heads with a wide-brimmed sun hat is essential if they're going to be exposed to the elements for any extended period of time. Here are 10 sweet options for your baby boy or girl to sport all Summer long!
Would you let your kids shop at a store that goes against the values you're trying to instill in them? Recently, inflammatory comments made by Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries in a 2006 interview have been recirculating on the web, instigating anger and outrage amongst the brand's would-be consumers and moms looking out for the best interest of their kids. According to Huffington Post, Jeffries made the following statement in a 2006 interview with Salon.com:
In every school, there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don't belong [in our clothes], and they can't belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don't alienate anybody, but you don't excite anybody, either.
Abercrombie's sweet spot has always been the teen and preteen market, which makes Jeffries's comments especially alarming. At a time when kids are at their most impressionable, most self-conscious, and most susceptible to being teased or alienated by their peers, what sort of a message does this send?
For years, the brand — which encompasses an "Abercrombie Kids" line — has garnered attention for its controversial practices and marketing methodology. According to the Salon.com article, in 2004, Abercrombie paid $40 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by minority employees who felt discriminated against. In 2005, a group of high school girls made the media rounds in protest of t-shirts with phrases like "Do I make you look fat?" and "Who needs a brain when you have these?" And now, Jeffries's candid commentary is igniting a new flame.
What do you think? Do the CEO's remarks mean your family will be boycotting the Abercrombie & Fitch brand?
Who said tights are just for girls? Certainly not Brit brand Little Titans, which launched a line of tights made just for boys ages 0-3 late last year. Founder Carly Hardy loved dressing her first-born Matilda in baby tights, but when little brother Kit arrived, Carly found there was no little-boy equivalent — and "'Tilda's old polka dots and candy stripes didn't quite fit the bill." So Carly designed her own line of quirky boy tights, made from high-quality combed cotton and featuring creative designs made to "feed little imaginations." Current designs include superhero- and footballer- (that's a soccer player, for non-Anglophiles) inspired tights, along with striped green, gray, and blue tights with contrast-color knee pads. Each pair features nonslip soles, sells for around $23, and comes in the cutest little box we've ever seen (seriously, these have baby shower gift written all over them!).
So what do you think? Can you get on board with tights for little boys? Or should girls have a monopoly on that particular clothing category? Weigh in below.
Source: Little Titans
Hello, Kitty! The world's most famous feline has made a major resurgence, and Hello Kitty can be found in just about any kids' store you walk into these days. Tots are rendered helpless against the smiling character's charms, and before you know it, your kiddo will be smitten with the kitten — if she isn't already! Check out these 11 adorable finds for the Hello Kitty fan in your life.
From infancy on, winding down the day with a bedtime story is a favorite way for kids to fall asleep. Lest you grow weary of reading the same book again and again and again, we've rounded up seven favorite books about bedtime to read before your kids go to sleep. Check out our ideas of books to add to your little one's library, from the beloved Goodnight Moon to some options you may not be familiar with. Sweet dreams!