If your little man is anti all things pink, red, and heart-covered, Valentine's Day may seem like a drag in your household. But before you give up on celebrating the holiday entirely, consider one of these fun and entirely boy-friendly finds. From wearing his heart on his sleeve to the most clever ways to share the love with classmates, all it takes is a little creativity to have your lil dude give this Valentine's Day his stamp of approval.
Pop a squat or stand and stream? Tots decide when it's time to ditch the diaper, but parents figure out how their boys will learn to pee. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests training boys to sit on the potty so there is no confusion between urination and bowel movements. Many moms prefer to teach their sons to stand so they can pee like their fathers, and do so faster. Seventy-one percent of moms said they taught their boys to sit. Some mothers said they chose this method to cut down on cleanup, and then there were those who opposed the practice because they felt it was emasculating.
Searching for the perfect gift for your boyfriend, dad, or brother? Look no further than PopSugar editors' picks for the best presents this season for the lucky man – or men! — in your life. Featuring David Beckham’s briefs, the Lost Encyclopedia, and other fit and fab finds, watch our video for great gift ideas for everyone on your list. Stay tuned for other guides in our series including gifts for women, do it yourself gifts, and stocking stuffers.
Boys are more than snips and snails and puppy dog tails, so why don't more bedding companies realize that? When a tyke has outgrown his crib and is ready to make the move into a big boy bed, sheets and comforters do not have to be adorned with sports paraphernalia, dinosaurs, or space ships to entice the tot into bed. Timeless, un-themed bedding collections are sure to do the job, and to last a bit longer as the children's favorite characters change from week to week. We've rounded up some of our favorite sophisticated bedding solutions that will take boys from preschool on through their pre-teen years. Check them out!
It will be a matter of days before the Easter bunny starts hopping so mom's got to decide what her family will be wearing. For boys, opt for a comfortable outfit that is also camera ready for family photos. Keep it simple with fun colors and easy fabrics.
- Dress up the basics with a fun, patterned button-down in a soft cotton. Comfy as a t-shirt, but just a little jazzed up. Try one of these: Western Polo ($17), Check Woven Shirt ($12), or Button-Down Gingham Shirt ($40).
- Ditch the jeans today for a pair of cozy khakis or navy cotton pants ($29 for both).
- Shoes sturdy enough to play around in that still look dressed-up are the perfect compromise for you and your little man, like these from Timberland ($60).
- Top off the look with great accessories he can wear everyday: sunnies ($10), J.Crew Double-Stripe Belt ($23), cotton cap ($5), and colorful watch ($21).
It's one thing to try and distract your child when he falls on the playground to get him up and running again and another to expect him to contain his emotions. Yesterday, I was making a quick run into the grocery store to pick up juice bars for my whimpering son who had a sore throat and fever. As I took him out of the car, quiet tears were falling down his face and a nice man who had parked next to us smiled before kindly telling my three-year-old that "boys don't cry." I disagree, but the situation made me wonder what other parents are teaching their sons. What's your opinion?
Source: Flickr User lovelypetal
Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what little girls are made of, while boys are supposedly contrived of snips and snails and puppy dog tails. So I should expect that along with those snips and snails there would be other icky things that come along with the muddy boy territory, right? The thought of my boy's voice cracking makes me blush even though he's only 6 months old. But what I am dreading in the near future? The discovery of his penis!
Sometime in the next few months, my lil guy is going to locate his "tail," as my daughter likes to call it, and find pure delight in the ability to toy with it during bath time and diaper changes. My mommy friends have warned me about the certain arrival of this moment. I presume when he is 13 years old, I will look back and laugh at how easy this rite of passage is for a wee guy compared to the adolescent years and beyond.
With April swiftly approaching it's time to put together a photo-worthy Easter or Spring outfit for your little Peter Rabbit! Finding a light Easter dress for your daughter may require a bit of rack work, but most lil guys can pull off a laid back Spring look without much fuss.
- Hide the jeans and find your lil guys khakis or light linen trousers ($34) for a warmer weather pants option.
- Green, blue and yellow look adorable on a Spring fellow! Consider a breathable polo shirt like this one from Janie and Jack ($24).
- Don't forget to arm your lil guy with an Easter basket filled with non-sugary goodies and sunnies and a hat to protect him from the sun while he hunts for eggs.
I am constantly drawn to wall decals, but they can be decidedly feminine. If you have a little plane, train, dinosaur and outer space enthusiast on your hands consider dressing up his walls with designs that reflect his vivid imagination and love of boy things.
The Transport Wall Decals by Wallcandy ($60) will take your guy on a magical ride whenever he looks at them and will complement masculine bedroom decor.
If your little man prefers aliens and trains check out the designs below.
The price of a dress shirt for your darling — $20. The cost of a complementary tie — $16. Getting your son decked out for the holidays without a struggle — priceless. For every mom who has had to wrestle her lil rascal into conforming clothes: there's no longer a need. This holiday, let him slip into a long-sleeved tee that is a celebration on its own. Fat Tie organic shirts ($38) are available in three dapper varieties — rusty, scooter, and rudy — that come with tie included! The Southern California company boasts, "Fat Tie is converting little devils into darling angels, one shirt at a time." Paired with a blazer or worn on its own, your tot will surely turn heads.