Gear Guide

One important aspect of parenting is choosing the right tools, whether it's a car seat and stroller or shoes and school supplies.

Parents discuss what made their lives easier, and what they didn't really need. Get insider recommendations and share your favorites when it comes to gear, toys, and clothes.

Suggestions for night time calming items, oil mist or roll ons.

Hi there everyone. Like most of the families here we are in quarentine and the little one’s are having a different routine now. My 3 1/2 yr old boy sleeps late and wakes up late.He always throws a trantum during naps and night time. He hits and kicks and bites and gets all high at night. I am looking for some suggestions on night calming items to help him calm down and sleep better at night. Th... More

  • Chanda
    7h ago

    Is it possible that he is growing out of naps? My daughter refused to nap around that age. Hopefully some of the other solutions will work out, but if it's time to give up, you might try no naps, lots of exercise, and earlier bed.

  • Sug
    49m ago

    Having a tough time with this also. Our son is 2.5 and naptime and bedtime have both become uphill battles. It wasn't like this when he was still going to school. I'm having a hard time figuring out if he's giving up his daytime nap and needs an earlier bedtime or if his routine is just royally screwed up and he needs more stimulation during the day. We use Young Living essential oi... More

Educational/Learning Apps?

With most schools closed right now due to COVID-19, I’m wondering if anyone has recommendations for educational/learning apps for kids of various ages? I know that Duolingo is a great second language learning app for older kids, but are there any foreign language learning apps for younger kids? What about apps that teach STEM/STEAM/coding lessons?

  • Chanda
    6h ago

    Little Pim is a foreign language program for little kids 0-6 (downloads & streaming on multiple devices, including roku and firetv

  • Anonymous
    45m ago

    Khan Academy Kids - free app, tons of activities.

Help! Bday present

My son is turning 1 year old. Not sure what to get him or what websites there is that have nice cute clothes. Any help? Anything helps! Thanks in advance!

  • Jackie
    Saturday

    If you’re looking for an outfit for first birthday maybe check Etsy? If he doesn’t know how to walk yet and you don’t already have one check out getting one of those ride on learn to walk toys. We got this and she’s now 21mo and still uses it!!

  • Amanda
    1h ago

    Since kids are still so young and their cognitive memory very short term, I know lots of parents who simple wrap up toys their kids already have. This saves money, and the fun of unwrapping and the mood of a party are still the same.

Anonymous posted in Newborns Mar 20

Are Moses basket safe for all night sleep?

I’m looking for a bassinet that I could also use to have by my bedside but don’t know how safe they are when it comes to overnight sleep. During the day I’d be up so baby could sleep there and I’d be aware but is it built to handle all night sleep?

  • Anonymous
    Mar 21

    Nope. Never use it for the night.

  • B
    Mar 23

    I like the arms reach cosleeper. It goes next to the bed

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Mar 11

Puddle jumper

Hi, does anyone know if they make a bigger size puddle jumper? My son is 4.5 and about 50 lbs and we love his puddle jumper, but afraid he’s getting to big to use it this summer. I really don’t like traditional life jackets as they ride up and cover his neck and chin. He is going to be in swim lessons soon but I want to have something for spring break and this summer just in case we need it for... More

  • Amanda
    Mar 11

    I believe that there is a puddle jumper that just has a chest float instead of the full shouldered life jacket component. Of course, this depends on how independent your child is in water, but as long as your son has a foundation in the pool then the chest strap can be adjusted to fit older kids.

Anonymous posted in Money Feb 24

Infant or convertible car seat?

I’ll be having my 2nd baby soon and I’m debating on whether to get an infant car seat or a convertible. Are infant seats safer than convertible seats for infants or something? I’m just trying to think ahead budget wise and where money will be best used on the long run BUT I also don’t want to compromise safety. Any tips would be appreciated!. Tia!

  • Anonymous
    Feb 24

    I was told that car seats across the board are just as safe as each other (as long as there are no recalls) because of the safety standards in place. I think infant car seats are just designed to be easily taken out of cars and transported around as a baby carrier or to attach to a stroller. Because you don’t want to wake that sleeping baby right? Do you still have the infant car seat from yo... More

Nousa posted in Money Feb 20

Second Baby's first birthday

Hello everyone, I'm a little depressed as I'm planning my second child first birthday here. I brought the pictures and videos from my first child first bday and watched them. I feel like there was so much attention to her on that day. Everybody dressed up, so many gifts and decorations, balloons and bday cups and tissues. There was a big cake with her name on it and she was the princess... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 27

    That is so awesome! I sincerely believe your son will grow up and appreciate that you gave him the same care and attention as his big sis got.

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Feb 12

Trade in stroller in stores or event

Where can I trade in my baby jogger stroller? It’s still in great condition. I’ve been wanting to jog/start running but I’m a SAHM. I don’t have anybody to leave my daughter. I’m not comfortable with daycare. She also loves outdoor so I want my toddler to be cruising while I exercise. I don’t wanna pay for a running stroller since I have an umbrella stroller as well. I don’t need three strolle... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 13

    I’ve never heard of a stroller trade in. You could sell it used and then use the money to buy a new one

  • Sarah
    Feb 15

    If it’s still in good condition you’re probably better off selling it on Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, or a local mom’s group and then using that money to buy a new one

Mrs. HHH posted in Clothes Feb 07

Best slip on shoe for toddlers/preschoolers?

Is there something you like similar to Crocs or Natives for kids shoes? My son hates putting on shoes with Velcro He prefers to slip his foot into something. Prefer no heel or low heel. Not flip flop

  • T
    Feb 09

    Get a pair of Hickies no tie shoe laces and any shoe can potentially become a slip on shoe. They come in all different colors and that way you’re not stuck having to rely on a pair or two of shoes.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 19

    We ve gotten the Target brand version of Crocs and they were cheaper and great! We also have some New Balance sneakers that just have elastic in the front instead of shoelaces. Both my kids love them, they seem comfortable and easy for a toddler get on and off themselves.

Samm posted in Behavior Jan 22

Respect

My children absolutely don't respect their things, no matter how cheap or expensive. My 11 year old sons tablet has an absolutely smashed screen and I have told him that if he wants nicer things to take care of and cherish them. But to no avail he still destroys his things along with his 8 year old brother. And it's rubbing off to their 4 year old sister. None of them care for their things.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 24

    I agree. Or what might be even more impactful is if they have any money saved or little jobs, to show them how much work it is to pay off the fix. Make as real world as possible. The reason we care for our high cost items is because we know how much work we have to do to pay for them. So recreate that for them. Don’t sugarcoat it

Stokke Tripp trapp: removing the infant seat

When did you remove the infant seat? Like the little crotch area thing, and just let toddler sit on it like a normal chair? I have removed the straps already because she hated it... so the infant thing is the only thing holding her haha Thanks!

  • Kendall
    Jan 11

    Once my son could sit up pretty decently supported I put him in the regular stroller. Maybe 4/5 months?

  • Tiana
    Jan 11

    I did it the other way round. I removed the plastic shell, around 18 months,but left the straps. If he started his silly behavior, I’d strap him in. I pushed him up to the table, and took away the tray around 18 months too

New baby tech products announced at CES

A few cool new baby tech / parent tech products were just announced at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas -Mamaroo bassinet that looks to be a cheaper version of the famous Snoo bassinet https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/06/mamaroo-sleep-bassinet-debut-ces-2020/ -Willow generation 3 breast pump that claims 20% more milk than the 2.0 pump https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/05/will... More

Cash gifts given to very young children

What are you doing with money gifts given to young children? Mine is too young to “save or spend” his own money Sometimes I put it in his 529 account but this year the amount was very minimal.... sometimes I’ve used it to buy kid supplies and needs. Wondering what others do with cash given to kids 5 and under.

  • Stacey
    Jan 09

    My 2 year old has a savings account. Any money he gets we put in there. He has a ton saved since he doesn’t spend any yet.

18mo old YouTube recommendations

Ok I give Up. I need good YouTube video recommendations for 18month old. 😬 also because we have a 6 hour drive to go skiing in January so I need her to stay in her car seat for a long period of time!!! - prefer little to no animations (mostly live action) - educational - music videos - trilingual household, so Mandarin Chinese or Vietnamese also? - not addicting (lol does that exist?) Tha... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 06

    Toys and little Gaby is good too. (YouTube)

  • Charry
    Jan 20

    I know you said live action. But word partying mandarin audio worked well for us.

Watch out for counterfeit Amazon baby gear!

“The car seat broke into pieces in a 30 mph crash test commissioned by CNN, failing to meet the basic standards set by US regulators.” Some sellers are copying popular products like the Doona carseat/stroller and selling unsafe versions for a discount. https://apple.news/AC8k9ePq8Ssu7LxgrXvaAzg

Anonymous posted in Technology Dec 17, 2019

Tablet?

I’ve been thinking about getting our 2 year old a tablet for Christmas. We are due with twins in January and I was thinking it’d be something special for him to focus on and do/play when we have our hands full, especially at first. My husband isn’t as convinced, says he’s too little and it’s unnecessary.... of course I’d control what’s on it and when he can use it, and even try and do some educ... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20, 2019

    I think that there's a lot of messaging out there that can induce "parent guilt" - things like shaming the use of tablets and technology for kids of certain (or all) ages. But I think that you need to be gentle with yourself sometimes (as all parents do). Sometimes you just need a momentary break and allowing 20 minutes on a tablet can give you just that. I know a lot of parents w... More

  • Genesis
    Dec 25, 2019

    When I met my husband, we each had young kids from a previous marriage. I was not completely convinced but at the end it is a nice way for kids to learn. My personal favorite tablet is a Samsung because it has kids mode already installed on it and you can see everything they do! You can control their playtime, apps installed, games played, (which by the way I love the app "fingerpaint"... More

Anonymous posted in Toys & Gifts Dec 16, 2019

Holiday Gifts for preschool teachers ?

What is a good gift for preschool teachers plus assistants. It’s quite a few of them which is why I’m leaning towards a group gift. Was thinking cookies but they just had a bake sale at the school so I’m assuming they may be cookie’d out. Any other good group gifts to give?? Tia

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20, 2019

    im not a teacher nor do i work in a school but our office recently received a giant basket of snacks and treats and there was enough for everyone to grab a little something. could be a good option though slightly expensive, it might still be less than going individual depending on size of school.

  • Anne
    Dec 23, 2019

    Can you take up a collection amongst the other parents and buy them gift cards? Even if you can't pull together a TON of money it might be enough to get everyone a $5-$10 Starbucks or Amazon card for a small holiday treat.

Toys for a 6 month old

Looking for some recommendations for good toys for a 6 month old. I’m a first time mom. Thanks so much!

  • Amanda
    Dec 11, 2019

    Balls! Any size, multiple sizes! Rubber balls are amazing. Any type of "manipulative" is great, too! You don't have to purchase expensive baby toys; rather, you can find items around the house that are just as entertaining to your baby! Cups (plastic or other non-glass materials), paper towel & toilet paper rolls, etc. Items that can be picked up and explored, but also safe en... More

What is a good present for daycare teachers? I would like something practical that they can use. The teachers are all pretty young. (I’m thinking gift cards?) Any other ideas??

  • Brittany Torok
    Mar 18

    @yen honestly your daughters teacher spends the most time with her. She is special I would get her something then write a card to the rest of the school saying thanks for always taking care of my daughter and maybe some mini chocolate or treat that is super cheap. Teachers love the dollar tree that’s always and option c:

  • Christine
    Mar 18

    It is very important that if you decided to gift home baked items that best food safety practices are used. It is a lot of fun to make cookies for your teachers but kids do not always follow the health safety practices. I have cooked with many kids in my preschool and we always have children make their own individual recipes.

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