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.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Thursday

Swim floaties for toddler less than 30 lbs

I’ve been researching and can’t find swim floats for toddlers that weigh less than 30 lbs. I was able to find life jackets for as young as infant but my son (15 months) is terrified of wearing the life jacket as it’s hard to move his neck and see with it on. While I intend on holding my son in the pool this summer and he’s signed up for swim lessons, he’s a very independent child, he’s quite st... More

Sleep aids between swaddling and nothing?

My 8 month old is able to turn on his side, and general advice is to stop putting him in things that restrict movement, such as the Halo sleep sacks that wrap the arms down and close to the body. He still needs the cozy, snug feeling of his Halo to fall asleep though. With his arms free he will. Not. Sleep. What can I use now that he's supposed to transition out of his Halo wrap position bu... More

  • C

    I should probably say that I meant sleep sacks; he got too big to fit in swaddles by month 4, but I've come to refer to anything that binds him in some way for sleep to mean swaddling, like Halo sleep sacks, etc. Sorry for the confusion. I'll edit the original post to reflect this. But yes, I thought that once they can turn in their sleep, babies are supposed to sleep without any sort ... More

  • Jackie

    Sleep sacks are fine. All it really is is a wearable blanket. Gives them extra warmth since nothing is supposed to be in the crib for first 12 months. Our sleep sacks aren’t “binding”.

Recalled Fisher Price rockers

Given the recall, does anyone have any recommendations for a safe rocker/basinet/other? We have a fisher price (used for our firstborn) but with our second newborn we are not risking it given the recent recall news.

  • Vonda

    We have the guava family lotus. It has a bassinet system that rocks and it travels amazingly. Carry on size.

  • Andi

    If you follow the directions in the rock and sleep. It does say 0-3 months or until child can turn over. It also says to strap in securely. Unfortunately I bet neither of those things were followed. I have used mine for my two and given it for my sis to use with no problems

Anonymous posted in Holidays Apr 13

Easter Egg Content Ideas for 2 yr olds?

I’ve never done an Easter egg hunt as a kid or put one together. I see that most people put candy in the eggs for older kids. Ideas for 2 yr olds? I’ve gotten some suggestions like stickers, goldfish crackers, Cheerios, and stamps.. what else?

  • Julie
    Apr 15

    Also, Joanna is right!!! I have an in law who nearly suffocated on one of those plastic eggs as a child, she put it in her mouth and there were no holes!!!

  • Jess

    I bought a $0.99 pack of larger eggs and put some hot wheels cars in them. Also some tiny rubber ducks that you can find at a party store or dollar store.

Maranda posted in Clothes Apr 13

Mommy and son outfits

Are they any good websites/stores that have cute mommy and son outfits? I

  • Elena
    Apr 15

    I try to buy similar if not exactly the same like we both have same Nike shoes I got as matching Adidas outfits. I sometimes shop dmfrom the young man section to find a botton down shirt and it works out fine :)

  • Joy
    Apr 15

    I Find most of this on Amazon. I just search for mommy and son outfits. It’s worth a try I hope it helps.

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Apr 13

Mattress protection

My 4.5 year old is still wearing Pull Ups to bed at night and I am so over it. What is the best way to protect his mattress while we transition from Pull Ups to underwear only at bedtime? We have a mattress pad that goes under the sheet, but I know I will need more protection than that. Thanks all!

  • Joy
    Apr 15

    There are plastic zip on covers for all size of mattresses. To save my mattresses I have one on each bed. I hope it helps.

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Apr 11

2nd child. I am having my second child (both boys), what will I need? Boys will be 21 months apart.

A double stroller? A high chair (or will my older son be out of his), a crib (or will my older son be out of his by the time the new baby moves out of our room at 6 months) etc.

  • K
    Apr 11

    I had twin girls when my son was 2.5. He was in a toddler bed since he was 15 mth bc he was climbing out of his crib. But, we knew we needed his crib, so we transitioned him before the girls came. He loved his new bed and the foam bumpers are amazing. Even with my huge belly I was able to lay with him and they went right back into shape. As for high chair, you have a few months. My son was out ... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Apr 15

    I had my first two 17 months apart, and my second and third 20 months apart. I got a double stroller, an extra cheap booster seat and that has worked well. Other purchases that happened sooner than normal were transitioning the older one to a toddler bed (or getting a new crib), getting a new car seat, and another baby monitor. I had one in my room for baby and one in the older ones room. I al... More

Jenn posted in Bathing Apr 10

Keeping Bath Toys Clean or Closing the Holes

So my LO loves those squeezy bath toys that suck up and squirt out water, but even with trying to always get all the water out, they grow mold and are disgusting. I tried hot gluing the openings closed but my little mechanical engineer figured out how to get that off in a second. Any tips on how to keep them clean or close the holes up??

  • Ivy
    Apr 10

    I actually cut slits in them so they dry better

Has anyone used these before? Do they work?

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    Apr 11


  • Cara
    Apr 11

    My LC told me that you'd have to drink a ton of tea to really get any benefit from it. And then you'd have to drink a ton more water to accommodate the diuretic effects! ☹️ I haven't tried this brand of pill specifically but I know that pills are more likely to work because they're a much higher concentration. I had a problem with low milk supply and my DD pediatrician said to i... More

Toddler table and chair

Looking for recommendations for a toddler table and chairs for a small space! Small space and a compact table/chairs is key. TIA!

Diane posted in Gear Guide Apr 05

Rock and Play Safety

  • Sara
    Apr 10

    So scary! I used this with my baby (always restrained though)

  • Lexi
    Apr 11

    This is sadly not surprising at all. Instead of people getting upset with Fisher Price they should be upset with the parents who did not restrain their babies and/or used the rock n play after the infant was rolling over already. Anything for children, especially if used improperly and against what the instructions say, is not inherently safe for hour baby/child. Read the warnings and heed them... More

Caroline posted in Clothes Apr 04


Best sunhat for a 2 YO? Thanks!

  • Cathy
    Apr 06

    I actually found ours on Amazon with SPF!

  • Victoria
    Apr 06

    Something you can tie on, so after the battle of getting it on is over, they can't get it off and then they forget about it 😆

Anyone used the boppy lounger for twins? Is the boppy lounger worth it?

  • Jer
    Apr 04

    Thanks! Planning to get it as a gift, it’s not on her registry but i heard great things.

  • K
    Apr 04

    They are a great gift! One if those things you probably wouldn’t pay for yourself but are super happy someone did!

Katie posted in Bathing Apr 03

Honest Baby

Has anyone experienced their honest baby soap change colors. We got so much baby soap for my baby shower 4 years ago. I am just now getting to the Honest Baby sweet vanilla orange stuff. And some of it is clear and some dark orange and some in between. I’m assuming it’s because it’s somewhat organic? Thought I could easily google it but came up with nothing.

  • Michaela
    Apr 04

    Maybe it’s supposed to be mixed/shaken. But also check for an expiration date.

Sara posted in Fitness Apr 03

Beware of the Britax BOB jogging stroller

Crazy read about how this stroller should have been recalled long ago after the front wheel kept falling off. I actually have this stroller but never got around to using it. Now I feel lucky I was lazy! More

  • Elle
    Apr 03

    Only pertains to models made up until 2015. A search of government databases conducted by CR did not find any reported incidents or injuries related to wheels detaching on the models post-2015 redesign.

  • emily groendyke
    Apr 04

    I have a BOB and I recommended this stroller to a friend the day before I saw this article. I can’t in good conscious continue to do so. The fact that the company fought the potential recall is so disturbing; I vote with my dollars and I can’t endorse this kind of corporate behavior.

Jacque posted in Diapering Apr 01

Does anyone use cloth diapers?

I want to switch from disposable to cloth diapers but don’t know how to care for them correctly, best brands, best way to clean, etc..

  • Amanda
    Apr 02

    We used BumGenius and loved them. I'd see if there is a service in your area. The extra laundry turned into a deal breaker for me when I went back to work.

  • Abbie
    Apr 02

    I wouldn’t be cloth diapering if it wasn’t for my amazing local diaper service! It is an absolute must, especially if you work or have multiple kids The service that I use hosted a cloth diapering class that was very helpful to new parents. They pick up dirties and deliver clean cloth prefolds to my home weekly. I believe cloth diapering is an ongoing learning experience. I am now cloth diaper... More

Baby bedding

Any websites or store where they sale crib bedding for a reasonable price? I would prefer a bedding set for a nursery. Every where I’ve looked only sale 4pc bedding sets. Looking for something with more than 4pc (amazon, buybuy baby)

Anonymous posted in Clothes Apr 01

Packing Advice

Hi All! I'm a horrible overpacker. How much and what types of clothes would you pack for your 3 year old girl? It's for a 2 week trip..I tend to pack 14 shirts for her and 14 bottoms for a 2 week trip for example..and we share a luggage..its really bad..haha..Thanks in advance.

  • Steven
    Apr 09

    We’ve taken my daughter all around the world 2-3weeks at a time. In addition to what everyone else said, get Briggs and Riley luggage with the compression technology, it’ll let you carry more. Look up supermarkets and stores nearby and bring just enough diapers for the plane. Look up laundromats too. If you’re up for it, look up a primark and buy clothes there and throw away when done

  • Steven
    Apr 09

    For a stroller, get a flat folding one like the baby zen. If you want more information, feel free to pm me! Our trips are either multi country romps or road trips on a foreign country, so portability is key for us. We try to blog about our travels(not doing a good job) to provide details for parents like you!


I just washed my sons clothing with a tub of that white sticky butt paste! It’s on every single item Of clothing. I tried re washing and that did not help. They can’t be stained forever can they! Does anyone know how to get the stains out!? I also think I might have broke my washer it won’t spin therefore my sons clothes will be just chilling in the washer so gross

  • Elle
    Apr 02

    Soak in bathtub with some Dawn?

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Mar 28

Forward-facing back to rear-facing car seat...

At my child’s 3 year checkup, our pediatrician said the suggestion has changed...that children should be rear facing in their car seat until age 4. Anyone have experience switching their kid back to rear facing position? My child will NOT be happy about not being able to see out the front windows after riding forward facing for over a year (?).

  • Ivy
    Mar 28

    It’s recommended by weight and height, not so much age. And it’s also not enforced legally (though the legal age has changed to 2 years in most states). I do believe in extended rear facing as long as possible, but I would say it’s not worth the fight at age 3, if he won’t have it. My second is 2 and I wanted to have him rear facing much longer like his older brother was, but his older brother... More

  • Lily
    Apr 11

    Yeah, it's not age. It's hight and weight. Unless your little one is really little still, I am sure you are fine staying forward facing. But definitely go with what you feel is right for you.

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