Gear & Toys: LL Bean

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12 Month Snow Gear

Hello Mommies!!! My husband & I are planning on a South Lake Tahoe vacation and have a 1 yr old. We were wondering where to buy or rent her gear for cheap, since we will only use it once.


Winter Gear for DS

Mamas & Papas- We're taking DS skiing this year. Just booked a midweek,...

Baby Backpacks

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Recommend Backpack for Preschooler

My daughter will be starting preschool in the fall and I was wondering if you could recommend a backpack. Does your son/daughter have one you just love? Is it worth it to get a more expensive one from LL Bean or PB Kids, or just go with a cheaper one from Target or Wal-Mart? Thanks!


Need Backpack Advice

My 6 year old's backpack is ruined. We bought this backpack at a drug store...


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Backpack Recommendations, Please.

I'm looking to buy a quality backpack that will last a few years, at least, for my 5 year old starting TK in the fall. Currently, she's using an LL Bean backpack that someone gifted us, but it doesn't seem big enough to fit a standard folder with pockets and it looks like she'll outgrow it quickly. I've heard good things about LL Bean backpacks so I'm looking into their bigger backpacks. I've also looked at Pottery Barn Kids backpacks. Where do you purchase backpacks for your elementary school aged children? Do you have a favorite?...

Car Seats

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Car Seat and Diaper Bag

Hi! I'm looking for a convertible/combination car seat. I want one of those that can be used from 22 lbs with the 5 point harness and then remove the back and be used with the car seat belt. My budget is $ 200 max. I'm also looking for a diaper bag. Either backpack/tote or messenger. My budget is $ 50 max. Any suggestions are welcome!!! Txs everybody and have a great day! Note: I already have the infant car seat so the car seat that I'm looking for if for after that one. Forward facing, 22 lbs to 60 lbs aprox with harness, 60 lbs...

Carriers & Slings

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Hiking with a Toddler

I want to start going on some easy hikes with my 15 month old this summer (we live near Fort Collins), and I was wondering what recommendations you all had for natural, scenic, and fairly easy hiking trails. Additionally, do you have any good recommendations for a front or back carrier (other than a sling) that is good to use for hiking for when he wants to be carried? Also, what do you have to say about going camping with young ones in tow? Should we wait until next year for that? Thanks in advance moms!

Clothing & Accessories

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Where to Buy Snow Clothes??

Hi moms where is a good place to buy snow clothes at a reasonable price?? We need everything. We haven't been to the snow in years now we are going to utah for a week. Thanks everyone!!


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Diaper Bag Suggestions?

My husband and I are looking for a new diaper bag. These are the "specs" we desire: straps that can function as a back pack and an over the shoulder bag (depending on the day we can choose which set of straps we want), large enough to pack what our baby needs for one day of daycare, lots of compartments instead of one bottomless pit, and an upright place to store bottles. Our biggest function areas we need are the straps and my purse items. I struggle with keeping track of my wallet, phone, ipod, etc. because I no longer carry a purse. ...


Child Bike Seat

i have a beach cruiser with a rear rack that is not removable. i am looking...

Furniture & Bedding

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Looking for Boy Bedding

My husband and I have spent way too many hours doing searches for bedding for our son. He's 4 and we want something that will last a long time (quality and interest). We are anti-commercial / anti-character, so even though he loves Disney Cars (the original...we didn't let him see Cars 2 because of things like missiles...yes, we're against that too : - ) we don't want to do his room in that. He's obsessed with all things cars and racing and especially loves muscle cars (think late 60's Ford Mustangs). He loves car shows more than...


Custom Crib Bedding

Hi everyone! I am looking for unique crib bedding for our new baby girl that...

Lunch Box & Thermos

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Will the Rubbermaid Tall Lunchblox System Fit in an LL Bean Flip-Top Lunch Box?

Will the Rubbermaid Tall (or other) Lunchblox system fit in an LL Bean Flip-Top Lunch box? NB: A few of you were quite rude and called me 'lazy' for not measuring the items in question. For your information, I noted the measurements on both products and tried to make a determination based upon this information prior to asking my question here. In this case, however. measurements don't 'tell all'. The LL Bean Flip Top lunchbox has a 'flip top' with space in the top for a bottle of water or whatever. This means the 'height' measurement...


Stinky Lunch Box

My son left his lunch box at school for 5 days. Unfortnately, he didn't...


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Snowy Dirty Stroller in Back of SUV - Tips to Avoid Mess???

Hi everyone. Just at the mall this week with my little back to the car and realized how yucky the stroller wheels were. With all the "newness" that being a first-time mommy brings, I hadn't anticipated this! Any creative ideas out there so the back of the car doesn't get all dirty each and every time??


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Your Favorite Toys & Books for a 1 Year-old

Hi moms, what are your favorite toys and board books for a 1 year-old? We have some Karen Katz books that my DD destroyed so I'm looking for some titles of sturdier lift-the-flap books as well as other cute board books. Also, do you know of any clothing labels that make very simple, modern, all cotton baby clothes without any ruffles, bows, embroidery, etc.? I just want something very plain, like the basics at BabyStyle. Thanks for your help.