Gear & Toys: Toddler

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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.


Baby Gear Questions

Hi beautiful mommies and soon to be mommies! We still have some "big" baby...

Arts & Crafts

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Safe Arts & Crafts for Babies

Looking for fun, safe arts & crafts ideas for our 8 month old. Just a little something to start tapping into her artistic side. Everything she plays with goes in her mouth. I've seen non toxic finger paints in stores but of course they're not going to say it's edible. Any creative ideas? One friend suggested crayons as the least harmful? Pudding? Or just good old finger paints under close supervision? Thanks!


Arts & Crafts

When I was growing up, we used to do the same decorations or handprints year...

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 for My Daughter

Hello All! I'm looking for any suggestions on a backpack for my daughter. She is going into Young 5's (which my son was just in last year so I know how much paperwork will be coming home) She's just under 3'6" She's not petite but she has a small frame We currently own a couple of backpacks (for boys) Both are excellent in fabric wear ability and no problems with zippers (1) Potterybarn Boys' Mackenzie Preschool - This was a VERY small backpack that worked just fine for preschool but no further (1) Lands' End Boys' Small...

Bikes & Scooters

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Repainting a Scooter

I thinking about getting my 5 yr old boy a 2 wheel scooter like the razor or something for Christmas this year. He currently has a Red Lightning McQueen 3 wheel scooter that his 3 yr old sister likes to ride around. I was thinking that if I got him one I could repaint his pink/purple or something girly and re gift it to his sister. But I've never repainted anything. Is it worth it to repaint, is it even possible? Your thoughts....


Riding a Bike

I am so beside myself on what it takes to teach a 10 year old how to ride a...

Car Seats

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Car Seat ?

My son is 11 months and weighs about 22 pounds, woould it be okay to turn him around.I know you are supposed to wait until they are one and at least twenty pounds but he is really hating his car seat now and he looks a little silly being that big facing rear.He is crawling and has taken a few steps so he seems strong enough.Any thought would be appreciated.thanks

Carriers & Slings

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Baby Carrier, Sling or Ergo?

I have a very active 2.5 year old son and am expecting baby #2 in mid-October. I'm thinking that I will need and make good use of a baby carrier, sling or Ergo carrier. Can anyone give me their feedback with which type(s) of gear they used: did you prefer a carrier vs. sling, for example? Any advice on what types to look for or what to avoid?

Clothing & Accessories

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How Much Clothing Should We Have??

How much clothing do your kids have? We have 2 princesses...1 & 5, and a house OVERFLOWING with toys & clothes (I've already done garage sales and charity giveaways this year. I got rid of probably 9 boxes of clothes and toys, and you CANNOT tell at all!) Help! A little guideline on how much is appropriate to keep would be great! :)


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Ipod but No Cell Phone? Worth It?

My husband and I do not have a cell phone, we don't have cable, and we don't have any gaming system. We have wireless internet and a desktop computer. We do not want cell phones or cable. We've considered a gaming system in a couple of years. I have been looking at getting an Ipod Touch 4G lately. My husband doesn't think I will use it enough to warrant the cost. Does anyone else out there have one that doesn't have any other gadgets? That feels it was worth it? How do you use it?

Furniture & Bedding

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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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Stinky Lunch Box

My son left his lunch box at school for 5 days. Unfortnately, he didn't close his thermos all the way and the orange juice in it spilled into the lunch box. It is an insulated cloth LLBean lunchbox. Well, now it reaks something awful. Does anyone know how I can remove the smell? I really can't afford a new one right now as I only bought this one about 4 weeks ago. I've tried baking soda all over the outside and soaking on the inside and its removed the smell a good bit to where its just a slight light odor but I can still smell it and...


Lunch Box Ideas

My daughter is tired of the same ol lunches. What can I pack in her lunch...

Play Yards & Play Pens

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Does Your Baby Sleep in a Play Pen?

My 5 month old has been sleeping in a play pen in our bedroom since she was born. Well my mother continues to tell me how uncomfortable she must be and how we should feel terrible for not setting the crib up for her. - My oldest just turned 3 and we took the crib down when she was 18 months, dont really have the room to put it back up anywhere - The baby has sleep through the night since she was 2 months old, so we dont think there is any issue. So my question is has anyone elses child sleep there "baby" months in a play pen? Is...

Safety Products

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Car Seat Safety Ratings?

Hello. My daughter is nearing 10 months of age. I will be needing a new carseat after she is one year old and 20 lbs. I am wondering if anyone knows of a website that rates carseat safety by brand or something? Her safety is my #1 concern, but I have no idea how to find out which car seat is the best. Thanks for your help!


Pool Safety Fence

We are in the process of buying a home with a pool. With 2 young boys (3.5...


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Stroller or No Stroller?

My husband, daughter and I ar flying to Disney World on Saturday. We've got a 3 hour lay-over in Dallas. We're going to be using the car seat for our 2yo on the airplane. We're undecided on whether to take a stroller or not. We're meeting my in-laws there, so we'll have them to help carry Penny if she gets tired at DW, and we could always rent a stroller there. But I was thinking more about the airport. We're going to have a tired 2yo and a car seat to lug around. Should we bring a stroller so that it can either carry her or the...


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Toys for 12 Month Old

I have been asked to make a Christmas list for my daughter who by the time Christmas comes along will be 12 months. I am looking for ideas ... maybe your child had a toy they really enjoyed. She is trying to walk now and crawls all over the place. She really likes Dora but I like to try to also do some educational toys that she would also enjoy.


Toys All Over

If the kids are are toddler, preschool and preschool, do I let it go and...


Toys or No Toys?

My DH and I both read a book called Anastasia. He has now decided it is a...