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Sun safety: look out for sunscreen ingredients, and cover up!

baby sunscreen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their ninth annual sunscreen guide, and the news isn’t good: Spray sunscreens can be inhaled, and they don’t cover skin completely. SPF values above 50+try to trick you into believing they’ll prevent sun damage. Don’t trust them. SPF protection tops out at 30 to 50. Oxybenzone can disrupt the hormone system.* Retinyl palmitate may trigger damage, ... Read More »

Why are newborn babies fussy at night?

Over the past eleven years in the business, I’ve mainly given advice about baby gear: what stroller to buy? How do you tie your baby wrap? How do you create the perfect registry? But besides being a baby gear aficionado, I am also a father of three, so I have parenting advice to give, too. For instance: how do you ... Read More »

Ages and stages and pets, oh my! Age-appropriate pets for kids

young boy with puppy

The fond memories and affectionate snuggles are the first things that come to mind when we think about our childhood pets, but kids have plenty more to gain from having a fuzzy (or feathery, or scaly) best pal. Here are just a few of the benefits of pet ownership for your littles: 1) Pets teach kids responsibility. Assigning age-appropriate pet care ... Read More »

How to keep kids busy if they’re not going to summer camp

Ok, so some kids just aren’t made for camp: as Koa Beck wrote at Mommyish, “As a quiet, self-regulating child who preferred to read, being yanked from my air-conditioned home and placed outdoors with a bunch of sweaty perpetual noise-makers was definitely not my idea of a fun summer. I endured the experience only once, but I begged my family ... Read More »

Making mom friends: tips & links

Let’s face it: making friends as an adult can be HARD. When you were a child, it was simple, since you spent your days in a classroom with a bunch of little people just like you, who were interested in roughly the same things, and were all equally eager to find someone to play with. But when you get older, ... Read More »

The best diaper bag shopping guide ever, at Parent.Guide

Updated 4/20/2017: Discover Your Diaper Bag: Basic Diaper Bag Types and Uses Not all diaper bags are created equal, and the reasons they might not be right for you might catch you off guard. For instance: just because a bag has a thousand little pockets, that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to access them all. Nor does it mean that, if ... Read More »

Europe-only convertible car seats: the Cybex Sirona and the Nuna Rebl, and US alternatives

Exclusive offer today from Magic Beans! Email specialoffer@mbeans.com to claim yours. Act now! UPDATE: THE CYBEX ATON CLOUD Q INFANT CAR SEAT IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2016. It’s been two years since we talked about European car seat standards, and naturally, the game has changed once again! Technology never stops moving, so if you want the safest seats, ... Read More »

How old is too old for toys? (Spoiler: there’s no such thing!)

In an era in which thousands of action figures are clearly manufactured just for grown-ups, adults film loving tributes to their toy collections, thousands of adults get gussied up in their finest superhero duds for comic and anime conventions, and Lego Master Builder is a real paid job, who could imagine that playtime was just for kids? As geek culture continues to ... Read More »