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August is National Breastfeeding Month! (And: did you know that you can breastfeed at our stores?)

It should seem obvious that, given that we’re in the business of providing absolutely everything for babies, we totally support breastfeeding (and all feeding choices – babies gotta eat!). However, you’d be surprised at all the different places where moms have been told not to breastfeed their babies. As lactation counselor and blogger Amber Hinds writes, it’s useless and backwards ... Read More »

Aden & Anais introduces their new layette collection!

SHOP ADEN + ANAIS LAYETTE Muslin fabric has a certain magic quality to it: blankets and clothing made from muslin start out simply soft, but then they move on to become something even more special. Blogger Julie Kieras describes this phenomenon at Happy Strong Home: “I love how the more I use these blankets and wash them, the softer and ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »