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    Pregnancy Must-Haves

    The most important pregnancy must-haves for new moms

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    Finding out that you are pregnant can be one of the most exciting moments of your life. There is so much to think about and plan for. What do you need? When do you need it? Is it even important?? The first few weeks of pregnancy can be a whirlwind!

    All these questions will be running through your mind, but before you can even catch a breath, you will be bombarded by different moms telling you what they think you need, and telling you exactly what to buy. This can be quite overwhelming. As a new mom it can be easy to fall prey to buying a whole host of items that you won’t actually use.

    Knowing what is actually useful during pregnancy can save you a lot of time, and a bunch of money.
    Here are the most important pregnancy must-haves for all new moms. They will help make your pregnancy more comfortable, and most importantly, more enjoyable.

    Nature Made Multi Prenatal Tablets

    Nature Made Multi Prenatal Tablets - Rich in Folic Acid, Iron & Zinc Value Size 250 Ct

    A prenatal vitamin should be on the top of your list when it comes to pregnancy shopping. By taking the correct vitamins and minerals, you are giving your baby the best start to life. Pregnancy also takes a lot out of you, prenatal vitamins will help your body keep up and keep you feeling good.

    Rich in Folic Acid, Iron and Zinc, the Nature Made Prenatal Vitamins are a great choice throughout pregnancy.

    Pros

    Not too expensive

    Gluten Free

    Complete multi vitamin/multi mineral

    Cons

    Contains allergens


    Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow

    You will not regret this buy. A good body pillow will become your best friend during pregnancy (and most likely after baby as well). Who doesn’t want to cuddle up to a soft, comforting pillow. The curve and shape of the body pillow provides the best support for your pregnant body. The pillow in the back supports your back while you sleep, and eases the lower back pain the most moms feel. The front side is perfect to go between your legs. This also gives superb support for your back and is really just quite nice to cuddle! The soft cotton is easy on your skin and is a very breathable material. Some moms don’t give up their body pillows for a long time after their babies are born – sorry dads!

    The pillow can also be used as support after baby arrives. The pillow can be set up in a way to support breastfeeding. It can also be used to support your baby in the early days, as well as your post-labor recovering body.

    Pros

    Provides great body support

    Soft, breathable material

    Easy to clean

    Can be used after baby is born

    Cons

    Takes up space in bed

    Can be expensive


    What to Expect When You’re Expecting

    Sometimes, new moms need a little help. A pregnancy book can be the best, unbiased resource a new mom can get. You will receive tons of advice and tips from other people. This can get a bit much at times, so having a guide book at your disposal is priceless. What To Expect When You’re Expecting is one of the best pregnancy guide books out there. It gives moms all the information they need, week by week information on baby’s growth, as well as some extra information for dads. Having this information on hand will also help relieve some worries that moms might have.

     

    Pros

    Easy to understand information

    Helps to prepare for pregnancy and birth

    Numerous tips and tricks for pregnancy

    Cons

    Can cause mom to overthink things

    Some moms don’t enjoy reading


    Motherhood Secret Fit Belly Maternity Jeans

     Trust us, you will need this. Maternity jeans will become your new best friend. Your growing belly will soon not fit into your tight skinny jeans, and you will need something more maternity friendly. These jeans have an elasticated waistband, and are made with breathable stretch material. They will last throughout your pregnancy. The elasticated waistband also provides support for your growing belly. They look really great paired with a matching maternity shirt and can be worn out, at home or in the office.
    Pros

    Stretch material to fit a growing mom

    Color to match all types of styles

    Can be worn throughout pregnancy

    Cons

    Can be hot in summer

    Cannot be used after pregnancy


    Bumpboosters Pregnancy Cookies

    Pregnancy can really take its toll on you. Some moms battle to find the balance between work, family and taking extra care of themselves. Planning meals ahead and having healthy snacks on hand isn’t always easy. That is why these Bumpbosters pregnancy cookies are perfect for the mom on the go. They provide pregnant moms with all the whole food goodness they need. Containing organic whole wheat flour, chia seeds and oats, they are a healthy alternative to processed foods.

    Pros

    Great taste

    Easy on the go snack

    Contains all good whole foods

    Cons

    Pricey

    Contains wheat and allergens


    Maternity Belly Band

     Some women may battle with the strain their growing belly puts on their body. This extra weight and pressure can cause severe lower back pain. Having a belly support band can really help relieve some of this extra weight, and provide great support. This in turn allows you to move more freely and feel more comfortable throughout the day.Belly support bands are worn under normal clothes and aren’t visible. This is really an essential item to have if you are battling with growing discomforts.
    Pros

    Stretch to allow for a growing belly

    Support to relieve back pain

    Worn underneath regular clothing

    Cons

    Additional layer of clothing

    May be uncomfortable in summer


    Organic Pure Ginger Root Tea

    Organic Pure Ginger Root Tea from Sri Lanka, 100 teabags

    If you are one of the lucky moms, you will never experience morning sickness. But for those who do, it can be the worst part of pregnancy. The severity of morning sickness differs between pregnancies, but it is one of the most unpleasant feelings out there. There are some pregnancy-friendly medications available for moms to take to help ease nausea, but this is only used once the nausea starts. Many moms opt to try and keep nausea away altogether, and swear by ginger tea. Ginger is widely known to help ease and even prevent nausea. Having a cup of ginger tea in the morning is one of the most natural ways to deal with morning sickness. This organic ginger tea from Sri Lanka is safe for both mom and baby to use, and has an amazing fresh taste.

    Pros

    Helps relieve morning sickness

    Fresh taste

    Healthy, alternative beverage

    Cons

    Acquired taste


    Bra Extender

    Beauty Secrets 2-Hook & 3-Hook Bra Extender, Seamless,  Bridal & Maternity - Black & Nude Bra Extenders

    With your growing belly, you also will experience a fast growing bust. Maternity bras can be expensive, so in the beginning it is a good idea to buy some bra extenders. These fit onto the back of your normal bra and just give you some extra room for your new assets. They are much cheaper than buying new bras altogether and are discreet and easy to use. You will soon realize that every little bit of extra comfort you can give yourself, is much needed.

    Pros

    Cheap relief

    Adjustable as bust grows

    Neutral colors

    Cons

    Does not replace a maternity bra later in pregnancy


    Compression Socks

    Cake Food Knee High Compression Socks Fun Moisture Management Pregnancy Teen Soccer Socks

     Compression socks can really be a necessity for some moms. The socks help speed up blood flow in the legs and reduce swelling. Swollen feet and legs are a common symptom in pregnancy, but can sometimes lead to dangerous conditions. These compression socks will help keep the blood flow regulated and normal. They are also absolutely gorgeous – who wouldn’t want to wear them!
    Pros

    Helps reduce swelling in legs and feet

    Increases blood flow

    Really cute design

    Cons

    Hot to wear in summer


    Tummy Butter & Stretch Mark Massage Lotion

    Palmer's Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter & Stretch Mark Massage Lotion

    Unfortunately the majority of moms will leave their pregnancy with stretch marks. These appear on the stomach, thighs, breasts and sometimes buttocks. Stretch marks appear because the body grows throughout pregnancy, and the skin cannot stretch enough to match the rapid growth. By applying special creams and butters, you can help prevent stretch marks, or lessen their appearance. The Palmers Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter contains argan oil, shea butter, collagen and elastin. All of these help nourish the skin and gives it the defense it needs against stretch marks.

    Pros

    Nourishes the skin

    Helps prevent stretch marks

    Reduces stretch marks

    Cons

    Needs regular application


    Pregnancy Bath Salts

    Pink Stork Flakes: Pregnancy Bath Salt –Organic Magnesium from Dead Sea - Morning Sickness, Energy Levels, Aches and Pains, Sleep Quality & more -Bath or Foot Soaks -Pure, Zero Fillers

    Nothing is more relaxing than a soak in a warm bath. Add to this luxury by throwing in some Pink Stork bath salts. It contains magnesium from the Dead Sea. It help deal with morning sickness, sleeplessness, energy levels and minor aches and pains. The calming properties are both good for mom and baby.

    Pros

    Calming and relaxing

    Decadent smell
    Help with sleeplessness

    Cons

    It is a luxury, so can be pricey


    Pregnancy Gift Box

    Bump Boxes 1st Trimester Pregnancy Gift Box

    Sometimes you just have to treat yourself a little bit. This first trimester pregnancy box is the perfect way to get you excited about the journey ahead. The box contains a water bottle, belly stickers to track baby’s growth, an anti-nausea band and a relaxing bath bomb. All of these items help make the expecting mom more comfortable, and will give her a bit of pampering as well.

    Pros

    Fun box with exciting items

    Items help with pregnancy ailments

    Great gift for an expecting mom

    Cons

    It is pricey


    Wide Mouth Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Water Bottle

    Making sure you consume enough water during pregnancy is so important. Your body is now providing for two beings, you need to give it everything it needs. Remembering to drink water can be a hack. This wide mouth water bottle from Leboha is the perfect way to keep track of your water in take, and helps make sure you drink enough water for both you and baby. The beautiful design also helps! It is BPA free and safe to use during pregnancy.

    Pros

    Keep up good water intake

    Track water intake

    BPA free

    Cons

    A pricey luxury


    Low Impact Prenatal Workout

    As hard as it may seem sometimes, keeping a healthy exercise routine during pregnancy is really important. Your body is going through so many new changes, give it all the support and strength it needs to do so. There are restrictions on the exercise and workouts you can do while pregnant, so having a DVD set of pregnancy-safe exercise is the best way to go. Not only will the box set help your body stay healthy during pregnancy, but it prepares it for all the intense moments of labor.

    Pros

    Safe exercise routines for pregnancy

    Can do it at home

    Helps prepare body for labor

    Cons

    Finding the motivation to exercise

    Exercising alone can be boring


    40-Week Pregnancy Journal

    Things can become a little overwhelming during pregnancy. You now have so many new things to worry about – how do you cope? Luckily, there is a journal designed for pregnant moms. Keep track of your growth, baby’s growth, plan doctors appointments and even workout routines. It is perfect to solve pregnancy brain and it can be a journal for you to keep long after baby is born, remembering your journey.

    Pros

    Keep track of growth

    Plan appointments

    Record workouts

    Cons

    Remember to use the journal can be tough


    The essentials

    Hopefully this list will help you throughout your pregnancy. Every bit of extra comfort you can give yourself is worth it. It is such a special journey, and you don’t want to spend it being uncomfortable and cranky. Rather give yourself the chance to enjoy it, and ease all the pesky pregnancy symptoms as best you can.

    Product NameImagePriceFeaturesRating
    Nature Made Multi Prenatal Tablets$$Contains all vitamins needed for pregnant mom and growing baby.
    Contoured Body Pillow$$Offers support for pregnant mom. Helps relieve lower back pain.
    What to Expect When You're Expecting$All the information a pregnant mom needs about her journey ahead and how her baby is growing
    Skinny Maternity Jeans$$Comfortable and stylish for moms to wear throughout pregnancy. Offers support to a growing belly
    Maternity Belly Band$$Can be worn under clothes to support the back during pregnancy
    Organic Pure Ginger Root Tea$Helps ease morning sickness
    Bra Extender$Extends use of regular bras by giving more room for a growing bust
    Pregnancy Gift Box $$$Perfect gift for a pregnant mom. Contains items to help in the first trimester
    Compression Socks$$Helps increase blood flow and decrease swelling in legs
    Tummy Butter & Stretch Mark Massage Lotion$$Decreases the appearance of stretch marks and can help prevent them
    Pregnancy Bath Salt$$Relaxes mom and helps with aches and pains
    Bumpboosters Pregnancy Cookies $$$Healthy on the go snack for pregnant moms
    Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Water Bottle $$Perfect for tracking water intake and is BPA free.
    Low Impact Prenatal Workout $$Safe exercise for pregnant moms to do at home
    40-Week Pregnancy Journal $$Keep track of all pregnancy related appointment and schedules

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    The 14 Best Kids Art Sets

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    What Are The Best Art Sets For Kids?

    Do you remember back in the days, how fun drawing and coloring was? How great it felt as a young kid to get a praise for your imagination-filled drawings. Truth is, we all are creative artists within – the key is to give it a chance to turn into something beautiful.

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    Maybe not all will end up painters and artists but why not give your little ones a chance to boost their creativity. To have fun while creating masterpieces that you’ll proudly hang on the fridge door. These kids’ art sets are created exactly for that. So pick the one that suits your child the best and let their imagination run wild.

    Below you can see the best 14 Kids Art Sets we have selected for you:

    ALEX Toys Artist Studio Portable Art Set

    This art set is recommended for children of and above 3 years of age. With its convenient carrying bag it’s suitable for an at-home usage, traveling and in school for art class. With the 150 pieces of almost all art materials, your little one can enhance their drawing, painting, coloring and crafting skills.

    It includes watercolors, palette, brush, markers, colored pencils, sharpener, crayons, pastels, clips, eraser, ruler, glue, stapler, scissors and paint.

    Pros

    A large variety of art materials:

    12 watercolor cakes

    mixing palette

    paintbrush

    36 markers

    24 colored pencils, crayons, oil pastels

    20 paper clips

    And pencil, sharpener, eraser, ruler, glue, stapler, scissors, and carrying case with handle.

    Cons

    Crayons are too thin so they might break during use

    The carrying bag too thin


    Crayola Ultimate Art Case

    This is an all-in-one portable art studio and easel. With it art can be created anywhere, since it’s conveniently packed in a colorful case your child will love. It’s perfect for folks on the go since the case is sturdy and allows for the child to paint and draw while sitting in the car, or anywhere else for that matter.

    This set includes 8 markers, 24 crayons, 12 short colored pencils, 8 washable watercolors, paint brush, safety scissors, washable glue and 30 colored paper sheets.

    Pros

    Large variety of materials

    High-quality case

    Excellent for traveling

    Cons

    The case is large and hard to handle

    Lots of small parts

    Not suitable for children under 4


    Melissa & Doug Stamp-a-Scene Stamp Pad

    If you want your child to go beyond just drawing and painting this is the art set you need. With it you’re able to create and color detailed picture scenes. This is a lovely fairy-garden theme that will boost the imagination of your little one.

    All stamps feature contoured wooden handles and high-quality rubber which encourage hand-eye coordination, narrative thinking, and creative expression.

    Pros

    Includes 20 stamps, 5 colored pencils, durable 2-color stamp pad, and wooden storage tray

    Different than all the rest, providing more fun and amusement than just drawing and coloring

    Non-toxic materials

    Cons

    You will need to repurchase ink regularly because it dries out quickly


    Spirograph Design Tin Set

    Proven to stimulate the creativity center in the brain, this set for creating spirographs is the perfect addition to your regular drawing art set. When your child has no inspiration to draw they will love this designing set.

    Inspired by the design of the original 1965 Spirograph, this set will entertain the whole family. It includes 7 wheels, 1 ring, 1 rack, spiro-putty, 2 pens, 10-page guide book, and design paper, all stored in a collectible tin with snap-in storage tray.

    Pros

    A different way to boost kid’s creativity level

    High-quality non-toxic materials

    Cons

    Wheels don’t stay in place and it may take a while for a small child to master the usage of the spirographs.


    Klutz Coloring Cute

    **Editor’s Choice**

    Coloring has never been so cute. Let your child bring the cutest characters, sweets, and monsters to life with the Klutz Coloring Cute. The great thing about this art set for kids is that it comes with 5 double-tipped colored pencils in 10 colors and a coloring book of 72 pages filled with imagination-boosting patterns.

    Let your little one develop fine motor skills by coloring within the lines of the drawing. An art set like this will encourage their interest in different patterns, color combinations and a better understanding of art.

    What people find the most convenient about it is that the pages of the book are perforated, so once your child colors a page, you can safely tear it and stick it somewhere or even create a postcard out of it, to share with friends and family.

    Pros

    Big 72-page book that will last you long

    Perforated pages

    Long lasting color pencils

    strengthens fine motor skills

    High-quality sturdy and thick paper

    Cons

    Not a lot of colors included with the pencils


    Melissa & Doug Art Set

    This art set is everything your child needs to start creating masterpieces when inspiration strikes. The variety of painting materials which come in large sizes will allow them to paint for a long time and you will be able to save money.

    You will find 4 poster paint packages into easy-to-squeeze 8-ounce bottles. The colors are red, blue, yellow and green. Truly the bases they need to create all the shades and other colors. The 4 spill-proof paint cups allow mixing of the paints with water without mixing them with the rest of the colors. In this set, you also get 4 medium-size paintbrushes, a dry-erase marker and eraser, and a roll of white bond paper.

    If your child ever gets tired of painting onto a paper, this set includes 10 jumbo colored chalk sticks to draw while playing outside.

    Pros

    The paint is washable

    All other parts are dishwasher-safe

    the paintbrushes have easy-grip handles for superior control

    the dry-erase marker and wood-handled felt eraser are durable;

    the non-toxic, kid-safe chalk stalks in a rainbow of colors have a unique triangular design that prevents rolling;

    the heavy-weight paper comes in a convenient roll.

    Promotes creativity and fine motor skills

    Cons

    Contains Small Parts

    The paint is hard to wash off


    Crayola Inspiration Art Case

    This Crayola art set is the ultimate set you and your kids will ever need. The reason why I call it the ultimate set is because it includes 140 pieces of crayons, markers that are washable, colored pencils and 15 large sheets of paper.

    The most convenient thing about it is that it comes in a large suitcase that has all the coloring materials well organized. This way you will always know if something is missing and you’re able to get rid of all the clutter that accumulates with toys and other children’s stuff.

    Pros

    A large variety of materials:

    • 64 Crayola Crayons
    • 20 Crayola Short Colored Pencils
    • 40 Crayola Washable Markers
    • 15 large sheets of paper

    Comes in a nicely packed briefcase

    Cons

    Carrying case might get broken because it’s a bit too large

    Markers hard to wash off


    Art 101 142-Piece Wood Art Set

    Every aspiring artist will find what they need in this art & creativity set. The great thing about this coloring set is that it has plenty of pieces, 142 to be precise, that will provide the needed colors and shades for every picture. A sharpener and eraser are included as well, along with their dedicated spot in the case. With this art set, you can always have your child’s coloring materials in place and never lose anything. Since it can be used for ages up to 16, this case includes 2 sketch pencils that are excellent for the more advanced artists. They are perfect for making drafts and lines before coloring with the rest of the materials.

    Pros

    Sophisticated carrying case

    A large variety of materials:

    • 60 Crayons
    • 24 Oil Pastels
    • 24 Watercolors
    • 24 Color Pencils
    • 3 Mixing Palettes
    • 2 Sketch Pencils
    • 2 Paint Brushes
    • 1 Pencil Sharpener
    • 1 Eraser
    Cons

    If the box is carried in the upright position the crayons might come out of their slots

    The crayons might break during coloring


    Darice 1103-02 120-Piece Deluxe Art Set

    When your child is ready to expand their horizons and master new art techniques, the Darice Art Set comes into play. Namely, this deluxe packaging holds anywhere from 68 up to 131 coloring pieces, it’s up to you which one you choose. This is a fantastic way to help your child experiment with a variety of colors, learn about shades, and enhance their love for art. Again, out of convenience, it is great that the Darice Art Set comes in a snap-shut portable case which makes storing easier and losing impossible.

    Pros

    Elegant, black, snap-shut case that is portable

    Enhances creativity

    Plenty of price options for different numbers of pieces

    Cons

    Many small parts included

    Not suitable for children under 3 years


    Artist Studio Colossal Art Set By Alex Toys

    This art set consists of astonishing 315 pieces of art material packed in a large storage case that will enable you to store all the pieces in one place, thus prevents against losing them. It is really safe to use as it has a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. With this large set of art materials, your child will be able to create an array of pictures and all the material will last for months. The storage case includes pastels, paper, fine and jumbo markers, watercolor cakes, 3 types of pencils, stickers, erasers, sharpeners, brushes, and pallets. It’s really versatile and your child will be able to produce different kinds of art.

    Pros

    Large, versatile set of:

    • 40 sheets of heavyweight paper
    • 40 crayons
    • 20 pastels
    • 48 fine tip markers and 36 jumbo markers
    • 36 watercolor cakes and 24 watercolor pencils
    • 24 colored pencils and 3 drawing pencils
    • 4 white erasers and a kneaded eraser
    • 4 sharpeners
    • 18 paint brushes and 2 pallets

    Winner of the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

    Warranty is available – request it through customer service prior buying

    Cons

    Comes with small pieces making it hazardous to small children


    Stencils and Drawing Art Set for Kids by Creativ’ Craft

    It isn’t approved by the Parents Golden Award for no reason. If you’re looking to teach your child to draw real figures as they are, this educational art set is the right one for you. It enhances their creativity, but it also teaches them a lot about shapes of animals and plants. Learning isn’t all about fun and games, but it’s pretty close, and your child will love learning with this art set. It is ideal as a gift as well, because with it you cannot go wrong. It comes with 13 Grade A soft colored pencils, 20 A4 premium 28lb paper sheets, 12 sturdy and robust stencils boards, 1 sharpener, 1 mechanical pen and 1 pencil case. All this is packed in a nice travel case that you can bring anywhere with you. Furthermore, the shapes are 260+ and include the letters, numbers, geometric shapes, flowers, and animals. By drawing into each shape, your child will develop drawing skills but also learn a lot about the different shapes. These reusable stencil boards can be used with airbrush, paint, watercolor and all coloring material.

    Pros

    The stencil set complies with the U.S. Toy Safety Standards for kids of age 4+

    1-year money back manufacturer guarantee

    Free replacement warranty

    Cons

    Some stencils are hard to fit a pencil in to outline

    Some pencils too dry to work


    Crayola Signature Sketch & Detail

    This set can mean fun for the entire family. The children can enjoy the high-quality markers and the sketch papers and the adults can boost their drawing and sketching skills with the 32 double-tipped markers.

    The carrying case is sleek and decorative, so it’s perfect for those always on the go or as a gift for someone who loves Crayoligraphy Calligraphy.

    Pros

    Elegant carrying case

    High-quality markers everyone can use

    Cons

    Doesn’t come with plenty of drawing/coloring materials


    Large 55-Piece Stencil Set for Kids

    This is a very large set of stencils that will teach your little one new figures and shapes.

    What better way to improve their skills than guiding them with the stencils? This way your child works on their drawing abilities effortlessly.

    Pros

    Stencils designed with durable, high quality material

    12 Sturdy Plastic Stencils, 1 Base Board, 2 Exclusive Sliding Clips, 20 Paper Sketch Pad, 15 Sharpened Colored Pencils, 1 Child Friendly Scissors, 1 Sharpener+ 2 Bonus Stick Sheets

    Convenient, easy to manage carrying case

    Non-toxic materials

    Cons

    The child might need help managing the stencils in the beginning


    Crayola Super Tips Washable Markers and Paper Set

    Introduce the basics of drawing and coloring to your child with this extended set by Crayola. It has 25 markers and 40 sheets of paper for your little one, and all washable markers for your convenience.

    It also comes with bonus sketches that your child can color which is a great boost into drawing better elements.

    Pros

    Complete, on-the-go art set with durable storage case

    Washable markers

    40 sheets of high-quality paper

    Cons

    The case is sturdy to manage

    No other art materials included


    Compare and pick the best

    Use this table below to help you pick the one that suits you best:

    PRODUCTPHOTOPRICEFEATURESOUR RATINGSEDITOR COMMENTS
    Klutz Coloring Cute $5 double-tipped colored pencils in 10 colors and a coloring book of 72 pages filled with imagination-boosting patterns.
    Perforated pages to tear and share.
    ★★★★☆*** EDITOR'S CHOICE ***
    Excellent coloring page to start with. Really stands out for the perforated pages.
    Melissa & Doug Art Set$$$4 poster paint packages
    4 spill-proof paint cups
    4 medium-size paintbrushes
    1 dry-erase marker and eraser
    1 roll of white bond paper
    10 jumbo colored chalk sticks
    ★★★☆☆Very versatile. It includes many elements well-thought of and well-designed for all-age painters
    Crayola Inspiration Art Case$$140 pieces of crayons
    washable markers
    15 large sheets of paper
    colored pencils
    ★★★★★Great value for money
    Art 101 142-Piece Wood Art Set$$$$142 pieces
    sharpener and eraser
    2 sketch pencils
    ★★★★☆Convenient wooden case that looks luxurious.
    Darice 1103-02 120-Piece Deluxe Art Set$$$$$Deluxe packaging with up to 131 pieces
    snap-shut portable case
    ★★★★☆Very good quality case
    Many pieces for coloring of every kind
    Artist Studio Colossal Art Set By Alex Toys$$315 pieces of art material such as: pastels, paper, fine and jumbo markers, watercolor cakes, 3 types of pencils, stickers, erasers, sharpeners, brushes, and pallets. ★★★★★The only one with a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. Excellent value for money.
    Stencils and Drawing Art Set for Kids by Creativ’ Craftbest kids art sets$$$13 Grade A soft colored pencils, 20 A4 premium 28lb paper sheets, 12 sturdy and robust stencils boards, 1 sharpener, 1 mechanical pen 1 pencil case
    Packed in travel case
    ★★★☆☆Great for introducing new shapes and ways to draw to your child.
    ALEX Toys Artist Studio Portable Art Set$$A large variety of coloring materials
    Additional art elements
    ★★★★☆Good value for money
    Crayola Ultimate Art Case$$$High-quality case for people on the go
    Excellent for traveling
    ★★★★☆Very nicely organized
    Easy to carry to school
    Melissa & Doug Stamp-a-Scene Stamp Pad$$Excellent way to introduce new techniques for coloring and drawing★★★★★A different approach to boosting creativity
    Excellent as a toy alternative to drawing
    Spirograph Design Tin Set$$$High-quality tools for new drawing and coloring techniques
    Fun for the entire family
    ★★★★☆Suitable to introduce new techniques for coloring and drawing
    Crayola Signature Sketch & Detail$Excellent for advancing your drawing/coloring skills ★★★★☆Although requires some experience in drawing and coloring, children can use the markers as well
    Large 55-Piece Stencil Set for Kids$$Stencils designed with durable, high quality material★★★★☆A very extensive set of stencils that your child won't get tired of easily
    Crayola Super Tips Washable Markers and Paper Set$$Complete, on-the-go art set with durable storage case
    40 sheets of high-quality paper
    Washable markers
    ★★★★☆We loved the high-quality markers and the large paper set. Excellent value for money

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    The Best Go Karts for Kids

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    Go karts are likely one of the most fun creations ever to be made on this green and blue planet. Go karts are like miniature cars that children can drive around the neighborhood and race their friends in a clean race.

    Bear in mind, though, not all go karts are what you would see in the movies or on a sports channel. Those go karts are specifically designed to go fast for stunts or amateur and professional racing purposes.

    The go karts that we’ll be reviewing today are much more child-friendly and by far safer than those racing ones you see on TV.

    The Best Go Kart for Kids

    Razor Ground Force Electric Go-Kart

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    The Razor Ground Force go kart has a really quiet ride with its battery-powered and chain-driven engine.

    Its power system is made up of two batteries of which each has a 12V output. The design includes a bucket seat for a comfortable ride as well as extra support for when taking corners. The throttle can brake controls are not traditionally placed as pedals, instead they’re placed on the steering wheel for better control.

    The Razor Ground Force is set apart from the other go karts due to its charging time. Other go karts average at about 12 hours of continuous charge to get the batteries all juiced up, but this only requires around 4-6 hours to perform the same task and still get about 45 minutes of race time out it.

    Unlike other models, instead of only allowing one use per day, this one can be charged twice a day and driven twice a day. That’s more than enough to satisfy the racing needs of any youngster.

    Top speed: 12 mph.

    Pros
    • Quick charging time compared to other go kart models.
    • Sturdy and strong frame.
    • Easy-to-use throttle and brake controls.
    Cons
    • Can’t drift or perform powerslides.

    MotoTec MT-GK-10_Black SandMan

    moto gt sandman go kart for kids

    Here we have the fastest go kart on the list. The MT-GK-10 does a wholloping 30 mph! That might not seem all that overwhelming, but when you compare it to the speeds of all the other go karts on this list, then it’s a different story.

    This go kart, unlike the others, has a 49cc, 2-stroke engine — which is the reason that it can reach speeds of up to 30 mph. To make things even better, this fella can drive for 20 miles nonstop on a full tank.

    The design of this awesome go kart is something similar to that of an all-terrain vehicle. It has some decent ground clearance, a sturdy frame, a wide wheel base, and pneumatic tyres that are made to absorb all the bumps and stones that one would encounter if going off road.

    The throttle and break system on this go kart are much like the previous one — located on the steering wheel. However, this one doesn’t quite have a steering wheel, instead, it’s more like a handlebar of a bike. This could prove to be an adaptation for kids who aren’t all too familiar with riding bikes.

    Top speed: 30 mph.

    Pros
    • Is the fastest go kart in its class.
    • Can support adults.
    • Is made to go off road too.
    Cons
    • Has an unreliable warranty.

    EzyRoller

    ezyroller go kart for kids

    The EzyRoller isn’t like your usual go kart, instead, this one is classified as a “sit-down” scooter. Despite it not being labelled as a go kart, it could still easily get away as being one, or at least some rendition of one.

    What makes this one stand out is the fact that it does not require any motor to get moving. All it needs is the leg power of a child, and off they go!

    At the front of the EzyRoller is a footrest that is shaped like a handlebar. A child would place his or her feet on the bar and alternate their leg movement in order to build up momentum to get the wheels rolling.

    The low ride of the EzyRoller will allow for sharp turns at moderate speeds. There is also a brake lever in the design so that the breaks can be applied in the event that an emergency stop is required.

    Top speed: Variable.

    Pros
    • The locomotive requirement to move the kart can help strengthen the leg muscles of a child.
    • It’s a very smooth and sleek ride.
    • Low center of gravity allows for better handling.
    Cons
    • The foam padding on the brake pads aren’t very durable and need to be checked frequently.

    Razor Dune Buggy

    razor dune buggy go kart for kids

    Razor Dune Buggy is a compact little go kart that your kids will enjoy both on and off road. This go kart has a chain-driven, 350-watt electric motor. As with all electric motors, the torque is superb! That means that your kids will be able to get up to speed upon takeoff. Don’t worry, though, this go kart only has a top speed of 10 mph.

    Although the Razor Dune Buggy has treaded tyres, that doesn’t mean that it has full off roading capabilities. Don’t expect to take this guy up a mountain and expect to be the victor. Instead, try riding it on some flat dirt roads, because that’s about as off road as you’ll get with this one.

    The Dune Buggy is constructed using tubular steel which is strong enough to support the weight of any 10-year-old who takes this machine for a spin.

    Top speed: 10 mph.

    Pros
    • Has a real suspension system in place.
    • Can ride nonstop for 40 minutes.
    • Can go off road.
    Cons
    • Needs to be assembled.

    Razor Force Drifter Kart

    razor ground drifter go kart for kids

    Here we have a go kart for kids who intrigued by the act of drifting. With its specially designed wheels, the Force Drifter will provide your kids with all kinds of sideways fun!

    Like with most of the kart designs, the Force Drifter too has the brake and throttle controls on the steering wheel of the kart. The elongated, low chassis of this drift kart helps with going sideways. With the center of gravity being so low, it highly reduces the possibility of the go kart tipping over while a child is in the middle of a drift.

    This go kart is powered by a 24V electric motor that is nearly void of any noise.

    Top speed: 12 mph.

    Pros
    • It has manual speed adjustment on the steering wheel.
    • Includes a handbrake to help initiate a drift.
    • The wheels are specifically designed for drifting.
    Cons
    • There are reports that its charging system becomes less effective after a couple of months.

    Razor Power Rider 360

    razor power rider 360 go kart for kids

    Another drift kart for the win! Although this might be similar to the EzyRoller in looks, this three-wheeled kart is powered by a 12V rechargeable electric motor. The electric motor in this one has the ability to power a 30 minute drive but requires a continuous 12-hour long charge.

    The Power Rider’s two rear wheels are attached to swivels. It’s due to that fact that the Power Rider is able to perform drifts and 360 spins. With its low center of gravity design, this kart won’t tip over while your child is busy throwing donuts or sliding around a corner.

    The throttle and braking controls are built into the handlebars for better control and accessibility.

    Top speed: 9 mph.

    Pros
    • Designed for drifting and can perform 360-degree spins.
    • It’s really easy to initiate a drift.
    Cons
    • It may take a while for a child to get used to the handling.

    Actev Arrow Smart-Kart

    **EDITOR’S CHOICE**

    Actev Arrow Smart-Kart Electric Go-Kart

    For parents who like to exercise caution, the Actev Arrow Smart-Kart is the way to go. This go kart has technological features that the other karts don’t. For example, it has an onboard computer which parents can gain remote access through the Wi-Fi. Of course, they’ll have to download and install the Actev app in order to do so.

    The controllable features include setting a speed limit on the go kart as well as control over the brakes. The speed limiter won’t be all that necessary for older kids as it would be for your younger kids who want to go for a spin on their older sibling’s go kart.

    The design of the Smart-Kart sets it apart from the others. It has the traditional design of a go kart with acceleration and brake pedals. To add to that, there is also an emergency stop button that your child can engage in case they need to come to an abrupt stop.

    This kart is powered by two electric motors that provide up to 40 minutes of drive time.

    Top speed: 12 mph.

    Pros
    • Has a traditional go kart design.
    • Is accessible and controllable through a mobile app.
    • Includes an emergency stop button.
    Cons
    • Kids could get annoyed with parents for controlling the go kart from their phones.

    Power Wheels Dune Racer

    power wheels dune racer go kart for kids

    Finally, a go kart that can seat two kids! This one will undoubtedly provide your kids with fun as they can take trips with a friend instead of going at it solo.

    The Dune Racer features a tough-looking design that could take on any obstacle! However, it’s designed for kids, so the likelihood of it conquering mountains are fairly slim. But that’ not to say that your kids won’t be able to go on superb “exploration” trips!

    This go kart has a 12V electric motor and three gear speeds; 2.5-5 mph (forward) and one reverse gear that drives 2.5 mph.

    The low speed settings of this kart makes it an ideal choice for the younger kids because it’ll be much easier for them to have control over the kart.

    Top speed: 5 mph.

    Pros
    • It’s a two seater.
    • Has three gears; two forward and one reverse gear.
    • This kart has a tough design to withstand “bundu bashing”.
    Cons
    • The slow speed might make it unsuitable for older kids.

    Ride On Pedal Car Go Kart

    ride one pedal go kart for kids

    Here we have another “human powered” go kart for you. If you don’t want your child racing around in the neighborhood in a motor-powered go kart, then we present to you the Ride On Pedal Car Go Kart!

    This go kart is classified as a pedal-powered kart. It has the same principles as a bicycle, except for the fact that you’re sitting back quite comfortably. The design of this kart is made so that your child would ride in both style and comfort. This one also has a bucket seat for that extra support when taking corners.

    It’s high profile wheels will allow your child to take on the outdoors with relative ease. Unfortunately, the brakes are located on a rather unusual location right next to the rider. It’s not all that bad, though.

    Top speed: Variable.

    Pros
    • The speed limit is set by how fast your child can pedal.
    • The seat is adjustable.
    • The high profile tyres make it an all-terrain go kart.
    Cons
    • The wheel alignment needs to be checked on a regular basis.

    Hauck Nerf Battle Racer Ride On

    nerf battle racer go kart for kids

    This cool-looking, pedal-powered go kart is designed specifically to mount Nerf toy guns.

    The Battle Racer has the capacity to mount four Nerf guns as well as some foamy ammunition. This go kart is also powered by the power of legs and will provide you kids with some quality exercise as they ride around fighting in their neighborhood Nerf battles!

    The armrests of the go kart’s seat are hollowed out for extra Nerf dart storage. On the hood of the go kart are even more storage slots for that extra bit of ammo. The entire design of the Battle Racer is typically that of Nerf; the colors, sharp lines, etc.

    Setting aside the ammo capacity and storage features of this epic go kart, it has all the standard design features of your typical pedal-powered go kart. The brakes are located at the side of the rider, much like the previous go kart.

    Top speed: Variable.

    Pros
    • Pedal-powered.
    • Can store 4 Nerf toy guns.
    • Has an adjustable seat.
    Cons
    • There have been issues reported associated with the steering wheel.

    Conclusion

    There are many go karts out there on the market. However, we’ve combed through them and brought you our top picks that will be both fun and safe, especially for kids under the age of 12.

    If your child is asking for a go kart for their birthday or just because they want one, then we hope that this article helped you, as a parent, to make the most informed decision that you possibly could!

    Below is a table for comparison and reviewing purposes.

    ProductImagePriceFeaturesRating
    Razor Ground Force Electric Go-Kart$$$Has a fast recharging time.
    MotoTec MT-GK-10_Black SandMan$$$$Can drive off road with it.
    EzyRoller$$Has a locomotive action to move the kart around.
    Razor Dune Buggy$$$Has limited off roading capabilities.
    Razor Force Drifter Kart$$$Designed specifically for drifting.
    Razor Power Rider 360$$Designed for drifting and sideways tricks.
    Actev Arrow Smart-Kart **EDITOR'S CHOICE**$$$$$Can be controlled through the Actev app.
    Power Wheels Dune Racer$$$Has two seats. So your kids can adventure with a friend.
    Ride On Pedal Car Go Kart$$The high profile of the wheels can make this a n all-terrain go kart.
    Hauck Nerf Battle Racer Ride On$$Was designed to mount Nerf guns for greater fun.

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    The Best Play Tents for Kids

    Best Play Tents

    Finding the Best Play Tents

    Play tents are a great way to keep your little ones going for hours!  Play forts are great – you know, the ones where you utilize all of your kitchen chairs, wooden clothesline clips, and layers of old sheets, blankets, and pillows to create a secluded play area that, for kids, seems to transport them to their own little world of endless possibility!

    Those forts, however, take up a lot of space.  I know moms and dads will understand when we say that, somehow, we seem to be called to fix the fort over, and over, and over, and over again as rough and excited play pulls the sheets down or knocks over a few chairs.  Not to mention that come dinner time, you have to de-construct the fort so you can have your chairs back!

    Now, we’re not against a good DIY play fort, but if you’re looking for something that will save you the time, effort, and space, and can be used inside or outside, we’ve got just what you’re looking for!  We have put together a list of the best play tents which include various themes, sizes, and budgets!

    The Best Play Tents

    Otmake Princess Tent

    Best Play Tents

    This whimsical, canopy-style play tent is perfect for indoor use, but can be used outside too!  Your little princess will love the beautiful hanging star lights, which really do light up!  The lights run on 3 AAA batteries, so you don’t have to worry about keeping the tent near an outlet.  It is large enough for your little one to stand in and spacious enough for many toys, pillows, and blankets.

    The tent is constructed of sturdy PVC pipe and connectors and sheer polyester curtains which allow lighting to enter the tent.  The set includes a soft mat for the floor.  The set also includes a carry case which allows you to easily store and transport the tent.

    Pros
    • Spacious
    • Stylish
    • Working lights included
    Cons
    • Difficult assembly


    Playz 3pc Rocket Ship Astronaut Kids Play Tent

    Best Play Tents

    Your little one will embark on an adventure through space and time with this versatile tent set!  This 3 piece set includes the rocket ship tent, a connecting crawl-through tunnel, and a ball pit! The rocket ship tent features realistic ship component designs on the walls, and the ball tent teaches your little one about the planets in our solar system!

    The tent is constructed of ansturdy pole frame and breathable mesh fabric for the walls.  A thick, soft pad cushions the floor of the tent and ball pit, providing a safer and more comfortable play area for your children.  The set includes a carry case for storage and portability.

    Pros
    • 3 part set
    • Breathable mesh fabric
    • Large and spacious
    Cons
    • play pit balls are not included


    Expresso Cafe Play House Play Tent

    Best Play Tents

    Your little one can serve up brunch and beverages to their friends with this lovely cafe play tent!  It features a large awning, a working door with a roll-up window, and a mesh window on one side to provide lighting and ventilation.  This tent is very large and spacious!

    The frame is made of sturdy PVC piping, and the tent and awning are custructed from heavy polyester fabric.  This is a unique tent, and it can be used indoors or outdoors!

    Pros
    • Large
    • Overhead awning included
    • Sturdy PVC frame
    Cons
    • No padded flooring
    • Table and chairs from photo not included
    • No carrying case


    Construction Play Tent with Carrying Case by Bluenido

    Best Play Tents

    Your little builder will love the fun design of this spacious tent!  It features a colorful, construction-themed design and roll-up windows and doors with velcro tabs.  The roll-up windows feature secret messages that can be viewed when the flap is unrolled!  This tent is very spacious and large enough for children to stand up.

    Construction featues include a sturdy frame with color-coded poles for easy assembly, breathable mesh walls, and reinforced seams for durability.  The tent comes with a carry case for storage and portability!

    Pros
    • Unique design
    • Large and spacious
    • Sturdy and durable
    Cons
    • No padded flooring


    Kids Teepee Tent By JOYNOTE

    Best Play Tents

    **Editor’s Choice!**

    This gorgeous teepee tent makes for a beautiful addition to any room or backyard!  It is handmade, making it truly one of a kind!  It features a thick, non-slip cotton mat, a window for lighting and ventilation, a small colored flag banner and a sticker set for customization, and a small pocket for storage on one side!

    The tent is constructed from wooden supports with a wooden stability ball to keep it from collapsing while in use.  The canvas is made of 100% breathable cotton, is machine washable, and features lovely pom-poms and lace designs.  The doorway can be kept open with the tie straps on either side.  It includes a carry bag for storage and portability.  This tent is spacious and very large – over 6 ft tall!

    Pros
    • Handmade
    • 100% cotton materials
    • Wooden supports with stability ball
    • Customizable colored flag banner included
    • Large and spacious
    Cons
    • Somewhat difficult assembly

    Love Tree Kids Secret Garden Play Tent

    Best Play Tents

    This quaint playhouse is light in color to allow natural lighting to flow through the tent.  The tent features a wide door, four windows, and a colorful flag banner.  It is large enough for multiple children to play!

    The canvas is made of 100% cotton, and also covers the floor.  Reinforced seams provide durability.  The frame is made from foldable poles which make disassembly and storage easier.  The tent comes with a carry bag for storage and portability.

    Pros
    • Large and spacious
    • 100% cotton canvas
    • Canvas flooring
    • Carry bag
    Cons
    • Somewhat difficult assembly


    Petite Maison Kids Play House Tent

    Best Play Tents

    This adorable tent is designed after a real home!  The large windows and doors have closing curtains, giving the play tent a realistic look!  The play tent is very large and spacious, with enough room for blankets, toys, and pillows!

    The canvas is made of 100% cotton, and the frame is constructed of durable aluminum poles and connectors.  This tent is handmade, and is ideal for indoor or outdoor use!

    Pros
    • Realistic home design
    • 100% cotton canvas
    • Sturdy aluminum frame
    • Large and spacious
    Cons
    • Does not have padded flooring
    • Does not include carry case


    Woodland Wonderland HugglePod HangOut

    Best Play Tents

    This is an incredibly unique tent!  It’s a hanging tent!  The tent hangs from sturdy, powder-coated steel stand, giving your child a tree-house/hammock type hangout spot!  The design of this tent is whimsical and natural.  The leaved roof has LED lights inside! It has three windows and a large opening for the door. The small outer pocket is great for storage!

    This fun tent holds up to 225 lbs, letting up to 3 small children play for hours!  The stand must be purchased separately.

    Pros
    • Unique
    • Spacious
    • LED lights inside
    Cons
    • Exspensive
    • Stand sold separately


    Compare and Choose

    Use this table to compare the best play tents and choose the right one for your little ones!

    Product NameImagePriceFeaturesRating
    Otmake Princess Tent$$Canopy style tent,
    Large and spacious,
    PVC frame,
    Working lights included,
    Carry case included,
    Indoor or outdoor use.

    Playz 3pc Rocket Ship Astronaut Kids Play Tent$$3 part tent set,
    Soft, thick padding,
    Breathable mesh fabric,
    Large and spacious,
    Carry case included,
    Pole frame.
    Construction Play Tent with Carrying case 47" x 58" x 58" by Bluenido$$$Fun, colorful graphic design,
    Large and spacious,
    Roll-up windows and entrance,
    Secret messages on roll-up flaps,
    Carry case included,
    Breathable mesh fabric,
    Reinforced seams for durability,
    Pole frame.
    Kids Teepee Tent By JOYNOTE **EDITOR'S CHOICE**$$$Tee Pee style tent,
    100% cotton canvas,
    Colorful flag banner,
    Handmade,
    Window for lighting and ventilation,
    Thick, non-slip mat,
    Wooden frame and stability ball,
    Storage pocket on side,
    Collapses for storage,
    Carry case included.

    Love Tree Kids Secret Garden Play Tent$$$Two windows and large entrance,
    Canvas flooring,
    100% cotton canvas,
    Foldable pole frame,
    Colorful flag banner,
    Reinforced seams for durability.
    Petite Maison Kids Play House Tent$$$$Handmade,
    Aluminum frame,
    100% cotton canvas,
    Large and spacious.
    Woodland Wonderland HugglePod HangOut$$$$$Hanging tent,
    LED lights inside,
    Storage pocket outside,
    Holds up to 225 lbs,
    Unique design.
    Expresso Cafe Play House Play Tent$$Large and spacious,
    Working door with roll-up window,
    Large awning,
    Heavy polyester fabric,
    PVC frame.

    Safety First

    While play tents are generally safe, there are a few precautions you should take to avoid accidental injury:

    • Never use a tent near an open flame or heater.
    • Do not use tents outdoors when lightning is occurring, or during high winds.
    • Tents should be used with adult supervision.
    • Adults should assemble the child’s tent to ensure correct assembly and to prevent collapse.

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    The Best PS4 Games for Kids On the Market

    In general, we know that video games are aimed at more mature audiences. However, in recent years there has been a rise in games that accommodate the needs of a younger gamer.

    Playing video games is fun, more so than most things. So is it any wonder why kids want to play it so badly? Their older sibling might have a PlayStation with games that are rather unsuitable for a child aged 10 or younger.

    Fortunately for the young ones, many game developing companies have seen the need and put forth an effort to fill the gap. In response, video games have begun to come out that are suitable for kids aged 10 or younger. What’s more, is that they’ve found a way to develop a video game that both young kids and older audiences can enjoy. It’s a win-win.

    The Best PS4 Games for Kids

    LEGO Jurassic World

    lego jurassic world ps4 video game

    Now your child can relive key moments from all of the Jurassic movies, all in the comfort of their home. The LEGO Jurassic World video is not just based off of the latest installment of the Jurassic films, instead, it incorporates scenes and storylines from all of the films in the Jurassic franchise.

    In this game, kids will get to play as various different characters from the franchise. They can play as Owen and relive his adventures alongside his velociraptors, or they can play as Dr. Hammond and extract DNA from fossils to create their very own dinosaur.

    Or better yet, they can play as any of the four well-known dinosaurs in the franchise; the T-Rex, the Triceratops, the Velociraptors, the Dilophosaurus Rex and many others.

    You can count on your kids having a good time and many adventures in LEGO’s Jurassic World PS4 game!

    Pros
    • The game is easy to understand and grasp.
    • There is less focus on competing, and more on fun and entertainment.
    • Dinosaurs are customizable.
    Cons
    • Some features are only available on the console.

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

    lego batman 3 beyond gotham ps4 game

    Here we have another installment from LEGO, a video game that is widely loved, appreciated, and enjoyed by fans and gamers across the globe.

    Batman is undoubtedly one of the most well-known superhero characters of all time, and who wouldn’t enjoy the opportunity to be the Bat and save the world? Although Batman doesn’t possess any form of special power, he does make use of his wealth to develop unrivaled technological advances and his exceptional martial arts abilities.

    In this LEGO Batman game, we see the hero reach new frontiers as he goes to outer space to take on super villains. Fret not, Batman won’t be fighting for justice on his lonesome, instead, he’ll have members of the Justice League like Robin, Flash, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, and, of course, Superman to give him a helping hand!

    Pros
    • The game helps develop problem-solving skills.
    • You get to play as the good guy, Batman.
    • Has a 2-player feature.
    Cons
    • Some children might find it difficult or frustrating.

    Rayman Legends

    rayman legends ps4 game

    The first Rayman game came out way back when in the mid-90s on the Atari console. But now it’s been remastered to be played and enjoyed on the PS4.

    In Rayman Legends, your child can invite their friends to play with them (if their friends have a PS4 and Rayman Legends as well), which will provide them with social fun as well as advancing through the game stages as a team.

    This game has more than 120 levels that can be played through, but don’t think that the player is only limited to Rayman, no. Kids can also play as characters such as Barbara, Globox, the Teensies, and Murfy.

    Pros
    • The multiplayer features allows for friends to join the game.
    • Problem-solving skills are developed by the games challenges.
    • Motor and cognitive skills can be developed throughout the game.
    Cons
    • The game could be a little too challenging for younger kids.
    • And could be a little boring for kids in their teens.

    Ratchet & Clank

    ratchet and clank ps4 game

    Travel all over the galaxy and go on all kinds of adventures in Ratchet & Clank to defeat villain Alonzo Drek. There are many challenges and quests to be overcome in this galactic adventure game.

    The original game was released way back in 2002 but has since been released and adapted for the latest consoles such as the PlayStation 4. The latest installment features amazing visuals that your child would appreciate as well as add more value to the visual enjoyment of the game.

    Ratchet & Clank is known for its amazing visuals, captivating gameplay, array of weaponry, and intergalactic travelling. Gamers have the opportunity to play as both Ratchet and Clank.

    The game is not without its challenges, though. The game features multiple puzzles that require a good sense of problem-solving skills. But these skills will also be developed in you child as the game progresses.

    Pros
    • Your child gets to explore the galactic universe.
    • Motor and cognitive skills are developed throughout playing the game.
    • The game encourage problem-solving.
    Cons
    • There is no multiplayer mode, although some may consider this to be a pro.


    Rocket League

    rocket league ps4 game

    Rocket League is one of those games that are enjoyed by both kids and a more mature group of gamers. In this fast-paced game, there are customizable cars and rockets — who wouldn’t enjoy that?!

    This game hits the perfect combination of a ball sport with the action of a gladiator arena. Gamers get to fully customize their cars and kit them out with all sorts of weaponry to take on the challenges in the arena!

    Rocket League will test a gamer’s decision-making skills and reflexes with all the fast-paced action taking place. This game allows for online play, so you can get together with a big group of friends and play together or challenge other online players.

    If your child is a fan of sports and some action, then Rocket League gets it right with its soccer/gladiator combination.

    Pros
    • Encourages teamwork.
    • Lots of customizable features.
    • The combination of sport and shooting can help develop quick decision-making skills.
    Cons
    • Online gaming could present the possibility of lagging.


    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

    crash bandicoot ps4 game

    Many parents who are reading this right now might be experiencing some flashbacks and feelings of sentiment if they were those who played the original Crash Bandicoot on the Playstation 1 back in the 90s.

    In this case, this is a game that both parents (or at least some) and their kids would enjoy. Making its return, the PS4 edition has been remastered, taking advantage of the PlayStation’s visual prowess.

    The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy includes three games; the original Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot Warped Games. This installment of the game includes more than 100 levels that been played cooperatively.

    Pros
    • Hours of gameplay that can be enjoyed by sentimental parents too.
    • Has 2-player capabilities.
    Cons
    • Some kids might find it too challenging.

    LEGO Worlds

    lego worlds ps4 game

    Yup, this is the third LEGO game that we’ve added to the list, and we apologize for nothing!

    Unlike the previous two LEGO games on this list, LEGO Worlds is an open-world, sandbox game, giving gamers free reign to do as they please.

    Let’s put it this way: are you tired of your child playing with LEGOs and leaving bits and pieces laying around, and then stepping on one of those pieces? If you are, then LEGO Worlds is exactly what you want to get your kid!

    This game allows for all the same creativity and free-design that a child would have to exercise when playing with physical blocks of LEGO, but only this time it’s digitized. In the open environment of LEGO Worlds, your child can visit LEGO planets or build their own little world. Gamers can also explore the various worlds by building their means of transportation.

    I would’ve enjoyed this as a kid!

    Pros
    • The open environment provides hours of game time.
    • Players can build and shape their own worlds.
    • Encourages creativity.
    Cons
    • Some kids may grow bored of the game.


    Little Big Planet 3

    little big planet 3 ps4 game

    Sony has done extremely well with this franchise which has won quite a few awards for its creativity and purpose-driven goal of developing a generation of creators, who are the gamers.

    Little Big Planet 3 has customizable features within the game to customize the iconic Sackboy with stickers and outfits. This also allows kids to showcase their own personality traits onto their playable character.

    Pros
    • Encourages creative thinking.
    • It has a customizable in-game character.
    • The puzzles will encourage problem-solving.
    Cons
    • Some may find the puzzles a little too challenging.


    FIFA 18

    fifa 18 ps4 game

    FIFA is undoubtedly one of the most (if not the most) successful game franchises in the history of video games.

    FIFA is a simulation soccer game in which players can opt to play online, create their own character and progress through a soccer career, or play with a second player.

    FIFA encourages players to think strategically and creatively. This game will also test a player’s ability to make quick decisions which could either cost them or save them a goal. This game will provide the player with hours of fun, especially if he or she is an avid soccer fan.

    Pros
    • Encourages creative thinking and quick decision making.
    • It has a 2-player function in which gamers can be on the same team or play 1-vs-1.
    • It has online multiplayer functionality which provides social interaction.
    Cons
    • Some kids may find it too challenging at first.


    Minecraft  **EDITOR’S CHOICE**

    minecraft is the best ps4 game for kids

    The best way to describe Minecraft would be to say that it’s almost Lego in a video game. Although there are actual Lego video games out there, Minecraft allows you — actually, encourages you — to tap into your creative side.

    Minecraft puts the power in the hands of the gamer, giving them full reign to as they please. There are absolutely no limits to what can be achieved in Minecraft. The gamer can build towers that exceed the heights of the clouds, and then destroy it whenever they please.

    The game might be a little tricky to figure out or get a hang of at first, but there are plenty of videos on YouTube that highlight and teach the basics to help your child become the king of their universe!

    Pros
    • The open-world play allows the gamer to endlessly explore the Minecraft world.
    • Creativity is encouraged and puzzle-solving is practiced.
    • It’s a straightforward and easy game once the small things are learnt.
    Cons
    • Some kids might find it too complex and overwhelming.

    Conclusion

    There you have, our selection of PlayStation 4 games that we think are suitable for kids to play without having a negative influence over them. Below is a table with each game listed as well as its user rating and overview.

    ProductImagePriceOverviewRating
    LEGO Jurassic World$$Relive the adventures of the Jurassic franchise.
    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham$$Play as the spectacular Batman and fight off evil in out space.
    Rayman Legends$$Invite friends to join in gameplay and conquer the levels as a team.
    Ratchet & Clank$$Travel through intergalactic space and play as Ratchet and Clank.
    Rocket League$$A fast-paced action game that combines cars, soccer, and rockets!
    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy$$$Relive all the adventures of the all-time classic Crash Bandicoot.
    LEGO Worlds$$Kids can create their own LEGO world to their heart's content.
    Little Big Planet 3$$It has lots of problems that need solving, and plus, the iconic Sackboy can be customized.
    FIFA 18$$$$$One of the most well-known and successful game franchises ever.
    Minecraft$$An open-world, sandbox game that encourages creativity.
    EDITORS CHOICE

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    Best Mom Blogs You Can Find

    Best Mom Blogs You Can Find

    It is no secret parenting isn’t easy. For first time parents, it can be even harder to get the right advice at the right time.

    If you have no one around whom you can ask for advice or if you only want advice from the best sources, we’ve got you covered. 

    We have compiled a list of the 25 best mom blogs you can fall upon in times of need. You should also subscribe to these blogs and get regular updates on everything parenting and with what’s new.

    The mom blogs in this article provide everything from parenting tips, advice on how to tackle pregnancy, labor, cooking, recipes, DIY tips and can also help you in finding the right products for your kids by publishing extensive reviews.

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    The Best 25 Mom Blogs You Need To Know

    Family Focus Blog

    Family Focus Blog is created by Scarlet Paolicchi, a Nashville mom. Scarlet has been blogging for seven years now and has created a great resource for parenting tips, family fun activities, eco tips, family food ideas, family travel, and home decor.

    Founder: Scarlet Paolicchi

    Trivia: Scarlet has majored in  Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, and was a department manager for Macy’s and then a Store Manager for Express, Limited, and Ann Taylor LOFT. Jack of all trades!

    Favorite Post: In “Have Big Dreams For Your Child And Dream Big Quotes“, Scarlet writes about having or letting your kids have their own dreams and what they want to become when they grow up. Scarlet also shares some beautiful quotes about dreaming in the article.

    Pregnant Chicken

    If you have been looking for the best mom blogs, chances are you already have discovered Pregnant Chicken. Pregnant Chicken was started in 2010 with an intent to help pregnant women and new parents navigate parenting. The Pregnant Chicken is beautifully laid out and is easy to browse, thanks to its ‘Topics’ and ‘Resouces’ menus.

    Founder: Amy Morrison

    Trivia: Amy was a creative director at an ad agency but quit to freelance as an art director/graphic designer in 2004. Amy is one of the best writers in her niche and you will fall in love with every word she writes.

    Favorite Post: We love “60 Cool Ways to Announce Your Pregnancy” for all the obvious reasons. Amy has done all the to-be-parents a big favor by writing this article. Looking for a great way to announce your pregnancy on Insta or elsewhere? Read through Amy’s post.

    Rookie Moms

    Two mommies writing a blog can add so much to the content, art, and fun. Rookie Moms was started by Heather and Whitney. Rookie Moms is a fantastic resource for women from pregnancy to preschool & beyond offering tons of amazing activities for moms and babies alike.

    Founders: Heather and Whitney (Manager – Amber)

    Trivia: Heather and Whitney have another favorite website 510 Families and are a hit amongst their fans. Heather & Whitney live less than two miles from each other. Amber is the mother of five kids, by birth and adoption.

    Favorite Post: If you are planning to raise your kids by staying at home or are a housewife and want to remain one, “7 Super Flexible Stay at Home Mom Jobs” is the article you need to read right now if you want to make some dollars on the side.

    Cool Mom Picks

    Cool Mom Picks was started in 2006 and has since grown into a behemoth gear, style, and design sites on the web for parents. Kristen and Liz are often featured in national and local media discussing parenting trends, gift ideas, tech and internet safety, mom-run businesses, and online shopping.

    Founders: Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner

    Trivia: Cool Mom Picks was called “Cool Mom Shit” for the first two days. Thankfully, Kristen and Liz rethought it. Kristen and Liz have appeared on the Today Show and Martha Stewart to share their finds with the world.

    Favorite Post: Cool Mom Picks is a great website to subscribe to if you want to get the updates about the best products for babies, toddlers, and parents. “Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System review: Is it really worth the price? An honest look” is a great example of it.

    Rockin Mama

    Rockin Mama started out as a way for Caryn to chronicle her son’s first year of life. Caryn is a NICU nurse by day, and a blogger by night. Caryn describes herself as a “babywearing, co-sleeping, breastfeeding mama whose passions include health, fitness, and all things green.”

    Founder: Caryn Bailey

    Trivia: Caryn is a seasoned writer and has contributed to many magazines and blogs including Peekaboo Picks Magazine, Family Review Network, OC Family Magazine, Orange County Moms Blog and a few more.

    Favorite Post: If you’re a mom or are to-be-one, you need to start getting shit done with your bare hands. “How to Crochet a Ruffle Scarf With Red Heart Sashay Yarn” is a DIY video and text article which walks you through crocheting a ruffle scarf.

    Scary Mommy

    This ‘About Us’ by Scary Mommy says it all, and you will probably end up subscribing to them once you read it. So here it goes, “We are the history makers and the memory keepers. We are the snot catchers and the ass wipers. We’ve seen it all, heard it all, and smelled it all, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are millions of unique women, united by motherhood. We are scary, and we are proud.”

    Founder: Jill Smokler

    Trivia: Scary Mommy was started in 2008 to chronicle Jill’s stay-at-home days with her children. Scary Mommy transformed into a community of millions of parents and was acquired by Some Spider in February 2015.

    Favorite Post:What The Hell Are Orbeez, And Why Are My Kids Obsessed With Them?” answers all the questions you might have about Orbeez and why your kids’ probable obsession with them.

    Real Mom Nutrition

    Its very important to maintain your diet – even more so when you’re pregnant and after your baby is born. After you become a mommy, your responsibility extends to keeping your children healthy and making sure they eat right. Real Mom Nutrition is a great diet and nutrition blog you should be following.

    Founder: Sally Kuzemchak

    Trivia: Sally became interested in nutrition in college while consulting with a dietician. After working as an editorial assistant in Self magazine’s nutrition department after graduation, Sally returned to school to become a dietitian and embarked on a career as a freelance writer after receiving her Master’s degree.

    Favorite Post: Who doesn’t like cookies? Most kids do and keeping them away from the junk cookies is close to impossible. Sally comes to your rescue with “The Best No Bake Cookies” and makes sure your kids and you eat healthy.

    Be A Fun Mum

    Be a Fun Mum has a lot of art and craft posts, but it isn’t about that. The blog is about connection and designing a happy family life. Be a Fun Mum is about being a mother who embraces who she is, and celebrates others, and reflects the joy that freedom brings.

    Founder: Kelly

    Trivia: Be a fun mum is called that because Kelly didn’t think she was any fun. The blog name is meant to be a reminder and Kelly looks at it as a goal she needs to achieve. Be a Fun Mum is mum-centered rather than being child-centered.

    Favorite Post: Kelly travels around the world and talks about it on her blog. “7 Games From Around the World” has some fun games you can teach your kids and can even join them as they play. Some quality play time can help in building a strong bond and great memories with your kids.

    Mom Spark

    Amy Bellgardt started Mom Spark as a way to connect with fellow moms, exchange tips, and share stories. Bellgardt found the community she needed in the social media and blogging world. Mom Spark is a trendy mom blog with content ranging from recipes, social good initiatives, travel, entertainment, natural living, blogging advice, etc.

    Founder: Amy Bellgardt

    Trivia: Amy is also the co-founder of a large Facebook blogger and influencer community at TotallyProfesh.com. Bellgardt always has her hands full and is often traveling within the United States and internationally for press trips, travel writing assignments, and humanitarian efforts.

    Favorite Post: If you have kids Disney Land could be on your list of places to visit. If you enjoy dole whip and don’t know where to find it in Disney Land, don’t worry, Amy has got you covered with “Where to Find Dole Whip at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Parks.”

    5 Minutes for Mom

    5 Minutes for Mom is great at bringing moms together and helping support each other. This blog is not just for moms. This blog uses the term “Mom” to include everyone who loves children and is interested in the types of things that generally interest moms.

    Founders: Janice and Susan

    Trivia: Janice and Susan are identical twins who started 5 minutes for mom with a mission to provide an essential, go-to site for moms that entertains and informs while promoting the online mom community.

    Favorite Post: If you’re a mom or have a daughter, “Needle or Gun? Where Should You Get Your Child’s Ears Pierced?” can be a lifesaver, literally. 5 minutes for mom is a great resource and is full of such helpful articles.

    MomDot

    MomDot is for all things Mom: parenting tips, fun craft projects, lifestyle advice, and plenty of recipes the whole family will love. Trisha loves giving back to the society and volunteers her time at her local animal shelter.

    Founder: Trisha Haas

    Trivia: Trisha’s work is seen on many popular websites like CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNet, NPR, Ventura County Star, Hot Blogger Calendar, and a speaker at TypeAMom Conference.

    Favorite Post: It is time for another recipe post. “Rainbow Bagels Recipe: How To Make A Rainbow Bagel!” is something you should try the next time you or your kids crave bagels.

    Let Grow

    Let Grow takes a different – and a better – approach to parenting. Let Grow is committed to the mission of “fighting the belief that our children are in constant danger.” Let Grow combats our greatest parenting fears with actual stats, studies, and advice to help keep kids safe without hindering their growth.

    Founder: Lenore Skenazy

    Trivia: Lenore’s is the founder of the Free-Range Kids movement and has a book by the same name, which she began after a column she wrote for The New York Sun—“Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone”—went viral.

    Favorite Post:Scary Van That Followed A Boy Home” is a great read for people who are uncomfortable letting their kids go out alone. Let Grow community has tonnes of such posts.

    Oh She Glows

    If you love cooking and are a vegan, planning to go vegan or want to try the diet, you need to subscribe to Oh She Glows. the blog features 500 healthy recipes (and growing). For the past 10 years, Angela has been sharing energizing, plant-based recipes her family enjoys on a daily basis. Angela’s goal is to inspire you to embrace more plant-based foods in your diet without feeling the least bit deprived.

    Founder: Angela Liddon

    Trivia: Angela started Oh She Glows to write about her recovery from an eating disorder, her journey to health, and the amazing transformation that food can make in our lives. Angela has since written a couple of books about following a vegan diet and vegan recipes.

    Favorite Post: Most people eat bread on a daily basis. If you’re tired of the same old boring bread, try this “Banana Vegan Bread” recipe by Angela. The final dish pictures on Oh She Glows are so visually appealing they will make you crave for almost everything on the website.

    Deal Seeking Mom

    Being a new parent is exciting, but no one talks about the effect it can have on your wallet. You need to buy a tonne of new stuff for your kid, especially if you’re a new parent. Deal Seeking Mom can help you save a lot of money which you could save or could use for buying more stuff for yourself or your baby.

    Founder: Tara Kuczykowski

    Trivia: As a former career-oriented professional turned stay-at-home mom, reconciling champagne taste with a tap-water budget was a challenge for Tara, especially with a large family. She started finding deals online for herself and then decided to share her finds with the world on her new blog.

    Favorite Post: “The Ultimate Coupon Database“. Your welcome. Actually, we should all be thanking Tara for this coupon database. The main coupon database on the Deal Seeking Mom can help you save a lot of money.

    Tech Savy Mom

    Tech can add comfort to our lives and Tech Savy Mom helps use tech in parenting. This blog was launched in 2008 and Leticia has since combined her knowledge of child development, psychology, education, technology, and parenting to provide useful advice for families about the technology tools that have become a part of their lives.

    Founder: Leticia Barr

    Trivia: Leticia is a philanthropist and helps the society in her own capacity whether it’s educational initiatives like her work with local middle schoolers to launch a cube satellite into orbit, fundraising for causes near and dear to her heart, or heightening awareness about Haiti.

    Favorite Post: Parenting can include clicking millions of pictures of your kids. Sometimes you might need to print a picture on the same day you clicked it. “How to Print Photos for The Same Day” will help you get your photos printed on a schedule.

    Sweet T Makes Three

    Sweet T Makes Three is a homemaking blog with a little Southern flair, filled with recipes, craft and DIY ideas, and fun travel tips for the whole family.

    Founder: Jenn

    Trivia: Jenn started this blog in 2010 when her first kid, Sweet T was born. Since then Jenn and her husband have welcomed another baby into their family and Jenn jokingly got a new name for her website, “Sweet T Makes Three Plus One More Makes Four?”

    Favorite Post: Check Eye Steak price. This recipe is a poor man’s ribeye done in 15 minutes. Jenn had never heard of chuck eye steak but since you can’t beat chuck eye steak price (especially compared to ribeye), Jenn bought it anyway and relied on the internet to present her with a delicious chuck eye steak recipe. Not to mention, the internet delivered.

    Go Grow Go

    Go Grow Go was originally created to share all of the info Felicia Carter learned while researching products while she was pregnant and after. A few friends of Felicia were all pregnant at the same time and this site was created to put all of the research in one place for future reference, but it grew to be something much more.

    Founder: Felicia Carter

    Trivia: Go Grow Go was formerly known as Go Graham Go. Graham is Felicia’s firstborn. The site changed to Go Grow Go after Felicia’s second baby. Carter is a school counselor by profession and it rubs off in her blog posts.

    Favorite Post: Another delicious recipe to try. “Homemade Bo-Berry Biscuits Recipe” is a kid favorite and is easy and quick to make.

    Savvy Sassy Moms

    Jenna and Lisa are educators and moms who teamed up to create Savvy Sassy Moms. They hoped the blog will become a valuable resource to mothers everywhere. On this blog, you’ll find posts about self-care, travel, and the latest products on the market for making your parenting journey as smooth as possible.

    Founder: Jenna and Lisa

    Trivia: Jenna and Lisa are educators and have a lot of experience working with moms and kids. They bring together their experience on their blog and want to turn it into a resource for all the mommies and to-be-mommies.

    Favorite Post: Savvy Sassy Moms is an incredible fashion and lifestyle resource. Have you ever wondered “What is a Maxi Dress?“, if yes, read on and get all your questions answered.

    Mom and More

    Mom and more is a site about product reviews, recipes, saving money, finding deals and coupons, and parenting tips and much more. If you love participating in giveaways and browsing for discount coupons, you’re going to love this blog.

    Founder: Cher

    Trivia: The Mom and More blog, previously known as “Mama’s Money Savers” came to life as Cher loved sharing deals, coupons, and ways to make and save money. In 2009, Cher began reviewing products and doing giveaways and they took over her website.

    Favorite Post: Most kids and parents believe LEGOs will soon take over the world. If you’re from the LEGO club, you’re going to love the “LEGO Pumpkin Carving Template.” Your kids will love the LEGO pumpkin for the next Halloween.

    Modern Day Moms

    Modern Day Moms is the end-all-be-all of parenting communities. This publication features articles on parenting tips, meal recommendations, craft projects, and fun tales of adventures in childrearing, created by extraordinary moms for fellow parents.

    Founder: Jessica

    Trivia: Modern Day Moms was a finalist in the CBS News “Most Valuable Blogger” category and nominated by Parenting Magazine as the “Best All-Around Mom Blog”. The blog is widely famous on social media platforms and has a big following.

    Favorite Post: Most people, at least once, think about getting their hair bright red colored. If you’re one of those people, this article can be of help. “DIY Beauty: From Brown Hair to Bright Red Hair (Easy Steps, No Pre-Lightening)”.

    The Better Mom

    For this one, we will let The Better Mom do the talking. “We are moms who desire to be “better” even though we are busy. We believe God has placed a high-calling on our lives as we raise children who will impact the world, take care of our homes, love our husbands, and ultimately honor God with our lives.”

    Founder: Ruth Schwenk

    Trivia: Ruth was a subscriber to many mommy blogs and decided to start The Better Mom to be a single resource to address many topics and issues that moms face.

    Favorite Post:Teach About Jesus with The Legend Of The Candy Cane” is one of the most interesting posts you can read today. Most people can’t even think about teaching their kids about Jesus with the help of the candy canes, but this is The Better Mom.

    Honest Mum

    Honest Mum is a favorite of many mommies written by Vicki Psarias. You can find all things related to parenting, lifestyle, and fashion on this blog. Vicki Psarias also has a book called “Mum Boss” coming out on May 3, 2018.

    Founder: Vicki Psarias

    Trivia: Vicki is an award-winning filmmaker, and part-time model and TV presenter. You can also find Vicki’s writing in places such as the Huffington Post, Woman Magazine, and Grazia Daily, while her list of clients is too long to even post here.

    Favorite Post: Pancakes are a breakfast favorite and you should know how to make them if you don’t already. Many people try to avoid gluten and this recipe “Fluffy Gluten-Free American Pancakes” by Honest Mum can help you make some delicious pancakes while sticking to your diet.

    Mamavation

    Mamavation is a great blog to follow if you’re interested in healthy living, clean eating, and food activism. Through the Mamavation community, Leah teaches “digital moms” healthy living practices to combat disease in their home.

    Founder: Leah Segedie

    Trivia: Leah was named “Mom of the Year” by Shape Magazine, named the 4th most Influential Mom Blogger by Cision Media, Top 10 Woman Changing School Nutrition, compared to Lady Gaga for her unique social media tactics in The Huffington Post, and Favorite Weight Loss Blog by Fitness Magazine.

    Favorite Post: Mamavation goes the extra mile when it comes to staying healthy and “10 Homemade Natural Shampoo Recipes for DIYers” is a perfect example of it. If you haven’t made your own shampoo at home yet, you need to try it now.

    Moments a Day

    Moments a Day aspire to be a place where you can find resources and inspiration to help your family – children as well as parents – grow a little closer and a little kinder each day. From storybooks and journals, ebooks and workshops, articles and classes, Moments a Day hosts a variety of practical and easy-to-use ideas to help all its members grow into their best selves.

    Founder: Chelsea Lee Smith

    Trivia: Chelsea Smith is a certified parent educator, an author, and blogger on personal growth and values education who has authored books and digital workshops to help bring families closer.

    Favorite Post: Music is a great way for kids to learn. “10 Fun Love Songs For Kids {Give Loving Feelings + Teach Loving Habits}” has some great songs by some renowned artists. Watch these videos with your kids and you are bound to have a good time.

    My Mommy Needs That

    With the advancement in technology, there has been an influx of new baby and mommy products. My Mommy Needs That thrives to make the lives of parents easier by reviewing and recommending the best baby and mom products.

    Favorite Post: If you have a baby or a toddler, you probably need an activity table. Activity tables are a great tool to build cognitive skills, hand, eye coordination, motor skills, and comprehension of cause and effect. “The Best Baby Activity Tables” is a great place to find the right activity table for your kids.


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    Gifts: Best Toys for 1-Year-Old Boys

    1 year old boy playing with toys

    The older they get, the more difficult it becomes to buy your children anything for their birthdays without them having a say in it. So, be glad that your boy is only just turning 1 years old, because he certainly will enjoy and make the most out of whatever it is that you choose to buy for him.

    When making a decision on what to get your son, it’s best to buy them something that will be educational as well as entertaining. We’re not saying that you should buy him a box set of Sesame Street, but buying him a toy that helps him develop certain skills and attributes is most definitely a plus!

    So to help with that, we’ve made a list of toys that will be both fun and educational for your little man.

    Best Toys for 1 Year Old Boys

    Mega Bloks Big Building Bag

    mega bloks best toys for 1 year old boys

    There’s no better way to introduce your 1-year-old son to the world of creativity than to buy him his first set of Mega Bloks.

    Mega Bloks is the equivalent of Lego but for babies and toddlers. This is an ideal choice for a birthday gift because it will improve hand-eye coordination as well as motor skills.

    Building blocks will provide your son with many days of enjoyment and turn him into a little engineer.

    Pros
    • Has 80 jumbo blocks that are easy to hold, especially for small hands.
    • Comes with a big bag, making storing all the pieces easier.
    • Improves coordination and motor skills.
    • Encourages creativity.
    Cons
    • There are a lot of block pieces.
    • No user guide or manual is included.

    Nuby Octopus Bath Toy

    Octopus bath toy best toys for 1 year old boys

    To a 1-year-old, bathtime is never seen as the time of day to wash all of the day’s activities off of them. Instead, to them, bathtime is regarded as playing around but only this time it’s in a little pool of water.

    So, to make this time ever more fun and adventurous, we’ve added the Nuby Octopus bath toy. This octopus has tentacles that are turned upward and a face that is extremely welcoming.

    The turnt up tentacles can serve as a bathtime activity by having the rings that are included in the toy set to be placed around a tentacle.

    This toy also promotes and develops hand-eye coordination as well as motor skills.

    Pros
    • The hoops are colorful which will keep your son engaged and intrigued.
    • By throwing the hoops, hand-eye coordination will be developed early on.
    • The octopus floats on the water, which makes bathtime all the more fun.
    • This toy set is BPA-free.
    Cons
    • Isn’t PCV-free.

    Musical Rhymes Book

    rhymes book best toys for 1 year old boys

    Music is a valuable part of a child’s brain development. Your 1-year-old son can most definitely benefit from having a musical book is his little arsenal of toys.

    This musical toy book has more than 40 songs, sound effects and phrases as well as 6 nursery rhymes.

    This book will be highly entertaining to your son and has an interactive twinkling star. The different colors and buttons on this book will serve well to develop motor skills in your little man.

    Pros
    • Easy-to-turn pages that are also durable.
    • Makes use of colors and buttons to stimulate your child’s creative side.
    • Lots of bright colors and a character that will keep your son entertained.
    Cons
    • Nursery rhymes are limited to 6 songs.
    • The pages could run the risk of pinching your child’s fingers in-between them.

    Step2 Whisper Ride II

    step2 whisper ride best toys for 1 year old boys

    Cars are one of the things at the top of the list of toys that boys want growing up. So why not get your son a Whisper Ride II stroller?

    It will provide both you, the parent, and your son with some fun and activity. Take your son for a stroll around the block in this car and watch him light up with enjoyment, all while you get some physical activity in.

    The Ride II will provide your son with a sense of importance, now that he has his very own car.

    Pros
    • Comes with two cup holders to keep your son’s bottle and perhaps yours too when taking a walk in the park.
    • Has a built-in seatbelt for safety and a real feel.
    • Patented Quiet Ride Wheels make for a lovely and quiet stroll.
    • Is easy to assemble and comes with a foldable handle as well as detachable parts.
    Cons
    • Can only hold a weight of up to 50 pounds.

    Spin & Learn Color Flashlight

    spin and learn flashlight best toys for 1 year old boys

    If there’s one thing that men all across the world need, it’s a flashlight! And why not get one for your son to get him started on his misadventures!

    Although this might be a flashlight, it is also a valuable learning tool. This toy has everything needed to teach your son about colors and numbers. The colorful lights will teach him about different colors and provide him with interaction.

    This flashlight is a handy toy for educating a child on colors, numbers, animals, and sounds.

    Pros
    • Can be used as a standard flashlight along with the different colors that are on the head of the flashlight.
    • Has a built-in shut off system in case the flashlight is forgotten on.
    • It has three buttons on the side that can play animal sounds, songs as well as an interactive game.
    Cons
    • The light can be overstimulating to little children and toddlers, especially before bedtime.

    Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball

    development ball best toys for 1 year old boys

    Not only is this a soft ball, but it’s a soft ball with all kinds of textures and bumps on it. As the name implies, this is a ball and toy that is aimed at helping the development of your child.

    Every bump on the development ball has a different texture than the one next to it. There are also two domes with plastic balls in them that could double as rattlers.

    This toy will do exceptionally well in developing your son’s hand-eye coordination.

    Pros
    • Improves hand-eye coordination.
    • The different textures help to develop a child’s tactile sensitivity and feel for objects.
    • The size of the bumps are big and easy enough for a toddlers hands to grip onto.
    • The variety of high contrast colors will keep your child engaged and focused.
    • The rattles on the ball will keep your child engaged without causing an annoying noise.
    Cons
    • The ball isn’t washer safe and needs to washed by hand.

    Highland Cow Soft Toy

    highland cow soft toy

    Here we have a stuffed toy that will surely snuggle it’s way into the heart of any toddler. This highland cow stuffed toy is made by the famous company Living Nature, who are know for making the softest realistic-looking soft toys in the world.

    This docile highland cow also moo’s when you press its hoof.

    Pros
    • Is super soft and ideal for nap time.
    • It moo’s when you press the hoof, which will keep toddlers entertained.
    Cons
    • Requires batteries.

    VTech Turn and Learn Driver

    vtech turn and learn toy

    Here’s another great toy from the VTech company! This comes very close to what every little boy will want in a toy.

    The Turn and Learn Driver has a beautiful setup of different colors, a steering wheel, gear lever, side mirror, signal light lever, and 5 interactive buttons that play a sound whenever they’re pressed.

    This toy will do well to help develop your child’s motor skills with all the levers and buttons found on this toy. It will also help him to develop his imaginative thinking by playing his own little game, going on adventures to who-knows-where, all while sitting in the same spot!

    Pros
    • The top 5 buttons teach about about different animals and cars, which makes this toy double as a teaching tool.
    • The steering wheel, gear and blinker lever, and various buttons will help develop your child’s hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
    • The Turn and Learn has 3 different play modes that are focused around driving, music, and animals.
    Cons
    • It has a short battery life due to all the buttons, functions and sounds.

    Tree Top Adventure Activity Center

    tree top adventure

    This could be the next best thing to get those creative attributes to grow. This fun little wooden “land” has an array of adventures made up of four quadrants with each having their own variety of animals and beads on loops.

    This playset has three built-in tracks that have animal gliders on them along with colorful beads and spinners.

    The entire set is decorated with beautiful colors and objects like birds, leaves, and fruits. Every piece on this toy set is designed to help develop a child in some way, such as developing hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and their creativity.

    Pros
    • Made using wood from sustainable forests.
    • Develops motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
    • Has four quadrants which could allow for another toddler to join the adventure.
    Cons
    • It could tip over if a toddler decides to climb it.

    Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Laptop

    **Editor’s Choice**

    laugh and learn smart stages laptop

    Here’s a really great learning toy that your 1-year-old son will benefit from. The LAugh and Learn Smart Stages laptop has 3 different levels of play that can also be switched through manually depending on your child’s level of development.

    This laptop has a colorful numeric keypad with different shapes debossed on them which can help develop a child’s sense of feel or touch.

    The 3 stages of learning on this laptop are design to be a form of progressive development. Every stage is as interactive and engaging as the next, so your son won’t get bored playing with it. Every stage becomes more challenging than the previous one which helps with development.

    Pros
    • The progressive stages of the Laugh and Learn laptop are targeted for the brain development of 6, 12, and 18+ month old toddlers.
    • Has more than 30 songs, phrases, and tunes.
    • The screen blinks letters, pictures, and words will visually engage your child and help them learn and develop their memory.
    • There are 9 buttons and a toggle switch that will allow for some engaging playtime and help develop motor skills.
    • It gives the parent full control over all of the songs, phrases, and tunes so that they can choose which is most appropriate for their child.
    Cons
    • The only language is English.
    • There is no volume button or switch.

    Green Toys Dump Truck

    green toys dump truck

    This toy dump truck is made from 100% recycled plastic and is free from any phthalates and BPA. This toy can be especially enjoyed if there’s a sandpit at home or when you’re on holiday at the beach. But even your son plays with is inside the house or in the garden, it will still offer him countless hours of pure enjoyment.

    Pros
    • This is a green and environment-friendly toy that goes to show the company’s commitment to cleaner living.
    • Made right here in the USA with high quality materials.
    • No batteries are required to play.
    • Free from BPA and other phthalates.
    Cons
    • The truck bed will tip if too much weight is added onto it.


    Smart Shots Sports Center

    smart shots sport center

    Here we have a toy that combines both basketball and soccer into one. If there’s anything on this list that I’d recommend to help improve motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and physical development, it would be this guy!

    The LED screen on the backboard keeps score, which will encourage your little man to go at it time after time an bump those numbers up.

    On the frame of the goal posts, there are buttons which will also allow for some interactive learning as well as physical development.

    Another benefit of the Smart Shots Sport Center is that it encourages playtime by lighting up everytime your son dunks the ball or scores a goal.

    Pros
    • The Smart Shots Sport Center offers both basketball and soccer as an activity.
    • The LED screen lights up and plays music every time a goal is scored or the ball is dunked.
    • The physical activity of kicking or throwing a ball develops motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
    • Comes with more than 50 built-in songs to teach your child about shapes, sounds, and numbers.
    Cons
    • It runs on batteries and no batteries are included with the toy.


    My Little Railway Set Toy

    my little railway set

    I remember when I got my very first train set, and I know for a fact that I would’ve enjoyed this one just as much, if not more!

    This little train set is ideal as a beginner set, especially for a 1-year-old. Made from top quality wood, this set will keep you son entertained for a good amount of time! The set includes a xylophone bridge which chimes whenever the toy train crosses over it.

    Opposite the bridge is a little box of jumping monkeys which pop out each time the train passes by.

    Pros
    • The toy set is made of high quality wood, which makes it durable.
    • Lots of vibrant colors.
    • Each train cart is a different character than the next.
    Cons
    • The monkeys need to be reset each time they pop out.

    My First Animal Train

    my first animal train set

    This 25-piece toy set introduces toddlers to the world of magnetism, and does it in a way that is both safe and fun.

    This colorful toy set has three animals; one lion and two elephants. It also includes a train driver and a train with three carts — one for each animal.

    The magnetic parts of the animals are large and click easily together, which is especially helpful for when a toddler plays with it. This set could also encourage creativity and develop hand-eye coordination, especially when it comes to taking the animals apart and putting them back together.

    Pros
    • Made up of vibrant colors.
    • The animals have interchangeable bodies that can be mixed and matched.
    • The magnetic parts are extra large and snap into place quite easily.
    Cons
    • If not careful, the magnetic parts could go missing.

    Conclusion

    While there are many toys available out there, we’ve chosen to list the ones that we think will be most beneficial from a learning and skills development standpoint.

    Review our table below to compare each toy with the next.

    ProductImagePriceFeaturesRating
    Mega Bloks Big Building Bag$$The building blocks are large and contains 80 building blocks.
    Nuby Octopus Bath Toy$$A floating octopus with colorful rings.
    Musical Rhymes Book$Easy-to-turn pages and is visually stimulating.
    Step2 Whisper Ride II$$$$Provides fun for the child and parent.
    Spin & Learn Color Flashlight$Easy to hold and carry for toddlers and has an array of colorful lights.
    Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball$Promotes hand-eye coordination and has lots of textures and feels.
    Highland Cow Soft Toy$$$Made by Living Nature who are known for making the softest toys out there.
    Turn and Learn Driver$Promotes creative thinking and imaginative playtime.
    Tree Top Adventure Activity Center$$$$Beautifully decorated, will provide hours of playtime, and develop motor skills.
    Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Laptop$$It has a progressive learning system that spans from 6 months to 18+ months.
    Green Toys Dump Truck$Made with 100% recycled plastic and is free from BPA and other phthalates.
    Smart Shots Sports Center$$$Is ideal for physical development and motor skills.
    My Little Railway Set Toy$$$$$Made from quality materials, and has a a xylophone built into the tracks.
    My First Animal Train$$$The animals have interchangeable magnetic bodies.

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    The Best Playhouses for Kids

    Best Playhouses

    What Are the Best Playhouses?

    Playhouses come in many sizes, designs, and themes. Some playhouses are even suitable for indoor use!  Playhouses offer children hours of make-believe fun while engaging their social skills through roleplay.  The best playhouses are educational, durable.  They need to be able to withstand hours of play and changes in weather across the seasons without cracking or breaking.

    Probably the best toy that kids remember when they get a little older, is the playhouse. All kids love them!.  They inspire imagination, get kids started with social skills and give kids their own space.

    Not all playhouses for kids are the same though.  There are playhouses with slides and even furniture. When a kid is in his/her playhouse they are the master.

    Below is an awesome selection of the best playhouses. There is a wide array of themes, features, and prices for any budget.  Take a look and think of the smile you’ll bring to their face with one of these and how happy you will be watching them grow.

    The Best Playhouses for Kids

    The WonderFold

    Best Playhouses

    This playhouse is ideal for those who are looking for something simple and convenient.  It folds away with a few simple steps.  It’s smaller size makes it ideal for indoor or outdoor play.  The fence style doors swing open and closed, and it has open windows on either side of the structure.

    Pros
    • Lightweight and portable
    • Folds away for storage
    Cons
    • No accessories or special features


    Little Tikes Go Green! Playhouse

    Best Playhouses

    This playhouse combines fun roleplay with an environmentally friendly theme, teaching your little one all about how to protect and preserve our planet!  It features a living roof where your little one can really grow grass which insulates the playhouse, a garden area outside, a rain-water catching barrel with a spout so they can water their plants sustainably and color-coded recycling bins!

    Aside from the incredibly unique educational features, it also included realistic home features such as a working dutch door, a doorbell, working solar powered lights, a mailbox, a shutter window, and a sink!  It even includes 3 accessories – a watering can, a shovel, and a rake!

    Pros
    • Educational
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Realistic features
    • Includes 3 accessories
    Cons
    • Difficult assembly


     

    Little Tikes Picnic on the Patio Playhouse

    Best Playhouses

    This playhouse lets your little one and friends enjoy a fun picnic together!  The playhouse features cupboards for storage, a play oven with a stovetop, a play fireplace, and an “order up” window that connects to the picnic table and benches.

    Accessories include play food and dishes, a play phone, a mail slot on the door, and a working electric doorbell!

    Pros
    • Picnic table with benches
    • Play kitchenette inside including fireplace
    • 20 piece accessory kit included
    • Working electric doorknob
    Cons
    • Difficult Assembly


     

    Little Tikes Endless Adventures Tikes Town Playhouse

    Best Playhouses

    This “town” themed playhouse features four walls with different central themes.  The Gas Station wall has a gas pump, a phone, a crawl-through hole, and molded details inside and outside.  The Schoolhouse wall features molded details inside and outside, a working door with a mail slot, a chalkboard and a small table.

    The Sports wall features a basketball hoop, soccer/hockey net, and numbered targets for ball-tossing games.  The Grocery Store & Bank wall features a drive-up window with see-through shutters, an ATM, shelves inside to store play food, and molded details inside and out.

    This versitile playhouse allows your child to engage in various roleplay and learning positions!  Accessories include a play phone and one ball.

    Pros
    • Four themed walls
    • Molded details
    • Some accessories
    Cons
    • Sticker details outside peel off easily


    Step2 Naturally Playful Storybook Cottage

    Best Playhouses

    This charming cottage playhouse boasts a “thatched roof” to add to the storybook-cottage feel.  The large working door has windows and a working doorbell.  There are spacious open windows, one of which as working shutters.

    Inside the playhouse your child will enjoy a drop-leaf table and play kitchenette which includes a two-burner stove and sink.  Molded shelves inside allow your child to store play food.  The playhouse comes with a working toy phone as well as a toy clock with moveable hands.

    Pros
    • Molded details
    • Play kitchenette inside
    • Drop-leaf table
    • Working electric doorbell and play phone
    Cons
    • Buyers stated sticker decals do not stick well


    Little Tikes Build-a-House

    Best Playhouses

    This unique playhouse concept allows your child to build their own playhouse!  Yes, you read that right!  Mom and dad put together the frame of the house and the roof, but the little ones do the rest!  The interchangeable wall panels are multicolored and feature various textures.

    This playhouse includes a child-friendly drill and screwdriver.  These tools allow your child to attach the wall panels wherever they want, and to move them around as they see fit.  The large “screws” are trapped in the panels, meaning they can be loosened to remove and install the panels, but cannot be removed completely.  This prevents lost pieces.

    If you’ve got a headstrong, independent little one on your hands, or perhaps one with a love for building, this playhouse is a great option for you!

    Pros
    • Interchangeable planels
    • Multiple colors and textures
    • You child builds their own playhouse
    Cons
    • Panels up high may be difficult for little ones to reach


    Backyard Discovery Timberlake All Cedar Wood Playhouse

    Best Playhouses

    This all-wood playhouse is a charming addition to any backyard!  The playhouse is constructed of weather resistant, stained cedar wood.  It features a working half-door, large open windows to help ventilate and light the inside, a play kitchen with a sink and two burners, and flower pot holders.  The playhouse includes a toy phone.  Simple and lovely!

    Pros
    • Weather resistant cedar wood
    • Sturdy
    • Play kitchen inside
    • Flower pot holders beneath small framed windows
    Cons
    • Difficult assembly


     Best Playhouses

    **EDITOR’S CHOICE!**

    This incredible playhouse comes with a hefty price tag, but for good reason!  All-wood construction includes a wooden floor.  This playhouse includes a loft indoors, with a step-ladder leading the way up.  It is large, spacious, and includes a working door three fixed windows and a solid board roof with mineral roofing felt. This playhouse is very realistic, large, and made of durable and high-quality materials made to last!


    Pros
    • All wood construction, including wood floor
    • Durable and weather proof
    • Large and spacious
    • Inludes upstairs loft and step ladder
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • No accessories included

    Compare and Choose

    Use this table to compare and chose the best playhouses!

    Product NameImagePriceFeaturesRating
    The WonderFold$$Folds away for storage,
    Lightweight and portable,
    Small, ideal for indoor or outdoor use.

    Little Tikes Go Green! Playhouse$$$$Educational,
    Environmental theme,
    Real living roof,
    Rainwater barrel with spout,
    Mailbox,
    Doorbell,
    Working solar-powered lights,
    Dutch door,
    Three accessories.

    Little Tikes Picnic on the Patio Playhouse$$$$$Picnic table with benches,
    "Order Up" window,
    Play food and dishes,
    Play oven, stovetop, fireplace, and cupboards.

    Little Tikes Endless Adventures Tikes Town Playhouse$$$$$Four "town" themed walls,
    Molded details inside and out,
    Includes toy phone and one ball.
    Step2 Naturally Playful Storybook Cottage$$$$$Drop-leaf table, kitchenette with sink,
    Two burner stove,
    Pretend clock with movable hands,
    Electronic play phone,
    Decorative 'thatched' roof,
    Windows (one window includes working shutters),
    Working doorbell.
    Little Tikes Little Tikes Build-a-House$$$$$Interchangeable panels,
    Working toy drill and screwdriver included to let child build their own playhouse,
    Multiple colors and textures.
    Backyard Discovery Timberlake All Cedar Wood Playhouse
    $$$Weather-proof stained cedar wood,
    Play kitchenette,
    Play phone,
    Flower pot holders beneath small, framed windows,
    Large open windows,
    Working half-door.
    Rowlinson Swiss Cottage Playhouse **EDITOR'S CHOICE**
    $$$$$$$All-wood construction,
    Wood floor,
    Solid-board roof with mineral roofing felt,
    Working door,
    Upstairs loft with step-ladder,
    Large and spacious.

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    Best Baby Walkers

    Best Baby Play Yards

    What are the Best Baby Walkers?

    Back in 2002, my hubby and I had two mobile pieces of baby equipment that were godsends – the baby swing and the baby walker. We affectionately called the baby swing, “baby crack” because it put our daughter out like a light. When she started crawling, pulling up and taking her first steps, she’d gotten a bit big for the swing and didn’t like being cooped up in it.

    In fact, she didn’t like being cooped up in anything, including the playpen. She would remove her clothes and diaper, then pee all over the playpen to show her displeasure. She wanted to be where the action was, which is difficult if you need to concentrate on making dinner.

    Enter the baby walker. I could plop her in there and she’d roll herself into the kitchen to watch mommy cook, or into the bedroom to watch me fold clothes. She’d even follow me to the bathroom. As did her younger sister and brother. The tray provided a great place for snacks.

    Some 16 years later, I’m able to enjoy the blessings of a solitary bathroom experience. That is until they need a towel or a hairbrush or toilet paper or are arguing with each other or complaining that we have no food in the house (because they are bottomless pits). Trust me, when they’re older, door locks are your friend.

    But before that, when they’re first learning they can shadow your every movement, a baby walker is your friend.

    How do I know when my baby’s ready for a walker?

    If your baby has become your shadow, either crawling or toddling along behind you, that’s a great time to invest in a baby walker. This is typically between 9 and 15 months.

    They’re busybodies by that age and want to see and experience everything they can, but aren’t that great at keeping themselves upright. It’s frustrating for them when they lose sight of you and can’t follow along at your pace.

    The bad thing is, at that age, their natural inquisitiveness can get them in trouble. They don’t yet understand the dangers of electrical cords or hot stoves or the dog’s tail.

    Since household chores are still a necessary evil, a baby walker is a great way to let them be part of your day while keeping those little fingers out of the wrong places.

    What are the downsides to baby walkers?

    You should know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends NOT using baby walkers. The kind they’re referring to is the 4-wheeled variety. Why?

    1. May fall over
    2. Could roll down stairs
    3. Might allow the baby to reach dangerous objects easier
    4. Could interfere with baby’s natural mobility development

    Before you light the torches and make a bonfire out of baby walkers, let’s think about why those dangers exist. Nearly every injury involved with the use of a baby walker is because of parental or caregiver neglect.

    What can I do to ensure my baby’s safe in the walker?

    Just like with the myriad of other baby entertainment and mobile equipment, you should never leave your baby unattended when they’re in the walker. Make sure you’ve got one eye on the baby at all times.

    Remember these things:

    1.Never let your baby use a walker near open stairs. A sturdy baby gate might provide a decent blockade, but it’s not a good substitute for a closed and locked door to the stairs. It’s safer to use the walker on the ground floor, and if you have a basement, keep that door closed and locked.

    2. Keep all sharp, toxic, hot and heavy objects out of the baby’s reach. Bend down to the level your baby will be in the walker and see what they can reach. Pot handles should always be turned inward, electrical cords should be secured, and all household chemicals should be in a cabinet with child-proof locks.

    3. Don’t leave your baby unattended! I can’t say that enough.

    4. Don’t leave them in a walker for extended periods. Let her roll around the kitchen while you’re cooking dinner until it’s time to eat, and then take her out of the walker. Babies need lots of mommy interaction and physical contact.

    5. Go for an alternative to the 4-wheeled versions, such as a stationary walker or jumper.

    Whichever one you choose or receive as a gift, inspect it thoroughly for any missing or broken parts, search for product recalls, etc. This goes for pretty much any baby product, but you know that already. If used properly, walkers can be a fun way for baby to be mobile, play and eat snacks.

    Ready to find the best baby walker? Here are our top picks.

    Bright Starts Pattern Pals Walker

    This brightly colored baby walker is for babies 6 – 12 months, with 3 adjustable heights to fit their growing bodies. The seat pad is machine washable – big plus! There’s a toy bar with a spinning frog and bead chaser. The extra link loops let you add more toys for more fun.

    Some parents reported problems with the seat height being either too short or tall for their babies. Others said the babies had a hard time pushing it around, and the wheels tended to squeak. A few customers reported missing or broken parts upon arrival.

    Pros
    • Machine washable seat
    • 3 height adjustments
    • Extra loops for adding toys
    Cons
    • May be too high or low for petite and large babies
    • Could be difficult for baby to roll
    • Parts may be missing or broken upon arrival


    Kolcraft Tiny Steps 2-in-1 Activity Walker

    Your busy baby will love having two ways to play with this walker. It’ll grow with your baby before and after they begin to walk. Lots of colorful, spinning toys will keep them busy, and there’s plenty of room for some snacks. Best of all, it folds up compactly for easy storage and portability.

    Some parents had issues with the toys popping off easily. This may or may not be a problem unless they contain parts that can be swallowed. Though the weight limit is 26 pounds, the seat clips came loose and a few smaller babies fell through it. Thoroughly inspect the seat clips before you put your baby in it.

    Pros
    • Converts from seated to walk-behind
    • Plenty of toys
    • Folds flat for easy storage and travel
    Cons
    • Toys may pop off easily
    • Seat clips could come loose


    Evenflo Exersaucer Bounce and Learn

    This stationary option from Evenflow is just adorable. It has 3 height positions to grow with your baby. The seat is machine washable. Several toy options help develop the fine motor skills, while bouncing will make those leg muscles stronger. Great option if you have a lot of stairs or have a daycare provider.

    Having that many toys are fun, but it leaves virtually no room for snacks. Some parents noted sharp edges on the plastic near the seat, while others had issues with it being difficult to adjust the height. A few parents had instances where the product came apart during use. Thoroughly inspect everything before you put your baby inside, and stay right there beside them when he or she uses it the first few times to make sure it’s sturdy enough for your baby.

    Pros
    • Plenty of toys
    • Stationary- no risk of rolling down stairs
    • Washable seat
    Cons
    • Not enough room for snacks
    • Small chance of product collapse
    • Could have sharp edges underneath
    • Adjusting the height may be difficult


    Combi Baby Activity Walker 

    I love pink and awesome cars, so I may be a little biased on this one. But isn’t it adorable? If you’re not into pink, it is offered in 5 other colors. This one does have a snack tray – it’s actually under the removable hood. Locking wheels keep it in place for stationary bouncing. Other features include a machine washable seat, a removable electronic play tray & three height positions.

    Really about the bad thing about this one is the price. It’s not cheap, but then again, very few parents noted any flaws. While it may not be for those on a tight budget, the investment could well be worth it.

    Pros
    • Removable electronic play tray
    • Snack tray under the hood
    • 6 color choices
    • Wheels can lock for stationary bouncing
    Cons
    • Pricey


    Joovy Spoon Walker

    If you don’t want all the bells and whistles of attached toys, this one has a sleek, clean design that with 4 colors that will match any modern decor. The best thing about this one has to be the removable, dishwasher-safe tray and machine washable seat. It’s got tons of room for snacks and sippies, too, not to mention it’s BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free.

    Like our previous listing, this walker is on the pricey side. So if you’re on a budget, it’ll be a big investment. Several parents noted that it didn’t roll well on carpet and sometimes got hair jammed in the wheels. Though the height limit is stated as 33.5 inches, some parents noted their children were already too tall for it, even on the highest setting.

    Pros
    • Removable, dishwasher safe tray
    • Lots of snack room
    • 4 color choices
    • BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free
    Cons
    • Pricey
    • May not work well on carpet
    • Height limit may not be accurate


    Baby Einstein Sea and Discover Door Jumper

    If you prefer the stationary options, this door jumper from Baby Einstein is a good option. It has a padded, machine washable seat pad, 4 sea-themed toys, and the strap is adjustable for baby’s height. The sturdy door frame clamp attaches to most doorways, so if you’re busy at the computer, you can put junior in there and hang him from your office door. It’s also super affordable and portable.

    Just like most baby products, this one has its flaws. Some parents reported that it didn’t fit on their doorframes. Others noted the hard plastic on the sides could be uncomfortable. Breakage doesn’t seem to be common but can happen, so stick close to your baby the first few times they use it to monitor the product’s sturdiness.

    Pros
    • Machine washable seat
    • 4 sea-themed toys
    • Non-rolling
    • Affordable
    Cons
    • May not fit all doorframes
    • Hard plastic on sides could be uncomforable


    Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Peek-A-Boo Walker

    For all you Disney fans, who wouldn’t like this Baby Minnie walker? Not only is it adorable (there’s also a blue Nemo option), but it’s also affordable. First of all, the removable piano makes music and lights up for visual and audio stimulation. Baby will love the roller drum, click flower, and bead chaser. Probably the best thing about it (for moms) is the removable, machine washable seat cover.

    Despite its cuteness, however, a few parents noted that the front wheels got stuck, and it doesn’t turn well. The plastic toys could hurt a baby’s face or eyes if he or she can’t stay upright for long. I’d use this only for babies who are pulling up already or taller for their age.

    Pros
    • Machine washable seat
    • Removable piano
    • Lights up and plays music
    • Affordable
    Cons
    • Wheels may be difficult to move
    • Hard plastic toys could hurt face or eyes if baby falls on them


    Disney Winnie The Pooh Music and Lights Walker

    I LOVE Winnie the Pooh, so our nursery was decorated with Winnie and the gang. This would be a perfect addition if you have a Winnie the Pooh theme as well, however, it’s cute enough to stand on its own. It costs a bit more than some of the others, but still won’t break the bank. Probably the best thing about it is the swing-out activity trays that give you room for snack time.

    Same as the Minnie walker, this one requires batteries for the sounds to work. Also, it seems that some parents had difficulty assembling it, while others found the back wheels didn’t turn well. Others noted it seemed too tall for their babies, even when on the lowest position. For the price, however, it’s not a risky investment.

    Pros
    • Two swing-out activity trays
    • Snack tray beneath
    • Machine washable seat
    Cons
    • May be too high for some babies
    • Could be difficult for baby to roll
    • Assembly could pose a challenge


    As a final word, don’t stress about baby walkers. If you don’t feel comfortable using one, there are plenty of options such as stationary bouncers and push-around activity centers. While any baby product could malfunction, be especially careful with baby walkers that roll. Always keep your baby in sight and make sure there are no open stairs. This could be more of a challenge if you’re home alone or have other small children, so keep that in mind.

    But most of all, supervise your baby at all times when they’re using a toy or mobile product.

    Which of our best baby walkers caught your eye? Here’s a handy table to summarize our list:

    ProductPhotoCustomer RatingAge / Size RangesCost
    Bright Starts Pattern Pals Walker6-12 months$$
    Kolcraft Tiny Steps 2-in-1 Activity WalkerUp to 26 pounds$$
    Evenflo Exersaucer Bounce and LearnUp to 30 inches $$$
    Combi Baby Activity Walker*EDITOR'S CHOICE*Up to 30 pounds$$$$
    Joovy Spoon WalkerUp to 33.5 inches
    Up to 30 pounds
    $$$$
    Baby Einstein Sea and Discover Door Jumper **EDITOR'S CHOICE**Up to 24 pounds$
    Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Peek-A-Boo WalkerUp to 24 pounds$$
    Disney Winnie The Pooh Music and Lights WalkerUp to 30 pounds$$$

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    The Best Pretend Play Sets for Kids

    Best Play Sets

    What are the Best Pretend Play Sets?

    Pretend play is an important part of the development process for children.  Pretend play engages the imagination, builds social skills with role play, and is a part of the sociological development of the self, which impacts the development of your child’s personality throughout the early stages of their life.  The best pretend play sets will keep your little one busy for hours as they engage in fun, developmental play!

    The best pretend play sets include various real-life scenarios in which your child can role play and practice socials skills.  You are probably familiar with children’s pretend play kitchens and workbenches, but there are many pretend play sets out there that suit different areas of interest and help your children to act out social situations which will guide them through our society later in life.

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    Who Can Use Pretend Play Sets?

    While manufacturers for specific pretend play sets usually target an age range for users, these toys can be used from the toddler years through young childhood; essentially, until your child loses interest.

    Pretend playsets are not limited to a specific gender.  While some sets – such as a toy vanity – may be intended for girls, any pretend play set can be used by a boy or a girl.  The early learning of life skills is not gender-specific.  Any child could benefit from learning to cook in a pretend kitchen, or how to care for a baby in a pretend nursery.

    The Best Pretend Play Sets

    Here is our list featuring 14 of the best pretend playsets!

    Step2 Mixin’ Up Magic Kitchen

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    This realistic kitchen has all the features your little one needs to engage in learning play.  The kitchen features working shutters with an adorable window sill for spices and pies, a farmhouse sink, realistic refrigerator/freezer, storage cabinets and bins, an oven and stovetop, a microwave, coffee pot, and a telephone.  The stovetop knobs have lights and realistic sounds.

    This kitchen set comes with two playful appliances: a popcorn popper with realistic sounds, and a blender. Also included is a 42 piece accessory kit, which consists of cups, bins, condiments, bowls, plates, pots and pans, cutlery, a spatula and ladle, an oven mitt, and a hand towel!

    Pros
    • Includes 2 toy appliances and 42 piece accessory kit
    • Realistic lights and sounds
    • Colorful and engaging
    Cons
    • Microwave does not have working sounds


    Teamson Kids – Little Chef Wooden Toy Play Kitchen

    The Best Pretend Play Sets

    This play kitchen offers a much simpler, classic design and a lighter price tag. It offers all of the basics that a good play kitchen needs!  An oven with stovetop burners and knobs that turn and click, A microwave, a refrigerator (or cabinet), a sink, and a telephone.

    The hands of the clock above the microwave can be moved manually.  The tub of the sink is removable for cleaning.  This set includes a spatula and toy spice shakers!

    Pros
    • Wooden play set
    • Includes some accessories
    • Classic look
    Cons
    • Has no working lights or sounds


    Step2 Grand Walk-in Kitchen and Grill

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    Let your little one host a play date “cookout” with this adorable, patio style walk-in kitchen and grill!  It features a refrigerator, oven, grill and stovetop, microwave, telephone, sink, and storage space for accessories.  The “dining” area offers an adorable counter space for their guests to chow down on the feast!

    The grill and stovetop have working lights and realistic sounds, as does the telephone.  This kitchen is large enough for multiple children to play together and has plenty of storage space for accessories. And speaking of accessories, this kitchen set comes with a 103 piece accessory kit!  It includes dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, food, condiments, a coffee pot, and oven mitts!

    Pros
    • Realistic lights and sounds
    • Outdoor patio style kitchen includes a grill
    • 103 piece accessory kit included
    Cons
    • Difficult assembly
    • Microwave does not have realistic sounds


    Little Tikes Kitchen Cook ‘n Grow BBQ Grill Playset

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    Calling all (future) grill masters!  Your little chef will love cooking on this grill, which features a dual grill with a lid that opens and closes, stovetop burners on one side, and a sink on the other! There is plenty of storage room beneath the grill for accessories, which include tongs, a spatula, a pan, plates, hamburger, hotdog, and ketchup

    This playset grows with your child.  The bottom portion can be compacted to increase the overall height of the set.

    Pros
    • Includes accessories
    • Plenty of storage room
    • Grows with your child
    Cons
    • No working lights or sounds


    Melissa & Doug Fresh Mart Grocery Store

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    Your child can roleplay as a cashier or a market customer with Melissa and Doug’s Fresh Mart Grocery Stand!  It includes plenty of shelves to display products, as well as a “cold food” storage area.  The conveyor belt moves with a hand-crank knob.  The credit card machine allows their “customers” to slide their card, and sign on the magnetic board screen.  The scanner has working lights and sounds!

    Pros
    • Realistic scanner and card machine
    • Plenty of shelf room
    • Hand-crank conveyor belt
    Cons
    • Does not include any accessories


    Little Tikes 2-in-1 Food Truck

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    This adorable pretend play set combines a food truck and kitchen concept!  It includes a microwave, refrigerator, soda fountain, stovetop grill, and sink!  Your child will have fun imagining to be a food truck owner.  A steering wheel allows them to drive their truck around town, and the “order up” bell lets their “customers” know when their order is ready!

    Also included is a reversible sign with 2 themes, a chalkboard menu, an order taking notepad, a working toy cash register, a “recycle” trash bin, and a 40 piece accessory kit which consists of play food, cups, baskets, cooking utensils, cutlery, condiments, and play money!

    Pros
    • Unique play kitchen/food truck combo
    • Includes many accessories
    • Includes play appliances, menu, signs, bell, and cash register
    Cons
    • Assembly is time consuming


    Step2 Love and Care Deluxe Nursery Playset

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    There are endless ways to play and learn with this adorable nursery set!  Let your little one’s imagination inspire their role play as mom, dad, nanny, sitter, and more!  This nursery play set includes a highchair for feeding time, a changing table for diaper changes, a sink for clean up, a washer and hangers to clean baby’s clothes, storage area below, and an adorable mobile that really spins!

    Pros
    • Highchair and changing table in one
    • Sink for cleanup
    • Washer to clean baby’s clothes
    • Includes hangers and baskets for storage
    • Mobile really spins
    Cons
    • Does not include baby doll or accessories


    Velocity Toys Triple Crown Vanity 

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    This adorable vanity features working lights and sounds, as well as working accessories and a stool to sit on.  It has a drawer to store jewelry and makeup, as well as a spacious table top with compartments to hold makeup and other accessories! The hair drier is battery operated and really makes sounds and blows air!  Accessories with purchase include toy jewelry, makeup, a comb, and nail polish sets.

    Pros
    • Working hair drier toy
    • Some accessories included
    • Working lights and sounds
    Cons
    • Small


    KidKraft Espresso Laundry Set

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    This playset is all wood and offers a classic design.  The washer and dryer doors open and close, and offer “porthole” windows to see inside.  The setting knobs for the machines turn and click.  Included with the set are a chalkboard on one side, a toy iron and ironing table on the other, and a laundry basket with storage area underneath!

    Pros
    • Classic design
    • Wooden play set
    • Includes toy iron and basket
    Cons
    • No lights or sounds


    Step2 Clean Sweep Wood Laundry Center

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    Combine laundry and cleaning themes with this clean sweep playset!  This playset is also made of wood with a classic design.  It offers a washer, clothes hanging closet with hangers, a large, soft-sided hamper, a broom and dustpan, a toy iron and ironing board, and turning knobs. With this set, your child can engage in learning role-play!

    Pros
    • Classic design
    • Wooden play set
    • Helps children learn chores, responsiblilities, and social skills through role play
    Cons
    • No lights or sounds


    Step2 Deluxe Workshop Playset

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    Your future builders will love this deluxe workbench, which inclues tools, accessories, and building kits!  The workshop provides ample storage space including cabinets and drawers.  The included building kits feature safe, dura-foam “wood” blocks with instructions to complete their own projects using the included toy tools!

    Organization is a breeze with the storage options offered by this playset.  Aside from large cabinets, drawers, and spaces, this playset offers hangers for tools, jars for smaller toy nails, screws, and bolts, and bins for storing extra pieces.  Other neat features include an overhead workshop light, a “shop vac” on one side, and a 50-piece accessory kit which includes play tools.  The electronic drill really works!

    Pros
    • Overhead light and “shop vac”
    • Working toy drill
    • 50-piece accessory kit
    • Ample storage options
    • 3 buildable “projects”
    Cons
    • “Shop vac” does not have working sounds


    Theo Klein Service Car Station

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    Tune up your engines, little mechanics!  Let your child explore vehicle maintenance with this realistic tune-up engine!  It features life-like components and allows your child to change the air filter, test the brakes, check the oil levels, and tinker with the engine!  The tires and cowling are removable, the hood goes up and down, and the wheel turns.

    Your child can crank up the ignition to hear real car sounds!  The playset features a working horn and headlights and includes accessories like toy tools, spark plugs, and wingnuts!  Everything your little one needs to practice being a vehicle mechanic!

    Pros
    • Realistic car components
    • Working headlights, horn, and engine sounds
    • Allows child to perform mock mechanical operations
    Cons
    • Difficult assembly


    Step2 Great Creations Art Center

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    If you’ve got a little artist then this set is for you! It allows multiple storage options for numerous art supplies, as well as built-in trays and caddies.  The double-sided easel allows your little one to make masterpieces with the chalkboard or dry-erase board, or hang up paper to paint or draw.  The desk includes a bench and plenty of table room, as well as a cup to hold pencils, crayons, markers, or paint brushes.

    Pros
    • Plenty of storage space
    • Double-sided easel
    • Table top with bench
    Cons
    • Does not include art supplies
    Pros
    • Hardware mounted, safe
    • Wide door opening
    • Good height for stairs (tall)
    Cons
    • Door requires two hands to open
    • No drywall anchors included (must find a stud to attach to or buy your own drywall anchors)


    Constructive Playthings Emergency Medical Cart

    Best Pretend Play Sets

    Your little one can run their own make-believe medical clinic or hospital with this doctor cart!  The wheels allow your child to push their cart and all of their supplies from one room to the next!  The vitals monitor allows your child to make-believe that they are recording and monitoring their patient’s stats.  It includes a hanging “iv” bottle and blood pressure cuff

    Accessories with your purchase include a toy stethoscope, thermometer, hemostats, tweezers, syringe, scalpel, and medicine bottle!

    Pros
    • Accessories included
    • Trays swivel in and out
    • Working wheels
    Cons
    • No lights or sounds


    The Best Pretend Play Sets at a Glance

    Use this table to review and choose the best pretend play sets for your little ones!

    Product NameImageFeaturesPriceRating
    Step2 Mixin' Up Magic KitchenColorful backsplash,
    Farmhouse sink,
    Working shutters
    Large fridge/freezer,
    Cabinets and bins,
    Oven and stovetop burner with lights and sounds,
    Microwave with popcorn sounds,
    Blender,
    Includes an accessory kit.
    $$$$
    Teamson Kids - Little Chef Wooden Toy Play KitchenSturdy wooden kitchen,
    Oven with two stovetop burners and knobs that turn,
    Microwave,
    Ample storage room including storage bins,
    Some accessories included.
    $$
    Step2 Grand Walk-in Kitchen and GrillLarge walk-in patio setting,
    Realistic lights and sounds,
    Ample storage room,
    Large play area,
    Grill, oven and stovetop, fridge/freezer, and microwave,
    Includes 103-piece accessory kit.
    $$$
    Little Tikes Kitchen Cook 'n Grow BBQ Grill PlaysetPretend play grill with working lid,
    Click-sounds knobs and buttons,
    Large storage area,
    Includes some accessories.
    $
    Melissa & Doug Fresh Mart Grocery StoreSturdy wooden structure,
    Ample shelving areas,
    "Refrigerator" for cold items,
    Hand cranked conveyor belt,
    Scanner with lights and sounds,
    Bagging area,
    Card scanner with realistic screen for signatures.
    $$$
    Little Tikes 2-in-1 Food TruckFood truck/kitchen,
    Cash register,
    Order pad,
    Chalkboard menu,
    Order up bell,
    Flip-out counter,
    Play soda machine,
    Oven, microwave, and fridge,
    "Recycle" trash bin,
    Includes 40 piece accessory set.
    $$$
    Step2 Love and Care Deluxe Nursery PlaysetHanging table, Washing machine and sink,
    Feeding station,
    Two storage bins,
    Three doll clothes hangers,
    Spinning mobile,
    Working cabinet door.
    $$
    Velocity Toys Triple Crown Vanity Three mirrors,
    Working toy hair drier,
    Sliding drawer,
    Stool,
    Accessories including toy makeup and comb.
    $$
    KidKraft Espresso Laundry SetWasher and dryer doors open and close,
    See-through "porthole" windows on doors also open and close,
    Knobs that click and turn,
    Chalkboard surface,
    Two storage shelves,
    Toy iron and laundry basket.
    $$
    Step2 Clean Sweep Wood Laundry CenterWashing machine door opens and closes,
    Ironing board with toy iron,
    Clicking knobs that turn,
    Soft-sided laundry bin,
    Toy clothes hangers,
    Toy broom and dust pan.
    $$
    Step2 Deluxe Workshop PlaysetLarge work surface,
    50-piece accessory set,
    Electric drill, 2 drill bits, 8 screws, 8 nuts, saw, hammer, pliers, adjustable wrench, screw driver and 17 "wood" pieces,
    Bins and jars for storage,
    Spring action vise and pretend shop vac,
    Unique realistic-looking "wood" is made from indestructible Durafoam (Instructions included for 4 projects).
    $$$
    Theo Klein Service Car StationLifelike motor components,
    Working hood,
    Check oil levels, brakes, change air filter,
    Removable tires and cowling,
    Spark plugs, wing nuts, and mechanics tools,
    Turn key ignition with real car sounds.
    $$$
    Step2 Great Creations Art CenterArt desk and easel combo,
    Dry erase board and chalk board,
    Bench,
    Built in trays and caddies,
    Large storage components.
    $$$
    Constructive Playthings Emergency Medical CartRolling cart with swivel shelves,
    Toy vitals monitor,
    Hanging IV bottle,
    Thermometer, scissors, hemostat, stethoscope, 2 medicine bottles, mouth mirror, forceps, scalpel and syringe.
    $$

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    Gifts: Best Toys for 1-Year-Old Girls

    best toys for 1 year old girls

    This will probably be the easiest time ever in your life to buy a gift for your daughter. Remember that.

    A first birthday is an especially special occasion. It’s the day you get to celebrate your daughter or son being in your lives for one whole year, as well as celebrating the fact that it’s their very first birthday too.

    Even though our babies won’t know it’s their birthday nor remember the day itself, it’s still a special moment in time that should be cherished and turned into a memory.

    Despite being at the tender age of 1, having toys to play with can help stimulate the baby’s brain and improve overall motor function as well as lay the foundation for certain skills and abilities to be developed.

    We’ve created a list that we think will be ideal gifts for girls turning 1 year old, and gifts that they will enjoy as well as help with their development.

    Best Toys for 1 Year Old Girls

    Tooth Fairy Doll

    fairy doll best toys for 1 year old girls

    It’s one of the most iconic characters in the lives of many children the world over.

    This absolutely adorable fairy doll has a cute little backpack in which baby can put her first tooth in for when the time comes, and the fairy will swap it for a new coin.

    Made with tawny hair, purple wings, an embroidered face, and a cute velvet dress, this fairy is on the ready for all those future milk teeth.

    Touch and Feel Farm Puzzle

    farm puzzle best toys for 1 year old girls

    A beautiful wooden puzzle that has a lot of different textures on every animal.

    Each puzzle piece is rather chinky, making it easier for the little hands of a baby to hold onto them and to place them in the correct slots.

    Adding to the fun of the puzzles, each animal has different textures on them which relates to the animal, like a woolly sheep and a feathery duck. This puzzle is ideal for stimulating the mind and the hand/eye development.

    My First Safari Animals

    **Editor’s Choice**

    safari animals best toys for 1 year old girls

    This is a wonderful 18-piece toy set that introduces kids to the wonders of magnetic fun in a safe and educating way.

    This toy set contains magnetic rods that are colored and the front and back parts of six safari animals. The animal parts are both larger and soft to the touch, and are easily clicked onto the magnetic rods.

    These animals can also be mixed and matched to create some unique animal combinations. This toy set will not only help develop motor skills, but will also introduce your baby to wildlife in a fun and entertaining way.

    Bear Hooded Bath Towel

    hooded bath towel best toys for 1 year old girls

    An extremely soft bath towel robe to wrap your little lady in once bath time’s over.

    Made from bamboo fiber, this hooded towel is hygienic, odour and bacterial resistant, keeps your little one safe from irritants.

    This hooded towel is ideal for keeping your baby warm and dry after a bath. This towel also comes with cute little bear ears, making bath time so much more fun.

    Soft Cloth Baby Books

    cloth book best toys for 1 year old girls

    These are awesome early-learning books that are made with soft cloth pages and are educational.

    This pack consists of 3 different books; farm animals, ABCs, and wild animals. These books are colorful and packed with smart illustrations which are ideal for teaching a child the basics animals and the alphabet.

    Chomp and Clack Alligator Push Toy

    alligator push toy best toys for 1 year old girls

    A cute and fun way to help your baby girl learn to walk. A push toy made from wood with alligators that chomp as the toy is pushed.

    This push toy has a rather colorful swamp scene and strong construction, and is as playful as it gets. It can help little children to develop their motor skills by helping them take their first steps. The chomping alligators will help encourage the little ones to keep pushing all while keeping them entertained.

    Small Stuffed Hippo

    stuffed hippo best toys for 1 year old girls

    This 9-inch stuffed hippo is made from the softest fur, making it ideal for cuddling.

    It is super soft and has an endearing expression along with little tactile hoofs. Made by Histoire d’Ours in France, it comes elegantly packaged in a beautiful collection box.

    Winnie the Pooh Balloon Lightshow

    winnie the pooh best toys for 1 year old girls

    Let Winnie the Pooh soothe your baby girl to sleep with his wonderful light show and lullaby lamp.

    All you have to do is press down on his head and his balloon will start to project moving stars on the ceiling and walls for a beautiful light show. This Winnie the Pooh lamp has 5 soothing lullabies that will gently ease your baby to sleep. It features 2 modes; you can either have the music and lights on simultaneously or you can only have the lights on.

    It can also switch off automatically in either 10 or 20 minutes.

    Pull-Along Dog

    pull along dog best toys for 1 year old girls

    A cute toy that will never lose its value with little children. This wooden pull-along dog wags her tail as she goes.

    As this dog is being pulled by its lead, her tail waggles, bell jingles, ears swing, and head bops. The button on her back is also a squeaky button — something that babies love to press.

    Pretty Purse Fill and Spill

    pretty purse best toys for 1 year old girls

    What more could you possibly need for a little girl on the go?

    This cute little play set is all soft and consists of a keyring with keys attached to it, a phone that chimes, a child-friendly mirror, and a purse.

    Everything can be placed into the purse and removed with much ease. This will allow your little girl to dive into her own little fantasy world and play pretend to be whoever she can dream of being. This play set is made out of high quality fabrics, is durable, and will provide your little lady with hours of fun!

    Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair

    learn chair best toys for 1 year old girls

    The Laugh and Learn Smart Chair is loaded with fun activities for little children to learn from. The armrests are made with a built-in keypad and storybook — something that little children will find extremely entertaining.

    The seat has more than 50 pre-programmed songs, melodies, and sing-alongs that are activated when your child sits on it.

    Any child would enjoy having this chair. It would let them feel special because they’ll have their very own chair in the house and they’ll be excessively entertained while using it.

    Shapes And Sharing Picnic Basket

    shape picnic basket best toys for 1 year old girls

    It’s never too early to teach your children about the importance of sharing, although the chances of your 1-year-old girl sharing her toys are quite slim.

    The colorful design of this toy will undoubtedly grab the attention of your little girl. This toy has 2 sets of cutlery, plates, and cups and has 6 pieces of food items. This toy also comes with a little picnic blanket to replicate the idea of a “real” picnic.

    To top it off, every time the picnic basket’s lid is opened, it plays a song or fun sound effect, something that the babies will enjoy!

    Whisper Ride II

    whisper ride best toys for 1 year old girls

    This cute little convertible has everything that a real car does; a seatbelt, a horn, cup holders for her bottles, and a hood that pops open with some storage space underneath.

    The Whisper II has patented Quiet Wheels, so there won’t be anymore noisy rides that you often get with those plastic wheels.

    Green Toys Dump Truck

    dump truck best toys for 1 year old girls

    If you have a sandbox for your 1-year-old girl, then this toy dump truck is ideal! Even if you don’t have a sandbox a child will know how to take full advantage of a toy to get the most enjoyment out of it.

    This dump truck has a fully functional dumper that can be loaded with sand–or even other toys–to fulfill the imaginative needs of your little one. As a bonus, the dump truck is made entirely of 100% recycled milk plastic jugs and is void of any PVC, BPA, and phthalates.

    Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball

    sassy ball best toys for 1 year old girls

    This funny-looking ball has 12 bumps on it, all which are different shapes, sizes, and textures. Two of the bumps on this ball double as rattlers, which will always want to make a little child want to shake and play with it.

    The stitching performed on this ball has been made strong enough to resists the strength of a 1-year-old. So you won’t have to worry about the stitching coming loose and your baby choking on any of the materials.

    VTech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight

    toy flashlight best toys for 1 year old girls

    The VTech Spin and Learn flashlight is the perfect toy that combines education with fun and function.

    This toy can project 5 colors of light and has number and animal buttons for interactive fun. Along with the buttons and lights, this flashlight also has more than 50 children’s songs and melodies that your little girl can sing along to and it also has sound effects.

    Compare and Choose

    In case you want a quick recap and comparison, we’ve prepared a table with each of the toys along with their ratings and prices.

    ProductImagePriceFeaturesRating
    Tooth Fairy Doll$$$$Has a little backpack in which to store future milk teeth in exchange for coins.
    Touch and Feel Farm Puzzle$$The animals have unique textures on them.
    My First Safari Animals$$$Colorful animals that can be mixed and matched.
    Bear Hooded Bath Towel$$Is hypoallergenic and ultra soft.
    Soft Cloth Baby Books$$Very educational and made with cloth pages.
    Chomp and Clack Alligator Push Toy$$$$Helps work on motor skills and provides entertainment from chomping alligators.
    Small Stuffed Hippo$$$$Super soft fur and ideal for cuddling.
    Winnie the Pooh Balloon Lightshow$$$5 soothing lullabies and has an auto switch-off mechanism.
    Pull-Along Dog$$$Can be pulled along by a lead and has a squeaky button.
    Pretty Purse Fill and Spill$$$Soft, plushy toy set that encourage imagination.
    Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair$$$Has more than 50 songs and melodies and is extremely fun.
    Shapes And Sharing Picnic Basket$$It has various shapes that can be easily taught and learned by a 1-year-old.
    Whisper Ride II$$$$It has everything that a real car does and has patented "Quiet Ride" wheels.
    Green Toys Dump Truck$$Comes with a functional dumper and is made from 100% recycled milk plastic jugs.
    Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball$Provides stimulation due to the textures and shapes on the ball.
    VTech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight$An educational toy that combines fun with functionality.

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    The Best Diaper Pails

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    Choosing the Best Diaper Pails

    Everyone knows that with babies comes a seemingly endless amount of dirty diapers.  Unfortunately, it isn’t feasible to take your baby’s soiled diaper to your outside garbage every single time that they need to be changed. Even more unfortunate is the odor that comes with a trash bin full of dirty diapers.  For these reasons, you should consider the best diaper pails.

    Combat the smell and save yourself the trouble with a diaper pail!  You might be thinking “isn’t it the same as a normal trash pail?” Well, you’d be wrong. Diaper pails are designed to trap the odors of the diapers inside.  Their liners are made to hold the weight of soiled diapers without tearing, as well as to contain any moisture and odors within the bag.

    There’s not much to choosing one of the best diaper pails.  Just decide which one works best for your needs, or perhaps choose one that matches the color and decor of your nursery!

    The Best Diaper Pails

    Here is our list of the Best Diaper Pails!

    Dekor Plus Hands-Free Diaper Pail

    Best Diaper Pails

    This diaper pail has a foot-pedal to open the lid; no need to touch!  No twisting or shoving.  The spring-loaded trap door beneath the lid opens by the weight of the diaper and closes on its own.  This provides double protection against odors.  The liners are scented and lock in odors.  They have no perforated lines, so even if your liner isn’t full, you can still throw away the load whenever you wish by using the built-in cutting device and simply tying off the bag.  The brand also offers reusable cloth liners for cloth diapers.

    Pros
    • No-touch lid
    • Scented odor-lock liners
    • Optional cloth liner for cloth diapers
    Cons
    • Container is lightweight, may tip over when using the foot pedal when the pail is empty


    Playtex Diaper Genie Complete

    Best Diaper Pails

    This pail pulls out all the odor-blocking stops.  Double air-tight clamps, an antimicrobial carbon filter, and 7-layer liners all work together to lock in odors.  The pail uses a foot-pedal to open the lid, no need to touch.  Changing the bag is simple and liner-refills are inexpensive.  It comes completely assembled when you order, with a liner refill already installed.

    Pros
    • Comes assembled with liner refill installed
    • 7-layer liners
    • No-touch lid
    • Carbon filter blocks odors
    Cons
    • Doesn’t hold as many diapers as previous diaper genie models


    Odorless Cloth Diaper Pail by Busch Systems 

    Best Diaper Pails

    This eco-friendly diaper pail is made of 100% recycled plastic.  It is specifically designed to hold cloth diapers, and allows any universal-brand pail liner, preferably reusable or washable.  It is fitted with odor-free carbon filters to keep the smell away.  This 7-gallon pail holds plenty of diapers, giving you the option to change the liner when needed.

    Pros
    • Eco-friendly
    • Odor blocking carbon filters
    • Designed for cloth diapers
    Cons
    • Opening and closing the lid requires 2 hands

    Ubbi Steel Odor Locking Diaper Pail

     

    Best Diaper Pails

    **Editor’s Choice**

    This top-of-the-line diaper pail is made with powder-coated steel.  Steel traps in odors better than plastic because plastic is a porous material.  The rubber seals in the lid also help to trap odors.  This pail does not have it’s own liners.  Simply use your own kitchen bags or a cloth liner to dispose of your baby’s diapers.  The innovative lid slides open to avoid the noisy bang of lift-up lids.  The lid also features a child safety lock.

    Pros
    • No expensive liner refills
    • Slide-open lid with safety lock
    • Powder-coated steel traps odors
    Cons
    • Pricey


    Tommee Tippee Simplee Diaper Pail

    Best Diaper Pails

    If you’re interested in a more compact diaper pail, this one is right for you.  It is small enough to fit in a nursery cupboard or to store away beneath a bathroom sink.  Multi-layer liners and an airtight lid keep odors from permeating your nursery.  The liners contain an antibacterial agent, keeping you and your little one safe from germs.

    Pros
    • Small, compact
    • Antibacterial, multi-layer liners
    • Airtight lid traps odors
    Cons
    • Only holds about 18 diapers


    Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe

    Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe, Teeny-Tiny Taupe

    This diaper pail offers you the option of using the liner-refills that go with the brand or using your own kitchen trash bags from home.  The lid is quite unique.  It features an opening into which you drop your soiled diaper.  Then, you flip the handle over the top from front to back or vice versa. This drops the diaper down into the pail.  This method allows you to keep your pail closed at all times, which really helps to keep odors trapped inside.

    Pros
    • Innovative lid doesn’t open, keeps odors inside
    • Use any liner, or use provided refills
    • Inexpensive
    Cons
    • No-open lid is the only means of odor control


    Compare and Choose

    Use this table to compare the best diaper pails and choose the right one for you!

    Product NameImagePriceFeaturesRating
    Ubbi Steel Odor Locking Diaper Pail **Editor's Choice**$$$$Made of steel,
    Rubber seals to lock in odors,
    Innovative sliding lid,
    Child-safety lock on lid

    Dekor Plus Hands-Free Diaper Pail
    $$$No-touch foot pedal,
    Economical liner,
    Optional cloth diaper liners,
    Contains and eliminates odors

    Playtex Diaper Genie Complete$$No-touch foot pedal,
    7-layer odor seal liners,
    Carbon filter to trap in odors

    Tommee Tippee Simplee Diaper Pail $$Smart-Lid traps in odors,
    Multi-layer liner traps in odors,
    Antibacterial liner

    Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe$$$Odorless pail,
    Optional brand liner refills or typical kitchen trash bag,
    Large capacity
    Odorless Cloth Diaper Pail by Busch Systems $$$Made from recycled plastic,
    Designed for cloth diapers,
    Odor-free carbon filters,
    7 gallon pail.

    For Your Convenience

    Here are the liner refill packs for the best diaper pails!

    Diaper Dekor Plus Liner Refills, 2 Count

    Best Diaper Pails


    Biodegradable Pail Liner Refills for Diaper Dekor Plus, 2 Count

    Best Diaper Pails

    Cloth Diaper Pail Liners for Diaper Dekor, 2 Count

    Best Diaper Pails


    Playtex Diaper Genie Refills, 3 Pack

    Best Diaper Pails


    Busch Systems Planet Wise Reusable Diaper Pail Liner

    Best Diaper Pails

    Tommee Tippee Simplee Refill Cartridge, 4 Pack

    Best Diaper Pails

    Baby Trend Odor Graber Universal Diaper Pail Refill

    Best Diaper Pails

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