New students and their younger siblings may be excited or even a little anxious about the big yellow bus that signifies the start of the school year. Take the edge off with toys and decor that celebrate the iconic kid transporter.
Buying your child's first backpack is a rite of passage for both of you. After years of hauling around everything they need - it's their turn to tote their belongings. They feel like a "big kid" but they don't yet need a big kid backpack. Here are some on the diminutive side, around 12"-13" tall - enough to carry the essentials without overloading them.
I don't know about you guys, but miniature designer furniture and classy desk tchotchkes fill me with glee! If I could furnish my actual home with teeny, tiny Eames furniture, I definitely would—but until I shrink in size, these sweet little unexpected necessities will have to do!
Ah music. It flows through our cars, our homes, the dentist's office, and our elevators. It's a constant thing, and it's something I want to make sure my daughter has a chance to learn more about. One of the best ways is to make sure there are easy options for making music at home.
A friend passed this toy down to us recently and my 6-month-old loves it. There are plenty of things on it to grip, it rolls (and she rolls after it) and it makes a pleasant jangling sound. It's also soft and cuddly.
I recently bought two of these, one to keep in my stroller and one to bring to the sitter's. It's a fine spoon, with a soft silicone covered end, and the carrying case is super compact for throwing in your purse, bag or even coat pocket. Also in blue or pink.
Many parents shy away from the plastic dolls we see every time we're in those big box retailers. There might be a little nostalgia for Strawberry Shortcake or your first Barbie, but I bet a lot of us are hoping for something extra special to give to our girls, right?
In terms of green living, reusable food pouches may be the best thing since sliced bread (or, reusuable water bottles if I'm keeping the metaphor going). Many were originally conceived for infants to use, especially on the go, but they're totally suitable for older kids for applesauces (or any fruit sauces), yogurt, even smoothies. They're the new lunchbox essential.