12 Adorable Backpacks for Toddlers and PreschoolersStyle
Your tiny tot will be trotting around the playground in style.
Aug 17, 2021
Your Fave Luxury Bedding Brand Just Launched Crib MattressesStyle
Allswell's Littles collection just got bigger.
Oct 18, 2020
An Organized and Beautiful Way to Save Mementos in a Digital WorldStyle
I received a Savor starter kit — the Baby and the School Years keepsake boxes — from a friend a few months ago. These boxes are such a beautiful, organized, and well-curated way to store the important objects from your son or daughter’s childhood, and I’ve never seen anything quite like them. Check out my Daily Find video above and read on below to learn more about the Savor keepsake library and why every parent should have one!
Nov 1, 2016
Judah’s Bright & Bold Room of FunLiving
Name: Judah Location: Glasgow, Scotland Judah is 2 years old and looking for a good time. Luckily his mum, Lorna, and dad, Jack, both talented stationery designers (eyilove.com) are sympathetic to his needs. Judah’s space in their 2 bed Victorian tenement flat, a home that is warm and filled with color and personality, is wholly his own (though with another baby on the way it will soon be a play den for two).
May 29, 2015
Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean JullienLiving
There are any number of children’s books that are written with the parents who are doing the actual reading in mind. Clever turns of phrase and subtle pop-culture references make the fortieth time through just a bit more bearable. Throw in a dash of dialogue straight from an old-time suspense-laden radio serial and a bumbling yet loveable hero/villain as the main protagonist, and you have got yourself a winner. Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise is flat-out fun.
May 7, 2015
Adrienne’s Bold StatementStyle
Name: Adrienne Designer: Sissy + Marley Location: New York City Welcome to Adrienne’s stylish digs. This young lady inhabits what is rightly described as “black, white and chic all over” by the design team Sissy+Marley. Fresh off the launch of their new line of wallpaper, the designers used their DROPS paper as the starting point for the room’s bold monochromatic palette.
Mar 11, 2015
‘Over and Under the Snow’ by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas NealLiving
Last week, my daughter and I were reading some winter-centric books. She pointed out that all of the them had ‘lots and lots of snow’ and wondered why we hadn’t had any ‘real’ snow yet. It’s amazing how much can change in a week. While this major storm blankets the Northeast I plan to settle in with the kids, read some books and map out our next adventure. Over and Under the Snow might as well be a blueprint for how to spend a perfect snowy day outside.
Feb 2, 2015
5 Ideas to Steal from School (For an Organized Winter Routine)Organize & Clean
Winter can make everyday kid stuff even more time consuming and unorganized. Teachers accustomed to wrangling a room full of kids have honed their classroom habits and routines, and borrowing some of their best ideas can streamline arrivals and departures while keeping clutter and dirt at bay. At school it’s a cubby, here at home we do a combination of hooks and baskets. Kids take responsibility for keeping track of their stuff and pride in contributing to an organized space.
Jan 28, 2015
8 Steps For Managing & Organizing Your Kids’ ToysOrganize & Clean
If you have kids, toys are an important and unavoidable fixture of your home. You know this, and you also know that the sheer volume can easily get out of hand if you’re not intentional about the flow of toys into your home. If you are trying to get a handle on your kids’ toys this year, here are some strategies to help you plan and manage what comes in and stays in your home: Take a moment to think about what is important to you in regards to toys in your home.
Jan 13, 2015
Red Sled by Lita JudgeLiving
Children’s books without words are, in my mind, an incredible asset to have on hand at bedtime. Here’s why… If things are going well and there is no rush, you can take the time to point out small details and start a dialogue about whatever it is on the page that strikes your fancy.
Jan 2, 2015
Backseat A-B-See by Maria van LieshoutLiving
‘Tis the season for road trips to see far-flung family. ‘Tis the season for a whole bunch of other stuff too, of course, but focusing solely on the traveling aspect is the perfect setup to talk about Backseat A-B-See by Maria van Lieshout. And talk about it I will, quite easily, since it has been in heavy rotation with my kids for weeks and has already logged in an impressive amount of miles in the backseat.
Nov 26, 2014
Decorating with Toddlers: 10 Kid-Proof Coffee TablesStyle
A friend of mine is redecorating her living room, and she mentioned that she had had a hard time coming up with a coffee table suitable for her toddler. Charged with a mission, I’ve come up with 10 options that have rounded corners and resilient and durable surfaces not made of glass, which are relatively easy to clean and are solid enough that they won’t tip over with the weight of a crawler. Top row: 1. Clover Coffee Table, West Elm, $189 2.
Nov 20, 2014
From Birth to 12: Classic Toys for Kids at Each AgeStyle
Ever wonder what to buy the little kid in your life, amidst all the plastic and TV-themed junk out there? Want to buy something that is, truly, a classic toy? Here are our recommendations for the best classic toy to buy for any child, aged zero to 12. Age 0: The cuddliest, sweetest teddy bear you can find. The kind that will travel alongside you, all your life. Something like Gund’s Mushmellows: so cuddly. Age 1: The traditional rubber duck.
Nov 18, 2014
Mix It Up! by Hervé TulletLiving
My house is full of children’s books, both on the shelves and stacked next to every chair, couch and bed. More and more of the recently acquired ones seem to be of the interactive kind, which usually equals flaps, pockets, pop-ups or compartments. There is one interactive book that has none of these but still manages to find its way to the top of the piles (yes, it somehow moves from one room to the next, I suspect my daughter has a hand in that). Mix It Up!
Oct 30, 2014
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything by Linda Williams, illustrated by Megan LloydLiving
Halloween for the three- to five-year-old set is obviously an exciting time, but not without a few pitfalls. One of them is finding appropriate books to share. The stories need to be savvy enough to respect their intelligence but not so spooky that you will find a trembling child in your bed at two in the morning.
Oct 29, 2014
The Power Of A Quiet Space For A Crazy FamilyLiving
Reading a book on meditation this week that suggested I invest in a dedicated quiet space in my home. What?? Is this guy crazy? I live in 600 square feet!, I thought to myself, and what house with two toddlers has any kind of quiet space, anyway? Wait. He might be onto something after all… Living in a tiny apartment, I’ve already leared that dedicating spaces to different activities really does make the home run smoother.
Oct 20, 2014
Outside with Kids: 15 Ways to Play with NatureHome Projects
I don’t know about you, but Fall is one of my favorite times of year. My kids and I get outside more than ever: I love the cooler temperatures and the fact that we don’t have to worry as much about constantly slathering on sunscreen or getting eaten alive by mosquitos. And the colors are the absolute best! My kids are constantly coming home with collections — rocks, sticks, leaves, and yes, even pockets full of carefully collected mulch.
Sep 18, 2014
Top 20: Toddler Quilts, Comforters & Duvet CoversStyle
Nights are getting chilly all over the country and parents are starting to think about warm-weather bedding for their kids. If your toddler has outgrown the sleepsack (or just doesn’t like it), now’s the perfect time to take a look at the prettiest comforters, quilts and duvets for the toddler set. First, a safety note: Blankets, comforters, duvets, etc. should not be placed in a crib with a young infant.
Sep 16, 2014
Just How Much Should Little Kids Clean?Organize & Clean
Of all the things I didn’t expect to happen online last week, one of them had to be that a post singing the praises for the long-gone LEGO vacuum cleaner would’ve turned into a heated debate over whether or not little ones pick up after themselves. If a kid can play with it, should they also have to be able to clean it up? Our four year old son Ralph loves to play with LEGO.
Sep 8, 2014
15 Beautiful High Chairs You’ll Drool Over (& They’ll Drool On)Style
We spend so much time in the kitchen. We spend so much time on our kitchens. The last thing you want to plonk in that space is a great big hunk of rainforest-themed plastic! Here are some high chairs that are good looking and long wearing, that you will use many kids over and never tire of seeing (and wiping down) day in, day out. 1. Svan Signet’s High Chair. A customizable chair with optional seat cover, wrap around bentwood bucket seat.
Aug 12, 2014
Nature Calls: Tools For Budding BirdwatchersStyle
It’s the perfect time of year to have the kids active and outside and, if they love to watch birds, to encourage that, too. If you have a beginner birder at your place, here’s everything they’ll need (and a couple of things they’ll love) to get started on what often becomes a life-long hobby. 1. Audubon Bird Call can produce generic bird calls $8 from Los Poblanos Farm Shop. 2.
Jul 14, 2014
Cheap Summer Fun: 10 Alternative Uses for Your Plastic Kiddie PoolHome Projects
We’re pinching our pennies to save up for a down payment on a new home for our family, so I’ve been trying to find some ideas for summer fun on a budget. Of course, there’s the park, climbing trees, and rolling down grassy hills, but sometimes you need something a little extra-ordinary. A friend of mine posted a photo of her little guy playing in his kiddie pool, but instead of being filled with water it was full of corn – genius!
Jun 17, 2014
Before & After: IKEA BEKVÄM Stool Solves a Special ProblemHome Projects
We’ve see the IKEA BEKVÄM stool in every room of the house, but Kylie shares a hack that I have never seen before. With a few modifications (and nice new coat of paint), see what Kylie now uses it for in her kitchen these days, and the problem it solves… As you can see, the stool got an extra story with just a few pieces of wood and some screws. Now her daughter Matilda can get in on all the action, without asking to be held.
May 12, 2014
This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom LichtenheldLiving
As my daughter and I were planning her third birthday party, she decided what she really wanted was a pinata. OK, no problem, I said. Then she clarified: a moose pinata. Really? What on earth could have given her that idea? Then it hit me: that new book we got last week. That one we have been reading every day. That one that has the big picture of a moose proudly posing on the cover, what was it called? Oh yeah—This Is A Moose. The power of suggestion, I guess.
May 7, 2014
Before & After: Crib to Lofted Toddler BedHome Projects
While not everyone is a fan of the toddler bed, they can be good solutions if you have a small amount of space. Even better is this clever hack from Adriel Booker that turns a crib into a toddler bed with room for storage. Adriel kept the frame of the crib basically intact, but raised the bed up so that it’s a small version of a lofted bed. The crib rails provide security for the sleeping toddler. And with all the extra space underneath, she can store ride-on toys and buckets of toys.
Apr 28, 2014
The Ultimate Kids Arts & Crafts Box ChecklistLiving
Want to make an arts and crafts station for your kids, but don’t know where to start? How about an empty box, and our handy Ultimate Arts and Crafts Checklist? Here are forty of the most common, popular items used in kids’ craft projects, almost half of which you probably have lying around the house already.
Apr 2, 2014
Reader Intelligence Report: How To Get Rid of Diaper Smells at HomeOrganize & Clean
Last year we ran an article on how to avoid the dreaded dirty diaper smell, one of the most odorous odors a new Mom or Dad must face. And you couldn’t resist! The rest of you joined in, with your incredible tips on how you’ve defeated the dastardly diaper. Read on for all you need to know about how to conquer the stink! 1. First up, flush it away! Dumping solid waste out of any kind of diaper—cloth or disposable—will help a great deal with the smell.
Mar 25, 2014
One Simple Step Toward Keeping a Cleaner House With Little KidsOrganize & Clean
It’s only taken me four years, but I think I have finally figured it out: how to clean with toddlers underfoot—without losing my mind. It’s hinges on just one tiny principle: Cleaning where they are. 1. Move happy toddlers, who are fixated on some toy or game, to a different location because I have a set agenda of housework that I am trying to follow for that day. OR 2. Make toddlers who are keen to move and do something else, stay with me because my job is not yet complete.
Mar 12, 2014
Kick the Cabin Fever: 24 Budget-Friendly Ideas for Indoor PlayStyle
If you’re one of the unlucky ones to be caught in the middle of the Polar Vortex, odds are that you’re suffering from a bit of cabin fever. And with kids that can become a real problem. If you’re on a tight budget like me, new toys and trips to Gymboree are simply not an option.
Feb 25, 2014
Before & After: Kicked to the Curb Night Stand to Kicking It Up a Notch Play KitchenHome Projects
This sad little piece is about to make a little girl very happy. Jen took advantage of her town’s “free cycle” program where once a year you can put things you don’t want on your curb and then cruise around looking for things you do want. She grabbed this laminate night stand and envisioned it as a good foundation for a play kitchen for her daughter. The final result is a super low-budget, cheerful toy. A breath of fresh air!
Jan 23, 2014
Nico and Michelle’s Contemporary CondoTours
Name: Michelle, Juliette & Nicolas Sauzier Location: SOMA; San Francisco, CA Size: 1,266 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned Michelle and Nico are one of my favorite couples in San Francisco. They met in a very kismet-type of way: Michelle spotted Nico, a French expat with his own interior architecture and design business (Design By Nico), in a friend’s photo and was instantly smitten.
Jan 11, 2014
10 Ways to (Stylishly) Childproof a FireplaceStyle
It’s happened: my five-month-old has started rocking on her hands and knees and I’m well aware of the next logical step — crawling. It’s just about time to start baby-proofing the house. I’ve done it before so it shouldn’t be too difficult, but the one place that we were never able to stylishly address was the fireplace.
Oct 1, 2013
13 Fun, DIY Halloween Crafts for KidsHome Projects
Now that I’ve taken the year off of work to stay home with my girls, I’ve been on the hunt for fun activities to entertain my preschooler while I’m otherwise occupied with my baby. I usually try to involve her in whatever I’m doing – she loves to help with the dishes, vacuum, and assist with diaper changes, and we seriously have the best tea parties, but when I’m nursing a distractible five-month-old I need to bring out the big guns – arts and crafts.
Sep 27, 2013
Buy or DIY: Story StonesStyle
Storytelling is a part of the learning process. Kids can express emotions through storytelling, they learn new vocabulary, and learn to listen as well. Story Stones are an interesting tool for boosting their creativity. Story Stones can be used by parents, educators, or other adults to guide a story along. Kids ask questions, contribute to the story, make up different stories with the same characters – all the while increasing their thinking capacities.
Sep 4, 2013
Charlie’s Cheerful & Colorful RoomStyle
Name: Charlie Location: Echo Park – Los Angeles, California Room Size: 120 square feet Charlie was just a baby when she made her first Apartment Therapy debut in her family’s house tour. Her itty-bitty room barely fit a crib and a small play area and I was very curious how her room would transform as she grew older.
Aug 28, 2013
Travel Sanity: The Best Gear for Traveling with Babies & ToddlersStyle
Traveling with babies and toddlers can seem incredibly daunting, but luckily there are a lot of great products on the market today to make the journey go smoother. From safety to entertainment to sleep, there’s a gadget for just about every aspect of your trip. 1. Staying at a hotel, relative, or friend’s house and worried about childproofing for your little one? Enter the Travel Tot kit – everything you need to childproof a space, and it all comes off cleanly.2.
Jul 26, 2013
The Dreaded Dirty Diaper Smell…and How To Avoid ItOrganize & Clean
I know we don’t like to talk about it. But when I was in the early days of deciding whether or not I would take that leap off the edge of the world and start trying to get pregnant, there were only a few things that turned me off having kids. And at the top of this list was this: is my house going to smell like dirty diapers? How can I make sure it doesn’t? Three years later, here’s how we manage it.First of all, we have friends, really good friends, be honest with us.
Jul 1, 2013
10 Alternatives to Popular Kids IKEA ProductsStyle
An amazing thing happened in June 2008 — an IKEA opened two miles from my home. Oh, and my son was born. Before this a trip to IKEA meant descending into the bowels of Port Authority in Manhattan, boarding a standing room only shuttle bus to a New Jersey IKEA and then deciding whether to spend more money than you spent on purchases to arrange home delivery of your items or to limit yourself to what you could wrangle home on the bus and subway. It was a dark time.
Apr 23, 2013
Before & After: Gender Neutral Doll StrollerHome Projects
Usually when someone spends the time and effort on a makeover it’s because the original object is ugly or in bad shape. Neither is true in this case. Laura made over a brand new and super cute toy to appeal to both her daughter and her son. Terrific! Here’s what Laura had to say about this project: I wanted to find a good quality wooden stroller that both my son and daughter could play with.
Apr 12, 2013
Garden Inspiration: DIY Fairy GardensHome Projects
Do you have a fairy garden in your yard? If you haven’t considered it before, you might be swayed by looking at these inspirational gardens we’ve found around the interwebs. Which one is your favorite? 1. The Magic Onions:  2. The Mini Garden Guru: 3. Organized Clutter: 4. Flowers and Weeds: 5. Hedges and Hares:6. Play Create Explore: We love the aquarium rocks as a pool and the stick teepee.7.
Apr 8, 2013
Before & After: From Boring Bedroom to Chic Shared SpaceHome Projects
Yeah, okay, this bedroom is fine. It’s got some beds, so it’s functional. It’s got walls, you know, because you need those. But it lacked pretty much everything else. Until now…What a transition! Out of nothing, Kelly created this super stylish playroom/studio for her to share with son Aston.
Feb 19, 2013
Before & After: Old Wooden Crate Gets a Fun New LifeHome Projects
Jolene kept some old nail boxes in her garage for some time, waiting for a way to repurpose them into something useful. Can you guess what she made for her kids? Click to see what she and her husband did with one crate in an hour’s time, with a few tools and additional supplies. I’ll give you a hint: it involves eyebolts.Jolene cut some holes for legs and her husband secured the rope before hanging it from a tree in their front yard.
Feb 8, 2013
Faux-Montessori Dishes: Everyday Dishware for Montessori WeaningStyle
The Montessori weaning method encourages babies to work toward eating independently as early as their introduction to solid foods, from learning to set their places to cutting their food and pouring their own drinks. It can be difficult to hunt down dishes specifically designed for Montessori, so we’ve rounded up everyday dishware that mimics the Montessori weaning staples.
Jan 14, 2013
Before & After: Guest Room Turned Big Boy RoomHome Projects
I love Before and Afters that feature something hideous or lackluster transformed into something beautiful and creative. This is not that kind of Before and After. This is a perfectly nice guest room completely overhauled to become a “big boy” room for a 2-year-old.Amanda wrote to share this house project with us. The carpeting stayed, but that is about the only thing that didn’t change, including the paint on the walls.
Nov 13, 2012
10 Gender-Neutral DollhousesStyle
Young children enjoy pretend play and acting out scenarios with miniature versions of their world or fantasies. Regardless of gender, dollhouses seem to draw out a gentle and quiet reaction or play-style. Dollhouse play is actually one of the few activities that my constantly moving toddler boy is continuously drawn to every time we spot one at a friend’s house or public indoor play spot.
Nov 9, 2012
Baby Gates That are High On StyleStyle
Baby gates are perhaps the final frontier when it comes to products for children that are functional and beautiful. We’ve all grown so accustomed to the bland, bordering-on-institutional look of them that it kind of feels like how things should be. Safety comes first and we seem to collectively accept that it’s okay if safety products are also ugly.
Sep 6, 2012
My Favorite Films for ChildrenLiving
As a former Waldorf class teacher, I’ve seen firsthand how unchecked screentime from films, tv and computer games can adversely affect young children as they grow, but I also believe in doing what I can as a parent to educate and turn a potential problem into an opportunity – and to meet the modern world carefully and at our own speed. I started this project four years ago, it’s been going really well. Here’s the latest update.
Sep 5, 2012
Make a Busy Board for Active ToddlersStyle
Wondering what to do with that old light switch? Have a few knobs that you can’t bear to part with, but don’t honestly have any use for? Want to encourage imaginative play? We bet your child would get years worth of use out of a busy board. From toddler toy to time machine to airplane control panel, this do-it-yourself project is well worth the effort.Even if you don’t have a collection of old mechanisms in your garage, scour the craft room.
Mar 2, 2012
Small Play Kitchens & Stove TopsStyle
A friend and apartment dweller recently asked us for small play kitchen suggestions for her daughter’s Christmas present. We tried talking her into some DIY ideas, but she is more the DI-Buy type. If you’re in the same boat, here you go – fifteen small play kitchens (under 31″ H) so your kids can play “dorm room” and “flop house” too. My Portable Cooker by Wonderworld ($55.
Dec 5, 2011
Before &amp After: Gina’s 1-Hour Doll Stroller RefreshHome Projects
You may be looking at this thinking, “I have that exact same stroller at home.” While yours is also likely pink (the non-pink doll stroller is akin to the Holy Grail), you’re probably referring to the state of disrepair this one is in. From how quickly they fall apart, you’d think these kids were pushing around bowling balls not little baby dolls.
Apr 8, 2011
Space Saving Toys for Small HomesStyle
“Kids! It’s time to fold the toys!” Every parent should be conscious of what you’re bringing into your home for your kids to play with, but if you live in a small home the size of a toy can be a deal breaker. Mostly, I limit the sheer number of toys we have but another strategy I employ is to look for toys that store easily. Does it fold up to a smaller size? Can I tuck it in the closet or on top of our wardrobe? Suddenly a tricycle in a small apartment seems feasible.
Feb 1, 2011
How To Make Felt Food: Our Gigantic List of Free Online Tutorials & PatternsHome Projects
Over 150 patterns and tutorials to make your own, adorable felt food.
Dec 17, 2010
Free Felt Food Tutorials: I Made It And So Can YouStyle
Completing my trifecta of felt food posts, today I want to point out some free online tutorials to help you make your own. How do I know you can do it? Because I am the sloppy, lazy, “where’s the shortcut?” type of sewer so if I can do it, you can probably do it a thousand times better. I made this food as a gift for a toddler friend who loves to cook alongside his mama and papa while they prepare meals. What I made: Doughnuts.
May 22, 2009
How To: Build a Simple Indoor Swing (for winter)Organize & Clean
This past Saturday I woke up and was suddenly seized with the notion of making a swing to hang in our apartment for Ursula. It’s January. It’s cold. What would be more invigorating or entertaining than building a swing for a two year old? As a person with many sudden enthusiasms, I was fully prepared NOT to finish this in one day, but it turned out to be as easy as I had hoped.
Jan 15, 2009