How to Choose a Preschool

For this week’s installment of our Expert series, we interviewed Stephanie Agnew, Assistant Director of the Parents Place (a leading resource center here in the SF Bay Area) Peninsula location.  She is an expert on school selection (among many other things!) who frequently delivers workshops and talks on how to choose the right preschool for your child.  We are thrilled to share her insights with you on different types of preschool philosophies and programs and how to make the best choice for your child and family.

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19 Easy DIY Valentine’s Cards for Kids

Hey, we’ve all been there — buying cheap store-bought Valentines at the drugstore the night before the big exchange at school. 😮  Do what you gotta do, mama!  However, just in case you’re feeling aspirational this year 😉, we’ve scoured the web and rounded up our favorite DIY Valentine’s card ideas for kids — with an emphasis on the easy and/or candy-free (however, we did make exceptions for a few candy ideas that were simply too cute to resist!).   Most of these would work great for not only for classmates and teachers, but also family members (e.g. Dad or Grandma)!

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Making the Most of Winter Break with the Kids

Doing a stay-cation this winter break?  The thought of a week or two at home with the kids need not instill fear in your heart.  With a little bit of planning, you can take advantage of the great opportunity the break affords to spend some great quality time together as a family!  Here are some ideas for making the most of your time together — keep it handy and pull it out over the break whenever you need some inspiration!

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Raising a Healthy Eater:
Tips from a Family Nutritionist

For this week’s installment of our Expert series, we’re doing a Q&A with Jennifer Stimson, MS, RD, ICBLC, a Registered Dietitian focused on kid & family nutrition in the SF Bay Area.  We are thrilled to share with you her insights on topics ranging from basic baby and kid nutrition to baby-led weaning to how to deal with picky eaters!

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Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deals For Babies & Kids 2016

UPDATE: See our 2017 post here!

We’ve done all the work finding all the best deals for you for Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2016!  Woohoo!

Deals that we view to be the “hottest” this year (based on the depth of the discount, the width of the selection, and how the deal compares to deals during the rest of the year) are marked a “🔥” symbol.

Happy shopping!  This post will be updated throughout the weekend and Monday as we continue to hear about great deals.

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GIVEAWAY CLOSED  Congrats Kathleen L!

There’s nothing more essential to get you though holiday travels and general life on-the-go with a baby than a fantastic baby carrier!

That’s why this week we’re giving away a Tula baby carrier — which is one of the baby carriers most loved by TotScoop parents, and also happens to be one of the Editor’s Picks in our baby carrier guide!

If you haven’t checked out TotScoop yet, or added recommendations for your must-have baby items yet, now’s the time to do it!

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The Best New Baby Gear for 2017: Round-up from ABC Kids ’16


We recently returned from the ABC Kids Expo ’16, the largest annual baby & kids products trade show in North America.  For those of us who work in the industry, wandering the floor is a bit like being a kid in a candy store!

Here’s a sneak peek at all of the latest & greatest products coming out for 2017.  If you like a product, click through to the TotScoop page to see more info or “Want” it!

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