Blog post category: Infant

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

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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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Must Haves for the First 3-6 Months: A Curated List from Nancy Held, R.N., IBCLC

Nancy Held knows a thing or two about babies.  She’s an RN (former nursery nurse), IBCLC, and the founder of DayOne Baby in SF — which pretty much makes her an all-around baby expert!

Nancy recently collaborated with us to put together her list of 45+ must haves for baby’s first 3-6 months — from newborn sleep to breastfeeding to developmental toys — on TotScoop.  If you’re expecting or have a new baby in the house, you won’t want to miss her picks!

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Promoting Speech-Language Development in Babies & Young Kids

For the first installment of our new Expert Series, we caught up with Kim Christensen, M.S., a Speech-Language Pathologist and owner of SF Speech for Kids! in San Francisco.  We chatted with her about typical speech/language milestones for young kids; what parents can do to help promote healthy speech/language development; and what to do if you are concerned that your child may not be “on track.”

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Gift Guide for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Gift Guide for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

Note: Check out the latest (2016) version of this gift guide here!

Looking for the perfect holiday or birthday gift for your little one, a grandchild, or a family friend?  Here are our curated lists of age-appropriate gifts that are proven hits.

If you’re planning on buying a toy, see also our Buying Guide: Baby Toys & Books for info on buying safe/non-toxic toys.

0-6 months

6-12 months

1 year olds

2 year olds

3-4 year olds

All ages

  • Clothing: For a classic holiday gift, how about some snuggly jammies?  Our top picks are the organic sleepers and two-pieces from Hanna Andersson — they’re  fantastic quality and last forever!  The rest of the year, nice pieces from top brands like Baby Gap, Mini Boden, Tea Collection, etc. are always Mom favorites.
  • Looking for something handmade? Check out our top picks for baby goodies on Etsy
  • Experiential gifts: Trip to a local farm or zoo; hike at a local trail or park; a train or bus adventure; or an afternoon of art, cooking, or some other creative activity with gift giver (see also our Pinterest board for great baby & kid activity ideas)
  • Free and fun: Don’t forget the big cardboard boxes and discarded wrapping paper that all those presents come in!

Any other favorite gift ideas for little ones? Let us know in the comments!

Note: All featured products and brands are editorially selected by our editors; we do not accept compensation in exchange for coverage.  This post does contain affiliate links, meaning we may receive a small proportion of any purchases you make after clicking on them (at no cost to you); thanks for your support!  See our full Editorial Policy & Affiliate Disclosure here.

Newborn diaper giveaway!

Newborn diaper giveaway prizes

Have a newborn, or expecting a new baby soon? We’re doing a newborn diaper giveaway! We have two bundles of itsy bitsy disposable diapers (leftover from recent “testing” with our newest addition :)) up for grabs!

The prizes

BUNDLE #1: NEWBORN SIZE (shown on the lefthand side of the photo): Total of 62 diapers spanning 5 different brands (28 Naty by Nature Babycare, 17 Bambo Nature, 13 Pampers, 2 Earth’s Best, 2 Honest Co.)! The perfect way to figure out which brand works best for your family before buying in bulk!

BUNDLE #2: STILL PRETTY DARN ITSY BITSY BUNDLE (the 4 packages shown at right in the photo): Total of 109 size 2 (7-13 lbs.) diapers, all Bambo brand. (Bambo is our top pick for premium, non-toxic, eco-friendly disposable diapers — see link to our top picks guide below!)

Here’s how to enter:

1) LIKE the contest post on our Facebook page (this is how we will collect your entry)

2) COMMENT on the same Facebook post with which diaper bundle you want to enter to win (#1 or #2)!  Optional: Include a fun comment related to diapering, e.g. describe your baby’s worst blowout ever!

That’s it!  Entries will be accepted from the publication of the FB post to Monday, 11/16 at 11:59:59pm PT.  We’ll tag the winners (one for each bundle) in a follow-up comment to the same post on Tuesday, 11/17.  Full contest rules appear below.

Looking for more diapering tips?

You might be interested in checking out the following content on TotScoop.com (login required):

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Good luck!! And happy butt-wiping everyone <3


Contest rules & details

i) ELIGIBILITY: Open to US residents ages 18 and older. Each individual can enter once.

ii) CONTEST PERIOD: Entries can be submitted from the time the contest post on Facebook is published through end of day Monday, 11/16 (11:59:59pm PT). The winners will be announced on Tuesday, 11/17 by being tagged in a comment on this post.

iii) WINNER SELECTION & NOTIFICATION: The two winners will be randomly selected from each pool of entrants. Once their entries have been validated (to ensure that all three qualifications above have been met), they will be notified via Facebook tag in a comment on this post. Winners must claim their prize via PM within 48 hours. If a prize is not claimed, another winner will be selected.

iv) CONTEST ADMINISTRATION: This contest is being run by TotScoop. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

v) PRIZE DETAILS:

Bundle #1 includes:
– 1 unopened pack Naty by Nature Babycare size NB (birth – 11 lbs.; 26 count), plus 2 extras
– 17 Bambo Nature size NB diapers (4-9 lbs.) in opened package
– 13 Pampers Swaddlers size NB (birth to 10 lbs.) in opened package
– 2 Earth’s Best size NB (birth to 10 lbs.)
– 2 Honest Company size NB (birth to 10 lbs.)

Bundle #2 includes:
– 3 unopened packs of Bambo Nature size 2 (7-13 lbs.; 30 count each) diapers, plus 19 extras in opened package

Our Favorite Baby & Kids’ Clothing Brands

Meet our seven favorite baby & kids clothing brands for stylish, high-quality pieces at non-astronomical prices!  (Note: This is NOT a sponsored post.  We just call ’em like we see ’em!)

Baby Gap

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Baby Gap will hardly be a new discovery for most shoppers, thanks to its ubiquitous retail presence, but it’s such an important cornerstone of the American baby clothing market that we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it.  It churns out a wide range of good quality, well designed staples that consistently deliver.  Look to Baby Gap for everything from layette basics and toddler activewear to sleepwear and special occasion outfits.  They regularly have sales of 30-40%, so be patient with that itchy trigger finger.

Baby/Mini Boden

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This British import creates high-quality clothing with indubitable style. It is sold at select retailers (e.g. Nordstrom) and can also be purchased directly from the Boden website. We particularly love their print/applique graphic tees, baby jeans (so easy to pull up and down), and adorable sweaters.  We regularly salivate over their collections, and always make sure to load up at their regular sales.  (If you’re new to Boden, also don’t miss their women’s collection!)

Hanna Andersson

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This Swedish brand is synonymous with unbeatable quality.  Their clothing is engineered for performance and comfort and washes extremely well; pieces often still look practically new when outgrown, and are often handed down through multiple children.  Over 60% of Hanna’s products are Oeko-Tex
Standard 100 certified, meaning they are free of any hazardous substances.  Hannas are also backed by an unconditioned guarantee, and can be returned at any time.  Hanna makes our absolute favorite sleepers/pajamas and training pants/underwear, and is also a great choice for layette items and playwear.

Zutano

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Zutano, one of our favorite brands for newborns through toddlers, offers cute basics and prints.  Their basics (e.g. tops and pants/leggings), hats, and booties are favorites for newborns and infants.  Note that sizing runs small.

H&M Baby/Kids

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For fast fashion for the tiny set, look no further than H&M.  Swedish brand H&M offers a nice range of clothing — including basics, some organic cotton choices, and on trend pieces — for newborns through big kids.  And all at very reasonable prices!  We scoop up their 100% organic cotton basics (like bodysuits and leggings) by the armful!  If you don’t live near one of their retail locations, you can also shop their website.

Zara Mini/Kids

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Spain-based Zara Mini/Kids offers a different twist on fast fashion, producing a more classic feeling collection (mostly solids, in a more muted set of colors) at great prices.  They also offer a selection of organic cotton pieces at impressively low everyday prices.  If you don’t live near a Zara retail store, you can also shop online (free shipping over $50).

J. Crew Baby/Kids

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We adore J. Crew’s in-house Baby & Kids collections, which sport signature J. Crew style, as well as their curated selection of third-party brands (e.g. aden+anais, Nature Baby, Petit Bateau, Baby Oeuf).  (The cashmere pieces aren’t the most practical we’ve ever seen, but most everything else is both adorable and machine washable.) Kids styles (2+) are available in selected J. Crew stores; Baby styles aren’t available in most stores, but shipping is free on all online Baby orders.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Babies and Toddlers

Stocking stuffer ideas for babies & toddlers | TotScoop

Here are some great stocking stuffer ideas for babies and toddlers (NO CANDY OR DISPOSABLE JUNK!).  All links updated 12/2015!

Also don’t miss our main gift ideas for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers!!

Baby stocking stuffers

  1. Personalized Xmas ornament (there are some cute ones on Etsy)
  2. Personalized book with name and/or photos of family members (see AmazonPint Size Productions, and Pinhole Press, and ISeeMe for some good options )
  3. Small age-appropriate toys: High-contrast toys, rattle/grasping toy (e.g. linksOball, HABA, Plan Toys), soft hanging toy (e.g. Lamaze or Skip Hop), activity toy (e.g. Skwish or Winkel), large blocks (e.g. Infantino or B Toys), stacking/nesting toys (e.g. nesting cups or stacking rings), first vehicle (e.g. wooden car), electronic toys (e.g. fake keys), stroller/car seat toys, etc.
  4. Teething ring/toy (e.g. Sophie)
  5. Small plush toys or hand/finger puppets (Folkmanis is a wonderful high-quality puppet brand)
  6. Bath toys (e.g. Boon has lots of cute, small, non-toxic ones)
  7. Musical toys (e.g. Take Along Tunes)
  8. Musical instruments: shaker eggs or maracas, tambourine, small drum, etc. (for a full set, see nice starter set here)
  9. Bubbles
  10. Baby music CD (Baby Einstein, Raffi, etc.)
  11. Small soft or board book (Open the Barn Door is a perfect stocking-size board book; see also our top general book picks for 0-6 mo. and 6-12 mo.)
  12. Lovey/blankie
  13. Hat, mittens, socks or booties
  14. BabyLegs
  15. Snacks, e.g. puffs or yogurt melts

Toddler stocking stuffers

  1. Personalized Xmas ornament (here are some on Etsy)
  2. Personalized book with name and/or photos of family members (see AmazonPint Size Productions, and Pinhole Press, and ISeeMe for some good options )
  3. Small toys: Toy car (e.g. Kid O, Hot Wheels), or train set component (e.g. Thomas, Brio), mini block & building sets (e.g. Tegu, LEGO Duplo, Playmobil 1.2.3), action figures/figurines (e.g. Little People, Anamalz, first dolls)
  4. Small plush toys or hand/finger puppets (Folkmanis is a wonderful high-quality puppet brand)
  5. Mini jigsaw puzzles (12-48 pieces)
  6. Magnets (letters/numbers, farm/animals, vehicles/construction, etc.)
  7. Art supplies (e.g. crayons, large colored pencilsfingerpaints)
  8. Play-doh or modeling clay
  9. Wikki sticks
  10. Stamp set
  11. Sidewalk chalk
  12. Travel art board (e.g. AquaDoodle, Travel Doodler, Water WOW, etc.)
  13. Bath toy (e.g. foam letters/numbers) or bath crayons
  14. Sticker/coloring activity book (the Dover and My Little World series are perfect for stocking stuffers)
  15. Stickers
  16. Bubbles
  17. Slinky
  18. Glow-in-the-dark stars
  19. Dress-up item (e.g. hat/crown/tiara, wand/sword, animal face masks, etc.)
  20. Board book (see our top general book picks for 1-year-olds and 2-year-olds)
  21. Novelty band-aids
  22. Sunglasses
  23. Hair ties or barrettes
  24. Kids’ music CD (e.g. Raffi)
  25. Kids’ movie DVD
  26. Musical instruments: rhythm sticks, small drum, etc. (nice toddler set here)
  27. Fun t-shirt
  28. Winter hat/gloves/ear muffs
  29. Fun socks
  30. Slippers
  31. Snacks (e.g. yogurt melts, Annie’s fruit snacks, fruit pouch, crackers, etc.)
  32. Flavored milk or juice box
  33. Sippy cup or water bottle
  34. Travel silverware set

What did we miss?  Let us know in the comments!

Note: All featured products and brands are editorially selected by our editors; we do not accept compensation in exchange for coverage.  This post does contain affiliate links, meaning we may receive a small proportion of any purchases you make after clicking on them (at no cost to you); thanks for your support!  See our full Editorial Policy & Affiliate Disclosure here.