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How the Lymphatic System Works

The lymphatic system has some important jobs, like helping the body fight infection. See how it works in this quick animation.

The Best First Pedal Bike

If the walls are closing in on your and your kindergartener, maybe it’s time for their first pedal bike. After spending 30 hours evaluating 13 pedal bikes on pavement, dirt, and grassy hills, we’re judging the REI Co-op Cycles REV 16 Kids’ Bike as the best first pedal bike for most kids. Lightweight and highly…
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Hemangiomas

A hemangioma is a type of birthmark that happens when a tangled group of blood vessels grows in or under the skin. Dr. Deborah Rabinowitz talks about what they are and whether they need treatment.

Jigsaw Puzzles We Love

In these frighteningly puzzling times, you may find unexpected peace of mind with a jigsaw puzzle. So, unplug from social media. Stop reading the news for a moment. Turn off the TV. Try a puzzle. It may well offer a challenging distraction for people of all ages, not to mention hours of entertainment while you’re…
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How to Play Outside More This Winter, According to Outdoor-School Teachers

The holidays are over, the winter doldrums are settling in, and continuing pandemic concerns may mean that your family’s collective case of cabin fever is about to become worse than ever. Submitting to a winter of discontent might seem inevitable, unless you know how to coax your kids (and yourself) into embracing the elements.

The Best Collapsible Folding Wagons

Folding wagons can be useful tools for families, beachgoers, or really anybody who needs to tote a lot of gear from one place to another. We researched dozens of wagons, tested six of them, and concluded that the MacSports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon is our favorite all-around wagon for basic toting. And we found…
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The 14 Best Gifts for Tweens

Between the ages of 9 and 12, children start to outgrow their little-kid personas and move on to more grown-up interests. These so-called tweens are developing first crushes, taking more interest in their appearance, following social media personalities, and growing increasingly independent. But they still harbor a fondness for fun, silly, even “babyish” things, too.…
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El cuidado de su bebé cuando usted tiene coronavirus

Si las pruebas del coronavirus (COVID-19) han dado positivas, sepa cómo cuidar de manera segura a su recién nacido en casa.

Why Kids Need the Flu Vaccine

Dr. Jonathan Miller talks about why it’s more important than ever to make sure everyone in your family gets the flu vaccine.

The Best Convertible Car Seats

After 20 hours of research, including testing nine popular convertible car seats at home and crash-testing six finalists in a top lab to measure their side-impact performance, we think the Britax Marathon ClickTight is the best one for most families. It is by far the easiest convertible car seat to install and has excellent safety…
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The 13 Best Gifts for Tweens

Between the ages of 9 and 12, children start to outgrow their little-kid personas and move on to more grown-up interests. These so-called tweens are developing first crushes, taking more interest in their appearance, following social media personalities, and growing increasingly independent. But they still harbor a fondness for fun, silly, even “babyish” things, too.…
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The 19 Best Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

At age 3, the gift-giving game changes. Kids are more likely to know what they want. They have opinions, interests, and the language to express their excitement for presents. But that doesn’t negate the thrill of a good surprise. “Often the idea of receiving a gift is what’s exciting for them, not necessarily what the…
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The 12 Best Gifts for Tweens

Between the ages of 9 and 12, children start to outgrow their little-kid personas and move on to more grown-up interests. These so-called tweens are developing first crushes, taking more interest in their appearance, following social media personalities, and growing increasingly independent. But they still harbor a fondness for fun, silly, even “babyish” things, too.…
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Is Dixon’s Ticonderoga Truly ‘The World’s Best Pencil’? We Don’t Think So.

Dixon’s Ticonderoga pencils are iconic. When you think about the pencils you wrote with as a kid—blonde wood, yellow paint, green metal cuff, pink eraser—you’re probably picturing a Ticonderoga. You can buy them pretty much anywhere school supplies are sold, and year after year teachers specifically request them for their classrooms.

The Best Kids Bike Seats

The best kids bike seat should be comfortable, easy to install, and, most importantly, safe for both the child and adult riders. After conducting more than 65 hours of research and testing, polling dozens of family-biking enthusiasts, assembling and disassembling 13 kids bike seats, taking dozens of test rides, and getting feedback from several wee…
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The Parent’s Guide to Using Smart Home Devices

My wife likes to make fun of me for the fact that I apparently “want to live in a spaceship.” Which is to say that I have “a lot” of smart-home devices integrated into our lives. But after our son was born several months into the pandemic, we realized we could use those devices for…
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The Best Cloth Face Masks for Kids

Kids are superheroes for enduring the Covid-19 pandemic, and now they have the gear to prove it. Cloth face masks are easily the most important back-to-school item this year, but they are also among the most challenging. We looked at some 70 cloth masks for kids, pored over scientific studies, spoke with health experts and…
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The Best School Supplies for Back to School

If you’re a teacher getting ready for a new class, a parent prepping your kindergartener for their first day, or a college student transitioning to university life, this school year will likely be different—and bring new concerns and needs—from those of the past. But whether you’re planning for in-person learning, remote school, or a combination…
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How to Make Space for Kids to Be Creative at Home

By the end of the past school year, my 8-year-old daughter (like many kids) was stressed from pandemic homeschooling, and she was tired of her improvised workspace in my home office. When summer started we decided she didn’t just need a better space for school—she needed some upgrades for open, creative play, too. With a…
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The 20 Best Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

At age 3, the gift-giving game changes. Kids are more likely to know—and tell you—what they want. They have opinions, interests, and the language to express their excitement for presents. But that doesn’t take away the thrill and value of a good surprise. “Often the idea of receiving a gift is what’s exciting for them,…
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How to Pick the Best Smartwatch (or Dumb Phone) for Your Kid

If you don’t want to give your kid a smartphone but do want them to have a way to communicate as they become more independent, a smartwatch or a flip phone could be your answer. After testing eight of these devices with our own tween-age kids, we think a smartwatch is a better choice than…
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How to Set Up a Remote Learning Space for Your Kids

When the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to abruptly shut down earlier this year, my family, like many others, scrambled to make distance learning happen. My 14-year-old daughter would sometimes work on her iPad on the couch, at my desk in my home office, or even in bed. It was emergency remote learning, with the emphasis…
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Which Computer Should You Buy for Your Kid?

Shopping for a computer for your kid is stressful, even when everyone isn’t trying to figure out remote schooling in the middle of a pandemic. But now many more grade-school, middle-school, high-school, and college students need access to their own computer for both entertainment and virtual classes.

School’s Back, and It’s Anything but Normal. Here’s What You Need.

This is an uncertain time, especially for parents trying to plan for the upcoming school year. One thing, however, is certain: Until there’s a vaccine for COVID-19 or a significant reduction in cases, it won’t be school as usual. Whether you’re sending your kids to an in-person classroom, organizing a homeschooling pod, or planning for…
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The Best Folding Wagons

Folding wagons can be useful tools for families, beachgoers, or really anybody who needs to tote a lot of gear from one place to another. We researched dozens of wagons, tested six of them, and concluded that the MacSports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon is our favorite all-around wagon for basic toting. And we found…
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14 Antiracist Books for Kids and Teens Recommended by BIPOC Teachers and Librarians

Teaching children about racism is one of the hardest and most essential things any parent or educator can do. If you’re struggling with where to start, you’re not alone. In this extraordinary moment in history, many parents on our (mostly white) staff have also been thinking and learning about how important it is not just…
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Our Favorite Gear for Outdoor Fun With Kids This Summer

Perhaps you, too, are looking for ways to liven up the yard now that it functions as your family’s playground, beach, and outdoor living room—at least until parks are safe to visit again. Wirecutter has long reviewed gear for outdoor recreation, and we’ve spent dozens of hours researching and testing it all. (We once spent…
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Our Favorite Diaper Creams, Nail and Hair Tools, and Other Baby Care Essentials

Keeping a squirmy infant clean is a task worthy of Sisyphus—the minute you get them washed, brushed, and diapered, it’s time to start all over. But the right tools can make grooming your kid a little less of a battle. From the best diapering supplies and tiny scissors that keep sharp nails at bay to…
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Our Favorite Kids Beachwear

Getting in some outdoor time with the kids at the beach, lake, or pool may come with additional challenges or concerns this summer—but adequate sun protection doesn’t have to be among them. Below are some of our staff’s favorite items for keeping kids covered from top to bottom; elsewhere, we also have recommendations for sunscreen,…
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Learning Toys and STEM Toys We Love

We don’t think there’s a right or wrong way for kids to play. For this kid-oriented gift guide, we focused on learning toys—open-ended games, kits, toys and crafts that promote lifelong skills like critical thinking, problem solving, logic, and even coding. To choose from the hundreds of toys available, we spent more than 30 hours…
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