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Category: Healthy Kids

Our Favorite Rash Guards, Sun Hats, and Other Beachwear for Kids

After a long pandemic winter, many of us with little kids are extra eager for outdoor time at the beach, lake, or pool this summer. Below are some of our staff’s favorite kids swimsuits, rash guards, sun hats, and water shoes for keeping cool in the summer sun. You’ll notice a theme: We’re fans of…
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The 21 Best Gifts for New Moms

Becoming a parent can be a wonderful and mixed bag of emotions, especially if you’re a first-timer. People can experience the transition into parenthood in so many different ways, and the best gift for a new mom is one that’s tailored to the individual. At the end of the day, you know the new mom…
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Why US Parents Are Choosing European Baby Formula

There are more than 50 different baby formulas available in the US. Parents can choose among formulas made from conventional or organic milk or soy; they can also opt to try formulas labeled for fussy, gassy, or colicky babies. And baby formula is one of the most tightly regulated food products in the US, with…
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The Best Bottle Warmers

Most parents don’t need a bottle warmer. You may think this device would take time and guesswork out of heating a bottle for a hungry baby, but after researching 18 bottle warmers and testing six, we found that even the best of them were only modestly more convenient than simply warming a bottle in a…
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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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