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The Best Stuff for Kids and Babies

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Maybe you’ve been invited to your first-ever baby shower. Maybe you need help getting your infant to sleep through the night. Or maybe it’s your kid’s birthday, and you’re totally stumped! Whatever the case, we’ve compiled some of the best guides to shopping for kids and babies

The Best Baby-Shower Gifts

What to do when you’re invited to a baby shower and haven’t the slightest clue what to give? We talked to new moms, doulas, shop owners, and medical professionals for a mega list of 63 can’t-fail gifts.

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The Best Bassinet

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If your baby’s having trouble sleeping through the night, maybe a pediatrician-designed bassinet (designed to soothe your baby to sleep with white noise and rocking) is in order.

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The Best Onesie for Babies

Created by a pediatric physical therapist, this onesie swaddles a baby and helps keep them asleep throughout the night. Mothers around the world consider it a total game-changer.

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The Best Baby Lounger

The little baby pod that secures your baby on both sides, soothing them right to slumberland. Park your baby in it and enjoy a few hours of R&R.

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The Best Baby Mobiles

If you’re in the market for a better baby mobile in your crib, stroller, or car seat, we went and found the best-reviewed ones on Amazon.

The Best Breast Pump

The world’s best breast pump is practically designed by Apple — and about $100 cheaper than the clunky versions you see on the market.

The Best Baby Strollers

We talked to celebrity nannies, store owners, and mommy bloggers to determine the very best strollers for whatever your needs.

The Best Night-Light for Babies

Darkness, for a child, is a thing of terror. This — a cheap, yellow, crescent-shaped night-light that has hung in our sons’ bedroom since the first one was born four years ago — is the salve.

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The Best Baby-Bottle Warmer

Exhausted parents who’ve woken up in the middle of the night to prepare a bottle know this: waiting for that milk to warm can feel like watching paint dry. This little machine brings it to the perfect temperature in half the time.

Read more about the best baby-bottle warmer.

The Best Gift for Babies

A book-of-the-month-club subscription with selections chosen by a children’s-book expert. A home-run baby gift for anyone from ages 0 through 7.

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The Best Gifts for a 1-Year-Old

What do 1-year-olds even do these days? Can they talk yet? Do they walk? “You’re looking for toys that’ll help this particular child develop,” says Dr. Sarah Roseberry Lytle, director of outreach and education at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.

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The Best Gifts for a 2-Year-Old

Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, professor of psychology at University of Delaware and co-author of the New York Times best-seller Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, has one main tip when it comes to toys for 2-year-olds: “Don’t constrain them.”

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The Best Gifts for a 3-Year-Old

When it comes to becoming a grown human, 3 is a big year. “They have real personalities now. They’re real people. Once language comes in, they can express their feelings and have a real conversation with you, people they don’t know, and on the telephone with people they can’t see,” explains Dr. Roberta Golinkoff.

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The Best Gifts for a 4-Year-Old

Gifts for 4-year-olds are all about the six C’s: collaboration, communication, content, creative innovation, critical thinking, and confidence.

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The Best Gifts for 10-Year-Olds

10-year-olds: They’re too old for toys, too young for a nice bottle of wine. So, what do you buy them (besides an iPhone 7)?

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The Best Kids Books for Dismantling the Patriarchy

What do kids need the most right now? Books that can help pave their way to a strong, courageous, patriarchy-defeating, feminist adulthood.

Read more about the best kids’ books for dismantling the patriarchy.

The Best Young-Adult Books for Stoking the Feminist Fire

And once they’ve graduated from picture books, here are the titles they should be reading into their teenage years.

Read more about the best young-adult books for stoking the feminist fire.

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The Best Stuff for Kids and Babies