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Editor's Note: Mammoth just received an unprecedented snowfall thanks to the recent storm—they got 2+ feet of snow as of publishing—and are opening two weeks earlier than planned so if you are thinking about a ski trip this season with the kids, here's everything you need to know to plan your getaway to Mammoth with babies, toddlers and big kids. 

Mammoth Lakes, which sits at close to 8,000 feet (if you’re keeping track that’s about 1,600 feet higher than Lake Tahoe), has a long ski season (it goes well into the spring!), thanks to its legendary dumps and an awesome base, Mammoth Mountain is a snow sport paradise that is close enough to drive to. But planning a ski trip can be stressful so we've checked out the best places to learn how to ski, what else there is to do off the slopes, which restaurants are kid-friendly and of course, where to stay with kids in Mammoth Lakes for a winter-filled adventure everyone will enjoy. 

 

photo: Mammoth Mountain

Things to Do in Mammoth with Kids

Mammoth isn't the sleepy little town you remember (loads of hotel and restaurant options) and a drive you can handle (it's about a two-movie drive, with a break in between for a potty break!), it just might become your new go-to. 

Go Skiing
Whether you are a seasoned skier or snowboarder (or have kids that have never stepped in snow), The Mammoth Ski and Snowboard School is a stellar program, with patient pros who help the little ones become future shredders—they also offer adaptive lessons so those that may have a disability can still enjoy the rush and excitement of heading down the mountain. 

Spring in Mammoth means mild conditions, a sunny apres scene and the chance to take advantage of the season’s massive snow fall. The mountain itself is huge and spread out, which means even on busy days, the crowds disperse throughout the mountain so you never feel too cramped when on the slopes. Kids group lessons start at three-years old and continue up through adult.

Good to Know: The mountain opens Oct. 29! That's two weeks earlier than planned! And kids 4 and under ski free at Mammoth Mountain (and after May 28 ALL kids ski or ride for free!), and with dozens of beginner slopes that are wide and groomed, this mountain is great for beginners. 

Go Tubing
Bomb down the slick snow lanes at Woolly’s Tube Park for a thrilling good time. For those 42” and smaller who aren’t yet tall enough to enjoy the ride, Woolly’s has a fun snow park area and heated deck serving up hot cocoa and adult beverages. Access to the snow park is easy—simply take the red bus line here and you’ll be dropped off right at the entrance.

Good to Know: Woolly's opens on Dec. 12 for the winter season.

Go Snowshoeing or Cross Country Skiing
Take the orange line to Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center (it’s only 10 minutes from the Village) for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or hiking. When we visited the snowshoe trail was packed down, so we ended up hiking the trail with kiddos in the Baby Tula front pack and a hiking backpack. There are 19 miles of trails to explore with lessons, rentals and guided tours available. Trails are dog-friendly and fairly flat so if you have a child who can trek it, this is a good spot for a beginner hike or snowshoe.

Good to Know: Tamarack opens Nov. 21 for the winter season. 

Where to Eat in Mammoth with Kids

From fine dining to grab-and-go eats, Mammoth’s dining options are much more diverse than you’d expect from such a small town. Most spots have high chairs and kids menu (or dishes pleasing to a kiddo palate) at the ready, lots have table-side crayons and all won’t bat an eyelash if you walk in at prime dinner hour with a gaggle of children. Expect a warm welcome from restaurants eager to serve families. Below are family-friendly places to eat in Mammoth:

On-Mountain Dining, Eats & Treats:

Eleven53 Cafe
Take the scenic gondola to the top to a take-your-breath-away 11,053 feet. Stunning views coupled with a grab-and-go meal make Eleven53 Cafe worth the trip. Bonus: Kids will love the free interpretive center where they can touch and feel animal pelts and learn about the area’s geography and history.

Broadway Marketplace & McCoy Marketplace
When the fun just can’t stop but you need to grab a bite, visit Broadway Marketplace at the Main Lodge or McCoy Marketplace mid-mountain for pizza, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more.

Off-Mountain Dining, Eats & Treats:

Old New York Deli
One of our favorite spots in the Village is Old New York Deli—and, judging by the packed house we aren’t the only fans of this classic bagelry. From sandwiches to traditional bagels and cream cheese to baked goods galore, Old New York Deli is a prime spot to fuel up before a day of adventuring. 6201 Minaret Rd. #105, Mammoth Lakes, CA. Online: oldnewyork.com

Gomez Restaurant
Nosh on burritos, sizzling fajita plates and delicious enchiladas at this welcoming Mexican restaurant in the Village. Portions are incredibly generous and for those 21+ Gomez offers up 600+ different types of tequila. The restaurant sits at the base near the gondola and on a nice day grab a table outside near one of the fire pits. 100 Canyon Blvd., Mammoth Lakes, CA. Online: gomezs.com

Mammoth Coffee Roasting Company
If you need your coffee (and a baked good or two), head to this newcomer coffee spot. Expect delicious coffee and amazing pastries and donuts at its new storefront in the heart of downtown Mammoth Lakes. 436 Old Mammoth Rd., Mammoth Lakes, CA. Online: mammothcoffeeroastingco.com

Burgers Restaurant
The name of this restaurant sums up its specialty: burgers! Across from the Village, Burgers dishes out generous portions of their comfort food. Not into the traditional burger? You’ll also find a variety of equally filling eats like veggie burgers, buffalo burgers, pork baby back ribs and more. 6118 Minaret Rd., Mammoth Lakes, CA. Online: burgersrestaurant.com

Toomey’s
Delicious food and a laid-back atmosphere makes Toomey’s an ideal spot to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. Located in the Village, you’ll find dishes like their coconut mascarpone pancakes, fish tacos and a kids menu that includes chicken fingers, mini burger and fries and more.
6085 Minaret Rd., Mammoth Lakes, CA. Online: toomeysmammoth.com

Yodler Restaurant and Bar
Located at the Main Lodge adjacent to Mammoth Mountain Inn is this old-school European restaurant serving up an authentic Bavarian menu (think brats, schnitzel and pretzels). The festive interior and super welcoming staff make for a memorable meal. 10001 Minaret Rd., Mammoth Lakes, CA. Online: theyodlermammoth.com

Mammoth Rock ‘N’ Bowl
Take the red line or the town’s trolley to Mammoth Rock ‘N’ Bowl for a laid-back evening of bowling and eats from pizza to salads to poutine and tacos. Sit at a booth or have your food delivered to your bowling lane. You’ll also find a full bar and arcade, as well as a more upscale Brasserie upstairs for a date night-style dining experience. 3029 Chateau Rd. Mammoth Lakes, CA. Online: mammothrocknbowl.com

Where to Stay in Mammoth with Kids

Condos and hotels abound in Mammoth Lakes, and with the town’s free public bus system you really can’t go wrong with your accommodation choice. Still, traveling with kids means convenience—and proximity to shops, dining and activities—can mean the difference between a happy tear-free afternoon and an epic toddler meltdown. Here are family-friendly places to stay in Mammoth:

The Village Lodge Mammoth
Best for: Ultimate convenience to shops and dining
For accommodations that feel more like home book a condo at The Village Lodge Mammoth. Options range from studio condos to three-bedroom deluxe condos. Condos come equipped with kitchens or kitchenettes stocked with coffee, tea, pots, pans, dishware, a full-size fridge, stove and more, which is a huge perk if you want to whip up food for your child or store leftovers. A swimming pool is open daily (even in winter!) with cribs available upon request.

The Village Lodge offers a free shuttle service anywhere within a 5-mile radius in Mammoth and you’re steps from dining, shopping, most of the major bus lines and the Canyon Village gondola. For those kiddos obsessed with things that go, ask for a room that looks out to the gondola—your child will love watching them come and go all day long.

Online: thevillagelodgemammoth.com

Mammoth Mountain Inn
Best for: Ski in and out
If being slopeside is your jam, stay at Mammoth Mountain Inn. Located just a few steps from the lifts at the Main Lodge, the Inn offers both hotel-style rooms and condos, with the latter featuring kitchenettes. Nearby you’ll find the Yoddler Restaurant and Bar, Sierra General Store and Mountainside Bar and Grill. Because the Inn is slopeside, this area does get a bit quieter once the lifts close and the apres crowds have dispersed.

Online: themammothmountaininn.com

Westin Monache Resort Mammoth
Best for: Great views
Located in the Village, Westin Monache Resort Mammoth boasts mountain views from every room. Each room is equipped with a kitchenette, small fridge and microwave. Step out of the hotel and walk down the steps to the gondola. The Westin offers a ski valet so you don’t have to schlep your ski equipment back and forth every night. Like The Village Lodge Mammoth, the Westin offers a free shuttle bus service, which is built into the resort fee cost.

Online: westin-monache-resort-mammoth.mammoth-lakes-hotels.com

Ski-In/Ski-Out Condo
This gorgeous condo is right across the street from Eagle Lodge while Mammoth Village is 1.5 miles away and has plenty of family-friendly dining options and a bowling alley. Even better, there’s a hot tub to warm up in after a long day on the slopes. 

Sleeps: 10
Cost: $468/night
Online: airbnb.com

 

What to Do with Babies & Toddlers in Mammoth

If your kids are too young for ski school or you have babe you’re not ready to hand over to the slope-side childcare, here are some tips and things to do with young kids in Mammoth:

• Ride the Canyon gondola. Bonus: It’s free and if it’s not crowded, you can easily wheel your stroller on and off it for an easy ride.

• Ride the town’s buses. Mammoth is only four miles across, which means you won’t be lost for hours on the different routes. Bonus: This is also free and we found makes for great white noise if you have a baby who loves naps in the front pack. Download the transit app in advance so you know exactly what time the bus will arrive and where it’s taking you.

• Take a walk around the Village. Peruse Mammoth gear, load up on coffee at Starbucks or grab a happy hour drink at one of the many kid- and dog-friendly patios (see above on great places to eat). The area is all paved and perfect for a leisurely stroller walk.

• If you need a place to set up camp slope-side, we found that the level at the Main Lodge behind Broadway Marketplace is emptier than most and is used as a base camp for other families whose parents are trading off hitting the slopes.

• Keep an eye out for Woolly in the Village! You might catch him on the slopes or in one of the lodges handing out high-fives and hugs to his pint-sized fans. Also check Mammoth's events calendar for more happenings.

 

photo: via United Airlines

How to Get to Mammoth

New this year: United will service California’s Eastern Sierra with flights into Bishop Airport (not Mammoth Yosemite Airport) with daily service from LAX and SFO. The move to Bishop will allow for bigger and more comfortable airplanes to fly into the Eastern Sierra, and will make service much more reliable (neighboring Bishop sits about 4,000 feet lower than Mammoth).  

Advanced Air will offer regional service to and from Burbank (BUR), Hawthorne (HHR) and Carlsbad (CLD) airports. Service will start November 24 and runs through April 4, with a scaled back schedule until December 16. 

How to get to Mammoth from Los Angeles: There are daily flights from LAX that operate year-round and will have you to Mammoth from LAX in under an hour. Of course, flying is optional—and you can absolutely drive to Mammoth from Los Angeles. If you opt to drive, it's 5 hours from DTLA (without traffic of course).

How to get to Mammoth from the Bay Area: Families who flock to Tahoe know the headaches associated with I-80 traffic, especially when chain control is in effect. Flying from SFO to Mammoth? The flight time is a cool 35 minutes. If you decide to drive to Mammoth, it’s about 5-6 hours from the Bay Area.

photo: Mammoth Mountain

The Best Time to Go to Mammoth

Unlike some ski towns you might have visited, there isn’t just one central lodge or downtown area. Mammoth is fairly spread out in the sense that there is the Village, Main Lodge, Old Mammoth and Main Street. The free buses or your hotel’s shuttle will get you anywhere you need to go. And, the fact that it’s a bit more spread out means areas won’t be jam-packed and overwhelming for the littles.

The Best Time to Go to Mammoth:
There is never a bad time to visit Mammoth. Thanks to the recent, unexpected snow, the season is kicking off early and will be open at least through July 4 (yep, you read that right!).

To Bring (or Not to Bring) the Car Seat:
If you’re flying in, you may not need a car or even car seat. Check with the accommodations you booked to see what their shuttle service is like. For instance, The Village Lodge Mammoth offers a courtesy shuttle anywhere within Mammoth Lakes, as well as a courtesy shuttle to and from the airport. If you do drive, park and take advantage of the convenient and free bus transport system.

Learn more about Mammoth and everything this skiing destination has to offer by clicking here.

—Erin Lem

This trip was paid for by Mammoth Mountain but all opinions expressed here belong to the writer.

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You don’t need a pricey plane ticket or an extravagant vacation to make a lifetime of memories with your kids. Get ready for the bucket list to end all bucket lists that features 100 awesome outdoor adventures. Bonus: many of these activities are free or cheap! Read on, print this list out and go play.

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1. Go camping and spend the night in a real tent (the backyard totally counts!).

2. Not into camping? Try glamping!

3. Find a pond and feed the ducks.

4. Go fishing in a canoe.

5. Hike up a mountain and admire the views from the top.

6. Build a sandcastle with just your hands.

7. Run through a sprinkler in your backyard.

8. Plant a tree.

9. Catch fireflies in a jar.

10. Jump into a lake.

11. Ride in a rowboat.

12. Explore a forest.

13. Stargaze.

14. Run a mile.

15. Pick fruit off a tree (or a bush!).

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16. Fly a kite.

17. Plant a garden.

18. Roll down a grassy hill.

19. Make a fort with driftwood and sticks found on the beach.

20. Go water tubing down a lazy river.

21. Seek out the most picturesque playground with a view and snap away.

22. Go on a hike and see how many types of wildflowers you can spot.

23. Perfect your handstands and cartwheels.

24. Have a three-legged race.

25. Host a water balloon toss.

26. Play capture the flag.

27. Build a fort with boxes and sheets.

28. Roast s’mores over a real fire.

29. Climb a tree.

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30. Fill your yard with bubbles. 

31. Make a flower crown out of mini daisies.

32. Create a paper airplane and see how far it will fly.

33. Count to 60 while hula hooping.

34. Learn to ride a two-wheeler bike.

35. Take story time outside by reading your favorite book under a tree.

36. Strap on the life vests and kayak on a lake.

37. Surprise the postman with a thank you gift.

38. Make your own trail mix and then head out on a hike.

39. Go on an overnight backpacking trip.

40. Sail a leaf boat down a creek.

41. Go an entire day without technology (yes, that includes your smartphone!).

42. Take a family bike ride (don’t forget the helmets!).

43. Teach your kids old school games like Red Rover and bobbing for apples.

44. Play frisbee.

45. Lay back and look for shapes in the clouds.

46. Play duck, duck, goose.

47. Build a rocket ship out of cardboard.

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48. Decorate your sidewalk with imaginative chalk art

49. Make a nature collage.

50. Play hopscotch.

51. Create an impromptu obstacle course at your local playground. Hop over logs, whiz down slides and swing on the monkey bars.

52. Make a bird feeder.

53. Visit a farm and feed a horse.

54. Pick a wildflower bouquet.

55. Have a family meal outside.

56. Jump rope 100 times without stopping.

57. Paint garden sticks.

58. Try composting (psst...here’s how to easily build your own bin).

59. Play hide-and-seek amongst the trees at your local park.

60. Take a photo every weekend for a year. At the end of the year turn your photos into a collage or album.

61. After a storm put on your rain boots and see who can make the biggest puddle splash.

62. Go geocaching.

63. Take your kids fishing. Don’t have a creek bed near you? Make your own dry creek and go fish!

64. Cruise like you did as a kid with a pair of roller skates.

65. Make a bug catcher out of a mason jar.

66. Spread literacy by building a Little Free Lending Library in your front yard.

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67. Host a mini Olympics.

68. Get up early and watch the sunrise as a family.

69. Play freeze tag.

70. Plant an herb garden with a reclaimed wheel barrow.

71. Try breakfast camping.

72. Watch the planes land at your local airport.

73. Make a time capsule and bury it for discovery 50 years from now!

74. Make your own bubbles.

75. Create instruments out of what you find in a park and then have a jam session.

76. Make mud pies.

77. Embark on a letterboxing adventure.

78. Create a new family tradition and follow it every year.

79. Look for seashells on the beach.

80. Take a walk in the rain.

81. Walk (or run!) a full circle around your favorite park.

82. Make and float your own sailboat.

83. Construct a water wall.

84. Make a terrarium with what you find outdoors.

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85. Spot a shooting star.

86. Have an ice cream taste test.

87. Go to a baseball game.

88. Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor art.

89. Set up a lemonade stand.

90. Have a backyard car wash.

91. Play "parachute" with a sheet.

92. Learn a new sport.

93. Discover why boats float.

94. Make a fairy (or gnome!) garden.

95. Create your own sundial.

96. Go on a night hike.

97. Collect sand at the beach to make a craft.

98. Whip up a few magic potions.

99. Skip rocks across the water’s surface.

100. Look for rainbows after a storm.

— Sara Olsher, Christal Yuen, Gabby Cullen, Erin Feher, Mandy Hale, Laura Rodde, Jen Caynan and Erin Lem

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Pick of the Patch: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Now that you’ve carved those jack-o-lanterns to the delight of your little punkins’ be sure to hold on to the seeds! This easy recipe that you can adapt to your family’s tastes (spice lovers or not) is packed with nutrition too. Sprinkle a few on salads and pack them in lunches! Read on for the how-to.
pumpkin seeds photo: Sonya Bean via flickr 

Ingredients:

2 cups pumpkin seeds (fresh from a carving pumpkin)

tsp. chili powder (optional)

1 lime, cut in half and squeezed

1 tablespoon olive oil

Pinch of Cayenne Powder (optional)

Directions:

1) Wash pumpkin seeds well in water. Dry them with a paper towel.

2) Put spices, oil, and lime juice on the seeds and mix well.

3) Spread the seeds on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F. for 10-14 minutes, or until crispy, dry, and fragrant.

Recipe adapted from pumpkinrecipes.org

—Erin Lem

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Whoever said breakfast is the most important meal of the day never encountered a squirmy toddler or a picky eater. To help fill those bellies first thing in the morning, we discovered a slew of delicious store-bought breakfast ideas that you’ll feel good giving to your kids and they’ll actually eat without putting up a fight. From new dairy-free yogurts to grab-and-go waffles, scroll down for store-bought breakfast ideas that’ll become staples in your morning routine.

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Clover the Rainbow Smoothies

If you want to get your kids interested in eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies, Clover Sonoma has you covered. The new Clover the Rainbow line has launched three organic yogurt smoothies: Strawberry Carrot, Blueberry Beet, and Strawberry Banana Butternut. Each smoothie is a good source of protein and calcium, has billions of probiotics to help support gut health, is made with real fruit and veggies, and has no artificial flavors or sweeteners. Clover the Rainbow smoothies can currently be found in Northern CA at Whole Foods and independent grocers, and in Southern California at Sprouts.

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Evergreen Waffles

Eating healthy food should be delicious! Evergreen Waffles not only packs tons of nutrient but it's completely void of fillers. The frozen breakfast is made with 100 percent whole wheat, flavored by spices, nuts, vegetables and fruits and is free from refined sugar, dairy, or preservatives. Kids will love the current flavors: Peanut Butter & Banana, Zucchini & Carrot, Mixed Berry & Almond and Chocolate Chip & Matcha.

Available at eatevergreen.com or Midwest locations of Whole Foods Market

 

New Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal

Quaker Oats is getting creative, launching three new flavors that kids won't be able to turn down. With fun options like Dinosaur Eggs Brown Sugar and S’mores, along with a classic like Strawberry Banana, parents can rest easy knowing their giving littles whole grains (and doing it quickly!). You can find all the new options wherever Quaker products are sold for $3.79 each.

Oikos Blended Greek Nonfat Yogurt

Picky eaters will love Oikos new blended formula. The creamy texture makes the 50% more added fruit super sneaky and is anything but sour. Enjoy in six flavors that include Blueberry, Strawberry, Peach, Cherry, Vanilla Bean & Anything But Plain, found at your fave local retailers like Target for about $3.79 per four-pack.

Sow Good Smoothies

Smoothies are now a cinch. Sow Good's lineup of 11 ready-to-make smoothies not only make whipping up a healthy serving of fruits and veggies your kids will actually eat easy, but the company ethically sources ingredients and is helping to eliminate food waste at the same time. All you have to do is add the freeze-dried ingredients, ice and water then blend to perfection.

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DAH!

You and your kids will love DAH!’s yogurts that are gluten-free, kosher and slow-cultured. Each is packed with 15 billion probiotics per serving (or 60 billion total in 32-oz. cartons). DAH! also sources its better-for-you, wholesome ingredients, like real milk and fruit, from carefully vetted farms and suppliers around the world, and never uses any artificial flavorings or essences. DAH!’s current product line-up includes:

  • Lassi (“luh-see”) - This drinkable yogurt smoothie reflects the ancient Indian techniques of culturing yogurt at lower temperatures for longer times than most. It packs 60 billion live probiotics per 32-oz. carton and is always made with real fruit and whole milk. The result is a richly textured, intensely flavorful yogurt high in probiotics that is excellent for digestive health.
  • Dahi (“dah-hee”) - This traditional and versatile yogurt that originated in India is smooth and creamy, with a slightly sweet flavor profile. Dahi is crafted with only simple ingredients like whole milk and real fruit and no added sugar, so it can be enjoyed by the spoonful or used in savory or sweet recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
  • Almond - DAH!’s slow-culturing process ensures that its Almond yogurt has flawless flavor and texture. This plant-based yogurt is crafted with real fruit and each cup contains one full serving of almonds.

This Saves Lives GranolaPop and Kids Oatmeal

Your kids will love starting off their morning routine with these two new options from This Saves Lives. The GranolaPop is perfect for snacking or breakfast with fun flavors like Rainbow Sprinkles, Chocolate and Cinnamon Sugar. The new Kids Oatmeal also has our top pick, the Rainbow Sprinkles flavor, along with blueberry, apple cinnamon and more. 

You can feel good about serving these to your kids each morning as each serving contains a full serving of fruits and vegetables, and all flavors are totally safe-for-school. 

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Eggoji Waffles

Your kids love Eggo waffles, and these new ones have emoji faces on them, which makes a quick breakfast fun too! There are up to six different faces in a box of 10. 

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Homestyle Breakfast Sandwiches from Brazi Bites

The first single-serve, gluten-free breakfast sandwich to hit the market, Brazi Bites' Homestyle Breakfast Sandwiches feature simple, clean ingredients like cage-free eggs and nitrate-free bacon, sandwiched between toasty slices of warm gluten-free bread for a delicious and satisfying homestyle taste that’s ready in minutes in the microwave! The new Homestyle Breakfast Sandwiches will be available starting in select Target locations across California, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon.

'Okina Baking Mixes

Okina’s gluten-free, vegan baking mixes are an easy solution to those who love muffins and loaves but want something more nutritious. These premade muffin and bread mixes come in Banana Chocolate Chip ($12.45), Carrot Currant Masala ($12.25), Zucchini Double Chocolate ($12.45) and Original ($12.25). Mash a ripe banana into the banana chocolate chip mix and add some applesauce and your choice of milk (dairy-free is cool!) and you're on your way to an easy breakfast in a flash! 

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Oats Overnight

Who doesn't love breakfast on the go? Oats Overnight makes morning meal prep a breeze: just mix your packet with milk, store in the fridge and enjoy spoon-free in the morning. Each flavor is gluten free, made with 100% whole grain oats, 20 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. Try out brand new flavors every month, in addition to classics like Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana, Strawberries & Cream and Mocha Dream.

Find it on Amazon, or subscribe to the Oats Overnight VIP program.

Catalina Crunch Cereals

No spoon or milk required! Delicious, low-carb cereals are made with the highest quality, all-natural ingredients available and contain a blend of seven Plant Proteins and Fibers that are designed to keep you full longer. Gluten- and grain-free, vegan, zero sugar, Non-GMO, and have 9g of fiber per serving. Choose from Fruity, Chocolate Peanut Butter, (newest flavors), and other delicious options you can snack on all day long. Kids will love these, and so will you!

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KIND Oatmeal

Say hello to KIND's first oatmeal product line that brings whole grain oats and sliced toasted almonds together with luscious ingredients like dark chocolate chunks and cinnamon-spiced apples. Each packet contains five grams of protein and you can currently choose from Dark Chocolate Almond, Apple Cinnamon Almond, Oats & Almond and Cranberry Almond flavors.

Available at all major national retailers, including Amazon, for $4.98+ per six count box

Silk Kids Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative

If you’ve ever bought almond milk, chances are you’ve turned to Silk Almond Milk. This favorite Almond Milk brand just launched Silk Kids Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative. Available in strawberry, apple cinnamon and mixed berry, this new yogurt has 25% less sugar per ounce than your average flavored yogurt alternative. It’s also peanut-, gluten- and lactose-free, and non-GMO Project Verified (read: it’s a great allergen-free option for school snacks).

Find a retailer here.

KIND Cereal

If you already love KIND products, you'll want to serve up a bowl of their new cereal! Enjoy super grains like oats, sorghum, quinoa and amaranth and tasty almonds. Look for flavors like Dark Chocolate Almond, Honey Almond, Cranberry Almond and Apple Cinnamon that pack five to six grams of protein.

Available at all major national retailers, including Amazon, for $5.29+.

Stonyfield Kids Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt and Koala Crisp Cereal

Why have yogurt or cereal when you can have both in one delicious bite? Stonyfield just teamed up with Nature’s Path for a delicious combo of yogurt and cereal your kids will love. Expect 10 grams of protein per cup, all-organic ingredients and live and active cultures. All Stonyfield products are non-GMO Project Verified.

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KIND Smoothie Bowls

KIND has gone frozen! The company's first ever frozen breakfast snack comes in the form of new Smoothie Bowls. They're made with a fruit and almond milk base and topped with nut butter and crunchy granola. KIND Smoothie Bowls also have no more than 9g of added sugar and 7-8g protein and can be eaten straight from the freezer. Choose from Almond Triple Berry Acai, Almond Mango Pineapple Passion Fruit and Almond Chocolate and Banana.

Available at retailers nationwide, including Target and Walmart, $3.99 each

 

Bear Naked Premium Protein Granola

As parents we’re always looking for healthy ways to add protein to our kids’ diets. Shake up your routine with Bear Naked Premium Protein Granola. Each serving dishes out 10 grams of protein. Choose from flavors including Oatmeal Cookie Crunch and Peanut Butter Toffee Crunch.

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AYO Almond Yogurt

Breakfast with an interesting story, anyone? Turn to AYO Yogurt—this Almond Yogurt is made from organic, sun-grown California almonds at the Billings family ranch, a fourth-generation family farm. Each yogurt is dairy-free and nutrient-rich with flavors that include blueberry, strawberry, vanilla and peach. Find AYO in health stores and if you’re in California they’re sold at Ralphs. 

Find a retailer here.

Kashi GO Waffles

Kashi fans will be pleased to learn that the brand has expanded their frozen aisle presence with 100% whole grain waffles. We love frozen waffles as they’re easy to grab-and-go and make the perfect car snack. Three new flavors include Wild Blueberry, Cinnamon Brown Sugar and Vanilla Buttermilk. All flavors include double-digit protein serving and single-digit sugar.

Learn more here

 

Siggi’s Plant-based [Non] Dairy Yogurts

We’re huge fans of siggi’s and were thrilled to learn that they recently launched a line of plant-based [Non] Dairy yogurts. Choose from five flavors: mango, mixed berry, vanilla and cinnamon, raspberry and strawberry. Like the original siggi’s their products include 40% less sugar than other leading yogurt alternatives and 3x more protein. For those allergic to dairy or are looking for a traditional yogurt alternative, we highly recommend this line (our kids were fans!).

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Start your day with gr8nola—dish it out to little hands to practice hand/eye coordination or sprinkle on yogurt for the older kids. gr8nola features only 5 grams of non-refined sugar and all natural ingredients like organic coconut oil, whole grain oats, coconut flakes and sunflower seeds. The brand promises that all flavors (think: Black Coco Chia, Cinnamon Chai and Golden Spice) are GMO-free and contains no soy, dairy or refined sugars.

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—Erin Lem & Karly Wood

 

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It’s no surprise that we’re obsessed with make-ahead Crock Pot recipes. They save a ton of time on busy weeknights, especially those one-pot dinners (hello, easy clean up!) Meal prep is easy when there are only a few ingredients: just dump them in, turn it on and forget about it until you’re home for the evening. We’ve rounded up a list of our all-time favorite slow cooker recipes, from whole roasted chickens to pot roasts and tacos. Keep reading for some excellent dinner inspiration—you’ll be covered for this winter and beyond!

Savory Soups

Slow Cooker Ramen

Ready for the best ramen news ever? You can make your fave noodle soup right in the own slow cooker! All you need for broth that's drink-from-the-bowl good is this recipe from A Spicy Perspective. Then just add noodles, chicken, and soft-boiled eggs!

Slow Cooker Carrot and Apple Soup

This hearty and flavorful soup from Foxes Love Lemons features ingredients like apple, carrot, and fresh garlic. It’s a guaranteed fall classic and a great way to warm up on a chilly day! Get the recipe here.

Minestrone Soup

Warm your whole house up with this tasty soup from Homemade Hooplah. The hearty mix of veggies and beans means that it’s the perfect meatless meal that will still fill you up. Click here to grab the recipe.

Tortellini, Sausage and Kale Soup

If you’ve got a spare 10 minutes in the morning, you’ve got enough time to make this hearty soup from Chef Savvy. Simmer the sausage, tomatoes and broth all day long, then just throw in the pasta and kale when you’re almost ready to eat. Click here to get the recipe.

Chicken Noodle Soup

If there's another soup that is as big of a crowd-pleaser than chicken noodle, we haven't found it. Weelicious serves up this easy slow cooker version you'll want to add to your recipe rotation immediately. 

Hearty White Bean Soup

After trying this recipe you'll never want to make soup on your stovetop again. Simply prep your veggies and then let the slow cooker do the work. Visit My Whole Food Life food blog for the entire recipe.

Mexican Corn and Bean Soup

The kids won't mind eating their veggies when they're part of this fun, colorful Mexican-inspired soup. Top with some melty grated cheese, and they'll gobble it up in no time.

Globally Inspired

Healthier Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

Sometimes a chilly winter day calls for hearty pasta! This recipe from Kristine's Kitchen Blog is the perfect stick-to-your-ribs meal, with a healthier twist. (Think: ground turkey and whole wheat pasta.)

Moroccan Chicken Tagine

This tagine is a great dish to make ahead for the weekend. There's protein and veggie goodness in every bite, and you can adjust the seasoning to accommodate tiny taste buds. Head to Feed Me Phoebe for the how-to,

Chicken Tikka Masala

This delish chicken recipe from One Lovely Life is bound to become a weekday staple. The rich, flavorful sauce and tender chicken pairs perfectly with rice and veggies. Snag the recipe by clicking here.

Chicken Enchiladas

Reason #1 to fall in love with this dish? It only takes 10 minutes to prep! These slow cooker chicken enchiladas are simple to make and taste delicious topped with cheddar cheese, enchilada sauce, sour cream or salsa. Click on over to Urban Cookery for the full how-to.

Korean Chicken Sliders

This recipe has become a staple in food blogger Chris's house. Since all of the work is done by the slow cooker over four hours it's a recipe fit for entertaining. With toppings like aioli, bean sprouts and avocado, your guests (and kids!) won't be able to resist these sliders. Hop over to Shared Appetite for the full recipe.

You Can Make That in the Crock Pot?!

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Cornbread

Ready for the best-ever cornbread? Since this version is made in the slow cooker, it comes out extra moist and just the right amount of sweet. You’ll set it, forget it, and absolutely love it. Get the recipe from Life Made Sweeter.

photo: Time Inc. Books

Crock Pot Lasagna in a Soup Bowl

We warned you we were obsessed, right? This variation of crock pot lasagna from Phyllis Good's book, Stock the Crock, is even more delicious in person, and in spite of the complex flavors, it is very easy to make. Click here to get your ingredient list and get cooking. 

Ranch Chex Mix

The slow cooker isn’t just for main dishes—try out this awesome party mix from Oh, Sweet Basil. You can customize it by adding your favorite crunchy snacks, and the tangy ranch coating is super addictive. Grab the recipe by clicking here.

Mashed Potatoes

We would have never thought to make mashed potatoes in the slow cooker, but this recipe from Life Is But a Dish works like a charm. And since nobody likes cold ‘taters, the cooker keeps them warm until you’re ready to eat. Snag the recipe by clicking here.

Crock Pot Breakfast

Slow cooker recipes aren’t just for dinner! The mornings are often as hectic (if not more) as the evenings. Try prepping your breakfast the night before with this Crock Pot breakfast recipe.

Chicken Dishes

Lemon Chicken

A few lemons, a whole chicken and a little salt and pepper turn into something magical after a few hours in the slow cooker. This dish pairs perfectly with jasmine rice and roasted veggies. Click here to get the recipe.

Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken teriyaki is always a hit with our kids, and this Crock Pot recipe makes it easier than ever. With just five ingredients, it’s perfect for busy weeknights. To grab the recipe, click here.

Stuffed Mozzarella Chicken Breasts

For a meal that feels fancy without hours of prep work, you’ve got to try this genius recipe from Queen of My Kitchen. Mozzarella, tomato and basil is a winning combination, and with the help of your Crock Pot, it couldn’t be easier to get this dish on the table. Get the full recipe here

Slow Cooker Chicken

Slow cooker recipes are our favorite, and this chicken recipe from Hello Spoonful is a keeper—with only six ingredients, you can get this into the Crock Pot in the morning in less than ten minutes. Once it’s time for dinner, serve it over rice, with salad or in sandwiches—the sky’s the limit!

5-Cheese Chicken Bacon Pasta

Chicken and bacon over pasta? With five cheeses? Sign us up for this decadent dinner from Slow Cooker Gourmet.  

Orange Chicken

Forget Panda Express—this orange chicken recipe from Kirbie’s Cravings is off-the-charts delicious and way healthier than anything you’d get in a restaurant. It’s the best way to brighten up your plate on a dreary weeknight. To snag the recipe, click here.

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

This hearty soup from food blogger Linda of Rotin Rice is so beloved she cooks it year-round. For convenience, Linda used leftover chicken but you can sub in fresh cubed chicken. Check out the full recipe by visiting Rotin Rice here.

Bacon-Wrapped Apple Barbecue Chicken

Bacon-wrapped anything is enough to get any kid excited, which is why we love this recipe. It's surprisingly simple, too, with just five ingredients to pop in the Crock Pot.

Chicken with Balsamic and Tomatoes

This flavorful, Italian-inspired chicken recipe incorporates fresh greens, juicy tomatoes, and tangy balsamic vinegar to make the perfect dish to serve over pasta.

Mushroom Chicken

This mushroom chicken recipe couldn't be any simpler. Believe it or not, the kid-friendly dish only calls for four ingredients. We're sold!

Chicken Tacos

This slow cooker chicken taco recipe is a favorite of Red Tricycle’s editorial intern, Lauren. One bite of this delicious dish and you’ll begin to understand why!

Chicken with Grapes

Seasoned chicken is cooked over a bed of simmering tomatoes, butternut squash and chickpeas. Stir in sliced grapes before serving for a sweet, bright crunch.

Roasted Chicken

Forget oven roasting the chicken. Check out this recipe for throwing the entire chicken in the Crock Pot instead. The result is a delicious fall-off-the-bone dinner.

Comfort Food Classics

Beef Stew

On a cold day, there’s no better way to warm up than with a hearty beef stew. This Crock Pot version is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, with tender chunks of beef, plenty of veggies and a flavorful tomato base. Click here to get the recipe.

Vegetarian Crock Pot Chili

This vegetarian chili is healthy comfort food, and it is so simple to make in a Crock Pot. Including three kinds of beans, this recipe from Show Me The Yummy is gluten and dairy-free.

Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

What could be more down-home than a batch of sloppy joes? These amazing (and amazingly simple) sloppy joes from Dragonfly Home Recipes are our new favorite meal! Find out how it's done here

Scalloped Potatoes

For a hearty side, try making these yummy scalloped potatoes from Well Plated. They’re made using a mix of Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes, and the cheesy sauce makes them an instant kid favorite. Click here to get the recipe.

Sweet Pork

This just might be the easiest dinner recipe ever—only three ingredients are needed! Brown sugar and salsa come together to create a tasty sweet-but-spicy (depending on what kind of salsa you choose) glaze for the pork.

Black-Eyed Pea and Pork Chili

This unique chili is the perfect simple Sunday dinner recipe. With nutritious black-eyed peas and tasty lean pork tenderloin, your kids won't even realize they're eating their daily dose of veggies.

Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food, but who has time to roll out a pie crust and bake it to perfection? That's why we can't resist this stew, which incorporates all our favorite elements of a chicken pot pie without the hassle.

Chicken and Dumplings

There are a ton of chicken and dumplings recipes out there, but none so healthy (or fast!) as this one that includes fresh, whole ingredients.

Soy Sauce Chicken

This recipe comes courtesy of a new stay-at-home dad. He admittedly is not a wiz in the kitchen, which is why he loves this recipe. It can be made by amateur chefs or more seasoned cooks. Either way, you’ll love the final result: yummy chicken thighs and glaze.

Turkey Breast with Gravy

Who says turkey is just for Thanksgiving? This delicious recipe from Skinny Taste helps keep the turkey moist by cooking it in the gravy mixture.

Chicken Parm

A three-ingredient recipe that’s oh-so-yummy? Sign us up! While this recipe may not satisfy chicken parm traditionalists, we love how easy it is. And, the outcome is just as good as the real (non-crock pot) thing.

The Sweeter Side

Blueberry Apple Cobbler

This cobbler from Spiced is as comforting as homemade pie but way easier to make—sign us up! Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s a guaranteed win with kids and adults alike. To get the recipe, click here.

Nutella Bread Pudding

Dessert in the Crock Pot? Who knew! Little ones will happily gobble up this comforting Nutella bread pudding after a long day at school.

Hearty & Healthy

Sweet Potato Chili

As a kid food blogger Kari of GI365 disdained chili, but she decided to revisit this hearty winter dish as an adult. By adding sweet potatoes and taking out the beans, Kari realized she created a stellar recipe for those who wanted to a dish beyond the traditional chili. Check out the recipe from G1365 by clicking here. 

Lentil Sausage Soup

Food blogger, Diane of Homemade Food Junkie tells us that this recipe makes her life so easy and it will make yours easy too! This recipe is high-fiber, low-fat, dairy- and gluten-free. Visit Homemade Food Junkie for the entire recipe by clicking here. 

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ditch the carbs with this easy slow cooker recipe from food blogger, Allyson of Domestic Superhero. With only eight ingredients in total, your dinner could not be easier. Visit Allyson's blog for the entire recipe by clicking here. 

Glazed Corned Beef

Corned beef may not be a traditional kid-friendly dish, but this slow cooker recipe is sure to make a corned beef lover out of your kiddos.

Slow Cooker Braised Pulled Pork & Apple Cabbage Slaw

Bust out your slow cooker for this recipe from from Katie Sullivan Morford of Mom's Kitchen Handbook. The fresh apple cabbage slaw counters the braised pork perfectly to make a delicious and healthy meal. To get the recipe, click here.

Crowd-Pleasing Party Dishes

Spinach Bacon Dip

This genius recipe from Slow Cooker Gourmet is perfect for feeding a crowd, whether it’s game day or a family gathering. Serve it with warm crusty bread and tortilla chips for an appetizer that will disappear in a flash. To get the recipe, click here.

Apple and Maple Pulled Pork

While the first things that pops to mind when we say, maple syrup is likely pancakes, waffles and french toast, food blogger, Jen of How to: Simplify thought, pulled pork. She uses maple syrup in this recipe that'll soon make you think of maple syrup in a whole new light. For the full recipe, hop over to How to: Simplify by clicking here.

Barbecue Ribs

While everyone loves barbecue ribs, not everyone loves the prep time involved with this favorite meal. Nix the hassle and opt for the slow cooker. You won't be disappointed.

Kid Favorites

Mac and Cheese

Ditch the boxed mac and cheese and opt instead of this recipe from Khit of A Bountiful Love food blog. Not only is this recipe easy but it's budget-friendly. Hop on over to Khit's blog for the full how-to.

Honey Ginger Chicken

This Asian-inspired dish from The Skinny Fork incorporates tastes that kids love, from savory soy sauce to sweet honey. The juicy chicken pairs perfectly with broccoli and steamed rice.

Italian Beef Sandwiches

A sandwich full of juicy beef, melty cheese, and tangy marinara sauce? Sign us up! Thanks to the slow cooker, when you're ready for dinner, all you'll have to do is assemble the sammies—talk about instant gratification.

Mongolian Beef

Get adventurous with your slow cooker with this fun recipe for Mongolian beef. The little ones will love the delicious combination of sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy flavors.

French Dip Sandwiches

Talk about getting your hands dirty—kids will love dunking their sandwiches in a super tasty beef jus. Plus, these French dip sandwiches are definitely a unique twist on your usual beef roast.

Pulled Pork Tacos

Pulled pork isn't just for barbecue—this pulled pork taco recipe is super simple and fun for kids to customize with their own toppings. Add some veggies, cheese, and guac, and you've got a complete meal.

Arroz Con Queso

A perfect dish for the picky eater in your family. This super easy and basic recipe is a great alternative to mac ‘n cheese.

Lemon Chicken Pitas

Kids will love this fresh Mediterranean-inspired dish. Lemony chicken, tzatziki sauce and veggies are served on top of warm pitas—delish! Click here to get the recipe.

Vegetarian Bites

Veggie Lasagna

Why slave away in the kitchen for hours trying to layer the perfect lasagna when you can easily make it with your handy slow cooker?

Vegan Quinoa Chili

No fussy steps in this recipe from Janssen of food blog Everyday Reading. With two types of beans and a handful of spices this recipe is vegan, but if you want to deviate from the vegan recipe add sour cream, cheese or any toppings of your choice. Click over to Everyday Reading for the ingredients and directions.

Black Bean Soup

Meat eaters and omnivores alike will love this filling soup from Away from the Box. You can finish it with tasty toppings like avocado, sour cream and pico de gallo. To grab the recipe, click here.

— Erin Lem

 

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Looking for the best baby carrier for dad, hiking or running errands around town? The structured and hybrid baby carriers here are filled with features you’ll love, like pockets, breathable material and elements borrowed from wraps. As a bonus, we’ve included our favorite carriers and wraps from previous years, so you’ll have no problem finding the baby carrier best suited to your lifestyle and baby. From the Colugo baby carrier to new releases from MOBY, Tula, Solly Baby, Ergobaby, Graco, LÍLLÉbaby, BABYBJÖRN and more, you’re sure to find your fave. Read on for the best baby carrier for newborns and older kids.

Contours Wonder 3-Position Baby Carrier

Babies can be carried facing in or out in this easy-to-put-on carrier. All the buckles are in front, so you don't need to reach back to adjust or remove it. It fits petite wearers and sixes up to XL, and it fits baby from 8 to 30 pounds. There are two zippered storage pockets for all your essentials, and the adjustable head support flips up or down as needed to support baby's head. Machine-washable for easy cleaning.

Available at contoursbaby.com, $80.

Baby Carrier Harmony from BABYBJÖRN

3D mesh fabric keeps you and your baby cool and comfortable in this new soft-yet-sturdy carrier from BABYBJÖRN. As your child grows, you can adjust the length, seat area and leg position for maximum comfort. And three head positions give your child the head and neck support needed. For the wearer, two height positions let you adjust the waist belt to either the waist (for newborns) or the hips (for older kids) to better distribute the weight. Babies can be carried facing in, facing out or back carry. 

Available at babybjorn.com, $229.99.

Omni Breeze Baby Carrier from Ergobaby

Keep your baby (and yourself) cool and comfortable with this new carrier from Ergobaby. The Omni Breeze is made with mesh fabric to maximize airflow in key areas, including the waist belt. The shoulder straps are cushioned and crossable for a close, cozy fit and there's lumbar support in the waist belt for longer strolls and hikes. Reflective areas on the front and back of the carrier add safety, and the built-in side pockets store essentials. There's also a detachable pouch for larger items, like your phone, keys and credit cards. Babies can be carried facing inward, outward and on your back.

Available at ergobaby.com, $199.

ComfyHug Hybrid Newborn Baby Carrier from Boppy

The name says it all. Created with the help of NICU experts and parents of premature babies, this baby carrier envelops your newborn in a soft, comfy hug. It's designed for babies 5-20 pounds and has a size-inclusive design that makes it comfortable for petite and plus-size caregivers. There's a soft, structured center panel and yoga-inspired wraps that hold baby securely and comfortably. A removable bolster keeps the littlest babies in the right position. Babies can be carried facing in, with either legs in frog position or legs out.

Available at boppy.com, $60.

Cloud Ultra-Light Hybrid Carrier from MOBY

Keep cool with this lightweight carrier designed with airflow and comfort in mind. The soft, flex-knit fabric has breathable mesh panels that supports babies as they grow, and the softly structured design supports baby's neck and torso whether facing inward or outward. There's an integrated side pocket for keys and money and a pacifier clip. This carrier is designed for babies 8-33 pounds and adults of all shapes and sizes. Machine-washable.

Available at target.com, $59.99.

Easy-Wrap Carrier from MOBY

Also from MOBY, the Easy-Wrap Carrier definitely lives up to its name. It slips on like a t-shirt and buckles at the sides for a cozy fit, combining the soft closeness you get with a wrap and the security and ease of a structured carrier. Designed for babies 8-33 pounds and adults of all shapes and sizes, this carrier is made from stretchy and breathable 100% cotton. Babies can be worn facing inward and outward, and there's padded back support for a comfortable carrying experience. Machine-washable.

Available at target.com, $49.99.

Loop Carrier from Solly Baby

Solly Baby, known for the wrap that moms everywhere love, has launched the soft and cozy Loop Carrier, which balances the ease of a sling with the support of a wrap. This machine-washable, organic cotton carrier has a single ring design that makes it easy to adjust for the perfect fit for you and your child. Designed for babies 15-45 pounds, it's available in two sizes (XS-L and XL-3XL). Solly Baby even has tutorial videos showing how to put on the carrier (thank you!).

Available at shop.sollybaby.com, $125.

Aerloom Baby Carrier from Ergobaby

The Aerloom baby carrier from Ergobaby makes it easier to get out and about with your baby. At 1.45 pounds, it's one of the lightest structured baby carriers on the market, and the streamlined design folds down small. The eco-friendly fabric (it's made with 87% of post-consumer recycled polyester; that's about 26 water bottles!) is stretchy, supportive and features built-in airflow to keep you and your child cool. Kids can sit facing in, facing out and back carry in this machine-washable carrier designed for kids 7-35 pounds.

Available at ergobaby.com, $219.

Bump & Beyond T-Shirt Wrap from MOBY

Designed both for pregnancy and motherhood, this soft wrap is a game-changer. Wear it like a t-shirt during pregnancy to support your belly and back, and then slip your newborn in the soft, stretchy wrap to cradle them close. The breathable fabric helps regulate baby's temperature, and the carrier's shape is designed to support nursing and skin-to-skin contact. Babies can be carried up to 19.8 pounds, and the wrap is machine-washable and comes in plus sizes.

Available at mobywrap.com, $49.99.

Oldies But Goodies: New in 2020 and earlier

Co-Pilot Day Pack, Baby Carrier and Parenting Bag from JP Outdoor Co
You're ready for your next adventure with this baby carrier, day pack and diaper bag all in one. There's a removable built-in changing station for diaper changes on the go, a cooler department that's easily accessible, and two removable food and clothing bags. Babies can sit inward-facing between 8-30 pounds.

Available at jpoutdoorco.com, $189.

Omni 360 Baby Carrier All-In-One Anti-Microbial from Ergobaby
We're all more aware of cleanliness these days, and for good reason. This Omni 360 baby carrier from Ergobaby is made with a soft, anti-microbial fabric for an extra hygiene barrier between you and baby. The anti-microbial protection also eliminates stinky odors by neutralizing odor-causing bacteria, and the non-toxic material is safe for babies to chew. Babies, from newborns to 4 years old, can sit four ways: facing in, facing out, hip carry and back carry. This carrier comes in both cotton (pictured above) and Cool Air Mesh and includes a matching face mask for adults.

Available at ergobaby.com. Both the Cool Air Mesh and cotton versions are $179.

SideKick Plus 3-in-1 Hip Seat Carrier from Chicco
This clever carrier grows with your family: Use it first as an infant carrier, then baby can sit inward-facing or outward-facing in the hip seat carrier. For older kids who like to hop on and off, you can remove the straps and use it as a hip seat only. And if another baby comes along, they can use the infant carrier while your older child sits on the hip seat. The hip seat carrier comes with padded lumbar support to evenly distribute a child's weight and protect your back. It also contains a zippered pocket for your valuables. The infant carrier is designed for kids 7.5-33 pounds; the hip seat carrier is for kids 6 months-33 pounds; and the hip seat is meant for kids 4 months-33 pounds.

Available at chiccousa.com, $99.99.

SideKick Hip Seat Baby Carrier from Chicco
Also from Chicco, you can get a hip seat carrier without the traditional baby-carrier straps. Whether you're trying to get things done around the house or out with a child who wants both snuggles and freedom to run around, a hip seat carrier is your best friend. Your child's hips are supported in a comfortable sitting position, and your back is supported thanks to the lumbar support of the structured waist belt. There's also a zippered compartment for your valuables. Wear it with the seat on your hip or on the front; kids can sit inward-facing or outward-facing. Designed for kids 4 months-33 pounds.

Available at chiccousa.com, $49.99.

Tula Lite Baby Carrier from Tula
Looking to pack light for travel or daily errands? This budget-friendly, ultra-compact carrier can be tucked away into its own hip pouch, while still leaving room for your essentials. The woven ripstop material is lightweight, durable and and quick-drying, and there's a detachable hood you can pull up for naps and shade. Kids can be carried on your front or back, facing in, between 12-30 pounds, and mesh padding on the leg, waistband and shoulder straps means comfort for you.

Available at babytula.com, $79.

SeatMe All Seasons from LÍLLÉbaby (Upgraded)
LÍLLÉbaby has upgraded and relaunched its SeatMe carrier with improved padding on the straps, a longer waistbelt and an inner-front waistbelt for improved comfort on the wearer. This soft-structured carrier converts to a hip seat when your baby gets older for easy on/off carrying. There's also a roomy zippered pocket to fit all your necessities. Kids can sit inward-facing, outward-facing, back carry and on your hip. An infant pillow, sold separately, is required for babies up to 3 months, and the carrier is designed for kids 7-45 pounds. 

Available at lillebaby.com, $150.

Cradle Me 4-in-1 Baby Carrier from Graco
Magnetic buckles make it super easy to get your baby and in and out of this carrier, and there's a breathable mesh panel to keep you both cool. Pop up the baby hood for privacy and sun protection, or put up the hideaway, all-season shield to keep your child comfortable year-round. The carrier comes with organic, washable bibs and harness covers, so you can keep it looking clean through any drooling, gnawing or snacking. Kids can sit inward-facing, outward-facing, and back carry; the carrier can be used for kids 8-35 pounds with no infant insert required.

Available at gracobaby.com, $129.99.

Baby Carrier Free from BABYBJÖRN
This carrier is made with soft mesh that's cool, airy and quick-drying, so it's especially comfortable on long walks and hot or rainy days. It provides ergonomic support for you and your baby and has an adjustable seat and head & neck support for added comfort. Suitable for kids 7-36 pounds (no infant insert required), they can ride facing in or out. The carrier is machine-washable and dries quickly after washing.

Available at babybjorn.com, $159.99.

In Season 5 Layer Ergonomic Carrier from Infantino
Keep baby comfortable year-round with the clever layers on this carrier from Infantino. The mesh layer offers breathability on warm days; place the soft jersey-knit panel over the mesh in cooler weather, or choose the quilted panel. In cold weather, layer the quilted panel over the jersey-knit layer, and in snow, wind and rain, add the full-coverage multi-use cover. Best of all, each layer rolls and tucks away into the carrier so you always have them on hand when the weather changes. There's also a large pocket for valuables in the waist belt. No infant insert required; you can wear your child inward-facing, outward-facing, and back carry. The seat can be widened as your child grows, and there's a muslin hood for privacy and shade from the sun. Suitable for 8-40 pounds.

Available at infantino.com, $74.99.

ComfyChic Carrier from Boppy
You'll be one comfy and stylish chick in the ComfyChic carrier, which boasts yoga-inspired fabric and vegan-leather trim. This hybrid carrier blends the best of a wrap and a structured carrier, providing both comfort and stability. Baby can be worn inward-facing, forward-facing, and hip carry; no infant insert required. The seat width can be adjusted as your baby grows, and the padded waist belt has a zippered storage pocket for your essentials. Designed for kids 8-35 pounds, this carrier can be machine-washed and tumbled dry.

Available at boppy.com, $75.

Journey GO 5-in-1 Baby Carrier from Contours
Great for city strolls and nature walks, the Journey GO is made from breathable 3D mesh and moisture-wicking fabric and is machine-washable. It also sports reflective trim for safety and has a zippered pocket for essentials. It holds kids 8-45 pounds and kids can sit inward-facing, forward-facing, hip carry and back carry; no infant insert required. There's a UPF 25+ sunshade that can be removed or tucked into a zippered pocket when not in use.

Available at contoursbaby.com, $139.99.

Cocoon Buckle-Tie Carrier from Contours
Also from Contours, the Cocoon hybrid carrier is soft and cozy like a wrap with the secure fit of a buckled waistband. It is made from knit fabrics with air vents for comfort and fits babies 8-33 pounds. This carrier adjusts easily for different wearers and as your child grows; kids can sit inward-facing, forward-facing, hip carry and back carry. There's reflective trim along the shoulder straps for safety, and there are four storage pockets for your and baby's essentials. Attach a toy for baby on the toy loop to keep them entertained. Machine washable.

Available at contoursbaby.com, $79.99.

LÍLLÉlight Baby Carrier from LÍLLÉbaby
Looking for a carrier that's easy to carry around? This lightweight carrier is made from natural hemp and organic cotton fibers and can be folded easily into a diaper bag or purse. You'll appreciate the clean lines and ease of use, and the tie waist looks stylish and means a comfortable fit, no matter your size. Babies 7-36 pounds can sit inward-facing or back carry; add an infant pillow ($11) to give newborns a more comfortable fit.

Available at lillebaby.com, $99.

Sprinkles Line from BABYBJÖRN
The popular Baby Carrier One from BABYBJÖRN now comes in the limited-edition Sprinkles design, a sweet pattern with colored dots on a pastel background. Designed for babies between 8 and 33 pounds, they can sit inward-facing, forward-facing or back carry, and the seat and head support can be adjusted as they grow. There's a built-in infant insert with two height positions to keep baby in the right position, close enough to your face for baby kisses. This cozy carrier is machine-washable and features padded shoulder straps and a sturdy waist belt for the wearer's comfort.

Available at babybjorn.com, $189.99.

Embrace by Ergobaby
This hybrid baby carrier has soft, stretchy knit fabric and cross-back straps like a wrap carrier but with the buckles and waist belt of a structured carrier. It's machine-washable and rolls up compactly so you can easily pack it in a diaper bag or suitcase for outings and travel. Babies can sit inward-facing or forward-facing, and the carrier is intended for babies between 7 and 25 pounds (no infant insert required).

Available at ergobaby.com, $80.

Move by MOBY
This four-position carrier (inward-facing, forward-facing, hip carry, back carry) has only one set of adjustments to give a growing baby the perfect, cozy fit. The waist belt incorporates lumbar support for added comfort for the wearer, and there are padded shoulder straps and padded head and neck support for baby. Breathable mesh fabric keeps you both cool, and the carrier is machine-washable. Designed for babies from 7 pounds to 45 pounds without an infant insert, the carrier also features two storage pockets and a UPF 45+ hood to block the sun.

Available at mobywrap.com, $99.94.

2-in-1 Carrier + Hip Seat by MOBY
Also from Moby, this versatile carrier functions as both a four-position carrier (inward-facing, forward-facing, hip carry, back carry) and a hip seat with three seating options: front-inward, front-outward and hip. The shoulder straps and front panel zip off easily to leave a sturdy, hard-structure seat so you can pick up and put down a baby with ease. The seat also has ample storage pockets for valuables, diapers, clothing and more. The carrier is machine-washable and has a UV 45+ hood. Use the carrier starting at 12 pounds and the hip seat starting at 17 pounds.

Available at mobywrap.com, $99.94.

Carry On Multi-Pocket Carrier by Infantino
This three-position carrier (inward-facing, forward-facing, back carry) has an adjustable seat to keep newborns snug and expand for older babies and toddlers. It features a breathable mesh panel for comfort and six (yes, six!) smart pockets. There's a small pocket on the shoulder strap for easy access to a pacifier or small toy, waist-panel pockets for your phone, wallet or keys, and larger front pockets where you can store diapers and wipes, clothes, a lovie and snacks. Designed for kids between 8 and 40 pounds.

Available at infantino.com, $54.99.

The Baby Carrier by Colugo
This lightweight, machine-washable carrier features breathable mesh between you and baby to keep you both cooler, and magnetic buckles that make it easier to get baby safely situated. It supports both inward-facing and outward-facing seating and has pockets big enough to store diapers, wipes, keys, wallet, phone and more. There’s also a UPF 50+ hood for sunny outings. It’s suitable for kids from 7 pounds (without an infant insert) to 30 pounds. And because this is a direct-to-consumer company (meaning you buy directly from Colugo), you’ll get a great price and stellar customer service with your purchase.

Available at hicolugo.com, $135. 

Serenity by LILLEbaby
The Serenity comes in two types of material: Airflow has a full-body mesh design for maximum breathability, and All Seasons has a zippered front panel you fold down to reveal breathable mesh. Both versions feature five seating positions (inward fetal, with legs tucked in; inward-facing; forward-facing, hip carry; back carry) and a waist belt you can adjust for a narrow, medium and wide fit. Designed for kids from 7 pounds to 45 pounds.

Available at lillebaby.com, $150.

Pursuit by LILLEbaby
Also from LILLEbaby, the Pursuit comes in the All Seasons material with a zipdown panel and breathable mesh, along with a water-resistant shell, as well as Pro material, which is made from a durable, soft-knit fabric. There's also a Sport version with water-resistant ripstop fabric. They all boast seven storage pockets, reflective details and multiple seating positions: Kids can sit inward fetal, with legs tucked in; inward-facing; forward-facing; hip carry; and back carry. This carrier is designed for use between 7 and 45 pounds.

Available at lillebaby.com, $125.

Mamapod Baby Carrier by Mamapod
If you need to stand for extended periods, like at an older child’s sports games, the Mamapod carrier is one to check out, thanks to its optional support pole you can attach to alleviate pressure on your neck, back and shoulders. This machine-washable carrier features a cozy hood, soft mesh for breathability, and a hip seat that folds down when not in use. Baby can sit facing inward or forward, and you can remove the front panel and just use the hip seat to prop baby on. The support pole weighs less than 1 pound and can be folded up and stored in the seat pocket when not in use. Designed for babies 12-44 pounds.

Available at mamapod.com, $129-$139. 

INOMI by BAEBI

This stylish carrier accommodates four positions for baby (inward fetal, with legs tucked in; inward-facing; forward-facing; back carry) and has an innovative front panel you can detach to put down baby to let them nap on their back or if you need to use the restroom. The carrier is designed for babies as small as 5 pounds (with a built-in infant insert) up to 33 pounds. A quilted cooling panel, mashine-washable fabric, four storage pockets and that clever removable front panel make it both comfortable and convenient.

Available at baebi.com, $160. 

 

CUDL by Nuna
You can adjust the CUDL carrier for the most comfortable fit for you and baby: Minimize the leg opening for smaller babies; zip out the integrated infant booster when baby outgrows it; remove the head and neck support when baby no longer needs it; and pop up the customizable hood on sunny or rainy days. There’s a handy pocket on the waist belt that’s easy to reach when baby’s on board and four magnetic locking buckles for a secure attachment. Kids can sit four ways (inward-facing with integrated infant booster, inward-facing, forward-facing and back carry) in this carrier designed for kids 8 to 35 pounds.

Available at nunababy.com, $219.95. 

Coast Explore Carrier by Tula
The Coast Explore carriers add a breathable mesh material to the popular Explore carrier line. Babies can sit three ways (inward-facing, forward-facing and back carry), and the body panel adjusts to three width settings to accommodate babies from 7 to 45 pounds, without an infant insert. The padded, adjustable neck support pillow can be adjusted to provide head and neck support for newborns and sleepy babies, and there’s a removable hood and a large pocket on the waist belt. Designed to accommodate kids from 7 to 45 pounds.

Available at babytula.com, $179.

Baby Tula Explore
Baby Tula's carriers have always been a favorite of ours for their fun prints, ease of use and overall comfort for both baby and parent. Starting August 14, 2018 they added to their carrier line with their first-ever forward-facing carrier: the Tula Explore. Debuting in four new prints, the Tula Explore features three width settings that can be used from 7 to 45 pounds without an infant insert. Ready, set, explore!

Available at BabyTula.com for $179. 

Cybex Maira.Tie Carrier
Safety, function and impeccable style are just a few reasons we can’t get enough of Cybex. And their newest carrier, the Maira.Tie, epitomizes everything we love about this brand. The carrier offers an ergonomic seating panel and a multi-functional head and neck rest for newborns to toddlers. With padded shoulder straps for crossed and parallel wearing, this carrier can be tied for front, side and back carrying.

Available at cybex.com for $135.

Moby Fit Wrap
If you’re looking for a wrap but are a bit intimidated by the long sheaths of fabric (now, how am I supposed to safely get baby in and out of this thing? asked every new parent ever), then you’ll want to check out the Moby Fit. Unlike the traditional Moby wraps, this one goes over your head like a t-shirt and then, with just a few knots and adjustments, it’s ready to hold baby as you go about your day. Bonus: Not sure if you placed baby in correctly? Moby has a free service that allows its customers to videochat with their experts to ensure you and baby are getting the most out of your Moby.

Available at mobywrap.com for $54.94.

infantino Go Forward Carrier
For parents looking to go the carrier route without spending a fortune, infantino has your back. Their line of ergonomic carriers includes all the support and features of the premium brands, but at a price point accessible to more families. infantino’s newest release, The Go Forward carrier, features four ergonomic carrying positions and is fully adjustable so that the carrier grows with your child. This carrier is the first in their collection to provide a bucket seat to support children in the out-facing position. Bonus: infantino also just launched their Together Pull-On Knit Carrier.

Available at infantino.com for $59.99.

Boppy ComfyFit
Watch out, baby wearing world—Boppy is coming for you! The brand that new parents have come to rely on for nursing pillows recently debuted the ComfyFit, a new baby carrier that’s comfortable (for you) and comforting (for baby). The ComfyFit is inspired by yoga apparel, meaning its ubersoft spandex material moves with you and will make wearing baby a breeze (so soft, in fact, you may never want to take it off!). Simply click, strap, tie, and go. ComfyFit offers two carrying positions based on your babe’s ability to hold up their head up on their own—front face-in or front face-out—and is machine washable for easy care.

Available at boppy.com and amazon.com for $50.

BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Mini
You know BABYBJÖRN for their original carrier, and in June 2018 they’re debuting a total redesign we think parents will go wild for. The BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Mini will feature: a wider seat for baby's comfort, proprietary fabrics that are super soft, breathable and look sophisticated to boot, and soft-color plastic parts to complement its new softer design. BABYBJÖRN’s product team made these upgrades based on direct feedback from parents like you.

Available June 2018 at buybuybaby.com for $80-$100 depending on fabric choice.

—copy by Erin Lem & Eva Ingvarson Cerise; photos courtesy of each retailer

 

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Tbh, you’ll probably be rocking maternity leggings long after you give birth, so you want them to be supportive and super comfortable as you work out. To help you find the perfect pair of breathable, moisture-wicking leggings that hug your belly just right as you exercise, we asked moms-to-be what they wear. Here are their picks for the best maternity activewear.

Storq Sport Pocket Leggings

Yesss, this is what we want to be rocking during and after pregnancy. Soft and stretchy leggings with light-to-medium compression and a waist panel that falls mid-bump, is high-waisted when we're not bumping, and can be worn folded down whenever we want. Wear these to work out, when you're lounging or running errands, even if you're recovering from a C-section. Sizes: XS-3X. Colors: black, navy. Buy these on their own or save money with an awesome bundle that includes a nursing sports bra and bike shorts ($189).

Available at storq.com, $84.

Cindy High Waisted Ultra Soft 7/8 Legging

They're PINK! There's more to love about these Berkley Clothing leggings, but the color is a fun change from the usual black and gray maternity leggings (this style comes in those colors too). The super-soft jersey fabric is breathable, moisture-wicking and antimicrobial, to keep you comfortable during your workouts, and there are deep side pockets for your keys and phone. You can wear these before your belly pops all the way into postpartum, thanks to a discreet elastic panel in the waistband that grows with you. The brand also offers an over-the-belly legging if that's your preference. Sizes: XS-XL. Colors: peppered pink, black, space gray, speckled black. 

Available at berkleyclothing.com, $98.

Cloud Pant Ultra High

We love the inclusive sizing (XXS to XXXXL) of these ultra-high-rise leggings. They stay in place without digging in, thanks to a seamless, double-lined waistband. The all-way stretch and light compression flatters your figure and shows off your bump. These aren't technically maternity leggings, so you'll be able to wear them long after baby has arrived. Sizes: XXS-XXXXL. Color: black.

Available at balanceathletica.com, $88.

GLOWE Maternity Leggings

Designed by Burberry and Under Armour veteran (and mom of two) Lucy Ovington, these maternity leggings are designed to last from your first trimester through baby's first weeks and beyond. Here's how they're different: They're the first-ever bonded leggings. In layman's terms, this means GLOWE leggings provide the support of a medical maternity belt, without the bulk. GLOWE's leggings feature an over-the-bump style that's smartly designed to cradle your bump while alleviating lower-back pain and pelvic pressure. The Italian material is uber soft, comfortable enough to wear to yoga, and sleek enough for a dinner out. We also love that they're machine-washable and that you can customize the leg length by cutting off an inch where the legging's notches appear. Sizes: XS-XL. Colors: black, gray.

Available at glowecollection.com, $100.

Maternity Workout Capri With Crossover Panel

Worth the splurge if you plan to work out on a regular basis. These moisture-wicking, antimicrobial capris come in a four-way stretch fabric to allow a full range of motion. They feature a contoured panel you can wear over your bump or folded down beneath it, for maximum versatility, and they provide gentle support to the lower back. They’re also cut lower in back to keep you cool and comfortable. Sizes: XS-XL. Color: black.

Available at ingridandisabel.com, $58.

Maternity Crossover Panel Active Capri

If baby has you on a budget, try the Target version of the Ingrid & Isabel pants. They feature the same gentle back support and crossover panel that can be worn over or below the belly, but they’re less than half the price. Sizes: XS-XXL. Colors: black, gray.

Available at target.com, $29.99.

Spacedye Love the Bump Midi Maternity Legging

Designed to be worn below or over the bump, these midi leggings let you choose the level of support and coverage you need that day. The fabric is quick-drying, moisture-wicking and offers UV protection, so it keeps you dry and comfortable in all weather and all sorts of workouts.
Sizes: XS-XL. Colors: black, navy, black/gray spacedye, black/white spacedye, berry/blush spacedye.

Available at beyondyoga.com, $105.

Maternity GapFit Full Panel Full Length Leggings in Sculpt Compression

Maximum compression means full support and shaping during even the most intense workouts. The gDry moisture-wicking fabric is breathable and stretchy, and flat-lock seams prevent chafing and create smooth lines. Sizes: XS-XXL. Colors: black, black floral.

Available at gap.com, $69.95.

Mamasana Live In Maternity Ankle Leggings

Calling all Zella fans: The brand's maternity leggings have a stretchy, supportive panel to cover your bump and are made from a moisture-wicking fabric that keeps you cool and comfortable. Sizes: XXS-XL. Colors: black, purple.

Available at nordstrom.com, $65.

Align Pant II

These aren’t technically maternity leggings, so why do moms-to-be love them so much? The fabric! The buttery soft Nulu fabric of these Lululemons is stretchy and doesn’t feel tight, even when your belly is busting out of all of your other clothes. Best of all, you’ll get lots of wear out of them after pregnancy too.
Sizes: 0-14. Colors: 16 solids and prints.

Available at shop.lululemon.com, $98-$118.

Secret Fit Plus Size Belly Boot Cut Maternity Yoga Pants

Prenatal yoga is a great way to stay in shape and stay centered during pregnancy, and these bootcut yoga pants help you do it in style. Made of cotton/spandex material with a full panel, these pants will move with you as you stretch and bend. Sizes: 1X-3X. Color: black.

Available at motherhood.com, $39.98.

Maternity Oh! Mamma Legging with Full Panel

Looking for an inexpensive, comfortable legging for walks and other lower-impact workouts? These Oh! Mamma full-panel leggings are 95% cotton, 5% spandex for a soft, comfortable fit that grows with your bump. Sizes: S-3X. Color: black, charcoal.

Available at walmart.com, $10.99.

 

 Erin Lem & Eva Ingvarson Cerise

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Your little kid-o-saurus is ready for some hands-on action this afternoon but you aren’t equipped with a crafter’s closet. No worries, we weren’t either, but this dinosaur egg project is so easy, you won’t need much more than a few eggs. Read on for the complete how-to.

This crafting tip is sponsored by Squeakee the Balloon Dino! Part dino, part balloon animal and part breakdancer, this giant toy is a must-have for any dino lover. It has over 70 sounds and reactions, including chompin’, stompin’ and even dancin’! 

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You’ll Need:

Three glass cups

Hard-boiled eggs

Food coloring (red, green and blue works best)

Water

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Instructions:

Step one: Hard boil your eggs. We know there’s a lot of methods and theories on how to make the best hard-boiled egg. Use whatever works for you, but we found that this way renders great results.

Step two: Once your eggs are cool crack them all over. It’s ok if there are pieces missing.

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Step three: Add water to your cups just enough to cover your eggs.

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Step four: Add food coloring to each cup–we measured out about 5 drops. If you’re feeling extra imaginative feel free to make your own colors like mixing red and blue to make purple.

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Step five: Drop one cracked egg into each of your cups.

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Step six: Let your eggs sit for a few hours in the refrigerator. If you’re feeling extra patient allow them to sit in the dye overnight. The longer the eggs sit in the cups the bolder the colors on your dino eggs.

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Step seven: Carefully drain the water in the sink and pull out your egg. Peel the outer shells off the hard-boiled egg. Mom and Dad might need to help with this step.

Step eight: Ta-da! You have a set of dino eggs. We set ours up with some pet dinosaurs. Psssst…if the colors don’t weird you out, the dinosaur eggs also make great egg salad sandwich ingredients!

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Don’t forget to bring their best dino-friend home! Whether your little one is into Tyrannosaurus or Brontosaurus, they’ll love Squeakee the Balloon Dino! 

 

A special thanks to the blog, Our Best Bites for inspiring us to make these eggs!

photos by Christal Yuen; copy by Erin Lem

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Green Melon Lemonade

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Pineapple Lemonade

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Green Juice Lemonade

According to Lucy of the food blog, Turnip the Oven this recipe is what happens when your super healthy, holier-than-thou green juice meets everyone's favorite lazy summertime drink. Convinced to try it out? Visit Turnip the Oven to discover the entire how-to.

Ginger Lemonade

Food Network host and mom of two, Daphne Brogdon created this recipe that showcases fresh ginger. Made in only two steps this drink is a cinch to make. Click here to get the full how-to.

Blueberry Lemonade

With the farmer’s markets and grocery stores teeming with blueberries, it’s a no brainer to whip up this lemonade recipe from Pumpkin ‘n Spice. Click here to get the full recipe.

Color Changing Lemonade

If you're feeling really adventurous, try this recipe for color-changing lemonade from Bitz N Giggles! Made with butterfly pea flower tea, your kids will get a kick out of the "magic" that happens when the lemonade is added. Check out the step-by-step tutorial here.

 

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Do you love exploring your city with your family, uncovering local hidden gems, and then dishing to your friends about your awesome weekend? Are you a parent or caregiver living in Portland with kids between the ages of 0-10? Are you active in the digital writing/blogging community? If you answered yes to these questions, then Red Tricycle & Tinybeans wants you!

Red Tricycle/Tinybeans is looking for talented Portland-based writers to join our team and contribute stories to our Portland metro market. Ideal candidates must:

• Have a firm grasp of the English language, excellent grammar and punctuation skills.

• Be active in the writing and blogging community with published work (either print or online).

• Possess an intense curiosity and excitement to explore the city and dig deep (both online and in the real world) to find off-the-beaten-path story ideas and insider tips.s.

Our mission is simple: to help busy parents have more fun with their kids!

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