Jessica Hartshorn

Jessica Hartshorn

Jessica Hartshorn has covered the baby and kid-product market for 22 years and is a mother of two herself. At the holidays, she helms parents.com/besttoys.

If it takes a village to raise a child, you may need a whole lot of gifts come holiday time. This roundup can give you an assist, with 21 picks that are $50 or less.
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Once kids reach age 3, imagination and play take off in wild new directions! The two dozen toys here reflect a diversity of interests: art toys, surprise toys, vehicles, games, and playsets with characters ripe for made-up storylines.
While the littlest kids might play with any of these 10 toys by themselves for a bit, they'll learn even more if you get involved, too. Show your toddler how things stack or fit together, make a comment about what toy figures are doing, and praise your kid's musical curiosity or nurturing instincts.
Give the gift that makes their holiday! Curated by experts, tested by kids, and rated by parents, these 50 best new toys came out on top to win our annual seal of approval.
Children in kindergarten and elementary school start thinking more deeply, and these 16 toys reflect that. Building toys get more elaborate, science kits illuminate concepts they're learning in school, and games start to involve real strategy and literacy skills.
The Hello Bello co-founders talk parenting wins, misses, holidays, and what they are still figuring out.
The celeb mom and dad want to help more people diaper their babies with a new Diaper Doody Fund.
It's more important than ever that children have new things to play with. We think tried-and-true pretend play, building sets, and dolls are your best bet to help kids use their imagination and away from a screen. Everything on this list will present your child with a classic way to play, with choices at all price points and for every age. 
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Babies have their preferences and so do parents, so don't be afraid to try a few snuggly options.
When it's time for your baby to join the supper club, you've got high chair options at every size and price point.
A freshly diapered baby is a picture of perfection. But that itchy, chapped redness that comes from a wet nappy? Not so much. These soothing diaper rash creams can help.
How’s this for cool-mom cred: The mother of four is voicing a new pup created just for her in PAW Patrol: The Movie (in theaters and on Paramount+ on August 20). Here she dishes on her parenting superpower, the upcoming school year, and the best thing about having four kids.
The basketball star and mom of a 12-year-old daughter talks about her best and worst parenting moments and how she's making changes to the sports business.
From beds and bedding to bedtime books, these products will please both parents and children.
Younger star Sutton Foster talks bonding with her costars over parenthood, being in London for the revival of Anything Goes, and safe summer fun.
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You can't bottle happiness, but you can bottle milk and formula—and for your baby, that's pretty close. If you're in the market for a new one, check out our round-up of the best baby bottles of the year.
The mom of two, who stars with LeBron James in this summer's Space Jam: A New Legacy, shares some of her parenting wins, losses, and her superpower.
Kaavia Union-Wade, toddler daughter of actor Gabrielle Union-Wade and NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, has a new book plus a line of Janie and Jack clothes to celebrate her famous attitude. 
Mattel's toy recycling program lets you send back your used Barbies, Matchbox cars, and more for free so they can reuse the materials to make new toys in the future.
You no longer have to stalk garage sales and resale sites to find that Kirsten doll. American Girl is rereleasing her, along with her famous friends, in honor of its 35th birthday.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition among infants and children. For relief, try these ointments, cleansers, and lotions specifically developed for eczema.
The longtime champion of raising healthy eaters is giving parents their next assist with Waffles + Mochi, a food-focused kids’ show on Netflix. And the former first lady also offers advice on how parents can take care of themselves too.
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Whether the skies are cloudy or bright, we all need some fresh air. These picks for you and your kids make stormy weather no big deal.
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star and mom of two shares how her family has weathered the year of pandemic distance learning at home.