We know back-to-school season is emotional. No matter how many times you've gone through it (and especially if you haven't yet), seeing that pint-sized baby of yours all cleaned up, dressed up and packed up for school (or preschool...or daycare) will get you teary-eyed every. single. time.
Making sure your baby has everything she needs for that first day of school can really help. So we've made you a nice list of all our very favorite back-to-school necessities, and we're giving $1,100 of them away to one lucky parent. Enter here, then scroll down to see our picks (and you're prizes!) for back-to-school.
Skip Hop Zoo Collection Owl Set. There's nothing like a toddler backpack to help your little one feel confident and independent. And when it comes to bags (yours and your kiddo's), Skip Hop makes some of the best. Win Skip Hop's Zoo Collection owl set, including a Zoopack, Lunchie, Rolling Luggage, Stainless Steel Straw Bottle, Lunch Kit, Bookends and Umbrella ($150 value).
Get your baby (ahem, we mean big kid!) dressed in style for his first day in some beautiful clothing from A Gifted Baby. We love that everything in this NYC-based online shop is from socially and ecologically responsible small designers, curated by a team of mamas who love their babies as much as they love their business. Win a $250 gift card to buy anything you want! ($250 value)
SoCozy Hair Care Suite. You buy special clothes, gear and food for your kid….you should buy special hair care too! SoCozy's products are made especially for the daily grind of being a kid, free from chemicals and preservatives and focused on things you know your kid needs, like detangling, lice prevention and even post-pool care. Win the entire SoCozy product line. ($200 value)
. The best way to get ready for school is to...play school! Eeboo's got the very best, educational high-quality toys that you'll love as much as your kiddo does. Win a back-to-school toy bundle that includes eeboo's USA 20 Piece Geography Puzzle, Tell Me A Story Back to School Cards, Back to School Pretend Play Set, Trucks and a Bus Memory Game, Before and After All Learning Levels Activity, What Do I Do Flash Cards ($75 value)
Keen Shoes. When it comes to our kiddos footwear, fit and function are just as important (ok, maybe more important) than fashion. Keen's got fit, function AND fashion in all its baby, toddler and kids shoes. From high performance sneakers to high-tops to boots, you can rest assured your baby's feet will be taken care of in Keen. Win a pairs of kids shoes. ($65 value)
The transition of lunch at home to lunch at school is a big one, mama! OmieBox has got you covered with its stylish and smart bento-box style lunch boxes. We're talking two types of insulation (pack hot and cold food!), lots of compartments, easy to customize, assemble and wash parts, and its BPA and phthalate-free. Win two lunch boxes (one for him and one for you?). ($80 value)
Stasher Bags. You cannot possibly imagine how many plastic sandwich bags you will go through once you send your kid to school. Save your sanity (and, um, the Earth) with Stasher's self-sealing, reusable silicone bags, which are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. Win 7 Stasher bags (3 print, 2 clear, 2 aqua) to cover all your school time needs. ($75 value)
Sure, kids sunglasses are super-cute, but they're also super necessary to protect those delicate little eyes! Real Kids Shades are 100% UV protective sunglasses designed specifically for kids, and manufactured using the most durable materials available so they will last. Oh, and did we mention they're super-cute too? Win 4 pairs to match every back-to-school outfit in your kiddo's wardrobe. ($100 value)
. Now you've got all the best stuff for your kid for back-to-school. Don't lose it! Put a Name Bubbles label on everything, mama! Personalize your labels with your kid's favorite colors and designs, then stick them on and wash them, microwave them, dishwash them and more. Don't worry, we promise they'll stay put. Win a $100 Gift Certificate to cover label packages for all your kiddos. ($100 value)