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I’m going to do a really terrible Jerry Seinfeld impression and ask you guys, What’s the deal with all of these random holidays? Last month, there was National Daughters Day and Coffee Day. In October, we’re looking at World Music Day, World Vegetarian Day, International Day of Older Persons and National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Who’s in charge of the stuff? How do you get a day on the calendar? Do you just announce it? In that case, I hereby declare today is Sari Nickelsburg Day!!!!!

One thing I’ll refrain from mocking, though, is National Diaper Need Awareness Week. That’s because there’s nothing funny about the fact that one in three American families straight up can’t afford the diapers that they need. They’re not covered by WIC or food stamps which means donations play a critical role in making sure an enormous number of babies are clean, dry and healthy.

Kudos to local mom Shana Rubin Freeman of NYC Mammas Give Back for organizing diaper drives at both Explore + Discover and Baby Bubbles NYC. Please consider stopping by to make a donation. Addresses for both locations are here.

Babies love to explore books from the get-go! Here are some wonderful new suggestions from Books of Wonder.

It’s time for some of you to pick out your baby’s very first Halloween costume!

Tell everybody to keep their lips off your baby. Thank you very much.

Keep an eye on the Well Rounded Instagram account for an amazing takeover this Sunday!

Beautiful belly shot by Stylish & Hip Kids Photography

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

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