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Hospital Bag...WTF

NYC author and blogger Alexis Barad-Cutler shows us what she packed inside her birth day carryall.

Hospital Bag...WTF

Here at Well Rounded NY, we often get asked: WTF should I pack in my hospital bag? It’s like the $1 million question. Once you're done stocking your maternity wardrobe, building the perfect registry, and nailing down baby’s nursery, the hospital bag pretty much consumes the entire 3rd trimester. But every mom, baby and birth experience is different. And yup, you guessed it, so is every hospital bag. So rather than tell you what we think you need to pack, we’re introducing you to some NYC mamas who’ve been there, done that. And did it pretty well. Starting with Alexis Barad-Cutler. Brooklyn mama Barad-Cutler is one of our favorite children’s book authors, co-founder of the foodie/parenting blog Brunch with My Baby and writer of the hilarious (and earnest) iampregrs. She’s a real pro when it comes to packing hospital bags--she’s already done it twice (the latest was just 3 months ago when she welcomed little Gavi into her family). The first time, she says, it was like “preparing for a final exam. I made and revised lists, stayed up late researching what other people had packed in their bags, and packed and repacked--all within a month advance of my due date.” This time, though, she knew she didn’t need much and anything she forgot was just a cab ride away. For her list, comfort was key--anyone who uses the word “pampered” to describe hospital stay amenities is a gal after our own hearts. Below, find her top 10 must-haves for her birth day carryall, to help get your own research started. [gallery ids="13431,13426,13428,13434,13432,13427,13429,13424,13425,13433"] What’d she miss? Tell us in the comments below! Illustration by Jennifer Cascino of Famous Swan Productions. Photo of Alexis by Bridget Eldridge Photography. This post was brought to you by Boob Design.

12 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

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

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

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$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

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$189

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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