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The Best Breathable Baby Gear

8 pieces that will keep your baby cool all summer long.

The Best Breathable Baby Gear

It’s hard to shop for baby products these days without coming across the term ‘breathable.’ What does breathable mean anyway? Whether you’re looking for gear to keep you and baby cool on a warm summer day or a product to create a safe sleeping environment for your babe, it’s breathability that you’re looking for. Breathable products allow for optimum airflow, can help regulate body temperature and, bonus, in many cases make it more comfortable and easier for babies to sleep longer. We’ve rounded up eight of our favorite breathable products to get you prepped for the summer ahead. 1. Ergo Baby Cool Air Mesh Carrier. As we head into the warm summer months, Ergo’s breathable Carriers work to keep both baby and parent comfortable. Made with lightweight, moisture-wicking, mesh fabric, these carriers provide everything we love about Ergo Carriers with added breathability. Once only available in the sporty Performance Baby Carrier, which is great for outdoor activities, the popular 360 All Position Carrier is now made with Cool Air Mesh for year round comfort. 2. Cybex Mios Stroller. The newest lightweight stroller to hit the market is also a breathable one. The Mios from Cybex features a footrest and backrest constructed out of mesh fabric. Regulating your child’s temperature during summer day strolls just became a cinch. And come winter, simply attach the padded inlay for a warmer ride. 3. Newton Wovenaire Crib Mattress. Newborns can snooze up to seventeen hours a day, so it’s important to provide them with a safe and healthy sleeping environment. The Wovenaire Crib Mattress, which is made of safe, food-grade polymer, allows air to actually flow through the mattress, making it both extremely breathable and temperature regulating. It’s also lightweight (key for easy sheet changes), recyclable and washable. 4. Nuna Sena Aire Playard. Summer travel is made a whole lot cooler with the the Sena Aire Playard. Constructed with advanced air design technology, this playard provides superior airflow. Not only are the sides and floor made with mesh material, but the mattress itself is ventilated and designed to pull away heat and humidity. 5. Breathable Baby crib bumpers. It’s important to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents avoid the use of crib bumpers to help decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). That being said, if crib bumpers are the right choice for your family, the crib bumpers from Breathable Baby are the safest choice. These bumpers are made from a mesh fabric created with Air Channel Technology, which allows for maximum airflow. 6. Baby K’tan Newborn Swaddle. Overheating during sleep is a concern of many parents, but one you don’t have to worry about when using the innovative Baby K’tan Newborn Swaddle. Made from stretchy, breathable, cotton-mesh fabric that allows for continuous airflow, this swaddle helps baby feel secure while also keeping her body temperature safely regulated. 7. Babybjorn Bouncer Balance Soft Mesh. This bouncer provides baby with an ergonomically designed support that promotes the development of motor skills all while keeping him cool and comfortable. And a quick fold makes it easy to tote this chair to outdoor picnics and barbecues this summer (in the shade, of course). 8. The Nook Niche Nursing Pillow. Made from 100% organic and breathable materials, this nursing pillow provides ultimate comfort for both breastfeeding and bottle feeding sessions. And keeping cool during feedings is just one of the many uses of this nursing pillow, as it also comes in handy for playtime and tummy time down the road. A former NYC nanny and preschool teacher, Natalie Gentile draws from a wide range of experience in early childhood education to carefully select the safest and most reliable baby gear on the market. As the founder of King Kidlet, Natalie’s niche expertise allows her to skillfully guide expectant parents through a saturated baby-product market, ensuring parents are informed and prepared. Natalie holds an MS in Early Childhood Education and is a certified New York State Early Childhood Educator. SaveSave

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

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

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

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

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.

$179

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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