Our Fave 5: These water toys will make this summer the best one yet ☀️

BigMouth Inc.

School's out for summer and it's right about now that parents remember just how long the days are and how easily our sweet babies become very bored. And cranky. So toys that keep kids outside and having fun this summer are here for the win. 🙌

Buuuut, it's also really hot outside right now. So, a game of Jenga on the back patio will quickly go awry for all involved because they're going to be too sticky to have any fun. (That said, if Jenga is your thing, we're obsessed with this oversized set!)

Enter: Water toys.

Whether you have a baby or big kid, water toys are the key to everyone's happiness this summer. They're going to keep your crew cool, busy and entertained for hours on end—with nary a "Mom, I'm booooored!" to be heard.

I scoured the market for water toys both trendy and tried-and-true, tested all of the below five products on my four kids (ages 9 months to 7 years old) and swear by their safety, durability and fun-factor.

The best part? You don't have to leave your backyard! Oh, and you're about to have the most fun house on the block. Welcome to your most fun summer ever.

The water table 

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

Here's a fact: Babies love water tables. Not as daunting as an entire pool, a water table allows babies and toddlers to belly up, splash around and engage with all the bells and whistles these tables typically offer. But, water tables tend not to last very long. In seven years, I've probably gone through half a dozen because those "bells and whistles" (cranking handles, spinning wheels and more) tend to break after a few months of constant use. But not so with the Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table!

Why we love it: I've been using this puppy for three straight summers because it's sturdy enough to support a non-walking baby's lean, and because its many accessories are still in place. The waterfall feature entertains kids big and small and the oblong shape allows for multiple babes to play side by side. Bonus: It's majorly on sale at Walmart right now!

$54.99

The baby pool

Intex Baby Pool

Unlike big kids, babies don't need much when it comes to a pool during the summer. Slides and water canons and climbing walls would be lost on them (not to mention unsafe). They're going to be thrilled just to be inside a tiny pool made just for their size! My favorite is this super simple, super cheap rainbow version from Intex.

Why we love it: With more than 1,000 reviews on Amazon, the pool is a favorite among parents with babies for one resounding reason: It's soft! My baby used this every day last summer and what did she do over and over and over? Climb in, climb out, repeat. With a standard kiddo pool made of hard plastic, she would have been covered in scrapes, but thanks to Intex's inflatable siding, her constant moving was gentle on her little body. The flooring is also inflatable, providing extra padding for when baby goes boom! Also, the price can't be beat. At $10, you won't feel guilty about throwing this out at the end of the season if you don't have the space to store it.

$7.99

The inflatable sprinkler

Monster Sprinkler

BigMouth is known for rolling out some pretty epic inflatables (like their giant unicorn sprinkler, that taco-shaped raft, the ubiquitous flamingo pool float and this rainbow water tunnel), and this season they're really bring their A-game when it comes to sprinklers. What is an inflatable sprinkler? It's a big plastic toy that you inflate and attach to a hose, shooting water up and out of the toy. Also, they are the hottest trend in outdoor water toys right now. If you want to win "parent of the year" you need one this summer.

Why we love it: If 2018 was the summer of the unicorn sprinkler, 2019 is decidedly the summer of the monster sprinkler. Already trending on the BigMouth site, this 6-foot tall monster will be a hit.

More to know: These don't come with a pump, so be sure to have a standard air pump on hand (electric ones are faster, but hand pumps work, too). The included anchor kit keeps your monster safely in place, and a wide-mouth air valve allows for deflation in under 30 seconds.

$44.99

The water slide

Wow Super Slide

Nothing beats a slip and slide. We'll never really know why a wet piece of plastic on grass is so much fun—it just is. And while there are hundreds of versions available online, the WOW Super Slide is our resounding favorite.

Why we love it: First, the bumpers. I've tested others and my kids were always careening off the sides of the slide before the reached the end (the lighter the kid, the higher the likelihood of this happening). Second, the WOW is made of ultra-thick PVC plastic that is far more durable than its competitors, which means it will actually you for multiple summers. Plus, it comes with handy connectors that allow you to attach multiple slides together. If that doesn't sound like fun, we don't know what does!

$129.99

The inflatable slide

Little Tikes Slide Bouncer

If you've got big kids at home—pre-schoolers and above—a baby pool just isn't going to cut it. Enter: The inflatable water slide. Like a mini waterpark in your backyard, there are myriad options on the market, but the Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer is hands-down my favorite (and I've tested many).

Why we love it: It's incredibly durable and it needs to be! Kids are going to be racing up and down the climbing wall, slipping down the slides, splashing in the pool basin, and Little Tikes' ultra-thick plastic can withstand the wear and tear and doesn't bend or lean when being used by multiple people. Chock full of diversions, the dual-slide design is a lifesaver if you have more than one kiddo (no pushing at the top of the slide!) and the shallow pool at the bottom is ideal for babies and toddlers to splash around in.

Tip: Getting these suckers dry is a conundrum, and if you store them wet, you'll have a mold issue. Combat this by deflating and emptying out the water, then re-inflating and letting the slide dry in the sun while it's taut.

$269.88

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It's time to go shopping for your little ones mama. Not long ago we shared the super sale on Hunter boots for us moms, and now the super colorful and water proof boots are on sale for kids! Perfect timing as Spring is approaching and there will be a lot of puddle jumping in our futures.

The sale is up to 50% off in select styles, but in all the colors of the rainbow! We don't know how long the sale will last so act fast because some sizes are already on low stock!


Here are our favorite styles to shop from the sale:

The original grab handle boot in light blue

Original Kids First Classic Grab Handle

Originally $55, the original Grab Handle boot is 50% off right now.

$28

The classic gloss boot in blue

Original Kids First Classic Gloss Rain

Originally $55, the original Classic Gloss boot is 40% off right now.

$33

Chelsea boot in yellow 

Original Big Kids' Gloss Chelsea Boots

Originally $75, the Chelsea boot is 40% off right now.

$45

The original grab handle boot in pink

Original Kids First Classic Grab Handle

Originally $55, the original Grab Handle boot is 40% off right now.

$33

The classic gloss boot in yellow

Originally $55, the original Classic Gloss boot is 40% off right now.

$33

The camo boots

Original Little Kids Storm Camo Rain Boots

Originally $75, the camo boot is 50% off right now.

$35

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Babies come with a lot of stuff. And when you're out and about, a roomy, comfy diaper bag is the place for everything you need to be prepared for whatever the day throws your way. But is a cute, trendy diaper bag that doesn't scream, well... DIAPER BAG, too much to ask? It's not, mamas.

We've rounded up our favorite diaper bags that don't actually look like diaper bags, but instead like the cute, super stylish bags you might have carried before the days of finding crushed up puffs at the bottom of your purse.

These bags prove you can get the job done, mama—and look darn good while doing it.

Freshly Picked City Pack

Freshly Picked City Pack

This simple, modern backpack can easily take you from a day at work to dinner with the kiddos. We love the hardware details, the lightweight design, and the hidden back pocket.

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Vogshow Waterproof Bag

Vogshow Waterproof Diaper Bag

A sleek look, plus a padded laptop compartment, anti-theft and insulated pockets and magnetic buttons instead of zippers. 🙌

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Skip Hop Travel Bag

Skip Hop Travel Bag

With a large zippered main compartment, there's plenty of room to keep all of the things. We love the adjustable straps—you can wear as a backpack, cross-body, messenger bag, or attach to the stroller.

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Companion Quilted Backpack

companion quilted backpack diaper bag

Are you off to sit on the beach for a few hours, or taking your toddlers to the zoo? No one will be the wiser, mamas. We love the quilted look, padded straps, and roomy interior.

$178

Mommore Diaper Backpack

Mommore Diaper Backpack

With a water resistant exterior, wet clothes pocket and a main compartment that completely opens up, you'll love having this to tote around.

$34.99

JJ Cole Brookmont

JJ Cole Cognac Diaper Bag

As stunning as it is functional. It has 15 pockets and a removable liner on the inside so you can easily clean up messes in no time.

$99.99

Little Unicorn Boardwalk Tote

If you're looking to keep things simple + stylish, mamas, this is the bag for you. It's versatile, functional, and will get tons of use well past the diaper days.

$69.95

Presidio Vegan Leather Diaper Tote

Presidio Vegan Leather Diaper Tote

This stunning tote would make the perfect on-the-go bag. It comes with a changing page and a couple pockets on the inside to keep everything organized. Don't forget to personalize it!

$99

Ticent Tote

Ticent Diaper Bag

With nearly 500 reviews, this one has incredible ratings. It offers multiple pockets, including an insulated one for snacks or bottles. The waterproof cotton material is ideal for those inevitable spills.

$30.99

Fawn Design Original

Stylish and versatile, this bag can be worn as a cross body or as a backpack. It's roomy without being bulky, and has a total of 10 pockets for awesome storage.

$159.99

Skip Hop Greenwich Backpack

No one would ever know this bag is packed full of baby's items. 😉

$69.99

Rosie Pope Highbury Hill

Highbury Hill Diaper Backpack

If you're looking to up your style, this chic backpack will help you get there. Lots of inner pockets and zippered compartments make it simple to organize your stuff, and the top flap and wide opening make for quick + easy accessibility.

$159.99

Babymel Robyn

Babymel Robyn Diaper Backpack

We love everything about this effortlessly stylish faux leather backpack. It's easy to wipe down, converts to a cross body bag, and even comes with a changing pad and drawstring bottle holder.

$90

Petunia Pickle Bottom Pathway

Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Tote

This two-tone canvas bag could not be prettier. We love that it easily stands upright when set down, and that it's super functional as a diaper bag yet super stylish as an everyday purse.

$159

Skip Hop Duo

Skip Hop Duo Diaper Bag

The timeless stripes on this 11-pocket bag means it will never go out of style, and the durable cotton canvas means it will stand up to years of use.

$70

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Primary is always one of my go-to brands for their super simple classic styling, so I was happy to see that Primary is currently having a sale on their solid-colored and high-quality winter gear. This kid's winter puffer coat caught my eye because it's on a steep discount (more than 50% off!), fits all my criteria above and even has a few bonus features I didn't know I needed but now totally love.

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