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Make it legal: 3 important things to do after baby is born (besides snuggle!)

It’s baby time! We’re so excited for you!

Your job for the next few weeks is to do nothing but rest. (We mean it!)


But first, check a few items off your list to make sure your time off with baby goes as smoothly as possible.

Tell your supervisor and/or HR that baby has arrived.

In order for any maternity leave benefits to kick in, you have to officially let the folks back at the office know that baby has arrived.

Touch base with your supervisor and/or your HR department to file any needed paperwork.

Then go and soak up all that time with your little one, mama.

Add your baby to your insurance.

Most health insurance plans give families 30 days after baby is born for parents to enroll their newborn into a health care plan.

This is a big one: It can affect a lot of things, from copays to doctor coverage to insurance premiums. Be sure to call your insurance company within that window and make baby official.

You’ll also want to make sure you have life insurance, and update your wills to include a care plan for this precious little babe.

Make it legal.

You made a human! Now it’s time to make it legal.

Your baby’s birth certificate is his gateway to so many exciting adventures, from signing up for school to driving his first car to getting into college—but we’re getting ahead of ourselves here.

You’ll register in-state for a birth certificate with the forms certifying a live birth given to you from the hospital or birth center.

You’ll also want to apply for baby’s social security number, which allows you to open up a bank account and get medical insurance. You can usually do this with your state when you apply for a birth certificate.

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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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