Family Friday: Bamboo Baby Washcloths

In terms of the fancier options out there for washcloths — like muslin, bamboo, and flannel — I prefer muslin for my own face, but I feel bad that I didn’t have these bamboo baby washcloths when my sons were still in diapers. When your kid has a rash and you’re trying to be as gentle as possible, and only using water, this would be perfect — and far superior to the sad, rough washcloths we used back then. These bamboo washcloths are very soft and are $12.95 for a pack of six. If you have sensitive, angry skin, I’d look into these for your face, too. Bamboo Baby Washcloths

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Organizing Thursday: 4-Cube Organizer

I’ve often seen bins like this at Crate & Barrel and elsewhere for $200–$300. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that was $50 for a fairly large shelf, but Target has them. (That price means you put it together yourself, of course.) It looks like a good find if you’re on the hunt for something to store toys or other kid things, and the description notes that it’s compatible with Threshold 13″ storage bins and Threshold cube accessories. It has pretty mixed reviews, but at $50 it seems like it’d be worth a try. 4-Cube Organizer with Potato-Bins

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Family Friday: Cut, Sculpt, and Roll Play Set with Tools

Oooh: My boys both loved the older version of this play dough set, so it’s nice to see that there’s an updated version. (If you’re on the hunt for more, we’re big into play dough at our house: this set is great if you’ve got a young’un, and my eldest was always a big fan of the Chuck and Friends/Play-Doh collaboration — but with the latter, skip the gravel grinder because it leaves you with tiny dried Play-Doh pieces all over your kitchen table!) This pictured updated set is $10.99 at Amazon. Melissa & Doug Cut, Sculpt, and Roll Clay Play Set With 8 Tools and 4 Colors of Modeling Dough

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Family Friday: Boys’ 2-Pack Joggers

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not particularly fond of the way joggers look. Still, they can be a lifesaver if you’ve got a kid who, for example, has a waist size that’s big for his height, or likes to tuck his pants into his socks — there are a variety of functional reasons that joggers can be great for growing little boys. These are from a new brand on Amazon called Spotted Zebra (eligible for Prime), which has some really cool, bright colors. According to customer reviews, they run small but the quality is great. (No worries about sizing, though — these are eligible for free returns.) I usually get stuff like this from H&M but these are also really cute, and at 2 for $10, it’s hard to beat the price. They come in the pictured solid blue & camo, and also lightning bolts & gray. The size ranges are toddler boys, little boys, and big boys. Spotted Zebra Boys’ 2-Pack Joggers

(FWIW, the brand has stuff for both boys and girls!)

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Organizing Thursday: Clearly Fresh Bags

My son loves berries, but I hate how they go bad and get moldy so quickly. A few years ago, I found out about Clearly Fresh bags, and they’ve made a big difference in how much food we throw out. I’ll try to avoid sounding like an infomercial here, but these bags make fruit last much longer — at least twice as long. Strawberries, for example, used to only last a few days before getting moldy, and now they last at least a week! The special “BreatheWay membrane” in the center of the bag makes the difference. Clearly Fresh bags are recyclable (except for that membrane — just cut it out), so you don’t have to feel too guilty about using a few more plastic bags each week. (You’re not supposed to wash them and reuse them because apparently it messes up how the membrane works.) They’re not cheap — $8.98 for 20 bags — but berries are so expensive (for example) that I know we’re saving money on that side. Clearly Fresh Bags

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Family Friday: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition

My older son has been loving the hardcover illustrated versions of the Harry Potter books, and it’s kind of funny to have to wait for the illustrated books to come out because I’m old enough to remember waiting in the summers for the new books to come out as J.K. Rowling wrote them. There’s also a Kindle in Motion version — Kindle in Motion books include art, animation, and video features. That sounds really cool for my son as well, and maybe he’d like that when he reads them by himself — right now we’re reading them to him. It’s been fun to reread the books with him because I haven’t read them since the initial mad dashes to finish before everyone would be talking plot points at the water cooler. The Kindle in Motion version is $10, and the hardcover is $25, although it’s currently out of stock at Amazon. It’s also $25 at BN.comHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition

Have you guys starting reading Harry Potter to your kids yet? Do you have opinions on when you’ll let them read Books 4 (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and onward, once characters start to die and the stories start to get darker? I’m not going to let him read the fourth book or see the movie until he can read the first three by himself. I’d love to hear what you guys are doing. (Common Sense Media has a very helpful Harry Potter Age-by-Age Guide.)

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