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If there’s one clutch piece of baby gear every dad needs, it’s the men’s diaper bag

It’s where you stow everything from baby bottles to phone chargers to, yes, diapers. The best diaper bags for dads are both functional and stylish. You need a bag that fits all the baby gear and keeps it organized, providing easy access to stuff like wipes, diaper rash creams, and bottles — while also looking like something you’d actually want to tote around. Think of it as your inanimate parenting sidekick, something that exists only to make your life easier when you’re out and about with your kid. A great diaper bag should have a wipe-clean surface, because babies are messy creatures, and ample pockets for bottles, keys, phones, pacifiers, and snacks. Many have padded laptop sleeves, so you can...

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Family hikes — whether they take you to the neighborhood park or deep into the wilderness — offer a perfect synchrony of all the best things, letting kids explore rich new environments, overcome gentle challenges, and spend time outside

The natural world is the ultimate STEM toy, full of opportunities for observation, categorization, and problem-solving, with boundless opportunities for open-ended, imaginative, collaborative play. But to hit all those trails, parks, knolls, forests, coastlines, and valleys, you’ll need to find a good pair of kids’ hiking boots. The best kids’ hiking shoes and boots strike a balance between comfort and stability, and are built to last. ADVERTISEMENT See more: The Best Hiking Boots for Men  Kids will be pounding out some trail miles in these kicks so they have to want to wear them, but they will also be navigating tough terrain, so the boots will need to hold their own and protect those precious feet too. Boots that are...

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The light on your phone works in a pinch, but a sturdy, reliable flashlight is a must for every home

How else are you supposed to get around during a power outage, find stuff in the attic, or tell ghost stories to your kids? But finding the best flashlight for camping, games, or everyday use isn’t easy — there are a range of LED flashlights, tactical flashlights, and headlamps to choose from based on your specific needs, ADVERTISEMENT When choosing a flashlight, get one with a rechargeable battery. Pay attention to whether it’s water-resistant or not, especially if you’re using it during hikes or campouts, and how heavy it is, for obvious reasons. In terms of how much light a flashlight puts out, pay attention to lumens. One lumen is about as bright as a birthday candle. A regular 60-watt...

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Ask any 1o-year-old boys or girls what toys they want, and you’ll be met with a disgusted eye roll, a huff, and a demand for the latest iPhone

Choosing gifts for this age group is no easy feat. The best gifts for 10-year-olds treat them less like solitary children in need of entertainment and more like socially adept mini-adults, which is what they should be becoming as they enter what development experts call “middle childhood.” The notion is to empower 10-year-olds to create and share, ideally with their friends, while celebrating their newfound agency. Is that as tricky as it sounds? Not really. There are great gift options, even for 10-year-olds who seem to have everything. The main caveat to be aware of with 10-year-olds is that these pre-pre-teens are often developing specific interests (or obsessions) and starting to focus on defined strengths. Given that, it’s critical to meet...

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Family hikes — whether they take you to the neighborhood park or deep into the wilderness — offer a perfect synchrony of all the best things, letting kids explore rich new environments, overcome gentle challenges, and spend time outside

The natural world is the ultimate STEM toy, full of opportunities for observation, categorization, and problem-solving, with boundless opportunities for open-ended, imaginative, collaborative play. But to hit all those trails, parks, knolls, forests, coastlines, and valleys, you’ll need to find a good pair of kids’ hiking boots. The best kids’ hiking shoes and boots strike a balance between comfort and stability, and are built to last. See more: The Best Hiking Boots for Men  Kids will be pounding out some trail miles in these kicks so they have to want to wear them, but they will also be navigating tough terrain, so the boots will need to hold their own and protect those precious feet too. Boots that are too...

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