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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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Eye creams are to your anti-aging skin care regimen what open bars are to weddings: a must

Whether you’re searching for the best eye cream for bags, the best eye cream for wrinkles, or the best eye cream for dark circles, you need a product to slow down the relentless march of Father Time. “An eye cream is an important part of your daily skin care regimen, however, there is not one eye cream to solve every issue. It is important to choose an eye cream that addresses your specific need. Issues around the eye include puffiness, darkness, hollowness, wrinkles and skin laxity,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. Point is, our peepers could use some help when they’re puffy, exhausted, and otherwise challenged. Some products out...

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When done right, swaddling not only makes infants feel calm and secure, it can also help them fall asleep

Sounds straightforward, simple, and kinda perfect, right, given you have the right swaddler? Which is why you need the best swaddle and the best swaddle blanket. But wait. Sometimes swaddling a baby is so challenging it seems like you need a masters degree in engineering and Christmas elf-level gift-wrapping skills to pull it off. But, it turns out, a lot has to do with the blanket. The right swaddle blanket, a key part of every new parent’s gear arsenal, can keep baby snugly bundled, mimicking the comfort of a mother’s womb, at the same time as it eliminates the possibility of your little one unraveling and waking up chilly and angry. But you also want one that won’t cause your infant...

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