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April Showers: The Very Best Rainy Day Toddler Activities


April showers may bring May flowers, but they can also usher long days filled with endless toddler cries of “I’m bored!” and “mommy mommy mommy mommy“-esque pleas for entertainment.  Unless a marathon of Disney movies is in the cards (which, no judgment…we have *all* been there!), you’ll probably want to break up the day with some fun, low maintenance, inexpensive activities that will not only entertain your toddler on rainy days, but for many years to come! Your little one will get some sensory stimulation, and you, mom and dad, will (hopefully) get a few blissful minutes of uninterrupted play time.  Here’s my tried and tested roundup of the very best rainy day toddler activities:

Sensory bins are easy to make (or so I’ve been told by my more, ahem, “creative” minded parent friends), but let’s face it: as a busy working mom, I just don’t have the creativity/time/inclination to make my own sensory bin. Enter Creativity For Kids, who had the genius idea to create PRE-MADE sensory bins in a whopping EIGHT different themes to choose from! Whether your toddler wants the Outer Space Kit, the Dinosaur Adventure, the Ice Cream Shop, and Ocean and Sand kit, or any of the other wildly entertaining options, this brand has you covered! Just dump all of the enclosed materials/toys into the  larger bin, and then sit back and let your toddler spend HOURS working on their sensory play, fine motor skills, imaginary play, and so much more! The sand component is actually more of a kinetic, magnetic sand, so fear not moms and dads who hear the word “sand” and “indoors” and immediately start sweating!  Best of all, when they’re all done playing, you just put the lid on the bin and it’s ready for next time!

It would not be an exaggeration to say that, of all the toys my 3.5 year old has EVER received, *this* Battat Big Red Farm Animal Playset might just be in the top 3 rotation for 2+ years and counting! This was gifted to us when she was about 1 year old and she has consistently played with it at least every other day, if not every day! Battat is a trusted, family owned brand since 1897 and this sweet little farm house encompasses HOURS of imaginative fun! The barn itself opens up to reveal working doors and animal pens, and also comes with a set of cute little animals and a farmer, though we like to also subsidize with whatever other animals we have lying around (an alligator and a baby shark in a farm, anyone?). The possibilities are endless, and at under $25, this economical powerhouse will have you wondering what took you so long to buy it in the first place!

PlayDoh has been a fan favorite for rainy day toddler activities for years, but for parents, that can also mean trying to find a place for all of those cute little cutout shapes, rolling pins, scissors, and various accessories…not to mention finding a surface for your little artist to actually put the PlayDoh on, lest you not want your couch cushions ruined. Again. Enter this brilliant little product! Serving as a storage center AND a surface space, this all in one table comes with PlayDoh *and* lots of shape cutouts and accessories. Consider it a PlayDoh “hub” where little ones can play and create to their heart’s content, then when they’re done, everything fits neatly into the two storage bins on either side. Genius, affordable, and sure to bring your toddler hours of fun for years to come!

My daughter was given this for her 1st birthday, and at 3.5 years old now with her very own Barbie Dreamhouse, she STILL makes time to play with this charming little house! Part of the Fisher Price Little People series, this Surprise and Sounds Home is endless entertaining and engaging with it’s realistic home sounds (toilet flushing, radio music, oven dings, etc.), and it’s working window shades and doors. It has a portable handle at the top and closes for easy storage, and will provide hours of imaginary house play! My daughter likes to use her Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Daniel Tiger figurines to mix and match with the Little People, but your child can subsidize with whatever their favorite characters are as well for continued fun even as (cartoon) tastes change!

Every little artist deserves a big beautiful canvas to create their masterpieces on, but let’s face it: when it comes to toddlers, they can be pretty savage when it comes to paint and crayons. This HUGE mat allows kids to create colors and shapes and stencil drawings to their little heart’s content, and the best part is that it’s all just water! No worrying about stains, accidental wall painting, or stubborn washable paint that has to be scrubbed off little hands that do not want to be washed! When your little Picasso is done, just let the mat dry off, then fold it up until it’s time to paint again. No mess, no fuss, and the fastest art-project clean up you’ll ever have!

Dry Nights: The Very Best Overnight Diapers, Pull-Ups, and Bedding


Every parent  knows this scenario all too well: you’re fast asleep, peacefully basking in the accomplishment of having successfully put your child to sleep with a minimal amount of the inevitable nighttime meltdowns. After all the “just one more story please!” and “but I’m thirsty!” ploys to extend bedtime, he/she is finally sleeping soundly until it happens: THE ACCIDENT. Your little one wakes up in a puddle of urine, and you, mom and dad, have to not only get your little one dried, changed, and calmed down, but you now also have to change their bedding. In the middle of the night. While I can’t do anything about your little one’s bladder control, I can provide you with this roundup of the very best overnight diapers, pull-ups, and bedding that will keep your child dry all night and ensure you *both* have a restful night.

Huggies Pull-Ups For Night-time are extra absorbent to ensure a full 12 hours of leak-free rest. Personally speaking, I’ve found these are best for “average” bedwetters, so if your little one isn’t drinking too many fluids before bedtime, these are a great solution. Made for both boys and girls, these easy on/off pull-ups come with cute characters your little one knows and loves, and the easy velcro tabs ensure a quick change. For parents with heavy bedwetters, I personally recommend the
Goodnite Overnight Pull-ups (more on those below). 

Sposie nighttime pads are an extra layer of protection for those heavy bedwetters who also happen to be extra active when sleeping. The ultra-soft pads work by “doubling” the absorbency of your child’s diaper, giving you both the uninterrupted sleep you deserve. These booster pads are dermatologist and pediatrician tested, hypoallergenic certified, and completely free of fragrance, latex, chlorine, and phthalates. Best of all, they work with any brand of diaper, pull-up, or underwear!

From the trusted Pampers brand, these Ninjamas Nighttime Underwear are geared for the older toddler since the small size starts at 38lbs. The heavy hitting pull-ups have a built-in odor mask technology that activates when accidents occur to help conquer smells, so kids can wake up feeling great each day. Ninjamas are also uniquely designed for kids with a Form-Fit waistband that flexes for a sleek, underwear-like fit. These super stealthy nighttime pull-ups discreetly fit around your child’s waist and sides and provides breathable comfort, just like cotton underwear!

The favorite in our house, Goodnites is a trusted brand that comes in a variety of sizes to keep your toddler dry overnight. This powerhouse pull-up ensures a leak-free night for even the heaviest of bedwetters. Tried and tested by thousands of moms, (including me!), these pull-ups can withhold a tremendous amount of liquid, perfect for when your little one drinks a tad too much water before bed! Coming in lots of sizes for children of all ages, these are perfect for potty training, as well as those long car/train/plane rides with questionable bathroom solutions! In my opinion, these narrowly rank above the others as being the best overnight pull-ups.

Even with the very best overnight pull-up or diaper, the occasional leak is bound to happen. Fear not moms and dads, these bedwetting pads from Mighty Monkey are the perfect remedy! Simply add this on top of your child’s sheet and should an accident happen, only the pad gets wet, sparing the sheet underneath and keeping the rest of the bedding dry. Pro tip: buy 2 so in the event of an overnight accident, you can remove the wet one and just replace with the dry one, saving yourself time and cleanup during the precious overnight hours!

Squeaky Clean: The Very Best Bubble Bath Time Products For Toddlers


Bath time with a toddler is a whole different ballgame from the days of infancy when they were gently washed down in a confined infant tub. The switch to mom and dad’s “grown up” bathtub provides all sorts of opportunity for bath time fun, from new toys to splash around with to the sensory overload of bubbles galore! For parents, it often leads to another question: what are the best products to use now that you no longer need to worry about delicate infant skin? Here’s a roundup of the very best toddler bubble bath products that will leave them squeaky clean!

This organic, natural bubble bath from the trusted Honest brand of products is paraben free, sulfate free, and dye free, and is ethically made without the use of animal testing. The dreamy lavender scent will calm even the most active of toddlers, and parents can enjoy the fact that the fragrance is made from all natural essential oils with no synthetic fragrances.

The current favorite in our house, this is our choice for the best toddler bubble bath product! It’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, SLS, artificial coloring, artificial fragrance, mineral oil, AND it’s vegan and cruelty free. Did I mention the smell? It’s INCREDIBLE. If your little one isn’t a fan of Strawberry Coconut, it also comes in  several other scents sure to appeal to everyone’s olfactory preferences. One capful from this enormous bottle produces a massive amount of bubbles, so you can ensure you’re getting your money’s worth! Best of all, proceeds from Alaffia go directly towards the empowerment and enrichment of women in West Africa, so you can feel good about your purchase AND your bubble bath.

Babo Botanicals is known for their all natural, organic, cruelty free products, and this 2-in-1 bubble bath and wash doesn’t disappoint! Free of gluten, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, soy, dairy, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance (phew! Got all that?), this bubble bath and wash provides a luxurious bath experience for anyone! The creamy bubbles are a frothy dream, and parents will love the calming natural oils…perfect for pre-nap baths!

My daughter’s hair is thin and curly, which translates to “big giant knotted mess” when bath time rolls around. Enter Cantu Cares Conditioning Detangler! This *miracle* spray is a blend of all natural shea butter, coconut oil, honey, and unicorn fairy dust. OK, that last part is a joke, but this stuff is MAGICAL! A few spritz’s of this delicious smelling spray on post-bath wet hair and your comb will be gliding thru the tangled hair with ease.

This gentle, non-greasy detangler leaves fine, knotted hair conditioned and well-nourished with it’s blend of naturally derived ingredients. The subtle coconut smell will transport you to a Caribbean island, until the inevitable whining of your little one pulls you right back to the reality of your bathroom! Pro tip: toss one of these in your beach/pool bag for those post swim messy hair-do’s.

Clean Eats: The Very Best Toddler Plates, Bowls, Cups, Silverware And Placemats


Is your little one ready to advance from breastmilk or formula and into the exciting world of real food? Congratulations mom and dad! You’re finally ready to toss that last remaining bottle of formula into the recycling bin and say “adios!” to the endless pumping parts (but seriously! So. Many. Parts.) Now what? Surely your little one will need some (non Comotomo brand) tableware that is tailor made for his/her little hands, and able to stand up to his/her (not so little) mealtime tantrums, but where to start with the seemingly endless options? Fear not moms and dads, because while I can’t help you with the “I DON’T EAT GREEN!” dinner time meltdowns, I *can* provide you with this handy roundup of the very best toddler plates, bowls, cups, silverware, and placemats.  Bon appetit!

A favorite in our house, these are the best toddler plates. They’re lightweight, dishwasher and microwave safe, BPA free, deep walled (perfect for little ones learning the fine art of spooning their food!), and made from eco-friendly recycled materials. They also come in approximately 28365 colors, so you’re sure to find something to please your little one.

The bowl version of the plates I reviewed above, these bowls have all of the same amazing features of the plates *and* can be re-purposed as little containers to hold all of those teeny tiny little toy pieces that all toddlers seem to mysteriously accumulate.

This 15 piece flatware set is truly everything you need for your little one’s culinary adventures! The forks, knives, and spoons are perfectly sized for toddler hands, and made out of a high quality stainless steel without any nickel. Moms and dad’s will love that it’s dishwasher safe, rust-proof, and encourages mealtime sensory play with safe non-serrated knife blades and deep spoons. Kids will also love the cute fruit shaped design and wide handles, making mealtime a cinch!

What’s *not* to love about this gold standard cup from the trusted Munchkin brand?! Coming in 4 fun, bright colors, these cups are wide based to allow those small toddler hands a strong grip, and have a removable training lid once your little one masters the fine art of drinking out of a “big kid” cup. Made from BPA free materials and dishwasher safe, these cups are a long standing favorite of both parents and kids alike.

Now that your little one has a place at the dining room table, the epic, inevitable food spills might be too much for your beautiful table to withhold. With this ingenious disposable, stick on placemat, consider your problem solved! BPA and PVC free, these placemats have adhesive strips on the back to ensure no slippage, and come in a set of 60 so every meal and snack time is covered…and protected! These are also ideal for those fun, yet super messy, arts and crafts projects (I’m looking at you, PlayDoh!). Priced at about $0.25 per placemat, you can’t go wrong with keeping a set of these at all times!

Slippers and Chill-The Very Best Toddler Slippers


One of the most exciting  milestones of parenting is watching your little one learn how to walk. The excitement! The chubby legs! The wobbly gate and big toothy smile! As parents, the excitement begins to fade once the reality of your newfound little mover and shaker kicks in. Your gorgeous pre-baby decor falls to the wayside (goodbye beautiful coffee table, I’ll see you in 4-ish years!), and all of a sudden those beautiful carpet-less floors become a veritable Olympic ice skating rink for your little one’s feet. Before you make a panicked call inquiring about the cost of wall-to-wall carpeting, check out these tried and true (toddler tested and approved!) slippers that make both my daughter *and* my wallet happy!

Kids love these super soft slippers in lots of cute animal options for your little one to choose from, and moms and dads will love the durable, anti-slip rubber sole.

Fun little animal ears will have your little one playing with their feet, and the soft machine washable durability and affordability will have parents cheering.

These slippers will make your little one’s feet feel as though they’re stepping on a cloud. Super soft and plush, perfect for keeping cozy on a chilly day.

The current favorite in our house, these slippers are for the budding little fashionista who loves metallic mermaid scale print over a bright pink fuzzy base. These have held up through several machine washings, one unfortunate trek through some snow, and several spot cleanings from the inevitable mealtime food spillage.

Options options options! With so many styles and colors to choose from, even the most discerning of toddler tastes will find a slipper to love from this selection. The wide foot and easy on and off makes it a great buy for independent toddlers who want to get dressed “all by myself”!

Athletic Pants for Tall Skinny Boy [ Review 2021]


Struggling to find athletic pants for tall skinny boy that are long enough, slim fit and won’t fall down? We have done the heavy lifting for you to make your shopping seamless. 

And because we know boys who play soccer can be super particular about the clothing brands they wear. We made sure to include some popular brands and off brands that will be the perfect fit..

When shopping, look out for athletic pants with a drawstring, have your sons inseam and waist length inches and consider pants stated to be a training cut as they are usually slimmer.

For brands such as Nike and Adidas you can shop in mens department for smaller sizes. Or in the women’s section as they are gender neutral but because boys are tag sensitive you can snip it off because you wouldn’t want them getting teased in the changing room.

Check Out Our Top 3 Picks

1.Adidas Boys Active Sports Athletic Tricot Jogger Pant

2.Under Armour Brawler Tapered Training Pants

3.Adidas Boys’ Tiro 19  Training Pants

Review of the Best Athletic Pants for Tall Skinny Boy

These Adidas tricot jogger pants are great for a tall bean pole boy going for the sporty athletic look. With the applied stripes on the sides and tapered bottom for the trendy slim fit.

Best of all they will fit perfectly for a tall and slender boy as adidas pants run longer compared to brands such as under armor. It also has an elastic waistband and isn’t too tight for comfortable wear all day long.

Made of 100% polyester the fabric is durable and not too heavy.It also drapes well and  doesn’t look bulky.It is available in the iconic black color and fits  true to size.We highly recommend these tricot jogger pants as they are super affordable, stylish and can be bought with a matching tricot jacket to a make a nice gift.

If you are looking for a little warm athletic pants with great design, highly consider these Under Armour Brawler Tapered Training Pants. They have a smooth exterior with a brushed interior  making them soft and warm especially for colder weather.

With a slimmer and athletic tapered leg cut these will be a perfect fit for a slim boy. They also have an encased elastic waistband with an internal draw cord to adjust to a snug fit.Made of 100% polyester they are lightweight ,wick away sweat fast and dry quickly.

The design is awesome and they can quickly become your son’s favorite pants. They have open hand pockets and are available in 4 colors for your choosing. They have a sizing chart and the fit is true to size.


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For those not necessarily looking for a tight and tapered look but still want a sporty look the Adidas Tiro 19 pants will be perfect. They fit well for the tall slim boy as adidas pants always run slim and long makes them a great fit.

They have a unique twist to their design with an athletic vent across the thighs and a metallic stripe on the side.Best of all they are available in 14 colors which means you can buy in different colors to make a stylish middle school wardrobe for your son.

These Adidas pants will easily become a staple in your boy’s wardrobe. And they are very affordable so will be saving your coins and saving yourself the trouble of looking for fitting pants for your athletic son.

For those looking for off brand pants which are still gold perfect fit  for tall and slim kids then the BINPAW boys sweatpants made of 95% cotton and 5% polyester.They are great for everyday wear as they have regular thickness for all seasons.

They have a stylish design with slanting pockets and stitching line details, a ribbed elastic waist with a drawstring closure. A staple addition to a juniors wardrobe who is quickly growing and making it troubling to find slim fitting pants.  These are of good quality , durable and wash well too.

When shopping you will actually be spoiled for choice as there are 24 different colors and patterns to select from. Which means you can build their wardrobe pretty much from 4 of these.And for the quality you get these are hard to not buy really.


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Do not be surprised by the over appearance of the Adidas brand on this list. They simply make perfect fitting pants for the athletic boys and these Adidas Tricot pants are no different. 

If you have been having a hard time finding pants that are long and fit the waist. You cannot go wrong with these for your son.The pants are made of 100% polyester with a tricot knit with a drawstring closure for a proper comfortable fit.

They are really long and definitely made for taller boys.Best of all you definitely cannot beat the price. You can get two in the classic black and navy blue colors and add more with time.

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Conclusion

You can easily give up when shopping for athletic pants for tall skinny boy. Because getting pants that fit well around the waist and are long enough isn’t so easy. When shopping for such pants look out for athletic cut designs with drawstring closures and tapered bottom.

Known brands such as Adidas and Nike make pants that are longer and slim perfect for tall and skinny boys. And best of all the pants are fairly priced and available in different designs and colors. If you get just 4 pairs you can build a middle school wardrobe easily.

There are also off brands such as Under Armour and BINPAW pants which are also great for tall and skinny boys. You do not have to shop in the mens section or risk having to tailor them.