Amber Leventry's Blog

Through technology, common sense, and really creative minds, there is an unlimited supply of products for parents and their children. Parenting is hard work so I love kid products and baby gear that make life easier for moms and dads. And I love products that make the world better. I hope to find both for you, while never losing sight of the fact life should be fun too. See something I should know about? Send me a message on Twitter @AmberLeventry.

I am a parent of three—two are twins. I write about parenting for The Next Family. My writing has also been featured on Scary Mommy and Huffington Post.

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Five Inventive Ways To Keep Children Cool While In The Car Or Stroller

Car seats are meant to keep our children safe, not to keep them cool. The same goes for strollers. Both are necessary and convenient when traveling with our kids, running errands, or trips to the park or beach. But our children’s body temperatures can heat up much faster than our own, and overheating is a very real and very scary concern for parents, especially on hot days and in hot cars. These products are inventive ways to help parents keep their children cool while in the car seat or stroller.

Avakai Are Real Imaginary Friends For The Digital World

The founders of Vai Kai want to introduce us to Avakai, a play companion for kids growing up in our quickly developing digital world. Avakai are imaginary friends, interactive smart toys, and tools for social interaction. Avakai offer three distinct superpowers which allow children to speak in musical tones, share feelings, and sense proximity to other Avakai.

Bloxels Requires Kids To Design Video Games Before Playing Them, Keeps Brain Rot Away

Not all video games will rot your child’s brain. In fact, the imaginative inventors at Pixel Press believe in the opposite. Some video games can increase problem solving skills, sharpen the analytical side of our brain, and open the door to endless creativity. Bloxels is the latest project from Pixel Press, and the promise is that it will exercise both sides of your child’s mind.

BioLite NanoGrid Gives Everyone A Powerful And Packable Energy Hub

BioLite’s mission is to bring energy to people everywhere. Those people include campers, outdoor enthusiasts, and individuals who rely on alternative energy sources on a daily basis. In order to provide cleaner, cheaper, and portable energy sources, BioLite created the CampStove and the KettleCharge. Their newest product is the NanoGrid—a packable and powerful energy hub.

Clogstrom Caterpillar Clogs: These Kids' Sandals Are Functional And Super Cute

Finding shoes that kids will put on and keep on can be a challenge. The odds of children’s shoes fulfilling their purpose are higher if the shoes are easy to put on and fun to look at. Clogstrom Caterpillar Clogs are both functional and cute—their Tank Clogs are too!

Rubie’s Children’s Costumes and Rompers Are Perfect For Geeky Parents

People have children for a lot of reasons. We hope to pass on our values, traditions, and passion for our favorite sports teams. And if geek love is a powerful force in the house, parents eagerly wait for the opportunity to introduce children to their favorite movies, comic book series, or cartoon characters. Fly your geek flag, parents. From Star Trek rompers and Vulcan ears to Justice League character costumes for newborns, cosplay has never been more fun.

You Can Now Pay Someone To Teach Your Child How To Ride A Bike

If you ask Google “How do I teach my kid to ride a bike?” you will get an overwhelming number of suggestions. You can get lost in a wormhole of information: book offers, videos, and parental testimonies. Or if you are like some parents, you might ask Google “Who can I pay to teach my kid to ride a bike?” Google has an answer for this too because there is a growing list of people you can pay to teach your child how to ride a bike.

X-Pot Is The Best New Line Of Outdoor Cooking Gear For Family Camping Trips

Camping, backpacking, or day trips to the mountain are popular family destinations, and bringing your own food is not only necessary but economical. The pots and pans needed to prepare the food do not save you much space, though. The innovative new cooking gear from Sea to Summit will solve this problem with their award winning X-Pot.

Dreamhut Is An Indoor Playhouse And Modern-Day Narnia

Few things are better than getting lost in a world created by our own imaginations. Art work, music, and books facilitate our ability to imagine exciting, mysterious, or magical places—places that can grow with the additional layers of colors and feelings our mind adds to the story. The parents who imagined the Dreamhut have created an interactive, indoor playhouse which coverts ideas into adventures.

Mattel And Google Revive Vintage Toy With Virtual Reality View-Master

View-Master is back, and will show us a new way to look at 3-D images. Mattel and Google have swapped ideas to recreate one of the best children’s toys of all time. The new View-Master will allow kids to experience interactive, educational, and immersive scenes through virtual and augmented reality. No need to insert a cardboard reel, the new View-Master inserts you into an experience that provides sound effects, moving images, and informational pop-ups.