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Grooming for Kids: Looking Good!

Potty training is just one of the bathroom skills kids have to master; there’s also washing and brushing. Here’s how to show them the way.

Deal with the dawdling. Your toddler is more interested in playing with the water than actually scrubbing his hands. He’d rather eat the toothpaste than brush with it. This is totally normal. "Kids typically dawdle because they have no concept of time or your desire to get to the latest episode of ‘Mad Men’ on your DVR," says Jen Singer, author of the Stop Second-Guessing Yourself series of parenting books. "Some kids love to hold Mommy and Daddy ‘hostage.’ For them, it’s about control." She recommends using a timer. "Once it rings, you can step in and finish up," she says. "Chances are that your little one will learn how to clean up before that bell rings."

Do it together. Every morning, Jennifer Berg of Cape Coral, Florida, plays a game she made up for her toddler called "Get Ready with Mommy." "We brush our teeth together, and he loves it," she says. To get him started, she roars like a lion. Then he roars back, opening his mouth wide so Berg can start the brushing. When she’s done, she hands the toothbrush to him, and he brushes alongside mom—top, sides, back, and don’t forget the tongue.

Let them watch. A spray bottle of water and a mirror help Leslie Perlman, a mom of three in New York City, get the knots out of her little girl’s hair. "She loves to stand on a stool and look in the mirror as she sprays her hair and watches me brush or braid it," Perlman says. Watching with fascination what her mom is doing helps stop the fidgeting that had made hair brushing such a chore before.

Have a theme song. Music helps Kirsten Seckler, a mom in Springfield, Virginia, motivate her son to be a thorough hand washer. To the tune "Frere Jacques" he sings, "Tops and bottoms, tops and bottoms, in between, in between. Scrubba-scrubba-scrubba, scrubba-scrubba-scrubba. Now they’re clean. Now they’re clean." Create your own song for tooth brushing to whatever music you like, be it the Beatles or Black Eyed Peas.


Babies Imitating Real Life

It may be the most adorable thing to watch a baby tending to a baby doll. Watching Cadence pretend feed, rock and put her baby doll to bed made me feel like a good mom because I knew she was imitating me. And as rewarding as the whole scenario was to witness it also represented an important milestone.

My baby was imitating real life in play-an essential building block in the foundation of socialization. Children begin to imitate what they see in real life as a rehearsal in their own lives-this is a valuable and important milestone because your baby starts to see what his or her place in the world might be.

We took full advantage of the imitation/pretend play phase by supplying Cadence with anything and everything we thought would be fun (things mommies and daddies think are fun, are not always fun for baby-she preferred pots and pans as drums than any type of cooking utensils). Experts suggest encouraging all types of learning play at this stage. Just remember, if it is pots and pans as a drum set your baby likes best, some ear plugs will help!

What real-life things does your toddler like to imitate during play?

About Aprilee76: Playing mommy has been the most difficult, interesting and rewarding job April has had to date. As a mom that waited nervously to check off each milestone she has a unique perspective on how to "chill out," instead of freak out if your baby doesn't follow a milestone chart to a T.

This article was written by The Stir Bloggers from CafeMom and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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9 Halloween Survival Tips

Let’s admit it. It’s kind of thrilling to parade our cuties up and down the street in the elaborate costumes we’ve frantically worked on for the past several weeks. All the neighbors “Ooo” and “Ahh” over our sweet little fairies and Thomas the Trains – and it makes us feel proud.

The night can also be a little, well, freaky if we’re not completely prepared for a night out with our tiny tots. Here are a few tips to make sure you have a sweet experience when you’re out trick-or-treating.

  1. Make sure your little pumpkin gets a good nap during the day to avoid the crankies while you’re out late, walking the streets and ringing doorbells. Let your child’s costume do the frightening, and leave the frightening tantrums at home!
  2. It might be difficult to keep your princess from her sparkly dress all day, but wait to dress up your child. Put on the costume right before you walk out the door. It would be devastating to discover spit-up, remnants from dinner, or marker all over that costume (which you worked so hard on!).
  3. Keep your trick-or-treating route short. Little ones don’t need to be kept out late, and fewer houses will mean fewer treats to hide! One side of your block might be all your child can handle. Watch for signs that your child might be overwhelmed or tired.
  4. Have a potty-training pirate this year? Make sure your matey uses the bathroom before heading out the door, and bring along wipes and an extra pair of undies – just in case; you wouldn’t want a not-so-sweet treat to ruin your night.
  5. Kids’ costumes should be brightly colored, and easy for motorists to spot. Consider putting reflective tape on costumes and candy buckets.
  6. Long dresses or capes and dark streets can cause your trick-or-treater to stumble. Be prepared with a mini first aid kit, including Band-aids, Neosporin, and hand wipes.
  7. Talk with your little ones about the importance of thanking your neighbors for Halloween treats. If they clam up at the door, be an example and make sure to say “thank you” in their behalf.
  8. If your little ghoul is just starting to walk or tires easily, take a stroller with you. She can rest, while your older ones continue on. Be aware of signs that she’s ready to call it a night.
  9. Enjoy the fact that you still get to decide what your kid wears on the big night. Next year, he may want to dress up like Roadkill – and that’s just not cute.

This article was written by EverydayFamily from Everyday Family and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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The Many Benefits of Yoga for Children

As we approach summer vacation, perhaps you are starting to feel panicked about having endless unstructured hours with your kids. The fighting, the whining, the non stop complaints of boredom, and the endless pleas for more TV or video games can make any mom go crazy. Instead of having a nervous breakdown just two weeks into summer vacation, build in daily kid fitness time into your routine. There are many different fitness DVDs geared toward children, including yoga programs. Many research studies have shown that children of all ages can benefit from yoga.

Here are just a few benefits:

Benefits of Yoga for Babies

  • Parents and infants bond significantly when participating in yoga together.
  • Yoga helps improve sleep patterns, increasing the duration and frequency of sleep.
  • Several yoga poses improve digestion, constipation, and relieve gas and colic.
  • Yoga is helpful for mom (or dad) in that it strengthens their body and calms their mind, leading to less stress.
  • Healthy habits early in life lead to continued healthy habits down the road.

Benefits of Yoga for Children

  • Yoga is a great family activity that everyone can participate in.
  • Children who are active in yoga generally have a positive self-image.
  • Yoga helps reduce stress and anger problems. Children who participate in it generally have lower anxiety.
  • Children learn coordination, balance, and body awareness by strengthening their muscles through different yoga poses.
  • One of the biggest benefits of yoga is seen in children with ADHD. Many research studies show that the use of regular yoga for children with ADHD improves attention and behavior in school.

3 Tips for Sharing Yoga with Your Children:

  1. Choose Yoga DVDs that are age appropriate and engaging to your child. Many of the routines for younger children incorporate stories, phonics, and animals.
  2. After spending time using yoga DVDs, you may want to create your own yoga routine with your child. If you have older children, have them work together to create a routine.Then each child can take turns leading the yoga class.
  3. Visit your local yoga studio. Many of them offer classes especially geared toward children and often have a trial class.

I have been doing yoga with my two boys for about a year now and they enjoy it. I also have used it as part of my speech therapy sessions with various children, including those with fluency and voice disorders. This summer I’m looking forward to including yoga into our daily routine, as I will be on maternity leave. Here are a few of my favorite yoga DVDs for children:

This article was written by EverydayFamily from Everyday Family and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Break Free For Free


Baby's First Halloween

Congratulations! You have your own little pumpkin. The first holidays are always a special time and this Halloween is no different. It’s a great time to create some special memories and establish family traditions.

Although you may be excited to share the traditions of Halloween fun with your baby, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • If you decide to put your baby in costume, find a costume that is comfortable and practical for your little one. At this age and stage, you may want to avoid silly headpieces as well as the use of any costume make-up. Costume make-up may provide significant irritation to baby’s delicate skin. Finally, be sure to wash your baby’s costume in a mild detergent before putting it on your little one.
  • Create experiences that are developmentally appropriate for your child. Although it may be a fun thought to take your child out and about on Halloween night, it may not be a good idea. Babies are active learners, yet they are not able to understand and process many things. Some things including costumed characters and spooky sounds may be overwhelming and even frightening to your child. If you do decide to take your baby out, simply visit a neighbor or two before the crowds come out.
  • A great alternative to partaking of the festivities of Halloween night may be a simple family get-together where family can wear costumes and children can enjoy simple Halloween fun (i.e. painting pumpkins with finger paints or other washable paints).
  • Candy is a no-no. There is no value and no reason to give candy to your newborn. Not a lick or taste is necessary. There will be many years ahead when your little one will be ready and able to enjoy a sweet treat.
  • If you decide to head out for the festivities, with or without your pumpkin, keep in mind the needs of your newborn. This will include preparing for your child’s nutritional needs (whether it is pumped breast milk or formula). Also, be mindful of the safety and comfort of your baby and plan accordingly (i.e. pack your diaper bag). Be sure to leave your contact information and specific directions with a caregiver if going out without your “pumpkin” in tow.

It’s the first Halloween with baby – what a sweet treat!

This article was written by EverydayFamily from Everyday Family and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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My Baby Started Crawling -- Can I Be Both Happy and Sad?

After we got over the initial insanity of bringing home a newborn baby with a toddler (my 3-year-old daughter) in the house -- the wildly unpredictable schedule, the nursing while trying to prevent said toddler from ripping curtains down, the sheer exhaustion -- having two kids was kind of a breeze... but only temporarily.

Now, I realize that the "breeziness" was due to my newborn's immobility. My son spent time cuddled close to me in the baby carrier, or in his plush little chair or bouncer while his sister played nearby. Being that I was incredibly sleep-deprived, working, and had two children to care for, his lounging meant I could get a few things done. (Woo hoo!)

All in all, for a brief two and a half months, it was smooth-sailing. What the heck was everyone talking about when they said having two kids is insane? I was handling it fine!

That serenity lasted about two and a half months.

"He just crawled!" I remember yelling, and both my husband and daughter came running in the room to see. For about a week or so, we would all clap and cheer and ooh and ahh whenever my little boy made it from Point A to Point B. But, when Point B became my toddler's toys, all baby hell broke loose -- and it's still kind of breaking. 

For three years, all of the toys in the house were my daughter's. So, I get it -- to have some newbie all up on your Frozen wand or Picasso Tiles isn't cool. And as any parent who's experienced a newborn and a toddler knows, this phase can be absolutely exhausting.

Something I've realized since becoming the mother of two is that no milestone for the second child is just a milestone. It's life-changing for the whole household. While it was amazing to watch my son crawl -- especially when he's alone! -- it also meant the start of sibling conflict. He reaches out for my daughter's toys and she freaks out. "Maaaammmmaaa! He's getting Bitty Baby!!!" She's also pushed him on occasion, and that is heartbreaking. We're working on sharing. (I'm also living in constant fear of small, hidden toy pieces on my floor somewhere!)

And there are deeper mixed feelings I've had since my son started crawling because, well ... I like him being so little. He could be my last baby, and with each move he makes with his deliciously chubby little thighs, he crawls further and further away from the magical period of infancy.

Walking is soon; I can feel it. He's been cruising while holding on to furniture for a while now and can stand up by himself for a few seconds. I'm excited to see him take his first wobbly steps, but I'm also bittersweetly sad.

And a little scared. Once my little boy starts getting around on two legs instead of on all fours, there's no telling the upheaval that will happen in my home. Wish me luck.

This article was written by Nicole Fabian-Weber from CafeMom and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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5 Surefire Ways to Get Your Baby to Laugh According to Science

Is there any sweeter sound in all the world than a baby's laugh? That's rhetorical, because of course not. Now, thanks to the largest study ever conducted on why babies laugh, we know exactly how to get those little loves to make with the giggles whenever we need a fix.

Researcher Caspar Addyman from the University of London conducted a recent survey of more than 1,000 parents from all over the world and came up with the best research to-date to tell us exactly why and how our babies laugh.

Here are 5 surefire ways to crack your babies up, according to science.

1. They have to be ready

A baby's first laugh comes, at the earliest, at about 3 and a half months old. Babies start smiling at about 6 weeks.

2. Tickling

Tickling is the top way to get your baby to laugh. But, Caspar found just the tickly feeling isn't enough to get the giggles going. Babies have to see and know that you're intentionally tickling them in order to laugh.

3. Peekaboo

A game that makes you a master magician the likes of which Houdini could never match, Peekaboo makes all babies laugh. You make yourself disappear and reappear at will, and babies around the world and across cultures just crack up. It's just one of life's lovely facts.

4. Stupid parent tricks

Much like tickling, babies can tell the difference between when you're performing an everyday task, like putting away groceries, and when you're making something appear and disappear just for their enjoyment. It's only funny when the adult is performing just for them. And for the record, the study said moms and dads were equally able to get kids to laugh.

5. Your Laughter

Babies don't just laugh at you, they laugh with you. If you're happy and laughing, chances are your baby will be right there with you.

This article was written by Becky Bracken from CafeMom and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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4 Tips for Surviving Outings with a Newborn and Toddler in Tow

Now that my third child is 12 weeks old, I can say I survived the first 3 months of being a mom of three children, including a newborn and a stubborn 2-year-old. Not only that, but we managed to get out of the house a lot this summer. As a full-time working mom, maternity leave almost feels like a vacation. Maternity leave means doing things with the kids I can only dream of, such as story time, walks to the park, lazy mornings, and after nap snuggles. Let’s not forget nursing a newborn on the couch, while tracing every inch of his small little body with my finger. While on maternity leave, I refused to sit at home just because I had a newborn.  

When you have more than one child you don’t have the option of napping on the couch with your baby. Why not get out of the house and enjoy these days?

I will admit I was a little nervous heading into this summer, having three kids at home with me all day long. Then Ryker was born and I fell in love  with my family all over. Sure there were hard days when the 4 and 2 year old fought all day long or refused to eat breakfast and lunch. The good days made up for the hard ones though. I found that when we got out of the house my boys fought much less. They love being active and on the go, so that is what we did. Here are some tips that kept me sane on our outings no matter how big or small.  

Baby Wear

I can’t emphasize this enough, wearing your newborn will make your life much easier.  A newborn needs and wants to be close to mom.  Studies have shown that babies who are worn cry much less. Not only that, but baby wearing frees up your hands. Baby wearing allows you to chase your toddler around on the playground or grocery shop, while nursing your newborn. Not all baby carriers are created equal and not all babies are alike. There are many different types of baby carriers for all body types. If you are having a difficult time finding a baby carrier that works for you or your baby don’t give up. Seek out advice from other mom’s or visit Baby Wearing International to find a local baby wearing group near you.

Get Organized

Things seem to run smoother if I organize all of our gear (snacks, diapers, extra sets of clothes, and toys) the night before an outing, after the kids are in bed. Then in the morning I can focus on just one or two tasks instead of a long list, in order for us to get out of the house.  

Plan to Meet a Friend

If you are feeling really nervous about chasing around your toddler while caring for your newborn when you are out and about, invite a friend to come with you. This way you will feel obligated to go, instead of coming up with an excuse to not go. Also, another set of hands is always useful, particularly at an all-day outing like the zoo.  

Just Breathe

You’ve got this. So what if there are meltdowns and diaper blow outs? Nothing in motherhood ever goes as planned. Take a deep breath and enjoy this time with your little ones. They will never be as small as they are today, so you might as well take the time to explore fun activities with them at this age.

What are your biggest challenges when running errands or going on outings with 2 under the age of 2?  

This article was written by EverydayFamily from Everyday Family and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Great Ideas for Fun, Free Family Outings

Having fun-filled family outings doesn’t have to mean spending a ton of money. There are plenty of free events and activities that your kids will love and that your family can enjoy together. Check out these ideas for outings that won’t break your family budget.

There’s an app for that!

Nationwide event listings apps like Mommy Nearest and Mommy Poppins make is easy to find free or low-cost events in your area. Check the apps before planning a day, or use them on the fly right from your phone to easily access locations, times and great ideas.

Story Time at local libraries and bookstores.

Make sure to get on the mailing list for local bookstores and your local library to find out about story time events. These can fill up quickly, especially on rainy days, so be sure to arrive early to get a prime seat.

Picnic in a nearby park.

Make picnicking simple by purchasing a lightweight cooler on wheels and keeping a blanket in the car along with basic toys and bubbles. Throw in some sandwiches, snacks and drinks, and head to a local park for a picnic and playtime.

Workshops at local craft and hardware stores.

Major national chains regularly have free or very low cost workshops for kids that include cake decorating, crafting, simple home projects and more. You can stop in for monthly schedules or check out your local store online.

Organize a neighborhood book swap.

Kids outgrow books just as quickly as they outgrow shoes. Gather some neighbors together and set up folding tables on a lawn. Have the kids organize the books by age and author and let the swapping begin!

Strike up the band.

In the warmer months many towns have outdoor concerts and musical festivals that are free or very low cost. Let your toddler dance to the beat of her own drummer while enjoying the outdoor tunes.

Visit a firehouse.

Have a kid that’s curious about firefighters and trucks? Local firehouses often welcome kids, showing them around the station, teaching some fire safety tips and letting them climb in the truck.

Volunteer at a local garden.

Have a community garden in your neighborhood or a nearby town? Get your kids digging in the dirt while helping to beautify the area. Public gardens always need volunteers to help plant, weed and care for the flowers and vegetation.

No matter what your family’s interests are, there are free outings and events that fit the bill. Doing some research and advance prep will allow you to create wonderful memories and experiences that keep your budget in line and your family active together.

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