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Keeping Kids
Fuss-Free

Indoors and Out

In partnership with our friends at Stride Rite

When planning a day out with a toddler, the key to staying on the right side of the tipping point between blissful and breakdown is often as simple as having a cold drink or a favorite toy at the ready. From party to park to playdate, these are the easy-on/easy-off outfits, healthy-fitting shoes, tote bag necessities, and bright, shiny objects we rely on for keeping life with kiddos chill (or at least as fuss-free as possible).

Birthday Party

Letting a kid-centric outpost—like LA’s bilingual learning center Chiqui Social—host saves time and keeps you from buying stuff you’ll use only once. And knowing the staff (and furniture) can handle a room full of sugar-fueled tiny people makes the whole endeavor less stressful. On the guest list? Trusted snacks and much-loved toys that can stop a case of too-much-birthday in its tracks. Whether or not there’s a ball pit, we like to stick to a dress code of comfy favorites with grippy shoes they can easily get in and out of.

  1. Baeo Baby bare butter Baeo Baby bare butter
    Baeo Baby bare butter goop, $19
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  2. Stasher Stasher
    Stasher Bag Set goop, $24
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  3. Chiqui Social social club Chiqui Social social club
    Chiqui Social social club Chiqui Social, price varies
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  4. Bonpoint Shirt Bonpoint Shirt
    Bonpoint Shirt Alex and Alexa, $91
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  5. Zara Pants zara pants
    Zara Pants Zara, $15
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  6.  Babymel backpack  Babymel backpack
    Babymel backpack Maisonette, $85
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  7. Stride Rite Shoe Stride Rite Shoe
    Stride Rite Shoes Stride Rite, $52
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Park

Wide open, anything-goes spaces encourage kids to get loud and run free, which offers protection (from walls and constant shhh-ing) but also requires planning (always be sunscreening, and keep a mini first aid kit in your bag). Velcro sandals that stay put, sunnies with UVA filters, and a toy to chase around or toss to a new pal will help extend your fresh-air time as long as possible.

  1. Izipizi Sunglasses Izipizi Sunglasses
    Izipizi Sunglasses Izipizi, $35
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  2. Raw Elements lip resuce Raw Elements lip resuce
    Raw Elements lip resuce goop, $6
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  3. Welly First Aid Kit Welly First Aid Kit
    Welly first aid kit Welly, $7
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  4. Pottery Barn Beach Ball Pottery Barn Beach Ball
    Pottery Barn Beach Ball Pottery Barn, $14
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  5. Gucci T-Shirt Gucci T-Shirt
    Gucci T-Shirt Melijoe, $111
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  6. Maisonette dungarees Maisonette dungarees
    Maisonette dungarees Maisonette, $39
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  7. Stride Rite Shoe Stride Rite Shoe
    Stride Rite Shoes Stride Rite, $48
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Playdate

Are you meeting somewhere, or is your date coming over to yours? The former has its benefits: Family clubs like NYC’s The Wonder are perfectly designed for play—and stocked with mesmerizing things you don’t own. But there’s something sweet about at-home hangs, too. Plus, they’re a sneaky way to layer a lesson in sharing and manners into playtime. Whichever adventure you choose, keep it casual with soft sweats and a cool-kid sippy cup.

  1. The Wonder Membership The Wonder Membership
    The Wonder Membership The Wonder, price upon request
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  2. Avocado Green Mattress Book Avocado Green Mattress Book
    Avocado Green Mattress Book goop, $19
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  3. Hydro Flask Bottle Hydro Flask Bottle
    Hydro Flask Bottle Hydro Flask, $30
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  4. Green Tones Drum Set Green Tones Drum Set
    Green Tones drum set The Tot, $60
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  5. Zara Shirt Zara Shirt
    Zara Shirt Zara, $15
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  6. Gap Joggers Gap Joggers
    Gap Joggers Gap, $30
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  7. Stride Rite Shoe Stride Rite Shoe
    Stride Rite Shoes Stride Rite, $46
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