The Safest Convertible Car Seats: Ultimate Guide to Finding the Best Car Seat for Your Baby with Reviews, Safety Ratings and Expert Tips

So here’s the thing. In the parenting world, car seat discussions can get heated. And by heated, we mean hot, hot, hot – to the point of boiling over.

But here’s the other thing: as parents, we all agree that car seats should be a hot topic because they’re one of the most important aspects to keeping our kids safe. The average family spends a lot of time in the car: grocery runs and after-school sports and weekend jaunts and, well, all those interminable minutes and hours you spend going to and fro, hither and thither.

Since you’re reading this guide, we already know you want to keep your kiddos safe in the car. We’ll skip the high-horse speeches – you probably hear enough of that in playgroup, anyway – and jump right to the cold, hard facts. Here are three that stand out:

  • Road-related injuries are the leading cause of preventable injury and death to children in the U.S.
  • The good news: Car seats, correctly installed, can reduce the risk of death by an incredible 71%.
  • The bad news: An estimated 73% of car seats are not installed correctly.

Those are the statistics. Here are a few steps you can take on the way to keeping your children safe:

  • All car seats sold in the U.S. are required to meet or exceed Federal and ASTM Safety Standards.
  • Car seats should also be NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for evaluating seat performance in the event of a severe accident.
  • Parent Central at SaferCar.gov provides excellent reviews on all U.S. car seats. The site also rates each car seat based on its ease of use – an important consideration, given the above statistic that 73% of car seats are used incorrectly.
  • For all-in-one seats and convertibles that transition to boosters, you can also check booster seat ratings at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
  • Third-party review sites, like Consumer Reports, also offer unbiased comfort and safety reviews.

All that said, we’ll add one more layer to the equation – four additional considerations before purchasing a car seat:

  1. Extended Rear-Facing: You may have heard a lot about rear-facing versus front-facing car seats. Let’s cut to the chase: without a doubt, rear-facing is the safest way for your children to ride. Consider purchasing a seat that rear-faces to 40+ pounds. Remember, just because your child hits the minimum required to front-face (1+ year and 20+ pounds), doesn’t mean she should. Rear-facing saves lives.
  2. Extended Front-Facing: As with the transition from rear- to front-facing, your child will likely hit the minimum height and weight required to transition to a booster before he’s actually ready, physically and developmentally. Choose a seat with a high front-facing weight limit (up to 70 pounds) and only transition to a booster when your child outgrows her car seat.
  3. Check the expiration date: Some car seats have a 5-year life, which means they’ll likely expire before your child has the chance to outgrow them. If you’re buying an extended-use or all-in-one car seat, choose one with an 8-, 10-, or 12-year lifespan.
  4. Never buy used: It’s tempting to spring for a deal on a used seat, but you should know that age, wear, and accidents (even just a teeny, tiny fender bender) can compromise a car seat’s safety features. Unless you are 110% sure of a seat’s history – never been in an accident, never left in a spot where the sun shines brightly, etc. – don’t risk your child’s safety for a discount.

Now that we have that out of the way, here are our recommendations for the most stylish, comfortable and, most importantly, safest all-in-one and convertible car seats for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary kids. Let us know which ones make your wish list!

1. Britax Advocate

Britax AdvocateBritax is one of the biggest names in car seats, thanks to incredible safety ratings and high weight limits. The Britax Advocate is one of the brand’s most popular seats, featuring side-impact cushion technology, as well as other Britax safety features: SafeCell technology, integrated steel bars, SafeCell crash technology, and an energy-absorbing Versa-Tether.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 1+ year; 20-65 pounds
  • Front-facing limit: 49 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 4 stars); Consumer Reports (71 points, Very Good rating)

2. Britax Boulevard

Britax BoulevardThe Britax Boulevard is an excellent car seat that will accommodate your newborn (5+ pounds) through her preschool and elementary years (up to 65 pounds). The Boulevard sports all the standard Britax safety characteristics, like the energy-absorbing Versa-Tether, true side-impact protection, SafeCell technology, and steel bars, and has additional comfort features, including a tangle-free five-point harness that never needs to be re-threaded.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 1+ year; 20-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 4 stars); Consumer Reports (71 points, Very Good rating)

3. Britax Marathon

Britax MarathonThis bestseller almost needs no introduction: it’s one of the most popular, talked-about car seats in the U.S. today. It offers full side-impact protection, a solid steel bar frame, SafeCell technology in case of collision, an impact-absorbing Versa-Tether and other seriously advanced safety features, and adds a dose of style with floral, animal print, and colorful covers. It also comes in in the mid-price range, usually under $250 – and that’s for a seat that’ll take you from newborn to 65 pounds. Bottom line: you can’t go wrong with the Britax Marathon!

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 1+ year; 20-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 4 stars); Consumer Reports (69 points, Very Good rating)

4. Britax Pavilion

Britax PavilionThe Britax Pavilion is one of the most popular, adjustable car seats on the market today – and for good reason. With a sky-high weight capacity of 70 pounds, this seat will take you from newborn through elementary school. Even better, the Pavilion upholds Britax’s incredible safety standards and features, scoring top ratings for its side-impact protection, integrated steel bar construction, and SafeCell technology, which keeps your child safe in the event of a crash.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 1+ year; 20-70 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 3 stars); Consumer Reports (71 points, Very Good rating)

5. Britax Roundabout

Britax RoundaboutBritax is known for its high safety ratings and stellar user reviews, but those accolades don’t always come cheap. Enter the Roundabout, which for under $150, delivers on the Britax promise – and represents one of the best deals in convertible car seats today. The Roundabout boasts the same SafeCell Technology, steel bars, and Versa-Tether as other Britax seats, sacrificing only capacity (55 pounds and 46 inches) for the lower price. Be sure to choose the Roundabout G4 model, which is slightly roomier than classic Roundabout 55.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 46 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 1+ year; 20-55 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 46 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 3 stars); Consumer Reports (67 points, Very Good rating; Best Buy award)

6. Chicco NextFit

Chicco NextFitThe Chicco NextFit is one of the best-rated car seats available today, thanks to its easy of use, high weight limit, and superior safety features. We love how simple it is to install and use, with its ReclineSure 9-position leveling system, SuperCinch LATCH tightening, RideRight bubble leveler, 2-position chest clip, and other user-friendly features. And for baby fashionistas, the NextFit comes with a unique, machine-washable zip-off cover that can be easily changed out depending on style and season.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 1+ year; 22-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 4 stars); Consumer Reports (74 points, Very Good rating; Best Buy award)

7. Combi Coccoro

Combi CoccoroThe Combi Coccoro is an ideal choice for parents who want safety and a compact seat: the Coccoro is made especially to fit well in small vehicles, even if you have to double (or triple!) up your seats. Beyond its space-saving features, the Coccoro is a lifesaver, as well: with Tru-Safe® Side Impact Protection, energy-absorbing foam, rear-facing tether, LATCH connectors, and five-point harness, this car seat is both easy to use and very safe. Bear in mind, with a forward-facing weight limit of just 40 pounds, you’ll eventually have to purchase another car seat before your child is ready to transition to a booster.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 3-33 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 19-40 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 20-40 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 19-40 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 3 stars); Consumer Reports (49 points, Good rating)

8. Cosco Scenera

Cosco SceneraIf you’re looking for safety and a great deal, look no further than the Cosco Scenera. Clocking in at under $60, this top-rated value workhorse is LATCH-equipped and features a 5-point harness system with Center Front Adjust and four harness positions. But like the Coccoro, remember that with a forward-facing weight limit of just 40 pounds, you’ll eventually have to purchase another car seat before your child is ready to transition to a booster.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-35 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 19-36 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 22-40 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 34-43 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 4 stars)

9. Diono Radian®RXT

Diono Radian®RXTOh, be still our hearts. The Diono Radian®RXT (and its sister seat, below at #10) is the granddaddy of incredible car seats. At $300+, you may not think of this as a budget seat – but consider what you get for your money: an infant seat, toddler and preschooler car seat, and elementary booster seat (up to 120 pounds), all in one. And if that weren’t enough, the Radian®RXT is so compact, you can fit three-across in a mid-size vehicle; it also folds flat for travel. Huge bonus: it has a 10-year life, so it won’t expire before your kid outgrows it.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-45 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 57″ pounds
  • Front-facing weight limit: 20-80 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 57″ pounds
  • Booster Convertible: Yes; 50-120 pounds and 40-57 inches
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 2 stars); Consumer Reports (44 points, Good rating)

10. Diono Rainier

Diono RainierIf the Radian®RXT almost brought you to tears (it’s okay, we understand!), then hold onto your seats: the Ranier is even better. Diono’s all-new Ranier adds to the Radian’s offerings with increased weight limits – at 50 pounds for rear facing, it’s the highest in the industry! – extra deep side walls, 12-position headrest, and additional side-impact protection. It even adds two years to the Radian®RXT’s 10-year life – 12 years before expiration, meaning your child really can use the seat from newborn bucket seat to toddler car seat to big-kid booster.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-50 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 57″
  • Front-facing weight limit: 20-90 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 57″
  • Booster Convertible: Yes; 50-120 pounds and 40-57 inches
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 2 stars)

11. Evenflo Symphony

Evenflo SymphonyThe Evenflo Symphony is an all-in-one car seat, capable of converting from infant bucket seat to rear- or forward-facing toddler seat and, finally, to a booster seat for older children. Not only that, but the Symphony features SureLATCH® Technology (60-second installation!), e3 Side Impact™ Protection, and safety-tests at and incredible double the Federal Crash Test Standard. And if that’s not enough to pique your interest, get this: the Symphony is a steal at under $200.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 19-37 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 22-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 28-50 inches
  • Booster Convertible: Yes; 40-110 pounds and 43.3-57 inches
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 3 stars); Consumer Reports (67 points, Very Good rating; Best Buy award); Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Best Bet award)

12. Evenflo SureRide™

Evenflo SureRide™The Evenflo SureRide™ was developed to keep your child harnessed for longer, with a wide range of harness adjustments and high height/weight limits. This made-in-the-USA seat takes safety seriously, with side impact protection, thick adding, a 5-point harness, LATCH system, and a safety rating 2x the federal crash test standard. And at under $100, there’s no better value out there.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 19-40 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 22-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 28-54 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 2 stars); Consumer Reports (65 points, Very Good rating; Best Buy award)

13. Graco ComfortSport

Graco ComfortSportThe Graco ComfortSport is a good convertible car seat for families on a budget. At under $100, this workhorse accommodates kids from newborn (5+ pounds) to toddler years (40 pounds, max), and throws in comfort and safety features like LATCH compatibility, EPS energy absorbing foam, an adjustable five-point harness, and installation level indicator. As with similar seats, keep in mind that you’ll probably have to upgrade to another convertible or all-in-one seat once your child exceeds 40 pounds.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-30 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 40 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 20-40 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 40 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Consumer Reports (55 points; Good rating)

14. Graco Head Wise™ 70

Graco Head Wise™ 70Graco’s Head Wise™ 70 is a pretty exciting convertible car seat, given that its weight limits hit the industry floor at 4 pounds (premies and multiples!) and scrape the ceiling at 70 pounds. What’s more, the seat was built with safety in mind and promises to provide the best head protection at both the rear-facing and front-facing stages. Add on features likes LATCH positioning, Graco’s Simply Safe Adjust™ harness system, Safety Surround™ Side Impact Protection, and a solid 5-point harness, and it’s easy to see why this sub-$200 seat is a winner.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 4-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: Until child’s head is no less than 1″ below the red handle
  • Front-facing weight limit: 20-70 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 52 inches pounds
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 4 stars)

15. Graco MyRide 65

Graco MyRide 65Graco’s MyRide 65 is one of our favorite convertible car seats, due to its enviable combination of great price (sub-$125) and extended use. With a weight range of 5-65 pounds, this seat will get you from the hospital through the elementary years – until your child is ready to transition to a backed booster. Graco’s excellent safety features clinch the deal: it exceed U.S. safety standards with EPS energy-absorbing foam, high ratings for side-impact protection, an adjustable 5-point harness, LATCH compatibility, and other keep-your-kiddo-safe features.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: Top of head must be at least 1” (2.5 cm) below the top of the child restraint
  • Front-facing weight limit: 20-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 4 stars); Consumer Reports (64 points, Very Good rating)

16. Graco Size4Me

Graco Size4MeGraco adds another to our list with the Size4Me, an adaptable and well-priced entry to the convertible car seat market. It is incredibly safe, thanks to demanding side-impact testing, energy-absorbing foam, and a five-point harness that earns the seat high safety ratings. We also love that the Size4Me has a low, low weight minimum (just 4 pounds), so even if you’re expecting a premie (or multiples!), this seat will still take you from hospital to elementary school.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 4-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: Top of head must be at least 1” (2.5 cm) below the top of the child restraint
  • Front-facing weight limit: 20-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 4 stars); Consumer Reports (67 points, Very Good rating)

17 . Graco Smart Seat

Graco Smart SeatIf you’re aiming for car seat longevity, you can’t miss the Graco Smart Seat. This all-in-one car seat rear-faces to 40 pounds, front-faces to 65 pounds, and performs as a booster up to 100 pounds. You’ll never need another seat! What’s more, it boasts rigorous safety standards, like SafeSeat engineering, a steel-reinforced frame, side-impact protection, and EPS energy-absorbing foam. And it’s incredibly comfortable, to boot.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: Top of head must be at least 1” (2.5 cm) below the top of the child restraint
  • Front-facing weight limit: 20-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Booster Convertible: Yes; 30-100 pounds and 38-57 inches
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 5 stars);

18. Maxi Cosi Pria™ 70

Maxi Cosi Pria™ 70Can I get an ooh-la-la? We’ll admit, we love that the Maxi Cosi Pria™ 70 comes in a rainbow array of colors, from Bohemian Blue to Sweet Cerise to Brown Leather (say what?!). But we also love that this chic convertible car seat values safety even more than fashion: the Pria™ 70 features the FlexTech™ system (multi-directional energy management) and superior side-impact protection, as well as high weight limits (RF to 40 pounds and FF to 70 pounds). Now that’s what we call style and function!

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 9-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: Until baby’s head reaches to 1″ of top of seat
  • Front-facing weight limit: 22-70 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 52 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 2 stars); Consumer Reports (62 points, Very Good rating)

19. Orbit Baby G3

Orbit Baby G3Hold. The. Phone! Fellow parents, the Orbit Baby G3 turns the convertible car seat world on its head. Walk with me through these awesome features: Not only does the G3 boast side-impact protection, side impact braces, and a 5-point harness, but it also features non-toxic, Brominated Flame Retardant/BFR-free fabrics and is the world’s first convertible car seat to dock onto a stroller and rocker. Hello, beautiful.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 15-35 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: When the child’s ears are not visible above the top of the headrest when seated
  • Front-facing weight limit: 25-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Booster Convertible: Yes/no
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 3 stars)

20. Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio ConvertibleYou probably know Peg Perego for its hip, Italian-made strollers, but did you know the brand also has car seats on offer? Excellent ones, in fact: the Primo Viaggio is a highly adjustable, extended rear-facing car seat with top safety ratings and glowing reviews. We love the Primo Viaggio’s safety features – side-impact protection, 10 adjustable positions for safest fit, energy-absorbing foam, shock-absorbing foam, and a quick-release 5-point harness – and love it even more for accommodating children up to 45 pounds for rear-facing and a whopping 70 pounds for front-facing.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-45 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: As long as head is at least one inch below headrest edge
  • Front-facing weight limit: 22-70 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 49 inches
  • Booster Convertible: Yes/no
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 4 stars)

21. RECARO PERFORMANCE RIDE

Recaro Performance RideAnother stylish convertible car seat from Recaro, the Performance Ride offers the latest in safety technology with the HERO harness system. With HERO, you can be absolutely sure that you’ve positioned the seat to fit your child’s head, neck and shoulders, without the harness twisting and while ensuring proper chest clip positioning. In other words, it’s the safest, most secure installation ever. Add on breathable mesh, memory foam, a comfort pad, and a bevy of safety features, and you see why the Performance Ride makes our list.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: Less than 22.5 inches, seated height
  • Front-facing weight limit: 20-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: Less than 49 inches, standing height
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Consumer Reports (59 points, Good rating)

22. RECARO PRORIDE

Recaro ProRIDERecaro’s reputation for style, form and function live on with the ProRIDE, a convertible car seat that employs serious safety features: a vehicle belt lock-off mechanism (for use when forward-facing), PUR foam in the head restraint, and racing-inspired side impact protection. And rest assured your little one won’t sacrifice comfort for safety, as the ProRIDE also comes equipped with an ergonomic shell, breathable fabric, and comfortable cushioning.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: Less than 22.5 inches, seated height
  • Front-facing weight limit: 20-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: Less than 49 inches, standing height
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Consumer Reports (60 points, Very Good rating)

23. Safety 1st Able 65

Safety 1st Able 65The Safety 1st Able offers an excellent value: at under $100, this seat rear-faces to 40 pounds and front-faces to 65 pounds. Even better, it meets or exceeds Federal and ASTM Safety Standards, and adds great features like a no-rethread, adjustable 5-point harness, 3-position recline base, five harness heights, and one-hand seat adjustment.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 19-40 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 22-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 29-49 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 3 stars); Consumer Reports (57 points, Good rating)

24. Safety 1st Advance 70 Air+

Safety 1st Advance 70 Air+If you like the Safety 1st brand and love a good deal, it doesn’t get much better than the Advance 70 Air+ convertible car seat. This versatile workhorse is for families who practice extended rear-racing (up to 40 pounds and 40 inches) and extended front-facing (70 pounds and 52 inches) – or for families with big kids who outgrow seat limits before they’re developmentally ready. And of course, the Advance 70 Air+ meets Safety 1st’s exacting safety standards and meets or exceeds Federal and ASTM Safety Standards.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 19-40 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 22-70 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 34-52 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 4 stars)

25. Safety 1st All-in-One

Safety 1st All-in-OneAnother addition to the all-in-one car seat category, the Safety 1st All-in-One takes you from newborn bucket seat to toddler (rear-racing to 40 pounds) to elementary school (front-facing to 50 pounds) and, finally, to a belt-positioning booster up to 100 pounds. It’s all the seat you’d ever need – or want, considering this baby has side-impact protection and meets or exceeds Federal and ASTM Safety Standards. Keep in mind its front-facing weight limit (50 pounds) is lower than its competitors (65-70 pounds) – but its price is, too.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 19-36 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 22-50 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 34-45 inches
  • Booster Convertible: Yes; 40-100 pounds and 43-52 inches
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 2 stars); Consumer Reports (46 points, Good rating)

26. Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite™

Safety 1st Alpha Omega EliteAnother entrant to the all-in-one car seat field, the Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite™ is a solid contender. With mid-range weight limits – 35 pounds for rear-facing and 50 pounds for front-facing – and the ability to convert to a booster, not to mention rigorous safety testing and ratings, the Alpha Omega Elite™ is an excellent choice for families seeking value, safety, and extended use.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-35 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 19-36 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 22-50 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 34-45 inches
  • Booster Convertible: Yes; 40-100 pounds and 43-52 inches
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 3 stars)

27. Safety 1st Complete Air 65

Safety 1st Complete Air 65We seemingly can’t get enough of Safety 1st’s affordable offerings, so here’s another to consider. The Complete Air 65 is a long-lasting, convertible car seat that will take you from 5 to 65 pounds and 19 to 49 inches – that’s a small newborn to a large elementary-schooler! What’s more, the seat meets or exceeds Federal and ASTM Safety Standards, and features Safety 1st’s QuickFit™ harness and Air Protect® advanced side impact protection technology.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 19-40 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 22-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 29-49 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 3 stars); Consumer Reports (57 points, Good rating)

28. Safety 1st OnSide Air

Safety 1st OnSide AirIf you’re looking for a well-priced convertible car seat that’ll allow you to keep you child rear-facing for longer, check out the Safety 1st OnSide Air. At under $80, this car seat rear-faces to 40 pounds and piles on safety, with four harness heights and three buckle locations and safety ratings that meet or exceed Federal and ASTM Safety Standards. Keep in mind that this seat forward-faces to just 40 pounds, so when your child hits the upper limit you’ll need to purchase another car seat.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 19-40 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 22-40 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 34-43 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 3 stars); Consumer Reports (64 points, Very Good rating)

29. Snugli All-In-One Car Seat

Snugli All-In-One Car SeatSnugli’s superb All-in-One Car Seat offers great value and very extended use, converting from rear-facing seat (up to 40 pounds) to front-facing seat (up to 65 pounds) to booster mode (up to 110 pounds) – all for under $200. What’s more, Snugli packs in the safety features, with three layers of side-impact foam, a TruTether adjuster, and SureLATCH installation. All this, and your kiddo is still super comfy: the All-in-One also features temperature-regulating fabric, memory foam padding, and a plush pillow.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-40 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: 19-37 inches
  • Front-facing weight limit: 22-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 28-50 inches
  • Booster Convertible: Yes; 40-110 pounds and 43.3-57 inches
  • Reviews & Ratings: Consumer Reports (67 points, Very Good rating)

30. The First Years True Fit I-Alert

The First Years True Fit I-AlertLadies and gentlemen, car seats have gone mobile. The First Years True Fit I-Alert takes car seat safety into the 21st century with revolutionary, mobile-synced alerts that let you know (via smartphone) when unsafe conditions arise – things like an incorrect positioning angle or when your child unbuckles himself mid-ride. The seat also features an easily adjustable 5-point harness, EPP foam for impact protection, LATCH positioning, and a high forward-facing weight limit (65 pounds) for maximum use.

At A Glance:

  • Rear-facing weight limit: 5-35 pounds
  • Rear-facing height limit: Until head is 1 inch below the top of the seat
  • Front-facing weight limit: 23-65 pounds
  • Front-facing height limit: 50 inches
  • Booster Convertible: No
  • Reviews & Ratings: Parents Central on Safercar.gov (Ease-of-use rating: 5 stars)

Bonus Recommendations: Car Seat Accessories

We’re car seat geeks here at Safe Sound Family, so we can’t help but share some of our favorite car safety and comfort add-ons – all those little things that help us get from Point A to Point B, both safely and happily.

  1. Car Seat Protector
  2. Seat Base Protector
  3. Back Seat/Rear-view Mirror
  4. Backseat Organizer
  5. Backseat Organizer #2
  6. Summer Infant Snuzzler
  7. Kick Mat Car Seat Protector
  8. Car Seat Travel Bag
  9. Sun Shade
  10. Add-on Cup Holder
  11. Car Seat Dry Pad/Piddle Pad
  12. Car Seat Sun Shade
  13. Strap Cushions
  14. Travel Pal Organizer
  15. Lap Tray
  16. Car Seat Foot Rest
  17. Seat Belt Button Cover
  18. Seat Belt Locking Clip
  19. Infant Neck Cradler

The Best Digital Cameras for Kids with Camera Reviews, Top Accessories, Photography Books and Websites

Discovery Kids Digital Camera and Video

If your child is always grabbing your smartphone or digital camera and snapping photos, it may be time to consider buying your little one a personal digital camera. Today’s digital cameras have come down in price so far that you can buy a child a camera and not think twice about it. Digital cameras for kids cost just about as much as a toy or video game.

Table of Contents

In this guide, you’ll find:

Considerations When Purchasing a Digital Camera

There are several things to keep in mind when shopping for a digital camera for kids, however. Just as with purchasing toys for children, it’s important to purchase cameras without small parts or batteries that can be swallowed or removed. Digital cameras for kids must also be sturdy enough to take a tumble; even the most careful children will drop their cameras occasionally.

Use the following guidelines when assessing potential digital cameras for kids:

  • How old is your child?  Younger children need sturdy cameras with large, easily manipulated buttons for little fingers and hands. Older children can learn to use more features.
  • How interested is your child in photography?  Children ages 10 and younger may just want a camera to take occasional pictures. As children mature, however, they may show more than a passing interest in photography. If this is the case, consider purchasing a more sophisticated camera for older children and teens.
  • Don’t forget the accessories!  Kids want to see their pictures now, not wait for them through the mail or until you get to the photo printing kiosk at the store. Make sure you also research and purchase a good photo printer so that your budding Ansel Adams can print their pictures at home.

The 25 Best Cameras for Kids

The following list of 25 best digital cameras for kids was created based on actual parent reviews of digital cameras designed and sold as cameras for kids. Parents commented on several factors, including price, functionality, sturdiness, and usefulness. The results include cameras that withstood even the most carefree child’s rough handling and functions that put older model digital cameras to shame.

Fisher Price See Yourself Camera

Fisher Price See Yourself Camera in Purple

1. Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera
The Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera won parents’ acclaim. It’s build to survive rough handling, and comes in several colors include black, pink and blue. Build-in memory device stores over 1,000 pictures, and the 4x digital zoom is great for most photography sessions.

Pros:

  • Functions are kid-friendly.
  • Takes adequate pictures at most distances.
  • Very sturdy case hardly shows a scratch even after multiple falls.
  • Helps children learn the basics of photography.
  • Suitable for ages 3 and up, especially for younger children.

Cons:

  • Some parents remarked that the photos come out blurry unless subjects are perfectly still.
  • Doesn’t take good pictures in very low light.
  • View finder can be awkward.
VTech Kidizoom digital camera

VTech Kidizoom Camera

2. VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera
Like the Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself camera, the VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera is sized for tiny hands. It includes dual grips on the sides so that youngsters can hold the camera easily. Stores up to 1,000 pictures in its memory and even includes a video card. The camera includes games and build-in photo frames so that children can have fun adding colorful frames to their photos. Camera has 1.3 megapixels with 4x digital zoom.

Pros:

  • A games feature enables children to take pictures, and then play with their pictures. Games include picture puzzles and more.
  • Very fast shutter speed enables multiple pictures to be taken quickly.
  • View finder is meant to use with both eyes – great feature for children who cannot close one eye easily.
  • Video feature adds more creative expression for children.
    Intuitive and easy for children to learn to use.

Cons:

  • Screen is small.
  • Poor picture quality in low light.
  • Some parents reported buttons sticking and/or coming off of the camera after only a few months of use.
Fisher Price Kid Tough digital camera

Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Camera

3. Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Camera

Like other Kid Tough Digital Camera models from Fisher-Price, this version garnered good reviews from parents. The lower price point does, however, mean a few less features. Camera stores only 80 pictures at a time, but the slightly larger video screen makes it easier for older children to use this camera. Fisher-Price recommends this camera for older children (ages 7 and up) because some small parts may be a choking hazard.

Pros:

  • Lower price point than similar Fisher-Price cameras.
  • Larger screen makes it easier to see images.
  • Sturdy design.
  • Easy for children to learn to use.
  • Simple USB connection to a PC enables quick photo downloads.

Cons:

  • Some users reported that their Windows-enabled PCs, especially laptops, had trouble detecting the camera (possible software issue).
  • Picture quality deemed “just okay” by many users.
Playskool Showcam 2 in 1 Digital Camera and Projector

Playskool Showcam 2 in 1 Digital Camera and Projector

4. Playskool Showcam 2 in 1 Digital Camera and Projector

Talk about a camera that does it all! If your child is a budding graphic designer, the Playskool Showcam offers over 50 animations that can be added to images and projected for family fun. Kids love putting together home “movies” with the images they’ve taken. The camera stores up to 1,000 photos and connects via a USB cable. The cable is not included with the camera, but it can be purchased at any store selling computer equipment and accessories.

Pros:

  • Kids love the projector ability of this camera and it adds to their enjoyment.
  • Very durable.
  • Easy for children to use.
  • Large viewfinder helps kids see their pictures instantly
  • Easy connection to a computer to download images.

Cons:

  • Blurry, dark pictures indoors even in brightly lit rooms – best for outdoor photography.
VTech Kidizoom FFP Camera

VTech Kidizoom FFP Camera

5. VTech Kidizoom FFP Camera
Like the other VTech cameras for kids, the VTech Kidizoom FFP camera received high marks for its durability and ease of use. Features include 1.3 megapixels with 4x zoom and a 1.8 inch viewfinder.

Pros:

  • Also records video and voice.
  • Includes voice-changer effects.
  • Can edit photos right on the camera itself – no need to download them.
  • Automatic shutoff saves battery life.

Cons:

  • Photos can be blurry unless you’re perfectly still, which is tough for kids.
  • Some parents found their kids had trouble with the navigation buttons.
Crayola 5.1 MP Digital Camera

Crayola 5.1 MP Digital Camera

6. Crayola 5.1 MP Digital Camera
Unlike many of the other cameras for kids, the Crayola model includes a built-in flash, which provides better lighting for indoor shots. Large handle grips on either side of the camera make it easy to hold, and the sturdy design should prove hardy against typical tumbles and spills.

Pros:

  • 5.1 megapixels is higher than many other children’s cameras.
  • Easy for kids to hold.
  • Many parents report it takes better pictures than other kids’ cameras they’ve seen or used.

Cons:

  • You need to purchase additional memory in order for the camera to hold more than a handful of pictures.
  • Does not use a rechargeable battery; uses only disposable batteries.
    Battery life is short.
Crayola 7.1 MP Digital Camera, Purple

Crayola 7.1 MP Digital Camera, Purple

7. Crayola 7.1 MP Digital Camera in Purple
It’s not just the color that’s different on this digital camera. With more mega pixels, this camera’s pictures are even better than the other model. An extra SD card, however, must be purchased with the camera, and pictures must be downloaded to a computer via USB cord.

Pros:

  • Takes better quality pictures than most children’s digital cameras.
  • Battery life is good.
  • Good price/value.

Cons:

  • Must purchase optional SD card and extras.
  • Editing software not particularly useful.
Discovery Kids Digital Camera and Video

Discovery Kids Digital Camera and Video

8. Discovery Kids Digital Camera and Video
This very reasonably-priced digital camera and video recorder offers kids ages 3 and up the ability to take both still shots and videos.

Pros:

  • Parents call this an ‘indestructible’ camera – extremely sturdy.
  • Reasonably priced.

Cons:

  • Picture quality can be poor.
  • Battery charging is very slow.
Disney Princess Digital Video Recorder

Disney Princess Digital Video Recorder

9. Disney Princess Digital Video Recorder
For those princesses in your life, the Disney Princess Digital Video Recorder takes both still and video images with the click of a button. Although the boys will probably disdain the fairy-tale princesses adoring the case, girls will love it.

Pros:

  • Great price for the value provided.
  • Takes both still and video pictures.

Cons:

  • Must purchase memory card separately.
  • Batteries not included.
Discovery Kids Digital Pink & Purple Camera with Video with Full Color LCD Display

Discovery Kids Digital Pink & Purple Camera with Video with Full Color LCD Display

10. Discovery Kids Digital Pink & Purple Camera with Video with Full Color LCD Display
With 16 MB of internal storage memory, this camera for kids is packed with enough memory to store quite a lot of pictures. Pictures can be viewed on the camera itself or on a PC.

Pros:

  • Includes many extras other cameras don’t include such as USB cable and additional memory.
  • Very sturdy design.
  • Includes molded hand-grips to make it easy for kids to hold.

Cons:

  • Picture quality sometimes cited as poor.
  • Requires disposable batteries (not included)
Nikon COOLPIX S31 10.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 720p HD Video (White)

Nikon COOLPIX S31 10.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 720p HD Video (White)

11. Nikon COOLPIX S31 10.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 720p HD Video (White)
While this camera isn’t technically a children’s camera, it often comes up as a go-to choice for parents with older children or teens looking for a good introductory video camera. The waterproof feature makes it useful in all types of outdoor settings. Suitable for ages 13 and up.

Pros:

  • Waterproof for many outdoor and even underwater pictures.
  • Good picture quality, even underwater!
  • Inexpensive enough that parents don’t mind buying it as a ‘first real camera’ for children.

Cons:

  • Shutter speed is slow.
  • Underwater pictures can look grainy.
  • Water seal can malfunction on some models.
Foxnovo 123S 2.0-inch Touch Screen 10M Waterproof Sports Digital Camera DV Camcorder with 32GB Micro SD/TF Card

Foxnovo 123S 2.0-inch Touch Screen 10M Waterproof Sports Digital Camera DV Camcorder with 32GB Micro SD/TF Card

12. Foxnovo 123S 2.0-inch Touch Screen 10M Waterproof Sports Digital Camera DV Camcorder with 32GB Micro SD/TF Card
Like the previous camera, this one is not marketed to kids per se, but is often cited by parents as a good “first real camera” choice when purchasing cameras for children ages 10 and up. Sturdy, well made waterproof case keeps the camera secure while taking pictures on land or sea. Can be used as a camcorder or still camera.

Pros:

  • Comes with 32 GB micro card, which adds great value to the product.
  • Kids can attach it to their bike helmets or other areas to take fun action shots.

Cons:

  • Camera is smaller than average, so probably not good for very young children.
  • Not as sturdy when dropped as other cameras.
Sakar Spider-Man Digital Camera Keychain

Sakar Spider-Man Digital Camera Keychain

13. Sakar Spider-Man Digital Camera Keychain
For the child who has everything…or the child obsessed with Spider-Man…it’s a keychain camera. Small, portable, and decorated with Spider Man themes, it actually takes adequate pictures that kids love.

Pros:

  • Small and lightweight.
  • Takes up to 200 photos.
  • Photo picture adequate for such a small camera.

Cons:

  • Only good for older children.
  • Must connect to PC via USB cable (not included) to download pictures.
Fisher Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera for Girls

Fisher Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera for Girls

14. Fisher Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera for Girls
Yes, the name is the same as other

Pros:

  • Little girls love the girly-pink color and princess-style features.
  • Preschoolers should have no trouble learning to use this camera.
  • Build in flash.
  • Optional SD slot can increase memory storage capacity.

Cons:

  • Can hold only 50 pictures right out of the box.
  • Pictures can be blurry.
  • LCD said to be grainy.
Liquid Image Explorer Series 5.0MP Underwater Digital Camera Mask

Liquid Image Explorer Series 5.0MP Underwater Digital Camera Mask

15. Liquid Image Explorer Series 5.0MP Underwater Digital Camera Mask
For the child who has everything or the budding oceanographer, this isn’t just a camera – it’s an underwater mask with built-in camera. And surprisingly, it takes decent pictures and better videos.

Pros:

  • Frees up your hands so you can swim and enjoy the scenery while you take pictures.
  • Automatic shut off to save batteries.
  • Video and still images capacities.

Cons:

  • Learning curve can be steep to use the features.
  • Automatic shut off can be “too fast” for some people.
  • Some people reported it leaked water, and support for problems was poor.
VTech Kidizoom Kids Digital Camera Red Blue Flames 2x Zoom

VTech Kidizoom Kids Digital Camera Red Blue Flames 2x Zoom

16. VTech Kidizoom Kids Digital Camera Red Blue Flames 2x Zoom
VTech once again impressed parents with this children’s digital camera. Durable, fun and realistic using, many reported it took better quality pictures than expected.

Pros:

  • Good quality pictures for a children’s camera.
  • Very durable design.
  • Reasonably priced.

Cons:

  • Lacks child-friendly handles.
  • Does not have a flash.
Bell+Howell DC5-BL 5MP Digital Camera with 1.8-Inch LCD (Blue)

Bell+Howell DC5-BL 5MP Digital Camera with 1.8-Inch LCD (Blue)

17. Bell+Howell DC5-BL 5MP Digital Camera with 1.8-Inch LCD (Blue)
Although marketed for adults, the super low price point makes this an attractive “real” camera for children and teens who want to take the best quality pictures they can. Direct upload to YouTube enables teens to share videos and still photos with their friends easily and quickly.

Pros:

  • Clear, sharp pictures.
  • School-age children can handle grown up camera functions with ease on this model.
  • Small, compact camera.

Cons:

  • Problems with battery compartment door coming open during use.
  • Micro SD card difficult to insert and remove.
Hello Kitty Digital Camera Kit #94009

Hello Kitty Digital Camera Kit #94009

18. Hello Kitty Digital Camera Kit #94009
This under $20 model camera offers reasonable photos for the price. It’s designed for youngsters but without many of the kid-friendly features the other brands offer. If you’re looking for a digital camera at the cost of a disposable camera, the Hello Kitty model may be right for you.

Pros:

  • Very inexpensive.
  • Includes changeable faces which kids like to use.
  • Takes reasonable quality pictures for the camera specifications.

Cons:

  • Some users report problems connecting camera to their computers.
  • Software reported difficult to use.

 

Kodak Easyshare C195 Digital Camera (Silver)

Kodak Easyshare C195 Digital Camera (Silver)

19. Kodak Easyshare C195 Digital Camera (Silver)
Like several other cameras, this one is marked to adults, but suitable for older children and teens. The Kodak Easyshare receives good marks for picture quality and value for the money.

Pros:

  • Pictures clear and sharp.
  • Better zoom quality than many other digital cameras.

Cons:

  • Good for teens but not younger children.
  • Buttons very small.
  • Typical AA batteries do not last long.
  • Kodak no longer offers website support to upload photos – may need to find alternative methods of uploading photos to your computer.
Nerf 2.1MP Digital Camera With 1.5" TFT Preview Screen, 25056

Nerf 2.1MP Digital Camera With 1.5″ TFT Preview Screen, 25056

20. Nerf 2.1MP Digital Camera With 1.5″ TFT Preview Screen, 25056
The Nerf name seems synonymous with durability, and this camera doesn’t disappoint. Its sturdy design and sport look appeals to boys looking for a good digital camera. Rubberized design makes it both easy to hold and extremely durable.

Pros:

  • Strong, sturdy model good for kids who are rough with their toys.
  • Easy to use.

Cons:

  • Hard to turn on.
  • Difficulty downloading pictures.
Nickelodeon SpongeBob Digital Camera with 1.4-Inch LCD Screen - Yellow (27062)

Nickelodeon SpongeBob Digital Camera with 1.4-Inch LCD Screen – Yellow (27062)

21. Nickelodeon SpongeBob Digital Camera with 1.4-Inch LCD Screen – Yellow (27062)
Fans of SpongeBob will love this yellow digital camera. It includes editing software and holds up to 120 pictures.

Pros:

  • Durable.
  • Easy for young children to use.

Cons:

  • Seems to go through batteries very quickly, and doesn’t offer a rechargeable battery option.
  • Users report problems with camera refusing to turn on again (may be battery issue).
Marvel Avengers Digital Camera

Marvel Avengers Digital Camera

22. Marvel Avengers Digital Camera

Spider-Man, Avengers…for the kid who has to have his favorite characters on the camera, this is a good choice. It’s a fairly standard children’s digital camera holding up to 100 images.
Pros:

  • No additional memory cards needed – holds a reasonable amount for the price.
  • Connects to any computer using standard USB port.

Cons:

  • Not as sturdy as other digital cameras.
  • Buttons can be small for younger children to use.
LEGO 8MP Digital Camera

LEGO 8MP Digital Camera

23. LEGO 8MP Digital Camera
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Pros:

  • Good images for a children’s camera.
  • Rechargeable battery via USB port.
  • Includes flash.

Cons:

  • Holds only 80 pictures without an option to expand memory.
  • Even with rechargeable battery, battery life is short.
  • Complaints about poor customer support.
Disney Mickey Mouse 2.1MP Digital Camera (81016)

Disney Mickey Mouse 2.1MP Digital Camera (81016)

24. Disney Mickey Mouse 2.1MP Digital Camera (81016)

This 2.1 megapixel camera offers children a fun, simply to use camera for every day picture taking. A good starter camera for young children.

Pros:

  • Durable.
  • Simple to use.
  • Includes wrist strap, USB cable, software and many extras.

Cons:

  • Only holds 28 pictures at a time.
  • Higher than normal number of complaints about damaged units inside the packaging.
Cobra Digital Squeezable Kids Camera, Blue DC150-BL

Cobra Digital Squeezable Kids Camera, Blue DC150-BL

25. Cobra Digital Squeezable Kids Camera, Blue DC150-BL
The Cobra Digital camera includes a digital camera, web camera and video camera in one neat package. The soft, squeezable rubber shell holds up to a lot of abuse, and makes this a good first camera for kids.

Pros:

  • Excellent price for the value.
  • Durable and unique soft rubber shell for the camera protects it and makes it easy for kids to hold.

Cons:

  • Buttons and modes can be confusing for children to learn.
  • Can only take pictures from about two to four feet away from the subject.

Accessories for Your Child’s Digital Camera
Many of the digital cameras listed include basic accessories, such as a wrist strap, but most benefit from some simple accessories. Read the description included with the camera carefully and note what additional accessories you might need.

Triple Pack 2GB MaxRam SD Memory Card

Triple Pack 2GB MaxRam SD Memory Card

Memory Cards

  • Transcend 2 GB SD Flash Memory Card (TS2GSDC): The Transcend 2 GB flash memory card offers an inexpensive workhorse of a card that’s great to use with kids’ digital cameras. It can be a little slow, but offers all the features of pricier memory cards at a value price.
  • 2 GB SD Memory Card for Fisher Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera digital camera/camcorder is pre-formatted for the Kid-Tough line of Fisher Price video and digital cameras. It offers convenience at an affordable price.
  • Triple Pack 2GB MaxRam SD Memory Card offers a multipack of memory cards compatible with Vtech Kids Digital Cameras and many other popular models.

USB Cables

Fisher-Price USB Cable

Fisher-Price USB Cable

  • dCables Fisher-Price Kid-Tough USB CableUSB Computer Cord for Kid-Tough offers a replacement or additional USB cable compatible with Fisher-Price Kid Tough cameras.
  • BIRUGEAR USB Sync Cable Cord for VTech V Tech Kidi Zoom Digital Camera with Cable Tie connects your child’s Vtech camera to the computer easily and affordably through a USB cable.

duragadget padded case

Cases

  • VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera Case – Pink: Buying a VTech Kidizoom camera for that special little girl? Then make sure she has a fashionable matching pink camera case to go with it!
  • DURAGADGET Padded Camera Bag / Case With Shoulder Strap & Zip Pockets For Children’s VTech Kidizoom Cameras (Including Plus, Twist & Other Models) offers kids a camera bag that looks, feels and performs just like an adult’s camera bag. Protects, stores and transports their cameras in style.
Canon SELPHY CP910 Black Portable Wireless Compact Photo Color Printer

Canon SELPHY CP910 Black Portable Wireless Compact Photo Color Printer

Digital Printers

Photo printers aren’t just for the kids in the family. The following photo printers offer great value, crisp color and great images.

  • Canon SELPHY CP910 Black Portable Wireless Compact Photo Color Printer: Hook up a camera or use a digital device like an iPad to print each photo on the Canon Selphy. Borderless printing creates professional-looking images right at home.
  • Epson Stylus C88+ Color Inkjet Printer (C11C617121): Epson’s photo printer offers speedy printing with great resolution, borderless images, and the most popular image sizes. This is a great photo printer for both children and adults.
Zazoo Photo Clock for Toddlers and Kids of All Ages, Green/Owls

Zazoo Photo Clock for Toddlers and Kids of All Ages, Green/Owls

Digital Pictures Frames

American Girl Crafts Memory Book, Friends

American Girl Crafts Memory Book, Friends

Traditional Photo Albums

  • Enesco Big Brother 7″ Photo Album: Soft cover with handles to make it easy for younger children to carry and share their favorite photos. Great photo album for a child with a new baby brother or sister.
  • Disney Mickey and Gang “Sweet Memories” Photo Album: These traditional photo albums let your child display his original pictures on 10 white pages with clear cling-film covers.
  • American Girl Crafts Memory Book, Friends: The American Girl Crafts Memory Book transforms your child’s photos into an original scrapbook. Includes stickers, templates and scrapbooking ideas for hours of fun arranging photos and telling stories to share with family and friends.

Books for Kids Interested in Photography

  • Using Digital Images (Super Smart Information Strategies) by Suzy Rabbat presents information on digital photography for ages 9 and up.
  • Photography for Kids! A Fun Guide to Digital Photography (English and English Edition) Hardcover – May 11, 2011 by Michael Ebert.
  • Cameras for Kids by John Crippen: This book both informs and inspires kids to take better photos and transform their photos into simple crafts. Most of the craft supplies can be purchased inexpensively at the dollar store or made from recycled materials.
woman and child with digital camera

Image by Tim Samoff

Websites for the Budding Photographer

Inspire your budding photographer by sharing the following resources. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to take more pictures, too!

  • Click It Up a Notch offers free photography tips for all ages, but their article on photography techniques and crafts for kids is sure to spark your child’s creativity.
  • Teaching Kids Photography offers lesson plans, tips, techniques and more to teach children all about digital photography. It’s a great resource that includes tons of information to help your child get the most out of his new digital camera.
  • Teach a Child Photography is an article that shares great tips, tricks and links to more information to help your child enjoy his digital photography hobby.
  • Heidi Jensen is a photographer who teaches kids ages 8 to 11 how to take great photographs.
  • The Artful Parent features a good article on teaching kids the art of photography:
  • Teach Kids How offers advice for teaching kids digital photography skills at different ages.
  • This free information sheet offers advice to teach children how to use digital cameras. It focused on the most common problems kids face when taking pictures, and how to help them overcome those problems to take better images.
  • Teachers and home schooling parents can find ideas for incorporating digital photography into daily lessons, especially for children ages 7 to 10, in this informative article from Education World.
  • Help your kids learn basic photography vocabulary with YouLearn.
  • MetroParent offers advice for teaching children the basics of photography.

More Safety Solutions for Kids and Families:

50+ Essential Home Fire Safety Products for Kids and Families

Keeping your family safe is your Number 1 priority, so it’s no wonder fire prevention and fire safety are on your mind.

Most likely, you’ve already taken the standard precautions: you have smoke detectors installed throughout your home; you have strategically positioned several fire extinguishers; and you’ve taught your kids not to play with matches. You may have an oven lock and the grill’s gas tank is probably stored out of reach of your littlest family members.

But what else can you do to keep your family safe? How can you prevent fires from happening in the first place? And how can you prepare for the possibility of a home fire? What steps can you take to keep you family safe?

First, have a look at our guide to Fire Safety for Kids. Then, check out the following list. These 50 products will help you keep your family safe and protected from the threat of fire.

Fire Prevention Products

Fire prevention is your best fire safety weapon, so we’ve stacked this category high and wide with products we love. These items will help you teach your kids about fire prevention and safety, and will help prevent a fire from ever starting in your home. Because while we understand the importance of knowing the escape route and sounding the alarm, what we really want is for your family to avoid a fire in the first place.

1. Fire Safety Books

Fire Safety BooksA book may not seem like a number-one placeholder on a list of must-have fire prevention products, but if you have young children in the house, one of the best fire prevention methods is old-fashioned education. Pick up a few books on fire safety and prevention and, if it sparks your children’s interest, one or two on firefighters. These books are written with kids in mind, so they’ll help drill important messages and debunk fears, all while entertaining.

Also Try: Sparky the Fire Dog or Matthew the Monkey Goes Bananas for Fire Safety

2. Fire Safety Coloring Book

Fire Safety Coloring BookAfter reading books about fire safety, what’s the next logical thing? Coloring, of course. Fire safety/prevention coloring & activity books let kids do what they love, but also work to reinforce the lessons you (and your kiddos’ favorite books) have taught.

Also Try: Futoro’s Fire Safety Coloring Book For Kids or Fire Department: Marty and Jetts’ Activity Book: Let’s Have Fun with Fire Safety

3. Fire Safety Movies

Fire Safety MoviesThe final addition to our fire safety education stash, movies can serve as an entertaining and educational final reinforcement to your fire safety lessons. Let your kids interact, laugh, shout and watch other kids learn about fire prevention and safety. If they’re anything like our kids, they’ll ask to watch the movies over and over again, truly internalizing the message.

Also Try: Safety Smart Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy: Fire Classroom Edition [Interactive DVD] or

4. Fire Escape Plan

Fire Escape PlanThis isn’t a product, but it is a necessity: when everyone is calm and paying attention, sit down for a family meeting to discuss your fire exit route. Let your kids talk about their fears and anxieties, and explain how a well planned and practiced escape route is the best, most effective way to keep your family safe. For more information, check out our guide on creating a family fire escape plan.

5. Extension Cord with Fire Shield

Extension Cord with Fire ShieldYou likely have extension cords threaded throughout your house, but did you know they may not be perfectly fireproof? Extension cords with built-in fire shields take prevention to the next level with automatic sensors that detect overload, overheating, pinching or other factors that can cause electrical fires.

Also Try: TRC 90819 FIRST ALERT LCDI Safety Extension Cord, Protected with Fire Shield, 3-Outlet, 9-Feet or TRC 90820 FIRST ALERT LCDI Safety Extension Cord, Protected with Fire Shield, 1-Outlet, 6-Feet

6. Flame-Resistant Pajamas

Flame-Resistant PajamasThe very idea of flame-retardant pajamas is terrifying for any parent, but it’s a discussion we need to have. With babies and toddlers, it is essential to clothe them in pajamas that will not catch fire if they get too close to the stove, the grill, or other open flame. These pjs come in two basic versions: fleece footies/sleepers that are treated with flame-retardants, or close-fitting cotton pajamas with no loose parts that could catch fire.

Also Try: Sara’s Prints Little Boys’ Flame Resistant Two Piece Pajama Set or

7. Safety Pilot Light

Safety Pilot LightIf you own a liquid propane or natural gas-fueled vented fireplace, consider installing a safety pilot light. There’s a handy on/off switch, but what’s most useful is the automatic shutoff if the internal flame is accidentally extinguished. Bonus: it’s 100% carbon monoxide and oxygen depletion safe.

8. Childproof Lighters

Childproof LightersKids are curious and they love fire. Having lighters around can be dangerous, especially with young children who haven’t had enough time to absorb your fire prevention talks. Invest in a few childproof lighters, which require extra coordination to light. Always keep fire-starters far out of children’s reach.

Also Try: Calico Hot Shot 2 Wind Resistant Lighter or Refillable Lighter for Kitchen Camping Grilling BBQ Home Adjustable Flame

9. Heat-Resistant Gloves

Heat-Resistant GlovesKitchen accidents are an unfortunate but all-too-common cause of home fires around the country. Reduce your risk of dropping hot pots, plates and dishes full of hot oil and flammable ingredients with heat-resistant gloves. You’ll be happily surprised to know they work as well, if not better than oven mitts!

Also Try: VERANO KITCHEN PREMIUM Silicone BBQ Gloves or KitchCo Premium Silicone BBQ Gloves

10. Flame-Resistant Oven Mitts

Flame-Resistant Oven MittsIf you’re a hardcore fan of oven mitts (and who could blame you?), do invest in a set or two of the flame-resistant variety. If you accidentally place them on the stovetop or drop one in the oven, these puppies won’t light the entire kitchen on fire.

Also Try: 17-Inch Flame Resistant Oven Mitts or Winco Flame Resistant Oven Mitt

11. Flammable Storage Safety Cabinet

Flammable Storage Safety CabinetFlammable liquids and kids don’t mix. Take precautions with a flammable storage safety cabinet. It’s similar in theory (and execution) to a gun cabinet, locking away dangerously flammable materials behind lock and key. Or combination, depending on your preference.

Also Try: Justrite Sure-Grip EX 893000 Safety Cabinet for Flammable Liquids or Eagle 1932SC6 Combo Safety Cabinet for Flammable Liquids

12. Fireplace Door Lock

Fireplace Door LockIt can be a little nerve-wracking, not to mention dangerous, to have a crawler or toddler near your fireplace. Be smart with a fireplace door lock, which closes your fireplace against investigative and tiny hands. Bonus: it’ll keep any dying embers from hopping onto your carpet, after you’ve finished enjoying the flames.

Also Try: Baby Safety Fence Auto-Close Hearth Gate or Auto Close HearthGate

13. Safety Gas Shut-off Valve

Safety Gas Shut-off ValveIf you’ve ever forgotten to turn off your gas grill supply, this one’s for you. These useful timers will automatically switch off your gas cylinder after a set period of time, thus reducing the risk of gas leaks (and their accompanying fires).

Also Try: GASAV-R WA-2 Automatic Shut-Off and Timer Valve

14. Oven Front Lock

Oven Front LockIf you have curious little ones and haven’t already babyproofed your stove, snap up an oven lock immediately. These ingenious little gadgets lock your oven door, so even the most inquisitive toddlers can’t break into the fiery hazards within.

Also Try: Dreambaby Swivel Oven Lock with EZ-Check Indicator

15. Stove Knob Covers

Stove Knob CoversAnd speaking of your stove, while you’re installing the oven lock, pick up some stove knob covers. These snap-on doodads make it impossible for determined little ones, even as they stretch up on their tippiest tiptoes, to turn on your stovetop burners.

Also Try: Dreambaby 4 Pack Stove Knob Covers or TotShield Stove Guard for Free Standing Gas and Electric Stoves

16. Outlet Tester

Outlet TesterOutlet testers are a very inexpensive, very useful tool for checking your home’s electrical system on a regular basis. Just plug it into the wall, and you’ll know immediately whether any of your outlets could cause potential problems. I can almost hear Smokey the Bear saying, “Only YOU can prevent home electrical fires.”

Also Try: GE 3-Wire Receptacle Tester 50542 or GE GFCI Tester 50957

17. Safe Portable Space Heater

Safe Portable Space HeaterPortable space heaters are incredibly cozy during the coldest months, but they can also be dangerous around pets and young ones, especially when tipped over. Take precautions with the newest technology in space heaters, which feature auto-shut off when tipped and when the pilot light goes out, and can even detect low oxygen levels in the room.

Also Try: Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat or Lasko 5307 Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater, 16-Inch

18. Fire-Safe Wastebasket

Fire-Safe WastebasketWe’re not implying that you should burn refuse in your wastebasket, but you should still consider a fire-resistant wastebasket. They’re the same price as standard trashcans, but with the added benefit of being resistant to kitchen calamities like hot oil, as well as not-quite-stubbed-out cigarettes or even an electrical fire fed by office papers. Plus, they’re sweet looking. Win-win.

Also Try: Rubbermaid Commercial Polyethylene Fire-Safe Step-On Receptacle or Rubbermaid WB26AL Fire-Safe Wastebasket, Round, Steel, 6 1/2 gal, Almond

19. Fire-Safe Gasoline Can

Fire-Safe Gasoline CanDo you store gasoline for your lawn mower or other home tools? If so, you need a safety gas can, which features proper venting, is 100% leak-proof, and has a flame-resistant arrestor screen. It’ll be the best investment you make in your garage, at least as far as fire safety’s concerned.

Also Try: Eagle UI-2-S Red Galvanized Steel Type I Gas Safety Canor Justrite AccuFlow 7250130 Type II Galvanized Steel Safety Can

20. Fire Block Foam

Fire Block FoamUnless you’re a skilled DIYer, this may be one precaution best left to your contractor. Either way, consider spraying this expanding, flame-resistant foam into nooks, crevices and anywhere you want to encourage the slowest possible spread of fire.

Also Try: Green Professional Quality Spray Foam Gun

21. Fire-Resistant Hearth Rug

Fire-Resistant Hearth RugYes, we’re back on the topic of cozy, on-purpose fires – the kind you keep in the fireplace. But this time, we’re talking fire prevention too, in the form of flame-resistant hearth rugs, which help prevent popping sparks, embers and other fireplace collateral from turning into something much more dangerous. Plus, pinecones are just so irresistibly festive.

Also Try: Minuteman International H-604 Jardinor Flame-Resistant Fiberglass Half-Round Hearth Rug

22. Grill Rug/Pad

Grill Rug:PadGrilling can be an enjoyable family activity during those warm summer months, but we should never forget that it involves open flame. Take extra precautions by placing your grill on top of a flame-resistant grill pad, which will help stop errant sparks or flaming food from becoming anything more.

Also Try: The Original Grill Pad Earthtone Brown Grill Pador Drymate GMC3058 Grill Mat

23. Flame-Retardant Curtains

Flame-Retardant CurtainsOutfitting your entire home with flame-retardant curtains may be a bit much – not to mention, a bit constricting to your style – but consider hanging these babies in the kitchen, children’s rooms, and other sensitive areas. They’ll afford you a few extra minutes to grab your kids and get out of the house, in case of fire. Bonus: They’re blackout, too.

Also Try: Best Home Fashion Beige Wide Width Flame Retardant Grommet Blackout Curtain or Best Home Fashion Navy Wide Width Flame Retardant Grommet Blackout Curtain

24. Stove Board

Stove BoardIf you have a wood stove – oh so cozy! – you should really pick up a stove board. These inexpensive little pads go under your wood stove or heater to provide a buffer between your flooring and the hot, hot stove. That means less chance of fire – and a sleek stove decoration, to boot.

Also Try: Imperial Manufacturing Type 2 Stove Board

25. Grill Cover

Grill CoverYes, we’re back to the grill again. These puppies dish up a lot of enjoyment, but they are absolutely a point of concern when it comes to fire prevention. Enter the grill cover. It’s not fire resistant and it doesn’t seem to do much (except provide pretty window dressing and ward off dust), but when you consider young kids, a grill cover does one thing perfectly: it keeps small fingers away from ignitions, gas tanks, charcoal, and other fire hazards.

Also Try: Char-Broil 72″ Heavy Duty Grill Cover or Premium Heavy Gauge Barbeque Grill Cover

26. Outlet Covers

Outlet CoversOutlet covers – not just to prevent shocks! You probably know these babyproofing necessities for their common use: stopping little ones from sticking their fingers into live plugs. But if you’ve ever watched inquisitive toddlers, you know that they do everything they shouldn’t – including sticking toys and paper clips and zippers and, well, everything into empty plugs. Stop the fire hazard before it starts.

Also Try: Munchkin 36 Count Plug Coversor 30 Fisher Price Shock Guards Child Safety Outlet Covers

27. Flameless Candles

Flameless CandlesCandles add to the atmosphere of your home, but they can also be a serious fire risk. Eliminate the problem with flameless candles. They flicker, they light, they set the mood – but they’re also safe. So even if you doze off in the tub (although please try to avoid that!) or forget to blow out the candle before you go to bed, you’ll never run the risk of setting flame to your home.

Also Try: Instapark® LCL-24 Battery-powered Flameless LED Tealight Candles, 2-Dozen Packor 3 Pack of Ivory Flameless Pillar Candles with Remote and Timer

28. Fire-safe Ashtray

Fire-safe AshtrayIf you smoke, or ever have guests who smoke, you need a fire-safe ashtray. They’re made from flame-resistant materials, with deep basins that don’t tip easily. So if someone accidentally leaves a lit cigarette unattended, you’re as safe as possible from starting a home fire.

Also Try: Fire Proof Mini-ashtray with Blue Led Light Shine When It Is Opened

29. Fire Guard Spray

Fire Guard SprayBelieve it or not, there’s an inexpensive spray that can turn all your favorite textiles into fire-retardant fabrics. It’ll work on natural and manmade fibers, so feel free to apply it to carpets, drapes, curtains and other upholstered fabrics. Not recommended for use on leather, clothing, bedding, or similar fabrics.

Also Try: No-Burn 1102A Original Fire Retardant Spray or

Fire Safety Products

In the event that the worst does occur and there’s a fire in your home, the following products will work hard to keep you safe. They’ll sound the alarm, both to you and emergency rescue workers, while they get you to safety and keep your most important possessions from burning.

30. Smoke Detectors

Smoke DetectorsSmoke detectors are your family’s first alert to dangerous fire, so these are probably the absolute, most important, you-simply-cannot-do-without fire safety product on the market. The general rule of thumb is to install at least one smoke detector/alarm per floor of your home, and one outside every sleeping area of your home. If you can, purchase a combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector.

Also Try: Kidde i9040 Fire Sentry Battery-Operated Ionization Sensor Compact Smoke Alarm or Kidde i4618 Firex Hardwire Ionization Smoke Detector with Battery Backup

31. Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon Monoxide DetectorsIf you already have smoke alarms installed, you should purchase at least one carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide, also known as the “silent killer,” causes flu-like symptoms and is undetectable via sight, scent or taste. Protect your family with an inexpensive but life-saving carbon monoxide alarm.

Also Try: First Alert CO600 Plug In Carbon Monoxide Alarm or Kidde KN-COPP-B-LPM Battery-Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Digital Display

32. Fire Alarm

Fire AlarmIf you own a home security system, check whether it includes a fire alarm – an alert system in case of fire. Today, even the DIY-type home alarms have built-in fire security, which will either alert your or, for a small monthly fee, direct-dial the local fire department in case of emergency.

Also Try: Wireless Home Security System w/ Phone Dialer or Ja-10bgsm 101 Zones Wireless GSM Home Security Alarm Burglar + Fire System

33. Fire Extinguishers

Fire ExtinguishersLike smoke detectors, fire extinguishers are another obligatory fire safety item to stash around the house. At the very least, keep one in your kitchen, one near the bedrooms, and one on every floor of your home; to be on the safe side, purchase additional extinguishers for each bedroom, the grill area, and other logical spots.

Also Try: Kidde 466141 Kitchen/Garage Fire Extinguisher 10-BC or

34. Fire Escape Ladder

Fire Escape LadderIf you have second- or third-floor bedrooms in your home, fire escape ladders are a must. These lightweight, handy ladders fold up when not in use, but are easy to attach to any window for a safe, fall-free climb out a window if fire were to strike during sleeping hours. Be sure to purchase one for every bedroom.

Also Try: First Alert EL52-2 Two-Story 14-Foot Escape Ladder or Kidde KL-2S Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder with Anti-Slip Rungs, 13-Foot

35. Fireproof Safe

Fireproof SafeCertain documents and possessions are irreplaceable: original birth certificates, family heirlooms, jewelry, sentimental items, updated wills – your list is your own. But no matter what it is you hold dear, a fireproof safe will protect these items from fire damage.

Also Try: First Alert 2092DF Waterproof 1-Hour Fire Safe with Digital Lock, 1.3 Cubic Feet or SentrySafe 1200BLK Fire Chest

36. Fire-Resistant Document Bags

Fire-Resistant Document BagsIf you don’t want to invest in a fireproof safe – or simply want backup protection – consider purchasing a few fire-resistant document pouches. They’ll help you keep your valuables protected and, as a bonus, are easily portable: if it’s safe, grab the bag on your way to evacuation.

Also Try: US Patrol Fire Resistant Document Bag or U.S. Patrol JB5076 Fire Resistant Document Bag

37. First Aid Kit

First Aid KitIf you’re caught in a home fire, one of the best things you can do is have a first-aid kit waiting at or near your meet-up point. A good kit will come primed with everything you need to clean and dress scratches and scraped knees, but you may want to prime the kit with some additional supplies, like sunburn gel to cool heated skin.

Also Try: Coleman Expedition First Aid Kit (205-Piece) or First Aid Kit With Hard Case (326 pcs)

38. Rescue Stickers

Rescue StickersIt’s a good idea to label your children’s bedroom windows with firefighter alert stickers, which let firefighters know where children might need rescue. You can also purchase one each for your cars, since car fires can also happen.

39. Pet Safety Alert Stickers

Pet Safety Alert StickersSpeaking of firefighter alert stickers, you’ll need some for your pets, too. These are best positioned near your front door or other visible spot, so rescue professionals know how many and what types of pets live in your home.

Also Try: PET SAFETY ALERT 234001 2-Count Static Cling Window Decal for Pets or 2-Pack Pet Rescue Alert To Fire Department | Window Stickers Decals Dogs Cats

40.

Seatbelt Cutter & Window BreakerNot a fun thought, but in the event of a car accident or fire, a seatbelt cutter and window breaker combo saves lives. This incredible tool is small enough to fit in your glove compartment and easy enough to use, but it’ll cut you and your kids out of stuck seatbelts AND have your windows open before rescue workers have even been called.

Also Try: Seatbelt Cutter Window Breaker Escape Toolor Car Emergency Escape Window Break Hammer

41. Escape Hammer

Escape HammerIf you want or need a larger, more powerful car-escape tool, go for an escape hammer. Like window breakers, they also have a sharp blade to cut through seatbelts, but they’re larger in case you need extra help in the window-shattering department.

Also Try: LifeHammer Safety Hammer Evolution or BladesUSA CS-044 Emergency Rescue Hammer

42.

Emergency Gas & Water Shutoff ToolThere are few things more frightening that the thought of a natural disaster – except the thought of a second natural disaster (fire) on top of the first. Prepare yourself with an emergency gas shutoff tool, so you can easily reduce your risk of explosion and fire during an earthquake, hurricane, or similar situation.

Also Try: Gas Shut-Off Wrench or Prime-Line Products Emergency Gas Shut-Off Wrench Mill

43.

Grab 'N Go BackpackPurchase or prepare an emergency “to go” backpack, filled with a few days’ worth of supplies. In case of a home fire, you and your kids will be relieved to have the comfort of familiar pajamas and toothbrushes, and in the case of fire-from-natural disaster, extra necessities like flashlights and masks.

Also Try: Deluxe 2-Person Perfect Survival Kit for Emergenciesor Mayday Emergency Survival Backpack Kit

44. Rapid Evacuation Device

Rapid Evacuation DeviceInvented by firefighters, a rapid evacuation device helps you get small children and pets out of a burning home faster and safer. Essentially, this is just a bag with tether – but it’s a life-saving device when you consider that half of all children killed in fires are under age 5. The device allows you to bypass long flights of steps and lower you children out the window, into the rescuing arms of firefighters or family members below.

45. Fire-Resistant Filing Cabinet

Fire-Resistant Filing CabinetIf you keep a home office, a fireproof filing cabinet can be your best friend. Keep your most important documents – tax returns, bills, pay stubs, etc. – locked away in this flame-resistant file chest, and even if the worst happens, your most important documents will stay safe and sound.

Also Try: Honeywell Model 1104 Molded Fire/Water Chestor First Alert 2037F Fire and Water File Chest

46. Fire-Retardant Mattress Cover

Fire-Retardant Mattress CoverYou probably already use mattress covers on yours and your children’s beds, so next time you’re ready to upgrade, purchase the fire-retardant variety. Not only will it keep you protected from dust mites, bedbugs, mold, and other natural beasties, but it won’t catch flame in the event of a nighttime fire, granting you extra moments to get out of bed and the house, safely.

47. Escape Hatchet

Escape HatchetNot a pretty mental picture, we know, but if you’re ever trapped in a burning building with no immediate escape route, an emergency hatchet is the perfect tool to carve your own path through wood, hot metal, and other materials. Note: Be sure to always – always! – store a hatchet with its blade covered and in a place far from the reach of young children.

Also Try: Gerber 31-002070 Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet with Nylon Sheathor Estone New Multi-function Outdoor Camping Emergency Survival Tools Hatchet Axe Hammer

48. Flashlights

FlashlightsNot exactly a fire-prevention tool, but flashlights are absolutely necessary in the event of an emergency. If your power goes out or you need to signal to family members through smoke, an emergency flashlight can, quite literally, be a lifesaver. We prefer rechargeable or self-charging (crank) flashlights, so you never have to worry about dead batteries. Bonus: Our top pick also comes with a built-in radio, emergency beacon and cell-phone charger. Talk about being prepared.

Also Try: Chromo Inc® Immedia-Light Hand Crank Flashlight 4 Pack for Immediate Emergencyor Energizer Weatheready 3-LED Carabineer Rechargeable Crank Light, Red

49. Emergency Escape Mask

Emergency Escape MaskSmoke inhalation can be just as fatal as actual flame. Equip every member of your family with an emergency escape mask, so in the event of overwhelming smoke, they have precious minutes of fresh, clean air to breathe while they make their way outside to safety.

Also Try: Safe Escape Smoke Fire Hood ASE60 Soft Case or iEvac Smoke/Fire Hood EBP 900 American Certified

50. Electronic Radon Detector

Electronic Radon DetectorWhile radon gas doesn’t cause fire, we would be remiss to exclude a radon detector from this list. While many homes have smoke and even carbon monoxide detectors, far few have radon detectors – even though radon can be as deadly as fire or carbon monoxide. So while you’re busy installing your other detectors, grab one of these, too.

Also Try: First Alert RD1 Radon Gas Test Kit or Corentium Digital Electronic Radon Gas Monitor

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A Guide to Probiotics For Kids: Research, Supplements, Reviews and Best Resources

According to an April 2011 article in American Family Physician, probiotics are “supplements containing organisms that change the microflora of the host. These organisms are typically Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Streptococcus species. They are able to predominate and prevail over potential pathogenic microorganisms in the human digestive tract, and are thought to produce metabolic byproducts that function as immune modulators.” In layman’s terms, probiotics are “good bacteria” that help fight “bad bacteria.”

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As early as November 2010, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reported on the health benefits of probiotics and prebiotics for kids, including infants and children. According to a review of the report by Dr. Laurie Barclay, probiotics are “supplements or foods containing viable microorganisms capable of changing host microflora. Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have shown probiotics to be modestly effective in treating acute viral gastroenteritis in healthy children. For otherwise healthy children and infants with diarrhea from acute viral gastroenteritis, giving probiotics early in the course may reduce the duration of diarrhea by 1 day.” Dr. Barclay also explains in her review: “preliminary results were encouraging in RCTs in which probiotics were used to treat childhood Helicobacter pylori gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic ulcerative colitis, and infantile colic, or to prevent childhood atopy.” With probiotics becoming more popular in 2010, it’s not surprising that at least two infant formulas containing probiotics were being sold in the United States by December of that year.

Now that more time has passed for clinical trials and research on probiotics, doctors and researchers are finding the probiotics have positive results in infants and children. In a January 2014 study published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers found that “administering five drops of the probiotic lactobacillus reuteri results in much shorter crying episodes, less spitting up and less constipation” when given to infants during their first three months of life. According to the study, infants who received the probiotic cried for only 38 minutes at a time, rather than 71 minutes. Plus, they spat up two fewer times a day than the infants who received a placebo. The study involved a total of 554 newborns in 9 hospital pediatric units. This encouraging news means that probiotics may help prevent stomach problems like colic from developing in infants. And, Dr. Frank Greer, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert in infant nutrition, says probiotics can suppress the growth of “bad bacteria” like E. coli.

There are several products containing probiotics available now for children and infants. Popular products include infant formulas already containing probiotics, powdered probiotics to add to milk or yogurt, yogurts and yogurt drinks that contain probiotics, and probiotic supplements. Some parents are wary of giving their children food and drinks containing probiotics because they do not know exactly how much of the probiotics their children are actually getting or whether they are getting too much. An easier solution is to give your children probiotic supplements so that you can control the types and amounts they are ingesting. As with any medication or supplement, you may want to consult your child’s pediatrician before beginning to administer probiotics.

Here, we share our list of the 20 best probiotics for kids. We have chosen those that are most easily ingested and those that contain the most beneficial probiotics, according to the evidence-based research and studies conducted over the past few years.  The probiotics are listed in no particular order; they are numbered for easy reference.

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The 20 Best Probiotic Supplements for Kids

1.

@NaturesPlus

Nature's Plus Animal Parade AcidophiKidz probiotic

Nature’s Plus AcidophiKidz results in healthful gastrointestinal balance for your children, because of its intestinal floral. Kids will love the mixed berry flavor, and parents will enjoy knowing they have chosen a probiotic that is gluten free and includes pure fructooligosaccharides (FOS) to “maximize the effects of probiotic supplementation by enhancing bioavailability and fostering friendly intestinal floral growth.”

Key ingredients:

  • Rhododendron caucasicum
  • B. coagulans
  • fructooligosaccharides

Cost: *Est. $17 – 90-count bottle

2. Rainbow Light Probiolicious Gummies
@RainbowLightNS

Rainbow Light Probiolicious Gummies probiotics for children

With its shelf-stable, gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free Probiolicious Gummies, Rainbow Light seeks to make supporting and maintaining a healthy digestive system for your children and yourself as simple as possible. Don’t worry about food allergies because the Allergen Safeguard guarantees Probiolicious Gummies do not contain gluten, soy, yeast, milk, eggs, nuts, fish, or shellfish. With a multi-function probiotic as well as prebiotics from inulin and FOS, Probiolicious Gummies will help restore your family’s digestive health.

Key ingredients:

  • 1 billioin CFU Bio-Active Probiatic Defense per serving
  • Lactobacillus Sporogenes
  • Prebiotics from inulin and FOS

Cost: *Est. $11 – 50-count bottle

3. Delpro – Natural Probiotic Supplements for Immune System Health
@DelimmuneV

 

Delpro probiotic supplements for kids

An advanced probiotic formula containing Del-Immune V plus essential probiotics that contribute to intestinal health, Delpro probiotic supplements keep children’s digestive tracts in balance. In fact, in July 2013, The Journal of Probiotics and Health reported that Delpro capsules helped children with autism suffering from bowel problems. Generation Rescue, which conducted the study in conjunction with Pure Research Products LLC, shared the results of the study: “Of the 25 respondents … 57% reported a decrease in constipation severity and 52% reported a decrease in diarrhea.”  Plus, keeping little ones’ digestive tracts in check helps keep their immune defenses up as well. The makers of Delpro offer several products to boost immunity and help with GI issues, including Del-Immune V, a unique probiotic-derived immune booster.

Key ingredients:

  • Del-Immune V powder
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus casei
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Bifidobacerium longum
  • Lactobacillus delbrueckii

Cost:

  • Delpro 150 Capsule Bottle: $57.50
  • Delpro 60 Capsule Bottle: $29.50
  • Trial Special: $67.50 – 1 Del-Immune V 100 Capsule bottle, 1 Delpro 60 Capsule bottle, and 1 Del-Immune V 30 Capsule bottle
  • GI Special: $92.22 – 1 Del-Immune V 100 Capsule bottle, 2 Delpro 60 Capsule bottles, and 1 Del-Immune V 30 Capsule bottle

4. Garden of Life RAW Probiotics Kids
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Garden of Life RAW Probiotics Kids

Parents can feel good about giving their children Garden of Life RAW Probiotics Kids because the formula is specifically designed for kids’ unique needs and includes raw, organic, and whole food probiotics. RAW Probiotics Kids contains over 5 billion live probiotic cells per daily serving and supports probiotic growth, digestive health, and your child’s immune system. Safe for kids 3 months and older, RAW Probiotics Kids also is gluten free.

Key ingredients:

  • 23 RAW and organic fruits and vegetables
  • RAW inulin
  • Over 5 billion live probiotic cells per daily serving

Cost: *Est. $19 – 3.4 oz (96 grams)

5. ReNewLife Ultimate Flora Kids Probiotic
@RenewLifeInc

ReNew Life Ultimate Flora Kids Probiotic

With its berrylicious flavor, Ultimate Flora Kids Probiotic will make your kids happy while you can rest assured that the supplement is a safe and gentle way of balancing the good bacteria in their intestines to support their growing immune systems.  Ultimate Flora Kids Probiotic also protects teeth because it is naturally sweetened with Xylitol.

Key ingredients:

  • 3 billion live cultures per tablet
  • 6 kid-friendly probiotic strains
  • Lactobacili and Bifidobacteria

Cost: *Est. $13 – 30-count bottle

6. Culturelle Kids Probiotic Packets
@Culturelle

Culturelle Kids Probiotic Packets

Clinically proven to help reduce infrequent belly problems such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea, Culturelle Kids helps balance the good and bad bacteria in your kids’ digestive systems. With regular use, Culturelle can help your children’s digestive and immune systems to work better.

Key ingredients:

  • 100% naturally sourced Lactobacillus GG
  • 5 billion cells per packet
  • Dairy-free formula

Cost: *Est. $19 – 30-count box

7. NOW Foods BerryDophilus Chewables
@NOWFoods

NOW Foods BerryDophilus Chewable probiotic

BerryDophilus Chewables combine probiotic strains that support gastrointestinal health and healthy immune systems, especially with the added healthy intestinal flora. The chewables are safe for both children (age 2 and up) and adults, and they won’t harm anyone’s teeth because they are sweetened with Xylitol.

Key ingredients:

  • FOS
  • Bifidobacterium lactis
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus salivarius
  • Lactobacillus plantarum

Cost:

  • 60-Count bottle: *Est. $7
  • 115-Count bottle: *Est. $14

8. Number One Nutrition Advanced Probiotic
@N1Nutrition

Number One Nutrition Advanced Probiotic

Number One Nutrition Advanced Probiotic is safe for the entire family, because it is made with an all-natural, vegetarian formula. This probiotic supplement supports the digestive, metabolic, and immune systems and can improve colon health. Number One Nutrition Advanced Probiotic is an Amazon #1 Best Seller in antidiarrheal medications.

Key ingredients:

  • Lactobacillus
  • Acidophilus
  • 10 Billion CFUs and intestinal flora in every serving

Cost: *Est. $20 – 60-count bottle

9. Digestive Advantage Kids Daily Probiotic Gummies
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Digestive Advantage Kids Probiotic Gummies

It’s important to take probiotics every day so the levels remain constant to ensure maximum results for your children’s digestive and overall health. Getting kids to take their probiotics every day can be a challenge, but Digestive Advantage Kids Daily Probiotic Gummies taste great and are fun to chew, so parents can feel confident in beginning the probiotic regimen at home with kids ages 3 and up.

Key ingredients:

  • Ganeden BC30 Probiotic
  • 500 million viable cells
  • Natural flavors with colors from fruits and vegetables

Cost: *Est. $20 – 80-count bottle

10.

Nature's Way Primadophilus for Children

Sometimes, no matter how much parents try, kids will not take a supplement, even if it is  a gummy or chewable tablet. Nature’s Way Primadophilus Children offers a solution with its mixable probiotic powder for children. Add the recommended dosage to any liquid or even infant formula to be sure your kids are getting everything they need for a healthy digestive system.

Key ingredients:

  • Specially selected strains of freeze-dried bifidobacterium infantis
  • Bifidobacterium longum
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus microorganisms

Cost: *Est. $11 – 5 ounce canister

11. SeroLife
@serovera

SeroLife probiotic supplements

SeroLife Probiotics are intended for men, women, and children. The “5 Dimensional Probiotic” supplement brings 5 different strains to support your family’s gastrointestinal health, especially in terms of constiptation, colon health, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Key ingredients:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Bifidobacteria longum
  • Bifidobacteria bifidum
  • Lactobacillus casei
  • Lactobacillus helveticus

Cost: *Est. $25 – 60-count bottle

12. Pedia-Lax Probiotic Yums
@PediaLax

PediaLax probiotic supplement

Many parents know that supporting their children’s digestive health is important, but sometimes they rely on food products like yogurt to do the job and hope their child eats the whole container to reap the benefits. Just one Pedia-Lax Probioic Yum contains as many live cultures as a serving of yogurt and have a delicious strawberry flavor kids love. When you use a probiotic supplement with your children, you control the amount of good bacteria they get, so you know that you are helping to ease their constipation and promote a healthy digestive balance.

Key ingredients:

  • Lactobacillus reuteri
  • at least 100 million live cultures
  • Xylitol

Cost: *Est. $12 – 30-count bottle

13. Biocodex Florastor Kids
@BiocodexUSA

Biocodex Florastor Kids supplements

Sometimes, parents are hesitant to give their children probiotics because they aren’t sure whether they are “safe.” Biocodex Florastor is “backed by more than 50 years of clinical research and recommended by doctors in 100 countries,” so parents can get peace of mind while supporting their children’s healthy digestive systems and balance of internal flora.

Key ingredients:

  • Saccharomyces boulardii lyo
  • Tutti-fruiti-flavored powder

Cost: *Est. $17 – 20-count box of packets

14. Bio-Kult Infantis
@Bio_Kult

Bio-Kult for infants

Bio-Kult Infantis is unique in that it contains 7 strains of live bacteria, is high in Omega 3, and is specially formulated for babies, toddlers, and young children. Bio-Kult supports both digestive and immune system health because it also contains Vitamin D3.

Key Ingredients:

  • DHA + EPA Powder (source of Omega 3 fatty acid from fish)
  • Vitamin D3
  • Perplex (FOS and gum acacia)
  • Lactobacillus casei
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Streptococcus thermophilus
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Bifidobacterium breve
  • Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus
  • Bifidobacterium infantis

Cost: *Est. $32 – 2 16-count boxes of packets

15. Jarrow Formula Yum-Yum Dophilus
@jarrowformulas

Jarrow Formulas Yum-Yum Dophilus with 4 probiotic strains

With its 4 strains of friendly bacteria, Jarrow Formula Yum-Yum Dophilus aims to enhance intestinal and immune health. With Xylitol to enhance taste and support dental health, no sugar or gluten, and no artificial sweeteners, flavor, or color, Yum-Yum Dophilus is a great choice for kids.

Key ingredients:

  • 4 probiotic strains
  • MogroPure (Lo Han fruit extract, Momordica grosvenorii)
  • natural raspberry flavor
  • 1 billion cultures per serving

Cost: 

  • *Est. $12 – 60 tablets
  • *Est. $18 – 120 tablets

16. @UdoErasmus

Udo's Choice Children's Blend

Specifically blended for children ages 5-15, Udo’s Choice Children’s Blend Probiotic contains 8 bacterial strains that are the appropriate strength for children to promote healthy childhood microflora. With 4 billion active cells, Udo’s Choice Children’s Blend helps children have regular bowel movements and a healthier digestive system.

Key ingredients:

  • Lactobacillus casei
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Streptococcus thermophilus
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Bifidobacterium breve
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus

Cost: *Est. $19 – 60-count bottle

17. ChildLife Probiotics with Colostrum, Chewable Tablets

ChildLife Probiotics with Colostrum

One ingredient that stands out in ChildLife Probiotics is its colostrum powder, which offers a full spectrum of antibodies and immune factors. ChildLife Probiotics with Colostrum provides a three-step approach to children’s health: the probiotic blend is for intestinal health, the colostrum is for immune support, and the prebiotics support good bacterial growth for healthy digestion and immune function.

Key ingredients:

  • Colostrum
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Bifidobacterium breve
  • Bifidobacterium longum

Cost: *Est. $14 – 90-count bottle

18. BioGaia ProTectis Chewable Tablets
@biogaiase

BioGaia ProTectis probiotic supplement

BioGaia has patented its own probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis, which has “exceptional and documented health benefits in several areas … (and) is considered a truly superior probiotic bacterium.” Safe for both children and adults, BioGaia ProTectics may be used regularly for good gut health or when temporary stomach problems occur.

Key ingredients:

  • Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 (Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis)
  • palm oil, lemon-lime flavoring and citric acid
  • Xylitol

Cost: *Est. $20 – 30-count box

19. FloraTummys Probiotic Sprinkles for Kids

FloraTummys Probiotic Sprinkles

FloraTummys naturally help kids’ immune systems, restore friendly bacteria, and reduce diarrhea, constipation, and gas. Formulated specifically to be gentle on little ones’ bellies, FloraTummys Probiotic Sprinkles contain two probiotic strains and a prebiotic. FloraTummys are 100% natural and contain no wheat, eggs, yeast, sugar, corn, soy, gluten, peanuts or tree nuts, artificial flavors or preservatives, or dairy, so parents don’t have to worry about allergies to FloraTummys.

Key ingredients:

  • Bifidobacterium lactis
  • Lactobacillus Acidophilus
  • FOS

Cost: *Est. $24 – 30-count box of packets

20. @KyolicUSA

Kyolic Kid's Kyo-Dophilus

Specially formulated for kids with three strains of beneficial bacteria, Kyolic Kid’s Kyo-Dophilus promotes healthy intestinal function and well-being and a healthy immune system. The new formula is non-dairy, heat-stable, stomach-acid resistant and is vanilla flavored and chewable to make it delicious and easy to ingest for little ones.

Key ingredients:

  • Lactobacillus gasseri
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Bifidobacterium longum

Cost: *Est. $10 – 60-count bottle

Should You Give Your Kids Probiotics?

Even though probiotics have been gaining much attention and support from the medical community, especially during the past few years, many parents still wonder if they should give their kids probiotic supplements. Let’s look at some of the benefits and what the medical experts say.

In its Family Health Guide, the Harvard Medical School reports that “you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria.” The guide also goes on to explain, “some digestive disease specialists are recommending them for disorders that frustrate conventional medicine, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Since the mid-1990s, clinical studies have established the probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women.” Furthermore, Harvard Medical School touts the use of probiotics in treating diarrhea, as trials have shown that Lactobacillus GG can shorten the course of infectious diarrhea in infants and children: “probiotics reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea by 60% when compared with a placebo.” The benefits of probiotics have also been seen in people with Crohn’s disease and IBS.

the benefits of probiotics in children

Because of their natural components, probiotics are typically considered to be very safe – safe enough for infants, even. Because they already exist in a normal digestive system, probiotics generally are tolerated by users. Keep in mind that the health benefits of probiotics are strain-specific, so it is helpful to consult a physician or practitioner well versed in probiotics use. For more basic information about Probiotics, you may want to visit USProbiotics Home.

12 Helpful Resources from Around the Web About Probiotics and Kids

1. Clinical Indications for Probiotics: An Overview

Authors B. R. Goldin and S. L. Gorbach give an overview of several studies pointing to the benefits and effectiveness of probiotics use in men, women, and children. First, randomized double-blind studies provide evidence of the effectiveness of probiotics in treating and preventing acute diarrhea and antibiotic-induced diarrhea, as well as for the prevention of cow milk-induced food allergy in infants and young children. Other studies have provided evidence of the effectiveness for preventing traveler’s diarrhea, relapsing Clostridium difficile-induced colitis, and urinary tract infections. Still others have shown that probiotics may be useful for preventing respiratory infections in children, dental caries, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowl disease. Overall, the probiotics with the greatest number of evidence-based effectiveness are Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain GG and Saccharomyces boulardii.

2. 27 Probiotic Benefits for Children
@greenmedinfo

Written by Pat Robinson for GreenMedInfo, “27 Probiotic Benefits for Children” gives the information its title suggests. Pat lists 27 uses for probiotics and includes links to studies and reports with the evidence backing up the claims. This resource especially is useful for parents who aren’t sure if probiotics are the answer to a child’s ailment or want to know more about the research behind the benefits before using one of the supplements listed above.

3. Will Probiotics Restore Good Bacteria for Kids?
@Healthykids

Blogger Amy Roskelley has struggled with Ulcerative Colitis since age 12 and hypothyroid since age 36. She takes a probiotic to control these auto-immune issues and has been getting clean bills of health for quite some time; she also rarely has stomach pain or bleeding. Like most parents, though, she has questions about starting probiotics use with her children, but she was going to start him on a 30-day trial to see if probiotics helped her then 10-year-old son with his exercise and grass induced asthma. She also provides an in-depth look at probiotics and specific questions and considerations in the post.

4. How To Give Your Baby Probiotics
@MamaAndBabyLove

Blogger Stephanie at Mama & Baby Love responds to readers’ questions about how to give a baby probiotics, as more and more parents realize the benefits of probiotics for gut health even in very small children. She encourages mothers to begin their own probiotic regimen and to give their babies probiotics as early as day 3 and details specific ways in which to administer those probiotics to infants, including putting powdered probiotics on your finger and letting the baby suck them off, sprinkling it on baby’s tongue, or putting some in a bottle and mixing it in with breast milk or formula.

5. Does your family take probiotics?
@MomsMeet

In this article, Rachel Rabkin Peachman asks the question most parents ask themselves when they hear about probiotics in the news and from physicians: could they be right for your family. Rachel’s informative article clearly explains probiotics and quotes doctors on the benefits of probiotics. She also points out that there is more evidence to be collected, but that the current studies and research point to very promising benefits of probiotics. If you aren’t sure where to start with your own probiotic research, consider starting with Rachel’s article.

6. Are Probiotics for Kids a Good Idea?
@itsmomtastic

Vicki Campbell, of Momtastic, considers the same question is on a lot of parents’ minds as they begin looking into supporting their children’s digestive and immune system health. In her brief article, she points out that babies swallow amniotic fluid at birth and begin the colonization and stimulation of good bacteria in their own little bodies. She goes on to explain the benefits of probiotics and the research behind them while recommending that parents who are still feeling uneasy about starting probiotics with their children should consult their pediatrician for their recommendations on brands and correct dosages, especially because kids won’t eat enough foods rich in probiotics and would need to take them in the form of supplements.

7. Could My Baby Benefit from Probiotics?
@mommyedition

In a blog post on Mommy Edition, blogger Rachel explains the differences between probiotics and prebiotics and points to common ailments in babies that probiotics have been shown to ease, such as acid reflux, constipation, diaper rash, eczema, gassiness, and others. One of the best features about the post is that she then breaks into each of the ailments and explains how probiotics help each one, with medical evidence included for some. Finally, she recommends some probiotics for infants, including a few that we’ve recommended above.

8. The “Straight Poop” About Probiotics
@WholeNewMom

Blogger Adrienne describes her own journey through researching and beginning a probiotics routine in a Whole New Mom post. This is another great starting point for parents who are feeling hesitant about beginning probiotics with their own families. Throughout the post, Adrienne offers facts and links to reliable sources to help readers get even more information about Probiotics. She also describes which supplements she and her family tried and the results they achieved through their use. She also provides a helpful breakdown detailing the results for each member of her own family, to offer a clear picture into her family’s experiences with Probiotics.

9. SuperKids Nutrition: Jo Ann Tatum Hattner, MPH, RD
@kidsnutrition

Sometimes, the best way to get information about probiotics is to go straight to a nutrition expert, and that’s exactly what SuperKids Nutrition has done in this article. Based on Jo Ann’s pediatric practice and current research from her book Gut Insight, she explains how easy it is for parents to give probiotics to their kids to set them on the right path to health benefits for their growing immune systems. From outlining the benefits of probiotic use, to advice on what to look for in probiotic-rich foods and probiotic supplements, the article gives a clear picture for parents interested in starting probiotics with their children.

10. 3 Benefits of Probiotics For Your Baby
@dailymomtweets

This post from Daily Mom explains that there is “a whole host of reasons to start integrating probiotics into your baby’s diet. The same can be said for toddlers and older children – the benefits at all ages are numerous.” While the post points out that there are some benefits to giving kids food products such as yogurt and kefir that contain probiotics, the author explains that a probiotic regimen can start with infants if parents use supplements. As for those 3 benefits mentioned in the title? Well, you’ll have to read the article to see just how probiotics help with 3 very common ailments faced by infants, toddlers, and young children.

11. A Powerful Probiotic Strain For Kids (And How To Give It To Them)
@MamaNaturalBlog

Genevieve, a blogger at Mama Natural, gives a helpful overview of a study that was done showing how the “gut micro biome can influence our brain chemistry and a wide range of behaviors from depression to anxiety to pain perception.” She also did a little more digging and found an extensive body of research exists supporting the use of Lactobacillus reuteri with children to help promote that gut health in kids. She also outlines specific issues in kids that the probiotic has been proven to help, including diarrhea, respiratory infections, infant colic, and more. Even more useful to parents are Genevieve’s tips on products that contain Lactobacillus reuteri, how to get kids to take them, and what she is doing with her own children for their probiotic regimens.

12. Giving children probiotics
@kevinmd

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, in “Giving children probiotics,” explains how she is becoming a big believer in giving kids probiotic supplements to improve intestinal health. She points to an Italian study published in Pediatrics that found ample benefits of using probiotics with fussy or colicky babies. As a pediatrician, Dr. Swanson explains that there is a low risk associated with giving children, even infants, probiotics and that research is becoming ever more supportive of the practice.

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