If you're keeping up with the Kardashians, you certainly know that Kim and Kanye West had their baby this weekend, a girl. While we wait to hear the baby's name and whether it will start with K, other nursery news has been coming in. Turns out Kim and Kanye chose the same crib that Beyonce and Jay-Z use for their baby—the clear acrylic Nurseryworks Vetro Crib, $3,950. Consumer Reports hasn't tested the Vetro but its brand-mate, the Nurseryworks Abbey, $580, is one of our eight top crib picks for safety, durability, and ease of use.
Yesterday at the E3 video-game show, we spent most of the day with Microsoft and the Xbox One, the company's upcoming next-generation video game console. The visuals were jaw-dropping—clear, sharp, and even hyper-real.
AT Sony's E3 event last night, anticipatory gamers got their first sighting of the new console, which had been announced at a February press conference sight unseen. The PS4 is a black parallelogram: sleek and unobtrusive. The company also announced the PS4's price: $399, $100 less than the newly-announced price of the Xbox One. No release date was announced; all we know for sure is that the new PlayStation will arrive in time for the holiday season.
At Microsoft's E3 press event today, the company announced a couple more details for its upcoming Xbox One gaming console: Most important to anticipatory gamers, the console will ship in November, and the price will be a not-insignificant $499.
In a recent survey, we asked subscribers about how they use their mobile devices. One finding: Twenty-eight percent of tablet owners said children 17 or younger also used their tablet. Some portion of parents who share their tablets with their kids surely must long to get the kids their own devices.
Television and movie dads such as Will Arnett (Up All Night) and Chris Rock (What to Expect When You're Expecting) have made it cool to strap on a baby carrier or stock up the stroller. A gift of a sturdy stroller, baby backpack or bike trailer can encourage that behavior in other young fathers. Here are three Father's Day gift ideas that'll help Dad get outdoors to enjoy his precious cargo.
Looking to get your teen a set of wheels for the summer or for traveling to school in the fall? There are many vehicles to choose from, but smart money is on those models that prioritize safety, reliability, and ease of use for inexperienced drivers.
Silver Cross pram? Don't be silly. Maclaren or iCandy? Pish posh. The Duchess of Cambridge has snubbed these esteemed British brands and instead chosen a Bugaboo Cameleon stroller made by a Dutch company. This puts the expectant mother in the company of such celebrity parents as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Amy Poehler, Elton John, Victoria Beckham and Sienna Miller. Consumer Reports hasn't tested the royal stroller but its brandmate, the Bugaboo Bee, was a solid although not stellar performer in our tests.
You can be excused for circling Memorial Day on your calender, but the financial services industry wants you to know that today is also special but in a different way: it's 529 Day in many states today. Some in the industry may be content that you simply know what a 529 College Savings plan is: According to a recent poll commissioned by brokerage Edward Jones, two-thirds of those surveyed had no idea.
New sunscreen requirements from the Food and Drug Administration may make it easier for you to understand what you're buying. Before you shop for sunscreen, understand the terms you might find on packages and check our new sunscreen Ratings.
What dangers lurk in your backyard? Especially for young children, the risks range from the obvious (mowers and tractors) to the unexpected (poisonous plants). Here are the major danger zones—and how to minimize your child's risk this summer:
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