This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think

This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale. Babies require a lot of stuff. Even the briefest outing requires diapers, wipes, cream, back-up clothes, snacks, toys and more. After all, the last thing you want to happen while in line at the grocery store is a full meltdown because you didn’t bring one of those necessities. So it makes sense for parents to get the right bag to carry all the kiddie gear. Along with diapers, clothing and a stroller, owning a diaper bag is likely on the top ten list for essential parenting items. And since it will get used daily, it’s important you choose one that can take a licking while making life with a little one easier. But you probably also want it to look good, too. During my pregnancy, I spent a long time researching diaper bags, and this was the one I ended up choosing. And there were several reasons why I splurged on it. The black nylon is easy to clean, it has a flat base to stand uprigh...

The Best Giant Stuffed Animals For Kids, According to Toy Store Owners

The only thing better than a regular stuffed animal? A giant stuffed animal. These jumbo companions are fun for myriad reasons. For one, they serve as a  cuddly companion for kids that’s at least twice their size. For another, they provide an imaginary companion that helps your kids grow and learn. For yet another, they dwarf your kids so you can take hilarious photos But what giant stuffed animals stand head and shoulders over their plush progeny? For that, we reached out to a trio of toy experts: Kathy Gray and Miranda Gray-Burlingame, owners of LARK Toys, which has been named the Best Toy Store in Minnesota for the past 10 years, and Theresa Duncan, co-owner of Villa Villekulla Neighborhood Toy Store on Amelia Island in Florida. “Although many children have many stuffed friends, plush serves an important and valuable purpose in offering comfort and opportunities for imaginary play,” say Kathy Gray and Miranda Gray-Burlingame. “A signature huge plush friend is certain to create a lasting memory.” Duncan wholeheartedly agrees. Who better than these plush pundits to weigh in on the most awesome plush pals out there today? Here are their picks for best giant stuffed animals for k...