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Puzzles for all ages: preschool puzzles, jigsaw puzzles & more!

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There’s a reason why every preschool has stacks and stacks of chunky wooden puzzles: piecing a puzzle together is beneficial for your child’s growing body and mind in so many ways. Determining which shapes and colors match and joining them together to create a coherent whole enhances the following skills for young kids: Hand-eye coordination Fine motor skills Gross motor ... Read More »

The “quantity quandary”: how many kids should you have?

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Your sense of the ideal family size is probably based in your own upbringing, and often depends on whether your family arrangement worked well for you or not. For instance, if you were happy being raised in a large family, like Jeannie Ralston, writing for Parenting.com, you might want to furnish your kids with an upbringing just like your own. ... Read More »

The best city strollers for urban parents

The city has it all: museums and theatres, symphonies and ballets, breathtaking skylines, mass transit, awesome restaurants, and so much more. Plus, with crime rates dropping, more and more families are choosing to stay in the city instead of migrating out to the burbs when they have kids. We maintain – through our experiences and those related to us by ... Read More »

Critter crafts! Make plush, paper, and porcelain animal pals

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Nearly all children find animals fascinating – even babies are delighted by furry and feathery friends, and more than a third of the average baby’s first words are animal names. And babies love learning to make animal noises, which also happens to be great for their cognitive and verbal development. (Animal noises never stop being fun either! The entire family will ... Read More »

Do you need a bassinet? Pros and cons

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While the classic heirloom bassinet may not be up to modern safety standards,* there’s something incredibly charming about the picture of a baby sleeping in her own infant-sized nest. Whether you’re going with the traditional wicker look or going sleek and modern (our preference), bassinets are just gorgeous. But are they necessary? The number one reason in our view to get a ... Read More »

VIDEO: Bloxels video game creator review!

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As you’ve probably noted from past blogs, we’ve never accepted the orthodoxy against screens or electronic toys: screen time is sort of inevitable for any modern kid, and the right iPhone app can be a total lifesaver if you desperately need to keep a toddler entertained. And anyone who has ever watched a little Minecraft fan at work knows that electronic games ... Read More »