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Play with your food! The fun of food-themed toys

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As I mentioned in our Toy Fair trends blog entries, adorable food with faces is very in this year, and it’s no surprise: food is fascinating, and playing with it is fun, whether you’re exploring play food or the real thing! It could even be said that adults who enjoy cooking are just carrying on a more grown-up version of ... Read More »

The 5 OTHER best toy stores in America!

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: whether you’re shopping for baby gear, toys, or, for that matter, anything else, local is the way to go. Not only are local toy stores and other small businesses an important cornerstone for neighborhoods nationwide, but you just can’t get the kind of service from a big box store that you’ll get ... Read More »

Swaddling 101: why you need to swaddle your baby

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The transition period directly after birth is often referred to as the “fourth trimester”: a time in which all of the stimuli of the outside world can easily overwhelm your baby, and while her nervous system matures, she’ll be happiest with sensations that remind her of the womb. The well-loved “Happiest Baby on the Block” book by Harvey Karp, M.D. ... Read More »

VIDEO: The Baby Jogger City Mini GT vs. the Nuna Tavo Stroller

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The rule for strollers tends to be that baby strollers that weigh less have fewer features that you’ll want, for both your child’s comfort and your ease of use. Luckily, our favorite manufacturers do a better job every year at crafting strollers that work well and weigh less, and today’s video depicts two similar stroller models that fit a LOT ... Read More »

Acure Organics: gentle skin care for the entire family

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We have a lot of company in the mom-and-pop founded baby biz, and family-owned companies are among our very favorites. Acure Organics, the latest addition to our baby skin care selection, also was inspired by family: Founder and CEO Kristy Guerra started Acure to honor her grandmother, who fought a long and painful battle against breast cancer. Guerra writes, “I wanted ... Read More »

VIDEO: The best stroller travel systems of 2016

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The noise and motion of a car provides a sleep environment that many infants enjoy, perhaps even a little too much: a study claimed that the average British family drove 1,322 miles in a year to get their baby to sleep!* Regardless of how you got the baby to sleep, after he’s dropped off, the LAST thing you want to ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy seventh birthday!

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Your seven-year-old is a little smartie: she’s learning so many new facts and skills, and is always eager to learn more. She may be reading on her own for fun already, and she’s able to plan and build impressive structures and complete complex crafts. Her friends are super important to her, but solo playtime is important too. And she’s got plenty of opinions ... Read More »