By now you've probably had it drilled into your head that whole or real foods - usually from the perimeter of the grocery store - are healthier for your family than processed, refined foods from a box. But grocery shopping can be confusing because many of those processed food boxes (filled with easy, convenient food for busy families) claim to be "natural", "organic", "whole grain" and more. 
The ultimate hangout spot for your LEGO Friends is the new Friendship House. This 772-piece set is a 4-level, double-sided playset with a ton of wonderful play features. It comes with three mini dolls – Olivia, Emma, and Andrea as well as 3 animal friends to play out your incredible adventures. The Friendship House is actually a converted Fire Station, so it still features a brick fascade and alarm outside. The translucent garage door really opens and closes. There’s even an outdoor garden area, Upper Foreman’s Terrace above the garage, barbeque area with slide, and a rooftop area with hottub. The working pully is great for bringing up supplies and there’s even a fireman’s pole for the mini dolls to slide down. The set is easy to build and kids will have all sorts of fun building and playing out various stories for the characters and their animal friends. There are a ton of great features, details, and accessories to inspire countless hours of imaginative play.
Now that we’re all on the same page in regards to Poopsy Unicorn Slime, it only makes sense that one of the up-and-comers this season is the ‘designer’ Pooey Puitton purse that comes with 2 unicorn slime powder packets (yes, it makes rainbow poop), 6 unicorn magic packets, 4 sparkle packets, 4 mystery packets, and so much more!  Plus, they’ll totally want that exclusive poop character keychain because who can leave home without it!?  Learn more here.
Bring your Rusty Rivets adventures to life with this authentic replica of Tigerbot from the TV show. With the Build Me Rivet System, kids can easily build their very own Tigerbot. Pull back on its silver fur and watch in amazement as his eyes light up, jaws open, and he lets out a roar to bring your storytelling to life. What’s cool? The pieces are compatible with other sets in the line for whole new creative building possibilities.
Unbox 24 fun surprises with the LEGO City Advent Calendar 2018 set. From vehicles to minifigures to seasonal items, this set is loaded with so much fun! Kids will build everything from a monster truck to a racecar, spaceship and drone and enjoy creating adventures with the 5 included minifigures. With out of this world fun, it’s sure to make it a Merry Christmas.
Toys that begin to awaken baby’s visual, auditory, and tactile senses will stimulate the development of neural pathways in a baby’s rapidly expanding brain. Our panel of experts, which includes parents, childcare and education professionals and child psychologists have endorsed the following 19 products as some of the best toys for newborn babies. Consider adding them to your own baby registry, purchasing one for your newborn or gifting one to someone expecting or a set of new parents.

No two toddlers are the same; all toddlers developed at different speeds in different ways. Just because your neighbor’s toddler entered toddler phase two when they were a year-old doesn’t mean your toddler is behind the times. However, there are times when a toddler can take too long to develop and it can cause concern for possible developmental issues developing.
What’s cooking? It’s time to bake up some Play-Doh treats with this magical Play-Doh oven. With lights, sounds, and cooking accessories, kids will feel like master chefs with this fun Play-Doh set. The coolest part? Kids will love putting their “dishes” in the magical oven and pulling the lever. The oven turns red making it look like the Play-Doh dish is cooking inside. There is even a ding when it’s ready. The only ingredient necessary? A little imagination!

Go on your own thrilling Jurassic World adventures with the Power Wheels Jurassic World Jeep Wrangler. Featuring authentic Jurassic World decals and styling, kids will love recreating their favorite Jurassic World moments. The vehicle features cool dino and Jeep sound effects to heighten overall the experience. A working light bar allows kids to see the terrain day or night. It’s capable of traversing hard terrain to grass and more and cruises along at 2.5-5 MPH.


This is the phase where toddlers grow into elementary bound children and what milestones they achieve during this phase can determine if they’ll properly function and succeed in the older children category. The first important milestone for this phase is the behavior milestone. At this phase, they have already achieved the socialization milestone from the previous phase but now it’s time to achieve the milestone of appropriate behavior when socializing. The toddler has to learn how to transition and adjust into settings where there is no longer one-to-one interaction but now multiple interactions. Achieving this milestone will help toddlers function in future environments without having temper tantrums.
You have one week until the party of the season: Your first college friend to become a mom is throwing a first-birthday party for her first child. But you’re at a loss. What do 1-year-olds even do these days? “You’re looking for toys that’ll help this particular child develop,” says Dr. Sarah Roseberry Lytle, director of outreach and education at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. “They’re starting to explore complex concepts like gravity through trial and error and trying new things, oftentimes repetitively, just to figure out how the world works,” so you want toys that allow for some experimentation.

Frozen fans can recreate their favorite magical moments from the movie with Frozen Icy Lights Elsa. Attach the snow flurry to Elsa’s hand and wave it to see the snow flurry in her palm light up icy-blue to bring the action to life. Place Elsa’s hand on Olaf’s head and press down to see him light up blue and speak 2 fun phrases! Icy Lights Elsa comes with Olaf, outfit, cape, and shoe accessories.
By now many babies are crawling and starting to pull themselves into a standing position in preparation for cruising (aka moving alongside furniture while holding on) and walking. Your little one might also be mastering the act of picking up small objects between the thumb and index finger (known as the pincer grasp). At this age, babies are starting to use their memory recall and understand simple instructions. They're also able to tolerate more stimulation.
If the Fingerlings were not enough, the Fingerlings have been given a giant size plush makeover. This sensor stuffed monkey has all of the fun of the original but now he is soft and huggable. They’ll be available in two colors: hot pink and purple. Like the originals, they love giving out kisses and react to motion and touch. Who doesn’t need a hug?
This amazing set includes Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit. It’s a fascinating kit for learning about computers and even coding. It’s really fun to tinker with it. Who would think you could pack so much power into a credit card sized chip? Simply amazing! The best part? Since it can be programmed, the creative possibilities are virtually endless. It’s the perfect gift for budding creators.

Singing Rainbow Dash is one of our favorites! Singing Rainbow Dash sings 5 songs and features 15 different phrases. If you pull down her glasses, she will sing a song, like ‘My Little Pony’, and you can also activate her with her Cutie Mark. Here’s a cool surprise: You can also sing a duet with Rainbow Dash. How cool is that?! She also comes with her own glasses. Too cool! Singing Rainbow Dash is going to be a very fun gift if you want to sing karaoke with your favorite friend.
Now that we’re all on the same page in regards to Poopsy Unicorn Slime, it only makes sense that one of the up-and-comers this season is the ‘designer’ Pooey Puitton purse that comes with 2 unicorn slime powder packets (yes, it makes rainbow poop), 6 unicorn magic packets, 4 sparkle packets, 4 mystery packets, and so much more!  Plus, they’ll totally want that exclusive poop character keychain because who can leave home without it!?  Learn more here.
Kids will get revved up when they open up this sweet toddler gift. The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn 3-in-1 Smart Car teaches your increasingly mobile child how to confidently develop from walking and bouncing to riding and "driving," plus many more motor skills. The interactive dashboard entertains as your mini roadster listens to fun sounds and songs about the alphabet, opposites, counting, and beyond. ($40; walmart.com)
The original LeapStart was a great learning tool but LeapFrog has now improved it with a unique display that helps reinforce the learning. Using a stylus, kids can interact with every page of the specially designed books as they learn to count, read, and problem-solve. The display brings the learning to life with animation and sound. The system will work with the current Leapstart library and will support the new 3D feature of newly designed 3D books.

Why we love it: It's very easy for even small babies to grab and is lovely and soft to hold. 'Sophia could give it a good squeeze and hold on to it well,' says our baby tester's mum. 'She loves the mirror side and prefers holding it where she can see that. As she gets older, it will be an ideal toy to do throwing and catching with as it's soft but big enough for her to grab on to. I think she will enjoy it for a while to come!'


In general, parents find that the Soothing Sleep Owl accomplishes its mission. Most babies seem to like the soft lights and lullabies. One practical feature is the ability to remove the electrical component from the plush toy, allowing it to be easily washed. Buy the Bubzi Co Soothing Sleep Owl and baby will be on the way to sweeter sleep in no time!

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Want to make a touchscreen computer? The Kano Computer Kit Touch lets kids make their own tablet. What’s cool is that you can build it yourself with the included step-by-step guide. There are over 100 creative challenges and you’ll even learn to code. You can make art, games, music, and even hack Minecraft. It’s the perfect gift for budding techies.

“Kids love to recreate scenes they see in their daily life,” says Dr. Cornett. A cash register is a great example. (though, a Square reader would be even more realistic.) We Like Fisher-Price’s Classics Retro Cash Register. A throwback to the golden oldie Fisher-Price from 1975, is sturdily made, comes with eight coins, and kinda looks like a slot machine, a nice if subtle jab at late market capitalism.


By now you've probably had it drilled into your head that whole or real foods - usually from the perimeter of the grocery store - are healthier for your family than processed, refined foods from a box. But grocery shopping can be confusing because many of those processed food boxes (filled with easy, convenient food for busy families) claim to be "natural", "organic", "whole grain" and more. 
Anki Overdrive is a videogame in real life. Imagine a real-world racing videogame and you get the idea. One of the coolest toys ever is now hitting overdrive. With ten track pieces that can be configured anyway you like, you can now build the track so it is no longer just flat. The starter set comes with two toy cars plus a 10 track pieces. You’ll just need the iOS or Android app to start those engines.
Love arcade classics like Pac-Man? Now you can bring home the classic Pac-Man arcade experience to your tabletop with this mini arcade Pac-Man cabinet. What’s cool? They feature authentic retro-styled arcade cabinets complete with working joysticks, buttons, and full color-screens to bring the classics to life. Choose from Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Galaxian.
There is also a piano that lights up, peek-a-boo owl, cloud with colorful beads, a spinner and swaying trees. This active center also grows with the baby and when he/she outgrows the seat we can convert it to a sturdy table for playing, coloring, writing and more! It is recommended from 4 months to toddlerhood. Therefore it can be a gift that will serve for few years.
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