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Recall Alert! Build-A-Bear Sulley Stuffed Animal

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Earlier today, the CPSC announced a voluntary recall on 25,000 US and 1,100 Canadian Build-A-Bear Sulley Stuffed Animals. According to the report, the stuffed animal's eye can detach, posing a choking hazard for kids. So far, no incidents or injuries have been reported. The toy, featured in the Monsters Inc. films, is a... Read more

Recall Alert! Land of Nod Plush Dollies

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Last night, the CPSC, in conjunction with Land of Nod, announced a recall of more than 2,500 plush handmade baby dolls in five styles and colors. Each of the all fabric dolls measure out to be about 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide; they come dressed in a one-piece printed floral fabric... Read more

New Study Says Babies Can Be Mean! Mom, Is Yours?

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Do not! I repeat, do not! upset the baby! A study from the University of British Columbia's Centre for Infant Cognition found that babies have a bit of a mean streak when they meet people they perceive as different. During the course of the experiment, babies were given a choice of snacks (either... Read more

Recall Alert! Toys R Us Imaginarium Activity Walker

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Today, the CPSC announced a voluntary recall of the Imaginarium Activity Walkers, sold exclusively at Toys R Us. There is a small bolt and spacer that attaches each front wheel to the walker -- it can detach, causing a choking hazard. Roughly 9,000 walkers have been recalled. Though no injuries have been reported,... Read more

Dads, Use the ‘Little’ Stuff to Teach Your Tots All About the ‘Big’ Stuff

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Last night, the realization totally hit me: spending time with my kids reinforces and reminds me of my own important life values. I got home from work last night and my sons were on the floor playing with their Legos and trying to build towers.  I jumped right down there with them on the floor... Read more

Moms Don’t Play Cars With Their Sons? I Beg to Differ!

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I recently read an article about Mattel's attempts to boost the sagging sales of their Hot Wheels line by targeting moms and "teaching" them how to play cars with their sons, thinking that this will make them more likely to buy them for their kids. Really? We need formal lessons? Admittedly, I am... Read more

10 Hot New Toys for Babies and Toddlers

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This week, The Bump editors scouted out the latest, greatest new toys at Toy Fair 2013, and here's what we're most excited about. What's your child's favorite toy? Plus, more from The Bump: Best Toys for Babies and Toddlers Top 10 Classic Toys The World's Worst Baby Toy Read more

Here It Is: the World’s Worst Toy — Ever!

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As parents of an 11-month-old, our home is bursting with obnoxious toys: there’s Latke Larry, a Jerry Stiller-voiced singing Jewish robot who croons about potato pancakes; then there’s the Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes, a handheld music box that blares out the William Tell Overture on infinite repeat. But nothing -- nothing -- makes me want to... Read more

Holiday Gift of the Day: Crayola Light Designer

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Have you seen the Best Holiday Gifts from Amazon at The Nest? It’s this amazing gift guide our sister editors have put together, and we’re getting tons of fantastic ideas for giving to our friends and family this season (and believe us, we need them!). Every day during the holidays, we’re going to be posting our favorites, since... Read more

All She Wants for Christmas Is a Doll — and I Hate Dolls

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Just when I thought I was done with all my Christmas and birthday shopping (Lovie turns 3 just four days after Christmas), Lovie starts telling me that she’s going to tell Santa that she wants “a new dolly with lots and lots of milk and a doggie.” Uh, a doll was not something I bought... Read more