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

Holiday Gift of the Day: Playskool Sesame Street LOL Elmo

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It seems like every year, there's a hot Elmo toy for the holidays. This year, it's Playskool Sesame Street LOL Elmo. This furry guy laughs and kicks his feet when you tickle his belly or feet, and he tells jokes too. Any toddler will go crazy for it. Why we love it: It’s an interactive new... Read more

15 Stylish Baby and Kid’s Products Made in the USA

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Guest post by Gary Osborne, children's style expert and founder of Oliver & Adelaide As a new dad, I discovered how difficult it is to find American-made items for my children. After extensive searching and testing I've discovered the safest, heirloom quality items for your child all made in the USA. These wonderful clothes, toys and... Read more

Holiday Gift of the Day: LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer

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No, this gift isn't for baby -- it's for the older kid in your life. The hot toy this year has got to be the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer. Not only is it fun and has tons of cool games and apps, it will hopefully get your kid away from your gadgets for a little while.... Read more

Recall Alert! Step2 Riding Toy

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and The Step2 Company LLC announced a voluntary recall of about 15,500 Step2 X-Rider Cars. The problem? Children who lean too far forward on the seat can go over the handle bar and fall onto the ground. There have been four reports of incidents -- one child... Read more