Tag: baby toys

Editors Best of 2010: The coolest baby gifts, blankets, strollers and gear

Whatever we cover here for bigger kids, our hearts still belong to those beautiful new babies, and their new moms who are just discovering the world of cool possibilities for them. While we have an awesome annual baby shower gift guide with more than 100 awesome picks, here are a few favorites of the year that might show up on our 2011 guide, coming out soon. Baby Gifts The new Jonathan Adler Junior collection (at top) means I’ve got a new go-to site for well-designed baby gifts for those mamas in my life who just won’t be satisfied with...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest toys, dolls, games and baby toys

We have the best time every year seeking out amazing toys and games for babies and kids that we can recommend completely. Our favorites are generally made with love and care by small companies or independent designers. Although we do love those video games too! Big Kid Toys With a son who’s obsessed with Transformers, the Cubebot Wooden Robot toy (at top) is a welcome diversion from the plastic ones that require a PhD to work. Honorable mention to the new eco-friendly Tegu Blocks with genius magnets hidden inside, that have taken the toy world by storm. –Kristen I am...

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HABA’s little lambs, with their organic fleece as white as snow

When buying a gift for those sweet toddlers in my life, I tend to steer clear of “white” anything. Let’s face it, they aren’t the cleanest creatures on the planet. But HABA is one step ahead of me with their new line of snow-white lambs that don’t mind a little water to keep them clean. Which is especially important when you see where these lambs are going. {check out the giveaway after the jump!}   Among my favorites in HABA’s new Pure Nature Cotti line is the Soft Pulling Toy for toddlers. With its short, kid-safe leash, this little...

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Teething rocks

Ok so maybe teething doesn’t really rock. In fact, it can be pretty painful for all parties involved. I recall more than my share of sleepless nights when my son’s teeth were coming in. Not fun. But maybe the teethers can be? I only wish I had known about this solid organic wood guitar teether from perennial CMP favorite, Little Alouette. The Gibson-shaped teether is made from locally-sourced Ohio hardwoods. The finish is as smooth as your baby’s bottom and you can feel safe knowing that any treatment on the wood is only certified organic flaxseed oil. I am...

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Rockin’ Blocks

Whenever I go shopping for baby toys, I am dismayed at how many toy developers design their blocks in sherbet-y pastels  even though babies prefer the colors high contrast and vivid for the first few months. (I am also wondering who decided babies love jungle themes) And then I saw these! maternalNEST’s Modern Heirloom Soft Blocks are all about visual stimulation, with a bright, modern, contrasty prints and sharp black text. They also make noises – each handmade polyfill block contains either a jingly bell or some fabulous crinkly cellophane (a house favorite, for both kids and puppies) to further...

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B. Toys, now with extra holiday spirit

While plastic toys tend to fall a bit lower on my own personal shopping list, I wouldn’t complain one bit if the brand spankin’ never seen before holiday themed toys from B. Toys just happened to fall out of Santa’s sack (or Grandma’s purse) and under our tree. Especially with today’s news about the toys. We’ve already sung the praises of the cool, funky goodies from B. Toys and for good reason. We dig their gift-ready eco-minded packaging, their use of lead-free and pthalate-free plastic, and that they give charitable donation to educational charity Free the Children for each...

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Need a gift quick? Boombini Toys is just the right size.

I can’t even walk into a sprawling, mega-selection toy store without breaking into a sweat. Oh sure, they may carry some of the brands I love, or even have an organic stuffed toy tucked into a corner, but I have to weed through so many things, I’m reminded of the old saying, You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince. I don’t want to kiss any frogs. And with this cool new online toy store, I won’t have to. [don’t miss a great giveaway and special offer after the jump!] Started by a (presumably) very busy mother...

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A minimalist Halloween

While my oldest would just as soon cover herself in a head to toe costume for Halloween, my other little one would is more in the “naked baby” camp. Amazing how kids are so different. So if you’ve got a kiddo who’s not so into the whole dressing up thing, or just need an idea that doesn’t take a lot of fuss, you might consider these handknit mask and tail sets from Oeuf. With just a little something over the nose, and a tail around the waist, these beautiful animal costumes from the luxury knit baby label are a...

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Breaking News: Fisher-Price recalls 10 million toys

Check your tricycles, high chairs, play mats, and more, mamas – Fisher-Price has just this morning issued a recall of nearly 10 million toys and baby gear for all sorts of safety issues. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, the recall  includes: – 3 brands of Fisher-Price high chairs -Fisher-Price trikes and Tough Trikes -Infant toys including Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground, Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade, Baby Gymtastics Play Wall, Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium This is in addition to yesterday’s recall of Little People Wheelies Stand n Play Rampway and three toys...

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The baby soft book pretty enough for mom’s dresser

Plastic. Polyester. Licensed characters. Slobbered-on ribbon. The sound of a toilet flushing with one press of a button, that becomes four million presses of a button–those soft baby books that pile up after the baby shower have always been strictly utilitarian. Until now. Our friends at Wee Gallery have knocked another shower gift out of the baby ballpark with their new accordian-style soft book, that looks more like a piece of art than a learning toy. Hand-made in India of beautiful, touchable silk and hand-loomed cotton, the soft book features six sassy Wee Gallery animals drawn in an artsy...

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You’ve come a long way, Juno Baby!

Here at CMP, we love the thrill of bringing you something new and exciting– from gummi bear chandeliers to faux fur blackboards and the practical, super-cool stuff in between. And we really, really love it when one of our picks starts out small, then makes it to the big time. Today’s example is Juno Baby. Way back in 2006 — right before my oldest kid’s due date, in fact — Kristen reported on the watchability, elegant sophistication, and just all-around coolness of Juno Baby, a series of DVDs created by husband and wife team Belinda Takahashi and Adam Adelman...

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Organic plush toys that are ripe for the picking

My kids really love their stuffed animals, but not knowing what the heck most of these piles of fur are made of, I kind of wish they’d love them a little less. And after seeing a new organic line of plush toys that is not only safe for all ages, but totally environmentally friendly, I wish I could replace my kids’ piles of stuffed toys with these adorable critters. San Francisco’s Apple Park makes organic plush toys that look like the kind of creatures my kids would adore, but are made with a lot more care for the environment. And for the kids who...

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Mamas & Papas is good news for mamas and papas everywhere.

The last thing that the world may be waiting for is another stroller brand. And yet Mamas & Papas is not new to the world–just to the US. As of, oh, about right now. And I actually was waiting for it. For real. After nearly 20 years, Britain’s number one baby brand is ready to make its mark on the states and I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. Mamas & Papas is still family-run and having had the pleasure of meeting that very family, I was charmed by their commitment to safety, style and meeting the real needs...

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Fred’s XYZ Blocks FTW!

CMP loves to turn ABC into ROFL, and we are totally digging on these XYZ Blocks by Fred & Friends. They stack, tumble, and teach letters just as well as more traditional blocks, but they’re beautiful, unusual, and entertaining, too. E is for Earthworm, Q is for Quicksand, U is for Uvula, A is for Afro, and L is for Lawn Mower. All things being EQUAL, I’m going with Fred. The gorgeous, retro-style illustrations are by artist Christian Northeast, and the sixteen beautifully crafted wooden blocks come packaged in a handy wood box with a recyclable clear plastic top....

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Group gift for kids ages 2-11? Reader Q&A

My nieces and nephews from Israel are on their way visit grandparents. My 2 year old son will probably not have a chance to visit but would like to send something to them while they are here. Any ideas for a gift to help entertain the 2 to 11 year-olds?  Thanks for any suggestions! -Katie It’s awesome that he wants to send his cousins something for them to do while they are visiting. The wide age range means we need to find something safe for the youngest but that will still hold the interest of the older kids. Here...

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Trading Cradles – It’s like Twitter and Craigslist had a really well-behaved baby

Honestly, the number of hoops you have to jump through to sell on eBay these days is crazy (who has the patience?), and I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels like Craigslist is overrun with scammers, cheapskates and crazy people. So what’s a mama with limited time and some quality pre-owned baby gear to do? If you live in or near a major metropolitan area, check out Trading Cradles, which is specifically for busy parents who want to sell or find gear for their tots. Perhaps the very best part: There’s a 250-character limit on descriptions, so...

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Doughnuts just for babies. Homer Simpson approves.

When I was pregnant with my first daughter, now six, rattles that were actually cute, functional, and not made completely of plastic were just starting to make it onto the scene. Well it seems that now cuteness and a bit of hilarity abounds at every shake, like with these new Yellow Label doughnut rattles. We’ve long admired the funny and creative minds behind Yellow Label Kids since back when we drooled over their sushi rattles. And so not surprisingly, the new doughnut rattles are a hit with us too. Modeled after their popular pretend donut toys, these fair trade hand crocheted rattles transitions from fantastic...

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Starting babies on organics early

I still remember my daughter’s first “friend” – a garish stroller toy that we dubbed Guy the Giraffe pronounced the French way, Gee, because it was the one sound my three month-old made. Oh how she loved that thing. And sucked its antlers. Every chance she got. If MiYim had been making their adorable organic stroller toys back then, I’d have traded in Guy in a second. Or at least found him some company. There’s an adorable bumblebee (shown) with equally suckable antennae; plus a ladybug and caterpillar, all made in subtle, subdued shades of organic cotton. There’s even...

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Spotting bargains across the pond

Most of the online shopping I do at UK shops is of the window variety. As in, browsing only, do not pass go, do not add to my cart, do not pay international shipping. But sometimes I stumble on a sale so good, it makes it worth it to do more than drool. At the UK’s Alex and Alexa, their chic kids’ and baby’s clothing are on sale now at up to 50% off. Click on sale, sort by price, and you’ll find all sorts of goodies to love from labels like Imps + Elves, No Added Sugar, Diesel...

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The night light gets a soft, cuddly makeover

The night light is an essential component of the bedtime routine around my place, but no matter what method we employ, which lately has been our hallway light, it never seems to satisfy the kids’ need for light right next to them. That’s why I’m intrigued by the Chuchi from Banana Design Lab, a soft plush toy that reminds of that cute glow worm toy from back in the day. (Remember those?) With the squeeze of Chuchi’s soft hand, it sends off a light glow that’s perfect for reassuring those monster-averse kiddos after the lights go out, or for gently...

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