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Local Toy Store Guide

The holidays are just around the corner, which means family togetherness, festive music, and….commercialism. Many people poop out on holiday shopping because of hours spent in crowded malls with crabby people. Enter the alternative. There are so many local shops that offer an inspired, well-curated selection of baby and kid merchandise that are also simply […]

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Memory Game

This memory game is personalized with your own family photos. Twelve photos available for upload. Available for $19.99 at pinholepress.com.

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Ikea Dollhouse Furniture

  Is your child’s dollhouse lacking a little Swedish flair? Never fear, Ikea is here. The new Huset doll house living room furniture includes a few signature pieces. The whole shebang is $12.99 and is made from cardboard and plastic.

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Scooter Suitcase

    They had me at “Skootcase.” How great is this? Your kid can ride through the airport while keeping his blankie and toys close. Plus, it fits in the overhead bin. Everybody wins. Skootcase Scooter Suitcase, $70, available at MoMA.

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Wooden Toys from Wisconsin

In a sea of plastic toys that light up and make noise, there’s something refreshing about a beautifully crafted wooden toy. The wooden masterpieces created by Madison, Wis.-based woodworker John Michael Linck are something of a family tradition for me. My mom first saw him at a craft show when my now 31-year-old brother was […]

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I was lucky enough to be part of a mom blogging panel at Bump Club and Beyond on Sunday morning, along with bloggers from Eater Chicago, Daily Candy, and Wee Windy City, among others. We had a great turnout! I gave the attendees (mom of kids under age 1) an overview of the best baby […]

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Playing Is So Retro

I like technology as much as the next guy, but watching my toddler zoom around on my iPhone, summoning videos and Lady Gaga songs with a flick of his finger made me nostalgic for more imaginative playthings. All of these retro toys are available now, for those who are similarly wistful or just want a […]

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Keith Haring for Kids

The perfect gift for artsy tots (or hipster parents who have recently spawned), there is much  to love about these bright and graphic Keith Haring stacking blocks. Each figure is taken from the work of the late graffiti artist. The set is $34.95 for a set of 18 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 […]

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