Baby to 24 Months

These are toys that are suitable for babies and toddlers up to 24 months, older than that and they might get bored.


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Tumblekins get recalled

by James


You gotta appreciate a company that has a proactive recall policy. Although only one issue has been reported, it seems that toymaker International Playthings is taking no chances. It is recalling 31,000 Tumblekins Toys for a breaking hazard that could turn parts into sharp pieces that could cause kids suffer lacerations.

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10 Last minute Christmas gifts …

by James


So you’re the cool Uncle or Aunt of the family and you’re heading over to see the kiddies on Christmas eve. And you realize that you forgot to shopping! With the Holidays closing in and stores about to close out, here’s some last minute toy gifts you can pick up to play Santa for the kiddies …

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A Century of What I want for Christmas

by James


SciFi’s DVice has a very interesting graphic that shows the evolving tastes of kids over the last century of writing letters to Santa asking for toys for Christmas. From Teddy Bear to Teddy Ruxpin, PlayDough to Playstation, kids tastes for the hot toys are getting more sophisticated. Here’s a breakdown of some of the toys kids have wanted over the last century …

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Toys for Tots needs your help …

by James

The Marines have been collecting Toys for Tots since 1947. Semper Fi!


Just a reminder that the US Marine Corps Reserve is in full swing with their annual Toys for Tots drive. Created in 1947 by Marine Corps Major Bill Hendricks and a cadre of reservists in Los Angeles, Toys for Toys collected and distributed 5,000 toys for needy kids. Since then, the United States Marines across the nation and around the world have been collecting unwrapped toys worth at least $10 to distribute to needy kids at Christmas time. In the beginning, he Marines collected both new and used toys, but beginning with the Christmas in 1980, they have only collected new, unwrapped toys for distribution. And with time, the Marines courted famous names to further their cause, even Walt Disney has the honor of being the designer of the Toys for Tots train logo. But also big names like John Wayne, Doris Day, Tim Allen, and even former First Lady Nancy Reagan have devoted considerable time and clout to helping the Marines accomplish their mission of giving every needy child a toy for Christmas.

And it’s grown far beyond and extra curricular activity for off duty Marines. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved making the annual Toys for Tots drive an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. Over the last 62 years, the US Marine Corps Reserve have distributed over 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation has added to the toy collections by purchasing nearly a half billion dollars in toys to insure that no child gets left behind at Christmas.

And this year, as with any year, the campaign needs your help. You know the mission – pick up an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl and look for one of those dashing jarheads sitting next to a collection box near the entrance to the store. Or, you can Swing by http://www.toysfortots.org/ to make a cash donation to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. While at the site, you can find more information on a toy collecting center in your area.

Semper Fi and Merry Christmas!

PBS Kids toy line launched

by James

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PBS Kids has a great lineup of kids shows, including Wild Kratts, an animated series which stars the Brothers Kratt as they learn about animals in the Wild. One thing about PBS is that while they have great shows like Sesame Street, Carmen San Diego, and Reading Rainbow, they’ve haven’t had a dedicated toy line. Now, PBS is launching their own for PBS Kids.

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Celestial Buddies teaches kids out our solar system

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Celestial Buddies teaches kids about our solar system

Celestial Buddies teaches kids about our solar system

A really great way to teach kids about the planets in our solar system (and I don’t care what anyone says, that INCLUDES Pluto), is with Celestian Buddies. These cute plushie planets are cuddly, personable, and educational to boot.l

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New Tablet safe for babies

by James

Vinci is a special tablet computer designed to foster a child's cognitive development.

Vinci is a special tablet computer designed to foster a child's cognitive development.

It’s no secret that kids are hard on anything with a glass screen. With the added dimension of babies and toddlers, the danger rises faster than the interest rating on your credit card. That’s why this Rullingnet Vinci tablet is so great. It gives babies the tactile joy of playing with the tablet PC, and parents the piece of mind it’ll remain in one piece.

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Final recall of 2010 … we hope

by James

This Zoom Buggy Car is one of 8300 being recalled by the CPSC

This Zoom Buggy Car is one of 8300 being recalled by the CPSC

It wouldn’t be the year 2010 if we didn’t end it with a toy recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And as usual, the recall is due to a potential choking hazard. Geez. You’d think the designers of these toys in China would learn what is and isn’t a good design when it comes to choking.

Here are the two toys being recalled …

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Toys that are recalled the most

by James

High concentrations of lead in paint are just one of several hazards with cheap toys...

High concentrations of lead in paint are just one of several hazards with cheap toys...

More and more toy recalls are being issued as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) tightens the screws on overseas toy manufacturers looking to save a buck by cutting corners. And here is a list of the toys most likely to be recalled and posing the most dangers …

Here’s what to look for if you want to avoid the potential dangers associated with a toy product recall …

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