A Manny & Simon push toy is pretty much a requirement for any modern nursery (just search our archives to prove it!), so I know their teethers are going to be standard for any well equipped toy box and diaper bag.
We got to preview the teethers ($14) at last years ABC Kids Expo, but I really love the shakers ($24) as well.
We’ve been admiring Nobodinoz from afar for a long time, but their lovely collections are starting to trickle into US retailers.
Carrito Mapachito (raccoon trolley),
and a couple of their full sized play tents.
I love the color palette Nobodinoz uses. It’s fresh and modern (of course), a little bit tropical, and all goes together perfectly. I’m starting to think I should use their colors as the scheme in my new house! I can’t wait to see what else becomes available. Most of all I’m hoping to see the furniture! Who’s with me?!
There are a few more stand-outs from The Land of Nod for Fall 2015– this time in the toy department.
How about this Byte-Size Personal Chalkboard ($25)?
The Fresh Picked Plush Produce ranges from $7 to $9 per piece (though I wish they just sold it as a complete set).
The Get Reel Fishing Game should keep them busy for a while ($50).
And their new Gobs of Jobs Activity Chart might just help manage household responsibilities in a fun way ($80).
These were my favorite of the new toys, but if you’ve never browsed their selection of toys, you’re really missing out. It’s a beautifully curated collection and you can’t go wrong with anything you purchase.
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So today was the last day of school and I’m facing three months of summer with both excitement and trepidation. Travel is definitely part of the excitement of vacation and you can face it with less trepidation if you’ve got great travel activities to keep the kids busy.
I really recommend the great travel games from Melissa and Doug. With the pieces firmly attached to the board, you can have all the fun without the tragedy of pieces spilling out of reach on the floor. I seriously have the USA License Plate Game
and Hangman in the car with me at all times, but next I would add Travel Bingo and the Travel Memory Game. Bring these out as needed (or when the ipad battery dies)!
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Is Sophie the Giraffe too played out for your teething tot? Shop the 100% natural rubber, hand painted toys from Oli & Carol. Newly launched in the US, these sweet chewables are cute and unique alternatives to the ubiquitous french must-have.
and XL Beetle Cars.
Wooden toys are typically the choice for design-snob parents (and I mean that in the kindest way possible), but Kid O has elevated plastic toys to an irresistible level. Their newest products are terrifically tempting.
Take a look at the entire 2015 collection.
Two hippos are joining the blabla knit dolls collection this spring– Jacques the blue sailor and Esther the purple bathing beauty (at least that’s how I’m going to describe her).
You KNOW I’ve got to be partial to Esther, even though she’s a hippo, because we Esthers have to stick together!
There’s also this adorable collection of new roly poly family rattles. I’m gonna call the little blonde one Esther too. I think we’ve got a strong resemblance.