Coming Soon: What’s New from Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2014

My visit with Skip Hop is always a highlight of my trip to the ABC Kids Expo.

This year, the most exciting new debut from Skip Hop is their Zoo Pals Rain Gear.  With matching umbrellas ($15) and raincoats ($30), your toddlers can take their favorite zoo pal even further. Monkey, Ladybug and Owl lovers are in luck this time around.

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Skip Hop’s Playspot playmat is reaching a new level of style and sophistication with this Triangle Tiles set. With the same cushy comfort for playtime, the zig zag design blends into your home’s decor.

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A few fun new toys are being added to Skip Hop’s line like the Roll-Around Rattles, Click Clack Hedgehog and Bandana Buddies.

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The Zoo Line is also expanding its mealtime accessories with a 4-piece Zoo Lunch Kit, Insulated Food Jar, and Zoo Snack Cup. They are all ridiculously cute.

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These Zoo Packs and Lunchies will be limited editions for the holidays, so if you love them, please snatch them up asap. I’m really digging the Polar Bear.

Skip Hop Limited Edition Holiday Zoo Packs

The Moby bath range now has a tub stopper. It’s a very comprehensive set now!

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The owl nightlight and projecting mobile are on their way. These are actually really stylish little electronic accessories and I think they’ll be big hits.

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Finally, for it’s 10 year anniversary, Skip Hop’s Duo Signature diaper bag is relaunching with new and improved features like tote handles and a smart phone pocket. Just think, we didn’t have smart phones 10 years ago!

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The Special Edition Duos are also really cute bags.

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Great job, Skip Hop (and thanks for the cupcake)!

29 Aug 2014, 10:49am
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Ten Teriffic Taxis

I’m heading out of town this afternoon, so these taxis are perfect for today.  Why are kids so fascinated with taxis?  I admit, the black and yellow are pretty irresistible.

Top Ten Taxis

1- Organic Lightweight Knit Cotton Baby Blanket from Little Wolf- $50+
2- Taxi Rattle by Estella- $18
3- Natural Taxi Teether from Smiling Tree Toys- $12+
4- New York Poster from Formanova- $44
5- NYC Yellow Taxi Printed Pillow from in the seam- $55
6- Kids’ Oeuf Taxi- $76
7- Taxi Wooden Push Toy from Manny & Simon- $36
8- Morgan Cycle Childs Taxi Cab Foot to Floor Ride On Car, Yellow- $128
9- Anne-Claire Petit Crochet NY Taxi- $123
10- The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca- $13 We love reading this great rhyming book.  I actually discovered it while watching Reading Rainbow and ordered it right away.

Twilight Buddies

Cloud B might be most famous for the Sleep Sheep and Twilight Turtle (which we have and love to give as gifts!), but if your little one doesn’t love turtles, there are other adorable options!  We saw some of the Twilight Buddies last year at ABC Kids Expo, and here are a few of the ones that have come out…

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Fox, Pig, Hippo, Sheep, and my favorite (as a Floridian) the Alligator.

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15 Aug 2014, 8:18pm
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Tegu FUTURE

Sometime you find new products in real-life, as in before you see them on a blog or website.  Today at Target was one of those days.

Tegu at Target

Has anyone else spotted the Tegu FUTURE sets?  They had the Magbot and Robo at my Target, but there is also a little Circuit Racer set as well as a large Magnetron Solar Station. $18-$90

Tegu FUTURE sets

Keep an eye out!

12 Aug 2014, 9:14pm
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Tree Hopper Toys

Lest we’ve gone too far into furniture and gear lately, here are some fun gift ideas from a new favorite of ours, Tree Hooper Toys
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Match Stacks are canisters of wooden disks that are a durable memory and matching game.  With 11 different themed sets, you can pick your child’s favorite.  $20
Match Stacks from Tree Hopper Toys

Whoa-Bots are my favorite little acrobatic blocks.  These are just adorable.
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Tree Hopper Toys also makes four sets of wooden Puzzled Blocks (yup, spelled that right). $25
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You can order these on their website or find a local retailer.

4 Aug 2014, 10:59pm
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Lego Research Institute

Stash this away for when your girls are older or just keep it for yourself!  Lego is working to include more female figures in their minifigure universe, and the Lego Research Institute features a female paleontologist, astronomer and chemist. $20

From the Lego Ideas platform, this set of three mini scenes adds diversity to any Lego collection!

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These Lego Ideas sets aren’t around forever so put these away for your future scientists.

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LEGO® Juniors: Introduce your child to the world of building.

Automoblox Mini Emergency Response Line 3-Pack

Already available in original sizes, Automoblox Mini collectors will want to snatch up this Mini Emergency Response Line 3-pack.

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You get the mini-version of the police, fire and rescue vehicles for $40– less than the price of one of the originals.  abx_minipolice_whand_20140605

We already have the S9 Police Cruiser and the T900 Rescue Truck, but it’s hard to turn down this 3-pack to go with our Minis…

16 Jun 2014, 9:03pm
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gg* Toys

gg* is one of the gorgeous toy lines from the Japanese toy company, Kukkia.  Their products aren’t widely available in the US, but are worth snagging when you find them!

You can can currently get the Oekaki House Drawing Board on amazon for $64.  It’s infinitely more spectacular than the “Little People” version that my children played with, and the B. Toulouse Laptrec I’ve purchased for use as gifts.

Magnetic Drawing Boards

If you’re looking for stylish wooden versions of the most popular toys, this is without a doubt the one to get.

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The tsumiki House Building Set is another special product from gg*.

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And my 5 year old would LOVE to practice his chopstick skills with this beautiful Mame Ohagki Bean Game.

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We used the Birthday Mobile in our last nursery board and I didn’t even make the connection at the time.  Now I love it even more!

Giantsuper Stuns with High-Design Animal Alphabet Flashcards

A quick search for alphabet-related items on our blog reveals that we absolutely love seeking out cleverly illustrated, modern designs for you. Today we feature alphabet flashcards which could easily double as gorgeous artwork for your nursery and child’s room.

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Giantsuper was founded by father-of-two, Paul Lee. Paul originally illustrated the super-deluxe set of flashcards for his son when he was learning the alphabet. The cards feature modern, iconic animal designs enclosed in a beautiful, premium box.

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I’m not sure that I have ever used the word ‘gorgeous’ to describe flashcards before, but I am pretty certain that these qualify for that use. They are gorgeous!

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Each card has a detailed animal image in the center, with corresponding capital letter in the top left corner and animal name on the bottom right. The animals look as if they are created in origami form and they seem to hold motion on each card.

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They really are incredible. Also incredible is the affordable price point.

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For more detailed images, you can check out the full alphabet here, and you can purchase a set of these beautiful flashcards on Amazon.

Kid-O at the Beach

This summer, you can enjoy the coolest toys on the beach.  Kid-O is bringing us this amazing collection of Quut beach toys. Upgrade your shovel and pail with the Alto, Ballo, Cuppi, Ringo, Scoppi, and Triplet.

Quut Kid-O toys at the Beach

If I didn’t have a pesky cold this week, I’d be taking the kids to the beach tomorrow.  Maybe next week?

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