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Just Stuff We Love

From baby toys and cool threads to store openings and things to do with your little one. We cover the new, the old favourites and the best-kept secrets for everything baby.


Craft With Your Kids

Our kids like crafts but, unfortunately, crafting has never been one of our greatest skill sets. So, it was a huge relief to discover Kiwi Crate’s recent Canadian launch. The award-winning subscription service delivers cool craft kits to your door every month, and each one holds everything you need to make two or three fabulously fun projects. Themes include everything from music and dinosaurs to fairies and bugs (our little scientists designed wind-powered cars and a colourful wind sock). The packaging was fun, the instructions were easy to follow and the kid-tested projects ensured the end result would be a big hit. Best of all, you can add extra materials for siblings for peaceful, fight-free crafting. kiwicrate.com

 

Award Winning Doll

We’ve bought dolls for our kids before, but never found one quite like this. Baby GoGo is a doll that appeals to boys and girls alike. Its soft body, sweet face, open and close eyes and bright neutral outfits make the doll fun to interact with for children of all ages – our kids especially like carrying Baby around in the Baby GoGo Moses bed (thanks to its handy straps!) or tucking the doll in under a cozy blanket at bedtime. The doll comes with pj’s, a blanket and illustrated storybook, whie other accessories include the Moses bed, cotton canvas diaper bag (complete with cloth diaper!) and playtime outfit. babygogodoll.com

 

 

 

Wood Rocking Horse

Prince Lionheart first created its beautifully crafted birch rocking horse back in 1973 and has brought it back for a whole new generation to enjoy. The oversized rockers prevent tipping forwards or backwards, making it the perfect toy for children 18 months and up (the horse can handle riders up to 100 pounds). Princelionheart.com $99.99

 

Natural Teething Toys

When we first noticed Ringley back in 2009 we were drawn to their easy to grab teething toys, each with two all-natural textures. When it comes to quality, nothing's changed; but when it comes to design Ringley now has a host of shapes and animal figures to keep baby–and her teeth–happy for hours.

"Your child will need a variety of tools to help ease toothing pain," says Ringley founder and mother of two Shaindy Alexander. "Sometimes they need hard surfaces to help the teeth move closer to the gumline." This makes the untreated maple wood ring on these toys perfect. Sometimes they also need something soft, like the organic cotton cloth. It's like two toys in one.

 

Ready to Read

The younger cousin of Leap Frog’s Tag Learning system is perfect for kids ages one to four. The interactive Tag Junior Book Pals help kids interact with books and learn new preschool skills. We love that parents can connect the Tag Junior to their computers to see how their child is doing, learn more about their child’s interests and learn new ways to engage them with reading.