If you remember the Christmas craze last year for the cute little Fingerlings Monkeys, well Wowwee upped their game and literally just released their new line of Fingerlings called “Untamed Raptors.”  These dinosaur toys are cute and ferocious all at the same time.  They’ll interact with your kid, wrap around their little finger, learn to talk and roar in dino babble and, based on how they’re taken care of will depend what kind of dino personality you get!  This is, for sure, to be one of the hot toy request for Christmas 2018.  Grab them while you can at a normal price.
Acts 2:36,41 - This example shows what it means for people to learn the gospel before they are baptized. The people were given evidence that Jesus is God's Son (v14-36). They were told that, on the basis of this evidence, they must "know assuredly" that Jesus is Lord and Christ (v36). Those who were baptized were those who gladly received this message (v41). Can babies hear and learn in this way?
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I have wanted to get one of these for my niece for a long time, but I've hesitated because the fact is that they don't always work, and when they do, they don't always work correctly. I told her parents that it might not go right, and to explain this to her when we gave it to her. Fortunately she understands that things don't always happen the way we plan, and she can handle some disappointment.

Second, infant baptism leads people to believe they are saved when they are not. God requires people to be baptized for the remission of sins when they are old enough to make their own decision about the matter. But many people have been baptized as babies. Then, when they are old enough to be responsible for their conduct so they should be baptized, they refuse because they believe they have already done so. But their infant baptism was not Scriptural. So the person goes through his whole life never having been Scripturally baptized, and therefore he never has received forgiveness of his sins!


One of last year's hottest toys is back with a new version—a unicorn! The Fingerling monkeys have been a runaway hit, so little ones will flip at the chance to add a unicorn to their collection of these cute little finger-hugging pets. Her name is Gigi, and she’s fancy, with a rainbow mane and tail, and she’s full of surprises. She responds to noise, motion, and touch, and she’ll do everything from blowing you a kiss to turning her head. Turn her upside down for even more antics. When downtime comes around, you can pet her to sleep. Parents say Gigi is adorable and kids go gaga for her. Bonus: The batteries she runs on are included.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

These super cute Little Live Wrapples do just that….wrapple around your kids wrist.  Their tail is like those snap bracelets we all used to have in the 80’s and the 90’s, so they stay on their wrist securely.  Plus, these cuties have over 50 different sounds and reactions and their eyes even light up to match their mood!  There are 4 different Wrapples to choose from.  See all the options here!


A fun little ‘toy’ for all the tech kids out there who are always on their phones or tablets!  This cute PopSocket has the message ‘Choose Kindness’ on the top with a cartoon-like rainbow.  In a world that could use some gentle reminders, we think this is the friendly thought our kids could see each and every day and hopefully always remember to choose kindness.  There’s also a cute magical unicorn one too!
Seriously how cute is Ricky the trick loving pup!?  He’s new from FurReal and totally interactive.  In fact, not only does he respond with over 100 sounds and motions, but he actually performs the cutest little tricks ever like flipping his bone, ‘shaking paws’ with you, barking a catchy little tune, and so much more!  Did we mention he’s affectionate too?  The kiddos can help ‘train’ him and reward him with treats.  When they do that, Ricky the pup will eat them and, well, when they pet his back he’ll poop them out.  This one comes with 18 dog treats, a treat pouch, and a fun little bone toy too!  We love him!
What's especially cool about the tiny, new Hatchi-Mallows is that they're made of squeezable material designed to be super fun to squish. Little HatchiFans will love smooshing them down, letting them go, and watching them slowly return to their original cute shapes! And of course, your kiddo will love taking their HatchiMallow with them everywhere they go, from the bath to bed, and everywhere in between.

On a whole new level of mystery toy unboxing are radical reveals. “Toy companies are ditching basic blind bags and coming up with really cool ways for kids to unbox surprise toys, such as digging through clay, adding water for fizzing reactions, and more.” says Schacht. Wowzer Surprise Magical Pets are snow globes full of bubbles called Orbeez that obscure each pet. To reveal the surprise all you have to do is pour water into the top which “magically” makes the bubbles disappear. Inside you’ll find unicorns, rabbits, chickens, rainbow fish, and a whole lot more.
No two eggs are the same, so if you are buying for multiple children they will love mixing and matching the surprises they find inside. Inside the egg there's a variety of kid-friendly surprises including limited edition figures, squishy slime, and a lights and sounds vehicle. The plastic egg is easy for kids to open by themselves, and no assembly is required. Ideal for ages 3 and up. 
What is it? This is a sturdy walker that will help with your baby’s first steps. It also comes with a detachable learning centre that is full of activities. Shapes and light-up musical keys introduce letters, words, numbers, animals, sing-along songs and melodies. Plus, a moving butterfly, discs and rollers help to develop manipulative skills and there’s a removable rattling phone that’s great for introducing role-play.
If you remember last Christmas at all, you certainly remember the Fingerlings fever that seemed to sweep the nation's children. The small toys would coo and cuddle your finger, and just generally be adorable, while people were queuing up for the chance to score one of the tiny interactive toys. Well, the fad isn't over — it's just changed a bit. So get your credit cards ready because Fingerlings Hugs are coming, and they're more adorable than ever.
Meet Fingerlings Hugs- they’re softies when it comes to affection! Their long arms are perfect for big Hugs and these cuddle monkeys never want to let you go! They’ll have supersized reactions to all of your actions. From burps to toots to laughs, there’s never a dull moment! They’ll show you how excited they are when you throw them in the air, swing them, tickle them and turn them upside down! They’ll even repeat what you say in the funniest ways. Rock them to sleep, or watch them kiss you for as long as you want! Share the love with Fingerlings Hugs. 

It wouldn’t be a holiday without mass hysteria over the latest announcement from the Hatchimals folks.  Hot off the press (and already one of the most anticipated toys of the season) meet ‘HatchiBabies.’  That’s right.  They’re babies!  And this time you won’t know if you’re hatching a baby boy or a baby girl. It’s like a true gender reveal so get those cameras rolling! They also have a secret compartment (and companions) as an added bonus inside that famous speckled egg for extra fun this year.  They’re up for pre-order right now so you might as well get it while you can!  Learn more here.
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The card game requires at least four players split into two teams. Each team decides on a secret signal. The goal is to draw four of a kind from the deck and use the secret signal to yell, "You've got crabs!" to gain a point.  But If the other team deciphers the secret signal and yells, "You've got crabs!" first, the other team loses a point. The team with the most crabs wins. For ages 7 and older. 
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A magical new egg has arrived! Discover new friends, a new hatch and new fun with Hatchimals Surprise! For the first time ever, each speckled egg has two Hatchimals inside! Experience their magical hatch, then raise and care for your twins! This duo will interact with each other as they play games, talk and tell jokes! One of them can even record and repeat a message! Bring home Hatchimals Surprise for double the hatchiness! Who will you hatch?
Sit your baby in infant swings and seats. These will allow your baby to see the action going on around them, as well as a comfortable place to fall asleep if they get tired during the day. Try to get seats which bounce in response to your child’s movement and swings that can swing themselves. These will help keep baby entertained while you get things done. Just don’t leave them unattended!

We love the empowering and compassionate message where Barbie is helping people!  This ‘Care Clinic’ on wheels is also a hospital playset that comes with over 20 medically themed pieces. Our favorite?  The X-Ray machine that also turns into an eye chart with one simple pull of the lever!  Oh, the lights on the ambulance and siren work too! Barbie is truly saving the day!
An impressive little unit that is a great introduction to coding and robotics. There is no screen and no tablets or smartphone apps - Botley just works and helps young people understand coding and logic. Program Botley to move forward, turn, detect objects and much more, this is a toy that will keep young minds engaged and charged. Great customization options and tons of accessories to extend play and learning. Money well spent.
Know when to change your baby’s diaper. This part won’t be too hard. If your baby’s diaper is filled, change it! If your baby’s diaper is wet, change it! A soiled diaper will smell, so it won’t be hard to tell when it’s time for a change. Wet diapers can be a little more challenging. Set a timer and be sure to at least check their diaper every two hours. If you notice it is wet before then, however, change it then.
It features 15 unique instruments across five different genres of music, enabling a truly hands-on physical approach to learning as preschoolers mix (and remix) their own musical creations, said Schacht. Best of all, kids are in control of their very own compositions by adding or subtracting instruments, changing the tempo and layering in fun sound effects.
Not to stress you out or anything, but in the wake of hundreds of Toys ‘R’ Us store closures (we may see a comeback from the retailer in the future but sadly not in time for this holiday season), planning ahead this year is even more essential to holiday shopping success. You’re going to need all the help you can get. Note: We’ve also got gift guides for kids of all ages, including 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, and 9-year-olds. Below, we talked to experts to find the toys you should know about — and what to stock up on before they’re all gone.
Laurie Schacht fits right into the category of nostalgic parents. “I remember reading Harry Potter to my kids when they were little. Toys like the Mystery Flying Snitch and the Wizard Training Wands will turn muggles in to wizards, and I cannot play with these enough.” The snitch really flies — with the help of an invisible piece of string — and will make your kid the most popular on the block.
There are several Hatchimals to choose from, from “Pengualas” to “Draggles.” But good luck finding any of them — Spin Master, the company behind the toy, says some of its first shipments have already sold out and that it expects the next batch to go quickly, too. Some have ended up on eBay, where they’re listed for more than $100. The company designed the toy to be an interactive experience for kids that endures long after the animal is hatched, and will keep their attention beyond the holidays.

The Safari Learning Station" from LeapFrog grows with children while keeping them entertained through interactive learning. The three-in-one arch adjusts from floor play to standing height. Three different modes allow Giraffe, Lion and Zebra to introduce the ABCs and 123s while playing safari-themed tunes. The light-up piano lets tiny tots discover shapes and colors. Kids are extra engaged when they spin Elephant's bead spinner, twist Chameleon's tail and drop the balls through Monkey's tail to practice motor skills and learn about colors. For ages 6 months and older. Price: $49.99 at leapfrog.com.
Designed in Ireland, the new ArckitPLAY range offers four new products; Cityscape, and TinyTown 01, 02, and 03. Each is beautiful, intricate and helps develop spatial awareness as young minds decide where to place skyscrapers, highways, bridges, stadiums and parks. Originally Kickstarted in 2017, expect more versions later this year too. Stunning product.
Don’t worry too much about the soft spot. Babies skulls will not fully close until they are roughly a year and a half to two years old.[1] Until then, you will notice that there are soft spots on their head. Don’t worry too much, however. The membrane that covers these spots is very tough and your baby will be perfectly safe. You can touch these areas or comb the baby’s hair without causing any harm.
Meet Fingerlings HUGS - theyre softies when it comes to affection! Their long arms are perfect for big hugs and these cuddle monkeys never want to let you go! It's all about that Main Squeeze Fingerlings Feeling. Swing them, pet them, and rock them to sleep, or give them a kiss and watch them kiss you back!! Record what you say and watch them repeat it back in funny ways.
I'll make this a simple and quick review. My kids love it. Here are the pros and cons of this new hatchimal twins. Pros: - 2 hatchimals for the price of almost one with paying about $10 more - each hatchimal has its own personality and what it's capable of doing - hatchimals can communicate with each other, much more interactive than the original Cons: - wings keep falling off, even though it's a quick clip back in, it falls off constantly if picked up the wrong way - hatchimals do not move/mobile like the original, one twin rocks back and forth the other just sits there and is hollow underneath - hatchimals seem a bit tinier and little fragile then the original I honestly don't see the hype in this toy, but my kids love it. I would recommend to buy this if they did fix the flaws of the wings easily falling off, otherwise forget about it if you have two tiny tots. 

They can use the X-Cavator (a tool that's included in the set) to dig up and collect up to 24 Treasure Hunter action figures and up to 32 individual pieces of treasure. Along the way you might find a mysterious treasure chest or the bones and weapons of Treasure Hunters who have come before you. With 10 different levels of adventure, it will keep kids entertained for hours.
That’s right folks, Hatchimals is back!  And this time they’re a total mystery.  Hatchimals Mystery were just released and are already climbing the toy charts.  Here’s the best part; you have no clue which Hatchimal you’re going to get until it hatches.  It’s a total mystery!  What we do know, for sure, is that these new guys are super fluffy (fluffier than the older ones) and they’ll actually be able to learn and speak your name!  Plus, there are 4 different ones you could hatch…like Bunwee, Pandor, Hedgyhen, and Elefly.  Collect all 4!  Learn more here.
Kids love toys!  Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or a birthday celebration, we’re always searching for ideas – especially for the kid who seems to have everything.  It’s time to put on your Santa hat, and start checking items off your nice (naughty?) list.  To get ready for the gift-giving season, we’ve picked toys that run the gamut.  From toys that sync, to toys that don’t require batteries.  As always, we’ll clue you in on some of the hottest items of the season, but we’ve also chosen toys that aren’t on all the “hot lists.”  Because off the beaten path is nice, and we think old school toys – like pogo sticks, knee hockey, and bikes are cool too!  And let’s face it, sometimes the (stressful) hunt for the “it toy”  just doesn’t work out.  Check out our favorite new releases and, time-honored classics below.  
Eh. We bought into the hype and I thought this would be a cute idea since they’re twins, but... these hatchimals do not move around like the original. One twin has almost a bobble head and you can push its head down and the other twin is supposed to dance, but ours just kind of shakes and is extremely loud. Whatever components are inside that twin just make a really annoying buzzing sound, so playing with it is extremely frustrating because you can barely hear what it’s saying. These are a lot worse than the first hatchimal from last year and are a little confusing too. Each twin has its own set of rules to follow, so for children under 7-8, understanding what the eye color means will probably be difficult, if not frustrating. I can really only be disappointed with myself for ordering this

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Now that we’re all on the same page in regards to Poopsy Unicorn Slime, it only makes sense that one of the up-and-comers this season is the ‘designer’ Pooey Puitton purse that comes with 2 unicorn slime powder packets (yes, it makes rainbow poop), 6 unicorn magic packets, 4 sparkle packets, 4 mystery packets, and so much more!  Plus, they’ll totally want that exclusive poop character keychain because who can leave home without it!?  Learn more here.
The Safari Learning Station" from LeapFrog grows with children while keeping them entertained through interactive learning. The three-in-one arch adjusts from floor play to standing height. Three different modes allow Giraffe, Lion and Zebra to introduce the ABCs and 123s while playing safari-themed tunes. The light-up piano lets tiny tots discover shapes and colors. Kids are extra engaged when they spin Elephant's bead spinner, twist Chameleon's tail and drop the balls through Monkey's tail to practice motor skills and learn about colors. For ages 6 months and older. Price: $49.99 at leapfrog.com.
My mother got one for each of my girls, 4 in total. Each one likes it for a different reason, and at ages 1-10 it's incredible that they are all as obsessed as they are! My youngest loves to cuddle it, use it as a pillow, and is just tickled when it makes the kissing noises at her (she makes them back, every time). My 7 year old likes to swing it around and wear it as a necklace, it's just as active as she is. My 9 year old likes to make it say funny things in as many different voices, pitches, and accents as she can dream up, also she enjoys the more gross noises it makes, and coming from a kid in this generation (I mean, c'mon, poo emoji pillows are a thing! Eew!) I'm not as surprised as I should be. My 10 year old likes to try to figure out how to make it do everything it can possibly do, and to put it in poses so she can draw it. Best of all, the kids were so enthralled with their new buddies they didn't miss grandma so much when she was in the hospital having surgery, because she gave them something they can hug, kiss and cuddle to think of her! If only it came in more characters and colors, but I suppose that will come in time!
When it comes to the holidays, every year there are the “it” toys, the ones everyone must have that send parents scrambling in a mad search for the coveted goods. The good news is that word as to what those “it” toys will be starts to spread early, and the earlier you snatch them up, the easier it will be to make all those Christmas dreams come true. 
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