Many households do not include babies or even small children. If the Bible does not mention babies, then to claim there were babies in the household would simply be an unproved assumption. The simple fact that households were converted proves nothing by itself. Unless these passages themselves show us that babies were included, then we must settle the issue on the basis of other passages on the subject.
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.
Elmo is no stranger to hot holiday toys. This year's new addition will get your 18+ month-old moving and grooving with Elmo as they work on their gross motor skills. This exciting toy has three musical modes: colors, animals, and songs. When you change modes, Elmo's heart changes color and he wiggles and dances to the music. And because every kid (and let's face it parent!) loves Elmo he will be a welcome addition to your Christmas morning.

Now your kiddos can practice their claw machine skills right in their very own home!  It’s just like the one in the arcade, but they have a much better chance at winning.  It lights up, plays music, and has two different modes of timed-play.  It also comes with 6 little surprise packs that you can refill once they win them all. Super fun and something that you may want to play yourself!


It’s all about the interactive toys this year.  Introducing ‘Lil Gleemerz!’  There are currently three different ones to choose from and they have over 100 different reactions and interactions like purring, growling, farting (of course), light shows, light up tail, and so much more.  Oh, and did we mention they can say funny things, their eyes glow, and you can simply press their nose to enjoy them three different ways (game mode, light party, or hangout).  They’ve already been named one of the top toys of the year, so get ’em while you can!  See all the different color options here!
Believe it or not, Barbie DreamHouse's are still a thing. This modern version of a classic holiday toy measure 3' tall and over 4' wide so it is massive! Barbie can get up to her bedroom using the elevator or perhaps its time to do work in her home office. Whatever your child imagines Barbie can do we know they'll be playing with this for years to come. And of course, mom and dad will get in on the Barbie fun too.
stay up to date with the latest trends in super fun toys: hatchimals! if you’re a diehard hatchimals fan, then you’ll love all of the amazing accessories and hatchimals-themed activities from five below. wait patiently for your cute little creature to hatch, and then enjoy all of the fun features of one of the most addicting toys. while collectible hatchimals toys can run up a pretty high price at other retailers, at five below, you’ll never find a hatchimals toy that costs more than five dollars. all toys and products at five below are five dollars or less, so you can stock up on your favorite activities without worrying about the price tag.
For smart moms, dads and of course resellers, Holiday 2018 toy shopping is in full swing on Amazon.com. You can stack up on the upcoming season's hottest toys now. Get up-to-date with the 2018 L.O.L. Suprise toys and new interactive pets. Explore our comprehensive round-up of all new 2018 L.O.L. Surprise! toys including the Suprise House and how to find them in stock online now. Additionally, you can already browse, Amazon's Top 100 Holiday 2018 toys list.
"Hatchimals is revealing its BIGGEST surprise yet on Hatchimals Day (Friday, Oct. 5): the arrival of HatchiBabies!" Spin Master shared with POPSUGAR. Although your kids will have to wait until the "due date" to find out what the new species will look like, there is some news the brand is sharing in advance: inside each speckled egg will be either a baby boy or girl, and your child can discover "secret compartments" inside their hatched egg, "adding even more play opportunities."
From simulating x-rays and sonograms using red and blue lenses that reveal the insides of animals to closing up wounds and cuts, mix and make gelly ticks, and more, kids can learn what it takes to become a Veterinary physician. The set includes suture skin, plastic curved needle, plastic tweezer scissors, black nylon thread, cat anatomy poster, dog blister mold and much more. For ages 6 and older. Price: $19.99 at alexbrands.com.
Harry Potter and Lego fans will flip for this Lego kit that lets them construct Hogwarts great hall. From the moving spiral staircase to the potions room and beyond, they can build it all. Once the building is done, playing with it is just as much fun. Ten mini figures come with the set including, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Professor Quirrell with dual Lord Voldemort face, Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore and nearly headless Nick. Kids can recreate scenes from the movies or embark on all sorts of new magical adventures they create on their own.

Elmo is no stranger to hot holiday toys. This year's new addition will get your 18+ month-old moving and grooving with Elmo as they work on their gross motor skills. This exciting toy has three musical modes: colors, animals, and songs. When you change modes, Elmo's heart changes color and he wiggles and dances to the music. And because every kid (and let's face it parent!) loves Elmo he will be a welcome addition to your Christmas morning.

My two girls after over 5 month wait finally was able to get their Hatchimals and they were not disappointed. I was impressed at the muti-functions these little animated toys were capable of. They speak, move, and light up. These little critters are still holding their attention much longer than their Furbys. They got them on Easter and still play with them often and it is almost June and they are still running on the batteries that came with them. I am impressed.
Because if your kids are giving their Hatchimals a major eye-roll, they’re probably in the market for the new creepy Fuggler. These Fugglers (which stands for ‘Funny Ugly Monster’ but we don’t see how) are said to be one of the must-haves of the year.  There are dozens of these creepy little devils to choose from and they’re perfect for any kid who’s over the cute and cuddly stuffed animals that are being marketed to them all day long!  Learn more here.
As one of the newest members of the Hatchimal family (only available at Hamleys South Africa and Toy Kingdom South Africa) Burtles are one part bug and one part turtle! Just like their little-winged friends, it is both peppy, energetic, and full of happiness. As Burtles grow up you see a bit more of their turtle side: reliable, careful, and strong willed.
Ok so these spiders actually are pretty cute!  They’re new, from Hasbro, and there are 10 different ones to collect!  They’re interactive, voice activated, and move faster or slower based on how loud (or soft) you are!  All are different colors and have different personalities, plus they can totally interact with each other when all put in a setting together.  Think of how much fun it will be to race them!  Learn more about Yellies here.
PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure HQ Rocket from Just Play lets kids recreate adventures from the series using special light, sound and lever features. They can push a button to release the toy's legs and ramp, then launch the included gekko figure out on his space rover. The rocket ship cockpit holds up to three PJ Masks figures. For ages 3 and older. Price: $ 39.99 at  justplayproducts.com.

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It's officially Hatch Day, and that means the wait is over for the coolest new Hatchimals straight from Hatchtopia! The brand new, squishy HatchiMallows, and Baby HatchiBabies are the newest toys to join the Hatchimals family. Spoiler alert: they are really adorable, so if you were wondering what to get your kiddos for Christmas this year, consider that problem solved: Your Hatchimal-obsessed kids will go nuts for these cute critters.
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.
Poppy is one of a series of interactive doll trolls. Poppy comes with a bracelet, which interacts with Poppy – lighting up her hair to a musical beat and also lighting up her own bracelet. Press Poppy’s tummy and she’ll talk (OK, she’ll say 25 phrases), dance and sing. As you would expect from any self-respecting troll, you can brush her magnificent pink mane and style it.
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. 
He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 
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!

Yes this is the magic Harry Potter wand your kids (and you!) have been waiting for.  They’ll actually build this themselves and learn to code all at the same time!  From there their magic wand will be able to do things like make pumpkins grow, make feathers fly, multiply your magical goblets, make fire flow, create spells and so much more! Plus, did we mention this will all interact via their tablet or computer?  Pretty amazing.  Learn more here.
My two girls after over 5 month wait finally was able to get their Hatchimals and they were not disappointed. I was impressed at the muti-functions these little animated toys were capable of. They speak, move, and light up. These little critters are still holding their attention much longer than their Furbys. They got them on Easter and still play with them often and it is almost June and they are still running on the batteries that came with them. I am impressed.
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!
Once the HatchiBaby breaks through its egg, it may need a bit of help clearing away the top shell. Then, after it gives a performance of “Hatchi-Birthday,” kids will discover two things about the HatchiBaby. First, they will learn whether they’ve hatched a boy or a girl based on its color (pink or blue). The HatchiBaby can also be one of two species, a Ponette or a Cheetree. A drawing on the box helps determine which type the HatchiBaby is.
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.
It comes with one doll too, but here’s the fun twist—you don’t know which one you get until you pull, twist and pop the popper she’s in to find out who the mystery guest will be. The surprises don’t stop there though, there are also three gifts to unwrap. Who knows where they’ll take this party crowd. Designed for kids ages 4 and up, it’s a fun toy to pull out for parties, playdates and anytime they just want to have some fun.
How cool is this new game!  Connect 4 Shots is similar to the one that we all grew up with, but with a twist! This time you have to bounce the balls into the right slots to try and get four of the same color in a row (or diagonal) to win! This is one that you’ll not only want to play with your kids, but will probably end up taking over and playing with your own friends.  And, well, drinks may be involved.
Last year, we scoured the aisles of every local toy fair to get the scoop on which toys would likely sell out fast during Christmas and the holidays, driving parents on crazy last-minute hunts for sparkly eggs, squishy fake food, and tiny interactive baby monkeys. This year, looking for an even deeper level of insider information, we reached out to trend experts for their opinions on what toys would top the charts of holiday season 2018 (hint: Hatchimals are still very hot).
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.

The hatching is kind of cool (and pulled her away from her iPad for a couple of minutes) but when the animal inside sings "Happy Birthday" it's supposed to be fully hatched. It wasn't. By the way, you'll want a Dustbuster around because the shell can make a bits-o-plastic mess if you have to break it apart to get to the accessories in the bottom part of the egg.
Fingerlings Hugs are a larger, plush version of the original huggable toy, with long arms and over 40 loaded phrases. They give kisses and repeat phrases as well. And now these toys are officially being sold at major retailers like Target and Amazon, and will cost parents $29.99. Currently, they're featuring a blue monkey named Boris and a pink monkey named Bella, but knowing the cunning marketing team at WowWee, it's only a matter of time before we see a broader range of characters available in this new Hugs format.
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.

While there are other stuffed animals on this list, this is the only stuffed animal that has sequins. Kiddos can choose from 10 different animals, including a bear, owl, lamb, dog, or unicorn. Each critter is decked out with shimmery, reversible sequins that can change color with the wave of a hand. They can even create fun patterns in the sequins with their fingers!
Yes this is the magic Harry Potter wand your kids (and you!) have been waiting for.  They’ll actually build this themselves and learn to code all at the same time!  From there their magic wand will be able to do things like make pumpkins grow, make feathers fly, multiply your magical goblets, make fire flow, create spells and so much more! Plus, did we mention this will all interact via their tablet or computer?  Pretty amazing.  Learn more here.
It's the new Christmas toy tradition: all the major stores release their own list of the toys they believe will be bestsellers in the run up to 25 December. But are any of these 'top toys' any good? We take a good long look at the most recommended buys as the lists come out – the 2018 Argos list and the Toy Fair Hero Toys list already have – and single out the toys we think are definitely worth their place on your child's wishlist. And when this year's lists from Amazon, Hamleys, DreamToys, Argos, John Lewis, The Entertainer, and Tesco and more appear, we'll add the best of those in, too.
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! 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.

We have cited clear, specific evidence that people who were baptized must always first hear, believe, repent, and confess, and that they must be baptized for the right reason, and that they must be able to accept the responsibilities of church membership. Babies can do none of these things. It is a misuse of Scripture to assume without proof that babies were included in the household conversions, in contradiction to this evidence.


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!
In a world where babies run everything, little rockers rebel against nap time and teacher's pets become class presidents with "Free Pizza Fridays!" In this world, all work is play and nothing is dull cuz it's all a lil' surprising and outrageous! L.O.L. Surprise dolls were on a top secret mission when their pet went missing! Find surprise clues across the Eye Spy Series to help find their pet! Discover 60+ never before seen surprises inside the L.O.L. Surprise Bigger Surprise with exclusive dolls and accessories!
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.
For the first time in Hatchimals history, you can find super-cute accessories hidden inside the egg! Peel-to-reveal a rattle, hairbrush, bottle, cuddle buddy and high chair– everything you need to take care of your baby! As you use each accessory to look after your HatchiBaby, they’ll respond in cute ways. (P.S. different species of HatchiBabies come with different accessories!)
Another big trend is surrounding nostalgic characters like Harry Potter, who is popping up with a lot of buzz thanks to the 20th anniversary this year. As Appell puts it, “Parents get really caught up in the nostalgia.” So if you loved Harry Potter you might want to pick up one of these wizard training wands that comes with 11 spells you can learn — before they sell out.
This is one of the newest (and best-selling) games so far in 2018.  In fact, it’s one of Kickstarter’s 50 most backed projects of all time.  Pretty impressive.  This super fun/crazy unicorn-based game is for the older kids.  They say 14+, but plenty of parents who’ve reviewed and played feel like 10-12+ was perfectly fine.  Either way, the goal is to build your own unicorn army (mainly by betraying your friends).  Be the first to to build the army of 7 unicorns and win this strategic card game!
A 600-piece set that builds into a 3-level catamaran, with sun deck and pool, a bridge with steering controls, slide and spiral stairs. Comes with 3 mini-figures, a banana boat, and accessories including an inflatable ring, life belts, flippers, 2 dolphins, ice creams, baskets, a smartphone and an MP3 player. Only drawback: it doesn't actually float on water...
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.
Spin Master was caught off-guard by the unexpected demand; the company originally stated that the toy would appeal primarily to girls aged 6 to 8, but Hatchimals ultimately became popular among boys and older youth audiences as well.[1][2] The company attempted to address the supply issues by having its remaining stock from China delivered via air freight instead of by ship, but stated that there may not be new stock of Hatchimals until 2017. However, Martin added that the company planned to introduce new species and features to the Hatchimals line, and asked customers to be patient. A California mother sued Spin Master for an egg not hatching because the Hatchimal's batteries were dead.[1][2]
Dress up clothes and costumes help them to imagine and act out their own stories and roles! If birthdays or holidays are just around the corner, find the perfect kids’ gifts with the Top Toys 2018, from action figures to Star Wars toys and Disney Princess dolls. Shop by age or interest: Find toys for little builders, musicians, athletes and more. Kohl’s toys selection will entertain and enrich playtime for kids of all ages.
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. 
We think it’s safe to say, kids are obsessed with all things L.O.L Surprise and so another ‘must have’ has made our list.  This big one has over 15 amazing little surprises inside, two pet babies, and even one pet baby charm or food baby charm.  That’s just part of the fun surprise! There are even really cool accessories to wear like spy glasses, a necklace that becomes a bracelet and more!  You totally need to complete their LOL set with this one!
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!
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