We can’t wait to bust this guy out of his crate and, well, your kids will too!  They’ll use the crowbar (that comes with it) to pop open that lock and release this little monster from his prison!  He’ll even make over 45 different sounds and when he’s turned upside down, dropped, or knocked over.  When they pull his tongue, he’ll make funny noises, vibrate, and his eyes will glow.  Even better, your kids can record their voice and this creature will play back their message in their own ‘creature voice.’  There are a bunch of different Crate Creatures to choose from too.  See all the options here!


That’s right, Pikmi Pops are back!  And this one is cuter than ever (and will be kind of tough to get).  Meet ‘Cinnabun’ the giant reversible bunny with giant cute and snuggly floppy ears!  Inside this giant surprise you just may find one or two exclusive scented Pikmi Flips!  Plus, there are 8 surprises inside in total and the most fun part is that your kiddos aren’t going to know which they’re getting until they open it.  Seriously, how cute is this bunny?!  And you’ll love their scent too!


James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.
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.
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.
Burp your baby.[4] After your baby has eaten, you will want to burp them. They can easily swallow too much air while eating and the bubbles in their stomach will make them cranky and uncomfortable. Lay your baby so that they are slightly over your shoulder and then firmly pat their back. This will help release the air and make your baby very happy.
The Walmart's best-selling toys on walmart.com already contain some of the hottest Holiday toys 2018 that are prone to sell out and become hard to find closer to Christmas. The hot Holiday toys include Poopsie Pooey Puitton Slime Surprise, Lil' Gleemerz, Hairdorables, L.O.L. Surprise! Biggie Pets, L.O.L. Surprise House and Pomsies. See also our current top 10 Holiday toys 2018 to buy now.

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!

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.
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.
Recommended for ages 7 and up, adult supervision is recommended. Parents say kids love it, the instructions are clear and easy to follow, and it’s a fun activity for the whole family. While the kit only includes the complete materials for 16 of the experiments and you have to purchase a few additional supplies for the rest of them, parents say it’s still a great value for all the hours of educational entertainment this kit provides.
So here is where the 3 stars come in, my 6 year old loves it. Even with the less than fantastic start, once he started playing with her, he has thanked me for getting him a hatichamal about once an hour. He loves the little paper that tells you about it's mood by eye colors. He also adores that it comes with a rattle, a cuddle buddy, brush and a bottle. Each of them make Hatchy respond (he likes making it sing and dance). It's so very sweet watching him take care of it, and that 'juuust' makes it worth it to me. 

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.
Breastfeeding is incredibly simple. Women were born to do it, after all! Be sure that you are keeping your nipple clean and free of any infections. Consult with your doctor if you are taking any medications and check labels on over-the-counter drugs. You will also want to eat as healthfully as possible, since you will be sharing those nutrients with your baby!
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!
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent. 

Because kids love poop jokes.  Even though you may ban potty humor in your house, this is still slated to be the “must-play” game of 2018.  Simply set up the poop mat, place the various clay poops in different place, blindfold the kiddos and have them see how far they can make it without “stepping in it.”  You may want to get in on the fun yourself.  #PoopFTW!  There’s also a new unicorn edition of the game 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.


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.
If your kiddos wanted to ever actually hug their Fingerlings, well, now’s their chance!  These giant, cuddly, soft and plush Fingerlings Hugs will wrap right around their neck, waist, chest and more!  Plus, they’re totally interactive and super fun to play with! They also come in pink, blue, and the newest glitter purple too!  See more color options here!.
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.
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.
Fingerlings Hugs from WowWee have extra-long arms perfect for hugs and cuddling. Kids can also swing them, pet them and rock them to sleep. Give them a kiss and they'll kiss back. The recording feature allows kids to record their own voices then throw the toy in the air to hear a funny remix of what they said. For ages 5 and older. Price: $29.99 at fingerlings.com.
Deal with thrush. Thrush is an oral yeast infection, usually a result of taking antibiotics. It will appear as whitish patches in and around the mouth or cracks at the corners of the mouth. Prevent thrush by keeping bottles and pacifiers clean. Though it is not a terribly threatening illness, if your child contracts thrush you should talk to your doctor to get the appropriate creams to treat the problem.[11]
Kids will learn how to help nurture the Hatchibaby in different situations, using both its touch-sensitive areas (forehead, feet) and the included accessories. For example, the cuddle buddy can sooth a sad or sleepy HatchiBaby, and kids can feed a hungry HatchiBaby with the bottle. Just be sure to read the instructions carefully for the right way to give the HatchiBabies these objects, or they won’t work.
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...
Yes your kids (and you) are 100% addicted to all things Fortnite.  Well, here’s a way they can still kind of play, but not on any of their devices.  It’s the new Fortnite Monopoly game!  It’s not really so much about what you own, it’s about if you’ll survive and for how long.  And if you’re looking for fun Fortnite costumes or accessories that double as great gifts, look here!
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.
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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.
According to these Scriptures babies should be baptized only if we can find statements in the New Testament that show that God wants us to practice this. To prove infant baptism is unacceptable, we do not have to find a passage that expressly forbids the practice. Rather, if the Bible tells us specifically who to baptize, and if infants are not included in those instructions - i.e., if the gospel teaches individual responsibility and personal accountability - then the practice of baptizing babies should be abandoned.

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.
The Scruff-a-Luvs from Moose Toys are a mystery at first. Each comes as a matted ball of fur, showing only its eyes. To reveal your rescue animal (dog, cat or bunny), simply wash it in water, towel dry, blast dry it with a hair dryer, and brush and style its fur. Each plush comes with a collar, name tag, adoption certificate, brush and hair clips. For ages 4 and older. $19.99 at moosetoys.com.
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.

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.

I got a hatchimal surprise for Christmas. I think they age too fast, when they entered kid stage twin B beeped twice then shut off. I returned them to the store and bought another. Once that one entered kid stage it did the same thing. I gave it some rest but that did not work. My brother got one too ( it was a giraven hatchimal) it did the same thing as mine by beeping and shutting off. They don't work and break very easy. I don't think they are worth the price. :(


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.
Churches that baptize babies often have a practice called "confirmation." People are baptized as babies, but later when they get old enough to understand and make their own choice about serving God, they are taught and are asked to publicly "confirm" their faith and their desire to live for God. The very existence of such a practice is an admission that the child did not understand, believe, and repent before he was baptized.
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.

Now this is the house of all doll houses! Your kiddos loved their LOL Surprise Dolls all last year (and this year too), but this year it’s all about the giant 3-foot by 3-foot 3-story LOL Surprise House that has a working toilet, lamp, outdoor patio that changes from day to night, a helipad, a swimming pool they can fill with water, a sandbox, and so much more!  Plus, it even comes with an exclusive new family.  Learn more details here.


"August marks one year since the introduction of Fingerlings, and we're really excited that we have the opportunity to continue to deliver the interactivity of this toy to children in new and different ways," said Sydney Wiseman, creator of Fingerlings and brand manager at WowWee. "The response we've received to Fingerlings has been remarkable, so we took a lot of the technology used in the original fingertip friends and built it up to include additional innovative features like KissTech and TalkBack technology, packaged in a cuddly plush that we know kids will love."
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