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.
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. 

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Welp, Christmas is just around the corner (hooray?) and your kids are already asking for everything under the sun, so we’ve narrowed down their toy demands to the ones that are the most popular and must-haves of the 2018 season.  Why not stay on-trend and ahead of the curve all at the same time? Plus, if you’re running out of ideas on what toys to gift them this season (just in case you’re totally over giving them all kinds of candy), their birthday (geesh didn’t they just have one of those?!) or just want to pick them up a little something for no reason at all, we’ve got you covered.

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.
Ok so Pomsies is actually pretty cute.  These little balls of fluff (we think it might be an electronic cat, but we can’t be 100% certain) can latch on to your wrist, arm, backpacks and more!  Plus they’re totally interactive, have 50 different reactions, and love it when you pet them and take care of them.  There are 4 different Pomsies to choose from in a variety of different colors.  Learn more here.

The K'NEX Thrill Rides Bionic Blast Building Set comes with more than 800 parts, including U.S.-made Rods & Connectors, roller coaster track, coaster car, chain lift and stunning graphic panels. This set also introduces the first Ferris wheel coaster car lift. Use the K'NEX Ride It! app to ride this coaster in the virtual world using the included cardboard VR viewer. For ages 9 and older. Price: $99.99 at  knex.com. 
Amongst the slime, sand, unicorns, pugs (and pugs that are also unicorns), there were some gems at this year's London Toy Festival. The week-long mega toy fest that determines a lot of how the £3.4bn ($4.7bn) industry will fair in 2018 and (somewhat) in 2019. Fewer STEM and STEAM toys than I expected but they were there. The gender divide is still well and truly alive and well (although mainly perpetuated by demo-ers and stereotypical imagery in the main). Amongst the licensed toys (look out for new Turtles, Incredibles...everywhere and Nickelodeon properties to be particularly strong although most were under NDA so...no pics), here are the best things I saw walking around that kids (and big kids) will be parents and Santa asking for this year.

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.


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.

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. 

Kano, a company that strives to produce educational toys that teach STEM, procured a licensing deal involving the Harry Potter franchise in 2018. As a result, they introduced the Harry Potter coding kit. Kids can build their own wand using the kit, which they can then use to control action on a computer or television screen. Moving the wand in a certain way causes events like bells ringing and owls appearing. Kids have the option of over 70 "wizard challenges" to help them master their homemade wands. 

Christmas may be months away, but retailers are already gearing up by announcing their top toy picks for the holidays. For their Top Rated by Kids list, Walmart looked to the people who actually play with toys to predict the ones that are going to be impossible to get come December. Below are 25 of the top 40, organized by price, so you can be sure you're not missing out on anything.


This family board game is the first to connect with Amazon's Alexa device (sold separately). This travel trivia game allows players to visit new places and meet 20 real locals recorded from cities around the world who will ask questions about local customs, culture, street food and more. Alexa is the tour guide, scorekeeper and narrates the game. Players earn points by answering the questions right and scoring souvenirs. For ages 13 and older. Price: $29.99 at voiceoriginals.com.

Hatchimals are magical creatures that live inside of eggs. Who's inside? It's a surprise! Each egg contains one of two interactive Hatchimals. Love and care for yours inside the egg and its eyes will light up as it makes cute sounds, telling you how it's feeling! Once you've played with it enough, you'll see rainbow eyes—that means its time to hatch! Hatchimals can't hatch on their own. Your touch encourages them to peck their way out of the egg! It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Now you get to raise your furry Hatchimal through 3 stages, from baby to toddler, to kid. Your Hatchimal sings "Hatchy Birthday" each time it enters a new stage! Teach yours to walk, dance, play games and more! It will even repeat what you say in its own voice! Hatchimals — who will you hatch?.
Introduce your kids to the satisfaction of rescuing animals, even if they aren't ready for a live pet. Scruff-a-Luvs arrive as a mysterious ball of matted fur that must be soaked in water to reveal the sweet puppy, kitten, or bunny underneath. Each one comes with a collar and tag you can use to name them, a brush to make them fluffy, a hair clip, and even an adoption certificate. 
These could be improved if they could somehow hatch more than once, or if they could have more of the functionality of the Furbies that would mimic your speech. Maybe give them bluetooth speaker functionality or make them into night lights. As they are, they just sit there after they hatch, so they're a terrible value. I have to give these things a skip it.
Just in time for the ho-ho-holidays, LOL Surprise has come out with the official LOL Surprise BIG SURPRISE that has been kept under such tight wraps that people are basically calling up psychics to see if they know what’s inside this clever little egg. One of the major things now that we know what’s inside is another cute little collectible doll with 50 (FIFTY!) surprises in each of them. Here’s the breakdown:
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 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!
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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.
Don't miss out on securing the hottest Holiday 2018 toys now, before they become hard to find. Amazon stocks and offers pre-order options on many of the new 2018 toys. Hairadorables, Nerf Laser Ops Pro, Mattel's Lil' Gleemerz, Ryan's World Toys, Fingerlings Hugs, Wrapples, Scruff-A-Fluvs, L.O.L Suprise! Biggie Pets, Pomsies, Ryan's World Giant Mystery Egg and Grumblies are already hot sellers now.
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.  
If they’re not into ride-on unicorns, this is the ride-on animal for them! Meet Scout the Pony!  He makes over 100 unique sounds and motions and is totally interactive (and so cute).  You can feed it, walk it, ride it, and watch it perform a very special dance.  Plus, Scout’s ears, eyes, and head moves.  You can even hear Scout make cute little munching sounds when you feed him.  We just assumed it was a ‘he’ but could totally be a ‘she.’  You decide!  This one is hard to come by and is already the ‘must have’ for this upcoming holiday.  If you’re having a hard time finding it, be sure to check out Amazon too.
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.

Introduce your kids to the satisfaction of rescuing animals, even if they aren't ready for a live pet. Scruff-a-Luvs arrive as a mysterious ball of matted fur that must be soaked in water to reveal the sweet puppy, kitten, or bunny underneath. Each one comes with a collar and tag you can use to name them, a brush to make them fluffy, a hair clip, and even an adoption certificate. 
From math and spelling to visual thinking and problem-solving skills, the games they can play with it teach them as they go. The kit comes with a base to hold the iPad as well as game pieces, word tiles and more to add variety to the games. Stackable storage containers are included too to keep everything organized. Designed for ages 5 to 12, the award-winning game has multiple levels, so it will keep kids challenged for years. Customers rave about Osmo, saying it’s a great way to get kids ready for school and to help them master skills as they advance through the grades. Kids just think it’s fun.
The Bible describes different degrees of faith (Heb. 10:39; cf. Jas. 2:19; John 12:42,43; Matt. 14:31). Children gradually grow in understanding and in faith, but they do not have "saving" faith, sufficient to be baptized, until they are old enough to repent, confess, and fully accept the responsibility of living the Christian life, as we have already studied.
Every year, the Toy Insider panel of experts chooses the hottest toys for the upcoming holiday season. And these typically are the most in-demand playthings for kids all year long. Twenty of the toys are the must-have items on kids of all ages' wish lists, whether they're based on favorite TV shows or movie characters or they're simply selling out in stores. Twelve of the tech-based toys incorporate the latest in digital play, creativity and innovation, while 10 are based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), from the basics of coding and circuitry to complex robotics.
"Based on the overwhelming response to Fingerlings, plush was the obvious next step for the brand to really stay true to our core messages - friendship that goes where you go - while also showcasing the breadth of our technological innovation," Sydney Wiseman, the brand manager at WowWee, told INSIDER. "And who doesn't love a hug? Now, Fingerlings Hugs hold on as you go on adventures together."

Bought as a Christmas present. My kids loved this as they had been asking for it for awhile now and they loved the time they spent getting it to hatch which really wasn’t to long...maybe 10-15mins is all but I do feel that is long enough for kids, otherwise they loose interest. Once hatched the twins are pretty cute and my girls have enjoyed playing with them!

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.
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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.
Well, guess what... Cheetree didn't hatch. Nope. Nothing. I tried, I trouble shooted, I googled, tried everything and NOTHING. No light up eyes, no snoring, no noises. So, after getting his okay we 'force' hatch his egg. Well, once you hatch the little guy, there is NO Hatchy Birthday song, and no way to get it to re-sing it. (Why not? I mean at least that would be a cute and fun revisit for kids and at the incredible retail price, seems like an easy addition to the toy.)
WowWee's Fingerlings are adorable, but when it comes to the rapidly-expanding brand, I think a lot of the spin-off products are even better than the sought-after robotic animals. In fact, I'm looking at a glittery plush Fingerling right here in my office as I type this - and I love it! But now comes the next thing - the retail launch of Fingerlings HUGS, the first-ever special feature plush edition of the award-winning Bella and Boris Fingerlings Baby Monkeys. It's electronics + plush, and priced at just $29.99, we could be looking at another much-wished-for item as we roll into the holiday season. Here's what WowWee has to say about these...
Get ready for tons of fun interactions like never before! Fingerlings Hugs will give you serious smooches and next-level love. Their toots will make you hoot and they’re always game for a tickle fight! Swing them to your heart’s content, or throw them and turn them upside down for different reactions! They’ll respond to everything you do. They’ll even try to imitate you! That’s because when you talk, Hugs talk! Discover all of the fun and wacky ways you can play and get that main squeeze Fingerlings feeling.

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This game is seriously a riot!  You gotta see it, for real.  All you have to do is add your favorite foods (think fruit, marshmallows, etc) to each fork and then place the hat on your head, turn it on, and when the music starts the snacks spin and you have to eat as many and as much as you can before the music stops.  This is the game this year that will make almost any family famous on Instagram!
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...
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