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Elena Epstein

Editor’s Picks: We Love It!

By Elena Epstein, Director of the National Parenting Product Awards Hop, Waddle, Stomp! Toss the soft, colorful ball, choose a matching puzzle piece and waddle across the room to unite the baby animals with their families. Variant rules allow you to adapt the complexity of play. $19.99, ages 2+, amazon.com Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic Podcast A weekly 5-minute podcast featuring …

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Editor’s Picks: We Love It!

By Elena Epstein, Director of the National Parenting Product Awards Nuna CUDL clik This baby carrier with an adjustable waistband and a breathable mesh fabric is designed to provide comfort and freedom for both parent and baby. Features four ergonomic carry positions and four magnetic locking buckles for easy and secure attachment. $250, for babies 8-35 pounds, nunababy.com Babyganics 3x …

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Here’s What We’re Loving for You and Your Family This Month

Be Bright Lulu Doll Help your child discover their strength and courage with this unique doll whose lilac hair has a UV-activated blonde streak that turns pink in the sun. Kids can join five animal guardians and use their spirit to be confident, dream big and change the world. $49.99, ages 3+, adora.com Care Bears Dare to Care Bear A …

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Editor’s Picks: Virtual reality, bedtime stories and more for learning and play

By Elena Epstein, director of the National Parenting Product Awards. NAPPA Awards has been celebrating the best in family products for 32 years. For more product reviews and gift ideas, visit nappaawards.com  More Than Affirmations: Inspiring Affirmation Cards, Reflection Prompts and Activities for Kids Features 30 positive affirmation cards for kids with different and unique reflection prompts, and mindful activities …

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Editor’s Picks: Life-sized magnetic play, social emotional learning and more

Silence A wordless picture book where endless narrations are possible. A silent journey through nature and different landscapes allows kids to create their own adventure. $18.95, ages 4-10, cuentodeluz.com Readyland An immersive, magical reading experience that encourages kids’ love of reading. Printed books come alive with innovative voice technology, allowing readers to talk to characters, respond to questions, choose songs, …

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Editor’s Picks: Balance bike, party games and more indoor and outdoor fun

By Elena Epstein, Director of the National Parenting Product Awards. All images are provided. Bunny Hopkins Swing Collection A unique handmade wooden disc swing for indoor or outdoor play. Provides excellent sensory stimulation and is a great way to develop essential motor skills. Created with sustainable materials sourced from American Maple Wood. Vibrant natural and color stains create amazing underlying …

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Here’s What We’re Loving for You and Your Family This Holiday Season

By Elena Epstein, director of the National Parenting Product Awards. For more product reviews, visit nappaawards.com. All product images were provided. Cake-N-Bake Challenge Bring the excitement of cooking shows into the game room. A fast-paced color-matching, cake-building game where the fastest baker wins. Complete with colorful textured foam cake slices and icing cards.$29.99, ages 4+, amazon.com Claudie Doll, Book & …

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Top Trends for Kids’ Toys in 2022

February is typically the month of toys for me. It’s a sneak peek into all the fun, imaginative and educational products making their debut. Pre-pandemic, I would be coming back from New York and the North American International Toy Fair at the Javits Center. For the second year, Toy Fair New York went virtual, but I still had a wonderful …

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Editor’s Picks for February/March 2022

Kindie Rock Stars Podcast This dynamic podcast showcases the diverse talents of children’s musicians and family entertainers. Each episode features an artist story and a song. Free Shadow Play Books Unfold the book, turn down the lights and switch on a flashlight to be transported into a world of imagination. These magic books will inspire parents and kids to share …

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Holiday Gifts for Early Elementary Kids

The 2021 National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) results are in, and we’ve identified the year’s top products for children in Frederick County. Turn to our gift guide for the best toy recommendations for early elementary school-aged kids. PLAYMOBIL Dino Rise T-Rex: Battle of the Giants The T-Rex Battle has begun. This toy has a robot machine on a destructive path. …

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