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I keep seeing award stickers on toy packages. If I buy a toy that has an award sticker on the box does that mean other similar toys are not as good? What guidelines can I follow for choosing a good toy?

Lauren, Miami, FL
Mom of Rachel (7), Sofi (6) and Naomi (2)
Use them as a guide and follow 3 easy steps before making a decision on what to buy?

1.Analyze: What does the child have already? (Stacks of board games, tubs of building blocks, shelves of books) Take a quick INVENTORY of your child’s collection and see if there is a type of toy missing from the playroom. A new kind of toy will trigger interest and intrigue once opened!
2.Simplify- Parents “think” kids need a lot of toys, then regret having so many around the house! It is best to have a variety of TOY TYPES, so a child uses a range of developmental skills.
3.Magnify: It is imperative that toys are chosen which are age-appropriate and are of interest to a child. Choose toys that "MAGNIFY’ a child’s current skills and challenges those they need to work on.


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It is exciting for any new mother to prepare for the arrival of an additional family member. In addition to all the new gear a child requires there is also a lot of things a mother needs for her own comfort. Our expectant mom guide combines comfort and style to include products that help make mothers-to-be a little more comfortable during her pregnancy and beyond! All products are tested using the Toy Tips methodology on a consistent basis. This ensures that continuous use of the product is favorable and useful. All listed products surpass higher than average scores and we do not publish any review  that is not positive. NOTE: For full reviews, click the expectant mom guide on the homepage!

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Tool toys allow a child to use creativity and imagination to build and role play while using logical thinking, fine motor skills, hand eye coordination and concentration. There are a variety of toys for different ages and more examples are listed in our toy search' area. These are the toys highlighted today.

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