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If you're looking to have a trendy toddler this summer, here are five items you need!

I have had a toddler every summer for the last seven years.

William first.

Alexander second.

Benjamin third.

And Henry last.

In all actuality, I've had multiple toddlers at the same time — that was quite an adventure for me!

With every new summer season, there are always new toys and products for toddlers launched. It has always been the coolest time of year (for me) because the boys could finally be outside playing and have the time of their lives with all of their new toys. It never ceases to amaze me what toy companies and brands would come up with to occupy the attention and playtime of kids for the summer.

With the 2012 summer season upon us, I'm just dazzled by the newest toys and products for kids. My youngest son is 4 years old, so he is prime toddler age and completely excited about all the products I've brought into our McClelland household lately. Not to mention, being a digital mom, I'm excited to have been able to review some of the latest and greatest!

So what's the hottest on my list for toddlers? What am I loving?

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Here are my favorite must-have products for toddlers this summer:

Bubble fun

Crayola's Outdoor Colored Bubbles — OK, this is bubble madness and so much fun! This is such a perfect spin on the "average bubble." I can't get enough of these bubbles! The bubbles come in three vibrant colors — Unmellow Yellow, Purple Pizzazz and Fuchsia! They're bright! They're bold! They're amazingly fun for toddlers — plus they leave colorful marks where they fall! So cool!

Get soaked

Soak N' Splash™ Water Limbo Sprinkler — If you're kids love to limbo, well... then they're going to love this water limbo sprinkler! The best parts? Splashing water and music playing. My son Henry goes c-r-a-z-y over this awesome new limbo sprinkler. It's the perfect playtime toy, especially on a hot summer afternoon.

Garden helpers

Little Tikes 2-in-1 Garden Cart and Wheelbarrow — This is one toy I absoutely love, love, love! If your children are into gardening, this is the toy for them this summer. The gardening cart is adorable, but it's the two garden hand tools and the real working portable water sprinkler that truly dazzles! The cart also converts into a wheelbarrow for transporting.

Frosty treats

ICEE Deluxe Slushy Machine — Fun snacks for your tots this summer? Have them make their very own with this ICEE machine. It's super fun for the kids and super easy. They grind the ice. They add flavor. They enjoy! When I was a little girl I used to make my own ice drinks so I love seeing this available for my tots!

Start building

TikeStix™ Rocket — If your kids love to build things, then they will absolutely love TikeStix. You can create rockets, lizards, robots and so much more! I love that you can easily play with this inside or outdoors. Let your child's imagination soar with the endless possibilities! Wonderful for little hands to maneuver.

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Theresa June 22, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Love these items!! Thanks for sharing! I can see how the Limbo game would be an absolute blast for kids, and keep them busy for hours I'm sure. The icee machine looks nice too, for myself as well! What a fun way to spend a hot summer day - outside in some water enjoying a slushie.

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