For those shopping for boys who like to play with dolls (there are more of them than you might think) or girls who favour pirates over princesses (ditto) Amazon's latest change to its toy categorisation will be cause for celebration.Read Full Story
Lately, my 4-year-old son is obsessed with one of his sister's toys: a sweet baby doll her grandmother gave her when our youngest son was about to join the family. Charlie plays with her, talks to her, makes her dance and, as boys' play tends to include, he sends her head-first into a carefully configured line of cars and trucks. The images can be a little unsettling — after all, baby dolls are meant to be cradled and cooed to, right?Read Full Story
This year has already seen some pretty exciting new sex toys, but this one may just top them all. It's a dildo that is not only fully customizable, but you can actually control it with your mind. It's called the Mod, and it's as futuristic as it sounds.Read Full Story
I vaccinate. I believe in the science and feel like the best choice I can make for my kids is to stay on schedule and vaccinate to mitigate the chances of them getting a disease that has been eradicated over the years. I also have three daughters and never was concerned with the rarity of a vaccine injury.Read Full Story
The toy aisle can be a scary place (beyond the frequent high prices). The majority of toys today are marketed to kids based on gender, as if girls would never be interested in tools — unless they come in hot pink — and boys would rather eat worms than play with a doll. But as most parents know, kids' interests aren't guided by their gender, but by what they genuinely like. If only toy companies would get on board with that and quit trying to stuff kids into specific pink and blue boxes, many of which stifle creativity.Read Full Story
In Mattel's most recent attempt to save themselves from drowning in the sea of commerce, it has released a new Barbie that can actually listen and respond to your child. Sound creepy? Well, that's because it is. She's called "Hello Barbie" (clever), and she has voice recognition software that allows her to have sort-of real conversations with anyone who talks to her (while pushing a button, of course). But here's the kicker: Your voice will be recorded as an audio file and transmitted over the internet to cloud-based servers that will create an appropriate response back.Read Full Story
Lottie, the doll created to defy gender stereotypes, brought International Women's Day 2015 to the younger generation with the launch of a new campaign. #BeYou is designed to build the self-esteem of young girls and we think it's awesome.Read Full Story
Dolls. The girls' section of the toy aisle is littered with them, from the ever-present Barbie to the traditional Cabbage Patch and hypersexualized Bratz. In the last couple of years, toy makers have started producing dolls that are more realistic, less "girly" and offer something different from what kids have been playing with. But what was the problem with dolls beforehand and will these new ones actually catch on?Read Full Story
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