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How to find the hottest holiday toys: Fingerlings, Hatchimals and more
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Looking for the toy your little one is going to jump for joy over this holiday season? We’ve got the scoop on five of the hottest toys that are sure to sell out fast this year and some tips on how to snag them.


According to the retail site RetailMeNot, Fingerlings monkeys, Hatchimals Surprise, Luvabella + Luvabeau interactive dolls, Teddy Ruxpin, and the Soggy Doggy Board Game will be tops on this year’s toy wish lists.

Forbes let us in on a few tricks on how to score these finds without overpaying or making yourself too crazy, according to Noelle Buhidar, managing editor of RetailMeNot’s The Real Deal:

Call around
Get on the phone with your local retail stores and ask when they expect a new shipment of toys to come in before the holidays. Don’t be shy—check back regularly!


✔ Use online product trackers
Utilize Facebook and Twitter to follow retailers and retail sites; they’ll often post real-time alerts as to when a popular toy is currently in stock.

✔ Look out for Black Friday specials
Keep your eyes peeled for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, especially at the larger stores and sites like Target, Walmart, Amazon, and others.

✔ Consider a third-party vendor
Lots of third-party sellers are selling popular toys this season, but be aware that you’ll most likely pay more than the market price. And be careful—make sure the site’s legit before plopping down your credit card.

WowWee Fingerlings; $14.00 and up, Amazon

As of now these are only available via third-party sellers on Amazon, so be prepared to pay (way) over retail. Fingerlings are tiny monkeys that cling to your finger and have over 40 animations, including kissing sounds, opening and closing their eyes, burp, sleep, and more. There are six monkeys available now, and a unicorn on the way! ?

Hatchimals Surprise; $52.99, Target

One of the hottest toys of 2016, Hatchimals are back! Your kiddo interacts with the egg to move along the hatching process, and eventually the babies pop out of the top of their shells.

Luvabella + Lovabeau dolls; $89.99 and up, Target

These uber-realistic dolls eat, sleep, talk, laugh, and respond to affection. Plus, the more you play with them, the more they learn.

Teddy Ruxpin; $142.98 and up, Amazon

He’s baaaack! Everyone’s favorite toy of the ‘80s just got a technology makeover. His eyes are animated, he sings, reads, and is Bluetooth-ready to connect to his very own app.

Soggy Doggy Board Game; $24.94 and up, Amazon

Race around the board but be careful—when soggy doggy shakes, you’re going to get all wet! Make it all the way around the bathtub to win.

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.

$23

Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.

$20

Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.

$12.50

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.

$47

boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.

$25

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.

$59

Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.

$36

Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.

$99

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One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

So, instead of challenging your toddler's desire for autonomy, we found five of our favorite products to help encourage independence—and eliminate frustration in the process.

EKOBO Bamboo 4-piece kid set

EKOBO bamboo 4-piece kid set

This colorful set includes a plate, cup, bowl and spoon and is just right for your child's meal experience. Keep them in an easy-to-reach cabinet so they'll feel encouraged (and excited!) to get their own place setting each time they eat.

$25

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Before you know it, your little one will be asking (okay, maybe demanding) to fill their own water cups. This amazing 4-pack of cups attaches directly to the fridge (or any glass, metal, tile or fiberglass surface) making it easier for your child to grab a cup themselves. Just be sure a water pitcher or dispenser is nearby, and—boom!—one task off your plate.

$29

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

These beautiful blocks, made from sustainably-sourced wood and water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paint, will keep your little one focused on their creation while they're also busy working on their fine-motor skills. The puzzle design will encourage patience as your kiddo creates their own building, fitting one block in after the next.

$18

Lorena Canals basket

Lorena Canals Basket

This *gorgeous* braided cotton basket is the perfect, accessible home for their blocks (and whatever else you want to hide away!) so your kiddo can grab them (and clean them up) whenever their heart desires.

$29

BABYBJÖRN step stool

BABYBJ\u00d6RN Step Stool

Your kiddo might be ready to take on the world, but they might need an extra boost to do so—cue, a step stool! An easy-to-move lightweight stool is the must-have confidence-boosting tool you need in your home so your growing tot can reach, well... the world.

$20

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Our list of 100 baby names that should be on everyone's list this year includes more choices than in the past of names that are obscure and surprising. That's because there are so many more unusual baby names coming into widespread use and baby namers have become a lot more adventurous.

Expectant parents do not need to be told to move beyond Jennifer and Jason. Their thinking about names has evolved to the point that the most useful thing we can do is offer a large menu of intriguing choices.

Here are our picks for the 100 best surprising + unusual baby names now.


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