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Toy Awards: What Toy Shoppers Should Know

Posted by Madame Alexander on Oct 18, 2014

With thousands and thousands of toys to choose from, covering every imaginable niche, it can be hard to find the truly wonderful toys of today.

When we're bombarded from all sides by advertising and hype, where can grownups look for toys that are high quality, age-appropriate, developmentally enhancing, innovative, and most important of all, fun?

A great way to start is to check out the reputable toy awards given each year.

All of the following programs choose their honorees independently of any influence from toy manufacturers. And each can help guide toy shoppers in their search for toys that will take their place among the classic toys we all grew up with.

If you're looking for fantastic toys, your search begins here:

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Topics: Parenting, Toys, Awards

Most Popular Doll Themes for Young Girls

Posted by Madame Alexander on Oct 11, 2014

Girls and dolls seem to go hand in hand, but different types of dolls play different rolls, take on various meanings and fit different needs for your young one.

When shopping for the little girl in your life, it's helpful to know what doll theme she’ll truly enjoy now and for years to come.

Here are several categories of popular doll themes sure to light up the life of your precious little one:

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Topics: Playing with Dolls

5 Incredible Ways Doll Play Effects Your Child’s Development

Posted by Madame Alexander on Oct 4, 2014

Would you say that doll play just an idle pastime, or is it something more?

Maybe even something incredible?

Previously we wrote about why children should play with dolls. In this post we’ll take a closer look at some specific aspects surrounding doll play that will show that it's a crucial part of your child's development.

Here are 5 incredible ways that playing with dolls effect children, which all parents should know:

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Topics: Playing with Dolls, Parenting

9 Little-Known Facts About Scarlett O'Hara's Curtain Dress

Posted by Madame Alexander on Sep 26, 2014

To mark the 75th anniversary of Gone With The Wind, the University of Texas has mounted an exhibition as epic as the film itself.

The Making of Gone With The Wind is open through January 4, 2015 at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas. With more than 300 items, many never before seen, it's the largest, most important collection of GWTW artifacts ever assembled.
But one of those 300 items is so iconic it stands above the rest: the legendary green velvet "Curtain Dress", recently restored for public viewing.

As a symbol of Scarlett's determination to survive, it's as powerful as ever. As a spectacular creation by legendary Hollywood costumer Walter Plunkett, it's as striking as ever. As shown by the following little-known facts about the Curtain Dress, it's as interesting as ever.

Here's a look behind the curtain dress – 9 Little-Known Facts About Scarlett O'Hara's Most Famous Outfit:

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Topics: Gone With The Wind

What Every Mom Should Know Baby Doll & Toy Safety

Posted by Madame Alexander on Sep 20, 2014

As a mother it’s a big job to keep your children safe and it requires a lot of attention to details.

This is especially true when you are picking out a baby doll. While it may seem that any baby doll that was designed for babies would be safe, this is not necessarily the case.

Some dolls may be labeled as such, but you need to put on your detective hat to make sure you are selecting a baby doll that is truly safe for your precious little one.

If you follow these five steps during the buying process, you can rest easy knowing the baby doll will be a welcome companion for your child:

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Topics: Toy Safety

Retro & Period Dolls: 4 Important Details to Look For

Posted by Madame Alexander on Sep 13, 2014

If you've looked into collecting dolls you know that antique dolls can be prohibitively expensive, hard to find, and difficult to take care of.

But contemporary dolls dressed in period costumes can provide a fascinating window into the life and styles of other eras. A meticulously accurate retro-style doll can transport you to another time, be it the Victorian Age or the Roaring 20's.

Online resources can be help you judge how authentic a doll's outfit really is. Looking at vintage illustrations, advertisements, portraits, and movies from the era can also help give you a sense of the right feel for the time.

Here are 4 important aspects to pay close attention to when you're shopping for authentic style of a retro, vintage or period dolls:

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Topics: Doll Collecting, Period Dolls, Retro Dolls

How to Start a Doll Collection: A Beginner's Guide

Posted by Madame Alexander on Sep 6, 2014


Artistry. History. A seemingly infinite variety of choices. And of course, timeless, captivating charm. No wonder so many have started their own doll collection and that it has become one of the most popular hobbies in America.

The world of doll collectors is a vast and busy one, but there's always room for one more!

We asked doll lover and blogger Maureen Jenny Aucone of The Mommy's Guide for her thoughts. She also sits on Madame Alexander's 2014 Mom Advisory Board, so clearly we value her opinion.

With Maureen's help, we put together some advice to help you get the most out of collecting, starting with your very first doll.

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Topics: Doll Collecting

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