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

5 Incredible Ways Doll Play Effects Child 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 child 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

How To Choose The Best Doll for Any Age And Stage

Posted by Madame Alexander on Aug 30, 2014


When chosen correctly, a doll has the power to be a best friend, a source of comfort, and a way to show creativity.

So how do you make sure that the doll you select will be all of those things and so much more?

You can start by choosing a doll appropriate to the little girl’s age. Every age group uses dolls in a different way, which means you probably shouldn't buy the same doll for the 1-year-old and the 5-year-old in your life.

Here are some features to look at in a doll to find the right doll for the right age:

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Topics: Baby Dolls, 18 Inch Dolls, Parenting

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