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HVP December 2016

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Page 40 of 43 n Hudson Valley Parent 41 By FELICIA HODGES A s there are always a bevy of amazing toys, games, books and other activities at Toy Fair in New York City each year, here's a small sample of a few of the goodies we found for the babies and toddlers on your 2016 holiday season gift list: Invented by parents of twins looking for more bath time fun with less mess, Tubby Table gives kids a stable place to pour, splash and play. Strong suction cups keep it in the center of the tub, allowing plenty of leg room underneath so more than one child can play at a time. When the bath is all done, Tubby Table folds up for easy storage. Addition- al activity mats and toys can be purchased separately to keep the boredom at bay. $39.99 at tubbyta- Almost hit by a car while out walking with her child and stroller, entrepreneur Nadeen Guyaux came up with the idea for Buggy Brites, a caterpillar-shaped light that can be clipped onto any stroller or bike frame. Since National Highway Traf- fic Safety Administration data indi- cates that one in every five children under the age of 14 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians, Buggy Brites light up by flashing, scrolling or as a solid rainbow to help vehicles see children and their parents as they are crossing the street or approaching an intersec- tion. $12.95 at If you've ever struggled to help your baby or toddler drink water, juice or anything else from a con- tainer other than a baby bottle or sippy cup, you know that more liq- uid usually ends up on them rather than in them. The Flipple makes hydrating your little one less messy by converting any regular water bottle into a baby bottle or a sippy cup. Simply screw the device onto the water bottle opening and attach a standard nipple or sippy top. $6 for the nipple top and $7 for sippy adapter at Toys with lots of pieces can under- standably give par- ents and caregivers pause, but Snapo makes large, plastic building blocks that let kids under 3 build to their heart's content. The colorful blocks snap on all sides, rotate and can even con- nect with most other name-brand plastic blocks. Sets start at $24 at html. Designed to look like sea rocks, eco-crayons are made in Maine with bee, carnuba and soy wax along with mineral pigments. The earthy-col- ored crayons are made by the same company that introduced eco-dough in 2006. For ages 3 and up, a bag of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown and black eco-crayons retails for $9.99 from shop.ecokid- or locally from Waddle n' Swaddle in Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck and Beacon as well as Echo Boutique in Beacon. Perfect for squeezing, 34" tall My Friend Huggles dolls were designed with the goal of helping children learn important life virtues through imaginative play. The cloth dolls have cute tags explaining their unique characteristics like kindness, honesty, generosity and confidence. In addition to cheerful Kira, kind Lily, and grateful Rubi, courageous Miles is also available. $29.95 to $45.95 at myfriendhuggles.zoeysite. com/dolls. Holiday finds for babies and toddlers

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