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the newbie: So Much Stuff

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By Melissa Walker, who can also be found blogging at melissacwalker.com


We have very generous relatives, and since June is the first grandchild on both sides, our 17-month-old did quite well this Christmas. The phrase “made out like a bandit” comes to mind.

While that is awesome in lots of ways, it’s also… overwhelming. Living in a small city apartment means we have to constantly be on top of toys and games and all the little things that come with June’s very existence. So the grocery cart and the little car that she loves? They really need to wait until summer when we can use them in our shared backyard.

I had this grand idea of having a “one in, one out” rule when it came to toys, but now that I’m faced with the reality of it, I’m overwhelmed. Do I toss the little bear she clung to when she was just weeks old? Save the wooden puzzle that I really like but she’s never quite shown interest in?

I’d love to hear how other parents make the cut.

All ideas welcome—we are living in a sea of stuffed animals and singing toddler toys. (Fun, but crowded.)

How do you know when (and where) to donate or pass along your child’s belongings?

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the newbie: The Doll Appeal

By Melissa Walker, who can also be found blogging at melissacwalker.com


We recently had a toy swap in our building, and there’s one toy that every parent seems to want to trade away. It’s a hard-bodied baby doll with eyes that close and movable limbs, and it comes with a bathtub and a feeding bottle. To be frank, this doll is freaky.

But… the babies seem to love it! They rush up to it, hugging it and placing it in its big pink bathtub, dragging it along the grass and “mommying” it with fervor. And I wonder: What’s the deal with babies and baby dolls? Do they see themselves in its creepy blue eyes? Are they imitating the mommy role because it’s one that’s very much a part of their daily experience?

I, for one, will be happy to get June a less horror-movie version of this baby doll—that’s the plan anyway. For now, we’ll share this kooky specimen with the other kids in the building, and they’ll fight to feed her and bathe her and hug her hard, plastic body.

So, does anyone have a doll recommendation? One that both the babies and the parents can love?

It’s may not be Easter yet, but that isn’t stopping us from going on the hunt throughout zulily for Easter Basket surprises. Check out our Easter Boutique, filled with toys, sweet apparel for boys, and treats for your girl! Melissa & Doug needs no introduction as a go to brand for top toys and The Loog Guitar company brings their unique design taste to the music “business!” All of these great brands and items are new on zulily today!

Wednesday on zulily: Your little speedster doesn’t need a license to race these cool remote control toys, just an empty hallway and a steady hand!  From scary critters to monster wheelers, this awesome Remote Control Toys Collection is sure to make you even want a turn!