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Earlier this year, the Today show ran a segment on bath toys in their series “Secret Filth Exposed.” Bath squirters – a perennial favorite – were shown to have high levels of bacteria, caked absolutely black on the insides with “sky high counts of fecal bacteria like e-Coli and strep.”

We cut one open in disbelief – yep.  Disgusting.  Really wish we hadn’t seen that.  Instant toss.  But what now?  Measuring cups and containers are good fun, but they just don’t have the personality of those little squirts.

Dano2 Ducki

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There are a few rubber duckies on the market that are one-piece, without squirt holes.  But a quick search yielded a terrific find – a rubber ducky who’s not only hygienic, but also PVC-, Phthalate- and BPA-free!  Ducki from Dano2 solves the hygiene problem with a pop-out bottom – it can be thoroughly cleaned and dried, inside and out.

Ducki retails for just $8, and is available in four bathtastic colors: citrus, raspberry, caribbean and mint.  His sassy upturned beak and tail make for great teething, too.


Sleep sacks and sleeping bags are sending traditional swaddles packing, and for good reason.  While nothing says snug like a tightly-executed baby burrito, those mummy wraps can be quick to unravel once baby starts rolling about.

Thanks to some very bright folks at HALO (“The Original Sleep Sack”), parents can stop losing sleep over loose sheets, instead zipping their little ones into clever baby sleeping bags that provide the warmth and ritual of a swaddle without sacrificing too much snugness.   Other companies are getting in on the idea now, and there are even folks making them in custom fabrics on Etsy.

Sleep sacks, bags, whatever you want to call them, are fantastic gifts for baby’s first year and just beyond.  Most retail between $20-$50 depending on fabric and brand.  Handmade items often fetch a bit more.  Search “baby sleep sack” on Amazon for a good round-up.

Here are a few favorites (click pics for links):

Organic Elephant Sack from SewnNatural on Etsy | Photo Credit: Etsy/SewnNatural

DwellStudio Sleep Sack in Sparrow Lilac | Photo Credit:

HALO SleepSack Wearable Blanket in Organic Cowboy | Photo Credit:

Aden + Anais Mod Bee Sleeping Bag

Aden + Anais - Mod About Baby - Bee Sleeping Bag | Photo Credit:

Olli Olbot Comforter Rabbit Oompa Toys

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GaGaGear is on the hunt for Easter treats!

Here’s a darling and functional addition to an Easter basket: the boo boo bunny.  These friendly freezer-dwellers come in many shapes and sizes, and will help take the sting out of scrapes and bruises from over-zealous Easter egg hunting or wrestling over that last chocolate egg.

Boo boo bunnies are pretty easy to make if you’re crafty, but the Olli Olbot Comforter Rabbit ($19.99 at Oompa Toys) has more personality than your typical washcloth-rubberband project.  There’s a cool pack nestled inside his furry head – you can store him full-time in the freezer (which we recommend for expediency of application – in a plastic bag for protection) or freeze just the insert.

Hop to it – Oompa Toys is offering double points today thru Sunday 3.28 at 12pm CST.

Like many parents, I try and limit tv exposure for my kids, attempting instead to fill their days with hands-on creative play, together and independently while I go about my business.

Lately, though, my toddler’s morning routine has become character-driven, with an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba while I prepare breakfast, and an hour of Sesame Street afterward while I play with our infant and get him squared away for his first nap.

Scholastic Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics

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Honestly, I’m not too bothered by these choices since they do teach good habits and preschool basics in a non-aggressive and engaging way.  But after six or nine months, the lessons have been learned, Elmo’s song has been exposed as Jingle Bells, and even Mr. Noodle is going limp.  So I was thrilled to find the Scholastic Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics – a collection of 100 beloved stories translated onto film, some live-action but most animated with celebrity voice-overs and original music.

Favorites so far are Kevin Henkes’ Chrysanthemum, beautifully narrated by Meryl Streep, and Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon, the simplicity of which is even more delightful with animation.

The full set of 100 stories on 16 DVD’s retails for $79.99 at Amazon.

Finding “the right” photo frame or album can be frustrating – especially if your photo is a gift.

Enter: Rag & Bone Bindery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, purveyor of beautiful handmade photo books and other bindings.

The accordion photo book retails on the web site for $26.00 (+$5 shipping, but free gift wrap…), accommodates 10 photos, and is available in about two dozen cover options, as are all Rag & Bone books.

That’s a great value vs. individual frames, and makes a delightful gift for so many occasions.  We like the Red Rose binding (pictured) for Valentine’s Day, or any day.

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  • JHeff: I have read a good number of comments about most users of the boba not really ever using the foot rests. Looking at the videos I've seen, the back on
  • Mama GaGa: Oh, boo! Thanks for the manufacturing update - I will make note in the post. Cheers - MG
  • Cathy: I know this is a couple years old but I ran across this post and was so excited when you said the Boba was made in America - a big selling point for m

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