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Olli Olbot Comforter Rabbit Oompa Toys

Photo Credit: http://www.oompa.com

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.

Photo Credit: http://www.toyfair.de

Today I learned about the International Toy Innovation Awards from Oompa Toys’ very excellent blog (and Twitter feed), and have been having fun poking around the web site of the Spielwarenmesse Nürnberg – the International Toy Fair.  2010 marks the 61st annual fair, and seventh year of ToyAwards for “especially innovative new products” distinguished by “topicality, quality, and inventiveness” (per the official site).

An independent jury awards a shiny red rocking horse in eight categories, some functional and others more esoteric.  You can tell these were devised by Europeans – – Americans would stick to labels you can shop by: “arts & crafts,” “stuffies” and “things that go.”  Category winners and links are listed below – thanks and apologies to the Toy Fair web site for the cut & paste!

Category: Emotion + Experience
Product: Paper Jamz, Sablon Germany

Category: Creativity + Design
Product: Organeco Blocks, HaPe International

Category: Electronics + Technical
Product: Carrera RC Racing Machine, Stadlbauer Markting + Vertrieb GmbH

Category: Knowledge + Learning
Product: tiptoi, Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH

Categorie: Fun + Sport
Product: Yo-Be – Sling Disc, Manley Toy Quest

Category: Games + Action
Product: Playmobil Play World Top Agents – PLAYMOBIL / geobra Brandstätter GmbH & Co. KG

Category: Ecology + Environmental Awareness
Product: GEOlino Power-House, Franckh-Kosmos Verlag

Category: Trend + Lifestyle
Product: Barbie Video Girl, Mattel

If you like eBay or Craigslist for baby gear, add Returns For Sale (www.returnsforsale.com) to your bookmarks.  As the name implies, the site sells discount open- and closed-box merchandise returned by buyers, or discontinued by the manufacturer.  It looks like a great resource for budget shopping, especially for grandparents, or for extra items you might need for a brief time with a second child.

As always, smart shopping requires due diligence.  Before completing a gear purchase, however attractive the price, you should:

  • Double check the advertised retail price on Amazon.com – – occasionally, you will be able to find a new item at a similar price to that of a discount site, especially in the case of discontinued or deprecated models
  • Visit the home web site for the product’s manufacturer (or your favorite baby gear site), to learn what upgrades have been made for a next-generation model, in case you’d be willing to pay full price for these features
  • Ensure the product was not part of a safety recall.  About.com has a good article on how to find baby product recall information, or you can go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission web site directly.
Little Heart Teething Toy Etsy

Photo Credit: littlesaplingtoys at etsy.com

Turns out a heart is a natural shape for teething, offering some round bits and pointy bits to satisfy a range of nibbling needs.  This fabulous teething toy is made of sanded unfinished maple, and looks delicious!

Get your Little Heart Teething Toy at Etsy for $12, a portion of which goes to plant trees through Trees for the Future.



  • 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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