Weekly Roundup: Best Toys, Baby Accessories, Safety Gear, & More — January 24-30

It’s Tuesday and it’s time for another weekly roundup post! Every Tuesday we announce the products and services that earned a Mom’s Choice Award® the previous week. This week we have some truly cool stuff to share with you–from new Legos and new books to fort-building supplies and baby-carriers. You’ll definitely want to check out some of these items!

Without further ado, we’re proud to present the Mom’s Choice Award-winners from the week of January 24 to January 30, 2016. For more information about a product click on the picture or the purchase link.

Award-Winning Children's book — BEAUTIFUL HANDS

Written by Co-authors: Kathryn Otoshi & Bret Baumgarten; Illustrated by Kathryn OToshi

This colorful concept book reveals an illustrative and reading surprise with every turn of the page. Little hands can do so many wonderful things: TOUCH hearts; LIFT spirits; REACH for love. Parents will enjoy sharing the word play with young readers, while children will revel in the imaginative hand-and-thumbprint illustrations. The book’s uplifting message will rouse and motivate, leaving no heart untouched.

BACKSTORY: When Bret Baumgarten told his author/illustrator friend, Kathryn Otoshi, that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer, they decided to create a legacy book for his children, Noah and Sofie. Every day Bret would hold his children’s hands in his and ask them, “What will your beautiful hands do today?” The handprints in the illustrations are comprised of over 100 family members and friends who gave their loving support of the book.

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons

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Lego Friends Emma’s House

Build and customize your dream family home with a modern edge! LEGO Friends Emma’s House shows off all the creative skills of Emma’s family. Prepare a tasty meal in their state-of-the-art kitchen, using vegetables grown in their own garden and fresh ingredients from the opening fridge. Then sit the family down in the living room to watch a movie together on the flat-screen TV. Emma loves having her friends over to hang out in her bedroom, which she designed herself, and admire the view from her balcony. Help her practice with her make-up in front of the big vanity mirror after a nice long bubble bath in the bathroom. Do some painting in the beautiful zen garden, which has a birdhouse for her pet bird, or host a barbecue with friends on the relaxing roof terrace. Combine with 41090 Olivia’s Garden Pool for even more fun in the garden. Includes 3 mini-doll figures: Emma, mom Charlotte and dad Luis, plus her pet bird.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12

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Award-Winning Children's book — Lego Friends Emma's House
Award-Winning Children's book — Twingaroo Twin Baby Carrier

Twingaroo Twin Baby Carrier

The award winning Twingaroo twin carrier is the first and only baby carrier of its kind! It’s a double infant carrier and diaper bag- all in one! Its ease of use and comfortable design has made it a favorite amongst tandem baby wearers world-wide! The Twingaroo carrier allows you to tandem carry your infants (of similar or different weight) in a safe and ergonomic position.

Gear & Accessories:
Totes, Diaper Bags & Slings

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Fort Boards – Custom Fort Builder

Fort building has never been easier with Fort Boards! What will your kids build? Tunnels through their room, dueling battle bunkers, moon bases, a giant man-eating whale… the possibilities are nearly endless.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 5 to 8

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Award-Winning Children's book — Fort Boards - Custom Fort Builder
Award-Winning Children's book — I Have Two Daddies: An Earthly Daddy And A Heavenly Daddy

I Have Two Daddies: An Earthly Daddy And A Heavenly Daddy: An Earthly Daddy And A Heavenly Daddy
Written by Lynn Calvin; Illustrated by Maria Rask

This is a story of a little girl who tells of the love she experiences through the relationships with her earthly and Heavenly Daddies. She describes her two daddies and the love they show her. She invites you to have a Heavenly Daddy that loves you so much by offering to share her Heavenly Daddy with you. Listen to this happy little girl as she talks to you about her two daddies. Activities are presented at the end of the book for the children to complete.

Children’s Picture Books:
Religion & Spirituality

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Before the Court of Heaven
Written by Jack Mayer

Defeated, humiliated and in chaos after W.W. I, Germany is imperiled by left and right-wing violence. Ernst Techow, a young man of privilege, joins the violent right-wing forces of reaction against the fledgling Weimar democracy. He becomes one of three assassins responsible for the 1922 murder of the highest-ranking Jew in Weimar Germany, Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau. His trial is a world-wide sensation. Rathenaua’s mother’s letter, read aloud before his sentencing, offers him forgiveness “if before an earthly judge he make a full and frank confession of his guilt and before a heavenly one repent.” Her letter becomes the fulcrum of Ernst’s redemption. In prison, he meets the enigmatic Puck and begins a profound reassessment. Throughout, he pursues his childhood sweetheart, Lisa. A vivid portrayal of Germany from the beginning of the 20th Century to W. W. II, and an immunization against recurrence.

Adult Books:
Historical Fiction

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Award-Winning Children's book — Before the Court of Heaven
Award-Winning Children's book — Driver's Little Helper

Driver’s Little Helper

Drivers Little Helper is a proactive monitoring system for the most dangerous place on earth for a child, The car. Accidents in the car are the leading cause of injury and death of a child under 14.

Gear & Accessories:

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9 Comments on “Weekly Roundup: Best Toys, Baby Accessories, Safety Gear, & More — January 24-30”

  1. Totally love the Twingaroo Twin Baby Carrier,this would be perfect for my friend due with twins in April!

    1. Yes! The Driver’s Little Helper is wonderful! You should definitely try it, Tammy! Let us know what you think!

    1. Hi Amber! That’s awesome that you found something for your sons here. Those Fort Boards are so much fun!!!

  2. My sister and I bought the Lego’s Friends Emma’s House for her granddaughter for Christmas and she absolutely loves it! Thank you for providing the great information in this review. Now, I’m going back to read about the other toys.

    1. Mary, that is so great to hear! What a fun present! Hope you find some other products here that would make good gifts as well! Thanks for stopping by! And thanks for commenting!

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