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Parents Goody Giveaway: Win A Custom Baby Doll from American Girl

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

A lot of people think the best part of having a baby doll is dressing her up in the cutest clothing. But I like to think a girl’s love for her dolly goes beyond cultivating a stylish wardrobe. When it comes down to it, a baby doll is a special thing because it helps children learn what it means to really take care of something.

Constantly being looked after by adults can feel like you never get a say in anything. But a baby doll can become HER thing to watch over, offering a taste of responsibility and purpose as she totes the gal around.

With American Girl’s Bitty Baby, she can choose from 11 doll options plus shop for cool nursery accessories, like a white wooden crib or play piano. Of course, you can’t escape the adorable outfits, some of which come in big girl sizes so your child can match her doll’s attire.

American Girl is offering TWO winners the chance to choose their own custom Bitty Baby Doll. Each set, worth about $80, also comes with a wishing star keepsake toy and illustrated hardcover book.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day January 6, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back on January 7 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Congrats to Bonnie Leigh and Taryn Tener!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Tickety Toc Toys, DVD, and Book Package Sweepstakes

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Do your kids love Nick Jr.’s show Tickety Toc?  My daughter does, and she added a Tallulah doll to her 2013 Christmas list right after opening all of her presents last year. The only problem is that there are no Tickety Toc products available in stores. Really. They don’t exist.

According to Ticktey Toc’s website, lots of parents have been requesting Tommy and Tallulah toys and our wishes are finally being answered. Tickety Toc products will become available in stores this September, which leaves Santa enough time to do his job.

What news could be better than that? This week we’re giving away a whole Tickety Toc product bundle to two lucky winners!

Leave a comment below, up to one a day, between now and September 4th for your chance to win a Tickety Toc prize pack that includes a  Clockhouse Train Set,  Talking Tommy Doll,  Talking Tallulah Doll, Tickety Toc “Chime Time Adventures” DVD,  Tickety Toc Floor Puzzle,  Tickety Toc Matching Game, and a  “Welcome to Tickety Town” Book. Each bundle is worth $118!

Here are the official rules. Goody Luck!

Congratulations to our winners Rachael L. Roberts and Renee Madeline!

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Win This Our Generation Doll and Accessories!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

I think this doll is having the summer I want to have. I’ve gotten obsessed with making it out to Montana and seeing Yellowstone Park and maybe camping…we’ll see if I can make it happen. First I have to save some cash. Here’s my first money-saving tip: The Our Generation line at Target, which draws obvious comparisons to a pricier, more exclusive line of 18-inch dolls, is a fraction of the price. Robyn, shown here, sells for $23 or less. It’s a good tip if you feel like you’re running to kids’ birthday parties every weekend and want to get gifts that are nice, but affordable!

The Our Generation line, in addition to doll-sized beds and cars, also has this tricked-out camper, which I wish I could have in real life! One person is going to win Robyn, her camper, and also the cute tent set shown below. Lucky! 

To win, post a comment below, up to one a day between now and Wednesday, April 24. After that we’ll randomly choose one winner to win the doll, camper, and tent, worth about $100 altogether. Here’s where you can read the official rules. Goody luck! 

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What Barbie and Ken Taught Us About Stereotypes

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Barbie and KenEditor’s Note: In a post for an ongoing series, Dr. Harley A. Rotbart, a Parents advisor, will be guest blogging once a month. He will be offering different advice, tips, and personal stories on how parents can “savor the moment” and maximize the time they spend with kids. Read more posts by Harley Rotbart from this series.

As a pediatrician, I may have been ahead of my time in advocating gender-neutral play for kids. Beginning nearly 25 years ago when our oldest was born and continuing with his sister and brother, we gave our boys ample opportunity to play with dolls and our daughter saw more than her share of toy trucks. Despite our advanced thinking, by the time they were 2, 4, and 6 years old, the kids seemed to have already absorbed society’s subliminal stereotyping, gravitating to the predictable playthings for their gender. Our kids really loved playing together, so most of their play was gender generic: backyard soccer, Beanie Babies, Candy Land, card games, and climbing towers.  We gradually reconciled ourselves to the fact that some of their play would never cross gender lines.

As they got a little older, our daughter found girlfriends who loved Barbie dolls as much as she did (there were some non-stop Ken and Barbie days from breakfast to dinner)  and the boys played ball — all the time, with each other and with other boys in the neighborhood. (Our oldest son’s first question, when we brought his baby brother home from the hospital, was: “When will he be old enough to play baseball?”). Occasionally, when Ken and Barbie were tired or when her friends had to go home, our daughter would join the boys in the backyard for ball. But the reverse never happened, for two reasons: the boys never tired of ball and Barbies were for girls.

That brings us to the fateful day when our now 4, 6, and 8 year old kids taught us an important lesson about the ability of kids’ imaginations to transcend all the TV, movie, children’s books, and playground stereotypes they were exposed to every day. It was a rainy Saturday and Emily’s closest Barbie buddies were all unavailable.  This was a potential 7.0 crisis on the kid Richter scale.

Downstairs, in the basement, our boys had a 5 foot basketball hoop set up for rainy days. To compensate for age and size difference, our 8 year old played on his knees.  Meanwhile upstairs, our daughter was able to sustain a Barbie soap opera (there was always drama with Ken and Barbie) on her own for about half an hour, but then she exhausted her imagination and needed a friend to contribute to the plot and dialog.  But on this day, there were no friends and no outdoor options.

This was clearly a parenting moment, and my wife leaped into action. She called the boys upstairs and told them they had to be their sister’s Barbie buddies, at which point we both upgraded to DEFCON 3 and waited for the explosion. No explosion. Just a loud groan from the 8 year old and an echo groan from the 4 year old, followed by the negotiations. Will she play basketball with us after? How long do we have to do it? Do we have to talk like Barbie? When’s lunch? Each question asked by the 8 year old was echoed by the 4 year old. At that point, mom made it very clear: Your sister puts up with a lot of boy stuff in this house. Please go upstairs, now. Play Barbie and pretend to like it. Big groan, echo groan, synchronous stair stomping.


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Win a Free Kimochi Doll!

Monday, March 7th, 2011

KimochiOur sister site, BetterTV, is giving away five free Kimochi dolls! These toys aim to help parents teach their children about emotions and successful communication. Entering is simple: “Like” BetterTV on Facebook, and then tell them what your kid does to make you smile. Here’s the direct link to the contest. Goody luck!

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