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These cuddly rugs are equal parts adorable and practical for the nursery, says Aurelia McAleese, a co-owner of The Frog and The Princess in Holbrook, which sells the rugs and other children's decor. "Hardwood floors are really big in the last five to ten years, so people are looking for accent rugs," she says. Unlike its often-itchy predecessors, this modern take is soft enough for little ones to play on in comfort. "They're jersey cotton, like a T-shirt, cut into strips and sewn in. So they're great for nurseries because you can shake them out and throw them in the wash ... And they have the nonskid back, so that's great too."(Credit: Handout)

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