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BabyCenter's 2014 Moms' Picks awards

BabyCenter's annual 2014 Moms' Picks Awards revealed the

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Did you know the average parent spends more than $5,000 on baby products in the first year? And 52 percent feel overwhelmed by the experience, according to BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting digital resource.

What's more, 73 percent of moms rely on product recommendations from parenting social media, according to BabyCenter’s Social Mom Report.

To help parents, BabyCenter did the...

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GoldieBlox hopes for another viral video encouraging girl engineers

GoldieBlox hoping for another video hit.

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GoldieBlox – the California-based company geared toward getting girls from ages 4 to 9 interested in engineering – is out with another video it’s hoping will go viral.

The company had phenomenal success with the video it launched in November, which featured a Rube Goldberg-style Princess machine built by girls bored with the toys such as princesses and dolls offered in “the pink aisle.” It’s...

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Port Jefferson village toy store may go out of business

Holiday shoppers at Lainie's Way toy store in

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The Mom-and-Pop toy store Lainie’s Way in Port Jefferson is in danger of closing — and store owner Lainie Litovsky says she is hoping the community will help her stay open.

Litovsky has launched an online campaign at CrowdTilt.com to raise the money to pay her store’s back debt caused by two back-to-back floods and a slow winter season, she says.

The store’s first flood occurred during...

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Pleygo.com lets parents 'borrow' Lego kits for kids

The Netflix-like service called Pleygo.com lets kids put

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Does it pain you to buy your child a Lego set that he puts together once before asking you to buy him another? You may want to check out a new Netflix-like service called Pleygo.com. For a monthly fee, it lets kids put together a kit and return it to receive another one.

Elina Furman Landauer started the service in May 2013. The Westchester mom was inspired by her son Julian, 5. “He had been...

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American Girl's Doll of the Year 2014 is a dancer

The 2014 American Girl doll of the year

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Meet American Girl’s 2014 Girl of the Year doll: Isabelle, age 10, who studies ballet at a performing arts school in Washington, D.C., and loves to design ballet costumes.

The 18-inch-high doll is available for only one year. She has long blond hair with removable tips highlighted pink as well as mix-and-match dance fashions. Three fiction books complement the doll — “Isabelle,” “Designs By...

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