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Wanted: Real Good Toys

Seemingly overnight, my Huckleberry has discovered the joys of playing. He can sit with a toy for minutes at a time, pushing its buttons and feeling its textures and analyzing its patterns. I can set him on the floor (with lots of cushions surrounding him–at what point do their heads stop being such a magnet for the hardwoods?) and he can entertain himself for up to an hour. AN HOUR! It’s like suddenly I have no excuse for having a messy apartment anymore?

So far we’ve stuck with toys you can get at Ikea and the Duane Reade down the street, which means the same soft books and plastic links are getting a lot of abuse around here. BO-RING. So I need to know: What are your favorite toys for the 6-12 monthers?

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