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Peeka & Co. Favorite Picks from Today's Parent Editor-in-Chief Kim Shiffman

Posted by Anneliese Lawton

Peeka & Co. faves! Kim Shiffman, Editor-in-Chief at Today’s Parent shares her favorite baby and toddler play essentials. 

Magna-Tiles – Builder 32-Piece Magnetic Building Set 
Little girl engineers with Magna-Tiles Classic building set and imagination.

Watch your children’s abilities grow as their creations do with this Magna-Tiles Builder 32-Piece Set. From developing critical thinking skills to learning about STEM, young builders will be entertained for hours without a screen in sight. Snap together roadways for your construction vehicles and use the functional crane to lift bricks and transport them from one area to another. Dreaming up building-site stories and adventures is easy with realistic magnetic tiles in hand. This set includes two functional cranes that can raise, lower, extend, and swivel 360-degrees, as well as wheels, printed roads, and warning signs to enhance the accuracy of their construction zone.

Clover & Birch – Egg Shaker Set 
Baby lays on their stomach for tummy time playing with the Clover&Birch shaker eggs grasping toy.

This wooden Egg Shaker is the perfect size for your little ones hands. The easy to grasp shape helps to promote hand eye coordination, while the rattle creates a soothing, yet intriguing, sound. These elements combine to create a timeless, unique gift. Created from locally sourced wood and meticulously crafted by hand in the Clover & Birch studio, this timeless piece is truly one of a king. 

Lollaland – Feeding Starter Gift Set 
Bright feeding tools from the Lollaland Feeding Starter Kit in bright yellow packaging.

This gift set bundle from Lollaland features all of their best sellers and contains everything you need as your little one starts their feeding journey.  This gift set is the perfect baby shower gift or 1st birthday.  The versatility, playfulness and development features of these products will delight from ages 6 months to 2 years and beyond. The set contains their flagship product, the Lollacup, 2-in1 Solid Food Feeder + Cactus Teether, Panda Cup, 5 Piece Toddler Utensil 

All Lollaland products are designed with safe materials (BPA, Lead and Phthalate free) and are dishwasher safe.  

Wee Gallery – Lacing Cards, Baby Animals 
Little rabbit wearing a hat laced through with a yellow cord from the Wee Gallery Baby Animals Lace Toy Set

Dress up these adorable baby animals in color with our fun and educational Lacing Cards featuring Wee Gallery's signature hand illustrated characters. These six sturdy and durable Lacing Cards encourage hand-eye coordination and develop motor skills, color identification, dexterity and an acute fashion sense! Printed on thick, sturdy board, they are perfect for little hands.

Lily & River – Little Climber 
Small child climbs up the Lily & River Little Climber

Voted the best foldable playground for climbing, sliding, bridges, and forts – your two-year-old will adore the Lily & River Little Climber. The set includes a climber, ladder/slide, and rockwall. Not only does the climber offer hours of fun, but it’s designed to enhance your child’s motor skills development, balance control, and so much more. 

Tikiri Toys – Meyia the Mouse Plush Toy (Large) 
Big cheery Meyia the Mouse Plush Toy by Tikiri Toys lays in the arms of a sleeping baby

The perfect cuddle buddy for any toddler. Meyia the Mouse is a large plush toy created from natural rubber and cotton fabrics (making it extra soft and cuddly. With delicate embroidered features, a gorgeous floral dress, and a cute pink nose, this plush mouse will become a beloved favorite. 

 January Moon – Moonlight Pacifier Clip 
Light gray silicon beads strung on cotton string with a rose-gold charm at the end

Made with love in Canada (just like Today’s Parent!). The adorable Moonlight Pacifier Clip from January Moon is made with food-grade silicone beads, free from BPA. The strong polymer clip doesn’t damage clothes and is dishwasher safe. 

Kidamento – Mikayo the Bear Digital Camera 
Smiling girl peers through the Miyako bear camera by Kidamento

There’s nothing like seeing the world through your child’s eyes, and now you can! The Kidamento Digital Camera features a cute, brightly colored sloth design and 3” IPS touchscreen making it easy for little hands to build confidence as they adjust various modes and settings. Your child will love exploring the various frames and filters as they explore their creativity. The best part: it’s super durable and lightweight – perfect for dropping and rough play.

Toki Mats – Mudcloth Padded Playmat
Little one plays on Toki Mats Mudcloth Padded Playmat

A super comfy and safe place for a baby to engage in play time. These modern and natural foam mats by Toki Mats are a beautiful addition to any playroom or nursery while also providing a soft but firm surface for babies to practice milestones and play on the floor. The top of the mat features black stamped lines on a white background while the bottom is stamped with white dashes on a dark grey background. The best part: the fabric is removable and washable! A parents dream. 

Manhattan Toy – Nursing Nana Dog 
Manhattan Toy's Nursing Nana dog doll with three puppy dog dolls.

Children will adore these unique stuffed animals that celebrate the joys of caring for little ones. Three busy pups cuddle up to their mother and attach with magnets, but can also play on their own. 

Cuddoll – The Flutterers Finger Puppets (Set of 4)
Cuddolls The Flutterers Finger Puppets set of 4 with a bee, lady bug, owl and butterfly

 Let your stories come alive with a unique set of handmade finger puppets from Cuddoll. Bee, Owl, Ladybug, and Butterfly will unleash your child’s creativity through storytelling and imaginative play. Each puppet is hand-knit with organic yarn. 

Tiny Tales – Under the Sea Play Dough Kit
Under the Sea Play dough kit from Tiny Tales with blue dough in the pot.

A modern twist on a timeless activity, The Under the Sea Play Dough Kit by Tiny Tales lets your kid play and explore with this under the sea themed sensory kit. Includes  blue, teal and white play dough, along with an assortment of sea themed cookie cutters, shells, plastic coins,  rocks, aquarium plants, treasure chest, glass stones, and more accessories to play with and explore.