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What's New in the New Year for 2017?

MERRITHEW™ launched its award-winning kids’ product line in 2014 with the intention to inspire kids to be healthy by providing them with top-quality, safe products with fun, gender-neutral designs. These kids’ products are free of toxins, heavy metals, and phthalates, and encourage fitness in a variety of activities (exercise, yoga, playtime, and more!). Purchase at

DockATot™ Deluxe: This stylish, multitasking baby lounger has gone from under-the-radar to cult must-have in record time! Multifunctional and multitasking, the DockAtot™Deluxe offers a safe and comfy spot that lets baby rest, lounge, play, cuddle, do tummy time, and get diaper changes. Deluxe docks are lightweight and portable, allowing for easy travel. Additional covers are available for purchase to match your mood, room, and style. Purchase at

B. Bouncy Boing™ Bizzi™: Now your child can bumble and tumble on the back of a bee. Whether they wobble on the spot or head off on a non-stop hop, they need to hold on to its bumpy antennas and let their wobbles out! Comes with a manual air pump to get up to maximum bounce in minutes. For more information, visit Purchase at

Lee Valley & Veritas® Sew-Your-Own Puppet Kit: These kits include everything needed to make a one-of-a-kind hand puppet, and provide an engaging sewing project that parents and kids can complete together. No two kits are alike. The templates are reusable, so you can use your own textiles to create additional puppets! Purchase at

Tiny Bitz - The Growing Kit for Winter Babies: Inside every award-winning Growing Kit there are three different-sized bodysuits to change with the season as baby grows (3 to 6months, 6 to 12months, and 12 to 18months)! Makes the perfect thoughtful gift for growing babies. Made from 100 per cent natural cotton. Purchase at

Books for Young Readers

ABC: Animal Babies of Canada by Jennifer Harrington: A delightful ABC book featuring baby animals across Canada from A to Z! Clever rhymes grace every page and give insight about each young animal: ‘E is for Eagle, who soars overhead. F is for Fox, whose coat is bright red.’ This book introduces young readers to Canada’s diverse wildlife, featuring rare animals, too. What is a Xantus? Read the book to find out! Purchase at

Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King by Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez: Kid Crazy Carlson longs for adventure in the bustling City of Ever. His world changes when he meets a strange droid called Denunzio who warns Kid of the city’s grumpy Kilowatt King, a rude man who forces citizens to sing for him. When Kid comes face to face with the rotten ruler, he decides it’s time someone teaches him a lesson in manners: the power of the word “please.” For more information and exclusive deals, visit Purchase at

Missing Nimâmâ by Melanie Florence: A young mother, one of the many missing Indigenous women, watches over her small daughter as she grows up, raised by her nohkom. Together, but separated, they experience important milestones: the first day of school, first dance, first date, a wedding. A story of love, loss and acceptance told in alternating voices, this picture book conveys the human side of a national tragedy. For more information, visit Purchase at

The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy Rose: Love is in the air with the third book in this popular series featuring photographs of wild squirrels who visit Nancy’s back yard in Nova Scotia; really! When Mr. Peanuts meets a special squirrel friend, he soon finds himself falling in love! They visit the bookstore, go to the park, and have a romantic candlelit dinner. For more information, visit Purchase at

Parenting and Reference Books

The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids by Jessica Alexander and Iben Sandahl: What are the secrets of Danish parents for raising happy, confident, successful kids? This upbeat guide delivers fresh advice on how to encourage free play, foster authenticity and confidence, nurture empathy, emphasize teamwork over power struggles, celebrate togetherness. For more information, visit Purchase at

The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World by Amy McCready: In this book, parenting expert Amy McCready reveals that the solution is to help kids develop healthy attitudes in life. By setting up limits with consequences and training kids in responsible behavior and decision-making, parents can rid their homes of the entitlement epidemic and raise confident, resilient, and successful children. Purchase at

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour, Ph.D.: In this highly engaging, informed guide, Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct and normal developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, this book gives parents a framework for understanding their daughters, while addressing common questions. For more information, visit Purchase at


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