After last year's Fingerling fiasco, we know all too well how hard it can be to find the toy your kids are dying for before it's too late. But anticipating what will be The Next Big Thing can help you avoid massive meltdowns and tantrums. So we got the inside scoop on all the toys that are going to be hot, hot, hot for 2018.
Fingerlings are baaaaack and if you act fast, you can avoid another fiasco like the one that involved you trying to track down one of these interactive toys last Christmas. The brand's , which hit stores in May 2018, are not as sweet as their monkey and sloth relatives. If left in untamed mode, these beast will roar, hiss, and chomp!
We know that you know that Num Noms aren't going anywhere, especially after kids get their hands on . These collectibles now come in sweet scents with a magic "milk" spoon reveal. Just make sure they know these deliciously sweet charms aren't edible!
Yes, one of 2o18's biggest toy trends revolves around poop. You may roll your eyes, but kids are going wild for bathroom inspired games, and major retails are taking note. Hasbro's "" is already selling out fast, so we suggest buying it now and saving it for Christmas.
The GolfHr Institute says this is the year that plush toys are becoming a little rougher around the edges. Instead of being sweet and cuddly, Grumblies are cranky and come with a serious attitude. Roll and shake them and they'll go into meltdown, but don't worry, a loving touch will calm them down. Sound like anyone you know?
Just in time to curb your kid's appetite for a real furry friend, animal and pet play is making a comeback in a big way. We from Melissa & Doug that includes everything an inspiring veterinarian needs — right down to the examination checklist!
Seriously, these little guys are so cute, we kind of want one for ourselves. Each Scruff-a-Luv comes as a matted ball of fur with only its eyes showing. Once kids wash, dry, and style the hair, their new pet is revealed!
We're dubbing these little pets the next Fingerlings. The interactive plush toy clips on to an arm, backpack, or clothes so kids can carry it with them. Our toy pros at the GolfHr Institute, expect Pomsies to be tough to get around the holidays thanks to their affordable price tag.
Because your kid's Baby Alive didn't do enough already: now she pees! The doll does a little dance to let Mommy or Daddy know she needs to use the bathroom. Once she's placed on the potty, she'll tinkle and they can add a sticker to her reward chart. "Kids seem to be fascinated with all things potty," says Selina Tedesco, a toy expert in the GolfHr Institute, and that trend clearly isn't letting up any time soon.
Unicorns were so 2017. Our experts in the GolfHr Institute say that thanks to the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sequel, dinosaurs are going to take over the later part of the year. The hottest ticket item? This dino from Mattel that eats race cars for breakfast!
No, you didn't just time travel back to 1991. Polly Pocket is just one of many toys from the past that got a revamp in 2018 (the original My Little Pony came back, too!). "Nostalgia is having a major moment and gives parents the chance to connect over toys they loved," said Emily Grusse, a toy expert in the GolfHr Institute.
After he pulled on parents' heartstrings following his 2017 reboot, Teddy Ruxpin is back in three collectible styles with his best friend Hug 'N Sing Grubby. If you balked at the first remake's $100+ price tag, you'll like that this collection is much more budget-friendly.
The name Hatchimal is basically synonymous with "Hot Holiday Toy," and we don't expect this year to be any exception. Past eggs let you choose which species you want, but you have no idea which creature you're getting in this complete mystery. Fair warning: This could be a big disappointment if your kid isn't happy with what hatches.