June 1, 2007
Going to the beach this summer? Or perhaps just the sandbox at the neighborhood park? Be sure to pick up a set of beach toys like the SW Express Beach Set over at Baby Wise. The set includes a rake, shovel, mini dump truck and a sturdy bucket to hold everything. Have fun making some sand castles! And when you're back home, you can bring the whole set into the bathtub to continue the fun.
November 15, 2006
The Little Tikes Highback Toddler Swing sounds like it would be a great swing when your child is a little too young for the regular swing set in your back yard. The high seat back will give extra support to your little one, so you can push her extra high! The wide seat and leg openings will help accommodate your child as she grows. Heavy-duty hardware and a weather-resistant rope are included so you can attach it to a tree or a swing set.
October 27, 2006
This tricycle is a bit different from the one we wrote about the other day. While a few dollars more expensive at $169, the Air Happy Tricycle from Kettler has a few more features that are definitely worth it. The tires are real air-filled rubber tires, you can adjust the seat up and down as your child grows from age 1 to age 6, and finally there is a removable push-bar which makes it easy for you to push your child around after a long day at the park. And right now, Oompa is offering free shipping on all Air Happy Tricycles!
October 26, 2006
Okay, if you can look at this and not want one for yourself then there's something wrong with you (or perhaps you're a girl). Not only is the Sand Digger great for building hand-eye coordination, but you get to indulge your child's interest in digging in sand. And who can deny them such pleasure! The coated, steel frame is covered in appealing primary colors. The sturdy, molded seat is perfectly sized for preschool-aged children. And right now, Oompa is offering free shipping on all Kettler Sand Diggers!
October 25, 2006
I had totally forgotten about Radio Flyer. Another mother who has a larger baby than Andy (which I can't believe is possible as he's off the charts in weight!) gives me some of her used baby clothes, and two of the onesies had Radio Flyer wagons on them. As she was describing them, I had no idea what she was talking about and felt like a fool. Then I find all these great products in my LL Bean catalog! They don't sell the old fashioned wagon that I remember from my childhood, but they do have a Walker Wagon. Besides that, there's also a Tiny Trike, a Little Red Fire Engine, a Wooden Rocking Pony, a Scooter, a Tricycle, and a Roadster. We think it's great they are still around making products for children, and we're happy we stumbled across them!
October 19, 2006
The Pilot Tricycle is definitely not like the tricycles you and I grew up with. These are used throughout Europe, and are only starting to become available here in the United States. They're made by Italtrike, an Italian company that actually specializes in tricycles. The handle bars are designed with children's hands in mind — they can put them in the most comfortable position for them. The tricycle is low to the ground and has a wide base to increase stability as your little one learns to balance. This tricycle is for children between 1 and 2, and there are others for older kids as well.
October 5, 2006
I have a thousand or so nice and big baby blankets, and I love them all so much that I don't want to get them dirty. So when I go to the beach, the park, or anywhere else where I need to put something under Andy, I bring my swaddling blankets that I don't care as much about. And they are too small to cover the ground well as Andy is the biggest baby ever. So of course he gets dirty and needs a big long bath afterwards. That's why I wish I owned the Essentials Play Mat by JJ Cole. It is 5 feet by 5 feet, lined in nylon that is easy to clean but also can be thrown in the washing machine, and it folds easily and into a tote with a detachable strap. Could anything be more convenient? It is also available in three different color combinations: Chocolate/Pink, Black/Grey and Sky/Lemon.