The Animal Attraction Baby Toys are cute stuffed animals that have magnets inside so they can be pulled apart and stuck back together. I think that would be a fun activity for your little one that he won't get with any other stuffed animal. There's also crunchy fabric and many other different textures. This is a set of three animals, so they can also be mixed and matched too!
We love the vintage feel of the Pull Along Pinto toy. The pony sits on a sturdy platform and has a pull cord. The stuffed animal can also be easily removed, so your child can take him anywhere, even to bed!
Puppets are great because they allow lots of creativity and can travel easily anywhere. the Kids Animal Hand Puppets are adorable, easy to use by both kids and their parents, and would be great stocking stuffers this holiday season. Available in six different animals: lion, monkey, pig, bunny, elephant, and frog.
Anderson has taken a real liking to his bath toys, especially the little submarine that squirts water. We have to be careful that he doesn't take his both toys out of the bath with him. If we had this cool Super Sub Sohie from Wow Toys that wouldn't be a problem. This wind-up toy has a propeller for the bath and a set of hidden wheels for dry land. Super Sub Sophie comes complete with her very own deep sea diver, Darren, and doesn't require any batteries. It's made from extra durable plastic, so it won't break in the bathtub, and is appropriate for children ages 1 through 5.
If you are like me and don't mind noise, the Lollipop Drum could be a good gift for your child. It is made by the world's leading drumhead producer, Remo, so you know that it's a solid construction. It was designed for smaller hands, has a fun lollipop graphic that children will love, and it can easily be brought wherever the child is going, such as the grandparent's house.
The Froggy Frenzy by Manhattan Toy looks like a great toy for infants. You "feed" this friendly frog by putting one of the 3 soft winged insects in his wide-open mouth - but when you do, this Froggy Frenzy Toy will make a frog sound! If there's one thing I know about babies, its that they love repetitive actions that result in unexpected sounds!
Give your newborn a halloween treat with this Knitted Candy Corn Rattle by Yellow Label Kids. This rattle is overstuffed and beautifully colored, and is sure to please your newborn year round, not just this month!
Via our good friends over at Rookie Moms we received a Mrs. Goodbee Talking Dollhouse to review. Mrs. Goodbee is a the product of a new company, Caring Corners, that is designed to that teaches manners, sharing and other good behaviors, including being charitable.
We received the dollhouse in 1 relatively big box, and some accessories in another smaller box. Once we got the dollhouse out of the box, it required a little assembly. We had to attach the front steps, a chimney, and so on. The instructions were very clear on everything you had to do. The only thing that tripped me up was I didn't realize that I didn't have the dollhouse open all the way!
The dollhouse comes with a couple of small accessories: a computer chair, a baby, a puppy, and a little girl. We also received some additional accessories: a grownup "daddy" doll, a reclining sofa, and a TV. The dollhouse itself has lots of interactivity. As you can see in the picture above, the front of the house features the face of Mrs. Goodbee. Mrs. Goodbee's eyes can be closed, and will pop open whenever the doorbell rings. The doorbell is accompanied by Mrs. Goodbee singing a little song, or teaching a short lesson about manners, sharing, or other virtues. Other interactive items include: a crib that makes "cooing" noises, a tooth-brushing sink, a toilet that flushes, a refrigerator, a radio, and a doggy bed.
As part of its mission to teach good manners and charity, there is an online component to Mrs. Goodbee Talking Dollhouse as well. The product literature suggests that you:
With your child, pick some simple activites and responsibilities that she can do, such as: pick up toys, feed the pet, make my bed, brush my teeth, share my toys, hug someone. Whenever she does something that you wish to reinforce, allow her to choose a sticker from this booklet to decorate the back of the Mrs. Goodbee house. There's a surprise under the 'bug stickers!' Whenever she picks one of these, she will find a secret code underneath. Simply go to the Caring Corners website and enter the code.
The code will unlock a special game that's available at the website. As your child continues the good deeds she can do more and more fun games and activities at the website. Additionally, there is a key attached to the porch of the house that also has a special code. This code will unlock even more special games and activities such as:
- Creating her own friend - choosing hair, eye, skin color, and outfits.
- Planting seeds, nurturing her garden, and watching it grow!
- Playing games that reinforce acts of caring, sharing and preparing for real-life responsibilities.
Anderson has been obsessed with the dollhouse since we put it together. He plays with it for at least a few minutes every day, and many days for even longer. Its been a great toy because its really encouraging pretend and imagination play, something at which his other toys haven't been too successful. It may be a coincidency, but since we received Mrs. Goodbee, Anderson has been playing a lot more with the rest of his toys as well.
If you're interested in a new dollhouse, or looking for your child's first, you should definitely consider the Mrs. Goodbee Talking Dollhouse. And don't think that dollhouses are just for girls, even boys really enjoy playing with them!
Anderson is at a stage where he loves to name things. So these Animal Flash Cards, beautifully illustrated by celebrated children's artist Eric Carle, would be great for him. The cards are printed on thick, sturdy board that's perfect for his small hands. Suited for ages 1 and up, these flash cards would make a great first birthday gift!
Here's a great little toy if you want to get your child started training early for the pros. With the Golf de Bebe by Vilac you can introduce your little one to the putting green with this child-friendly caddy. The wood caddy rolls on two rubber edged wheels and comes with two putters, one driver, one soft "golf ball", one marker and one coordinating sun visor. It's made with non-toxic and child-friendly finishes, and includes velcro closures to keep your items locked up tight!