Need a stocking stuffer for your little one? He'll love to watch this little elephant from Plan Toys zoom across the floor. The elephant has big floppy felt ears, and wheels made of rubber. Like all Plan Toys, this elephant is made from natural, chemical-free rubber wood and is finished with non-toxic colors.
Andy loves music, and I love singing to him, so I like the idea behind the Little Superstar Sing Along Stage. There are fix songs that you can sing along to with your baby, and when the music plays there are four dancing spotlights, a pop-up audience, and a large mirror for your baby to watch him or herself. There's also a microphone that starts the music when shaken, and four musical instruments lining the bottom that play the appropriate sounds when pressed. It also has features that will grow with your child as he does.
December 13, 2007
For the toddler obsessed with trains there is the Play N Ride Train. It can be used as a push or a ride on toy, has a lot of neat features such as a lever that makes a squeaky noise and a smokestack funnel with a lever that makes the barber pole spin. It has a working steering wheel, a removeable backrest that can also be used as a push bar for beginning walkers, and a seat that opens up to a secret compartment.
December 12, 2007
We've been lucky enough to be able to review a few products from Baby Jamz, a new toy company started by the father and sister of singer Beyonce. According to the company,
This musical toy line is the first ever hip-hop/rhythym-inspired preschool toy line that promotes learning, creativity, and movement through music. Solange (Beyonce's sister) can be heard singing many of the nursery rhymes featured with the toys and on the accompanying CD.
First up is the Baby Jamz Mix Master Chair. There were a few buttons that you could press while it was still in the box, and Andy seemed to love it before it was even put together. He kept going back to it, pushing the buttons over and over. It was easy to put together, all we needed was a Phillips screwdriver. Once it was completed, Andy was quite excited. He sat in the chair, pressed the buttons, stood up and pressed them some more, than sat down and did this all over again. And he hasn't stopped. All he wants to do is play with this toy. He's dragged it all over our upstairs wherever he's gone.
Continue reading: "Review: Baby Jamz"
Want to introduce your infant to sports nice and early? Check out Baby's First Sports Bag over at Corner Stork. This plush playset includes a baseball that crinkles, a basketball that rattles, a soccerball that
boings, and a football that squeaks. The balls are small, only 2" around, so they'll fit in your baby's grasp. And they all fit inside the bag. I bet babies will love taking them out and putting them back in!
December 10, 2007
We've moved to an area that rarely gets snow. While I don't miss it, I do for Andy's sake. I loved sledding as a child. If your children are lucky enough to have snow to play in during the winter, here are two sleds we've found at Sensational Beginnings that seem to be good options for toddlers. First is the Kringle Sled. It's in the shape of Santa's sleigh and has a a back and sides to keep your child from falling out and safe from the snow. Good for kids up to 30 lbs.
There's also the Bambino Pull Sled, which is great because it holds babies as young as 4 months old. It's made of kiln-dried birch plants, has hand carved willow rails on the back and sides, and has a slippery plastic bottom that guarantees a smooth ride. It holds up to 100 lbs and comes completely assembled. The pad is not included but is available on this site.
Head out on the trail to the wild fronteir on this Moulin Roty Ride-On Truck. This solid wooden scooter is made of varnished beech and built by hand to last for years. The truck comes nearly fully assembled, you'll just have to add the canopy and you're ready to go. The canopy covers a nice little storage area to tote around blocks, stuffed animals and so on.
I think I've said before that Andy is into cars. He's recently figured out that he can sit on the floor and move then around, and that is all he does. I really like the Bus Red from Bajo. It's simple, made of wood, and would be perfect for Andy. It's made in Europe and finished with child-safe, non-toxic lacquers. It's also available in blue and green, and there are other cars also by Bajo that you should check out if you like this one.
December 9, 2007
Here is a good infant toy that is unique and looks like a lot of fun. The Snail Slider Grasping Toy by Melissa & Doug has a green ball within its shell that will slide around the track. It is a good grasping size and can help promote early motor skills in your child. It's made of hardwoods and non-toxic dyes and hand sanded.
December 8, 2007
Here's a neat puzzle that would be perfect for the upcoming Christmas season. It's a wooden 3-D puzzle of a nativity scene. 3-D puzzles are neat, because they're usually meant to be assembled upright. No two pieces of this 9 piece puzzle are the same, and each piece has a slightly different depth resulting in a relief sculpture-like look. Each puzzle is hand carved from linden wood. They come in a designer gift box, and with a certificate of authenticity.