December 7, 2007
When Andy was learning how to walk, he loved the Step Start Walk 'N Ride (also available at Amazon). He had a few other walkers, but this one seemed to be his favorite because it was light enough to pick up and turn when he wanted to go a different direction. He pushed it all over our house for weeks. It was stable and Andy could easily pull himself up with it. When he was still learning how to stand though, this wasn't the best toy as the wheels do not lock and it would roll.
Recently, we moved the toy to it's other position, a ride on toy. Andy's still learning how to get on it, but he is very interested in this aspect and tries very hard to get on. It's a little high on both sides, so the child needs to be able to bend the knee to get on it instead of swinging the leg around.
The extras on this weren't really used much by Andy. They weren't super interesting to him except for the hidden door. I often times would find his small books and toys in there where he had placed them.
Overall, this is a good toy if you are in the market for a more inexpensive walker. I like how it is two toys in one, and it has served us well and gotten a lot of use.
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December 6, 2007
The name of this next product was what first drew me in. The LeapFrog Brightlings™ Exploration Station sounds like it has a lot of different activities for your baby all in one. It has activities for learning numbers, colors, shapes, and more, two different levels of learning, 20 sing-a-long songs in both English and Spanish, and there are three Brightlings friends that are included.
December 5, 2007
If you want to be a little indulgent, I think one of the neatest toys out there is the Music in Motion Roller Coaster. It's a little indulgent at $199.95, but it's sure to be a huge hit in every household! There are 21 feet of track, has gentle hills, doesn't go too fast for your toddler, and it plays three rock 'n roll songs at the push of a button. It also disassembles easily for storage in case you don't want a rollercoaster in your living room all year long! It's also battery powered and is made in the USA. I know this would be Andy's favorite toy if we were to get it for him. If only we had the room! Act quickly if you want this. In order to guarantee shipment by Christmas, your order needs to be placed by tomorrow!
I've said before that Andy loves being thrown around and anything that moves. He's still a little young for this next toy, but I'm sure it'd be a favorite of his. The Whirly Bounce Rider is three toys built into one. It is a bouncer, seesaw, and merry go round! It's sturdy with a tough, inflatable bouncing ball and stay put base (which must be weighted). It's good for single child families because another child isn't needed for the seesaw part. And it supports children up to 70 lbs, so even the heavier and older ones can take part!
November 30, 2007
Pull toys are definitely a staple of every toy chest. I guess kids just love pulling around the clacking and gyrating beasts. The Browny The Dog Wooden Pull Toy is a great looking pull toy. He's got a floppy head, a lolling tongue, a wagging tail, and a little bell that chimes as he's pulled along. Browny is made from solid wood and child-safe non-toxic laquers.
November 29, 2007
These Geduldsteine (German for patience stones) are neat little building blocks. One face of each is a window into a little puzzle waiting to be solved. The blocks are made from maple wood and coated with several layers of non-toxic laquers. They definitely look well made and will probably last through years of abuse!
November 27, 2007
For some reason, just about every kid loves trains. Here's a neat one that would make a great gift this holiday season, the Amazing Animals Sing & Go Choo-Choo. The train has three removable animals (they're relatively large so they won't be easily lost) each with movable joints, textured feet, and teethable ears. As your child plays with the train, it will light up and play catchy songs. It has two modes to help it grow with your child: a sitting mode for the youngest children, and a motion-activated mode.
November 26, 2007
While with my family during thanksgiving, Andy had the chance to play with a few new toys. One of the toys was the Learn & Groove Musical Table that we've written about before.
This table is definitely aimed at kids who are a little older. It's listed for children 6 months to 3 years, but at the very least your child will have to be able to stand. There are 8 different interactive activities. You can flip the page of the book, open the lid to the
secret hiding spot, play the cello, the piano, the banjo, and the trombone. There's a part you can spin, and shapes that pop up.
Andy really loved playing with this toy. He did all the different activities several times in each session, and it was a toy that he would go back to several times over the long weekend. It was definitely a toy that he enjoyed playing with, and one that Santa might end up bringing this holiday season.
I am going through a Radio Flyer phase. There are at least four different products that I want of theirs right now. The Classic Rock and Bounce Pony is the newest addition to my Radio Flyer wish list. This pony has a safety saddle that can be removed for older riders, a patent rubber bounce suspension that is safe and quiet, the fabric of the pony can be removed and washed, the ears are crinkly, and it's also won many awards, including the National Parenting Publication's NAPPA Gold Award.
November 23, 2007
The problem with most swing sets is that they are way too big for the little kids. One came with our house, but Andy is still a couple of years away from fully getting use out of it. I think the Eezy Peezy Toddler Swing And Slide would be much better if your toddler wants to play but is too young to climb. It is low to the ground, safe, and much less inexpensive than we were expecting. I also love how high the weight restrictions are. For those of us with large babies, we don't have to worry about them growing out of it before they are ready, like so many other products.