October 24, 2007
Andy's left the stacker stage, but I still love them. The Cirque Du Soleil Twisterella is a funky version of one. It has seven pieces, and there's rattles, squeakers, and crinkle paper which will delight your baby. I love the happy face and all the arms and legs too. If you want a busy, fun, and colorful stacker, this is one to consider!
October 18, 2007
When Andy first encountered a toy like this Wooden Musical Ball Run he was immediately entranced. He wouldn't put the balls on himself, but he loved watching us put them in at the top, and then he would grab them at the bottom. This version is made from smooth solid maple, and has chimes at the end of each ramp. So when one of the six choke-safe balls rolls down, it produces a pleasant musical cacophony.
October 16, 2007
Forget boring tricycles, check out this Corsair Pedal Plane over at My Retro Baby. Modeled after the plane used by the Navy, Marines and Royal Navy, this pedal plane is made from all-metal construction, with high-traction rubber tires. Best of all, the propeller blades move when you pedal! So, make your kid the envy of the neighborhood as everybody watches him pedal this awesome creation around!
Andy has a ton of toys, but one category that we are definitely lacking in is puzzles. He doesn't own a single one! I just found the Zoo Puzzle by Chelona, and I think this is a good one to start with. The pieces are big, each has a knob for easily handling for small hands, and it's made of wood. There's also a picture under each puzzle piece too. Also, the entire puzzle can be fit together with three others: Ambulance, Construction, and Playground. So if you want a large puzzle, you can buy all four.
October 5, 2007
We've got a neighbor who loves to ride his big Harley-Davidson around town. He's now an empty-nester, but I bet he'd love to give something like this Harley-Davidson rocker to his grand kids. The rocker is inspired by the Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce. It has a leather seat, and a sculpted and chromed front fork to support the handlebar. The motorcycle is securely attached to the base to keep kids safe.
October 3, 2007
A good baby gift for a new or expecting mom is the Heirloom Rattle. Handmade in the USA, this rattle is made with non-toxic oil, five inches long, and each one is different. It's a little expensive if you're buying it on your own, but when giving to someone else, it's a thoughtful and beautiful gift.
October 2, 2007
This looks like a really neat toy for an infant car seat. The Carousel Tiger Spiral will wrap around most strollers, cribs, and car seats. It features three soft dangling toys including a rattle, mirror, and squeaker. Your newborn will definitely have lots of fun reaching up to bat these around!
September 25, 2007
I'm not sure exactly how this rubber band racer works, but it definitely looks like it evokes a different era. Powered only with a rubber band, this wooden car will zoom all over your living room. A toy, and a physics lesson all in one!
September 19, 2007
Here's another infants' toy that's similar to the Multi-Sensory Clutch Cube. Its the Kushies Zolo Peeko Multi-Sensory Suprise Box. It has padded fabric flaps, each with a different texture, and high-contrast design. There's a baby-safe mirror, dangling ribbons, and chirping bird sounds. The surprise is the detatchable stuffed puppy that can be found inside the cube. I think that Andy would've loved this toy when he was younger, so maybe your baby would like it too!
September 17, 2007
I love push toys and am so glad that Andy's finally enjoying them too. One that I think is super cool is the Push Toy Karussell by Selecta. When it's pushed, the balls spin around the center, and the faster the toy is pushed, the higher the balls will fly. I think it's a really neat design, and one that will keep a toddler interested for a long time.