I never had anything like this growing up, but I definitely love it. This speedster is made from metal and foot powered. Put your toddler in the seat, and watch as they zoom around the house. And you don't have to worry about your floors: the wheels are made from rubber. Want something other than a speedster? You can also get a firetruck, and a pink flower car.
June 7, 2007
Anderson loves turning lights on and off, so he'd probably get a kick out of playing with the Busy Glow Flashlight by Playskool. This real, working flashlight provides hands-on fun day or night. When your baby gives the handle a squeeze, lights sparkle, the spinner goes around and it activates the clicking ring. The Busy Glow Flashlight is also available at Amazon.com.
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.
May 31, 2007
Tired of all those hi-tech toys that constantly drain all of your batteries? Well, check out this low-tech toy over at Small and Medium: the Automoblox S9 Sedan. This toy car is made from solid birch wood so its extra durable. Andy loves pushing his toy cars around, so I would have to imagine that this one would be no different. As your kids get older they can take the cars apart and reassemble them (before long they'll know more about cars than me!). The car also comes in red, orange, and green. And you'll get 10% off your entire order if you use the promo code supercool at checkout.
May 23, 2007
When I was young, I absolutely loved the Roller Coaster Bead Maze. They seemed to be at bad places, like the doctor's office, and they temporarily made those places much better. I could play for this for hours moving those little colorful shapes around. Andy hasn't seen one yet, but I think if he has my genes he may like it too. It's also a Parent's Choice Classic Award Winner!
May 22, 2007
I love Haba toys — they're always made well, and made simply so that they engage your child's imagination. Klettinos [Amazon] are no different. The 14 different pieces of this toy combine with velcro to form numerous different combinations. This soft baby toy is suitable for both babies and toddlers. When it gets dirty, you'll have to wash it by hand, but at least you don't have to clean it with a wet cloth.
May 18, 2007
Andy is suddenly very interested in stacking things, so I want to buy him blocks. So I've started doing some research, and here are my top five picks for baby blocks.
The ABC Soft Blocks are 16 blocks that have animal art for each letter of the alphabet, and they are light and soft.
The Baby Einstein Play-Color Blocks are a set of four 3 inch cubes that have different patterns, characters, and features such as a block that vibrates as the frog's leg is pulled.
Fantasy Blocks are 26 pieces that include optical effects such as a hologram foil, glitter foil, and a mirror foil.
Soft Blocks by Dwell Baby are great because they use the same colors and patterns as in their bedding, which we adore.
Finally, there's Arcadia are for the experts of block building. These 20 irregular shaped blocks are great for crooked building towers and little towns.
May 17, 2007
When we traveled with Anderson from Boston to Charlotte we were afraid that he would be bored out of his mind. We were right to a certain extent, and this Safari Car Seat Play Pad would've been a great help. It attaches to all infant car seats and features 12 different activities. It features four popular nursery rhyme songs, a soft glow light for nighttime travel, animal sounds, and a honking steering wheel the perfect size for little hands!
May 16, 2007
Andy loves balls and loves loud noises, so I think he'd adore the Hammer Balls by Plan Toys. The balls are placed on the toy, struck with the hammer, and then they roll down an inner path. This toy can help with hand-eye coordination and will be a ton of fun for babies who like to hit things.
May 14, 2007
I was 12 years old when my father had another baby. My brother loved his Graco swing, and I remember how envious I was of him. I wished I had a swing inside the house too! And even now every time I see baby swings, I wish I had one of my own. The Airy-Fairy Baby Swing is my ultimate swing fantasy. There are adjustable straps that provide back and fromt support, a high seat, and netting on the seat and back for air circulation. There's some debate on the sites for when your baby can first use the swing (6-9 months, which is a big age difference in my opinion). The maximum weight load is 45lbs though, so your baby will be able to use it for a long time!
It is also available at Oompa, Baby Universe, and Toys R Us.