April 12, 2007
Here's a great toy for younger children who are learning to explore their environment. The Animal Den is made from soft fabric, and different animals peek out from each nook. Your child will love exploring, tugging, and chewing on each different animal. It's made from a cotton/polyester mix, and unfortunately is spot cleaned only.
April 11, 2007
Here's a new Haba toy that I wish was available when Andy was younger. The Flip Flap has a different texture or picture on each surface. It opens into attached triangles, crinkles, is quite colorful, and it squeaks and rattles when shaken. Good for babies six months and older.
April 6, 2007
We took a trip to Babies'R'Us the other day to get Andy some new pajamas, since everything he had was more suited to cold New England Winters, instead of hot North Carolinan springs. While we were there we took a quick detour through the toy section and picked up the Playskool Busy Ball Popper. I seemed to recall reading about it before and figured that Anderson needed some bigger toys.
So far, he's really enjoyed this toy. When I first started it up, he laughed and smiled at it. Eventually he came over to see what all the fuss was about. It only took a day or two before he was playing with the toy all by himself. Typically he'll tip the toy over a little and push the button to start it up. Since its not pointing straight up, all the balls go flying out. Then he'll look around for the balls and put them back in, along with a couple of other toys that convienently fit into the popper. At first, the blower was strong enough to blow anything out, but after two weeks the four D batteries aren't strong enough anymore.
When its running, it plays fun songs like "Rockin' Robin" and has other whacky sound effects. The toy is listed for children 9 months to 4 years. I would say that's just about right, but it might be a little advanced for a some 9 month old babies.
I realize that some babies may love a toy while others hate it. But I must tell you about a new toy we added to our household that Andy just doesn't care for. The 1-2-3 Tetherball lights up and makes noises when your baby bats at it. You can adjust the ball so that it's either right on top of the stand or hangs off some. It sounded like a great cause and effect toy, and I thought that Andy would get a kick out of it. But he really could care less. The toy quickly became boring for him, and he was more interested in chewing on the base. At first I wondered if the toy was just not a good fit for him, but I actually think this is more of a design issue. It says in reviews on Amazon that it's very sensitive and would light up and play for no reason. That is true, but it also would not respond many times to the batting of Andy (and later me as I tried to get it to do something). After one night, it ate through the batteries because the lights kept going on after I thought I had turned it off (it must have been just the sound I stopped). And Andy just doesn't care about hitting a random ball around for very long, even if it does have little balls inside of it. We haven't tried it without the base yet, but I'm regretting this purchase. In the future, I will definitely rethink my spontaneous purchases when I go into Babies 'R Us.
April 3, 2007
Andy never really noticed the wrist rattles I used when he was really small. I'd put them him every once in a while, but he'd rather be looking at something farther away than at his hands. I wonder if I'd had more fun wrist rattles for him, then he'd have been more interested. I really like the news ones out from Haba. My favorite is the My Little World Wrist Rattle as it's a mini picture book which Andy would have loved. Besides the colorful pictures, the pages also squeek and crinkle. There's also a Posy Wrist Rattle with crinkly petals and leaves, and a Vroom Vroom Wrist Rattle with a removable car that beeps when squeezed.
April 2, 2007
There are all kinds of different push toys out there. And if they're all the same to you, why not get one that's made out of high quality materials and looks nice? Check out Alex's Push Plane by Boikido. Designed to help and entertain your baby's first steps, the little cat urges new walkers to be steadier and faster on their feet. It's hand crafted from high quality wood and finished with non-toxic child friendly paints and finished. Not interested in a plane? There are a buch of other push toys available as well.
March 27, 2007
Anderson is starting to like toys that light up and make noise. The Fridge DJ Radio, seems like it would be right up his alley. It features 13 songs and 3 different learning stations. Each song is accompanied by an animated LED light show that help to reinforce the learning songs. The radio will teach numbers, letters, and more. If you can stand the extra noise in your house, this might be a great toy to give to your year old toddler.
March 23, 2007
We haven't written about anything punk for babies in a while, so I think you should check out the Punk Rock Baby Blocks by LuLuLux. The set of four blocks has various cool prints. There are two that are 6x6 inches and two that are 4x4 inches wide. They are squishy but still stackable, and the best part is that they are machine washable! If only every baby product was, it'd make every parent's life so much easier. If you like these, check out the diaper bags that LuLuLux makes as well.
March 20, 2007
Every so often we discover a baby product that makes us wonder why we didn't think of that. My Swing Thing is one such product. With three clips, it turns any chain swing into a toddler swing. It's small so you can easily find a place for it in your car for those times when you want to go to the park or use a friend's swing set but there's only big kid swings. My Swing Thing is fully adjustable and can support up to 60lbs.
March 16, 2007
Andy loves his toys that spin, and spit blocks out, and let him stick blocks into different shaped holes. He still hasn't quite figured it all out, but he definitely appreciates those toys a lot. The Busy Box seems like its right up his alley. Each side has a different activity: a clicking clock, moving beads, shape sorter, telephone with animal sound buttons, pop-up bear and bear in car. Finally, a key unlocks the door to reveal shapes, and gears that move and click. This toy is best for babies 18 months to 3 years old.