September 28, 2006
Anderson loves his Frog Snuggle Friend. He brings it with him any time we take a trip in the car or the stroller. Okay, in reality, we stick it on top of him, but he always seems a little extra bored when we forget it.
These Snuggle Friends are made from really soft fabrics. If it wasn't always covered in drool, I'd probably love to sleep with it myself. It is available in Lion, Puppy, Pink Poodle, Duck, Frog, Pink or Blue Lamb and Tiger from KooKoo Bear Kids.
There aren't enough teethers out there that are small enough so a baby can actually hold them. I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of holding the teethers in my son's mouth all the time. So I really like this next product, the Winkel from Manhattan Toy. It is a rattle, can be put in the fridge to cool it down, has tons of thin tubes that a baby could easily hold in a variety of bright colors, and it's just darn neat to look at!
When I was little, I loved rocking horses. I always wanted to be on mine, but it was kept on our screened in porch, so I only got to use it during the warm months. The Red Ball Rocking Horse from Design Within Reach is so clean and simple, I feel like it would fit in perfectly in my living room instead of being delegated to the deck (which we don't have at the moment anyways!). Knowing nothing about design, I would have assumed this was a modern version of the old rocking horse, but the original design is actually from 1965! Also, a percentage of the sales of this item will support design education through a contribution to the AIGA scholarship fund.
September 26, 2006
I love weird toys, so this one is quickly a favorite of mine. The Burger and Muffin Plush Dolls from Uncommon Goods are multi-stacked layers, but so much more interesting than the rainbow colored ones that you can buy anywhere. These are also soft and cute, and I'd have more fun playing with them with my son.
September 25, 2006
When I was growing up, Lincoln Logs were one of my favorite toys. I loved making little log cabins. I'm not entirely sure why. I also loved hiking through the snow, uphill, both ways to school. So, I may be asking a lot for Anderson to enjoy this decidedly retro toy, but I'm going to be getting it for him in a few years anyway.
This set comes in a
heirloom quality wood case and includes 151 wooden pieces, plus building instructions.
September 20, 2006
Growing up, I had my fair share of toy trucks. I loved playing with them. So it only makes sense to provide that same kind of entertainment for my son, Anderson. With this Tractor and Trailer, I'm sure he'd get a kick out of recreating scenes from the Princess Bride with his very own farm boy. Or picking up stacks of Lincoln Logs to transport about the living room.
PlanToys are made from natural, chemical free rubber wood and finished with non-toxic and child friendly colors. The tires on this Tractor & Trailer Set are made of rubber.
September 19, 2006
While I have no artistic ability at all, I always loved my art classes. The color wheel was always fun to learn about, I thought it was so neat how mixing two colors could produce a third (or a weird grey color as would often happen when I tried this). Therefore, I really like this product, the Color Wheel from Pottery Barn Kids. It's a great way to teach your little one about more colors than the basic red, green, yellow, and blue. And it is sort of a puzzle too, and who doesn't like puzzles?
September 18, 2006
Maybe I'm a weird mom, but I disagree on what my husband wrote about the clacker. I really don't think something like this would bother me. Maybe if I was sitting right next to Andy, but I figure this is the type of toy you give as you walk out of the room. Now, we have a pretty open floorplan and house, so I can easily see him a room over, but I think that unless you're sleep depraved (and I'm usually not anymore), that this clacker could be a fun toy.
September 16, 2006
Okay, I will admit that I would never buy this Tiny Clacker for Anderson, but it seems like a great gift for somebody else's child. Somebody you wish to exact some sweet sweet revenge on. The only thing better than this could be a set of toddler pots and pans.
The manufacturer claims that the product "develops early gross motor skills", and "encourages movement with intention and purpose", but makes no mention of "drives all adults within one city block absolutely bonkers".