My mom got one of these for my youngest when he was right at a year old and he has played with it a ton over the past couple of years. Definitely a toy that’s well worth it, in my opinion.
I loved Highlights Magazine as a kid, so I was thrilled to see that Highlights has launched a new “magazine” just for babies! Highlights Hello magazine delivers colorful images, simple stories and fun activities that the parent and child can enjoy together. Each issue is made of a safe, durable material with rounded corners and no staples. A one year subscription is just $34.44 and would be appreciated by any little one (and their parents) on your holiday gift list this year.
I knew absolutely nothing when I had my first kid. And when I say nothing, I really mean NOTHING! Thankfully, when my oldest (now 10) was 4 weeks old a friend came over and asked me if I had tried swaddling my precious little bundle of joy who WOULD NOT STOP CRYING! So I tried it, and it worked!! She started sleeping well, being happier during the day, and even nursing better than she had. I guess she needed a little bit more time to be wrapped up. I just used lightweight blankets to swaddle then, but if they would’ve had a Woombie available back then I would’ve bought it in a heartbeat! I love that they can’t get out of it easily and that you can buy different sizes for different weights.
We got a Sophie for my youngest before he was born (actually we ended up getting two of them) and it is another must-have for babies! He loved chewing on it and it was THE toy that he preferred over all of the other toys at 6 months old.
This might look like your average walker/rider at first glance, but I was really impressed with this one. It actually plays popular songs like “I Like To Move It”, “Life Is A Highway”, and “Walking On The Sun”! There’s plenty to keep a little one occupied on the control panel, and it’s super easy to convert from a walker to a rider!
My (just turned) 3 year old is an app-addict. He’s the first one that I’ve let play with the iPod for extended periods of time and I SO wish that I would’ve let the others do it too! Purely because of playing the apps he knows all of his shapes, letters, and numbers, and can navigate that iPod sometimes better than I can! Some of his favorite apps to play are the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Apps. There are several of them and they are all free from the app store! One of the items that we are going to get for him this year to go under the tree is the Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case. You can position the iPod in there so that they can’t press the home button to go back to the main screen which forces them to stay on the app that you want them to play! Hey… that might be good for my older ones too who want to play the airplane fighter pilot app when they should be on their spelling app! 😉
Can parents have a favorite toy? If so, this one is definitely mine! We have WORN OUT our busy ball popper and just recently bought the Playskool Pink Elephant Busy Ball Popper (which we love too – and I love that you can have the elephant one spit the balls AWAY from the machine so that the kids run around). Some say that the motor is too loud, but it’s what I would expect from a machine that needs the air power to push balls up a tube. It’s definitely much less loud than a hair dryer or vacuum cleaner.
This is one of the most versatile trikes out there. You can use it like a rocking horse, as a trike that the parent pushes, or as a trike that the kid rides on his own! AND the handle is the right height for parents too! It’s very easy to switch from the different positions so if you wanted to have it set up most of the time where it can rock, it’s easy to switch it to take it outside.
My 2 year old is obsessed with buckles! The second he gets out of his high chair he turns around and buckles the buckle of his high chair right back up. We got this toy a couple of years ago when our 3rd was a toddler and it’s a huge hit! In addition to the turtle they also have a Buckle “Bella” Heart Toy, a Buckle “Buddy” Backpack, and a Buckle “Buster” Square!
This is one that we don’t have (and that we aren’t going to get since we’re trying to get rid of toys and clutter right now) but it has AWESOME reviews on Amazon! Let us know if you have this one and what you think about it!
Signing Time DVDs
I cannot say enough good things about Signing Time! All four of our kids have been completely obsessed with the Signing Time videos and they have been the ONE type of video where our kids would watch the WHOLE video in one sitting! Rachel Coleman is a very engaging teacher and it’s obvious that she was meant to teach children.
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