The Baby Einstein Company will introduce six new toy and gear products (Sweet Sea Dreams Mobile, Sea Dreams Soother, Count & Discover Treasure Chest, Music & Discovery Travel Mirror, Peek-A-Scene and Baby Neptune Activity Saucer) that join the more than 100 existing product offerings. Designed from baby’s point of view, the latest new toys (http://www.babyeinstein.com) and gear for children two and under, feature big shapes, bright colors, soft lights and sweet melodies. Available at major retailers across the US and Canada, priced from US$9.99 to US$79.99.
The new Comforting Play Collection features a whole family of soft & snugly rattles, toys and buddies designed for the special quiet-play time that babies need during their early development. They make the perfect gift for new moms or growing babies, plus you can mix and match them in pairs, bundles or basket them for a personal present that reflects your taste and your budget.
You can see the entire Comforting Play Collection at Infantino.com or visit W-M, BRU or Target to pick a few up or put a gift bundle together.
PINKIE PIE keeps her pony friends laughing and smiling all day! Cheerful and playful, she always looks on the bright side. Good friends always stick together just like your PINKIE PIE pony figure and her adorable mouse figure. Put the saddle on your pony figure and her little friend can ride on it everywhere they go! Keep your PINKIE PIE figures pretty pink hair smooth with the brush, so she looks great no matter where her adventures take her. Pony figure comes with brush, mouse figure and saddle. Ages 3 and up.
So what does it mean when the penny pinching daddy emails me from his phone a picture and one sentence? Um, can you say wrapped around her little finger? Oh she’s good. He’s gone for with two daughters soon! She said tractor and wants this.
It’s getting cold and AppleBlossom and I are snuggled down watching our new VeggieTales It’s a Meaningful Life DVD again! And guess what? You can too! Here’s an awesome coupon for $3 off!! (Also, it’s currently available on Netflix Instant View with others!) There is also a great Christmas eCard: The Holiday season is here, and to celebrate Big Idea would like to share with you the It’s A Meaningful Life eCard Puzzle Game. Put a puzzle together for a special message to send to your family and loved ones and wish them a very veggie Christmas! The eCard features four different scenes from It’s A Meaningful Life and ranges in three different levels of difficulty (12, 24, or 36 piece). eCard – Puzzle Game Link: http://www.americangreetings.com/veggietales Yet… if you already have the DVD there are so many more great VeggieTales ideas of Christmas presents that you will all love!. . .
Pretty and sweet-smelling five-inch-tall Strawberry Shortcake figure with brushable hair comes with all kinds of clothing accessories for you to mix and match and even her very own ‘armoire’ with a ‘vanity’ to store it all in! Figure comes with armoire with fold-down vanity, vanity chair, 1 pair of shoes, 1 pair of sandals, 2 butterfly barrettes, 5 butterfly clothing hangers, 1 leaf brush, 1 pair of leggings, 1 pair of berry sleeves, 1 pair of flower sleeves, 1 berry skirt/top, 1 pink skirt/top, 1 dress and 3 skirt accessories. The classic doll you grew up with is back for your daughter to enjoy!
She might be tiny, but she has a huge heart! Her friends love to gather at the Berry Café, where they can always count on Strawberry Shortcake for a helping hand and some berry delicious ‘treats’ no wonder shes everyones best friend in Berry Bitty City! Your ‘berry’ stylish and sweet-smelling five-inch-tall Strawberry Shortcake doll has so many outfit options she needs your help to find just the right one! Try her dress, skirt and top accessories on your friend, then add the berry sleeves or the flower sleeves. Which combination looks best? Should she put on ‘leggings’? And should she choose ‘shoes’ or ‘sandals’? When youve found the look you like, sit her down in front of her vanity accessory and style her hair with her brush accessory and her ‘barrettes’. At the end of the dress-up session, store all of her clothes on the hanger accessories and hang them in her very own ‘armoire’. Fashion has never been so ‘deliciously’ fun! Figure comes with armoire with fold-down vanity, vanity chair, 1 pair of shoes, 1 pair of sandals, 2 butterfly barrettes, 5 butterfly clothing hangers, 1 leaf brush, 1 pair of leggings, 1 pair of berry sleeves, 1 pair of flower sleeves, 1 berry skirt/top, 1 pink skirt/top, 1 dress and 3 skirt accessories.
A couple months ago, I let you know how much we love the Twist & Fold Activity Gym from Infantino. Well, I just found out that right now you can get it 25% at Target until TOMORROW August 21st!!! Use the code: TGTINFNT This is a perfect gift for anyone with a munchkin! Also, if you haven’t yet entered, check out the Infantino Facebook page and blog to enter for your chance to win one of five bouncers. The giveaway will be live through 9/1/10.
When I heard the doorbell ring and went to eagerly greet the FedEx man, I was so excited to see that it was a box from Infantino! Inside I discovered the Jumbo Wheel Play Space and as I put it out on the floor of our living room, I could not wait for AppleBlossom to get down their and investigate. My excitement was quelled for a short while as minutes before the FedEx man arrived she fell asleep. *sigh* Oh the rarity when I want her to skip a nap! Well I gave into my common sense and let her sleep, but when she did awaken, boy was she in for a surprise! The Jumbo Wheel Play Space is packed with fun and space for crawling and tummy time activity. Strategic activities such as a detachable mirror, teethers and an easy-to-press flower which plays a 15-second musical tune are placed. . .
As I have discovered, not everything goes according to plan when you have a new baby in the house. In our example, a few months before AppleBlossom was born we discovered that the Enginerd was being laid off and then two months after she was born we were off moving from Georgia to Tennessee to start a new life and a new job at a fabulous company. It was only last month that we were able to finally sell our house in Georgia. During this time there was a lot of back and forth. Driving to the house in Georgia, my parents house, my brother’s house, the Enginerd’s parents house, the Enginerd’s sister’s house. Many of the times it seems the only chair that we could put AppleBlossom in was the carseat, and after hours driving that was not ideal. She needed something soft and playful. We were lucky to. . .
Every once in a while you find that toy that makes you (as a mama) squeal and say “Must have!!” That is how I felt when I first saw Blabla Kids Rattles. They are too cute and I am completely in love! I was delighted to find out that Blabla Kids is located in my home town of Atlanta, Georgia and that’s only one of dozens of great things putting them in my favor. Ever since I can remember I have kept my eyes open for that cutest toy for a future child. After AppleBlossom was born that desire did not change. As a matter of fact the only thing that did change with that is that when I bought said cute toy, I no longer had a guilt of buying it for the future. (Just ask my how much yardage of fabrics I bought with lambs on it before. . .
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One of the first toys that we purchased for our AppleBlossom was the Baby Einstein’s Baby Neptune Ocean Adventure Gym. At first she would cry anytime she was put down aka out of Mama’s arms, yet after a while she started looking around. It was at about ten weeks old that she was interested in playing or batting around. Her favorite part is the octopus with it’s rattle, scrunchy-like tentacles, and now (15 wks) the orange handle. Let the ocean adventure begin! This soft activity gym features a musical aquarium toy with Baby Einstein ocean characters, classical melodies, and dancing lights. A whale shaped prop-up pillow accompanies baby on this underwater adventure during tummy time, which comes to life with the crisp and colorful real-life scenery of the sea on the play mat. Tummy time is enhanced by the animal peek-a-boo flaps with real-life imagery, and the ability to reposition. . .
Something we have discovered is that picking a toy is not easy. There are so many variables to choose from and there is a website called ebeanstalk dedicated to selecting good, safe baby toys and toddler toys. But they need help from Mamas like me to help pick the toys. Thanks to ebeanstalk, the toy they provided for review is called Taggies Soft Blocks, it is one of their many unique toys. Taggies Soft Blocks are great learning toys because each feature tons of tactile elements, colorful images, silly sounds and, of course, TAGGIES galore! Easy-grab, un-stuffed blocks can be squashed into a diaper bag. Clever hook & loop links attach all blocks together for play in the stroller, highchair or car seat. DIMENSIONS: 8.75″ X 4.25″ X 8.5″ PACKAGED When I opened the box to find these Taggies soft blocks I was ecstatic. AppleBlossom likes them too. There are. . .
The Spin & Explore Mat puts a unique spin on tummy time play, an important developmental phase for all newborns. Babies gently and comfortably spin round on their tummies, stretching and building upper bodies while exploring lots of squeaky, crinkly, tactile fun. DIMENSIONS: 14″ X 17.25″ X 6″ Another gift that we received when AppleBlossom was born from some coworkers of my husband was the Lamaze Spin and Explore Mat. You gotta love this ladybug! The leaves near the earthworm and the wings of the butterfly crinkle and they are definitely the favorite parts for AppleBlossom, yet more and more she is finding another interesting piece. She cannot squeeze it, but she loves to hear me squeeze the birdie who will then chirp for her. Also she loves to hear the bumblebee buzz his rattle. Then it almost goes without saying how she is enjoying the mirror. At first she. . .
Something that I remember vividly from my childhood was playing with a group of toys we called Little People. They were literally little people that had fixed clothing and sometimes removable hats, and they did everything that real people do. Well now, since I have started looking at toys again, I have discovered that they are available for purchase in learning stores and more recently also on Amazon. They are German toys, that were discovered my by parents and older siblings when they lived in Germany at preschool age, and boy did my childhood benefit from that! They are the best thing to practice your imagination skills with. Now even more so because there are so many more scenes and setting available. Check out the official US Playmobil website, and see what all is available, and then check out the prices on Amazon, definitely worth a gander. (They are also. . .