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When Less is More
Tags: under $10, play power, stocking stuffers,
Posted: 2010-12-14 20:23:49 By: by Joanne Oppenheim

Are you are shopping for Merry Christmas stocking stuffers, multiple gifts for the many nights of Hanukah or Kwanza? Aside from the novelty fads of the moment there are some good choices that will be enjoyed for more than a moment. We've found some with real play value. Click here to find out more.

Tags: infant toys, Manhattan Toy
Posted: 2010-10-01 10:12:09

Joanne and Stephanie take a look at the new Little Blossom line from Manhattan Toy. Watch the video.

Fun Choices for Babies & Toddlers
Tags: shower gifts, new baby, sitting up babies, toddlers, ride-on,
Posted: 2011-12-09 09:27:13 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Finding great toys that your baby or toddler will really enjoy can be challenging.  The key is to find toys that really fit where they are developmentally-- not an easy trick! 

The good news is that so many  new and wonderful products are arriving every day!  So if  you are shopping for a shower gift for the new baby,  gifts for their first holiday season, a treat for you sitting up baby, or engaging toys for your up and on the go toddler, have a look at some of the new top rated choices.Click here to see our list.

First Books for Baby & Toddlers
Tags: baby books, toddler books, cardboard format
Posted: 2010-03-05 04:23:16 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Choosing books to read to babies just got a lot easier. Many classics have been reissued in sturdy board book formats. Some, such as Helen Oxenbury's Baby Love, have been made smaller to fit into little hands. Others, like Karen Katz's Where is Baby's Bellybutton?, have been reissued in a larger format that just seems to singó read it again! Here are some favorite blue chips as well as some new titles...

Tags: Baby Videos, Baby Einstein, Disney
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:44:45

Read Stephanie's Blog, Baby Einstein: Not a Ticket to Harvard.

Stephanie's segment on the TODAY SHOW
Tags: Today Show, Best Educational Toys
Posted: 2011-04-02 15:04:10
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Stephanie appeared this morning on the Today Show with Natalie Morales and shared some of the year's best educational toys that help build important skills - featuring products from Lego, Blue Orange Games, Playmobil, Leapfrog, Silver Dolphin, Eeboo, I Can Do That Games, Briarpatch, Gamewright and Citiblocks. 

 

You can watch her here! The full article with details on all the products she demonstrated can be found at our site.

As Featured on the TODAY Show
Tags: Today Show, Playing, Games, Ann Curry
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:42:07 By: Stephanie Oppenheim

Whether you have a crawling baby or a video game addicted tween, it's important to carve out space where you get to play together!  As silly as it sounds, with everyone's busy schedules play time often gets taken off the "to do" list.   While we spend so much time making sure that everyone is doing all their "work"...the time we spend laughing with our kids  is just as important.

Toys Babies Will Really Enjoy
Tags: Best Baby Shower Presents, Mobiles, Activity Mats, Musical Toys
Posted: 2009-10-01 18:01:02 By: Stephanie Oppenheim
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With the current baby boom in full swing, there seem to be an endless supply of new products vying for the attention of new parents.  The truth is that for newborns, you really don't very many toys.  So before you go shopping for a baby shower, take a look at five of our favorites that will be enjoyed.

Is the TV a Good Baby Sitter?
Tags: The Boob Tube
Posted: 2009-08-11 09:02:20 By: The Oppenheims
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Developmentally, babies learn from active, real-life experiences rather than being 'plugged in' to passively watching others at such an early age.

We believe a mirror would be more interactive and age-apropriate than a video screen. Reading books and talking about pictures, or interacting as you sing songs and recite rhymes, will do more to build language than plugging them into the TV to look at pretty pictures with music. For kids under two (and for all kids), less is more! We are delighted that the American Pediatric Association has agreed with our position.

Reading to children is more than a great way to entertain them.
Tags: Read to your child!
Posted: 2009-09-01 07:51:13 By: The Oppenheims
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Test: Reading to children is more than a great way to entertain them. Studies show that young children who are read to every day learn to read earlier and with greater ease. For infants, books are not merely for looking at. Babies tend to taste, toss, and tear their books. Even sturdy cardboard books may not survive this search-and-destroy stage. Cloth and vinyl make good chewable choices. The mechanics of turning pages, pointing to pictures, and even tasting, make books among baby's favorite playthings and a key to language development.

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  • Developmentally, babies learn from active, real-life experiences rather than being 'plugged in' to passively watching others at such an early age. We believe a mirror would be more interactive and age-apropriate than a video screen. Reading books and talking about pictures, or interacting as you sing songs and recite rhymes, will do more to build language than plugging them into the TV to look at pretty pictures with music. For kids under two (and for all kids), less is more! We are delighted that the American Pediatric Association has agreed with our position.

 

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