People often ask us just what kinds of toys new babies need. With so many choices it's hard for new parents and grandparents to know the basic gear from the glut of merchandise that only adds to the clutter in the nursery. To choose toys that really make a difference you need to think of a baby's developmental style of learning. It's through their eyes, ears, nose, mouths, fingers and toes that infants begin to explore and interact with people and things. For the early months, bring home a variety of playthings that stimulate their senses. Some of these are tried and true classics while others are new or updates of classics. Click here for basic gear your horizontal baby needs:
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.
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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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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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