June 26, 2020

(Mindware $25.95)

Cleverly designed, this looks like a stacking toy on a rod, but it’s much more open-ended than the traditional size order stacker. Individual pieces do fit on each other, but size order is not required. It can be stacked in a multitude of zany crocked towers. All the while babies and toddlers will make discoveries about balancing the slanted pieces. There’s no right or wrong way. Yes, it can be put together in...

May 26, 2020

(Corolle $24.99)

With her painted face and sew-on permanent clothes, this little 10” huggable is a perfect first doll. The pattern on her dress and stripes on her soft body will invite investigation. Her long arms and legs are easy for baby to grasp and the furry soft texture on her hat and shoes will be fun for little fingers to touch. Baby is not ready for much pretend play, but this vanilla scented doll has a lot of features...

May 26, 2020

(Corolle $29.94)

A first doll, 12 “ Swan Royale, comes dressed in a pink romper that cannot be removed, except for her headband which is removable but firmly attached at the back of her neck so it won’t go missing. The headband has a bow, that matches her shoes and ruffled collar. She has vinyl hands and head with eyes that do not open and shut ( for safety). With her soft huggable body and vanilla scent she is just right for o...

April 3, 2020

(Fat Brain $19.99)

We’ve written about other Fat Brain dimpl toys. This newest variation has smaller dimples and no doubt require little fingers, rather than the whole hand to push and press the silicone bubbles to move. So this calls for finer motor skills. It also has some academic add-ons. On one side the bubbles are embossed with the numerals form 1-10 plus the word for the matching numeral. Flip it and the words are writte...

April 2, 2020

(Mindware $16.95)

For a sitting up baby, this is a hefty mirror in a wooden frame with pieces of colorful crinkle fabric around its edges. Mirrors are fascinating to babies who study the motions and images they see in a mirror. Unlike so many infant safety mirrors, this one is both safe and doesn’t distort. Listen in the morning and you will likely hear your baby talking to the face reflected back to her in the mirror. 6 months...

October 1, 2019

(Sassy $19.99)

Oval shaped, this black and white mat is designed for photo ops and tummy time. It comes with a cushioned pillow to prop baby on. Since babies spend so much time on their backs, they do need special play times on their tummies, time to strengthen neck, back, and trunk muscles. This mat comes with a see-through rattle with colorful beads inside, a small stand-up mirror, and a big green teething ring. Use it for ta...

September 30, 2019

(Sassy $9.99)

We showed you this toy as part of a set. It's also available as a stand alone and good fun for under ten dollars. This is one bath toy that can double as a tabletop toy, as well. With a sturdy suction cup it attaches to tub or table and a swipe of a hand sends the many little colorful cups spinning. Standing in the tub, water will help power the motion and spill as the cups reach the top. Standing on a table, the...

September 30, 2019

(Sassy $14.99)

Cleverly designed panels with high contrast images on one side and touchy-feely panels on the back, these four fabric panels can be used as a kind of fabric book. But it works best when the panels are taken apart. Separate the Velcro edging and explore the panels one at a time for lap time play. For tummy time, connect two panels can stand up for baby’s visual stimulation. There’s a panda with big eyes, that will...

July 31, 2019

(Steiff  $29.95)

Put your hand inside this plush starfish puppet! It’s peachy and velour-like on one side and silky plush on the back. It has a sweet embroidered face that baby will like gazing at as you sing or talk and play tracking games. Baby is likely to smile as you touch her little hands, feet or face with the silky plush side. A lap toy for new parents to use as they get acquainted…they supply the music, action and word...

July 18, 2019

(Manhattan Toy $14.88)

A six-inch fabric cube done in high contrast black and white patterns that will grab baby's attention even before he can grab hold of it. Studies show that very young babies find these kinds of high contrast visuals are most interesting, especially those with eyes. This six-sided cube has many sensory features for baby to explore with eyes, hands, ears and even mouth. There are crinkle flaps for peek-a-bo...

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