Interesting article

March 23, 2007

I stumbled across this article and found it to be very true.  It simply discusses the use of electronics and over-stimulation of infants with toys.  It reminded me of why I love the Schleich dog so much.  We don’t need to entertain our children…let them be creative.  Kids love simple things!  I sometimes forget this myself.  Enjoy the short read.  Myths about toys

A classic toy!

March 22, 2007

This is a 1:12 scale plastic toy of a black lab made by Schleich.  Schleich makes a line of toys which include all varieties of animals and some people.  They range in price starting at $3 on up.  Most of these toys are hand size for toddlers.  This picture doesn’t do justice to the quality and detail of the toy.

I was first introduced to Schleich animals after our black lab died.  My daughter who was 1 1/2 at the time was missing our dog (Syd) terribly.  We stumbled across this toy at a local store and I bought it so she would have a reminder of Syd.  It quickly became a favorite.  When we got our new dog we purchased the schleich dog that matched.   The two hand sized dogs traveled EVERYWHERE with us…car, store, restaurant, pool, and sandbox.  She imagined with these dogs for hours.  I loved that they fit in my purse but were small enough for her to carry.  I also LOVED that she was using her imagination and playing with something that didn’t require batteries and make noise.  So many toys do all the work for kids.  These two dogs were a long time favorite.  She literally played with them for at least two years straight…although they still get quite a bit of attention 3 years later.  She has since started collecting all the Schleich animals and has quite the collection of horses and zoo animals.  The ostrich was also a favorite that saw many a sunny day at the pool.  Who knew ostriches were such big swimmers.

Schleich dogs are a classic that have held up with years of use in the sand, pool and bath.  These are the toys I will eventually pack into her hope chest for her children to play with.  My 7 month old is fascinated by the dogs…although he is too young for them.  My daughter saved up her allowance and bought him two dogs of his own (they are sitting in her bedroom drawer waiting for his first birthday)…if that tells you what she thinks of these toys.  When he gets older we will start him on his own collection…maybe the dinosaurs.  By the way…mini pony tail holders make good collars for these dogs as they are just the right size and come in a variety of colors.  You wouldn’t want your dog out running around without a collar; he might get lost.

 These toys can be purchased locally and on-line at sites such as amazon.com.

Cool cars for baby or toddler…

March 21, 2007

Playskool wheel pal cars have been out for a while now, but they are new to us.  They come in three sizes…small, medium and large.  They are soft vehicles that wheel around with the easiest touch.  The smallest size is good for infants.  The medium and larger sizes are best for toddlers. 

I have to say these cars didn’t strike me initially when I saw them.  However, my son received these as a Christmas gift and now we are hooked on collecting all the different styles.  We like these toys at our house because they are something my 7 month old and 4 year old can play together.  My son will sit and vroom the cars back and forth and even chew on them, while my daughter will roll them all around him.  It is quite cute to see until they decide they want the same one and we all know what happens then.  

These are cute because of the different styles that are available.  Wheel pal cars are washable which is nice for children who are teething and decide they are for chewing as well as vrooming.  They can be found at local stores and on-line at hasbrotoyshop.

Baby cozies for Easter…

March 20, 2007

These baby cozies are made by North American Bear Co.  If you are familiar with their products you know that their products are incredibly soft.  These cozies are approximately 8″ in size, machine washable and baby safe.  They come in a variety of styles including these bunnies, a bear, duck, baby face, lion, horse, dog, cat, pig, lamb, penguin and many more. 

They make great security blankets that fit easily into a diaper bag or purse.  I personally thought the bunnies, lamb or the duck would make a good Easter item for a baby.  My son is getting one for Easter.  I think he will really like it since he is a blankie boy.  I have been buying these cozies as baby gifts for friends for several years now.  Everyone has really seemed to like them.  They are very reasonably priced at around $7. 

These cozies do wash very well but again are best if hung to dry.  I have not been able to locate these in a local store but they can be found on-line at various stores including La Petite Tica

Very cool Polly Pocket item for girls who like cars!

March 19, 2007

Finally a toy designed for girls who like cars!  These are Polly Pocket mini cars by Mattel.  They are approximately the size of a matchbox car but are in a variety of colors with mini Polly dolls as drivers. 

My 4 year old daughter has been playing with matchbox cars for years.  I always wished they had a girl version of toy cars because I don’t think she is alone in liking them.  These are a perfect solution.  Same size and portability as matchbox cars but with a mini doll to drive as well.  These toys have occupied my daughter for long periods of time.  They are also inexpensive enough that she can earn and save money to buy them herself. 

I have not been able to find these items on-line in the U.S. but Target and Walmart both carry them.  The picture comes from  ToysRus UK.

Wonderful baby blankie

March 18, 2007

This is a baby blankie made by Douglas cuddle toys that measures approximately 13 x13 in.  It is incredibly soft and cute.  They come in a variety of styles; monkey, horse, bear, duck, lamb and dog.  They are completely baby safe and machine washable.  These items are usually priced at around $10.00 making them a wonderfully affordable baby gift.

Our personal favorites are the monkey and the horse.  The horse has a very soft mane.  My son (7 months) has the monkey.  Initially, I slept with this blankie so that it would have my scent for my son when he came home from the hospital.  Then when we brought him home we used it as a blanket for the car-seat.  Today it is his favorite item.  He will not fall asleep without it.  I have an extra one stored in our closet in case the first Chichi happens to get lost.  That would be tragic as any mom knows. 

 I have found this item to be very durable withstanding many washings.  Word to the wise… this item should be air dried to maintain the plush at its best quality.  Though in an emergency I have thrown it into the dryer…it just wears on the plush. 

Douglas makes a line of matching larger blankets and rattles that go along with these blankies.  These items can be purchased at various online stores including amazon.com.

Infant Easter Gifts!

March 17, 2007

 

There is a line of baby/small childrens’ toys made by tolo that would be very nice for Easter.  The pastel bunnies are particularly cute. 

There are several different styles; bunny rocker, bunny carousel or bunny bubble ball (pictured here).  I personally purchased the bunny bubble ball.  The ball itself is clear and the little bunny swings and rattles inside as the ball is rolled around.  I can’t wait to give it to my son (7 months). 

This toy can be found at various online stores or at Small World Toys . 


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