Infantino's Jumbo Wheel Playspace ($30) gives a lil one a stimulating place to play but easily folds up for when playtime is over. These Soft Blocks ($30) from Apple Park are made from organic cotton fiber, making them safe for lil teethers, while the Retro ABC Tin Chime ($20) is like a step back in time as tots watch the animals move around. Skip Hop's new Treetop Friends Owl Activity Toy ($18) features different textures and sounds to entertain babies. Restoration Hardware's luxurious Elephant Rocker ($150) makes for a decorative accessory for newborns and a fun toy for toddlers.
Putting newborns on their stomachs for tummy time can rank as high as washing out the diaper pail on a mama's list of activities because lil ones fuss. Creating a stimulating environment for tots to work their neck and shoulder muscles is a nice distraction. We've rounded up a handful of fun ones.
Clockwise from top left: Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym ($75, available mid-October), Mamas and Papas Lotty Ladybird Deluxe Playmat & Gym ($100), Infantino Surfboard Tummy Time Mat ($20), Giggle Organic Jungle Play Mat ($80), Infantino Twist and Fold Activity Gym ($40).
As the 2010 Toy Fair draws to a close, we are left with a deluge of new products that our lil ones will be clamoring for in the coming months. With the nation still recovering from a deep recession, were manufacturers keeping our wallets in mind as they developed the latest batch of toys? Take our quiz and see just how much some of the most buzzed about products will set you back this year.
Now that I have three young kids and only two arms, a baby carrier is a necessity. Whether a mom prefers a sling or a carrier, it's bound to make life at the park, running errands, and helping the children easier. I'm going to search out the best options and report back. Infantino sent me its newest Wrap&Tie Infant Carrier ($40) to put to the test.
Who is this product designed for? This carrier is best for a first-time mother who doesn't mind that securing the baby in takes a bit of time and a little practice.
Is it practical? The three-in-one design allows a woman to carry her child on her back or in front facing in or out. It is also made of a washable cotton (available in cute prints!) that makes for easy cleanup if the fabric gets soiled.
What sets it apart? The carrier is buckle-less and attaches to the adult by simply tying knots in the fabric. This makes it great for accommodating to any parent's body shape. Since there's plenty of material, it's ideal for those with larger builds. It also has a sturdy but soft construction that provides support and comfort for the baby.
To see what could be improved and if I'd buy it, read more
Not every child is heading back to school in the coming weeks. But tots a tad too young to join the preschool mayhem are just as eager to learn. Help expand their manipulative and cognitive skills with some shiny new items in their toy box. Manufacturers are introducing several new gadgets this time of year specifically designed for the early learner set. Take a look at a few of our favorites that will keep your lil one engaged.
The promise of warm weather and sunny skies may be upon us, but if you are living on either coast of the nation right now, you are little more than a wet rag with all of the rain we have received. Though swing sets and parks may be beckoning, the current forecast has kept many of us indoors. There are a number of new tech products on the market that will keep your lil ones flaunting their creativity and unaware of the fact that they have been cooped up for the past few days. Take at look at some of our favorites.