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iPod for the Toddler Set: Win a Smart-E Bear

Children of the 80s fondly remember Teddy Ruxpin, the storytelling bear. Now our children can fall in love with the new Smart-e Bear. 

Smart-e Bear is akin to a plush iPod. This soft stuffed animal has a hidden USB port which connects to your computer. You can program the Smart-e Bear to say your child’s name, and you can select from thousands of songs, games and stories. 

iPod users customize their playlists, but Smart-e Bear users create customized “playdates.” In just a few minutes, I created a “playdate” full of energetic songs, interactive stories and games (like Simon Says) as well as a “playdate” of lullabies and classic stories perfect for naptime or bedtime. Smart-e Bear is soft and cuddly, so your toddler can snuggle with him during naptime too. 

Smart-e Bear comes pre-loaded with over 90 minutes of songs, stories and games. You can download additional songs, stories and games online at www.smartebear.com. Currently, the only content offered is in English, but Spanish, French and Chinese songs and stories will be available soon.

Some content is free, but most songs are $0.99. Stories and games are $1.99. These prices are comparable to the iTunes store, which makes it affordable to buy new music and stories.  

I was a bit bummed that I couldn’t transfer my own mp3s and iTunes files of children’s music onto the Smart-e Bear, so I contacted Smart-e Bear’s customer service to ask them about it. According to the customer service rep, regular mp3 and iTunes files aren’t compatible yet with the Smart-e Bear software.

Given the highly interactive nature of the Smart-e Bear software, that explanation makes sense. When you turn on the Smart-e Bear, it greets your child by name and then asks if he wants to hear a song. Your child is instructed to “squeeze my hand” for yes or to “squeeze my foot” for no. The Smart-e Bear lists the names of available songs, games and stories. By squeezing the Smart-e Bear’s hands and feet, your child can choose which to play. 

I found the Smart-e Bear very easy to use, and my toddler absolutely tester loved it. So do the critics. The Smart-e Bear is a Dr. Toy’s Best 10 Technology Toys and Best 100 Toys pick, and it also won a Greatest Product Award from iParenting and a Gold Seal from NAPPA (the National Parenting Publications Awards). 

WANT IT: Buy Smart-e-Bear and his friends Smart-e Dog and Smart-e Cat online at Amazon.com for $79.99. 

WIN IT: Visit www.smartebear.com to check out the tour and leave us a comment by 11:59 PM EST, December 11 letting us know what you like best about the Smart-e Bear. U.S. Shipping Only.

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of Bloganthropy.org, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, Bloganthropy.org recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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200 Responses to "iPod for the Toddler Set: Win a Smart-E Bear"

  1. Storm says:

    I love that they are interactive!

  2. Christine says:

    I like that you can download new games and music. There’s always something new so your child will never get bored!

  3. Lisa G. says:

    My favorite thing about the Smart-e Bear is is his variety of games to keep kids moving and active!
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  4. Jaye says:

    I like that everything is themed so as my child’s interests change you can personalize the bear to change with her. That’s pretty cool!

  5. Lisa G. says:

    I blogged about the Hottest Holiday Toys for 2008 and emailed you the link.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  6. Brenda S. says:

    I love how it grows with your child with age-appropriate songs & activites. Thanks!

  7. Kristine Michelle says:

    I think it’s neat that it can interact with your child in other languages!

  8. Tamara Burks says:

    I like the games and the choice of 3 different animals.

  9. Kelly F says:

    I love that it greets your child by name when it turns on. Using the paws of the bear to change songs is really smart.

  10. Heather says:

    I love that you have the option to customize the smart-e-bear to grow with your childs needs. Awesome giveaway

  11. Nita M. says:

    I love that is soft and can be updated to grow with my child

  12. Tonia Rowe says:

    I love that it has the ability to do so many things. I had Teddy Ruxpin as a child and loved it, but it was limited in capabilities so I couldn’t use it more than a year or two.

  13. Elizabeth M. says:

    I love that they’re customizable. It makes them all the more special to the kids.

  14. Elizabeth M. says:

    I’m linked to you on my site.

  15. Elizabeth M. says:

    I’ve stumbled it.

  16. nadine m says:

    I like that it grows along with your child.

  17. Tiffany says:

    I like that Smart-e-Bear grows with your child and tells stories.

  18. Katherine Frazier says:

    I like that it will be multi-lingual soon.

  19. Laura G says:

    love that they have such a large library of songs and books you can customize to your child’s likes

  20. Jessica says:

    I like that it’s in diffent languages.

  21. Chrysa says:

    I like that you can download new things!

  22. kathy pease says:

    i love that it can tell stories and it grows with the kiddies :)

  23. D Johnson says:

    Sweet

  24. John Deal says:

    I like that it hasd different options for different ages.

  25. Paula Harmon says:

    I love how you can change whats on the bear to match your child’s interests, so you know its a toy they will have for a long, long time.

  26. Renee says:

    I like that you can download stories for him to tell.

  27. Heather C says:

    I like that you can personalize it, and that it downloads things automatically, so as to surprise everyone! So cool!

  28. Steph says:

    I like that it grows with my child and I like the download selction.

  29. Michelle Rosborough says:

    the songs

  30. Kodie says:

    Aw! I Love Simon Says & that this lets you download it! I also love that you can personalize it and make it your own! Fun fun!

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  31. Marcy Strahan says:

    I think it’s so Kool that the Smart-e-Bear grows with your child and tells stories.

    A toy that doubles as a learning tool always works for me.
    Yay! To Smart-e-Bear’s helping to make our next genius!

  32. michael woods says:

    I love that you can download any type of learning audio to enhance your child’s development in an interactive way

  33. Angel says:

    I like that it grows with your child

  34. Lily Kwan says:

    What I like best about the Smart-e Bear is that you can download fun new stories, songs, and games in multiple languages and even change the language in which Smart-e Bear communicates with your child.

  35. Linda R says:

    This would perfect for my little granddaughter. We could download stories, songs and much more.

  36. Marcia S says:

    My boys had Teddy Ruxpin and now I’d like Smart-e-bear for my grandkids. According to their website: With our easy-to-use smart-e-software you can download new content for your smart-e to keep him growing with your child!

  37. Gina Benway says:

    I love all the options, This would be perfect for my son who is autistic, thanks

  38. Peggy Gorman says:

    I love how I can make perfect for my grand daughter,it will grow with her and she has the choice of animals,I know she will choose the Smart-e Cat
    Wonderful contest!!

  39. Pamela White says:

    I like the fact that Smart-E-Bear can talk in different languages.

  40. Kelly L says:

    I like all of the different downloads available. Thanks.

  41. Bev M. says:

    Those are so cute and educational, too. I think it’s great that it grows with your child and has all the different downloads. My granddaughter would love using it. Thanks for having the contest!

  42. Helen says:

    I really like the feature to communicate in multiple languages!

  43. Veronica Garrett says:

    I like that it grows with your child. There won’t be another useless outdated toy lyimg around the house.

  44. Donna K says:

    I like that it learns your kid’s name

  45. it grows up with them

  46. Janet says:

    I heart that it can interact in different languages and that it grows with your child !

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