My toddler son has convinced me that a love of things with wheels is genetic for some babies. Every time he sees a car he shouts, “Vroom, vroom” and claps his hands in delight.
Until very recently, though, he had a habit of mouthing everything. So, I had to make sure all his toys were baby-safe–with non-toxic dyes and no small parts.
Plan Toys has a charming new wooden baby car in a rainbow of bright colors that is a perfect, developmentally appropriate, first push car. Babies who are sitting unassisted will enjoy zooming this fun little car around on the floor. The design makes it easy for babies just learning motor skills to grasp and push the car.
For next year’s baby toy line, I hope Plan Toys can add a train (Choo! Choo!) in a similar style for locomotive-obsessed tots–maybe with a clacking noise like the Dancing Alligator, a perennial favorite over here.
Infants favor bright colors and abstract designs that stimulate imagination and encourage open-ended play. The vivid hues (from water-based, non-toxic dyes) and the warm, organic feel of the rubberwood will attract baby’s attention.
If only mom’s minivan were as green!
WANT IT: PlanToys Plan Preschool Baby Car Baby ($14)