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Baby’s First Blocks

Baby’s First Blocks

Baby Mwah received these soft organic blocks ($28) from NewBornMom, a hip eco-friendly baby store, a few months ago. The blocks match NewBornMom’s luxe organic elephant crib sheets($40), which I’d been drooling over since they would look so pretty in my animal-themed nursery.  Initially Baby Mwah showed no interest in the blocks, so I used them as nursery decorations since the pretty cream and blue patterns matched my nursery decor.  Once baby started sitting up independently, I reintroduced the blocks. These … Read entire article »

Filed under: Developmental Toys, Eco-Friendly, Organic, Play, Stuffed Animals, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M)

Pack Smart For Trips With Baby

Pack Smart For Trips With Baby

Packing for a trip to Grandma’s House or a weekend getaway doesn’t require a carload of baby toys. Baby Mwah and I travel light with just a diaper bag, Pack & Play portable crib and his Activity Ring by Latitude Enfant. This multi-sensory activity ring is like five or six toys in one, but it hardly takes up any space in the car. Baby Mwah loves it when I put on a puppet show using the integrated cat and mouse … Read entire article »

Filed under: Developmental Toys, Toys (06-12 M), Travel

Little Jet Set Baby Travel Gift Pack Contest

Little Jet Set Baby Travel Gift Pack Contest

Traveling with a baby or toddler can be a joy if you are well-prepared and flexible. Little Jet Set aims to help you in the preparation department. We’ve reviewed some of the award winning travel gear and toys from this fabulous children’s boutique in the past and have included several of their selections in our Travel Tips: Best Gear for Traveling with Babies and Children. Little Jet Set is generously offering a Baby Travel Gift … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gear, Contests, Coupons, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Travel, Uncategorized

MonkeyBean Toys Coupon Code (Deal of the Day)

MonkeyBean Toys Coupon Code (Deal of the Day)

Monkey Bean Toys is one of our Retailers of Toys to Trust. Their selection includes lots of beautiful wooden and plush items, most of which are manufactured in North America or Europe. Just to make sure their toys are safe, Monkey Bean uses a hand-held X-Ray Fluorescence Metal Analyzer (the same model used by the US FDA for frontline screening of heavy metal contamination) to test toys manufactured in China. Click HERE to visit MonkeyBean Toys and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Coupons, Eco-Friendly, Toy Stores, Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School)

Language Littles Dolls Help Kids Learn Another Language

I want my daughter to enjoy the benefits of learning a foreign language. After reading The Bilingual Edge, I decided to introduce Spanish, since I’m proficient, and Russian, since I know a little and it is a heritage language for us. We read books in these languages, listen to Baby’s First Steps in Spanish, and we play with Anya: the Bilingual Russian Doll by Language Littles. Anya tells us, in both Russian and English, about her love of dancing. Although I wish she wasn’t wearing theatrical make-up and a pink glitter costume (and I wish they had included panties in her outfit), Anya provides a fun way for us to interact in Russian.  The child’s voice is cute without being annoying, the accent is clear, and the phrases fit … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dolls, Educational, Language, Learning, Play, Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School)

Naturally Playful at Natural Pod

If you are looking for natural and organic toys so gorgeous, you won’t want your child to put them away, check out the selection at Natural Pod. These toys are made from natural materials and promote open-ended play. Toddlers will enjoy the old-fashioned push and pull toys, like Baby Diva’s Elephant on Wheels. This toy is far larger and sturdier than it appears on the website. With oversized wheels, and an easy-to-grip ball for pulling, this … Read entire article »

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All the Children are Happy on this Planet

Most stores have categories of toys that include Dolls, Games and Puzzles, and Musical Instruments. Planet Happy Toys has those, too, but how about Organic, Fairly Traded, and Recycled? Or maybe you are especially concerned that the vinyl is Phthalate-Free? Baby Diva got her new Dancing Alligator Pull Toy by Plan Toys, and it is her new favorite. I’m glad to know, thanks to Planet Happy’s Toy Badges of Honor, that it is made from natural woods, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Developmental Toys, Featured Store, Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School)

Dolls, Plush Animals, and Other Cuddly Friends

When I was little I did not really play with dolls, but I had dozens of “stuffies,” plush animals that I brought into bed with me every night. Every little child should have a constant companion, a friend that is so much more than the sum of its stitches and fabric parts. We know that everyone has different taste, so please also check our Toys to Trust Guide for more tips and suggestions and browse the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gifts, Dolls, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School)

Win a Natural Pod $100 Gift Certificate

As we search for products for their families that are wholesome and natural, we also realize that we can reduce waste and simplify our lives. Just a few, heirloom quality toys can replace the clutter. Natural Pod offers parents toys and other products for daily living that stimulate the mind, while keeping your family safe. The eco-friendly selections are organic, durable, and simply beautiful, promoting both imaginative play and an appreciation for quality and beauty. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Health, Musical Toys, Safety, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School)

Retailers of Safe, Non-Toxic, Lead-Free Toys and Gifts

These are stores that take special care with selecting non-toxic toys and informing consumers about their items. We’ve been working on a guide of our favorite safe toy picks. We also know that everyone has different kids of various ages with their own individual interests and ideas about the perfect toy. So, we’ve put together a list of stores that are very selective about which products they carry. Whether you are looking for handcrafted toys, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gift Ideas, Gifts 2007, Health, Safety, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School)