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Category Archives: Infant Toys

Sticking together

Ever since I became a parent, and up to this day, Tiny Love remains one of my very favorite infant toy companies. I will never forget the day when, shortly after coming home from the hospital with my first, my husband set up the Tiny Love mobile we received as a baby gift. As my daughter lay on her back ... Read More »

Baby Go Round

When it comes to encouraging a baby to partake in tummy time, anything goes. Most babies really hate being stuck on their bellies, but it’s really important to help them develop all the muscles they’ll need to sit and crawl. So there are dozens of good products on the market designed to make tummy time more palatable, and therefore more ... Read More »

Playing Circus

Manhattan Toy, famous for such bestselling classics as the Whoozit and Groovy Girls, has just released a line of toys inspired by Cirque du Soleil. As you might expect, they are colorful, whimsical, bizarrely named and, in some cases, wired to bend with seemingly infinite flexibility. At first glance, I wasn’t swept off my feet by the creativity of the ... Read More »

Squishy towers

Edublocks have been a fixture in our store’s playscape since we first opened in 2004. The set of giant, foam Lego-style blocks are probably the only toy that has survived two years of unmitigated abuse at the hands of our littlest customers. But they are very expensive, and despite their popularity, we don’t sell too many of them. Now, I ... Read More »

Rub a dub dub – design for the tub

Thanks to Boon, the creative engine behind the Frog Pod and the Potty Bench, your nightly bath time experience can be further enhanced with a whimsical collection of bathtub toys. The set includes 15 colorful, amorphous foam appliqués that stick to the wall and tub when they’re wet, two mini-scrubbies, and three balls. It’s unusual to find bath toys that ... Read More »

Driven to distraction

When I had my first baby, I dreaded car trips like nothing else. Especially if I was driving. It felt like I was transporting a ticking time bomb, and if she exploded into tears, I was assured of a near nervous breakdown (or collision). I would desperately try to soothe her from the front seat while keeping an eye on ... Read More »

A magical DVD concept

Philosophically, many parents differ when it comes to babies and TV. I have friends on both sides of the issue, and I’ve always taken a middle-of-the-road stance myself. When I was a stay-at-home mom, having a half-hour to check my e-mail, cook dinner or read a magazine was a wonderful luxury, and if Baby Einstein could facilitate that, great. But ... Read More »