Archive for Toddler Product

A Glowing Review for the Global Glowball

When the box with the B. Toys logo arrived at our front step the other day, the boys and I were elated.  We have a ton of B. Toys (B. Wheeee-ls, B. Zany Zoo, B. Doctor to name a few), and they never fail to entertain us.  Well, B. Toys has done it again (and this one just might be our favorite of all time).

The Global Glowball is a globe, it’s a nightlight, it’s a music player, and it’s a ball.  Each of the continents can be pushed to play music, or you can use the compass-dial to select music, music and lights, or just lights.  If you want to use the Global Glowball as a nightlight, then select lights and it will rotate through all of the continents with a subtle, colorful, and beautiful glow.  Or, you can select music and lights to receive a 20-minute musical tour of the world as colorful lights glow on and off to the tempos! As usual, B. Toys has thought of everything.  There is a volume control, and the “B” can be pushed to stop the music and lights at any time (they suggest global freeze tag…not a bad idea)!

 

Designed for kids ages 8 months and up, the Global Glowball even comes with a little booklet that describes each of the songs that are played.  Perhaps, we could suspend our own notions about each continent, and allow our children to enjoy the cultural differences of others.  Perhaps, we could enjoy a little “African Sunshine” or “Banjo Matilda.”  My kids love the “Music from the Ice” that plays from Antartica!  They are excited to hear the penguins, wind, and ocean sounds.  The Global Glowball has even been known to take up residence at our dinner table to give us “mood music.”

 

CW and MD are still fighting over who gets to play with the Global Glowball (maybe I should order another).  CW (nearly 5) asks probing questions about each of the continents, the types of music, and what the terrain is like.  MD (nearly 2), on the other hand, loves to make the music start and stop, dance to the beats, and roll the globe around.  Luckily, it is made with just that kind of play in mind (it is both sturdy and fun)!

 

And, for the parents, you can be satisfied that you have bought a B. Toy which represents the world accurately, and is also made with the world in mind.  All B. Toys are packaged in 100% recyclable/reusable materials!  So, you can save the planet while you play!

 

Buy one.  Or two.  It is a learning tool disguised as a fun ball!  Your kids will love it, and so will you!

photo10 150x150 Nine Naturals: Pampering for Pregnancy and BeyondKristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and little brother MD.

Thanks to B. Toys for sending Kristin and her boys the Global Glowball  to review.  As always, all opinions are Kristin’s alone and weren’t influenced by anyone.

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Because Raffie Really Needs a Bath

A few years ago I posted a video about lovies.  About how essential they are.  How snuggly and wonderful.  How even grown ups need something to cuddle.

So…cut to five years later.  Man oh man do those lovies need a bath.  And so do the stuffed rabbits. And stuffed monsters.  And of course the teddy bears.  Because not only do those animals get dragged through the mud.  Turns out they are absolutely crawling, quite literally, with bacteria and dust mites.  Have I mentioned the fact that I’m a raging germaphobe.  Ew.

So now.  More than ever.  Teddy really needs a bath. So a mom invented a special stuffed animal washer/dryer bag to do just that.  Teddy Needs a Bath is high-quality, large, eco-friendly cotton bag designed to help busy Mamas restore those nasty old animals to their fresh-off-the-shelf glory.  Now, many of your toys may say “surface wash only” on the care tags.  But the Teddy Needs a Bath bag protects your animal and your washer.  How does it work?  Put Teddy in the bag, zip it up and wash on gentle with mild soap (take out any sound devices or boxes before you do this!).  Then when it’s done, just pop the bag right in the dryer on low and Teddy comes out clean and fluffed dry!  Be aware that Teddy may need a few rounds in the dryer to get him totally dry, but boy is he warm and cuddly when he emerges!

I received a Teddy Needs a Bath sample at Toy Fair.  And one of the features that the lovely woman I spoke with touted, was that the Teddy Needs a Bath bag, combined with the cute board book, gets kids excited about participating in washing their stuffed animals and lovies.  I was skeptical.  Though my kid has a penchant for cleaning that would rival June Cleaver, she has always seemed worried in the past when I put her beloved “Raffie” in the old washer for a bath.  Pretty sure it’s because she thinks he will come to life at night and will complain about the procedure to all of his friends.

Well, no joke, when I showed Bean the special Teddy Needs a Bath bag, the book and the cotton candy scented dryer sheets (oh yeah you heard me), she immediately went into her room and started searching through her animals to determine who was the most in need of a wash.  It absolutely worked.  The animals came out clean and fresh and completely unscathed by the whole process.  And I especially love how the zipper tucks under a small elastic band so even it won’t bang up the inside of your washer.

And how did the animals enjoy it?  Well, guess you’ll just have to ask them…when they come to life in the middle of the night.

You can buy all the Teddy Needs a Bath product online at their website or at our affiliate Amazon.com.

Thanks to Teddy Needs a Bath for the bag, book and dryer sheets to try out!

 

 

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Home Grown Super Heroes for Your Kiddos


The question really seems to be, how had I NOT heard of Super Sprowtz before I discovered them at Toy Fair a few weeks ago!? The Super Sprowtz are in our classrooms, in an app, on the television, on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, even on TV in New York City cabs, and they are on a super hero’s mission: to use the educational power of media to help children learn about nutrition, wellness and the environment!  Now that’s a mission Babies Gotta Have It can squarely get behind!

I walked away from Toy Fair with an adorable plush Suzy Sweet Pea puppet which Bean has taken to both animating and using as a pillow. And also the Super Sprowtz Origins: Picture/Adventure Book which traces the beginnings of the Super Sprotwz as they transformed from well-nurtured rooftop garden vegetables to actual super heroes on a quest to defeat Pompous Pollution.  The story is unique and whimsical, the book is made in the USA of 30% post-consumer waste and the art is a beautiful.  It looks like a combination of a dark and gritty super-hero comic and a fairy tale–just right.

Look, nutritional education is getting the short end of the stick in our schools.  But in some ways, helping our children choose what to eat, where to get that food, and how to care for this Earth that nourishes our food sources, is just as important as Math and Reading.  And I applaud initiatives like Super Sprowtz that are out there presenting nutrition education in a fun, accessible and vibrant way using every media available.  And even for those of us who consider ourselves kinda snotty, local sourcing, farmers-market, composting foodies…well I need help encouraging my kid to choose more colorful, healthy foods.  Her school is about to start a school lunch program and the choice of what she eats for lunch will be up to her.  I hope, that when it’s time to pick what she puts on her little tray, that the image of Suzy Pea’s smiling face may come to her mind, and she may mix a little green in there with the beige.

A lifetime of healthy eating habits starts young.  How many of us had to un-learn the habits we picked up in the high school cafeteria?  Let’s start our kids out right.  So check out the Super Sprowtz website for fun activities, recipes, games, videos and more.  And make a commitment today to make healthy eating fun for your kids.

Super Sprowtz! That’s something babies definitely gotta have.

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Little Children Big Challenges – Sesame Street Takes on Divorce

 

Did you know that Abby Cadabby’s parents are divorced?  They are.  You won’t hear about it on “Sesame Street”, but Sesame Workshop has created a thoughtful and comprehensive guide for parents to help you help your child through divorce.  Little Children Big Challenges: Divorce is just one of many tool kits that Sesame Street has put together online to offer help to families during particularly challenging situations.  And like all of the materials created by Sesame Street, it is a rich resource for families and caregivers dealing with the difficult transitions that divorce presents.

The Little Children Big Challenges: Divorce tool kit offers videos featuring some of your favorite Sesame Street characters, songs, printable activities, printable tip sheets for parents and caregivers, and a downloadable storybook called “Two Hug Day.”  “Two Hug Day” deals sensitively with the feelings that may arise in kids on days when they switch from Mommy to Daddy’s house, or vice versa. Two-Hug days.

Divorce will ultimately impact 40% of children.  We all will, at some point, encounter children who are moving through this difficult transition–be they our own kids, our relatives, or our children’s friends.  And at any moment we may be called upon to help a kid negotiate a challenging emotion or situation.  It’s just good to know that we aren’t alone in these tough times.  That there are resources available to help us help our children.  And that those resources come from someone as trustworthy, smart and thoughtful as Sesame Street.  Sesame Workshop even has created a Divorce App (available for both iPhone and Android devices), because goodness knows those difficult questions can arise anywhere from in the car to at the ball field and beyond.  These resources are designed for families with children ages 2 – 8, are completely free, and can be accessed on the Sesame Street website here.

Thank you Sesame Street.  Your partnership in life’s difficult transition is something that families definitely gotta have.

I attended a panel discussion at Sesame Workshop this week and received two Little Children Big Challenges: Divorce kits containing a Sesame Street DVD, A Guide for Parents and Caregivers, and a copy of the  “Two-Hug Day” story book.  I will happily mail these to the first two readers who request them.  Please leave a comment on this post if you would like one and I’ll email you for your address. 

 

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Three Bugs Since December Twelfth

Three bugs since December twelfth.  The first struck the night we went to see the Rockettes.  The second struck on New Years Eve (and was diagnosed as a double ear infection on my birthday).  The third hit on Friday night.  While she was still on antibiotics for the ear infections. This is the outfit she put together for a quick run to Starbucks this afternoon.  Some kind of a jaunt to break up twelve hours in a New York City apartment.  I particularly like the crocs and pompom hat combo.

Blame it on worst cold and flu season in recent memory.  Or on global warming–everyone knows these crazy warm-ups in the middle of winter makes everyone get sick.  Well, that’s what my grandmother would say anyway. When Bean gets the crud, it goes right to her chest.  Hello TB ward cough. And then it lasts for a month. And I hate sending her to school sounding like that.

Many cold and cough medicines for children have been taken off the market due to safety concerns.  But not, I was so happy to discover, the all-natural home remedies for cough by Matys.  So what’s so good about all-natural? As the Matys website says:

We at Maty’s are unearthing the age-old tradition of all-natural remedies, good for the body and the environment. We have carefully crafted safe, all-natural treatments for your child–and for you! With our products you can be sure that you are getting the finest, most effective ingredients without any dangerous side effects. Let us provide you with the remedy, all you add is your healing touch.

Sounds good to me!

We were sent the All Natural Baby Chest Rub to try out.  How shall I put this…I was hoping we wouldn’t have the opportunity to review this product this winter.  Heh.  I used it tonight (the third night in a row) to soothe the Bean to sleep.  This healthy alternative to Vick’s contains no menthol, no petroleum, no drugs. It has a lovely lavender and chamomile fragrance.  And I feel like it just soothes her to sleep when I rub it on her chest and back–almost like a massage oil.

I bought the Matys All Natural Cough Syrup (for children ages 1 and older) with buckwheat honey for the Bean to try.  First and foremost–she loves the flavor.  I tasted it.  It’s like apple pie on a spoon.  My mother has often touted buckwheat honey as a natural cough remedy.  It is not a miracle cure, but I do feel like it calms her.  She’s sleeping right now, having taken a dose right before bed, and I’ve only heard her cough once since I started writing this post.  Buckwheat honey is anti-oxidant rich, effective as a boost to respiratory function, and helpful for promoting a good night’s sleep.  For Mama and kiddo.

All natural delicious and safe cold remedies.  That’s something Mama’s and Baby’s definitely gotta have.

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New Year – Old Post

Happy New Year! A week or so late.

As 2012 ends and we roll in a year whose date is so completely unimaginable we must be living in some future sci-fi world (2013? Really?  Two thousand thirteen?), I’m feeling a little sentimental.  Post-holiday blues? Sure.  But as I see my wee one return skipping to Kindergarten I know there’s no going back.  She’s a big girl now.

And so, while I wait for the to phone summon me to an audition for yet another feminine products commercial or one-liner on a cable series… (Did I mention I will indeed be saying one line as a waitress on “The Big C” in season 4?  Yuppers.  Don’t think I can reveal the whole thing but suffice it to say I do utter the word “cheesecake” to Oliver Platt) …so during this down time, I’ve been browsing my old videos.

I’m keeping track of what’s on the market and there are so many great new baby products out there.  But lots of the must-have’s we reviewed and loved are still baby registry gold.  I thought I’d share a few of my favorites in the weeks to come.

So here, for your viewing pleasure…”Because Labor Was Back-Breaking Enough…The Ergo Baby Carrier.” Yay for baby carrying.  Oh how I wish I still could!

Enjoy!

 

 

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Stuff Your Kids’ Stockings With Stories – Because Reading Rocks

Do not underestimate the power of storytelling.

In addition to performing, I am proud to have been an artist educator for many years.  I’ve worked with companies that have brought live theater to thousands of kids who would otherwise never have been exposed to it.  And over the years I have continued to be amazed at the way well-told stories can grab a child’s attention.  Even in these days of the Nintendo DS and iPod Touch, kids can get wrapped up in a simple story that sparks their imaginations.  Just this week a theater company I am a member of has been performing a story-theater style piece about Greek Mythology at Lincoln Center.  I have seen, with my own eyes, city kids sitting on the edges of their seats…to watch three actors, several funny wigs and a bamboo staff weave the tales of the Cyclops and the story of Echo.  I have to remind myself of this often.

My daughter responded similarly to Johnette Downing’s wonderful new CD, “Reading Rocks.”  This innovative new album is the singer/songwriter/childrens book author’s first to combine spoken word with music, and it’s a delight.  Downing’s CD interweaves readings from five of her picture books with eleven new songs that range in style from bluegrass to rock.  She’s based in New Orleans and the varied musical influences of that city ooze out of every lyric and line.  My little one was caught up in the CD when we listened to it….asking me questions and singing along.  Amazing, the power of a story. Be it set to music or simply read.

Much like the Greek Myths, many of the stories in “Reading Rocks” cleverly explain natural phenomena.  Stories like “Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud” or “Why The Possum Has a Large Grin.”  Kids love these tales.

So this holiday season…maybe think about stuffing the stockings with stories.  Pick up a copy of “Reading Rocks” on Johnette Downing’s website or at our affiliate Amazon.com.

Your kids will be glad you did.

 

I received a copy of “Reading Rocks” for purposes of review.  As always all opinions are strictly my own and in no way influenced by anyone else. 

 

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Baby & Toddler Holiday Gift Guide – Let’s Have a Green Christmas Giveaway!

Following on the heels of Kristin’s great Holiday Gift Guide chock full of green and eco-friendly toys for boys, allow me to offer some of my favorite earth-friendly toys for babies and toddlers this year.  And there are so many wonderful, affordable options!  Let’s face it, these earth-friendly toys just are cooler than lots of traditional playthings.  And cool toys make a cool nursery.  Or living room.  Or any room in the house where they take up residence.  Order one or two of these picks online or consider a trip to your local independent toy shop and have fun shopping!

Discoveroo Wooden Windmill Stackeroo Stacking Toy – Discoveroo was established by a mother and father team in Sydney Australia with the objective of making high quality wooden toys more accessible to families and children all over the world.  Made from 100% Plantation Woods, Discoveroo products are rigorously tested and certified compliant with every country where they are sold.  I saw this stacker at Toy Fair this past year and just loved it!  For babies ages 18 months and up it’s a really unique and beautiful stacking toy.

Wishbone Flip 3-in-1 Rock and Roll Toy – I saw a lot of cool riding toys at Toy Fair this year, but the Flip by Wishbone really caught my eye.  This unique toy for kids ages 1 – 5 transforms from a rocker to a roller or walker in seconds with its innovative flipping mechanism.  Wishbone walks the walk when it comes to social, ethical and environmental sustainability. Their toys have won green awards and they are a certified carboNZero organization.  And this toy, quite literally, rocks.  Very cool.

Manny & Simon Giraffe Push Toy – I love giraffes.  I love giraffe toys.  This adorable push toy for babies ages 6 months and up is made of recycled wood in a factory in Southern California.  Check out the entire line of adorable Manny & Simon toys, as well as their super-cute and funky hand-screened printed onesies and bibs.

Buddy Blocks by BeginAgainBeginAgain is a Colorado-based toy company committed to making toys that “inspire kids to draw, build, explore, tell stories, play games, and ultimately save the day.”  Part of their mission statement is “Don’t make a mess”, and to that end they work to remove the oil from play and use plant-based materials.  I love this puzzle block set for toddlers.  It’s 1 1/4″ size blocks are perfect for little hands and the graphics are charming.

Sophie Giraffe Teething Toy – Did I mention I’m fond of giraffes?  Sophie Giraffe by Vulli is now so famous she has her own website.  And rightly so.  Created in 1961 by a French company (of course) Sophie is still made in the exact same manner from 100% natural rubber derived by tree sap.  Look into those big brown eyes and try to resist.  I dare you.  Ages 0 – 12 months.

Organic Sensory Ribbon Lovey by Sweetbug Studio – You know I can’t have a baby gift guide without including something handmade from Etsy.  I absolutely love the organic lovies and organic baby blankets from SweetBug Studio Etsy’s shop.  There are lots of lovies on Etsy so browse around, but you won’t find anyone with cuter fabrics than Kristin of SweetBug Studio.  Affordable, adorable, and available with matching burp cloths.

Whether they are organic and handmade or wooden and social conscious, consider eco-friendly baby and toddler Christmas gifts this year…yeah that’s something that babies definitely gotta have.

Because it’s cold and rainy and snowy in New York today and I’m listening to my holiday Pandora station…I’m going to host a giveaway!  We Mamas want more green and eco-friendly baby products.  And Disney Baby is listening!  They have partnered with MiYim and My Natural to make a line of natural cotton super-soft, absolutely adorable plush toys…and I’m giving away three!  Included in this sweet gift box are a Pooh teether and rattle (My Natural), a little plush Piglet with a soft stroller or crib attachment(My Natural), and an Eeyore lovey (MiYim).  All three are velvety soft and all-natural and ready to be wrapped up and placed under your tree!

To Enter the Disney Baby Giveaway:

  • MANDATORY ENTRY #1: Leave a comment on this post sharing your very favorite holiday gift as a child.  What thrilled you the most when you unwrapped it on that special day. Entering is that easy!

***Want bonus chances to win? After you have made your first entry as described above, do anything listed below and leave me additional comments for each one letting me know what you did!  Maximum of  5 entries per person.

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Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S.  addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins Tuesday November 27th and ends on Tuesday December 11th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. Very soon after,  Random.org will select the winner and  I’ll email them immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. This giveaway has absolutely no affiliation with Facebook in any way.  Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!

Update!  We have a winner!  Random.org says “ 214″ – Congratulations Brynn!  Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

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Boys Gotta Have It – Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays everyone!  Babies Gotta Have It’s very own resident boy expert Kristin has compiled her picks for terrific, eco-friendly gifts for boys this holiday season.  With the effects of Sandy still being felt very strongly here on the East Coast, toys that don’t harm the environment are at the top of our lists this year!  Enjoy!

 

I would like to start this off by wishing everyone a happy holiday season!  Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, this list is full of great gift ideas for the whole year! And, we at Babies Gotta Have It love to focus on eco-friendly products, so I would like to point you in the direction of a number of great toy manufacturers who are committed to saving our planet.

 

First, Green Toys has developed an amazing line of classic children’s toys made from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials! Plus, you will love that all Green Toys products are 100% made in the United States! Less transportation also equals less energy!  So, if you’re looking for a great selection of green toys, here are just a few of our favorites.  Green Toys Dump Truck, Green Toys Flatbed Truck and Race Car, or Green Toys Recycling Truck are great for those boys who love their vehicles (and they are SUPER STURDY)!  Or, if you want to encourage your kids to get some exercise, make it fun with the Green Toys Jump Rope.

 

Second, B. Toys is by far one of my favorite companies.  Their colors are a little crazy, their packaging is completely recyclable (and not ridiculously unnecessary), and their toys are absolutely the ones my kids come back to time after time.  I won’t bore you with the entire list, but our favorites in this house (and ones that we love to gift to others) include:  One Two Squeeze Blocks are soft blocks for stacking, throwing, squeezing, and floating (great for any age); B. Woofer Guitar comes with a volume knob (Hallelujah!), twenty sing-along favorites, and three play modes; B. Doctor is not your average doctor’s kit, but it still includes all the necessities like a stethoscope, syringe, and blood pressure cuff; and our absolute favorite, the B. Zany Zoo.  Both of my children have played with the B. Zany Zoo.  In fact, we keep it in our bathroom so that we can get ready in the morning without having to police the boys.  They both still love it (at 4 and 1), and there are so many amazing parts to it, that they rediscover something new all the time!  Seriously, I cannot praise B. Toys enough…we are buying MD a few new B. Toys this year for Christmas (now, if only I could choose)!

If you have been looking for a set of blocks for your child, there are a number of great eco-friendly choices out there!  I like Uncle Goose Wooden ABC Blocks because they are made in the USA, and because they are hand manufactured.

 

For more wooden toy, eco-friendly options, go to Maxim Toys.  All of their packaging is made using recycled cardboard and printed with all-natural soy ink.  The toys are made using wood from renewable forests and recycled rubber wood, and the paints on them are water color based that contain less chemicals!  To start, check out the Noah’s Ark Ever Earth Eco Friendly Wooden Toy and the Maxim EverEarth Work Bench.

While all Wonderworld toys are made in Thailand, they are committed to using only renewable materials such as rubber wood and tree sap.  Wonderworld designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes eco-friendly toys like this Hopping Bunny Walker for ages 11-24 months.

 

Another great company, Hape International, is the largest producer of wooden toys in the world!  They use bamboo because it is a renewable resource, and they attempt to minimize their environmental impact by analyzing their energy consumption and packaging options.  We have the Pound and Tap Bench and the Pull-Along Turtle Sorter.  MD can’t get enough of either one.  Both boys would enjoy the Park ‘N’ Go Garage or the E-Copter Bamboo Helicopter (I actually just purchased this for MD).

Although I’m new to Sprig Toys, they are committed to creating eco-friendly kid-powered toys!  And, I am always happy to encourage action-packed play!  Check out the Side Kick Vehicle.

 

I would be remiss not to mention Plan Toys, as they are the first company in the world to manufacture wooden toys using the renewable resource of rubber wood, and they are working to create a new process to minimize waste and energy consumption.  If you have a musically minded tot, you will love the PlanToys Musical Band.  If your boys are into vehicles of all sorts, look at the City series, including the City Series Airport or the Road System Deluxe.

 

Join me this year and attempt to buy more eco-friendly toys for your children.  Help them enjoy the planet for years to come by teaching them about the impact of reusable, renewable resources!  Happy shopping!

photo10 150x150 Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case: Protection from Our Hurricane Kristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and new baby brother MD.

As always, all opinions are Kristin’s and her boys’ and were not influenced by anyone. Babies Gotta Have It is an Amazon affiliate.

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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case: Protection from Our Hurricane

There was a hurricane a few weekends ago, in case you missed it.  In the midst of imminent power outages and high winds and torrential rain, we headed west to attend my grandmother’s funeral.  Not great timing.  But, it did put my husband and kids at my in-laws’ house…a bit farther from the main part of the storm (although still in the rain and wind area).  What is one to do on a 3-hour car ride with a toddler and a 4 year old who have been cooped up inside for a couple of days already?  Movies?  iPad games?  Yes and yes.

 

Our 16 month old really likes the iPad, but he has not figured out how to navigate around like my 4 year old.  CW can play a multitude of games (mostly academic) all by himself.  MD, on the other hand, gets frustrated and throws the iPad across the car.  Luckily, earlier last week, we received the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case for iPad! If you have an iPad and you allow your children to use it, this is a MUST HAVE!!  The case comes with teething rings on one part (which my kids no longer need, but the handle is nice), rubberized corners, a screen protector, and a home-button blocker!!!  So, if you want to control what apps your child is playing, you place the iPad in so that he cannot push the home button and go back to the main screen.  If, as in the case of CW, you know he is fine to select his own games, then you rotate the iPad so that the home button is accessible (it’s still protected by the screen protector, but even little fingers can press it).  Oh, and did I mention that it has durable “easel-like” feet so that baby doesn’t have to hold the iPad, but instead he can prop it up on the floor!

 

The case is a complete iPad saver!  Not only does it protect the iPad from those grubby and sticky fingers, it allows MD to play safely on it without me worrying that he’s deleting our address book.  It also (as we found out) does a decent job of protecting the iPad from rain and falls from the car (when we arrived to eat, the iPad launched out the door and into a puddle…completely unscathed, although I would not suggest trying it).  Phew!

Put this case on your Christmas list, or don’t wait another second and order one today.  It is worth the $26.  Protect your iPad (compatible with iPad 1 or 2) with the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case.

photo10 150x150 Adventure on the Risky Rails with Thomas & FriendsKristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and new baby brother MD.

Kristin and her boys received the Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case for purposes of review.  As always, all opinions are Kristin’s and her boys’ and were not influenced by anyone. Babies Gotta Have It is an Amazon affiliate.


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