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Age-Appropriate Toys and Play

Age-Appropriate Toys and Play

I just spent some time in NYC and it was part family vacation and part toy conferences. Included was a lunch at The Toy Association where we heard from ‘Safety Mom’, Joan Lawrence about toy safety standards. I share a lot of toy posts and videos on this blog and our social channels and after listening to the safety talk I felt it was worth it to take some time to share some toy safety information with you. Most of all you would need to know is available at The Toy Association website and in some of their online resource sites such as Genius of Play and a re-vamped toy safety site coming very soon!

I took in all the aspects of toy safety and two standards stuck out most that I will discuss! First, is toy storage! I have discussed the story of my cousin’s baby, Eddie who was in a drowning accident and is still suffering form the effects of his drowning.

When you have a pool, for instance, little ones are drawn to not only the water but the fun toys and balls around the pool. If those are left out, in or around the pool, the little ones will go after them all while forgetting the obvious such as not knowing how to swim or even noticing the barrier of water between them and the toy. This is the same for toys or bikes near a road. They become so tunnel vision around fun and play and may not notice the division between road and sidewalk or even forget that cars could be coming as they dart into the road for a toy or ball.

Moving indoors, you have fall and small parts issues. Properly storing indoor toys means avoiding tripping injuries, most of which happen to adults who fall over children toys. It is also worth noting that by properly storing the older kids toys helps keeps their smaller toys away from younger siblings who may not be at the proper age for that toy. This brings me to the second safety topic…

Age-appropriate recommendations on the toy packaging are for SAFETY! They are not about ability (per-say) or how smart you think your child is. It is an age printed on the packaging that has all the safety standards in mind. It may be due to sharp edges, moving parts, batteries or small magnets  that all pose dangers to smaller children.

So…follow the age-recommendations also found at Genius of Play from The Toy Association!

Birth to 6 Months: Remember that any toys should not be left in cribs or sleep areas. Also, once a child can pull to stand, all infant toys should be removed. As they grow stronger, these infant toys may give way under weight if used to pull up or break under stronger manipulation. Shop for toys with lights and sounds, colors: black and white or high contrast colors. Keep teething in mind with textured toys that may go into the mouth.

6-12 Months: Their motor skills are really taking off. Now they are ready for toys that stack, open & shut and even create banging noises. Once they start crawling, they love toys that move with them. This is the age to introduce their first ride-on that use their own feet to move. In the summer you can introduce the sandbox and bring out child-size table and chairs.

1-2 Years: They are always on the go now! Physical play that keeps them engaged is essential to keep them learning and growing. This is a fun age to introduce role-playing. Introduce them to puppets, toy kitchens, playhouses and some shape sorters and learning toys.

2 to 3 Years: Now they have gone from walking and running to climbing and jumping. Their eye hand-eye coordination skills are beginning to really excel and arts and crafts begin to be a fun new task at this age. Bring home the dolls and let’s start dressing and bathing them! They love balls and toys to chase at this age. Wagons and training bikes are great for outdoor play.

3 to 6 Years: Let the play dates begin (and sharing wars). So let’s find great group play toys at this age. From friends to active imaginations this opens up an entire realm of toy possibilities from age-appropriate board games, construction toys like larger Legos and Duplos and puzzles and non-toxic art supplies.

6 to 9 Years: They know everything now (well, if you ask them). Strategy and skill play is great at this age and there are so many STEM-inspired options these days. There are also fun classics for this age such as marble runs and kites for outdoor play. Find them arts and crafts sets, magic kits, building kits, action figures, bikes you can start to remove training wheels on, electronic games and more!

9-12 Years: With this being the top of the age scale it is very important to remember that by now (and even years earlier), they have toys with hazardous parts that may harm their young siblings! At this late age they have hobbies and enjoy crafts and building still at a more advanced level. Sports games and gear as well as strategy boards games and electronics are popular at this age. Just be careful about the electronics that connect them to the outside web world and maintain supervision.

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Building Toys For All Ages with Magformers Magnetic Construction Sets

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Building Toys For All Ages with Magformers Magnetic Construction Sets

If you have a young child you surely recognize these patrol pups! In the Nickelodeon line of Magformers there is the Paw Patrol 20 Piece Ready For Action Set. If your child is too young for this set aged 3 and older then Magformers has the Dolce plush line and for the older kids there are plenty of building sets aimed to challenge their creativity.

This Paw Patrol set has 14 magnetic pieces and 6 insertable character cards that can be combined in any piece for color and shape practice. These pieces really stick well as the magnet holds the characters together well for building up, down or side by side.  The magnets are Rare-Earth Neodymium for guaranteed connectivity.

It comes with a build booklet giving step-by-step instructions on building ideas to start their creative flow. Clean up is easy as they stack together and stay piled in the box or any way you wish to store.

This is the Magformers Dolce Cow for infants ages 0 months and older. There is so much happening with this toy. It comes with a ring so you can hang it from a seat, crib or stroller for play anywhere you go. It is sure to stimulate your child’s tactile and auditory senses.

The body is a soft velour with incorporated fabrics and even a teether tag. The feet crinkle, the colors are bright and there are click-clack sounds and squeaks.

These plush come in a few animal and character versions and are a great baby shower gift.

Find more sets for kids of all ages at Magformers and also find these at retailers like Amazon.

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Natural Baby Summer Essentials – Babyganics Giveaway

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Natural Baby Summer Essentials - Babyganics Giveaway

Sunscreen, swim diapers and insect sprays! Did I cover most of the the summer essentials for baby? Doesn’t bug spray and sunscreen sound scary when it comes to products you need to apply to baby’s skin? The chemicals and mists can’t be good. Babyganics was made to protect baby from harsh chemicals found in many essential products while also protecting them from the sun and bugs (it doesn’t hurt to lather up your own skin too because baby is as close to your skin as they are their own most of the day).

Babyganics asked if I would offer a giveaway to all of you and I was sure you would all love the chance to win your summer essentials. Products are available at Target stores near you.

Babyganics Sunscreens

  • All mineral sunscreens (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) & a combo of mineral & chemical sunscreens (zinc oxide, octisalate and titanium dioxide)
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  • Water resistant soft cover
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New Baby Toy: Gymotion® Robo Playland by Yookidoo

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New Baby Toy: Gymotion® Robo Playland by Yookidoo

Do you know what is better than a new toy? A new toy that is portable and grows with Baby! Yookidoo did this one right with the Gymotion® Robo Playland. There is so much we love about this set and it is being gifted to friends that just had a little boy. From the colors to the design and portability, this play set if a fantastic gift for new parents!

This adorable dog above is not attached meaning he can be carried around. With a crinkle texture inside to the colors and fun design he is the perfect little toy when you have to pack up but your child isn’t ready to stop playing.

Mirrors and clip toys offer a lot of fun too. Again, I like that there are clip toys you can transfer to car seats and strollers.

How cute is she? I am loving the colors so much. She is portable too.

Here is the sound of the toy. This car goes back and forth on its track and is a lot of fun for the growing baby and toddler.

Did I mention the portability? Just fold up with all inside, pull the velcro strap over and you can take it to go. Yookidoo toys like this are available on Amazon.

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Hanwha Techwin Wisenet Baby View Eco Monitor – Review

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The Hanwha Techwin Wisenet Baby View Eco Monitor is a wireless video baby monitor full of features that can be used for more than just baby. I do not even have an infant or a toddler in my home but I use one in our upstairs games room. I’ll explain why in this review. Wisenet is a line of Hanwha Techwin security products from home security to baby monitors. The Baby View is a line of these Wisenet monitors and the Eco refers to a power saving function on this unit you can enable with a click of the mode button.

Before you think that these monitors have too many icons and features on the screen it is actually more simple than it appears. To use the monitor can be unplugged and moved around as long as it has its charge and there is a battery indicator right on the upper corner of the screen. The camera has a straight line 900 foot range and mine is flawless in another level and opposite end of our 2700 square foot home. The camera has to be plugged in at all times and if it becomes unplugged the monitor will beep at you.

You can also change brightness and volume with one touch on the controls. Our youngest is 9 and his game room is upstairs and the other end of our main living area. It is such a pain to walk up and down the stairs reminding him it’s shower time or dinner time. Not only can I keep an eye on him and when friends are over and up there, I can press one button and he can hear my commands very clearly. Even at 9, these are great to just keep an extra eye and ear out for what they are watching and playing on the TV screens in another part of the house.

There are two push buttons on the monitor for turning on the lullaby and white noise sounds. Their are 4 built-in lullabies and 3 white noise options. The second push is a talk button so you can talk 2-way. You can always hear what is happening near the camera, but they cannot hear you until you hold that button intercom style.

I cannot think of a feature this one does not have. Now, Wisenet does sell baby monitors that you can view from remote locations and this one is not that type. This would be for Mom and Dad or Caregiver at home needing extra eyes on their babies- small and big!