Infants

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What's in the Box?
Posted: 2012-09-27 13:52:25


Chances are the rattling paper and easy to grab boxes will fascinate baby as much as anything you bring home. Does that mean toys are a waste? Not at all. Just keep in mind that most toys will have a short shelf life and... Click here for toys that will be as good as the wrappings.

Toys That Empower Your Baby and Toddler
Tags: Making things happen, cause and effect, babies, toddlers
Posted: 2012-09-27 13:45:21 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Lots of toys for babies and toddlers are designed for parent child interaction. The playful moments between parent and child are part of the fun as well as learning. Toys that involve children with little lessons in cause and effect are often the most interesting playthings they return to again and again, until they have mastered them with some independence. These are toys that call upon developing dexterity, memory and the excitement of making things happen. Here are a few choices that empower children to make something happen.

Books With Playful Connections
Tags: award winners
Posted: 2012-02-04 13:03:19 By: Joanne Oppenheim

We're delighted to announce the Read It! Play It! Award Winners for 2012. Books are a perfect springboard for inspiring creative games and craft activities. These titles best lend themselves to word games, dramatic play, story telling and art. Congratulations to the award winners!  Click here to see the books and games to play with the first of our Read It! Play It! Winners for 2012.

Tags: Toys Under $20
Posted: 2011-11-02 12:51:25

Our list is full of fun games, activities, dolls, and other fun props for play. Here are 20 of our favorites for this year. Click here to read the reviews

For Every Age
Tags: classics, blue chip
Posted: 2011-11-03 09:55:55 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Every year we see a lot of toys that are "refreshed" with just enough tweeking to make them feel almost new. We sometimes forget that to kids most things are new. It would be a shame if kids missed out on building blocks or crayons or trucks, just because they weren't invented yesterday.  Don't be afraid to bring home some of the favorites you played with not so-o-o-o long ago. Here is a short list of some of this year's Blue Chip list.

Tags: Awards, Today Show
Posted: 2012-08-13 07:40:33 By: by Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim

Stephanie on Today 2011 The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2011 Platinum Award winners were announced on the Today Show on September 27th.  Watch Stephanie here.

 

We're delighted to announce the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards for 2011. (Click here to see complete list of award winners.) We congratulate the toy companies and their designers for producing award-winning products that engaged and entertained our toy testers. As always, we thank our dedicated family testers (all over the country) who take our process to heart.  Once we have looked at toys in terms of whether they work, are fun, and are developmentally appropriate - the toys are then sent out to families for their feedback. These families join us in our mission: to take the guesswork out of finding quality playthings that will entertain your kids. With budgets tighter than ever, we know that no one wants to bring home a toy that is a waste of time or money.  For those of you just discovering us, you should know that we do not take fees from toy companies. This has allowed us to be able to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly in toyland.  You can click on the 2011 Award Page to view all of our winners including Platinum, Gold, Blue Chip and SNAP (Special Needs Adaptable Product) Awards.  

  - All our best, Joanne & Stephanie

Posted: 2012-08-13 07:38:37 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Every year, as we look at the best toys for all kids, we keep our eyes open for toys that would be especially useful for children with Special Needs. Click here for our SNAP AWARDS 2011 List.  

Tags: Hot toys, high tech toys, iphones, apps, Fisher-Price
Posted: 2011-03-30 12:05:45

We wondered how the toy industry was going to respond to this new category of game play for the toddler/preschooler set...Read Stephanie's Blog's for the latest gadgets on the horizon. Here's one of the less expensive accessories that may save your iPhone from sippy cup damage! Fisher-Price's Laugh & Learn I Can Play Case.

Does Your Vertical Baby Have These?
Tags: crawling, making things happen, teething, cause and effect
Posted: 2013-04-23 10:09:42 By: Joanne Oppenheim

In a matter of months they learn to turn over, sit up, and before long work at crawling and pulling themselves upright. Now, instead of just watching and listening, the sitting up infant is ready to take hold of things and pass them from hand to hand. Toys are not just for gazing at any longer. They need to be tasted, tossed, banged, and examined from every angle. Babies continue to learn through all their senses. For your baby there is real excitement and a new-found sense of power in being able to make things happen. They are beginning to get a sense of cause and effect and thier own active part in that equation. Do they need all of these? No, but here are some good choices.  Click here for several basic learning tools your vertical baby needs:

Does Your Baby Have These?
Posted: 2013-04-23 10:07:23 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Basic Gear for Horizontal Babies

People often ask us just what kinds of toys new babies need. With so many choices it's hard for new parents and grandparents to know the basic gear from the glut of merchandise that only adds to the clutter in the nursery. To choose toys that really make a difference you need to think of a baby's developmental style of learning.  It's through their eyes, ears, nose, mouths, fingers and toes that infants begin to explore and interact with people and things. For the early months, bring home a variety of playthings that stimulate their senses. Some of these are tried and true classics while others are new or updates of classics.  Click here for basic gear your horizontal baby needs:

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  • Developmentally, babies learn from active, real-life experiences rather than being 'plugged in' to passively watching others at such an early age. We believe a mirror would be more interactive and age-apropriate than a video screen. Reading books and talking about pictures, or interacting as you sing songs and recite rhymes, will do more to build language than plugging them into the TV to look at pretty pictures with music. For kids under two (and for all kids), less is more! We are delighted that the American Pediatric Association has agreed with our position.

 

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