Fun Choices for Babies & Toddlers
Posted: 2011-12-09 09:27:13
By: Joanne Oppenheim
Finding great toys that your baby or toddler will really enjoy can be challenging. The key is to find toys that really fit where they are developmentally-- not an easy trick!
The good news is that so many new and wonderful products are arriving every day! So if you are shopping for a shower gift for the new baby, gifts for their first holiday season, a treat for you sitting up baby, or engaging toys for your up and on the go toddler, have a look at some of the new top rated choices.Click here to see our list.
Posted: 2011-02-10 17:04:37
Of the dozens of books that recently arrived at our office, here are some gems that are truly memorable. Books that you won' t mind reading and re-reading again and again! Click here to read our reviews.
First Books for Baby & Toddlers
Posted: 2010-03-05 04:23:16
By: Joanne Oppenheim
Choosing books to read to babies just got a lot easier. Many classics have been reissued in sturdy board book formats. Some, such as Helen Oxenbury's Baby Love, have been made smaller to fit into little hands. Others, like Karen Katz's Where is Baby's Bellybutton?, have been reissued in a larger format that just seems to singó read it again! Here are some favorite blue chips as well as some new titles...
Huggables, Trucks and Radios, oh my!
Posted: 2010-01-11 08:25:54
It used to be a huge stretch to come up with our green list. Happily, that's no longer the case. Toy makers are responding to consumer demand for green products for their kids. We have rejected many of the "good-for-you-but-looks-sad" green toys...you know the ones - they're very muted in color or made from material that may be climate friendly, but you really don't want to cuddle up with! We are particularly thrilled with the 100% recycled trucks from both Sprig Toys and Green Toys, the gorgeous Plan Toys Green Dollhouse (complete with solar panels) and the ever so huggable dolls from blablakids.com and Fair Indigo. Congrats to all our winners!!
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:44:45
Stephanie's segment on the TODAY SHOW
Posted: 2011-04-02 15:04:10
Stephanie appeared this morning on the Today Show with Natalie Morales and shared some of the year's best educational toys that help build important skills - featuring products from Lego, Blue Orange Games, Playmobil, Leapfrog, Silver Dolphin, Eeboo, I Can Do That Games, Briarpatch, Gamewright and Citiblocks.
You can watch her here! The full article with details on all the products she demonstrated can be found at our site.
A conversation with Jodi Norgaard, Founder of Dream Big Toy Company
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:43:59
By: by Stephanie Oppenheim
As part of our new Meet the Toy Makers series, we turned our attention to the land of dolls...
Jodi Norgaard recently launched Dream Big Toy Company (a great name!)...so we asked her about her journey... and how she came to create a fun line of dolls called Go! Go! Sports Dolls. Read the interview.
As Featured on the TODAY Show
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:42:07
By: Stephanie Oppenheim
Whether you have a crawling baby or a video game addicted tween, it's important to carve out space where you get to play together! As silly as it sounds, with everyone's busy schedules play time often gets taken off the "to do" list. While we spend so much time making sure that everyone is doing all their "work"...the time we spend laughing with our kids is just as important.
Posted: 2009-09-03 12:59:48
By: Stephanie Oppenheim
First birthday parties are really about your family and friends celebrating the first year of your child's life and the new look of your family. No matter if it's your first child or your third, your family has changed. If your child is about to turn one or you are invited to a first birthday, here are our picks for sure fire hits.
Here's my son Adam at his first birthday party--where his love of Gund's Classic Snuffles polar bears began. You just never know what that intense "lovie" toy will be until it happens. He ended up with an entire polar bear family and developed his own polar bear language and polar bear entertainment network with his brother.
Ones and Twos
By: Joanne and Stephanie
Ones and Twos There is a big difference between your one year old whose focus is primarily on mastering and enjoying his new found mobility and your two year-old who is now running, jumping, and making giant leaps with language and imagination Yet, the second and third years are generally known as the toddler years. Many of the toys and games recommended for ones will continue to be used by twos in new and more complex ways.Since some toddlers will be steady on their feet earlier than others or talking and pretending at different times, you'll want to use this web-area in terms of your own child's individual development.