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Make learning fun: Part 2
This is the second in our series on learning websites for children. Read Part 1 here. A few more websites to acclimate the kids to the Season of School: is a favorite learning site among teachers and parents, but I found the navigation and sign-up process clunky (password authentication is a series of pictures, e.g.). [More]
Make learning fun: Part 1
Now’s the time of year when the kidlets are either back to school or getting ready to go back to school. If their brains have turned to mush over the long, hot summer, here are some websites to pique kids’ interests and teach them at the same time: was developed by a grade-school teacher and features hundreds of games and apps for children from pre-K to 5th grade. [More]
Spectra Baby Pumps: Portable and Quiet
With the highest ratings on Amazon and raves from new moms, the Spectra Baby series of breast pumps are getting a lot of attention. Many even seem to prefer them to their comparable Medela counterparts. There are two models of Spectra pumps available, in vastly different price ranges: The Spectra Baby USA S2 is a quiet, battery operated model, complete with night light. [More]
A “cell phone” for baby
Tired of baby-drool on your personal cellphone? Maybe it’s time to give baby her own. LeapFrog’s Chat and Count Cell Phone, currently available at Amazon for under $14 with free shipping for Amazon Prime members, will keep baby busy with its 15 phone activities. [More]
Baby will laugh & learn with this play puppy
  Fisher-Price’s Laugh & Learn Play Puppy with bonus CD will provide your little one with hours of creative learning play. Geared toward ages 6 months through 3 years, the play puppy comes with two interactive modes that introduce baby to numbers, alphabet and parts of the body as well as singing songs like Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, This Little Puppy (This Little Piggy), Patty Cake and Itsy Bitsy Spider. [More]
Jumperoo provides safety, promotes learning
Fisher-Price’s Rainforest Jumperoo, currently under $80 at Amazon, is an all-in-one bouncy seat, play center and learning toy. The Jumperoo, which runs on 2 AA batteries (not included), is designed for babies who can hold their heads up, but who cannot yet walk, and who weigh less than 25 lbs. [More]
Travel Toys: LeapFrog’s Scribble and Write

The final item in our series on travel toys for summer learning and fun is LeapFrog’s Scribble and Write, portable and lightweight at 1.2 lbs and running on 3 AAA batteries. The Scribble and Write, geared to ages 3 through 5, guides young ones in learning how to recognize and write the alphabet and numbers. [More]
Travel toys: InnoTab Max Kids Tablet
VTech’s Innotab Max Kids Tablet, currently around $85 on Amazon, is the third addition to our series on toys for summer travel. The tablet, recommended for children ages 2 to 9, includes 18 learning, play and art apps, a rotating camera and video recorder, and an easy-to-use 7-inch touchscreen interface. [More]
Travel toys for tots: Crayola’s Mess-Free Coloring Desk
This week’s featured travel toy is Crayola’s Mess-Free Coloring Desk, which will provide your little ones with hours of travel-friendly and mess-free art projects. The desk, currently $15 at Amazon, is a lightweight 2.3 lbs, and comes equipped with a set of mess-free Color Wonder Markers, Paints, and a paintbrush made especially for the included 20-page Color Wonder Drawing Pad. [More]