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Can a caterpillar “promote music appreciation and auditory development?”
It can if it’s the handle for Baby Einstein’s Take Along Tunes. The device “introduces your little one to baby-friendly versions of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin, and Rossini.” The company says the large easy-to-press buttons “allows your baby to toggle through seven enjoyable melodies at home or on-the-go.”
The colorful and easy to grasp Caterpillar handle ensures that your baby can take along their tunes anywhere. The “baby version of an MP3 player” has colorful lights that dance across the screen to enhance each entertaining melody and promote visual perception.
It’s $10 here.
Bop that Dinosaur
Sep 29, 2014 by Paul W.
At what age do kids start lovin’ dinosaurs?
With the Poppity-Pop Musical Dino, Fisher-Price is hoping you can’t be too early with a toy dino — especially one that can “encourages motor skills stimulate the senses.”
There are brightly colored balls that pop up and out of the dinosaur — you know, just like science shows real dinosaurs did — that your baby will crawl after, as well “fun tunes and silly sound effects” that can help babies “start to understand the cause and effect of actions.” Baby activates the fun by batting at the roller, dropping a ball down the dino’s tail or onto his back “to start the popping fun and music.”
It’s $30 here.
Portable play yard
Sep 29, 2014 by Paul W.
No, we’re not advocating infant jail time, despite what the photo looks like: instead, it’s the Pop ‘n Play Portable Play yard from Summer Infant, which “allows you to easily create a safe portable play area for your child,” the company says.
The freestanding portable pen measures 14 square feet in area, with sides that are 26 inches tall. The lightweight folding metal frame is fully assembled and “unfolds in seconds,” they add. The mesh sides provide easy visibility, and the canvas floor is water-resistant to “help keep baby dry even on damp grass.”
It’s $80 here.
Oogi: Stretch that Toy
Sep 19, 2014 by Paul W.
As a kid I had the pliable “Stretch Armstrong” toy — and this figure from the Swiss toy company Moluk goes further, literally: the flexible toy is made from stretchy silicone, and has a suction cup head, hands, and feet.
The Oogi can stick to smooth surfaces, and is “irresistibly tactile,” the company says. “Oogis have also been spotted playing in the bathtub, on fridges or mirrors. Oogis are very social beings: They love to touch, embrace, form chains and do crazy acrobatic tricks. Their favorite hobbies are Oogi Yoga, extreme climbing or darting onto windows and other targets.”
Sound silly? That’s the idea. Here’s a video showing what they can do:
And there’s more information here.