All right, you’re asking, “What the heck is a Bilibo and why does it come in two sizes anyhow?”
The Bilibo “combines a rocking chair, spinning top, cradle and tunnel in one single toy,” says its maker Kid O.
Bilibo arouses curiosity, engages the imagination and playfully trains basic motor skills and balance, the company adds. It’s designed to encourage imaginative play with indoor and outdoor activities. “Our toys engage and stimulate children again and again with a rich variety of shapes, colors, and sizes — so the possibilities for open-ended, creative play are limitless.”
There are multiple sizes and colors. The Kid O Bilibo Yellow is $24 here.
Sit up, Baby!
Sep 19, 2014 by Paul W.
Kids can’t be lying around all the time, I guess…. The Deluxe Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat from Fisher-Price helps tots stay upright when they want to, with “comfort and fun all in one.”
The supportive upright seat “lets your baby see and interact with the world around them,” the company says. The “squeaker sounds” reward a baby “for kicking the foot pads.”
The seat has a wide sturdy base, and a soft fabric cover that is removable and machine-washable.
It’s $45 here.
From Fisher-Price comes a portable and adjustable rocker that “grows” with your baby from newborn to toddler.
The seat supplies soothing vibrations as well, and has two toys built in.
(You can see the reviews on Amazon are very good, except for one that notes it looks as low-cost as it is.)
It’s $38 here.
Nuna says its baby seat accommodates babies, toddlers, and kids as they grow — and it was “inspired by the carefree float of a leaf on a breeze — the Leaf baby seat treats baby to a similarly mesmerizing ride… a motor-free ride to newborn dreamland, a wiggle party once they’re walking, or a crash pad after a hard day on the preschool playground.”
The seat’s motion “lasts unassisted with a gentle push for over 2 minutes — no batteries, no cords, no buzz, no noise.”
It’s also endurance-tested up to a whopping 130 lbs, and so “should keep them rocking out for years.”
The company cites its “elegant, serene design that feels right at home in the living room.”
It’s $220 here.
This is crafty: take a table and turn it into a chair for twin toddlers!
Using an Ikea dining room table, this father “made a modified activity table for a fraction of the price” of the commercial models he coveted. “I heard about activity tables for daycare centers. They sell for $300+, which is not in our high chair budget.”
Using the donated table, $17 chairs, and $3 belts, his family now has “something similar to an activity table that would accommodate the babies now, and the whole family at mealtime when the twins get older — as well as serve as a place to make crafts or paint.”
There’s more information here.
Camp with Baby
Jun 18, 2014 by Paul W.
That highchair in your dining room is probably too big and heavy to take with you when next your family enjoys the great outdoors. With the “ciao! Baby” portable highchair, your infant can sit upright for a meal wherever you go.
There’s no assembly required. It weighs about 8 pounds, and comes with carrying bag.
Normally $80, it’s $60 here.
Beanbags for Baby
May 14, 2014 by Paul W.
This looks pretty comfortable: The Babybooper Bean Bag is touted as being a safe and cozy seat or snuggle bed for a newborn baby (with a 3-point harness) and is also suitable as a super comfy and versatile bean bag seat for older kids right through to about 5 years of age.
The maker says this kind of seat can also aid to relieve reflux for your baby, and helps prevent flathead.
It’s $70 here.
Fisher-Price says its new baby seat “is soothing and entertaining, with a touch of technology.”
There’s a 7×5-inch mirror “to reflect your baby’s smiling face, and promote facial recognition and a sense of self as baby develops,” Fisher-Price says. When you put your iPad into the mirror case, it can provide stimulation and engagement for your baby, while protecting your device from sticky fingers — or unintentionally navigating to other apps. Speaking of apps, with the guidance of child development experts, Fisher-Price developed free iPad apps especially for use with this seat.
It’s not just for staring at a screen: The toy bar puts dangling activity toys always within reach — and it’s adjustable or removable.
And finally, the comfy seat reclines to three different positions, with a soft head-support. It’s $67 here.
This plush seat is more than just comfortable: it’s upright seating position helps stabilize your infant’s back, sides and legs while they learn to sit up, Hugaboo says. “This upright position also helps prevent against after-meal reflux.”
The 360-degrees of comfy support “safely wraps your baby in plush comfort as they observe their surroundings.” It also has two toy attachments that are “perfect for floor time activities that develop sensory and motor skills.”
It’s $90 here.