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Oogi: Stretch that Toy

OogiAs 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.

Play that Piano… maybe kick it a little too

FP kick piano

“You’ve seen how your baby’s legs start moving with excitement,” says Fisher-Price. “Now those kicks can lead to something even more exciting and special, with musical rewards, dancing lights and adorable friends.”

The Kick and Play Piano can attach to the crib, or be played on the floor. Your baby can “build a song by kicking and tapping the keys.” The soft piano keys easily respond to baby’s kicks and touch, FP adds, and the colorful lights dance in time to the music.

It’s $25 here.

 

Toy rattle lights up

noggin stick

This rattle doesn’t just make a sound — the NogginStik lights up in different colors when your baby shakes it.

It’s designed to encourage tactile and visual development, maker SmartNoggin says. There are also different textures on the handle to stimulate the sense of touch, and a mirror on the bottom so babies can stare at themselves.

It’s $20 here.

 

 

Learning to Walk

VTech Sit-to-Stand

The Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker was made to grow with your baby, says VTech: “Little ones can play with the standalone activity panel on the floor while discovering animals, colors, music, shapes and numbers. Attach the panel to the walker as babies grow, and they’ll continue to learn as they move along.”

Your baby will enjoy spinning the three flowers to hear fun phrases, sound effects, and a melody, the company says, or pressing the piano keys to learn colors, numbers and animal sounds.” Baby can also press the piano keys to play piano notes. When a melody is playing, pressing the piano keys will activate fun animal sounds on top of the melody. “In both modes, little ones will enjoy picking up the phone to hear animals singing and opening or closing the swinging door to play hide-and-seek with the friendly cow.”

It’s $30 here. (Affiliate link)

 

Chewing and Winking

winkel

Looking for something a bit simpler for that brand-new baby? Manhattan Toy says its Winkel is a slightly sophisticated chew toy, a “mesmerizing maze of safe, soft, continuous tubes perfect for a teething baby to chew on.”

Not only will babies “be engaged and amused by the responsive rattle,” the company adds, but caregivers can “safely refrigerate this pliable plastic toy to produce a soothing teether.” One customer review says it helped her baby “develop two-handed play (an early developmental milestone) well ahead of time.”

It’s $13 here. (affiliate link)

A robot pet based on your iPhone

 

romo robot rover

The Romo Robotic Pet roves your home on a wheeled base, carrying your iPhone or iPod Touch from room to room.

“Romo is a curious digital creature who lives in your phone and explores your world on his roving base,” says developer Romotive. “Just download the app and dock your iPod Touch or iPhone. Let him explore your world and snap photos of what he sees. Program him to respond and adapt to his environment. You can even control Romo remotely via web browser or other iOS devices – from anywhere in the world.” Your kids can train him to recognize faces, dance to music, or chase a ball. You can also “invite friends and family anywhere in the world to control your Romo remotely while streaming 2-way video and audio,” Romotive adds, and parents can “go room to room to say good night while away on business.”

It can move about at a top speed of one foot per second, and runs around for two hours nonstop on a charge. “You play. Romo learns.”

The rover and apps are $150 here. (Affiliate link.) (Phone not included.)

Bounce the baby

 

mamaroo

No question, babies sometimes just like to be bounced. Those times may not always coincide with you wanting to be the bouncer…

And so 4Moms developed the MamaRoo Bouncer, a simple device that does just what the names implies: safely provide the fun and comforting motion your child enjoys.

It’s the only infant seat with five different motions all modeled after the natural movements parents make to comfort their babies, 4Moms says.
To make sure it moves right, they first used motion sensors to measure just how real moms and dads moved about, then replicated those motions in the MamaRoo.

It’s  $240 here. (Affiliate link.)

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