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Baby’s First Music Player

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Most every adult has had the experience of being driven nuts by a toddler toy that plays the same song over. And over. And over. Ralph Waldo Emerson wasn’t referring to tykes in his quote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…”–but it’s an apt description nevertheless. My niece just started college, yet I still remember the opening drum riff of the Mickey Mouse marching-band toy she got on her first birthday.

So it’s no wonder that Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes is currently the top-rated toy on Amazon.com. It’s priced at well under $10, comes with seven sweet extended classical music pieces to keep baby busy or relaxed, as the case may be (and Mommy/Daddy sane). It has a carry handle and lights that sync with the music, and uses 2 AA batteries (included). It’s lightweight–only 3.7 ounces–and baby can toggle through the music selection by pressing an easy-to-use button.

Take Along Tunes features “baby-friendly” versions music by composers Chopin, Vivaldi, Mozart & Rossini, among others. Although the manufacturer recommends it for babies 3 months and older, many parents report using it even earlier.

Buy it here.

 

 

 


Babies Build with Blocks

baby blocksKids love to build, but babies aren’t born ready for Legos — so here’s a good starter set of ten colorful blocks for your baby to sort and stack.

“Filling the bucket with blocks, dumping them out, and starting over is great for eye-hand coordination and other early skills,” says Fisher Price. “Then your baby can move on to stacking and matching, and sorting the five different block shapes through the shape-sorting lid.” This can help a baby learn to identify and sort shapes and colors, enhance problem-solving skills, and motivate imagination, the company adds.  Man… that’s a lotta activity from some simple blocks!

The 10 blocks fit inside the bucket, with a carry handle. They’re $8 here. (Affiliate link)

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