Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Review of Baby Toys for Infants 0-3 months

Posted by Ask Chavi at 9:53 AM
Part of becoming a new mother is sorting out which baby products are essential and which are just marketed well.  I will discuss the various toys and electronics we have for our baby and which I found to be useful.

My baby's favorite toy seems to be Jaques the Peacock, which is made by Lamaze.  We hung this in our baby's gym and our baby seemed to notice it even from 2 weeks old.  She started hitting it around 8 weeks old and still loves staring at it.  I like that the back has black and white swirly patterns on each feather and a bright read tail feather.  On the front side is every bright color you could imagine.  It is a very captivating toy for a young one. We bring it along in the car seat and the stroller and when visiting our parents we hung it on the Pack N Play and she seemed happy to see something familiar.

Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies & Lights Deluxe GymAs for a baby gym, we got the Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym and I am so happy with it.  It plays music and can be configured to on or rattle mode (only turning on if the frame is pulled by the baby).  When on it flashes lights which my baby loves to look at.  I think the hanging attachments that come with it are really great.  One of them is a mirror and my baby would stare at herself in that mirror starting even in her second week of life.  It is a pricey mat, Toys R Us sells it for $69.99, but Amazon sells it for $49.54 which makes it comparable to other company's mats. 

Fisher Price Soothe N Play Bouncer - Woodland AnimalsIn terms of electronic seats, we have both the Fisher Price My Little Lamb Cradle 'n Swing and the Fisher Price Woodlands Bouncer.  Thus far, my baby does not really like the bouncer, I think she was too light to really make it bounce.  The vibrating was nice but it didn't calm her as much as I expected.  Every baby is different though, and maybe some babies really respond to a bouncer chair.  I really like our swing because it is both a cradle and a swing.  It has been great for calming our baby when she is in a fussy mood.  There is a built in mobile, but she doesn't even look at it, she has looked at the mirror though.  The swing is really cute though because it makes the baby look like he/she has lamb ears.  It has provided hours of quality entertainment and allows me to get things done around the house.  We received it as a gift but I think it is worth the money, however I'm sure a cheaper swing would be just as good.  One more comment on the woodlands bouncer: my friend who has a fear of squirrels is really freaked out by it, so get a different pattern if you are afraid of rodents :)  I believe both the swing and the bouncer are only good until 25 pounds and have to be discontinued if your baby can roll over.

Some other things people gave us as gifts: Fisher-Price Go Baby Go 1-2-3 Crawl Along Snail, Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes, Playskool Lullaby Gloworm Girl,  The crawl along can be used for tummy time, it plays music whenever its bumped, or it can actually roll.  My baby seems to like it.  The Baby Einstein toy was useful in the car because it plays music and flashes lights which gives the babies something to look at.  The lullaby glowworm lights up and plays music.  My baby seemed pretty captivated by the glowing face.  None of these are essential, but it was nice to receive them as gifts.

I saw two 4 month old babies recently with Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether, Brown/ White
which is a $25 dollar teething toy.  Apparently it is all the rage.  My baby is not chewing on things yet so I have not purchased it.  The babies I observed seemed to really like it, but I wonder if it is really worth over $20 for one toy.  I would appreciate comments from owners on its necessity. 
Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether, Brown/ White

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think that hanging toys are the perfect toy for a newborn. Reaching for the toy gives the child a goal to strive towards that is challenging, yet attainable.

Infants also love grasping toys with embedded crinkle paper. If your baby does not have a crinkle toy, I would consider purchasing one when you next go toy shopping.

-- F

Anonymous said...

My baby LOVES Sophie the Giraffe. He started playing with it at around 4 months also and loves to put it in his mouth. He also loves to whack it against the roll bar of his stroller! We got Sophie as a gift but I would recommend it even if you are buying it for yourself. I would say it's the first toy he seemed to really like.

Jenni on April 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM said...

This was my daughter's favorite. She chewed it so much that after two years we had to throw it out. I intend on getting he for my next kid, E"H. It slept with her, calmed her, and she played with it. It's a must. I found it for 17 at someplaces. Check amazon w/ prime free shipping!

Jenni levy

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