AListBaby Find: Corolle for Baby

We have always loved the Corolle dolls! They are classic toys that I remember playing with as a child. Now, the company has a new line for baby! We received the Bapipouce Christening doll, and we just love it. It is lovely, soft, and washing machine safe! This is a perfect baby shower gift for a mom with a little girl on the way. It would also be a cute Christening gift! The quality of this doll is superior, and we know it will we a well-loved plaything at our house!

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AListBaby Giveaway: Gummy Lump Toys

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This cute little fish bowl is sure to be one of your child’s favorite toys! The bright colors make a great baby toy. Baby will enjoy emptying and putting the fish back in one by one. It sells for $15.96 at a great online toy store called Gummy Lump! But one lucky reader will win this prize for their little one! Just log onto the Gummy Lump web site, and send us the name of your favorite toy from the site to alistbabyblog {at} yahoo {dot} com by December 22 at Noon Central. Good luck!

ASTRA’s 2009 Best Toys for Kids List

We continue our quest for the best holiday gifts! We want to share with you an item from the American Specialty Toy Association (ASTRA) 2009 Best Toys for Kids List: the Twinkle Tiaras by Orb Factory. Your little princess can create her own crown masterpiece by using the mosaic stickers to follow one of the designs included in the box. Or, if she is a budding designer, she may want to debut her own style!

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ASTRA’s goal is to get back to the basics. Toys that you find at independent retailers are sometimes the most unique finds on the market! For parents, shopping at independent, neighborhood stores is a great reason to pass by the crowds of shoppers at the usual big box stores, and try a more relaxed way of shopping. Please keep in mind, the smaller, independent stores do not always have many of the big names you will find at big-box retailers. So it is always smart to do a little homework before you go shopping!

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LEGO DUPLO Fire Station

Today, we start our series on our favorite holiday gifts! Our little testers absolutely love this LEGO DUPLO Fire Station 5601, $29.99. This set includes a fire station, fire truck, fire helicopter, three firefighter figures and a dog. The really fun part is….the siren and light of the fire truck really works! The set is designed for little ones ages 2-5. We love that DUPLO LEGOS are easier for little hands to work with. Mom or Dad may want to work with their little ones to initially assemble this kit. But ones the kids see how it fits together, they will love to build it again and again.

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The Easter Bunny is Coming

Before we know it, the Easter bunny will be here! Growing up in the Midwest, my Easter Sunday memories consist of Easter Egg hunts in the snow after church…and we always had great prizes from Grandma. Our friends at Land of Nod have some great items to ensure your little chick has a happy day! Perfect dozen socks, $35; Hooded towel, $39;  and Bunny in the Box, $29.


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A good activity center can improve your baby’s motor skills, while encouraging independence. Our two favorites are fun, educational and stylish!

 

 

Zolo Shangrila Activity Play Mat, $125, One side has a variety of soft fabrics in different textures to stimulate their sense of touch, while the other has high-contrast black and white for visual stimulation.

Cariboo Activity Gym, Mahogany, $159.95, An activity center with a softer side! The Activity Gym may be used as a natural play environment on the floor, or as a bassinet mobile for any of the Cariboo model bassinets.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

 

What can I say? My name is a nursery rhyme.

And I embrace it.

I also have a crush on Restoration Hardware baby & child.

So I decided it was time for me to feature their new lamb collection.

The cuddle plush lamb collection (above) is $18 to $45, and features a floor blanket, security blanket, booties and toys.

 

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This lamb music mobile is $79, and looks exactly like the mobile I had when I was a baby! My mom and sister are going to laugh when they see it.

 

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The four pieces of angel lamb art  (above) are lithographs from Posh Tots. They are $264 for the set of four. Lambs are sweet and soothing.

AListBaby Giveaway: Russ Bright Beginnings!

 

It is time for another AListBaby Giveaway!

Write your little one a prescription for fun with the Russ Bright Beginnings Activity Veterinarian Set.

This is one of six play sets that will keep your baby or toddler entertained for hours. The colorful animal hospital is just what the doctor ordered! Featuring a variety of textures and materials, the set opens up to reveal new friends and even a doctor’s office inside. From a soft squeaking pup, a cat that chimes and even a vet that rattles, young ones will enjoy all of the shapes and sounds. The Russ sets are sold at toy and gift stores nationwide, and we found this one at Amazon for about $20.

To win the veterinarian set for your little one, just send us an e-mail at alistbabyblog {at} yahoo {dot} com by Tuesday, October 7. Good luck!

Essential Toys for Baby

Every generation has their iconic toys. The Fisher-Price Chatter Phone comes to mind from my baby days…do you recall a favorite baby toy?

While I also adore the look of sleek, modern playthings, there is a place in my heart for the retro feel of these four basic toys. They each come in many styles and designs….yet their look is always timeless. These selections are all from Land of Nod.  

More information on each of these toys, after the jump…..

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Naomi Watts with Alexander Pete

Naomi Watts and her son, Alexander Pete, were out and about in Manhattan Wednesday. Alexander celebrated his first birthday on July 26. We love his wooden pull toy!

Land of Nod has a good selection of wooden toys. We love how wooden toys blend in with home decor much easier than bright plastic! They are timeless, and often last for years. These cat and chicken baby stackers are $24.95. And the Rock the Horse ride-on pony is $69. Both from Land of Nod.

Photo of Naomi and Alexander courtesy of People.