Babies

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 in Babies, Featured, Parenting | 0 comments

Choosing Baby Toys that Encourage Sibling Bonding

Choosing Baby Toys that Encourage Sibling Bonding

I have a few baby toys that are reserved for my youngest child to primarily play with on her own, but with four children aged seven and under I am always on the lookout for high quality baby toys that will also engage her older siblings. Toys that kids can play with alongside a younger sibling allow children to bond with the baby, while entertaining the youngest child! A toy that engages older siblings is more likely to grow with the baby – entertaining them for years instead of a few weeks or months. If you have an only child, these toys also tend to share more easily when friends come... Read Post

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 in Babies, Developmental Skills, Featured, Parenting | 1 comment

Tummy Time Tips

Tummy Time Tips

Tummy time is an activity pediatricians encourage parents to do with their newborns and infants. Over the years, I’ve found that parents don’t always understand why the activity is so important. This combined with the fact that babies initially resist being laid on their stomachs often results in parents spending little time encouraging the position or foregoing it altogether. Working through the initial difficulties is important to help babies: 1. Develop head and trunk control 2. Strengthen arms and shoulders 3. Develop weight shifting and reaching skills 4. Develop ocular... Read Post

Posted on May 28, 2013 in Babies, Developmental Skills | 0 comments

Bowling Up a Strong Core

Bowling Up a Strong Core

Bowling is a great activity for kids, and ALEX’s Wacky Bowling Set makes it extra fun. The baby bowling set is for kids 18 months and older and includes 6 wacky pins and two colorful balls. My daughter loves the different monster faces! The pins come apart so kids can mix n’ match and put together their own monster creations, which they love to do is and it’s great for their visual motor skills and bilateral coordination! As a bonus, the balls jingle, so it’s fun for even the youngest of kids! Bowling is exciting, entertaining, and a great for activity to reinforce eye-hand... Read Post

Posted on May 6, 2013 in Babies | 0 comments

5 Ways Babies Learn with Building Blocks

5 Ways Babies Learn with Building Blocks

Sometimes the simplest toys are the most fun and educational. Classic wooden building blocks are no exception. But when we received our set of Maxville Blocks, we knew they were anything but ordinary. ALEX Toys took their wooden building blocks above and beyond the simple classics by using unique shapes, vibrant colors, and graphic patterns. These modern elements add to the fun and increase the opportunities for imaginative play and learning. While all of my kids (ranging in age from 8 months to 5 years) have loved playing with their ALEX Jr.  Maxville Blocks, I know that my littlest will... Read Post

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 in Babies, Developmental Skills | 0 comments

ALEX Jr. Stack Me Up is a Stack of Developmental Fun!

ALEX Jr. Stack Me Up is a Stack of Developmental Fun!

As my belly begins to expand (literally more and more every day!), I am steadily getting excited about bringing out the baby toys again.  So when I saw the Stack Me Up toy from ALEX Jr, it was love at first sight. Not only is it adorable, but it really is a great developmental toy!  While it is geared toward kids six months to one year of age, I believe that this toy is perfect to grow with your child during the first two years of life.  Younger children love the sensory elements while older kids love to explore the more imaginative side of the toy. Here are developmental skills that I... Read Post

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 in Babies | 0 comments

Busy Bodies in Busy Town

Busy Bodies in Busy Town

As soon as I saw the ALEX Jr. My Busy Town activity center, I fell in love! The bright colors, the insanely cute artwork, the endless activities… I knew the kids would love playing with it and discovering all its hidden treasures! We invited Julie’s super-cute friend, Aeden, over for a play date to try it out! The girls seamed to really enjoy all 5 sides of the busy town. Aeden loved playing peek-a-boo with the different people hiding behind the doors and Julie especially liked moving the rainbow colored beads through the curvy maze. It was definitely big enough for both girls to play with... Read Post