Baby Cubby- Toddler Toy Wish List

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Moving from a baby to a Toddler is a big deal. You are in a whole new stage of development and with that stage come new toys, new equipment and new needs that can seem overwhelming. With the Toddler Essential Toy List I provide you with here you will be able to entertain and even learn with your toddler. When I go looking for any new product I always like to research the company I will be purchasing from. In general I like to buy from responsible businesses where I know I can get support if I need it. Baby Cubby is just that it is more than a business, The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent. The Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who have been there, they know what it’s like and they are passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and reminding parents how amazing they are and how important their role is.   The way they do that is by finding the best and safest baby gear and providing it to parents in a fun shopping experience where they do things like test strollers on their stroller track, price match everyday – even AMAZON, offer free shipping nationwide at BabyCubby.com and actively engage with parents via social media and their cubby community blog to discuss some of those hard topics of parenting.

Here it is my Toddler Wish List

Hape Toys Beaded Raindrops

I have not met a child or adult for that matter who does not like the soothing sound of a rain stick. Make it see through, where your child can observe cause and effect, and see how those beautiful beads move up and down as they turn the rain stick from one side to the other and up and down and it is that much better. Well you have cognitive and auditory development covered in one toy as your child problem solves and discovers how they can make sound with this awesome and beautiful toy.

Hazel Village Organic Animal Doll

There are so many to choose from seriously, how can you stop at just one or two. These beautiful stuffed animals are organic and oh so cuddly. Not only that but they are a great way to boost your child’s social/emotional understanding, can help with language development and are a great way to work with your child to support dramatic and imaginary play. Your child can  play on their own with these precious dolls to create imaginary tea parties, super animal rescues and so much more. I love them mostly because my boys love dolls just as much as my daughter and these dolls cater to both boys and girls.

What Do You Do With An Idea? Book

What Do You Do With A Problem? Book

These two books are two of our favorite books. And they tackle subjects that aren’t usually talked about in this way. It is about solving in a broader range then most books. You are talking about an idea as if it were something fragile you protect it and then watch it grow and become something amazing. With a problem you don’t run from it you face it and figure it out. You can mold it to cover a wide range of scenarios. While these two books are not toddler specific, it is so important to read to your child for at least 15 minutes a day and these are books that will grow with your child. My toddler niece loves these books; my preschooler takes something different from them and loves them as well. My second and fourth graders also love these books and have deciphered the deeper meaning from them. With these books and any other amazing books you find you will be helping your child develop their literacy and language skills.

Boon Marco Bath Toy

In our house we love water toys. We regularly use bath toys in water table exploration which can be as basic as a shallow Rubbermaid tub with an inch of water in it. (Always supervise your toddler near any water play). Bath time is just more fun with toys and can be a way to further your child’s science and observation skills. This little toy is one of those toys that is just a blast where ever you decide to play with it. In the tub you can watch it bob up and down with its little light and then dive down to the depths of the tub. We use this toy both in and out of the water. My son likes to use it for imaginary play as well. It is a toy that can spark interesting topics of discussion as your child grows. With toddler emerging language you can pick vocabulary to introduce and develop such as “above”, “the divers head is ABOVE the water” “below” the divers body is BELOW the water” you are also teaching concepts at the same time. Have your child raise their hand “it’s above the water” then lower their hand into the water “it’s below the water” so that with this vocabulary you are teaching concrete concepts as well. You can expand as your child discovers and masters vocabulary and concepts.


Tegu Blocks

No Toddler or Preschool Toy list would be complete without TEGU blocks. They are by far one of the greatest toys for any aspiring architect. I will admit I have been known to play with them while the kids are napping. They are addictive and so fun. While standard building blocks are wonderful, the smooth feel attractive colors and amazing hidden magnets in the tegu blocks set them apart. While playing with blocks your toddler is learning

  1. Problem solving. Sometimes it is intentional: “I want to build X. How do I do that?” Other times it is in-the-moment: “To go higher and add to one side, what can I use?”—Peter Pizzolongo
  2. Imagination. Children can follow their own plan, or they can share a friend’s vision and work together to create something they never dreamed of.—Karen Cairone
  3. Self-expression. Blocks offer many ways for young dual language learners to explore, express themselves, and demonstrate what they are learning across languages.—Karen Nemeth
  4. Mathematics. Important concepts and skills are practiced and strengthened through block play, including length, measurement, comparison, number, estimation, symmetry, balance.—Kristen Kemple
  5. Continuity and permanence. Block play engages spatial sense and motor abilities; it can be a solo or a group effort; block creations can stand for an indefinite period of time.—Lawrence Balter
  6. Creativity. Blocks and other loose parts can be moved freely by children, to be combined and recombined in countless ways.—Angela Eckhoff
  7. Science. Blocks offer opportunities to test hypotheses and build scientific reasoning.—Gayle Mindes
  8. Self-esteem. Children discover that they have ideas and that they can bring their ideas to life by creating, transforming, demolishing, and re-creating something unique.—Holly Bohart
  9. Social and emotional growth. Blocks help children learn to take turns and share materials, develop new friendships, become self-reliant, increase attention span, cooperate with others, and develop self-esteem.—Kathleen Harris
  10. Development in all areas. Block play requires fine and gross motor skills. Blocks enhance children’s problem-solving abilities, mathematics skills, and language and literacy abilities. And constructing “creations” builds self-esteem and feelings of success.

All of that from just building with blocks. And a toy like Tegu blocks is one that will grow with your child, in fact my ten year old loves playing with them just as much as the toddlers do. They just play in different ways.

I hope this list has helped you and at least given you a jumping off point. Are there any toys you found your toddler couldn’t live without?

 

BottomZz Up Potty Training Tool Kit Review

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Traditional potty training can be time consuming, messy, expensive and stressful (and that’s just for the parents)!!? Save your sanity, your wallet and the environment with the revolutionary NEW potty training system from BottomZz Up!

How is it different? BottomZz Up is the only potty training system that allows toddlers to feel the discomfort of their accidents! The 100% cotton potty training underwear features proprietary technology that lets kids feel wet when they are wet, while trapping the pee to prevent leaks and messy clean ups. Perfect for families on-the-go, BottomZz Up offers the consistency, routine and encouragement kids need, day and night, home or out on the town.

The simple, all in one BottomZz Up Potty Training Tool Kit includes everything parents need to smoothly transition a toddler to big kid underpants with Encouragement, Participation and Celebration!

This honestly is the absolute best way to potty train kids successfully. I have potty trained hundreds of kids, no joke. I was a Preschool Teacher for over 10 years and in that time I worked primarily with 2,3, and 4 year olds. I have never and will never recommend pullups. I know their are people who swear by them but I do not. It takes longer to potty train kids, they aren’t good for the environment, and most kids just pee in them because they can;t feel the difference anyway. Kids need to feel the discomfort of having soiled clothing so that they can understand cause and effect and how their bodies are functioning. Pullups absorb what goes into them leaving a child to feel relatively dry that is why it usually takes much longer to potty train using them. I always recommended padded underwear. It was not a perfect solution but it was a solution. Children learned very quickly using this technique. Although it was messy and we went through a lot of outfits. BottomZz Up solves this problem. While your child will feel wet their clothing will not get wet. This is the best solution I have seen to the Potty Training Dilemma. I will be recommending it to all the families of the children I help potty train. My only recommendation to BottomZz Up would be to offer the  underwear  in different sizes. Kids come in different sizes so having size 2,3 and 4 available would help accommodate everyone.
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Complete Starter Kit Includes:

・ 3 Pairs of BottomZz Up potty training underwear

・ 6 Absorbent inserts

・ 1 Washable travel bag

・ 1 Colorful reward chart

・ 1 Month supply of stickers

・ 1 Graduation certificate

・ 100% Cotton and Machine washable
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Buy It: The BottomZz Up Potty Training Tool Kit is available online at www.BottomZzUp.com

Disclaimer: I received the BottomZz Up Potty Training Tool Kit for review purposes. All my opinions are my own.

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Lassig Car Backseat Organizer Review

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Its Summer time and we are going on several road trips even on the five minute rides to the grocery store my kids can be a bit unbearable so we have decided to get organized. Instead of hearing my kids complain about how they are thirsty or need a snack, a toy, tissues, or any of the various immediate necessaries they declare that are unavailable at the moment, where I must go searching on a hunt for said item. We will have it all available within reach we organized for them to have as needed. Instead of hearing screaming that they need their favorite book “Where is it?” I can say look in your organizer. I had the kids pack their own organizers so that they had the items they wanted. I of course checked and made sure all the necessities were there. These organizers really are life savers for long road trips and even short ones too.
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The Car Wrap-to-Go organizers are available in various styles that are attractive to boys and girls equally they offer pure traveling comfort. These useful ‘tour escorts’ will be attached to the backside of a car seat so that children have everything within reach. Whether toys, cuddly toy, crackers or beverages, everything will fit in one of the several compartments that are equipped with zipper or hook and loop fastener. Thereby the stylish accessory caters perfectly for the needs of children and assures a smooth and quiet trip for parents at the same time.
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The Lassig GmbH is a family business that is characterized by social commitment and ecological awareness as well as by a fair cooperation with employees, customers, suppliers and consumers. Sustainable production with economic, ecological and social responsibility is a special matter of concern. Thus, the subject of sustainability is an inherent part of our company’s philosophy.

Products by Lassig are pollution-free. Regular quality assessments guarantee sustainable production. In this context, all manufacturing sites commissioned by Lassig are obliged to adhere to the respective environmental standards, to continually work to reduce environmental pollution and to use natural resources with great care.
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Buy It: You can purchase the Lassig Car Backseat Organizer from Buy Buy Baby

Disclaimer: I received the Lassig Car Backseat Organizer for review purposes. All my opinions are my own.

ShedRain Review

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Prepare your family for spring showers, making sure you’re all covered from head to toe in the cutest rain gear.

Rain drops won’t be a bother when little ones are toting around an adorable character umbrella from ShedRain. The umbrellas feature an improved mechanism that prevents pinched fingers when opening and closing the umbrella, while plastic tips and a plastic top cap eliminate sharp edges. Additional features include a steel shaft and fiberglass ribs for extra durability.

Don’t let a few drops of rain put a damper on moms’ style. Dressing chic on a rainy day doesn’t have to be a challenge anymore, thanks to a ton of super cute waterproof wardrobe options. But, don’t forget about making a statement and topping your look off with an equally fashionable umbrella.
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ShedRain is offering an amazing collection for Spring/Summer 2016, drawing inspiration from the style makers of the world—from the runways of Paris, London, and New York to the chic trend setters on the streets.

As the oldest and most honored umbrella manufacturer in the country, the third-generation, family-owned ShedRain company offers a quality collection for the whole family.

I have kids and so them having umbrellas that keep them dray and are safe is very important to me. ShedRain’s nylon stick umbrellas make rainy days fun for kids of all ages! The improved mechanism prevents pinched fingers when opening and closing the umbrella, while plastic tips and a plastic top cap eliminate sharp edges. Furthermore, our umbrellas feature a steel shaft and fiberglass ribs for extra durability.

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Get superior protection without leaving fashion behind. This Windjammer® Vented umbrella is a winning combination of durability and style. Auto open auto close feature makes operation a breeze and the vented double canopy means exceptional wind resistance. Top it off with the trendiest prints and a stylish electrostatic black steel shaft.
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This WindPro® umbrella features super strong fiberglass frame/ribs and electrostatic steel shaft, so while it folds up small, it will never let you down. One of our most durable folding umbrellas, it both opens and closes at the push of a button. Not to be out-shined, our vented double canopy means exceptional wind resistance.
Buy It: ShedRain umbrellas are available online at https://www.shedrain.com/

Disclaimer: I received ShedRain Umbrellas for review purposes. All my opinions are my own.

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HABA: My Little Town and  Land of the Fairies Play Cubes

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Every toddler loves to gather toys and pack them away for an adventurous trip somewhere within their imagination. Every one of my kids have done it and every child I have every observed in my long years of preschool teaching has also enjoyed this activity. In fact they crave it. Just watch any toddler who finds a bag, backpack, box, even a cup will do will start collecting items to put inside it. This developmentally appropriate behavior is quite adorable to watch, I remember with all my kids getting ready to leave to go run an errand just to hear a toddler yelling at me “Wait! I got to get my stuff!” As they scramble around to fill a canvas bag, a sand bucket, even a ziploc baggy with the items necessary for our trip into the unknown (or the supermarket). HABA has come out with the cutest developmentally appropriate toy ever! I love these adorable packable toys and so do my kids. These toy is perfect for taking really anywhere to keep your kids entertained
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The Land of the Fairies- Planet Play Cube comes as a thick cardboard cube. Just wait while the outside is adorable when you open up this cleverly folded cube you are submersed into an amazing magical world full of imagination with wooden characters to play with.
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My boy loves the Land of the Fairies cube but he also is head over heels for the My Little Town – Planet Play Cube . Again a thick cardboard cube hides a great surprise, a main street to navigate.This set includes the cube with wooden accessories to play with in this case 2 cars and 1 traffic light.
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Buy It: You can purchase the My Little Town – Planet Play Cube and the Land of the Fairies- Planet Play Cube from the HABA site.

Disclaimer: I received the HABA Play Cubes for review purposes. All my opinions are my own.