VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Songs & Sounds

Looking to get any of the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels cars as part of a play-set or individually? Then you should have an idea of what songs and sounds they make. I took 4 of the 6 cars we have and turned them all on at once so you can get an Idea of the noise generated when your kid plays with these. The sounds trigger when the cars roll, the button is pressed or when the cars interact with any of the coordinating play-sets. It can get noisy! Luckily each car has a switch on the bottom to turn the sounds off. ūüôā

That stuff we all worry about.

Now that summer’s heat is here, it feels like a good time to remember that leaving your child (or pet) in the car can be deadly (not that you should ever be doing this anyway).

In the U.S., 9 children have died this year already because of heat stroke.  These figures come from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  NINE KIDS!  That’s crazy sad to me.

MyChamplainValley.com posted a short news story about this and interviewed David Grass, the Environmental Health Surveillance Chief of the Vermont Department of Health.  He had this to say about leaving your kid in the car:

It’s particularly dangerous because the internal temperature of a car [can] increase as many as 20 degrees in 10 minutes. So it can really take minutes for conditions where heat stroke can occur.

When in temperature inside a car reaches 87 degrees, you are 8 times more likely to go to the emergency room because of a heat related illness.


Nine Awesome Toddler Toys For Your Holiday Shopping [VIDEO]

It’s nearing the end of 2015 and the holiday season is here!

As always, our lists are compiled after months of extensive research. ¬†We talk to other parents to learn¬†what their kids loved, we dig through internet forums and blogs, read countless reviews online and best of all… We do our¬†Christmas¬†shopping!

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

The Vtech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker is a great toy for early walkers.  We inherited this toy from my niece for my son when he was just showing interest in walking and he took to it right away. The music is loud but he really loved it.  He still plays with it now that he is walking, going back to use the telephone and push the buttons to dance to the songs.

We used this walker outside on the street during a block party and he had the best time. ¬†Less than one week later he was walking down the side walk all by himself! ¬†I don’t know if the walker truly helped him walk, but I like to think it did. (Daddy says, “Yes, it totally did.”)

Anamalz [UPDATED]

The Anamalz toy is an eco friendly, wood/fabric animal figurine for toddlers children 3 and older. [See our video review for our updated thoughts on safety]

The toy comes as many different animals such as elephants, giraffes, lions, bears, the list goes on.  It is a cute and attractive toy that can entertain little ones from the earliest stages through pretend play.  A great addition to any toy animal collection.

Big Boom Bat & Tee

The Big Boom Bat and Tee is an inflatable tee-ball set. ¬†Note, all parts are inflatable, making this toy great for indoor play perhaps during the winter months or hot summer days. ¬†The bat is big in diameter and the ball is about 8″ in diameter making it virtually impossible to miss the ball. ¬†The manufacturer recommends this toy for ages 3+, but we¬†know¬†of kids as young as 18 months understanding how to hit the ball off the tee.

Moluk Bilibo

The Moluk Bilibo is a classic toy for toddlers. ¬†The hard plastic form allows children to find multiple ways to play from using it as a tote, a seat, a seat to spin or rock in, or something to wear as a helmet. ¬†The Bilibo is a toy that is supposed to encourage imaginative play, and¬†it will be up to your child whether they use it imaginatively or not. ¬†If you look up reviews on this toy you will find hundreds of people who say their kids loved it, and a handful who say their kids just didn’t get it. ¬†As an adult, I don’t really get it, but our niece LOVED this thing! ¬†The video below pretty much shows why.

Kid O Go Car

The Kid O Go Car is a simple, slightly abstract, car great for little ones to grab hold of and push around the floor.  This toy comes in many colors, is easy to grasp, and is tons of fun for any toddler.

The car’s construction is solid and it can take a beating. ¬†¬† We love the rounded shape too! ¬†You don’t have to worry about sharp angles for your kid to fall and hit his head on. If your toddler is anything like our’s random tumbles are par for the course.

The moment you see your kid crawling around the floor and driving a toy car around will just melt your heart.

Lego Duplo Deluxe Brick Box

The¬†Lego Duplo Deluxe Brick Box¬†is a great toy for kids starting at the age of 18 months. ¬†It is an introduction to legos with larger brick pieces and comes with people, animals, windows, etc. as well as instructions on how to build some items like airplanes and trains. For parents who want to introduce creative play with building toys, this is a¬†great¬†addition to any toy collection. I know I¬†have it on my son’s holiday list!

Bonus item: LEGO DUPLO Play with Letters 6051

The Lego Duplo Play with Letters set is a great set to include with your existing Duplo Lego pieces.  It adds blocks with letters on them to incorporate into any structure your child wants to build.  This is best for children ages 2-5 and can assist your child with learning their alphabet.

Buckle Toy

This Buckle Toy is a great toy for toddlers 1-4 years old.  It provides kids with the ability to practice buckling an unbuckling from an early age and most toddlers will spend oodles of time playing with it.  With over 200 reviews on Amazon and a rating of 4.5 stars you know this is a winner.

The Buckle Toy comes in various designs from a plush square with a face, stuffed animals, a backpack, etc, and it is a great toy to keep a child busy while traveling.

Moluk Plui

The Moluk Plui bath toy is a simple and great toy for the bathtub, or even a small backyard splash pool. ¬†Simply fill it with water and let it rain, plug the hole at the top and it stops. I know this seems dull, but kids seem to find this fascinating and the fact that it kept¬†coming up again and again, and again… and again as we researched awesome toys that we got the message and made sure to include it in our list.

The main complaint with this toy is that it can get moldy if not maintained properly. ¬†Make sure the toy fully drains, and on occasion run some bleach water through it to kill off the mold that is bound to grow in any¬†dark and damp environment. ¬†You have to clean the tub, so it’s only fair that you need to clean a tub-toy now and again. ¬†Otherwise it is tons of fun for toddlers!

Little Helper Broom Set

Every toddler loves helping mom and dad around the house with tasks like cooking to decorating the walls with crayons. Doh! Luckily, they also love to mimic and help clean up too. After several melt downs when we would take the broom away from our son Рin an attempt prevent half the house from being destroyed by an out-of-control broom handle Рwe bought this broom set.  The Little Helper Broom Set proved to be  big hit in our house.  Apparently we are not alone either as this item has over 1350 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.5 stars.  Yes, a broom.

This has become one of his favorite toys. ¬†Our¬†son carried this broom around the entire night and for several days after he was “sweeping” just like mommy. ¬†He definitely still goes for the bigger broom, but not as much and he is perfectly happy using his own now. Months later he still loves to sweep and he has now learned other uses like riding it like a pony.¬†Best of all¬†it’s become a makeshift microphone that he¬†sings into while dancing to music.¬† So glad we got this for him!

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Car Review [VIDEO]

We purchased the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Car¬†for my son at the Holidays when he was just about six months old. ¬†He is now 12 months and he has loved playing with this toy from day one. ¬†It was delivered in¬†frustration free packaging and we found it very easy to assemble. ¬†As our son has developed over the past 6 months this toy has grown with him and gets plenty of use! Even the cat plays with¬†it… But only when we are trying to sleep.

Cat playing with toy car

Every aspect of the toy has been explored from the shape sorting to the spinning back wheels, and the rotating¬†dashboard. ¬†It was even tested by a slightly older friend (at 15 months, he is the mature friend of our¬†group) and was given a high approval rating by¬†the car loving boy! ¬†As with most children’s toys, the songs can get repetitive, but that’s what we get for purchasing battery operated toys in the first place, right?!

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Car Review-p4

I give the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Car 5 out of 5 stars for its ability to grow with the child and provide plenty of entertainment.  I expect my son to continue playing with this toy for many months (maybe years??) to come, making it a worthwhile purchase!