It is so overwhelming to go into a toy store these days. With all of the choice out there we want to make sure that we are getting toys that our kids will use as well as that they are evoke fun and learning. Enter a new way to discover developmentally appropriate toys with Please and Carrots, a child development subscription service curated for early learners to bridge the gap between education, development, and fun.
Created in 2014 by Stephanie Chan and Shilpa Barchha, Please and Carrots provides children with toys and activities to support growth milestones and establish a foundation for learning. This includes analysis of physical and behavioral development to bring to families carefully customized selections target key points in childrens’ lives at which certain learning activities and toys are most effective.
How it works is you pick your child’s stage/ages (0-3 months, 12-15 months, 33-36 months, etc.) Please & Carrots then sends you a box of toys that are with items that align with children’s developmental timeline and complemented by an online members-only platform which shares additional guidance and insight on childhood development for parents.
This quarterly subscription is coupled with a members-only program which shares additional guidance and insight from the Please and Carrots expert panel. Advisors include Dr. Susan Bartell, nationally recognized child and parenting Psychologist, Dr. Amanda Williford, Research Professor at the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, and Dr. Suzanne Kaseta, Managing Partner at Washingtonville Pediatrics.
Additionally, Please and Carrots is proud to work with ZERO TO THREE, a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. By matching subscription additions, Please and Carrots supports ZERO TO THREE’s mission of ensuring that all children have a strong start in life.
We recently had the opportunity to test out the service for ages 9-12 months where we loved the incredible selection of high-quality and no battery toys. This included rainbow rings from Lamaze and a fish bowl and wooden puzzles and key rings from Melissa & Doug – all which come with a detailed sheet listing how they help babies learn. This also includes activity ideas that you can do at home to enhance your baby’s sensory exploration and find motor skills.
As parents, we love how Please and Carrots provides a way for us to discover educational toys for our kids ages so that we don’t have to be overwhelmed as it helps us to focus and use the toys that are best for their given age-range.
Please and Carrots costs $420/year ($105/quarter) for four boxes with free shipping, or $120/quarter for one box with free shipping. For more information, please visit: pleaseandcarrots.com
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