I reached the one-year mark with my baby a few weeks. I can't believe how quickly everything has gone with my second daughter where she is now showing a real interest in play, music, stories and in general, getting into everything. To focus on her development, I have been using products from B kids, a company that focuses on toys for children age 6-18 months.
Created by Blue Box, an award winning toy company, I loved testing out a variety of their toys that focused on key sensory, physical and learning skills. Developed in conjunction with parents and child development experts, we started by using the Play with me Gym, a nap companion, this specially designed gym with overhead open canopy is filled with a host of colorful dangling toys and fun characters. When she was a bit younger I loved that this plush canopy included fun toys and a mirror that my baby stared at as she practiced her tummy time. Now, that she is older (and active) we still love using the vibrant dangling toys and characters on our stroller as she laughs and now puts in her mouth!
She also loved playing with the Soft Peek A Boo Blocks, a set that contains nine soft blocks that rotate and open up. Recommended for babies nine months and up, she loves looking at the colorful animal faces that she puts in her mouth (again!), plays with in the bath, or just as a simple activity around the house. The blocks are also easy to stack and are designed to keep young minds occupied while providing visual stimuli as well as provide physical challenges that will aid in the development of fine motor skills.
In addition to what we tested out, B Kids includes a fun line of more learning toys (see list below) that can challenge and develop your baby's mind. Offered at BuyBuyBaby.com, these inexpensive toys are a great to start a lifetime of creative play and learning for your little one.
More products from B Kids:
Amazing Mushroom ($49.99): Mushroom top is detachable and can be used as a floor toy. Return the mushroom top onto its base and it converts into a fun ball drop multi-activity centre. Features fun lights and sounds.
Go with Me Arch ($24.99): These cute soft colorful characters will fascinate baby. Parents simply hook the three stuffed animals to the arch so baby can watch as they swing around!
Elephant Hoop ($19.99): Infants will have hours of fun tossing the ball into the elephant's hoop then watching it spin the colorful bumpers and eventually land on the base to score points.
Golf Stack n Roll ($14.99): Lets toddlers stack and create a new ball drop mini golf course each time. Solid construction for long-lasting fun indoors or outside.
Light & Sound Tubes ($19.99): Just drop the ball into one of the sound tubes to see and hear the surprising sound effects. Each ball serves as both a character and a rattle.
Grow Play Station ($49.99): Features 3 modes of play that grows along with baby's 3 stages of development: lying, sitting and crawling.
Play with me Pals ($19.00): Small hands will love to play with these lovely soft and colorful characters. A wrist attachment loop will always keep the fun near at all times.
Race Around Fun Park Playset ($19.99): Adorable animals can play on a mini roller coaster, merry-go-round, and go-cart.
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