Baby Toys That Are A Hit, And Toys That Are A Miss! 1st Edition. (0-12 mo.)
Hi everybody. I’m running on 3.5 hours of sleep, but I’ll do the best that I can here. I have wanted to do this for awhile. Here are some hit and miss toys that my twins own, and why the misses are as they are, and why the praises go to the hits, every time. Here’s a short list to help you prevent wasting your money, and finding a better alternative.
#1) The baby Einstein Lights & Melodies Activity phone (which shocked me, because I usually love their stuff), is a BIG thumbs down for this reviewer, and a real disappointment & waste of hard earned money.
Baby Einstein REALLY needs to improve this design, and all it would take is to increase the darn volume! Not so difficult, is it? I had such high hopes for this adorable, and very educational looking toy, but what good is it, if your baby cannot hear it? I bought it in the store, and noticed the sound was quite low in the box, but I figured kids try it out, it must need fresh batteries, or is on the lower setting in back……WRONG!
The reason becomes clear that it is NOT you, when you DO put those fresh batteries in it, and it still refuses to play at a level that someone like eagle ears Shelly can make out and enjoy. Forget the low setting, don’t even bother, but on high, it’s like it’s on lower then low still. It’d be nice if they fixed this major fupa, as I believe it would be quite interesting, if baby could could actually hear something. It’s a doggone shame.
A better alternative to this product? I’m glad you asked. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes, isn’t a phone, but it’s a hand held toy that comes close enough to compare it to, and it’s absolutely charming, intriguing, enticing, easy to hear and enjoy, and WILL keep baby entertained, GARUNTEED.
I bought two of these, and I don’t buy two of most anything with the twins, but since this was the toy they fought over it so much, and it was inexpensive, I bit the Baby Einstein bullet. At 11, almost 12 months now, they have NOT outgrown this. They enjoy it in the car, in their stroller, and in the living room. It’s a toy they will carry around for awhile to come. 5 stars!
If you really want something better in a true ‘phone-looking’ model. This one may be right up your alley.
Fisher-Price Sesame Street Silly Sounds Remote
It’s geared towards a slightly older baby (18+ mo.), but if your 8 month old likes to grab the TV remote, this is fine for him or her. Replace the real remote with this one in her little hands, and watch your baby’s eyes light up. The winner among all remote controls for baby, and it looks real enough to fool ’em to! 😆
#2) Ok, on to another toy that is common for babies to love, and you may even have had one as a child. The glow worm. It is cute, and babies are taken with it, however, it is heavy, and the lights and music only last for mere seconds. Buy this for your young child, and YOU will be doing all of the work, mark my words.
My twins at nearly a year still smile when I push the tummy, but don’t attempt it on their own, nor drag it around. It’s still heavy. The worst part though is that it lights up for only like 3 seconds, and plays a tune for about 6, before you are forced to push that tummy in again. I said to myself, ‘how can I give them the happiness of the glow worm in a longer lasting, and lighter model?’
I found that miracle product in this. Infantino Companion Soother, Lullabuddy. I only wish I had found it even sooner. I got it when the girls were like 5 months or so, and to this day they both ADORE IT! Not only does it have 5 minutes of continuous play vs. 5 measly seconds, but the light stays on, it’s WAY lighter, weight wise. Is easy for baby to manipulate while young, and drag around when they start walking, as does my Annie. To me..it’s a must have!
It’s a toy that is more easily pushed on and off by baby, has a larger light up belly vs. the glow worm face, and an added bonus I just love! It features velcro straps behind it, allowing you to make a handle for baby to easy carry it, or just pass it from hand to hand, and baby to baby, or it can be attached to the crib as a soothing night time toy.
During the day I just velcro the sides together into a loop for carrying, and during lay down play, I was even able to use the straps to loop it around the play gym the girls used for the first 7 months of life, while lying on their backs. They laid under there and it intrigued them more then the other toys that came with the gym. This was yet another toy that was fought over, and just last night, and one I had pondered buying two of.
It’s a great toy, and very practical, with it’s multiple uses. Everybody loves it over here! Longevity and practicality. GENIUS! The music plays at a nice, audible level, and the tunes themselves are not annoying to mom. This is one product I have been wanting to rave about for months now. Don’t care about Amazon’s reviews, this is one of our favorite baby toys EVER! (It’s cheaper then the worm to. 😀 )
#3) A toy that might look sweet dangling on the rack, but isn’t worth the money at all, is the Bright Stars Wish & Wave toy. Pretty it is, but practical? Not so much. It was $8.99 I surely wish I could have gotten back. On Amazon at least it’s $2 cheaper then Toys-R-Us.
It’s too heavy for smaller babies to hold and manipulate. It doesn’t have any lights or ongoing music and sounds. You have to really wave it to hear the sound. It doesn’t really do much of anything. I found the rattle in the bottom to be quite pointless, and this toy has never entertained my twins in the slightest.
Neither twin was interested, and it remains lying in the floor of their play room. It’s hardly been touched, and I have tried. Really pretty and cute hand held toy, but if it doesn’t occupy my children, what is the point? It just doesn’t do enough, so save your money on this one!
An alternative. Go with a light weight toy, that never gets old. The Sassy Keyboard Classics. It features both lights, music, a teething, ‘easy to hold onto’ bar, AND a rattle inside, that serves a better purpose then the toy above. Plus, it’s cheaper, but by far more interesting to your little ones. $4.99! One of the best little toys for home and to take along, that I ever bought. Love it, love it, love it! And so do they, of course!
#4) The Fisher Price Walker-to-Wagon. An extremely adorable concept. I got it for $12.49..half off on sale at Toys-R-Us awhile back, and now I know why it was on sale. It simply isn’t safe. You can not just let your little one have fun with this and step away for even 1/2 of a second.
My twins would give it 5 stars, but the mommy who is picking them up after it has fallen over to the side, and on top of them a time or two, gives it a1/2 a star at best! They may be able to use it as a wagon, but for now, it’s down in the basement for safety reasons, because they will try using it on their own, should I decide to go to the bathroom or what have you.
The wheels spin around too fast, so even on carpet, it’s easy for the device to push right out in front of them, causing baby to fall forward, and possibly smash their little faces and body, on the floor. In this mom’s opinion what is needed here are some rubber casters on the bottom like a traditional baby walker, but locked to move solely forward. Maybe an unlock mechanism for advanced, older, walkers.
At least put some rubber on the wheels so they slow the thing down. A rubber strip in the center, or the whole wheel rubber. We’ll pay a little more for something safe, right moms? The plastic is too fast, causes too many falls, and it topples to the side too easily as well. I guess due to it being so light weight.
If you do buy this toy, you MUST stand in back of your infant and toddler, whether they are capable of walking or not, and keep both hands on them, so they don’t fall forward or topple sideways. We learned this fairly quickly, but despite doing that for awhile, and though they loved the thing, it needed to be parted with, and we needed to find something else.
Fisher price should also add weight to the bottom, making it more sturdy, hence not so easy to tip. I can’t even imagine using this model on the kitchen floor. YIKES! It’s a potentially dangerous toy for your walkers AND cruisers. More people need to spread the word on this one!
A safer alternative?
Fisher-Price Go Baby Go! Stride-to-Ride Dino
While I wish that again, the safer alternative had some rubber on the wheels. Why are these things ALL plastic? At least the tipping over factor here, is basically non-existent. The design is much more smart, sturdy, and baby can balance A LOT better with this one. Better handles to hold on to, as well. By far, less scary!
Plus, you get so much more in this toy…(More bang for your hard earned buck!) There’s so much that baby can do with this model. They can not only push the toy as an aid in walking, but can ride on it as well, as they grow. For only a few dollars more then the prior, at regular price. GENIOUS! This will by far last longer, prevent re-occurent injury, and provide your little one with hours of entertainment.
If you have twins, you may need two! I’ll let you know how a different, new ride on I bought is, after their birthday. I figured I’d be diverse so they had a wider array of choices to use. Buy one of everything 1st, to test out if you also have a duo at home. That is my take anyways. To me, this is just a smart buy. I agree with all the positive reviews on it, and ut gets 2 thumbs up by Mama Possible. Also, by far it’s more adorable and appealing to baby!
#5) The Crawl Along Musical Ball Vs. The Crawl Along Musical Snail by Fisher Price. I have both.
I did a review on the ball, if you look back into my review posts, and mentioned the snail as a possible alternative. I since have bought the snail (Christmas), and it IS a much better toy. While I can’t say at nearly 12 months, the girls are still taking a ton of interest in it, for smaller babies, this toy is sure to amuse, and features a mirror, more and less annoying music, lights that the other is lacking, and it glides very smoothly on the carpet, as well.
It’s leaps and bounds over it’s competition, which has no lights and just a couple of annoying sounds of a money trying to balance on top of a large ball. The snail can be locked to stay stationary, or released to let go. A definite companion for before baby crawls, and during that exciting journey. They just love using the mirror to. How could they not, is anybody cuter?
Pay the extra $2 and buy the snail, avoid the ball! It’s not worth the money at all. (OH, and right now on Amazon, it’s actually almost $2 cheaper…weird! Grab one fast.)
#6) Wanting to buy a first doll for your baby or twins? You may desire to go plush with a brand such as Kids Preferred, which does make an adorable 1st doll for baby.
However, I don’t know if it’s my babies or what, but they are very uninterested in plush toys that do nothing, and these kind of dolls fall right into that category. However, I find they just adore their big sister’s vinyl limbed, soft body doll, and so I ordered them this for their birthday.
Little Mommy Twin dolls.
I know they will enjoy them more since they have already taken an interest in their sisters, and like teething on the limbs. (Poor babies don’t stand a chance…The dolls I mean.) Plus, I love how cute it is when they drag the baby along the floor by the arm.
It‘s not a talking doll, or one of the dolls with features requiring batteries, and are too heavy. It’s just a plain ‘ol ordinary doll, but they seem to much prefer that, over the plushes. Stuffed animals and dolls are just no fun. Maybe it’s my twins, or maybe it’s just how it goes.
An alternative for singleton moms? There are plenty. A small doll…12 inches or so, that has a soft stuffed body, and vinyl limbs, however beware of small parts. If it comes with anything removable, remove it straight away, and keep accessories out of baby’s reach.
The one I bought says 18 months and up, (sure to be ok for 12+ to), as long as no parts are involved or anything baby can pull off of the doll and choke on. It’s safe under your supervision, of course. Babies love their own kind. It’s weird. Cute, but odd!
Here is a GREAT one for you, also 18 months and up, not 3+, if you do NOT have twins.
The Melissa & Doug 12 in. Jenna Doll.
Smart, affordable, great brand, and age appropriate. Gosh darn adorable as well. 😀
More hot and not toys by: Twinpossible reviewed, coming soon in the 2nd edition. I need more toys to review and time to try them all out, but it won’t be too long with the twins’ birthday coming up! ‘Till then, play safe & enjoy your little ones!