Fun Toys for 12-24 Months Stage

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

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I have been thinking of ways of structuring this post to make it easier to read and more comprehensive and the only thing that seems to make sense is to go by brand. We tend to be loyal to companies whose products we like, so if you were to walk into our house, you’d see lots of items by the same brands. It doesn’t mean we are not open to other companies and makers. In fact, on the contrary, I am always looking for new ideas and products, but usually when you happen on a product that really really works, you end up sticking with it, at least until something else comes along.

So it’s even more relevant when it comes to toys. I have favorites, companies that I know I can trust from the safety standpoint and those that make beautiful, functional and fun toys.

A while ago I wrote about toy safety from the toxin standpoint and outlined some of the companies that make better toys with fewer recalls, some that claim they are lead free, BFR free and approach safety consciously. If you’re just starting on my blog, make sure to check that post and then go over the toys that we found useful for the 0-12 months stage. Also don’t miss the post on Tag Toys which are the most unique toys I’ve ever come across.

For now, in case you are  looking to replenish your playroom, buy birthday gifts, or are just curious about which toys Lexi plays with on daily basis, or used to play when she was slightly younger, read on!

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Potty Training, it’s just the beginning (and the end?)

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, Daily, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

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I’ve been hanging onto this post, hoping that there will be enough progress that I will have something else to add to it, but alas it appears that we are at a standstill.

That’s how I started this post 2 months ago and that’s how it would stay up until a few days ago (Dec 26th, 2013) when suddenly something drastic happened!

{Note: if you have problems with potty talk or seeing babies sitting on potties, you should probably go to some other post on The Art of Making a Baby, like this one about flowers and pretty things}

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Tag Toys – The Ultimate Montessori Toys

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

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Before I write a post about the best toys that I have found for the 18-24 months old crowd, I wanted to do a spotlight on my new favorite toy company with the kind of toys that last a lifetime and create many opportunities for learning and development.

TAG TOYS

I learned about Tag Toys in the usual way I discover companies.  I had an idea for a toy that Lexi would really enjoy in my head and I set off to try and find that toy online.

This time it was some kind of board with different switches and locks. It didn’t take me long to find Melissa and Doug products, however being very leery of big toy companies when it comes to quality (on that later) and knowing that many M&D, and other wooden toys for that matter, tested positive for lead and arsenic and a lot of other nasty stuff, I was set on finding an alternative that is safer. That’s how I found Tag Toys.

Check out the video I made of Lexi playing with the toys here:

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Lexi awards: Favorite Products {3-9 months}

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

LEXI AWARDS 3-9 MONTHS

The next installment of Lexi Awards brought to you courtesy of Alexis and me.

I realize it is a very long period of time and much happens in a world of an infant in 6 months.
None of these are must-haves, of course. There is nothing that is a must have for an infant besides a boob and a care taker  , however these are all wonderful and make life easier or fun for both mom and baby.

This post has been sitting in my drafts for almost a year now, so I thought I’d finally get it out. I know many of my readers have young babies, so hopefully this will be of use to them. Since the post was written almost a year ago, some things have changed as Lexi grew but these items were the MVPs for us during the 3-9 months stage.

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TRIED AND TRUE: BABY EDITION

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

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As a blogger, I receive numerous products to try out and write about. Not all of them make it on the website, some of them are obscure brands and are a big disappointment, others turn out to be the best thing ever invented and there are those that I absolutely fall in love with and continue buying myself long after the initial sample is gone. I thought I would compile a list of lesser known favorite products I have been using lately.

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“Mommy’s Free Time” aka Toddler Activities That Entertain For Longer Periods of Time

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience

7 Toddler Activities that Keep their attention for Longer and Give mommy her free time back

7 Toddler Activities that Keep their attention for Longer and Give mommy her free time back

Up until recently there were very few things that Alexis would do without requiring my attention or involvement, which made it very difficult to do anything. She is finally at that age (18 months) when certain activities are of enough interest and keep her entertained for longer, as well as do not always require my full involvement.  This has been a welcome change to our routines and has given me a few minutes of freedom to be able to finally get things done around the house even if it’s 15-20 minutes at a time.

What made a big difference is being able to put her in a “special chair” that she cannot get out of and is not used as an eating chair.

We have our amazing Svan Signet chair that I will be writing about later and it has been invaluable due to its ability to be used without the tray. All I do is pull Lexi up to a desk in the kitchen and voila she sits there working on different activities for 30-90 minutes, giving each activity good 15-20 minutes before moving on while I am free to make food or clean up after a meal. Before that, we tried the same thing at the kid’s table and in her armchair, but she would always get up and run to do something else simply because she could and let’s face it, she is an active toddler.

So given that she does all these activities in her special chair, here they are:

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Breastfeeding Giveaway

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, HEALTH, Health and Fitness, New Mom Experience

Had to share with you guys! Enter before it’s too late!

 

“The Daily Mom team is exclusively pro-breastfeeding, and we have put our heads together to come up with some of our favorite products that help support a healthy breastfeeding lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for tools to help initiate that bond, or are a seasoned mommy who may be looking for things to make it easier, this post has something for everyone- with a chance for one person to win it all at the end!”

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Baby Proofing: Challenges and Solutions

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, HEALTH, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

     Baby Proofing 101, easy way to go about making your house safe.

Babyproofing…. such a weird concept to me.

Protect your child by locking up EVERYTHING imaginable and moving it out of his reach. It doesn’t seem so overwhelming when you’re in the pre-crawling or even crawling stages.

But once they walk, you realize “HOLY SHIT! There are hazards everywhere!“. I mean seriously!

To me, babyproofing is more like a managed protection spanning the range of  ”watching the energizer bunny constantly” to “lock everything away”.

Our challenge was….

wait, who am I kidding?

Our CHALLENGES (plural) were the following:

  • a large staircase
  • a zillion cabinets
  • another zillion drawers
  • a large house.
  • a super active baby

That means hazards were EVERYWHERE.

So instead of going crazy, attempting to baby proof everything and then break down and cry because it is impossible, I took things a few steps at a time.

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Non-Toxic Pool Toys

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, HEALTH, New Mom Experience

NON TOXIC POOL TOYS

Have you found any pool toys for babies that isn’t toxic?” is one of the most frequent questions I get on this blog.

The reality of the pool and water related toys is very bleak with nearly 95% of the items made out of PVC/vinyl (Why PVC is bad? Read here). And yes, some companies go as far as to say that their pvc is phthalate complaint ( which means they can still have extremely harmful phthalates but in lower doses), or phthalate free, but that does not rid the products of potential lead contamination along with the off-gasing of PVC.

When it comes to pool toys, sometimes we simply don’t have a choice. Sometimes phthalate free PVC is all that we get.  Which is fine as long as you make an educated  decision and know the risks.

So I have compiled a few products that I have found in the sea of toxic items. This time I didn’t get to take personal pictures of Lexi using these items for lack of time and the desire to not take too long before I get this post out.

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