Toy Talk

With the second kid’s arrival, little bambina had a plethora of toys leftover from sillyboy’s stash a few years back.  To keep things green, I planned to reuse most of his toys.  There were many stuffed animals, a few good wooden ones, and many plastic ones.  I cleaned them all with some Clorox Anywhere Spray and inspected them out for wear and tear.  The small plastic toys looked fine from the general look of them, but when looking even closer, I found that there were little cracks and parts that were almost near breakage.  Not cool for bambina.  Enter the new triple threat of toys- that we take everywhere:

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First left toy: The Winkel from Manhattan Toys.  Yes, it’s plastic.  But it’s colorful, playful, easy to grasp loops are perfect for little ones figuring out the hand/finger combo to pick things up and gum them.  Easy to clean, hard to break apart, and there’s a little rattle in the center cube.  (It also attaches to anything baby with Linkadoos, so you don’t worry about it dropping on the floor).

Second toy: Jacques the Peacock from Lamaze.  Tons of colors, fabric textures, crinkle sounds, a rattle, a mirror, and easy to gnaw on.  Also has a clip for anywhere on the go, and pops in the washer for any extensive cleaning needed.

Third toy: Not really a toy, but as an homage to pacifier clips, this is the Wubanub.  No clip needed.  Every baby and parent seems to have a different preference for the binky.  Ours is used much like a fire extinguisher, for those “break in case of emergency” situations at 3am, or public areas full of people scowling at the screaming baby.  The Soothie by First Years is sewed into a beanie-baby type of animal, and is pushed away easy even by a newborn who has no interest. Easy to clean and easy for holding.

I scoured Amazon for most of the reviews (these 3 all have 4-5 stars) instead of just heading to the toy store. So what’s your favorite top three toys? Are they actually toys, or other items re-purposed for a toy?

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