When Sebastian was an infant 9 years ago, I bought a kicking toy, back play mat thingy for him. He laid on the floor and if he was lucky his feet would hit the little things that dangled down and activated some obnoxious noises. I was so excited about it. Sebastian however screamed when his kicks activated it. It went back to the store the same day. Tim laughed and laughed at me.
The Kickin' Coaster from First Years is along the same concept but on a much more soothing, less obnoxious level. The Kickin' Coaster is a baby seat and activity seat in one and is great for newborns and infants. New babies kick a lot. Sometimes on purpose and sometimes not. The Kickin' Coaster gives your baby something in return for those active kicks, a fun smooth gliding movement, that is sure to delight them!
The seat also includes a stationary setting, perfect for soothing a baby to sleep with vibrations and twinkling lights. With its soothing vibrations, playful songs
and lights, the Kickin Coaster provides fun, strengthening, educational
playtime for baby!
A few key features and benefits:
two seats in one: a soothing infant seat, and an active play seat
twinkle lights for visual tracking
removable teether rattle for infant play
teaches cause and effect
strengthens leg muscles
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Learn more about and buy the Kickin' Coaster at the Learning Curve website.
The Dream Screen is one of those toys that looks like something from the future. The clean lines and bright colors of the screen make the Dream Screen captivating. The dual motion screen plays soft
music when activated by you or your baby.
There are three play modes. The first is a 5 second mode. The music plays and the screen moves when baby swats the little yellow guy hanging down from the Dream Screen. You can also customize music
for baby by connecting your MP3 Player to the Dream Screen. This mode is great because it teaches baby cause and effect. The second mode is a continuous play mode. When turned on, the Dream Screen will play music and the screen moves for 15 minutes. The third mode is the MP3 mode. Attach your MP3 player to the back of the Dream Screen and baby can listen to her favorite tunes.
Below is a video of Madelyn enchanted by her Dream Screen. The video is pretty dark because I wanted to shoot the video at night so you can see the Dream Screen lit up. If you look closely enough you will see Madelyn staring at the screen.
Little girls love playing house. At least I did. I had tons of dolls, Barbie’s, the Barbie van, the spa, a really neat doll house my grandfather made me, and the list goes on. I am in my thirties now, and I haven’t been exposed to Barbie’s and dolls in quite a few years, but I am thrilled to see that Madelyn has the same passion for playing with dolls, and doll houses as I did.
The Play Town Family House from Learning Curve is Madelyn’s first official doll house and she loves it. Geared for babies ages 1 and up, it comes complete with three people, a mom, a dad, and a child as well as several pieces of everyday furniture.
There are a few things that make the Play Town doll house stand out from others that are geared for one year olds. 1. The Play Town Family House is made of plastic and wood which makes for sturdy construction. 2. The three little people are just the right size for little hands to hold. 3. There is a storage compartment/attic at the top of the Family House that holds the people and the furniture for easy travel. 4. The Family House features two sides of play,
with a "growing" garden, attic storage area–over twenty fun, imaginative play