infant

  • Juballees – Stacking, Rolling Fun for Little Hands!

    juballees - stacking, rolling fun for little hands

    My 4-month-old daughter is just starting to notice toys.  Her main interest so far is putting them straight in her mouth. The same was true when I handed her Juballees stacking balls – but in a few months, she’ll learn there is so much more you can do with them!

    Juballees are uniquely-shaped, hard plastic balls designed for infants and toddlers 6 months and up. The set consists of three balls, which have gentle, fully-encased magnets that let them click together and stack. Each ball has a nub and a dip that lets it link to the next ball or rest flat on a surface. They even make a light rattling sound!

    Each of the Juballees balls also separates into rounded halves. Little hands, like my daughter’s, can grasp one half at a time and use it as a rattle for sensory development. The halves can be stacked upside-down as well, creating multiple building possibilities! Children can also mix and match the sides, which have six different colors.

    Juballees balls help children develop fine motor skills as they roll, stack, shake and click them. Little ones learn about the cause-and-effect relationship as they experiment with the balls, and receive sensory input as they explore the colors and sounds.

    Juballees Stacking Balls Juballees can roll, shake, click, stack, mix and match.

    These great features make Juballees a Summer Top Toy! Get those little hands on them today.

    --Becki

  • Top Educational Gifts for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers in 2016

    Munch Mitt, SpinAgain,, YBike and Gigantic Step & Play PianoHoliday shopping for little ones is fun – everything is so adorable! But how do you choose a gift that’s really practical and educational? Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for your own kiddo or another baby, toddler or preschooler in your life, think about the specific skills they’ll learn.

    Here are four picks for the 2016 holiday season with clear skill-building benefits. You can feel great about gifting any of these Holiday Top Toys!

    SpinAgain

    The SpinAgain is a colorful stacking toy with a new twist – the stacking discs corkscrew down the center pole. Toddlers (it’s recommended for 12 months and up) seem to never grow tired of placing the colorful discs at the top and watching them spiral down!

    Why it’s educational: The SpinAgain promotes cognitive skills, fine motor skills and visual-spatial perception skills as children manipulate, sort and arrange the discs and aim them for the center pole as it wobbles.

    Gigantic Step & Play Piano

    The Gigantic Step & Play Piano is a 6-foot vinyl piano mat designed to allow little feet to stomp out tunes!

    The piano plays eight different instrument sounds:  piano, saxophone, violin, accordion, trumpet, harp, xylophone and guitar. Kids can even record and play back their best compositions. Make music active by incorporating dance moves while stepping on the keys! It’s recommended for ages 3 and up.

    Why it’s educational: The Gigantic Step & Play Piano promotes gross motor development and sensory processing as children walk, crawl, and hop from key to key and hear the instrument sounds. As they compose their own melodies, children will use cognitive abilities such as logic and creativity.

    Pewi YBike Elite

    The Pewi YBike Elite is a unique balance guide and ride-on for little ones. Infants 9 months and up can grab onto the handles and push as they learn to walk, while older toddlers love it as a foot-powered ride-on toy. The multi-directional wheels and four legs allow complete freedom of movement and stability.

    Why it’s educational: The YBike is all about gross motor skills. Children develop their core strength and coordination of their arms and legs while riding the YBike or pushing it while learning to walk.

    Munch Mitt

    The Munch Mitt is a great teething accessory for babies 3 months and up! With bumpy textures, crinkle noises, and bright colors, it provides a variety of sensory input as baby chews on the silicone to relieve teething pain. The secure strap means baby won’t drop it, and it’s fully washable.

    Why it’s educational: The Munch Mitt provides oral, tactile, visual and auditory sensory input as babies explore the teether with their hands and mouths. The bumpy textures encourage babies to chew the mitt instead of their hands or other objects, and the crinkle noises keep babies entertained.

    Happy gifting,

    Becki

  • 4 Great Toys to Distract Baby (So You Can Get Things Done)

    Mirari Baby Toys: 4 Great Toys to Distract BabyNew moms and dads are great problem-solvers. They’re constantly on the hunt for ways to distract baby so they can get things done: make dinner, throw in a load of laundry or take a shower.

    This is where interactive toys step in! Mirari’s line of infant toys are great for surprising and delighting baby with fun sounds. Babies and toddlers love to press buttons, so the Mirari myPhone, Wee Keys, myPad Touch and Pop! Pop! Piano are sure to keep them entertained. At the same time, they’ll be learning concepts like cause-and-effect and hand-eye coordination. They’re all Summer Top Toys!

    myPhone

    The Mirari myPhone is a fun toy smartphone for babies 6 months and up. Babies are fascinated by anything Mom or Dad plays with, so why not give them their own phone? The myPhone has a remote control, so the parent can make the phone ring from 15 feet away and baby can “answer” it. Babies learn cause and effect when they press the circular button on the phone, and a personalized recorded message from Mom or Dad plays. Colorful lights and sounds entertain baby with sensory stimulation as she presses the icons.

    Wee Keys

    Mirari Wee Keys

    Mirari Wee Keys are another great toy for babies as young as 6 months. This big, plastic key ring features three sturdy keys for infants to hold, each with a different texture. Babies can explore grasping and develop hand-eye coordination while they grip and rattle the keys. Buttons on the key fob play four familiar car sounds: A car engine starting, a door lock, an alarm being set, and a horn honking. Babies will love bringing their keys on car rides when Mom and Dad get out their keys!

    myPad Touch

    The Mirari myPad Touch lets toddlers over 12 months play with their own tablet, just like Mommy’s and Daddy’s! Press the power button, then any icon on the screen to light it up and play songs and fun phrases that correspond to the icons. For example, the picture of grapes and a banana says “Fruit is yummy!” and a picture of a shirt and pants says “Find your socks!” Toddlers learn the cause-and-effect relationship and to predict the sounds associated with the icons. The safe, durable myPad Touch lets toddlers get in on tablet fun.

    Pop! Pop! Piano

    Lastly, kids over 12 months will love the Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano, an exciting, multisensory toy piano that plays notes or silly sounds while popping plastic stars into the air. The clear dome is removable, so parents can choose whether to keep the stars contained or to watch them tumble away as the child presses the keys. When baby is younger, he will enjoy the silly sounds like laughter and a slide whistle. When he’s a little older, he’ll enjoy learning simple tunes like “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on the 6-note piano.

    Whether you need a baby gift or you’re a parent looking to keep your little one entertained, check out our great selection of infant and toddler toys.

    Beep beep!

    --Becki

  • 4 Great Toys to Distract Baby (So You Can Get Things Done)

    Mirari Baby Toys: 4 Great Toys to Distract BabyNew moms and dads are great problem-solvers. They’re constantly on the hunt for ways to distract baby so they can get things done: make dinner, throw in a load of laundry or take a shower.

    This is where interactive toys step in! Mirari’s line of infant toys are great for surprising and delighting baby with fun sounds. Babies and toddlers love to press buttons, so the Mirari myPhone, Wee Keys, myPad Touch and Pop! Pop! Piano are sure to keep them entertained. At the same time, they’ll be learning concepts like cause-and-effect and hand-eye coordination. They’re all Summer Top Toys!

    myPhone

    The Mirari myPhone is a fun toy smartphone for babies 6 months and up. Babies are fascinated by anything Mom or Dad plays with, so why not give them their own phone? The myPhone has a remote control, so the parent can make the phone ring from 15 feet away and baby can “answer” it. Babies learn cause and effect when they press the circular button on the phone, and a personalized recorded message from Mom or Dad plays. Colorful lights and sounds entertain baby with sensory stimulation as she presses the icons.

    Wee Keys

    Mirari Wee Keys

    Mirari Wee Keys are another great toy for babies as young as 6 months. This big, plastic key ring features three sturdy keys for infants to hold, each with a different texture. Babies can explore grasping and develop hand-eye coordination while they grip and rattle the keys. Buttons on the key fob play four familiar car sounds: A car engine starting, a door lock, an alarm being set, and a horn honking. Babies will love bringing their keys on car rides when Mom and Dad get out their keys!

    myPad Touch

    The Mirari myPad Touch lets toddlers over 12 months play with their own tablet, just like Mommy’s and Daddy’s! Press the power button, then any icon on the screen to light it up and play songs and fun phrases that correspond to the icons. For example, the picture of grapes and a banana says “Fruit is yummy!” and a picture of a shirt and pants says “Find your socks!” Toddlers learn the cause-and-effect relationship and to predict the sounds associated with the icons. The safe, durable myPad Touch lets toddlers get in on tablet fun.

    Pop! Pop! Piano

    Lastly, kids over 12 months will love the Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano, an exciting, multisensory toy piano that plays notes or silly sounds while popping plastic stars into the air. The clear dome is removable, so parents can choose whether to keep the stars contained or to watch them tumble away as the child presses the keys. When baby is younger, he will enjoy the silly sounds like laughter and a slide whistle. When he’s a little older, he’ll enjoy learning simple tunes like “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on the 6-note piano.

    Whether you need a baby gift or you’re a parent looking to keep your little one entertained, check out our great selection of infant and toddler toys.

    Beep beep!

    --Becki

  • 5 Great Baby Gifts: Top Toy Review

    This time of year, it might seem like it’s raining babies. July, August, September and October are the most common birth months, so chances are you have a new little one in your life or a friend who does. That’s why this week we’re focusing on great baby gifts, including some of the best toys for babies at Learning Express Toys! Each of the following was chosen as a fall Top Toy.

    Letters to My Baby

    Letters to My Baby Inside

    First off is Letters to My Baby, a heartfelt gift for any new or expecting parent. This paper time capsule contains twelve writing prompts, each with its own unique piece of stationery for writing down your hopes and dreams for baby. Prompts like “My wishes for you are…” and “On the day you were born…” offer moms and dads a starting place for crafting these letters. Stickers are included for sealing each letter, and there’s a spot to specify a date to open each one (such as the child’s 18th birthday, graduation or wedding day). Buy one for Grandma, too—there’s also a Letters to My Grandchild version so grandparents can share their legacy.

    myPhone

    Mirari myPhone

    Next up is the Mirari myPhone, a fun toy smartphone for babies 6 months and up. Babies are fascinated by anything Mom or Dad plays with, so why not give them their own phone? The myPhone has a remote control, so the parent can make the phone ring from 15 feet away and baby can “answer” it. Babies learn cause and effect when they press the circular button on the phone, and a personalized recorded message from Mom or Dad plays. Colorful lights and sounds entertain baby with sensory stimulation as she presses the icons.

    Wee Keys

    Mirari Wee Keys

    Mirari Wee Keys are another great toy for babies as young as 6 months. This big, plastic key ring features three sturdy keys for infants to hold, each with a different texture. Babies can explore grasping and develop hand-eye coordination while they grip and rattle the keys. Buttons on the key fob play four familiar car sounds: A car engine starting, a door lock, an alarm being set, and a horn honking. Babies will love bringing their keys on car rides when Mom and Dad get out their keys!

    myPad Touch

    Mirari myPad Touch

    The Mirari myPad Touch lets toddlers over 12 months play with their own tablet, just like Mommy’s and Daddy’s! Press the power button, then any icon on the screen to light it up and play songs and fun phrases that correspond to the icons. For example, the picture of grapes and a banana says “Fruit is yummy!” and a picture of a shirt and pants says “Find your socks!” Toddlers learn the cause-and-effect relationship and to predict the sounds associated with the icons. The safe, durable myPad Touch lets toddlers get in on tablet fun.

    Pop! Pop! PianoPop! Pop! Piano

    Lastly, kids over 12 months will love the Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano, an exciting, multisensory toy piano that plays notes or silly sounds while popping plastic stars into the air. The clear dome is removable, so parents can choose whether to keep the stars contained or to watch them tumble away as the child presses the keys. When baby is younger, he will enjoy the silly sounds like laughter and a slide whistle. When he’s a little older, he’ll enjoy learning simple tunes like “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on the 6-note piano.

    Check out these great baby gifts and many other educational toys for infants and toddlers at Learning Express Toys.

    Enjoy that flood of new baby pictures on your Facebook feed!

    --Becki