Today though, I'm home sick with HORRIBLE food poisoning that started last night at 1 am. So in order to think of something fun, I'm reviewing BABY TOYS by age.
I went through and chose my 2 favorite products that she had through the first 9 months of life. I put a picture AND a link to where you can buy these products. I am not receiving ANY money for doing these reviews. Last point: these are based on my experience with my ONE baby, so I'm not saying these things will be great for YOUR baby. I just at least wanted to help a little bit!
Liliana LOVES this Baby Einstein book that Grammy gave her. When she was just opening her eyes, it was perfect for her to see the little lights while we sang to her. Price: $20
This bouncer is the #1 item that I couldn't have lived without. Liliana HATED her swing and LOVED this thing. Honestly, when my sister-in-law let me borrow this, I didnt' know how much I would adore it. Get one that has things for the baby to play with, lights, and vibrates! The better quality ones really do make a difference. They make some bouncers that fold and when we have our next baby, I'll probably invest in that. Price: $38 and worth every freaking penny.
These soft blocks were great because they have nice long tags for babies to play with! Liliana LOVED it when we would stack them and she could knock them over. These are very easy for babies to grab and to try and eat. For these few months, these were some of Liliana's favorites. Price: $10.99 for a set of four.
Links are AWESOME. I put them under the 3-6 month category, but she still uses these ALL the time. You can clip them on to any toy, any highchair, and grocery cart, etc. For so long these were the only things she could easily hold in her hand. Price: $3.99 for a set of 24.
Although they're HUGE, I recommend having BOTH an exersaucer AND a jumperoo. Since they're so big, they're a pain to move around so having one in the living room and one in the bedroom is really handy. If you're going to get two, then don't spend HUGE amounts of money on them. I put Liliana in these at 4 months, but really and truly, she didn't start enjoying them until she was about 6 months and had enough control of her hands and legs to play along. For a long while, the jumperoo was better for Liliana so if you could only get one, I'd probably do the jumperoo. HOWEVER, if space is a problem go with the exersacuer because you can't even get a jumperoo through the doorways without it being a huge pain. Price: they run from $50 to $100.
Liliana's Grammy bought her her walker. I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but BORROW things from people! Any of these toys that I've mentioned? We (as in Evan and I) didn't buy ONE of them. Not one! At first, they go backwards in their walkers, but eventually (probably around 7 months) she really got the hang of it and moves around. She LOVES the giraffes on this walker and it was the cheapest one. I would buy it again, I'm really happy with it. Price: $30
My next section WOULD be 9 - 12 months, but since Liliana's not that age yet, I don't want to give my opinions. HOWEVER, I didn't want to end this without my favorite toy for her:
Best Toy Overall: Chico Sing N Learn Kangaroo Price: $17.99
This toy is AWESOME. It sings songs in Spanish and in English and Liliana LOVES to hit the little shapes together. She also LOVES to hear the songs and presses the buttons like crazy. What's so great about this toy is that it spans from 6 months to at least 2 years old. HIGHLY recommend it, plus it's pretty darn affordable!