Play, Learn and Draw with Vtech’s 2-in-1 Discovery Table

vtech 2 in 1 table

Vtech, maker of fun and educational toys, now brings us the 2-in-1 Discovery Table. Designed to be both a learning table and a drawing table, this toy works hard to entertain kids 12-36 months. Side 1 offers a host of buttons to entertain and teach numbers, letters, colors and shapes.  The blinking-light narrator asks children to locate the various items, sings rhyming songs … [Read more...]

Go Battery-Free!

Crayola Double Magnetic Easel

If your house is anything like mine, then you are going through batteries as fast as you are diapers.  Between the toys, vibrating chairs, mobiles, entertainers and monitors, we have had a battery charger going constantly for my daughter’s 14 months.  And no matter how many we have on hand, there seems to always be a toy whose batteries are on their last legs, leaving the … [Read more...]

Baby Gourmet: Tasty Food for Picky Little Eaters

baby gourmet

My daughter is a notoriously bad eater.  We have struggled with her eating for months, and have tried a seemingly endless collection of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and even sweets to entice her to no avail.  Lately, we noticed she was a little more interested in chewing on things, so we thought we would try one of those pouch-style baby foods.  I opened it up, squeezed a … [Read more...]

The Elf on the Shelf: A Holiday Tradition Your Kids Will Love!


Lights, ornaments, wrapping!  It’s Christmas time, and that means one thing: traditions.  If you have a kid who’s ready to celebrate, then you might consider adding a new tradition with the Elf on the Shelf. If you haven’t yet met your family’s elf, here’s how it works:  Every year, in order to complete the Naughty and Nice list, Santa sends little elves to homes to watch … [Read more...]

Get a Helping Hand from the Podee Bottle System


If you’ve ever had your hands full when your baby wants a bottle, you’ll appreciate the Podee Bottle System.  Using two straws and a basic one-way valve, the Podee bottle allows your baby to drink from a bottle in a sitting position without having to hold the bottle up above their mouth.  Baby just sucks on the nipple, drawing the liquid through the straws and into his mouth.  … [Read more...]

Bounce in the House with Benny the Jumping Bull!


Trying to entertain your house-bound toddler in the winter weather?  Help them get some exercise and some laughs with Benny the Jumping Bull!  This inflatable riding toy is great for bouncy toddlers and preschoolers who are always on the move. From Waliki, maker of exciting bounce toys, Benny the Jumping Bull is made from heavy duty vinyl that is durable and easy to clean.  … [Read more...]

Making Baby Food at Home: Storage Solutions for Purees


If you have mastered the basics, tried out the gadgets and found baby’s favorite recipes, you are well on your way to being your baby’s full time chef.  There’s just one more step: storage!  Luckily, most purees will freeze beautifully, and, if done in small portions, will reheat quickly for fresh and easy feeding. When choosing a storage solution, take into account your … [Read more...]

Making Baby Food at Home: Recipes That Go Beyond The Jar

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Making your baby’s food at home is easier than ever with basic supplies or more high-tech gadgets.  But after you try some simple fruits and veggies, what else can you make?  Just because the jars and pouches use a small variety of fruits, veggies and grains doesn’t mean that’s all your baby can handle.  There are a variety of spices that babies tend to tolerate well.  … [Read more...]

Making Baby Food at Home: Gadgets That Get The Job Done (+ Meet Brandi!)

green sprouts food mill

It’s time to meet another Baby Gizmo writer!  Brandi is one of our newest Baby Gizmo Team Mamas! She's awesome!! Brandi Wecks, Editor Brandi is a teacher and writer in the SF Bay Area, where she lives with her husband, daughter and houseful of pets. She has been learning the ropes as a full-time mom to a fantastic kid with special needs. When she isn't chauffeuring to … [Read more...]

Making Baby Food At Home: The Basics


Making Baby Food At Home: The Basics When I was pregnant, I had big plans for how I would raise a healthy baby – breastfeeding, cloth diapers, BPA-free plastics and homemade baby food were just the beginning.  However, when my daughter’s medical needs changed my plans, I tried to hold on to whatever I could from those idealistic early days.  Making her food at home became, and … [Read more...]

Let Your Little Ones Touch The Art!

Make Van Gogh's Bed

Touch the Art Books Art museums are not known for being little kid-friendly; the idea of applesauce fingers on a Rodin or Monet is a curator’s nightmare.  Instead,  you can bring the museum experience to your toddler with the Touch the Art series of board books by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo. With titles like Pop Warhol’s Top and Make Van Gogh’s Bed, this wonderful series … [Read more...]

BebePod by Prince Lionheart

BebePod with Tray

Prince Lionheart BebePod Chair Looking for something a little different than that “other” baby chair?  Check out Prince Lionheart’s BebePod! The BebePod chair offers support for young babies just learning to sit, as young as three months old.  It is different from other baby chairs in a few key ways. BebePod is made from a soft plastic-coated foam that is smooth and easy … [Read more...]

Baby Gizmo Spotlight Review: Wubbanub Pacifiers

Wubbanub Giraffe

When my daughter was born, my lactation consultant was adamant that we not use pacifiers for at least a month.  As a good teacher and student, I listened…or I tried to.  By the time we got home from the hospital, we had learned one of the first quirks of our baby – she wanted something in her mouth at all times.  After ten days of my pinky finger as her main comfort, we finally … [Read more...]

Baby Gizmo Spotlight Review: Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL


Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL If you are just entering the convertible car seat search, you know how utterly overwhelming the choices can be.  Weight limits, safety features and even fabric designs begin to blur together.  However, the Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL, with high weight limits, heavy duty construction, foldable portability and a narrow frame might be the light at the end … [Read more...]