"Engaging for the youngest babies just learning to sit up (they're on eye level), and the musical horns smell like vanilla when you squeeze them. Optimize the toy by stationing it close to the diaper pail."
"A new entry to baby toys, and a winner! Set it up as bongo drums or get the kid crawling by snapping it into a rolling canister shape. When rolling, it plays music at a simple touch, giving the baby incentive to keep after it. Unlike its LeapFrog predecessor, this toy lets the kids tap lightly to generate music and lights on top."
"FP got it right with this toy! Legs off for sitting infant play, and add them later. Fine motor coordination development with pushing, sliding, spinning, etc. Appealing music (each button has 3 little ditties apiece on music & ABCs settings) means that the adults close by aren't driven crazy by annoying voices or too much repetition (unlike the LeapFrog table)."
"We were surprised at how much we like this toy. Various instruments can play a song together or separately; instruments play parts, not just the general melody, so kids can hear how the flute contributes differently than the piano."
"We have an older version of this great toy. You just need the one with a mat and a few dangling toys. Great fun and development for baby, useful into their sitting-up days. Use the mat for baby's playtime after s/he outgrows the bar height. Very portable to anywhere your car takes you."
"Although this appears to be a discontinued item, I love this toy and recommend something like it for rainy day, indoor fun. This tent has a little door with a doorbell, hanging toys, and a peek-a-boo flap for baby. My older child likes sitting in it for quiet time with books--it's a great hideaway cave for a little one!"
"Great puzzle for the money. Each bear has five expressions, so you can explore emotion for different occasions/reasons. I just wish everything was a little bit bigger--kids have a hard time jamming all the pieces back in the box themselves."
"Melissa and Doug do a great job creating toys like this one to introduce whole-picture puzzles. Characters/elements are split among a few pieces so children can put together, say, a raccoon using its tail, paws, and nose as markers."
"A fun and relatively safe set of stacking blocks for kids to enjoy assembling and knocking over. They're made of cardboard, so don't give these to kids who still put stuff in their mouths. Fun for up to age 3."
"Very sturdy and a ton of fun for little stackers! Includes 8 large red bricks, a dozen medium blue bricks, and the rest are smaller yellow bricks (4 yellows = 2 blue or 1 red brick). Elaborate folding directions mean that kids (at least 25 lbs.) can stand on these and they don't get smashed."
"You don't need a branded vacuum for kids--one of these will keep them busy following you around the house while you clean. We like the primary color version best--the "girl" pink popper is just shades of pink and purple, which isn't helpful for teaching colors."
"I got these used, but in great shape. They're very lightweight, which means they're super-speedy when you pull them back and let them go! The fabric car is Velcroed onto the plastic wheel assembly, which is convenient for washing when they get a little dingy."
"Wonderful book full of the classic rhymes, cleverly illustrated by Rosemary Wells. Divided into four sections that provide a bunch of fun poems in each, as well as good stopping points if you don't have 30 minutes to read it all."
"Definitely get this awesome album! The lyrics are so clever, there's a "parade" a couple of times, and the illustrated book will keep kids laughing about the "one shoe blues" and other kid worries. Sandra Boynton is a genius."
"Laurie's best all-around album. "We Are the Dinosaurs" gets kids marching, and the album includes a medley of kid faves including "The ABC Song." Her "Buzz, Buzz, Buzz" album is good too, but this is definitely one worth buying."
"We just started reading this one--a wonderful book that's great for kids beginning to enjoy longer stories. Some Seuss (The Lorax, for instance) are too involved or long for younger readers, but the Horton stories are the perfect length."
"Updated version of the classic toy. It's quite good--the guessing game is good for toddlers and there are a LOT of animals thanks to a semi-circle that flips atop the toy to double the number of animals included."
"This was a cute little toy for our toddler when the new baby came--when everyone was taking pics of the bambino, our kid could too! Has shutter noises, catch phrases, and even a button that plays music a la a modeling photo shoot. Lots of simple fun."
"Great piece to have--bouncy seats give out at 15-18 lbs., but lots of sitting babies need to be confined/kept amused while kept still. This is a great toy and goes to 40 lbs., meaning that it's useable until you have preschoolers in the house."
"More of a tool than a toy...With picnic tables, there aren't chairs to knock over or a table to topple. This one seats 6 toddlers easily, which is great when you have friends over for a party or playdate."
"A water table is great for hot summer days (and can be a sand table for spring/fall), but I'd recommend the WaterWheel table instead. The included arctic animals don't fit down the mountain slide, so it ends up being unused. I found a waterwheel separately, so that's what we'll use this summer. Otherwise, just add your own cups, shovels, and bathing suits for lots of splashing fun!"
"We like this for indoor fun, but two complaints: The rim snaps off WAY too easily, so older kids (3 & up) are a little afraid that it'll fall apart when they use it; and the column telescopes too easily, which can surprise the parent moving it somewhere else. Otherwise, it'll probably fit our average-size kid well until at least age 4."
"No, no, no, no, no. No volume control, no likable songs, no speed control (the songs are WAAAY too fast), no variety (just five songs), and no way you should buy this thing. The first in a line of toys that were gifts to the kids that misfired."
"Blech. We're generally not thrilled with LeapFrog toys, this one included (it was a gift). Recorded voices are poor in quality and letter pronunciation and the ABC song is sung much too fast. Invest in some standard colored letter magnets for your fridge and tell your kid how each one sounds as you make dinner."
"Not a purchase you want to make (again, a gift we got). Repetitive and annoyingly-voiced songs and rhymes make you want to turn this thing off from the start. Pressing the television causes the toy to ask, "What's on the TV?" Excellent idea--get the kids thinking about TV rather than playing."
"LeapFrog needs to reengineer this one. Kids have to hit the top HARD to generate the light-up alphabet letters. In drum mode, the background music makes it hard to hear the drumming noises that the kid is playing. And in Spanish, a few letters of the alphabet are missing. Invest in the Fisher Price Crawl-Along Drum instead."
"This hunk of junk has gears that turn with difficulty, a drill that makes noise but the bit doesn't turn, and some cheapy "bolts" and "nails" that may play music or pop up & down. The sliding latch on the carrying case also too hard to move for little hands. We're giving this away unused, and I even feel a little bad about inflicting this toy on the next guy."