It’s finally here! The long-awaited solution to my work-at-home mom dilemma arrived via Fed Ex. Since my baby started to crawl, working from home became a whole new ball game. I could not for the life of me figure out how to contain him without containing him. I wanted a safe place for my son to play for the periods of time I need to be at the computer, and the Pack and Play seemed to shrink before my eyes as my son got older and more mobile.
After many weeks of trying to keep my little crawler from climbing under my desk, stealing my paperwork, and hollering as one in solitary confinement, I finally came across the Little Playzone play yard by Friendly Toys. I purchased it from One Step Ahead, and miracle of miracles, it got here in two days.
If you’ve shopped for play yards, you know they are not cheap. The cheapest I’ve found is the Six Panel Superyard, which I returned about 20 minutes after opening it. It was hard to deal with and wobbly. But the Playzone, while more expensive at about $99, is well worth the extra cash. It’s sturdy, lightweight, colorful, roomy (13 square feet), and contains a gate and a play wall with music, a mirror, and more. I even climbed in it myself last night and played with my son for about an hour! The greatest part is, it took me less than a minute to assemble it out of the box.
I’ve only had the thing for 24 hours now, but I’m already in love with it! Check it out and see what you think. If you’re a WAHM, this thing could very well become indispensable to you as well.
You know those little musical crib toys that hang on the crib and play music, blow bubbles, and light up? We had a second-hand one, and the poor little fish were stuck. They didn’t swim, but they clicked nicely. I was feeling pretty bad for my son. Maybe he was being deprived of swimming fishies. So I did a little research on some baby store websites and came up with a few options.I always read the customer reviews on these sites because you learn all sorts of things about the product that the manufacturer wouldn’t dare to mention. It’s how I chose most of our trickier items for our baby, such as the stroller, the changing table, and the nail clippers. (For a new parent, even that last one can be a little nerve wracking.) So when I saw the mixed reviews for the popular Ocean Wonders Aquarium by Fischer Price, I thought I’d steer clear.The general consensus was that it was very difficult to install on the crib, and the battery pack would somehow disconnect from the toy if not supported by a wall. But every person said they wouldn’t give up the toy because their baby loved it so much. I just figured we wouldn’t bother getting attached to it in the first place. As I shopped around locally, the Ocean Wonders was the only one I could even find.In the end, those tired fish in our old unit taunted me until I bought the Ocean Wonders. I have to say, I was pretty excited. But getting it out of the box was worse than solving the Rubic’s Cube with your eyes shut. I did have a terrible time getting it hooked to the crib, because the plastic straps are so darned tight. A safety precaution, I imagine. As for the battery pack, that actually must be attached after the aquarium is on the crib. It screws on, and I have a feeling that’s why some people experience having the toy lose connection to its power source – the screws may not be tightened enough.Once it was installed, though, I was mesmerized. I can stare at that thing for hours. Well, minutes. But the point is, it’s very entertaining. My baby seems to like it too. The music is gentle and relaxing, and the bubbles and lights just about lull me to sleep hanging over the crib.My son easily kicks the music on all by himself – I’ve heard it go on through the monitor in the wee hours. The toy’s motor is a little loud, but it doesn’t seem to bother him at all. Overall, I am pleased with it, and I’d recommend it regardless of installation and packaging hassles. After all, this is nothing compared to the bicycle I’ll have to install in a few years.(Later Note: After using this product for over a year, I still love it – and so does my little guy!)
My son has a favorite toy – a little butterfly that giggles and makes boing noises when he moves the wings. Its butt also lights up – added charm. We bought it for him because he was so enamored with it at the store. So when it started acting up recently, I decided to email the manufacturer, Kids II, and ask them if there was a way to fix it. (It wasn’t a safety issue, just for the record.) I didn’t expect to hear back from them, but I figured at least I’d try.
Today I received a kind response from a consumer sales representative informing me she’d be sending me a new one. I am all a-flutter.
Kids II makes the popular Baby Einstein products and a great little thing we have called the Bounce Bounce Baby. Baby sits in the middle of a ring with his feet on a platform that bounces as he jumps. It’s an activity center with all sorts of things to occupy. It’s full of lots of bright colors, smiling critters, and of course more boing boing noises.
I’ve been impressed with their toys since registering for baby shower items, and I’m even more impressed now that we’ve not only been able to try them, but we know they back their products as well. Thanks, Kids II!
Note: While visiting the Kids II website, I noticed they also make the Boppy. Who knew?