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The Votes Are In

Christmas gifts have been put through the ringer, and there are some definite favorites shaping up.  Almost anything by Lamaze or Tiny Love is a sure-fire hit; her playmat by Tiny Love is still going strong, embellished by a couple add-on toys she got from Santa.  And Lamaze – what can I say?  They make excellent products.  Anything else in our house probably comes from One Step Ahead
And by the way, I know you’re probably not in any mood to shop for new gear, but you can tuck this info away for the next birthday or friend’s shower.  At any rate, here’s what’s taking the lead so far:

Developlay activity center            a portable little activity center, this great toy can hang on the edge of a crib or sit flat on the floor.  It’s got little legs so baby can sit upright with her legs going underneath it, or she can knock herself out during tummy time.  It has two sides of play gizmos – one is for 3-9 months, and the other is for 9-24 months, so this is something that will definitely grow with her.  It’s got a little handle and is pretty small for car trips, etc., and doesn’t take up too much room in the house.  Best part?  An on/off switch for the annoying noises it makes.
with_krinkle_katy.jpgKrinkle Katy            If you had told me before I had kids how much babies like crinkle noises I would have smiled politely and ignored you; I didn’t get it.  Frankly, I still don’t get it, but I don’t have to.  This brightly-colored dolly was sticking out of Maddie’s stocking on Christmas morning and she started screaming when she saw it.  She still cackles every time she catches first sight of the doll.  It’s got a clip on her head for attaching to strollers, etc.  By the way, the official name for this doll is My Friend Emily - just didn't stick around here.
Spike the Dinosaur   Similar to the doll, but the dinosaur’s not as crinkly-sounding, which can be good when she’s getting tired.  The tail’s a great size for her mouth.

teething_blanket.jpgTeething Blanket            A really great find from One Step Ahead.  The “blanket” is small – maybe 16” square – made of soft, absorbent terry cloth perfect for wiping up drool and edged in a yellow satin ribbon that she loves.  Each corner’s got a different hard rubber piece attached for her to chew on.  There’s no gel filling for any of them, so it doesn’t go in the fridge, and she’s having a great time methodically chewing her way around the blanket.  There’s a possibility she may pick this as her Lovey.
Those are the front-runners for now; we’ve got several other toys I think will achieve ascendancy as she grows into them, so I’ll update when they’re in heavy rotation.
And lest we forget, Madeleine’s quite the bookworm and has many new reads to chew-er-inwardly digest.  I’ll be updating her favorite reads list on my Top 5s page soon; for now, here are the new ones that get read (at least) once a day:
Bear Wants More   The sequel to Maddie’s still-loved Bear Snores On, replete with all bear’s friends and the ensuing funny voices.
Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?  One of two books by this author that Madeleine received, this one edges ahead of the other because it’s got a mirror on the last page.  What can I say.
One Snowy Night   A pretty book with a red hat prominently featured that’s got a great fuzzy texture to it.  Irresistible to chubby fingers!
How Many Miles to Bethlehem?  A beautiful telling of the Christmas story with really gorgeous pictures that draw her in.
Too bad our house has nothing with which to entertain a small babe.


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