For weeks, I was SO excited to get this for my son's first birthday, but once we got it out of the package, it was somewhat of a letdown. The big "blocks" are great! We put them together, the baby takes them apart. They stay in place quite well, but aren't difficult to separate. Also great is the small "block" (similar to the single Megabloks pieces) that doubles as a rattle.
he rest of the small pieces, though, aren't so great... very few of them actually fit together. They fall apart much too easily, and all you can do is balance them on top of each other, basically, or make a box out of the large blocks and play with the small pieces as a "fill and spill" toy (or stack them as shown on the packaging). I like it, but it's not all I hoped it would be.
My parents bought my son this toy for Christmas (when he was 9 months old) and he took to it immediately. He loves pushing it, pulling it, putting his toys in it and taking them back out again, and turning it on its side and playing with the wheels, as well as pulling off the wooden sides. It's a high-quality push-toy, and everything about it is very solid and old-fashioned (but safe like modern toys). The wheels make a cool clicking noise (ratcheting). Another good thing about this toy is the size: it's substantial, but not oversized, which is nice in a small apartment!
This is a fun toy, and it would be perfect if it didn't make the annoying animal sounds. They sound cheesy and electronic and are way louder than they have to be. We removed the batteries, and it's a much nicer toy (but now we can't use the motion feature). The animals fit in place with a satisfying "click" and the toy rolls nicely, and everything is sturdy and seems well-made. For someone who isn't bothered by electronic sounds, I'm sure the only "annoyance" would be the fact that a small child doesn't like to keep the little animals with the tractor, but prefers to spread them all over the floor, all the better for grown-ups to step on them hehe. All in all, it's a nice toy. We're going to try destroying the speaker so we can put the batteries back and enjoy the motion (the tractor moves forward when you push a certain button/character).
We got this toy when our son was nearly 6 months old, and he loved when we (his parents) played with it in front of him, but he wasn't able to push it down for another month or so on his own. It's a sturdy toy, that's for sure. Our baby loves to drop it from his pack & play while he's playing, and also SLAM on the button, and it's still going strong after about 6 months.
(First, we actually bought this when our son was three months but the pulldown menu only lets me say six months) I love the idea of the travel gyms. This was wonderful to take with us to the grandparents' houses and even on vacation out of state. Our baby loved it for several months. The problems with this particular one are the lack of stability, for one thing (it does stay up somewhat, but it's kind of flimsy and the arch tips pretty easily) and the annoying electronic "song" played by pulling on one of the toys. I just don't think there's a need for that. If you're looking for a travel gym on the cheap, though, this is probably your best bet.
I was so excited to get this beautiful wooden toy at my baby shower, and I couldn't wait until my baby was old enough to play with it. Well, at around 6 months we gave it to him, and he wasn't terribly impressed. He gained some interest as time went on, and at around 8 months when his sixth tooth was coming in, he really started to take to the toy for chewing. I think the toy needs a little *something* else, but for some babies, it could be perfect.
It's very durable. My one year old has almost 10 teeth, so he's constantly teething with full force, and this toy barely shows any teeth marks, which I think is impressive.
This is a sturdy, fun toy. It's a bit pricey, but worth it, considering you basically get several toys in one. My 12 month old will play with one side (like the mini bead maze) and get bored, then flip the cube to another side, to play with the click wheel or the mirror (his favorite). It's clearly designed for kids, because it's sturdy and simple but very entertaining, without being overwhelming.
...me, or my one-year-old. Okay, he likes it a lot. He doesn't *quite* understand how to use it yet (he thinks it's a lot of fun to turn it upside down), but he enjoys seeing it move. The movement works great, simply push down and let go, and the inchworm speeds forward. It's a great simple toy, no electronic noises, just rattles in the wheels and motion noises. Maybe I'm just immature, but I'd call this toy fun for the whole family.
I don't understand why there are so many bath squirters out there... you can hardly find anything for a young child that isn't a bath squirter in some toy stores. Anyway, these ones are nice. As advertised, when the 'dirty' spots get warm, they disappear, and then come back as they cool down. This works very well. Also, just for bath squirters, these are nice. One of the dogs, the yellow one, is hard to use like many different squirt toys are, I guess because the bottom is so wide and firm? But the other two dogs are easy to squeeze and spray really well.
This is a nice toy, but I really don' t think it's as easy to fill as they make it sound. I had a hard time keeping the water from spraying everywhere, or I couldn't get any in the toy at all. Granted, this might be me missing something totally obvious, but I looked in and on the box over and over and found no instructions. My other issue with this is that the valve for inflating the edge doesn't push in, so my baby constantly turns over the mat and chews on it. Also, the valve needs to be bitten or squeezed to get air *IN* to the mat, but when you let go of the valve, all of the air comes out, even if it's underfilled.