By Guest Blogger Barbie Pilla
A few months ago, www.AllModernBaby.com contacted us and asked if we could do a review of some of their products. Since most of their products are geared towards infants and toddlers (and our children are older than that), we asked loyal reader Barbie P (mother to a three-year-old and a seven-month-old) to seek out some fun items, try them out with her daughters, and write about her experiences. Here's what she had to say! - KM
For my budget, it was suggested that I shop the Mealtime Accessories and Eco-Friendly Toys areas of the site. The Palette Plate Set by Skip Hop ($27.98 - price varies with options) grabbed my attention quickly since it was featured at the top of the page and the tiny bowls are perfect for my seven-month-old's sample-sized eating.
This set is very well-constructed and cute as can be! There is also a larger area in the middle where I can easily mix foods from the smaller bowls. The set works well for my toddler too. It comes with a fork and spoon and also has a slip resistant area for her cup. Although it was a little pricey ($28), overall I am very pleased with this very useful item.
In the Eco-Friendly toys section, I found myself curiously drawn to the Play Shell by Bilibo ($25.20). It was a little weird, but it was all over the website in a multitude of colors, so I decided to try it.
My thought was to let my three-year-old use her imagination, decide what it is and how to play with it. According to the web site, there are a variety of uses for the playshell:
- Toddlers can move them around, fill them with objects (like sand or water) and empty them again
- The shells can be aligned or stacked in many ways, like three-dimensional puzzle pieces two shells are joined to form a sphere; a friendly face with a broad smile
- Rocking and spinning are great fun on the Bilibo and help develop motor skills and a child's sense of balance
- Bilibo shines as a wonderful accesory and is swifly turned into a cradle for puppets, a turtle shell, a drum, a cooking pot, a ship, or a hill with caves giving shelter for toy animals.
Well, initially she did not show a lot of interest in this Play Shell, but we have had fun trying to play with it using the scenarios above.
All Modern Baby and its sister site, Toys and Games Online, also has a great selection of other online toys and gifts.
Thanks, Barbie for agreeing to do this product review!
Let us know what you think, and if you've ever shopped at AllModernBaby.com!