There are some brands that stand the test of time. Cliché but true. Fisher-Price is one of them, and it should come as no surprise that parents around the globe have their own list of Fisher-Price Favourites.
There are two that stand out on my list; the first is the Little People Animal Sounds Farm. Good friends bought this for The K Man’s first birthday, but it was already a toy with which I was really familiar because I had one growing up! In fact, if you walked into my parent’s home today, you’d still find all of the components (that haven’t been lost over the years) in good working order.
Back then, the farm wasn’t battery-operated. Every time you open the barn door, it still moos. Sure, the figures didn’t look quite as sophisticated, but they’ve stood up well to two generations of toddler abuse.
I love a toy that allows me to get involved in the play, but also one that makes it easy for me to walk away and make dinner or read the paper. (OK, a small section of the paper – I have yet to get through an entire paper since Miss Q came along.) Little People’s farm does both, and even my four year old still enjoys playing with it.
When it comes to gear, there’s nothing quite like a Jumperoo to help you be a multitasking parent. So it’s no surprise that the Discover ‘n Grow Jumperoo is a Fisher-Price Favourite. Thankfully, both of my kids LOVED to bounce – for ages.
My babies’ attention spans lasted about three seconds, so our Jumperoo kept them occupied and interested and they’d each happily stay in it until someone took them out. We kept ours in our kitchen, strategically placed so our babies could see the great outdoors and the oven, where Mommy or Daddy was cooking. Between those to vantage points and the Jumperoo’s activities, it created a trifecta of fun.
I used to love watching them figure out cause and effect, or discovering part of the Jumperoo that they hadn’t noticed before.
Just remember that your baby’s feet should be flat on the ground – not on her tippy toes – when she’s not bouncing. As I understand it, the recommendation has changed in recent years among health-care professionals.
Here’s what else made the list:
- Ocean Wonders Aquarium
- My Little Snugabunny Cradle N Swing
- Infant to Toddler Rocker
- SpaceSaver High Chair
- Brilliant Basics Rock a Stack
- Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy
- Laugh & Learn Say Please Tea Set
- Laugh & Learn Click ‘n Learn Remote
- Brilliant Basics Stroll-Along Walker
- Little People Wheelies Stand ‘ n Play Rampway
Check out the Fisher-Price Favourites website to learn more about these toys and gear, and what’s appropriate for your baby’s or toddler’s age.
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Is your child’s all-time fave on the list? What other must-haves would you recommend to new parents?
DISCLAIMER: I’m part of the Fisher-Price blogger campaign with Mom Central Canada and I received compensation for this post. As always, opinions on this blog are mine all mine and not influenced by brand associations or compensation.