Category Archives: Toys

Missing: One Giraffe Named Sophie

Has anyone seen a seven-inch giraffe named Sophie?  She is a soft rubber chew-friendly toy covered in spots that squeaks, but please do not call her a dog toy.  Or over-priced.  Sophie just happens to be the most popular baby item on Amazon, and is proudly displayed by registers in stores ranging from Pottery Barn Kids to Right Start and Nordstrom.  She is French and imported, oh la-la!

Sophie was last seen in a vice gripe between my son’s fingers, mouth and jaw, covered in saliva.  She is so important that my mom decided to buy a toy leash for my son’s stroller just to make sure she does not get thrown overboard one day.  Wait just one minute…is it possible that she could have made the jump, intentionally?

No, Sophie was born just to amuse my son in his endless need to put everything in his mouth, take out, look at, and repeat.  Surely she had to like this game, right?

Woody felt abandoned when Andy turned 18 and moved off to college.  Maybe Sophie could not wait it out another 17.5 years and decided to jump ship a tad early?

All I know is that I have looked everywhere for Sophie, and she seems to have disappeared.  She is the one and only thing that can always bring a smile to my son’s face, and get him to look at the camera for a picture.

But can I justify another $20 for a rubber squeaky toy?  That would amount to a total of $40 plus tax spent on fourteen inches of spotted rubber.  And those spots fade, as is evidenced by the much older Sophie that resides at our pediatrician’s office.

So I ask again, has anyone seen Sophie?

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Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case for iPhone/iPod

My son is now six months old, which is a magical time for babies.  They can now see the world much as adults do, clear and in focus.  This transition brings a new discovery every day (okay, really every time he wakes up from a nap!) and they are fascinated by everything that you touch.

Naturally, babies are the most interested in the things that you like and use the most, such as your cell phone, computer, and yes I will admit, my television remote.  Why my baby loves this dirty and germ-infested thing, I have no idea.  But he does!

Enter the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case for iPhone and iPod.  The case is designed to turn your phone or music player into a functional, yet non-phone toy for your baby.   What on earth does that mean?  Your phone is encased in a large, colorful plastic case, with large round handles on the side complete with a few rattles.  Baby can now clutch your phone without dropping it repeatedly and getting frustrated, or whacking himself in the face for the tenth time.

The best part of the case is a cover for your home button, so that baby cannot access your contact list, email or actually make a call.  Your little one can drool all they want on the phone or iPod, and your don’t have to worry about the functionality of your phone.  Or your baby licking all of the germs you acquired throughout the day off your screen.

The apptivity case works with all touch screen iPods and iPhones.  Fisher Price has a number of cute and educational free apps available in the , that teach a baby where their nose is, the sounds a cow makes, and they can create a dance for Mickey.

Before you start to think that my six-month old baby is some sort of app genius, the apps for him are more background interest as opposed to a true game for him.  The apps are designed more for a baby around a year-and-a-half to two years, but they are actually one of the more engaging and enjoyable baby toys for parents!

The case is priced right about the same as a normal iPhone case, and with the free apps, I think it is a real baby bargain! Click here to purchase the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case.


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