I am a big fan of toys that evolve with baby. All three of these toys are appropriate for multiple stages of development.
This one is great because it starts off as a toy that baby can play with while sitting on the floor or during tummy time. Once baby masters sitting, simply add the legs and Voila! they can practice pulling to stand. Charlie loves the musical table because it has piano keys, a spinner, pieces that slide and open and it plays the Alphabet Song or a Count to 10 song on demand. Often times, he will crawl over to the table, pull to stand, push whatever it takes to make the song start and then bounce up and down, dancing. It is pretty darn adorable.
Here’s a video of Charlie playing with the Learn and Groove in late November of last year when he first started pulling to stand.
This one runs about $40 at most stores.
This is one of the greatest toys ever invented. Everything about it is an activity. The flower spins, the numbers turn and count, the door opens and closes (and tells you that it is opening and closing so that baby starts to learn what “open” and “close” mean); it has a light switch that turns a light on and off; it has shapes that baby can sort through the proper holes and so much more. The best part, it is super sturdy and can support a baby as they learn to pull up. Eventually the house becomes its own play area to crawl through and cruise around.
Here is Charlie crawling through the doorway…
It can even entertain a bunch of lil ones at once…
I highly recommend this toy. It is about $85 at most stores.
Charlie loves this walker because cruising is his favorite past time. I love this walker because it is super sturdy, was easy to put together and can grow with Charlie as he masters walking.
The Dinosaur’s legs have two positions: spread wide apart or closed. When open, the dinosaur acts as a walker. When closed, the legs acts as a seat, turning the dino into a toy Charlie can ride on. It also plays music. Sometimes the music will start randomly while Charlie is walking. When it does, he stops mid-stride and starts dancing. I love it when he does that!
We keep the walker outside, near our front door. Charlie will sit at our front door waiting for us to open it so he can cruise with his Dino. It is actually pretty funny because Charlie (our baby) and Sherman (our dog) will wait at the door together: Sherman because he wants to go on a walk and Charlie because, well, he wants to go on a walk.
Here he is on the move…
This one runs about $40 at most stores, although I have seen it on sale at Target for much less.
And the honorable mention goes to…
The Pottery Barn Shopping Cart. Mr. C doesn’t have this toy; more than likely because it is listed as a toy for girls. Gender aside, my friend Amanda swears this shopping cart is the reason her daughter started walking.
Do you have any of the above toys? If so, what do you think about them? Do you have any other recommendations for the pulling to stand/cruising stage?