Category Archives: Babies

Baby Toys That Expand to Early Pretend Play

Two new baby toys by Early Years have double play potential as they provide multi-sensory experiences for your baby and later pretend play props for your toddler or preschooler. Here are my reviews: “Baby Tea Party” by Earlyears is a … Continue reading

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“Baby Tea Party” by Earlyears

“Baby Tea Party” by Earlyears is a fuzzy 6 piece set for baby’s first exploratory tea party. Full of varied textures, colors and sounds, each piece has a friendly face to invite investigation. With a teapot that sings, “I’m A … Continue reading

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Turn Down the Noise to Encourage Baby’s Language Development

Do you ever get frustrated trying to hear a voice in a noisy restaurant or a crowded party? Babies have more difficulty distinguishing foreground sounds (such as calling his name), and background noise (TV, radio, or loud voices), than do … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mothers who gently and beautifully care for and guide your little ones in body, mind and spirit. You have perhaps the hardest but most important job.

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Rub a Cub Peek-A-Boo Blanket by Taggies

The newest baby toy to receive a PAL Award is “Rub-A-Cub Peek-A-Boo Blanket by Taggies. How can a blanket possibly be this soft? Here is my review: The best baby toys teach through play and provide many opportunities for parents … Continue reading

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How to Read to Your Baby

Countless studies show that children whose parents read to them from an early age tend to talk earlier, read better, and think in more complex ways than those whose parents don’t. Reading to your infant is simply bathing him with … Continue reading

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Playonwords.com Announces 2011 PAL Awards

Today is exciting because I announced the first PAL Awards for 2011. My top 22 toys and games that encourage creative play that builds language are recognized on my website here. I had such fun playing with the toys and … Continue reading

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Talk To Your Baby To Build Language

From your newborn’s first cry, you are drawn into a lifelong conversation just between the two of you! Coos and babbles are the foundation for later language and all learning. Although he can’t understand words yet, he is already recognizing … Continue reading

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Questions From Parents About Reading and Speech

What if my baby isn’t interested in looking at a book? I met a mom who sang the story to her three-month-old baby, after reading didn’t work. Her baby paid attention with the extra stimulation of music, changes in pitch … Continue reading

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest Baby of them All?

When I was visiting my son, daughter-in-law and 2 week-old Caroline, I asked Mom what she wanted to know about language at this infant stage. She replied that she would like to know what kinds of things to be doing … Continue reading

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