NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.
When my boys were young, and when it came to toys, I was only concerned with two things: 1) Finding a quality toy from a reputable brand, and 2) praying that it would hold the boys’ attention for more than a few months. The first point? Easy. If you’ve been reading my blog for, oh, the last six years, you’ll know that I’ve always trusted Fisher-Price. But the second point? Well, that was a little trickier – because even with the most engaging, educational and fun toys, the truth is, babies by nature develop at different rates. And my babies outgrew their toys in hot New York minute.
But what if there was a way a toy could keep up with your child, with learning content that could adapt and grow as your baby grows?
Say hello to Smart Stages™ technology from Fisher-Price, a NEW learning technology for the stages babies grow through.
Smart Stages content can be set by parents to complement a baby’s different stages, offering toys with value and longevity to both parents and child. Imagine – the toy you purchase for your 6-month old can grow with him until he’s 36 months old, and be stimulating, entertaining – and most importantly, educationally relevant – every step of the way.
These days, I’m shopping for my gorgeous niece, who recently turned one.
The truth is, she has inherited tons of my boys’ favourite toys. And the operative word is “tons”, because I felt that I had to consistently buy new toys to keep up with their development and interests. And that’s why the Smart Stages™ technology is so brilliant; the toys change at the speed of baby with updated learning content. Hence, as baby grows, so does the toy.
Explore: By around six months, babies love to do the same thing, over and over (and over!) again. Smart Stages Level 1 inspires curiosity as they start to explore, with early learning concepts, fun phrases, playful songs, and lots of baby-appropriate activities.
Encourage: Starting to talk. LOVES to imitate. Follows directions—as long as they’re simple and there’s encouragement. Smart Stages Level 2 asks basic questions and offers simple directions to engage and encourage your one-year-old with rewards (Great job!).
Pretend: Your 18-month-old is probably starting to use her imagination and enjoying pretend play, wanting to be just like mom or dad. Smart Stages Level 3 inspires imaginative fun with songs, sounds and phrases for creative, open-ended play.
Smart Stages™ technology is now available in select Laugh & Learn toys, including the Laugh & Learn Smart Stages™ Chair. It’s baby’s very own place to sit and discover new things! This “magic” ABC seat knows when baby sits, activating songs and phrases when baby stands. Press the light-up remote or flip book pages to hear numbers, shapes and more. Lift the cushion to reveal more fun surprises – in my niece’s case, sorting toys!
I am truly in awe of this little chair. First of all, it’s pint-sized, so the cuteness factor is out of the park. Secondly, the chair features 50+ sing-along songs, tunes and phrases, which is crazy good for keeping babies entertained. And of course, there are three levels of play, offering fresh songs, phrases and sounds for your little one’s age and stage. So take a load off! The seat activates songs and phrases when baby sits and stands.
(Best part for parents: no cords, no plugs, no hassle!)
The chair retails for $54.99 and is on my list on “Holiday Must Haves” for little ones up to 24 months. Click here to learn more about Smart Stages™ technology.
Just in time for the gift-giving season, one lucky reader will win a Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages™ Chair! To enter, simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck!