As moms, we only want the best of the best for our kids. We search for safe, dependable products that we can feel confident about bringing into our homes. It’s also important that we find quality toys and baby gear that will last a long time and grow with our littles. With seven kids between the two of us, it’s a huge bonus when we find products that can be enjoyed by our entire crew and can carry them through the various stages of child development.
So, it’s no surprise that Fisher-Price is our go-to for toys and gear. We grew up playing with Fisher-Price products, and we love that we can keep tradition alive and watch our kids grow and learn with Fisher-Price, too. Many mamas we talk to feel the same way: there’s a sense of nostalgia that comes with introducing Fisher-Price toys to our family, and it’s fun to be able to create new memories with our kids.
Fisher-Price toys and gear foster child growth and development, and they have helped our kids reach major milestones throughout the early years, such as tummy time, sitting and crawling, standing and walking, eating their first foods and learning their first words. The fun and engaging toys have this amazing ability to stimulate senses and encourage imagination and discovery. What’s important to remember, though, is that the toys will help your little one achieve developmental milestones when they are ready.
Mamas, this is one thing we can’t stress enough! There is no rush. It is not a race. There is no need to compare your baby’s growth and development to that of your neighbour’s baby, your best friend’s kid, or your other children. All of our seven kids developed at a different pace, and that is okay.
Although we need to ditch the “my baby should be at this stage by this age” mentality, we should always be encouraging our children to progress. And in order to make parenting a little easier and take some of the pressure off of us (it’s hard to be “on” all of the time), we can take advantage of products that entertain, engage and educate our kids.
With seven kids, we know which toys and gear work. So, we wanted to share a list of the top Fisher-Price toys that will foster your baby’s growth and development and help them reach new milestones.
Top 6 Fisher-Price Products for Babies and Kids
Kick & Play Piano Gym: If you want your baby to enjoy tummy time, then we suggest putting them on a play mat that is fun, bright, full of colour and has toys to play with. The Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano Gym is a great mat that grows with your little one, as there are four ways to play (lay and play; tummy time; sit and play; take-along). With fun music, sparkling lights, and hanging toys on the gym, your baby will be entertained and motivated to get moving!
4-in-1 Total Clean High Chair: When the time comes to start feeding your little one solids, it can be exciting, but also somewhat stressful. Not only do you have to worry about what to feed your baby (healthy and safe foods that they will enjoy), you have to deal with the food prep and clean-up, as well. In order to make mealtime as easy as possible, it’s important to get a quality high chair.
We love the versatility of the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Total Clean High Chair! It functions as a Full-Size High Chair, a SpaceSaver High Chair that fits most dining chairs, a Toddler Booster, and a youth chair that’s super simple to roll into place at the table. The fact that it’s easy to clean is a bonus for us mamas. The detachable seat, tray and tray insert can go straight into the dishwasher and the stain-resistant seat pad can go into the washing machine. There’s also a container on the chair that stores baby wipes when we need to act quick! Genius.
Roarin’ Rainforest Jumperoo: It’s an amazing accomplishment when your little one starts moving, but it’s also ridiculously exhausting for moms. That’s why it’s crucial to get baby gear that is safe and fun for your tiny mover to play in on their own.
When you have the big kids to tend to, a meal to prepare, or you just need a few minutes to sip a coffee without your little one hanging off of you or without chasing them around the house, the Fisher-Price Roarin’ Rainforest Jumperoo is a saviour. It helps us mamas get through the day, while enriching the life of our littles. So, really, it’s a win-win! The music, sounds and lights go off as baby bounces around, and there are so many great toys attached that they can play with in the contained space.
3-in-1 Sit, Stride & Ride Lion: Babies grow, and they grow fast. So, it’s great when you can find a toy that will last throughout multiple stages of development. Versatile toys are also key for families like ours with kids at different ages. The Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Sit, Stride & Ride Lion offers three different ways to play: your little one can begin by sitting and playing with the lion and its features, then use it to take their first steps as they push the lion along, and when they’re feeling really ambitious and the need for speed, they can hop on the lion and cruise around. This toy can literally take children from being immobile to moving faster than us – are you ready for a workout, mamas?
Little People Animal Friends Farm: This one is a classic. The Little People Animal Friends Farm is a staple toy for every home. Let your child’s imagination and creativity run wild as they play with the barn and animals, learn animal sounds and enjoy the music. This toy is a fun one to sit down and play with your toddler. We like the idea of using this quality time to teach them the names of animals and what sounds each one makes. Mimicking sounds is a great way for little ones to begin to develop their speech.
Laugh & Learn Greetings Globe: You’ve got your little one moving and playing, about what about fostering your child’s intellectual development? We’re all about utilizing toys to educate our kids, and Fisher-Price toys have proven to be a fun and interactive way to encourage learning. The Laugh & Learn Greetings Globe introduces your toddler to the world and helps grow their vocabulary with over 100 sounds, songs, tunes and phrases. The globe is Natalie’s favourite, but hopefully she’ll let her crew have some time to play with it, too!
If you want to enrich your little one’s life with quality toys and baby gear that will help them reach new and exciting milestones as they grow, check out Fisher-Price.ca for an amazing selection. You can also purchase product at all major Canadian retailers (Toys”R”Us, Walmart, Amazon.ca and Sears).
And if you missed our live show with Fisher-Price and parenting educator Carolyn Sinclair, you can check it out below!