Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Disney Baby encourages creative, fun play

One of my favourite things to do with Hannah is play. Her personality shines through when she is pretending to talk into a phone (really a credit card), not colouring in the lines of her colouring book or attempting to sing Ring-A-Round the Rosie.

She really likes music. She likes to sing. She likes to dance. And she LOVES to play instruments.

We recently introduced her to the Baby Einstein: Discovering Music Activity Table and she’s a big fan. As soon as it came through the door, she was pressing the keys of the keyboard and was impatient as Chris and I got it out of the box and put the legs on (I guess a few minutes to a toddler for their dream toy feels like forever.)

She loves switching the toy from English, to French, to Spanish. There are various “areas” of the toy but her favourite remains the keyboard. (I like this area best too, it plays one of the melodies from her Baby Neptune Ocean Adventure Gym – a toy I HAD to purchase before she was even born.) The way the keys light up keep her attention and she loves hearing the different sounds.


I’m also a big fan of the drum area, it counts up to 5, not just saying the numbers, but with beats. So the toy will say “one” and then there’s one beat, “two” and then there’s two beats, and so on. I think it’s really important at this age for Hannah to start to connect words to their meanings and this is done in a fun, musical way. She’s even started to count along with the drum, which makes for one proud mommy over here!

Hannah has chosen the Table many times as the coveted “first play of the day” over all of her other toys. I like playing at the Table with her – she can be at one station and I’ll be at another (although, she has entered the dreaded “mine” stage, so if I spin the horn, she demands I stop so she can spin).


She also really likes her new Winnie the Pooh plush characters – Pooh and Piglet. They are bright and super soft, perfect for cuddling. She likes that the ears on both crinkle, something she really enjoyed as an infant. When we play, I ask her to point out where the ears, eyes and mouth are on Piglet, and on Pooh where his tummy full of hunny is. I also ask for the colours of Piglet’s tummy, Pooh’s shirt and Pooh’s arm – I love the way she says “yellow” so I point to many of his body parts to hear it again and again. Hannah also likes shaking these characters as they jingle.


Personally, I love Winnie the Pooh. I always feel safe giving Winnie the Pooh gifts at baby showers – the toys, clothing and room d├ęcor are gender neutral so it’s a safe bet the gift will be used whether the parents know if they are having a son or daughter or if they are keeping the sex of their baby a surprise. Any newborn would enjoy playing with the Winnie the Pooh Ring Rattles.


These certainly are not the first Disney toys to come through our door and they definitely will not be the last. I can’t wait for the day when Hannah can count to 5 by herself – with or without the assistance of the drum.

This post was generously sponsored by Disney Baby, but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit www.disneybaby.com

 © 2013 YYZ Bambina. All Rights Reserved.

20 comments:

  1. We actually don't have ANY Winnie! Isn't that insane? But we do love that Baby Einstein table and in general, all their products :)

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    1. Oh wow! Maybe my family is just Winnie obsessed. My Mom did make me wait for three hours at Disney World to ride the Winnie ride...sadly (?) this was in 2010.

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  2. I have always loved those activity benches. When my kids were small they had one very similar.

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  3. That activity bench is adorable. We had one similar to that when my kids were little.

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  4. Disney has so many adorable things for babies and little ones! I always LOVED their winnie the pooh items for babies and my kids had a few :)

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  5. I love all things disney!! WE had the rattle and move pooh when she was little! she loved it so much!

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  6. The first gift my husband gave our baby girl (8 years ago) was a stuffed Pooh bear because that was his favourite toy growing up. The music activity table looks like a great toy. My kids loved everything with music and lights.

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  7. Ooh thanks for the tip! Its so true that everyone loves Winnie the Pooh! I have a couple baby showers coming up and now I know what product line to get them, even if I'm still deciding on exactly *what* to get. Disney makes just about everything right? Lol...

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  8. My daughter loved Piglet! She is 18 and still has it in her room. Oups... maybe she doesn't want others to know that lol! I had a huge Pooh as a child and loved him dearly:)

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  9. Baby Einstein toys are well loved at our house too. We don't have the table that you have (think it was released after our kids were born) but the characters are the same!

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  10. What a great music table - my boys loved toys like that one. Love the quality of Disney toys - they are so durable - and loveable :)

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  11. I wish we had one of these when my son was younger...my daughter loves hers (not exactly the same style!).

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  12. Oh these are all so cute! I think we have every Baby Einstein DVD out there, Keira loved/loves them and I know when this next little one arrives she will love them too. I need to check out more from the line like that table!

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  13. I love the looks of those adorable rattles!

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  14. This reminds me of precious moments. We had that baby Einstein table. It was precious and fun

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  15. we used to have a toy like that einstein table, they are the best! we got a lot of use out of it

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  16. Great pictures! The drum area sounds neat I love that it counts and beats 5 times. Those type of learning options gear this toy to all different ages.

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  17. Oh... to have little ones again... so cute.

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  18. Love these photos! This toy looks like so much fun!

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  19. I love your music table. you don't know that how interesting is that to my baby.kids classes

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