31 Mar 2010 Ebeanstalk
 |  Category: Random Thoughts

A while ago I signed up to receive a free toy through Ebeanstalk if I would blog about it. It arrived at a busy time to test it out with Hannah, so I waited to use it with her and then life has continued to be busy. I guess that’s the life of a mom huh?

Ebeanstalk is a website dedicated to selecting great baby toys and toddler toys. They rely on the opinions and feedback of bloggers and moms around the country to continue selecting great toys to sell. Their team of child experts also helps them pick out learning toys to make sure your child gets the most out of his or her playtime!

I was so excited to receive Hannah’s free toy in the mail. I opened it immediately and let her play a little with it before we headed out of town. Here are some of my initial thoughts on the Home Sweet Home Book:

This is a very cute book style pop up house.

The colors are bright and very inviting.

I like how the house opens all the way into a circle and even includes a little floor for each room of the house (living room, bathroom, and bedroom).

There are fun little objects in each room to tuck away into the story plot. And they’re attached to a string so you can’t loose them!

Then Hannah started to play with the Home Sweet Home Book:

First thing I noticed is that this isn’t a great toy for Hannah at this time. She can’t crawl yet, so she sits stationary and tries to play with the house like it is a book, so the floors in the room got in her way of trying to play with the objects she could remove from their pockets in their rooms. Most of the time while Hannah sat and played she could only see the bottoms of the floors and hardly anything of the adorable rooms in the house.

Then I noticed Hannah got a little frustrated trying to look at the different objects (she loves the bright yellow ducky in the bathtub) since the strings keeping them attached are pretty short. When she would try to bring the toy close to her the whole book came with it and got in the way of her little fingers trying to learn how to work.

The Home Sweet Home Book is geared towards 6 month olds.  Maybe if I tuck this away and bring it out when she is more mobile she will enjoy playing with it more and can leave the house open and move to each room.

My last suggestion I would add to the book would be to add velcro on the other side of the tab that keeps the house closed, and make it so it can also keep the house open. It stays open well on it’s own sitting there, but I could see when a child is playing with the objects that it could end up closing a room or two.

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4 Responses

  1. 1
    Nicole 

    How fun! I’d love to try this with my daughter – how did you get involved with it?

  2. I had a friend email me with the opportunity. I’m not sure how often they are looking for people to test products.

  3. 3
    GG'maB 

    Clever idea.. to test toys !!! Hadn’t heard of that, but good idea..

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