Minimalista Mama

Only what you need for your baby. Really. (OK – and some fantastic things you don’t that are pretty cool.)

Spinning Lights

In honor of our Independence Day, I’d like to suggest a toy that is anything but minimalist and definitely made in China, i.e. very American! The LED spinner or whatever … Continue reading

July 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Matchbox 20

In my grandmother’s town, where I spent my summers as a kid, there was an ancient toy store run by an even more ancient man where he still sold individually … Continue reading

June 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Fire Trucks

Fire trucks are awesome. What’s not to love? I got a ride on one once. The firemen were heading out, I came by on foot wearing something fetching, and voila: … Continue reading

June 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Best Play Food: Condiments

Kids love dipping their food. Ketchup, syrup, tartar sauce: our refrigerator door is crowded with salty and sweet condiments. So it makes sense that the condiment bottle collection we got … Continue reading

May 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Best Play Food: Salad!

Astrid loves vegetables. I don’t feel like I can take much credit for that because I’ve tried to get her to like fruit too and it hasn’t worked at all. … Continue reading

May 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

First Doll

I wasn’t keen on raising our little girl to just like dolls and kitchens, so I got her a red car about the same time as I got her her … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bubbles!

With a two year old, bubbles are on the menu every day. They have been for a while. And babies love them too. So stocking up on bubbles, especially novel … Continue reading

April 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Skip Hop Treetop Friends Play Mat

I’ve always liked Skip Hop‘s style and Astrid (and I) were really happy with their farmyard activity mat when she was tiny: soft fabric with some texture and crinkles for … Continue reading

April 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Haba Toys

Full disclosure: I’m not a fan of tons of colors and noises for infants. The way I see it, if you’re new to everything, everything is interesting. Also, babies are … Continue reading

April 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Transitional Object: Gund Comfy Cozies

I wrote a while ago about “transitional objects” and how important they can be for babies. Chances are, you’ll pick out one you like before Baby arrives, or someone will … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Eat Your Veggies

Let’s face it: if you’re cooking dinner, your child is too. They like you, these kids of yours. So if you’re in the kitchen dicing vegetables, chances are, they’ll want … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

First Toys: The Teddy Bear (Another One)

OK, so I know I said you don’t need to have your future child’s teddy bear all sorted out and kicking it in the nursery when the baby arrives, and … Continue reading

February 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Skwish Mobile

I was in Giggle the other day and came across the Skwish Mobile. I love me some mobiles, so I had a look. Even though I don’t think I would’ve … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

San Francisco: Toy Stores

I hope this will be useful for some of my San Francisco readers. It’s by no means comprehensive + this is an area where I have pretty strong opinions, so … Continue reading

January 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Bells and Whistles. Or Just Bells.

In deference to my – and therefore my child’s – sanity, I swore we would keep electronic and noise-making toys to a minimum. We’ve done pretty well so far. No … Continue reading

December 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Kitchen: M Cups

We are TOTALLY getting these! They’re kitchen measuring cups built like Russian nesting dolls and are $9-14 worth of awesomeness for a toddler at loose ends in the kitchen. A … Continue reading

November 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Toys: The Teddy Bear

I still have Gloria, in case you were wondering. She was my first teddy bear, and, in a deeply subjective way, I love her. In a more objective way, I … Continue reading

November 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Music Boxes

I loved music boxes when I was a kid. The little machine inside – OK, yes, I broke one in half to see it – was like magic and the … Continue reading

September 20, 2011 · 1 Comment

Best Sand Toys!

When Astrid first took an interest in sand (other than eating it), she envied another child’s sand tower. I was thrilled and tracked one down in the off-season to get … Continue reading

September 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Toys: Sophie the Giraffe

See also A Word on Toys Sophie the Giraffe has been around for 50 years and is still sweet and effective. She’s a vanilla-scented, rubber teething toy from France with a … Continue reading

August 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Toys: “Transitional Object”

See also A Word on Toys A “transitional object” helps your baby transition from needing you all the time to wanting this object when you’re not around to, in the future, … Continue reading

August 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pimp My Car Seat

The infant car seat is a wonderful thing early on: your baby is small enough to snuggle in it and happy to snooze while you go from point A to … Continue reading

August 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Toys: Mobiles

See also A Word on Toys Mobiles are awesome. Period. Get at least one for your baby for above her crib. And maybe another one for above her play area. And … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Toys: Rattles

See also A Word on Toys The first interactive toys that will probably catch your baby’s attention are ones that make a small cause-and-effect noise, like a rattle or a crinkle. … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Toys: Mirrors

See also A Word on Toys Also in the staring category are mirrors. Astrid didn’t notice herself in a mirror until she was 3 1/2 months old despite all expert assertions … Continue reading

August 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

Fisher Price Music Box Record Player

I didn’t have a lot of mainstream toys when I was a kid. My parents were more “use your imagination/we walked uphill barefoot both ways” types, so Lincoln Logs and … Continue reading

August 6, 2011 · 1 Comment

Lamaze: Garden Bug Foot Finder

August 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Blocks

Just as Astrid hit the six and a half month mark, she seemed to lose interest in her previously popular rattles and toys. And a day later I got my … Continue reading

July 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Baby’s First Bath Toys

When we moved Astrid into the big tub, I felt like she was relaxed but bored, so I went hunting for some starter bath toys that wouldn’t make our only … Continue reading

October 26, 2010 · Leave a comment

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