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Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n Swing

Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n Swing

Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n Swing For Christmas 2018 if you are buying for a baby the Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n Swing is a perfect gift. This cradle and swing is great for a newborn and can still be used for a baby approximately nine months. The Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n Swing has two different motions – side to side or forward and back. The soft comfy fabrics are completely machine washable. Overhead there are three mobile figures plus a mirror. There are 16 different songs and sounds.

Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n SwingIn our family we have owned three of these swings. The first one was a gift for my Grandson. I remember when it was being given that someone said when she had one it was the only thing that allowed her to have a shower. The first one was used for my first-born Grandson then for his brother two years later. The second one was for my first-born Granddaughter. When the twins (girls) were born four years later these two Fisher-Price Cradle ‘n Swings were brought together and they were a God send. I don’t think my daughter could ever have had a meal without these swings. One of the girls like to go side to side and the other forward and back. One of them liked to be more upright while the other would fall asleep in a reclining position.

At the time one of the swings was six years old and had been used several times. At some time the motor did stop but there was no problem with having Fisher Price replace it. Our swings were always used in a plug-in mode.

Benefits of the Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n Swing

Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n Swing

  1. 2 Ways to swing, side to side or forward or back
  2. 2 Recline positions
  3. 6 Swing speeds
  4. 16 Songs and sounds
  5. Easy to convert to different positions
  6. Soft cosy fabrics
  7. Fabrics machine washable
  8. Mobiles and mirror

 
 
 
 
 
 

What Others Say about the Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n Swing

Our family is not the only one pleased and very happy with these Fisher Price swings. As we recommend the Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n Swing here are some other comments:
Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n Swing

my son loved it. The motor did go bad and thankfully I sent everything in and Fisher Price had a new motor here within 2 days & even went my little one a little gift for the trouble. The new motor is perfect & now my little niece is getting some use out of it.
My daughter loves this swing! If i cant get her to nap or just fall asleep for bed I’ll put her in it and within 10 minutes shes out! I love the different swing settings and the different music. There have been a few times where it has stopped swinging randomly but then started back up again. Thats the only issue ive had with it. Other than that id reccomend this swing to anyone!

It was a gift for my baby from my best friend that has bought it in USA. I am from Argentina. We all loved it!!! My baby has slept a lot with it and enjoy its music and also nature sounds. It worked perfectly. Now my baby is 1 years old and I will sell it
Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n Swing
My daughter is 3 1/2 weeks and is in this swing daily. She loves the music and sounds.It’s perfect position for her to lay and feel craddled
My baby loves the swing. Since birth until now that he’s 6 months old he loves it. Never broke or had a problem with it. I recommend it!!!

i didnt know if this would help me as much as it ended up helping, but i was so grateful/thankful to have gotten this swing for my little girl. at 3m old she was not soothed any other way than walking up and down the hall. the fact that this swing can switch directions helped soothe her and give me a much needed break. she is now entertained by the mobile and the sounds that it has, range from day to night to nature sounds. the mirror on the mobile has started being noticed and there are moments where ill catch her looking and coo at it. the different speeds are great, but i mainly stay at the 4th level and below for now. the swing/base itself is a good sized object so i wouldnt say its a space saving, but for the features, id take that any day. also, i love that it is pretty portable and that i can have it run on batteries if i want to be outside with her and my other two or if we are inside i can just have it plugged in. before i forget, i also have to say that the seat and cover are so soft and comfortable, i have found myself wishing i could be a little one and be rocked in there a time or two(maybe more) overall, id recommend this 100% to anyone.
Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n Swing
I totally love this swing . It has so many Features. It has side to side swinging on it and also back and forth swinging and I like that cause I am able to switch it up when I need to soothe my son . It has 16 songs on it and it’s very durable and easy to wash and put together . It also has a adjustable seat which is awesome cause if hes sleeping I can put it down and if hes up and wants to look around I can also adjust it to that too. It takes 4 d batteries and the mobile is cute with the animals on it . I would recommend this to any parent that is looking for a amazing swing for there child.

We loved our swing! The sounds for night and day are soothing, assembly was fairly easy. Watch your fingers when pushing the locking buttons in. My guy loved watching the birds! The plush cover is so soft and washes great. I have now passed it on to our next new family member..worth every penny.
I had one of these with my first son and he wouldnt sleep/take naps anywhere else!!! it was a life saver which is why I bought this one again from fisher price!!! cant wait to use this one with new baby!!!
Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n Swing
Our little one really enjoys the swing set. it has adjustable volume with a few different sounds and is pretty sturdy. We as parents love that it comes with an A/C adapter, considerinh how many baby toys are battery powered.

The unit we received made a really loud grinding noise when turning on the swing, but did work A quick call to the manufacturer and they sent us a new motor unit.

Where to Purchase the Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n Swing

The Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n Swing can be purchased at fisherprice.com, Walmart, amazon.ca, and chapters-indigo.ca.

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Radio Flyer Wagon

Radio Flyer Wagon

Radio Flyer Wagon For Christmas 2018 we have been talking about toys and equipment that can be used over and over again. The Radio Flyer Wagon is definitely one of these enduring items. Not only is it made of sturdy high quality materials; it spans the ages eighteen months to at least five years. Also some school age children are happy to have a ride to school in this durable wagon.

Radio Flyer WagonIn our family we have owned at least three of these wagons. Including the one we left in Florida it may be that we owned four. We highly recommend the Radio Flyer Wagon. Our oldest Grandson is now fifteen and we still have our original wagon. I put the seats down and use it to help me move some gardening materials around the yard.
Our wagons have been used to transport children from place to place, to move materials to the beach, to be a float in a parade, and now to move planting materials.

The Radio Flyer Wagon we had in Florida had a canopy to shade the children from the hot sun. Although we have not had any trouble with the tires you can upgrade to all-terrain air tires. The front wheels have an axle for easy steering and to prevent the wagon from tipping. This wagon has seat belts but they are not a three-point harness. It is my opinion that if you have a small child in it you need to carefully supervise them.

Radio Flyer Wagon

Benefits of the Radio Flyer Wagon

  1. Sturdy materials
  2. Easy steering
  3. Seat belts
  4. Folding handle
  5. Seats fold up or down
  6. Radio Flyer Wagon

  7. Axel on front wheels
  8. Dura-Tred tires
  9. Cup holders
  10. Storage area
  11. Award winning

 
 
 
 
 
 

What Others Say About the Radio Flyer Wagon

We have been more than happy with the Radio Flyer Wagon and highly recommend it. Here are some comments from other owners:

Radio Flyer Wagon

This thing has been my greatest purchase for my twins! (They are 9mo old) We’ve been going everywhere in it and they are so much more tolerant of walks since they aren’t as tied down as they are in the stroller and it makes them way less sweaty. I bought it originally just for the beach and was a little skeptical after hearing a few people say it doesn’t do sand well but it worked great for me! It got the twins and their toys to the shore no problem. It obviously doesn’t go as smooth as on street or dirt but it’s so much easier than the stroller (which was a nightmare). It’s totally doable. I love this wagon so much!

My kids absolutely love this!
We took it to the beach and to some campgrounds.
For everyday use it works great and cleans off easily.
The tires give it great traction on most terrains.
If you have any significant amount of weight you will end up dragging it through the beach.
This is the case with any wagon we’ve ever used.
We let some air out of the tires and that helped us get better traction in the sand.
Fold up/down seats have seatbelts which is great.
Cup holders are a nice touch.
Overall, we are very pleased with the wagon and would recommend it to anyone with kids especially if you have a family vacation coming up.

Glad I spent the extra money on this model vs the one with plastic wheels. My 2 year old loves riding it in and it is easy enough for her to get in and out of it. The tires are inflatable and wide which makes it much easier when you have to cross over grassy areas and makes big bumps in the sidewalk a little softer. The cup holders are a nice feature and make it easy to drag along some bottles of water when going to the playground.

Radio Flyer Wagon A Christmas gift for the two young grandchildren, this has been a much used “Wagon”. It even has cupholders. The two fit in nicely and sometimes the 10 year old wants to ride, too. It is sturdy, turns easily, does not tip over. The plastic is soft and appears to be durable. I am not sure of the weight limit, but it can be used to haul, bring groceries from a car to the house if you have some distance. The parents love this, too! Worth every penny 

Purchased this wagon for my grandchildren. My grand daughter is an extremely active 2 1/2 year old and her little brother is 5 months. I went to help my daughter out with the kids for a few weeks and was reminded just how much work it is to try to care for the needs of 2 small children at the same time. Kudos to all you parents that do it! Anyway, I didn’t want to leave her without trying out a wagon to see if it could make life more manageable. Her 5 month old likes to be held a lot and fusses around when put down for a few minutes. And the 2 year old, well –she’s 2 !!! She wants someone to play with her and the 5 month old seemed too young to be her playmate until we strapped them both in to this.

The 5 month old was able to sit up with just the lap strap and he looked into his sister’s eyes and grinned a HUGE grin! Neither one of them wanted to get out. They would have been happy going around the lake on the sidewalk with one of us pulling for several laps. I left after the wagon had been there for 4 days and they still wanted to go on multiple walks a day. Back home, they would sit and play in it for long amounts of time too.

The biggest benefit is for 2 little children to be able to look at each other and also clearly see their environment while going on a comfortable ride. The 2 year old does not always just sit still, but really enjoys being able to put the seat up and down and crawl around on it while riding. You may want to make sure kids are always buckled in from the 1st ride on so that they don’t get in the habit of moving around a lot while you are in motion –if you are concerned about safety. I would definitely buy it again and am looking forward to buying the accessories to go with it. Thanks Radio Flyer!

Radio Flyer WagonThis is an awesome wagon! We bought it so we could take it with us for our daughter when we go camping, to the beach, etc. She LOVES it! This wagon literally has been in our living room when it’s not in use since the day we bought it because if we try to take it out to the garage without her, she freaks out! It’s easy to pull, the wheels turn very smoothly and effortlessly, it’s very spacious, and seems very durable. At one point I got in it myself (200lbs) with my daughter and my significant other pulled us around. It was still extremely easy to pull and it didn’t seem to strain it much. The sides push out slightly if you put too much pressure on them, but it doesn’t seem like a problem. The seat belts are okay, but I’m not sure just a lap harness would do much if my daughter wanted to get out LOL. We now take walks around the block with the wagon instead of the stroller because my daughter likes it so much better! We’ve even closed the seats and laid her down in it to nap while we were at a family gathering in the forest. I highly recommend this product!

Radio Flyer Wagon

Where to Purchase the Radio Flyer Wagon

The Radio Flyer Wagon can be purchased at radioflyer.com, Walmart, amazon.ca, amazon.co.uk, Costco, and Chapters-Indigo.

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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel – Dry-Erase Board, Chalkboard, Paper Roller

For Christmas 2018 if you are looking for a lasting gift the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel – Dry-Erase Board, Chalkboard, with a Paper Roller is a great choice. Our family owned three of these great easels. There was one for each household plus Grandma’s house.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art EaselThe first one was bought as soon as our first-born Grandchild could stand up. It was in their kitchen area and he was delighted to scribble on it. Because we had had an art easel for our own children we quickly bought a Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel to have when our Grandchildren came to visit. We can personally attest to the quality of these easels. After having it for at least twelve years we sold it to a delighted new mother. All sides were well used and many very creative pictures were painted. The one caution I would give is to keep an eye on what is used on the chalkboard. Markers and crayons are not easily cleaned off the chalkboard. I liked the paper roller where it was easy to have the paper right there, pull it up, cut it off, and clip it on to the easel.

The Benefits of the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel

    Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel

  1. Create with paint, crayons, markers, chalk, and pens.
  2. Easy Clean up.
  3. Easy Paper change.
  4. Folds easily.
  5. Height adjusts.

  6. Storage Trays for paint, brushes, crayons, etc.

 
 
 
 
 
 

What Others Say About the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel

We were more than satisfied with our Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easels. The ones that we owned were of good sturdy materials, easy to assemble, and greatly used. It seems not everyone has had the same experience. Here are some of the comments:

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel

Works great! My wife and toddler love it! I like the adjustable height for the chalkboard/dry erase board which allows it to grow with your kids. There is a slight issue with the instructions, if you try to assemble as seen in the images with the hinges facing out you will run into alignment issues with the pre-drilled holes and the screws used to bolt together the 2 piece legs will be too short. Once I figured that out and flipped the legs around it went together very easily. Once assembled it is quite sturdy and very stable. Our 15 m/o likes to push it around the living room. I am sure as she gets bigger she will start using it as designed.

This was a gift for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. She’s had it about a year now, and it still gets regular (almost-daily) use. My father-in-law put it together, since we had the party at their house, but he said it was quick and easy. I like that it is double-sided, as she does have other siblings who like to do art with her occasionally. We don’t use the chalkboard much, she prefers the dry-erase and the paper. The dry-erase board comes clean fairly easily, but I tend to use a washcloth and a spritz of water or windex when it needs a thorough cleaning. Most of the clips have broken by now, but it’s not a huge issue. I have small tin buckets that fit in the little cup holder spaces, and we use them for crayons and colored pencils. The easel is sturdy and perfect for the average 2-6 year old child.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art EaselSo glad I purchased this. It was costly, but well worth it. I have two young children, so I rip paper off and clip on one side and pull paper and clip on the intended side too. I purchased paint cups, paint brushes, paper rolls separate, as I was able to get more for less money than if I purchased as the kit with this. The racks and clips on both sides make it easy to have two children paint on either side at the same time.

My kids love this easel. They use it for everything.
Why I couldn’t give this five stars:
1.The chalk board didn’t fit on properly when I was putting this together. I had to drill a hole into it to make it a little wider so that it could fit on the peg. Otherwise it was pretty easy to put together with my 7 yo DD and have used it quite often.
2. We use the chalkboard markers with it which tends to show better than the sidewalk chalk we have. Definitely have to use a light spray of water to clean it off. I also keep a Magic Eraser with the board for the girls to use to really clean up the chalk board when they’re ready to start a new drawing.
3. Would have preferred this to come with a starter paper roll for the price.
4. It’s not easy to collapse and put to the side in a small house. You have to unscrew the middle portion to do so. Since we keep a roll of paper in there, then it’s not worth the effort.
This easel is wonderful! We got this for our son’s birthday, and it is everything we want in an easel. I like how one side is a dry erase board and the other side is a chalk board. The trays are a nice touch, and the side with the dry erase board has a tray where you can put paint containers. The only down side is that the spaces for the containers are made specifically for the four Melissa & Doug paint containers, and you can’t really fit much more.
In the middle of the easel is a rod where you can add a roll of paper to drape over the top of the easel and clip it to the side so that your child can paint. The easel comes with four removable clips, which is another down-side because my son constantly takes these clips and loses them. At the moment, I have absolutely no idea where they are. When I find them, I put them back on the easel, but then the second I turn my back, he takes them off again. I think it would be better if there were clips attached to the board, like the way a clipboard works.
The chalkboard is neat… it’s made out of a different material than a classroom chalkboard, so if you’re like me and don’t like the way a chalkboard feels or sounds, then you’ll like this one! It’s more of like a plastic… hard to explain, but it erases nicely, and if there is chalk residue on it, you can easily wipe it clean.
This easel is well-made and sturdy. I like how your child has a choice between markers, chalk, or paint, and that you can have two kids working on it at once. This has not let me down yet!! Worth every penny.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art EaselI read the reviews before I purchased this. I am very dissappointed in the quality of this item. It is a pain in the rear to assemble and the screws that hold the legs together at the top of the easel are stripped out. They keep falling out as I am putting the other pieces together. I also notice that the chalk board is exactly as other described it. There is no way you can use chalk on this surface. Very poorly made. Look around and purchase something else. I don’t feel as if I should have to buy new screws and repaint the chalk board for it to be useable. It should work as it is.

The kids and I love this thing! The only reason for the lack of a 5th star is that the holes are predrilled SLIGHTLY crooked, as the other reviews state. It wasn’t difficult to pull the pieces together a bit as my husband pushed the screws into place through. Several reviews also state that the chalkboard is too slick to draw on, I believe this is because it is meant for chalk markers, not sidewalk chalk. I didn’t want chalk dust all over the floor so that’s perfect in my opinion! The chalk markers also work on the whiteboard & erase very easily, whereas dry erase markers are requiring moisture to remove, whether it be a baby wipe or a damp cloth. I don’t find it structurally unsound or wiggly at all, perhaps this is because of how tightly the screws fit into place on the one we received.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art EaselNice Product, chalkboard is a melamine coated piece of MDF board, scratches upon conditioning and more so after. M&D makes nice products and this is no exception. Grab a can of Chalkboard paint at any local hardware store. Lightly sand the existing Chalkboard with 600Grit and in 30 mins you’ll have a perfectly good chalkboard. (Make sure you clean the existing chalkboard with a clean barely-damp rag thoroughly, even tack rag or blow clean with compressed air post sanding, prior to spraying the Chalkboard paint)

Where to Purchase the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel

The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel can be purchased at
Melissa & Doug Holiday Sale: Take 10% Off Orders $25-$74, 15% Off Order $75 Or More. Use Code: HOLIDAY18
• Paper, paint, cups, paint brushes, and chalk sold separately; works best with 18-inch paper roll

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PlasmaCar

Original PlasmaCar by PlaSmart

Original PlasmaCar by PlaSmart

For Christmas 2018 the Original PlasmaCar by PlaSmart is a wonderful gift for children from age 3 to adult. My daughter introduced this ride-on-toy into our family and I think we eventually owned about 7 in the family.

Original PlasmaCar by PlaSmart Initially it was bought for her daughter who at the time I think was four years old. However I remember that all the adults had to try this PlasmaCar. They were very intrigued that you could control this car just by changing your body position. Twist, turn, or wiggle and the car moves. Since it sits very low to the ground there is really no danger if you happen to fall off. After 13 years we still have one in our garage. When our Grandchildren visit at least one of them will dig it out and take it for a spin.

Benefits of the PlasmaCar

  1. Enjoyable for 3 years to adults
  2. No batteries
  3. No gears
  4. No pedals
  5. Original PlasmaCar by PlaSmart

  6. Safety seat
  7. Award winning
  8. Many colors available
  9. Can be used indoors

 
 
 
 

What Others Say About the PlasmaCar

All the members of our family highly recommend the PlasmaCar. We never found the wheels a problem but reading the reviews I see some people swapped up the wheels for polyurethane ones. Here are comments from other owners:

Original PlasmaCar by PlaSmart

We have older teen daughters that had a coulple of these when they were younger but that was a very long time ago. We moved on a cul-de-sac when they were in grade school and would walk it up the street and ride it down at crazy fast speeds with their friends. Thank God they didn’t get hurt but they sure did have fun. I don’t remember them ever tipping over. Now we have a 5 year old son and I wasn’t sure how he would take to this. He has a Scooter, Electric Go Kart…….. He likes fast! So I wasn’t sure if he would think this would be a dud. I’m so glad we went for it! 
I just got this yesterday for my 3 year old son for Christmas. As others suggested, I purchased the polyurethane wiggle wheels for a smoother ride for in and out of the house. All I can say is I love this thing. I rode it all over the house while my little one was sleeping before I wrapped it up. With the poly wheels, it doesn’t make a sound. Super smooth ride, easy to operate and loads of fun for a 40 year old woman! I can’t wait for my son to open this on Christmas morning so I can play with it again!
Today I jazzed this Lime green Original PlasmaCar with lime striped ribbons and a trio of helium balloons and presented it to our Grandson for his 3rd Birthday. He was all smiles and dancing around as he hopped on , trying to get the hang of driving. “Here let me show you “,said his Dad as he climbed aboard and took off around the family room. “No, Andy, I’ll show him said his Mom, confiscating it. “You’ve almost got it” said Grandpa, there’s a little trick to it” he said as he stepped in front of Mom’s ride and took over. “Cut it out, give the poor boy his present will you, he can do this !” I said to Grandpa. I knew this because I had tried it before putting it in the car to head for the party. ” Wiggle the wheel back and forth, there, you’ve got it ” I said to our Birthday Boy. Off he went . “I can doood it !” he said.
Original PlasmaCar by PlaSmart
Purchased this for my son’s second birthday, and it was his absolute favorite gift by far! He absolutely loves riding it up and down the driveway and on the sidewalk.

I love that it will grow with him, as he doesn’t quite understand the “wiggle” feature of it (putting both feet on it and moving the handle back and forth to go forward). Right now, he’s content to push off with his feet. The construction is durable, and the car came completely assembled!

Update: Four months after our initial purchase and this is HANDS DOWN the best birthday gift we gave our son. He uses it every single day and has the device completely mastered. It’s fascinating to watch!

Update #2: We’ve reached a year since the initial purchase. Now that it’s spring, our soon-to-be 3 year old STILL loves this toy. It’s the first outdoor toy he grabs.
But this thing he has been on for hours today – forcing his mother to dodge as she was emptying the dishwasher as he zooms around the kitchen and living room. He loves it. Don’t know how well it will last, but he loves it, has already spent more time on it then toys that cost many times more, and it hasn’t marked up my hardwood floors – so he’s happy, I’m happy and that’s what matters.
Fantastic rider!… So fun if you have a sloped driveway, kids love it!
It is very impressive at first when you see a little one riding down the slope with a hysterical scream of joy, so just to make it safe have them wear a helmet and some bike protections, this soothes anxious mind 🙂 actually the rider looks very stable and well balanced even in sharp turns.
The choice of color is great, alternative brands cost 20 bucks less, but the award winner is Plasma and we didn’t want to even try another one!

Where to Purchased the PlasmaCar

Original PlasmaCar by PlaSmart

The PlasmaCar can be purchased at plasmarttoys.com, amazon.ca, Canadian Tire, Mastermind Toys, toysrus.ca, chaprters.indigo.ca, Walmart, and amazon.co.uk.

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Radio Flyer Big Flyer

Radio Flyer 474 Deluxe Big Flyer

Radio Flyer 474 Deluxe Big Flyer
Radio Flyer 474 Deluxe Big Flyer is a great trike to have under the Christmas 2018 tree. It is perfect for children aged 3-5. I suspect that may be even younger children might like this Radio Flyer Big Flyer however they need to be able to reach the pedals and have the coordination to push them.

Our Grandsons had a Radio Flyer Big Flyer and they loved it. The fact that it is so low to the ground it is very safe. The seat adjusts so as children grow it accommodates their longer legs. We did not need them but you can add pedal blocks to adjust the reach to the pedals. The extra grip on the big wheel gives it added traction. Although the manufacturer states it is suitable for children up to 7 years in our experience the children had moved on to two wheeler by then. We think of this Radio Flyer Big Flyer as red but it is also available in pink.

Benefits of the Radio Flyer Big Flyer

Radio Flyer 474 Deluxe Big Flyer

  1. Performance grip tread on big wheel
  2. Adjustable seat
  3. Chrome handlebars
  4. Low center of gravity for stability and safety
  5. Racing design
  6. Good for weight up to 65lbs

 
 
 
 
 

  

What Others Think About the Radio Flyer Big Flyer

Radio Flyer 474 Deluxe Big FlyerOur Grandsons loved their Radio Flyer Big Flyer and had many hours of enjoyment with it. We were not the only ones to like this trike, here are some of the comments of others:

This is the best version of this child oriented big wheel tricycle. The steel reinforced steering construction really makes a difference. The two we have purchased lasted through four kids. They jump curbs, do 180s, smash into other bikes. Fun!
good price, quality elements (e.g. chrome!), easy enough to assemble (15 minutes?). My son just turned 3 and is 39 inches tall, the pedals are just out of reach for him. Just account for that since most 3-year-olds won’t be able to reach the pedals.
I bought this for my grandson who had already wore out two other Big Wheels. I liked this one for its added rubber strip around the big wheel and its more sturdy construction. My grandson, who is only 5, has put this Radio Flyer through its paces; jumping off curbs and doing power slides. So far no visible wear like the standard plastic Big Wheels he wore out. Over all he loves it which is all that really matters to me.
Great ride on toy!! Our son and daughter love this big wheel!! Even though our 2yo daughter is so small and short and can’t reach the pedals she still loves riding on this and uses her feet to scoot everywhere. My parents suggest getting those pedal blocks to put on pedal to help her reach 🙂 The big wheel is same great radio flyer quality!
The kids love this. I have twin 5 year old girls that really like this Big Wheel.

It is easy for them to spin out but not so tipsy that they feel like they are falling off.

Great low center of gravity makes for more enjoyable rides for the little ones.
This is our replacement to the first Radio Flyer big wheel that my boys rode until it, literally, fell apart! They ride it nearly everyday and they are NOT gentle! They typically get going as fast as they can and then drift it across our pavement or jump it off a ramp! The first one had 3+ years of absolutely rough and tumble play! This is WORTH every dime! Its been a wonderful toy for our boys and very well loved!

Radio Flyer 474 Deluxe Big Flyer
Where to Purchase the Radio Flyer Big Flyer
The Radio Flyer Big Flyer can be purchased at radioflyer.com, amazon.ca, chapters.indigo.ca, Walmart, Target, and amazon.co.uk.

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Little Tikes Cozy Coupes

Little Tikes Cozy Coupes

For a toddler 18 months and older Christmas 2018 will be perfect if there is a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe under the tree.
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe
We fell in love with theses adorable Little Tikes Cozy Coupes. We have had at least seven of these cars in our family. You can see some of our prior reviews of the Little Tikes Cozy Truck and the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Edition by clicking these links.

It is my opinion that there is not a better value toy on the market for toddlers and preschoolers. The very first Cozy Coupe that we owned I bought at a garage sale. It was at least five years old at that time and we had it for just less than ten years. Although a bit faded this car still ran beautifully. From time to time even the older children tried to squeeze in to it. These quality built vehicles will take up to 50 pounds.
Although it is all right for Grandma to have an old one at her house, there were new versions of the Cozy Coupe at my Grandchildren’s homes. My twin Granddaughters had a Little Tikes Ride ‘N Rescue Coupe and a Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe. They had these cars from the time they were 18 months until they graduated to “big girl” bikes. Seldom a day went by that they were not in use. When the girls were no longer using them we donated them to their day care where they are still in use.
Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe
If you take a look at the review we did about the Little Tikes Cozy Truck you will see how they fell in love with it. They were equally thrilled when Roaming Rascals acquired the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Cab.

Features of the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

  • Handle on back for parent-controlled push rides
  • Removable floor
  • When the floor is in, little ones’ feet are protected
  • Take the floor out allows kids to use foot-to-floor power
  • Door opens and closes
  • Working horn
  • Designed with a high seat back
  • Cup holders in the rear
  • Microphone features four “city sounds”
  • Caster front wheels spin 360 degrees
  • Requires 2 “AA” batteries for microphone (not included)
  • Weight limit up to 50 lbs.
  • Assembly required

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Assembly

Little Tikes Ride 'N Rescue CoupeFor the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe assembly it is suggested that you don’t leave it to the very last minute, as it can sometimes be a challenge. That said my husband and I assembled two Cozy Coupe cars –Little Tikes Ride ‘N Rescue Coupe and a Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe for our twin Granddaughters. We are far from handy with tools but we were able to do this with no trouble. As it seems that there can sometimes be assembly problems we suggest you try looking for some videos. One of the reviewers for the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car as well as having an excellent video had these tips:

Use a rubber mallet instead of a hammer
Forget using a screwdriver – you will need to either pre-drill the holes or use a decent cordless screwdriver (It needs some muscle)
If you can find videos (in addition to mine) – watch them prior to assembly. Taking parts back off of the Cozy Coupe will make your nightmare that much worse.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Parent Friendly

I think one of the great things about the Cozy Coupe cars is their height. The top of the roof is at a very comfortable height for an adult to push it along. The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Cab had the added feature of a handle on the back for parent-controlled push rides.
The other nice thing about these later versions of the Cozy Coupe is that they have removable floorboards. For most of the life of the cars they will be propelled by the child’s feet, however for very young children who have yet to be able to do this the floorboard is wonderful. Small children tend to get their feet caught under the seat area of the car, as they don’t understand that when the car is being pushed they need to lift their feet off the ground.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Kid Friendly

Little Tikes Cozy Truck I can tell you from personal experience that my Granddaughters were thrilled with the Little Tikes Cozy Coupes they owned. Even though they had their own Cozy Coupes and had quite a bit of experience using the Little Tikes Cozy Truck they were all over the Taxi Cab. They loved the cab’s eyes, the working horn, the color (yellow), and the idea that it was a taxi. At Roaming Rascals they don’t put batteries in their toys so the microphone was not working but it was used without the sounds.
 
 
 
 

What Others Think About the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

We have no trouble giving these Little Tikes Cozy Coupes 5 stars plus. Others have this to say:

Our Granddaughter, almost ready to walk, can stand and play inside and out of cab. The audibles are good; could use more manipulatives inside cab, though. She’s not yet ready to sit and make it move by her own two feet so the extra flooring piece is a great idea. You can even take the cab for a walk because of handle in back – helps save back of parents and grandparents! The door “lock” is essential. I can see she’ll play with and in the taxi for years.

Thank you so much this was a gift for my Great nephew, it was great to order this from Ohio and have it delivered to Tucson, Az. He is soooo excited and we get pics often of him enjoying his “new wheels”. you made this experience very smooth from order to delivery to pics for family.

My two year old granddaughter loves it. Very easy for her to drive around. The add in floor is a nice feature. She likes having someone push her as well as drive it herself. Sometimes the front wheels turn around and get stuck but not a problem. She loves the little cab and the sounds of the city and horn. I bought the gas pump too. Great fun with both.

The Cozy Coupe Cab was easy to assemble, came with extra pieces, and is extremely durable. My 2 year old has been very brutal with this toy and it does not break at all. He loves to sit and watch tv in it, get pushed around in it, crawl all over it, and “drive it for hours.

Where to Purchase the Little Tikes Cozy Coupes

Little Tikes Cozy Coupes are available at littletikes.com, Walmart, Canadian Tire, and Amazon.
I can not highly enough recommend these Little Tikes Cozy Coupe.

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Fisher-Price Rock, Roll ‘n Ride Trike

Fisher-Price Rock, Roll 'n Ride TrikeThe Fisher-Price Rock, Roll ‘n Ride Trike is an excellent Christmas 2018 gift for toddlers 18 months to 5 years. When our Granddaughters and grandsons were young we owned this Fisher-Price Rock, Roll ‘n Ride Trike. It was definitely a much sought after toy when they came to visit.

Although it is very easy to change the trike from a ride on vehicle to a rocker we really did not use this feature very often. The children preferred to use it outdoors and to be pushed along. There is a footrest for the children to use and this keeps their feet from dragging on the ground. For me the handle was at a very comfortable height.

Fisher-Price Rock, Roll 'n Ride TrikeWhen it was time to remove the handle and use it as a trike, it became a favorite ride on toy. However I do take issue that children as old as 5 are still interested in using it. I suspect it may depend upon their size but our Granddaughters are not especially big or tall and they had outgrown it by 4 years old.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Beneifts of the Fisher-Price Rock, Roll ‘n Ride Trike

Fisher-Price Rock, Roll 'n Ride Trike

  1. Sturdy plastic frames and wheels
  2. Easy grip handlebars
  3. Easy to convert from one position to another
  4. Rocker base
  5. Parent friendly handle for pushing
  6. Footrest for rocking or pushing
  7. Adjustable seat
  8. Great little trike with easy push pedals

 
 
 
 
 

What Others Say About the Fisher-Price Rock, Roll ‘n Ride Trike

Fisher-Price Rock, Roll 'n Ride TrikeThe Fisher-Price Rock, Roll ‘n Ride Trike was a very much liked and used toddler toy in our family. Many others felt the same:

We love these multi-function toys. It’s durable, attractive, and easily changed from a rocker for indoor use, to a pusher/trike for outdoor use. In fact, our 18-month Grandson has learned to pull the locking pin (a big yellow, plastic dowel-shaped thing) out of the handle to convert it to the pusher/trike so he can go outside – hint, hint! When he gets a bit older, we can remove the handle altogether.
I purchased this trike for my 10 month old son for Christmas. I originally had it set up as a rocker and he didn’t seem so impressed. We quickly transformed it to a trike and to our surprise, my non-walking 10 month old was mobile. He loved it and took off in the house immediately. He’s now 14 months and still rides it almost daily. Great quality and should last him until he 3-4.
This is my 2nd purchase of this trike. Our 1st trike lasted over 5 years of heavy use (left outside in WI winters, toddlers to school age children playing with it, etc). We purchased a 2nd because we loved the 1st one so much (great for a toddler who wants to pedal but needs some help sometimes or you can’t trust to stop at the end of the driveway!). I’m hoping to get another 5 years out of this one!

Both my 2- and 4-year-old grandchildren love this trike so much, I had to get a second one! The four-year-old is now pedaling on his own. He seems to like this much more than the “hot wheels” – type of tricycle he also has; don’t know why.

Let me start by saying that we have owned this trike for over four years. I have 3 kids ages 5, 7 and 9. They still ride this trike after four years! They started using it as a rocker for a short time, and quickly moved to the push trike setup. It has gotten so much use and abuse over the years. Now, even the 7 and 9 year old still like to play with it. (Technically, they are both probably too big for it, but they are still able to pedal with their knees bent out a bit.)
I don’t write reviews too often, but I felt compelled to write about such a great purchase. How often do we spend money on toys for our kids that break or rarely get played with, or they outgrow them before they get much use? (More times than I would care to think about for us!)

 
 
 

Where to Purchase the Fisher-Price Rock, Roll ‘n Ride Trike

Fisher-Price Rock, Roll 'n Ride Trike The Fisher-Price Rock, Roll ‘n Ride Trike can be purchase at Walmart, Fisherprice.com, amazon.ca, fisher-price.mattel.com, and amazon.co.uk.

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HearthSong Hanging Tree Swing

HearthSong Deluxe Platform Hanging Tree Swing for Yard or Playground

HearthSong Hanging Tree Swing For Christmas 2018 consider a HearthSong Deluxe Platform Hanging Tree Swing for Yard or Playground, Webbed Nylon Rope Mat and Padded Steel Frame, Multiple Kids 40 L x 30 W. I can tell you from personal experience, if you are looking for a great swing you will not be disappointed in this swing.

In 2015 we purchased this swing for our Granddaughters who were moving into a new home. In the backyard they had a perfect tree with just the right branch to mount the swing. Since that time there have been countless hours spent on this swing. They love it and all their friends love it. I have also had a few turns on it.

It is suitable for children age 5 and up. I see from some of the reviews that others have had younger children on it. It is my opinion that younger children would need supervision. One of the joys of this swing is that more than one child at a time can swing on it.

Benefits of the HearthSong Hanging Tree Swing

HearthSong Hanging Tree Swing

  1. Large comfortable platform
  2. Suitable for multiple children
  3. Padded sturdy steel frame
  4. Thick strong nylon rope – holds up to 250lbs
  5. Hangs from a tree, swing set, or stand
  6. Can be used indoors if suitable place available
  7. Easy to assemble

 
 
 
 
 

What Others Say About the HearthSong Hanging Tree Swing

HearthSong Hanging Tree SwingThere are many reviews for this HearthSong Hanging Tree Swing with 4.5 out of 5 star rating. We can personally add our string endorsement of it.
Here is what others say:

 This swing survived a full Utah mountains winter without being taken out of our tree and it’s in AMAZING shape! We just moved to a new house without a tree and I hung it on an a frame swing set I built and my son still loves it! Great swing. Still recommend!
We purchased this swing to add to a wooden play structure. We LOVE it. We are able to fit four children on it at a time (ages 2-5) and they love being able to swing as well as spin it and then letting it spin down. 
Two-and-half years later, the swing is still in very good condition. The webbing is still good and the foam protection is still on and shows a little wear-for-tear. No issues of it falling apart. The swing gets a lot of compliments as it is a unique item, and my child’s friends love riding on it too.
 I have 3 and 5 year old granddaughters. They LOVE this swing. It is so much better than a circular one as they can both sit on the ends or sides together or separately. Or there is more than enough room for both of them to lie down which is their favorite. The swing is comfortable and they can hold on anywhere when I push them-which is pretty high! I have quite a few things for them to play on in my backyard and this swing is by far their favorite. They do not want to get off. If you are looking for something to invest in for a gift or your own backyard-this swing is it. It can easily hold 4 children-sitting up-and it took less than 5 minutes to assemble when I received it. It is also very easy to adjust to make the swing level. This is one of the best purchases I have ever made.
By far the best swing we will ever buy. We hooked this up to a tree in our backyard, and it is the success of every family gathering or party. The kids love it as do the grownups. We are able to pile up to 6 kids (ages 2 through 7) without a space or weight problem.
Great quality and very simple to install. Highly recommend it!

Where to Purchase the HearthSong Hanging Tree Swing

HearthSong Hanging Tree Swing The HearthSong Deluxe Platform Hanging Tree Swing for Yard or Playground, Webbed Nylon Rope Mat and Padded Steel Frame, Multiple Kids 40 L x 30 W can be purchased at hearthsong.com, and amazon.ca.

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Binxin Rebounder Trampoline

Binxin Heavy-Duty Mini Folding Rebounder Trampoline Round Kids Exercise and Fitness Trampoline Max Load 220lbs (38” & 40”)

Binxin Rebounder Trampoline Binxin Heavy-Duty Mini Folding Rebounder Trampoline Round Kids Exercise and Fitness Trampoline Max Load 220lbs (38” & 40”) is a great trampoline for your young children 3+. One of the extra bonuses of this trampoline is that it provides a wonderful piece of exercise equipment for adults. Imagine for Christmas 2018 a gift for a child that is also perfect for you.

When my Granddaughters were much younger I took them to a gym program called Roaming Rascals. One of the hits at this facility was a trampoline. Because these mini trampolines are very close to the ground (approximately 8 -9 inches off the ground) there is very little worry about them falling and hurting them selves. The one at the gym did not have the safety bar of the Binxin trampoline.

 

Benefits of the Binxin Rebounder Trampoline

Binxin Rebounder Trampoline

  1. Oval rebounding surface for more stability
  2. Perfect for parent-child workout and fun
  3. Safety bar adjustable
  4. High quality rubber-tipped legs, springs
  5. Rust resistant springs and rug
  6. Edge protection
  7. Foldable for easy storage

 
 
 

What Other Say About the Binxin Rebounder Trampoline

Binxin Rebounder TrampolineAlthough we are looking at this Binxin Rebounder Trampoline for children but many of the reviews are about how the adults are using it. We are starting with the reviews for children and then touch on how adults are using it.

Got it for my son for his birthday, he is so happy that he could play with his friends at the trampoline.It really worth the money.
My kids, age 5 and 9, are so active and love their new toy!
I brought this heavy duty folding trampoline with adjustable handlebar for my kids to practice their gymnastics at home. It’s ewsy to set up, perfect for indoor use. Heavy duty tranpoline is strong enough for even an adult to play with. I believe they will do better on gymnastics with this trampoline.
It is very sturdy once completed. Kids play it daily and really really enjoy.Worth the money.
I used it twice a day for several days and was feeling like I really got a great workout.
It’s a perfect rainy day activity. And i tjink bouncing is much more physically demanding and better exercise than using a treadmill.
it is fun, strong, and you burn calories without hurting your knees, which is great if you have knees issues like myself. I recommend buying the extra hand rail attachment to aid in balance. Overall I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this equipment!

 

Where to Purchase the Binxin Rebounder Trampoline

The Binxin Rebounder Trampoline can be purchased at Amazion.ca. Amazon.co.uk is currently out of stock but it may be available again.

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Zupapa Trampoline

Zupapa 15 14 12 FT TUV Approved Trampoline

Zupapa 15 14 12 FT TUV Approved Trampoline Zupapa 15 14 12 FT TUV Approved Trampoline with Enclosure net and poles Safety Pad Ladder Jumping Mat Rain Cover, Blue is a perfect Christmas gift for active children. Our Granddaughters have a trampoline in their back yard and it sees hours and hours of use not only by them but by the many visitors that come to play.

This Zupapa Trampoline has a 2019 upgrade to eliminate the gaps between the jump mat and spring pad with a Safer Unique No-gap Jumping Mat Design. Eliminating the gaps between the jumping mat and spring pad makes it safer from pinch points and openings. The jumping mat, pad, and net have a UV absorber uv-9 that extends the life to two years.Zupapa 15 14 12 FT TUV Approved Trampoline

There has also been an upgrade to the frame and net poles using a Hot-dip galvanizing process. This process coats the iron and steel with zinc a fairly strong material that protects the steel from further corrosion. This allows these parts to carry a ten-year warranty.

 

Benefits of the Zupapa Trampoline

Zupapa 15 14 12 FT TUV Approved Trampoline

  1. Improves coordination, balance, and agility
  2. Gives hours of active play
  3. Easily assembled
  4. Heavy duty frame
  5. Comes with assembly tools -2 pairs of gloves. 2 Pcs. pull tool, and 6 Pcs of wind stakes
  6. Rain cover included

 
 
 

What Others Have Said About the Zupapa Trampoline

Zupapa 15 14 12 FT TUV Approved TrampolineMany people have purchased the Zupapa Trampoline even before the 2019 upgrades. 587 consumers have been very happy with their purchase while 28 were not pleased. Here is a sample of their reviews:

Buy this product with confidence you won’t be disappointed.
If you are on the fence as to what type of trampoline to purchase and the Zupapa falls into your price range, don’t hesitate and just get this one. There is absolutely no way you will be disappointed and now that I know how amazing their customer support is it adds so much more confidence in my choice of product

Bottomline, I’ve recommended the trampoline to friends, and I’m so impressed with the quality of ours that I’d buy other products by Zupapa.
Will be recommending this brand and company to everyone I can.
Very, very pleased.

 

Where to Purchase the Zupapa Trampoline

The Zupapa 15 14 12 FT TUV Approved Trampoline with Enclosure net and poles Safety Pad Ladder Jumping Mat Rain Cover, Blue is showing some significant upgrades for 2019. Waiting for these upgrades is definitely worthwhile.
Walmart, Amazon, and some of the trampoline sites are featuring the Zupapa 15 14 12 FT TUV Approved Trampoline with Enclosure net and poles Safety Pad Ladder Jumping Mat Rain Cover, Blue.

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