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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Smarty Find: All Modern

By Guest Blogger Barbie P

A few months ago, contacted Triad Smarty Pants and asked if we could do a review of some of their products. Since most of their products are geared towards infants and toddlers (and our children are older than that), we asked loyal reader Barbie P (mother to a three-year-old and a seven-month-old) to seek out some fun items, try them out with her daughters, and write about her experiences here on TSP. Here's what she had to say! - KM

Thanks to TSP and for allowing me to sample some modern products for my children! This site is definitely worth checking out. They have a huge selection of contemporary furniture, baby gear, and toys. There’s bound to be something for everyone! And they offer hassle-free returns, free shipping, and guaranteed delivery by Dec. 24 on items marked with snowflakes.

For my budget, it was suggested that I shop the Mealtime Accessories and Eco-Friendly Toys areas of the site. The Palette Plate Set by Skip Hop ($27.98 - price varies with options) grabbed my attention quickly since it was featured at the top of the page and the tiny bowls are perfect for my seven-month-old's sample-sized eating.

This set is very well-constructed and cute as can be! There is also a larger area in the middle where I can easily mix foods from the smaller bowls. The set works well for my toddler too. It comes with a fork and spoon and also has a slip resistant area for her cup. Although it was a little pricey ($28), overall I am very pleased with this very useful item.

In the Eco-Friendly toys section, I found myself curiously drawn to the Play Shell by Bilibo ($25.20). It was a little weird, but it was all over the website in a multitude of colors, so I decided to try it.

My thought was to let my three-year-old use her imagination, decide what it is and how to play with it. According to the web site, there are a variety of uses for the playshell:
- Toddlers can move them around, fill them with objects (like sand or water) and empty them again
- The shells can be aligned or stacked in many ways, like three-dimensional puzzle pieces two shells are joined to form a sphere; a friendly face with a broad smile
- Rocking and spinning are great fun on the Bilibo and help develop motor skills and a child's sense of balance
- Bilibo shines as a wonderful accesory and is swifly turned into a cradle for puppets, a turtle shell, a drum, a cooking pot, a ship, or a hill with caves giving shelter for toy animals.

Well, initially she did not show a lot of interest in this Play Shell, but we have had fun trying to play with it using the scenarios above.

All Modern Baby and its sister site, Toys and Games Online, also has a great selection of other online toys and gifts.

Thanks, Barbie for agreeing to do this product review!

Let us know what you think, and if you've ever shopped at!


RLR said...

Hi Barbie! Great review! I have always wondered about the Bilibo. It looks like you would really need two for them to be fun, and they are kind of pricey.

Summer said...

I am so glad to see an independent review of the Bilibo. I've seen it in quite a few catalogs and wondered if it was worth the price. I guess we will stick with cardboard boxes from the Costco.

Anonymous said...

We actually have a Bilbo and love it! But, my child that loves it does not watch TV. She is much more into exploring. My other child who loves TV has no interest in the Bilbo. Different kids - different personalities.

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