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eBeanstalk.com {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

I remember one time when I was about 15 years old, we had a two-year-old boy from our church come over for the afternoon.  It was interesting to have him in our home (which was NOT childproofed at all since my youngest sister was about eight years old at the time), and it was especially interesting to see everyone in our family try to figure out how to work around this little person.  While we all had a good time and enjoyed playing with him, we all breathed a sigh of relief when his mom came to pick him up so we could return to our normal activities without a toddler around.

The funniest comment to me, though, was one that my mom made later when she said how odd it was to try and remember what two-year-olds could do.  Could he drink from a cup?  Would he want to play with stacking blocks?  Can he put on his own shoes?  What type of words can he say at this age?  I was shocked!!  How could my mom have had four children and not know what a two-year-old can do??

Well, I just had a little girl who is just 10 months younger than my own little boy come play on Monday morning, and I admit that I had a flashback to that snippet of conversation.  I (wrongly) assumed I would be able get something done since she would play with my son and wouldn’t need much from me, but I completely forgot that 18-month-olds also like to get in to everything and need constant supervision.  How could I have had two active little boys and not remembered what it’s like to have an 18-month-old?  🙂

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This sort of dilemma also comes up when birthdays and Christmas roll around and we try to think of something that our nieces and nephews would like, especially those in the pre-teen years.  Our families are on the West coast while we’re here on the East coast, so we only see them maybe once a year, which can make gift-giving a challenge.  I’m sure that many of you feel this same way, so I was thrilled to have the chance to feature eBeanstalk.com to our Dandy readers!

eBeanstalk.com is a website that sells “expert-selected toys matched to a child’s development”, meaning that the toys are not only appealing to children in that age group but are also developmentally appropriate (no pieces that are too small or include words that are too big).  You might remember my own feelings about wanting “toys” or, rather, activities that offer open-ended play and use of imagination, and these toys absolutely fit that bill!

In thinking about developmentally appropriate toys and activities, though, eBeanstalk.com offers a website for children with special needs that includes a list of 16 different categories (ADHD & ADD, Physical – Gross Motor, Socialization, etc.).  In each of these categories, experts have reviewed toys that would be beneficial for a child with these special needs.

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I also love that eBeanstalk.com offers Birthday Reminders for those who sign up for this free service through an account.  This reminder is perfect for our growing extended family that is continually growing and is now spreading out all over the country (and world)!

My oldest has a slew of toys, games, and activities that he’s received over the years, but my younger son doesn’t always get a brand-new toy just for him.  I usually already have something stored away for him that his older brother had played with months/years beforehand.  Because of this, I was most interested in taking a look at the toys for 2 year olds to see what might be fun for him to explore right now.

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Seaside Sidekicks Sand Molding Set

Since he’s especially interested in the alphabet right now the alphabet toys for 2 year olds caught my eye.  He can recognize that something is a letter (or number) but doesn’t usually say the right letter.

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Alpha Pops

And, thinking about a few friends who will have birthdays this summer, I headed over to check out the top selling toys for 2 year olds, especially since most of these little friends are girls — we’re not exactly up to date on girl toys here in our all-boy household!

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My First Purse

I would highly recommend eBeanstalk.com for anyone looking for a gift or looking for some good ideas for developmentally appropriate toys, games, and activities for a certain age group.  There are great products from some of my favorite brands, and their items are all high-quality.

**This post was sponsored by eBeanstalk,com, but all opinions are strictly my own.

YBIKE {Review}

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve commented to my husband about how our boys are at just the perfect ages.  I thought that those days would be fleeting since my youngest just turned two years old last week, but they’ve continued for the most part.  It has amazed me over the past few weeks as they’ve sat in the shopping cart while we go grocery shopping (as long as it’s the rocket cart!), eaten out at restaurants with us (for just the right amount of time — not too long!), and have had a great time at the reading fair at the mall (though the Cat in the Hat character might have helped in holding their attentions!).

One of our favorite “new” activities is taking all of the bikes and car toys outside in the driveway to ride in the afternoons/early evenings.  We noticed that some of the older kids in the circle have scooters, though, and the boys were enamored.  They begged to get a scooter, but I was sure that they weren’t going to be old enough.  My four-year-old, maybe, but my two-year-old?  Not a chance.

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I shouldn’t have spoken so soon, though; after a little research online, I came across the YBIKE website.  “YBIKE prepares youngsters (and their parents) for the fun and challenges of walking independently, pedaling a bike, gliding on a scooter or powering a go-kart. Along the way, kids improve their balance, coordination, gross motor skills and confidence.  YBIKE’s complete line of safe, fun and durable wheels features products that appeal to different age and developmental stages. Our energetic audience includes crawlers and pre-walkers through preschoolers and grade school children.”

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Yes, you read that correctly — includes crawlers and pre-walkers!  These products are designed for children as young as one year old and are developmentally appropriate and safe for their growing bodies.  The YBIKE Pewi is a kid-powered hybrid “Walking/Buddy” ride-on.  YBIKE Pewi lets toddlers as young as nine months old who are crawling or early walkers have freedom of movement to explore their environment.

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The Original YBike balance bike prepares toddlers for the fun and challenges of riding a pedal bike by improving balance, coordination, gross motor skills and confidence.  This bike is recommended for ages 2-4.

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The YBIKE Kicker was designed with toddlers in mind.  Perfectly sized for preschoolers ages 2 – 5, YBIKE Kicker’s oversized 9 inch rubber wheels and wide footbed lend stability on all surfaces from smooth driveways to off road backyard riding

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The YBIKE Extreme is perfect for any pre-schooler who’s not quite ready for a pedal bike and is looking for a more advanced ride to improve their balance and coordination.  Forget the training wheels and give the Extreme a try!

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And for ages 5 and up, the YBIKE Explorer has back wheel steering and two easy to grip steering handles that make the ride secure and easy to maneuver.  Sturdy puncture proof tires make riding on and off pavement a breeze.  Kids engage their muscles while having fun, using “kid power” on this sleek three-wheeled Go-Kart.

gliderWe received the YBIKE Glider just in time for my son’s two-year-old birthday, and the boys were so excited to have a chance to try out their very own scooter that was just for them!  I was so happy to see how easy it was to assemble — literally two pieces that snapped right together.  Once everything was in place, I was a little anxious to think of my youngest (who measures in the 25-35th percentile for both height and weight) tearing off down the driveway on this scooter, but I shouldn’t have been concerned.  Once they got the hang of it, both boys were able to easily maneuver the YBIKE Glider and stop as needed.

 We love this YBIKE Glider, and I’m impressed with the durability of the product as well as the sturdiness of the materials.  It’s a well-made scooter that is perfectly suited for toddlers and preschoolers.  If you’re looking for a new outside toy for your young kids this spring, I would highly recommend taking a look at YBIKE.

**This post and review was sponsored by YBIKE, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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