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M received this trike for her second birthday back in September 2013.  She has loved it from the beginning, however, she’s refused to take it outside.  All that changed last week.  We were finally able to take it out and she absolutely loves it more than ever!

Radio Flyer Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike

This trike was pretty easy to assemble.  Of course, Hubby did all the assembling.  The directions were fairly easy to read and he had it put together in less than an hour.

This trike is awesome because M doesn’t necessarily have to pedal in order for it to go forward.  That handle in the back acts as a stroller handle.  You can steer and push the trike around.  You have complete control of the tricycle with that handle. 

If M doesn’t move the pedals, the trike makes a ticking noise that can get a bit annoying.  Hubby seems to think that there is a setting within the front wheel that can remove that ticking noise, but so far, we haven’t figured it out.

The back has a little “trunk space”.  You can lift the little back area and there is a small storage space.  It can’t really hold much.  It can probably hold a little baggie of snacks, but nothing major.  We usually find small random objects in them that M likes to place. 

The wheels are hollow plastic, which makes them fairly easy to clean, but I’m not sure how long they will actually last in the long run. 

M loves this trike.  Ever since we finally used it outside, she has been wanting to go everyday! 

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I highly recommend this since you actually have a lot of control of the tricycle, especially when a two-year old is at the front!

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 I’ve been trying introduce M to activities that keep her busy and entertained.  She enjoys drawing and markers, so I figured she’d enjoy painting. 


Crayola Color Wonder Fingerpaint

This is great.  This paint only works with the Crayola Color Wonder paper.  The color doesn’t get anywhere.  Because it’s a gel, it’s easy to clean up.

At first, M was a little apprehensive about touching it, but it didn’t take her long to get used to it.  She loved making splotches all over the paper.

The colors are a little muted on the Color Wonder paper.  The colors are not bold, but it’s a only a kid’s fingerpaint.  She’s not the next Monet.  We did notice that the longer the paint sits on the paper, the stronger the colors came out. 

The gel dries a little sticky, so if you want to save your child’s artistic creations, I would not stack the pages on top of each other, even if you think that the paints are dry. 

This set seems to be a “one time use” fingerpaint set.  M dug through the gel pots and used up the fingerpaint in one sitting that lasted about an hour.  I did try to save as much as I could by scooping up the globs of gel on the piece of paper and scraping it back into the pots. 

You can find fingerpaint refills here:

 


Crayola Color Wonder Paint Refill – Set of 2 (Tropical and Classic 75-2038)

M enjoyed this very much.  I look foward to getting some refills and letting her paint again.  It’s a great activity that keeps her still and quiet for at least an hour. 

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M has been obsessed with Play Doh for awhile.  Why haven’t I posted a product review yet?  In any case, here we go!


Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Cone Container Craft Kit

I bought M this basic set to get her started.  It came with one can of Play Doh Plus and two cans of regular Play Doh.  The accessories are two small ice cream cones, a spoon and an ice cream scoop, and an extruder that looks like a syringe.  The base of the main container contains a lot of different molds that look like ice cream toppings and candies.

From the start, M loved it.  She loved to put Play Doh through the extruder and make “noodles.”  She loved to fill in the ice cream cones.

From a mommy’s perspective, it’s great.  It’s a great way to keep M busy for an hour, sometimes longer!  It’s much better than having her time occupied with WATCHING Play Doh videos on Youtube.  I’d rather that she actually PLAY with the Play Doh.  

I do have a few issues with Play Doh. 
– It smells.  Play Doh has a distinct smell that isn’t super pleasant.  I did play with Play Doh in the past, so opening a fresh can of it does smell like my childhood, but it still stinks.  The smell doesn’t linger, nor does it fill up the whole room.  It just smells. 
– It sticks.  We have carpet in our apartment.  We have to layout a plastic trash bag underneath her play table.  If the Play Doh gets on the carpet, and someone steps on it, then it’s stuck.  It’s pretty much the same affect when Play Doh gets on clothes and gets pressed into it.  I’m sure there are methods of removing playdoh, I’ll have to do my research.
– It sticks on hands.  I’ve noticed that the Play Doh sticks onto M’s hands.  By the time she’s done playing with it, she’s got a thin layer of stuck Play Doh residue on her fingers.  This isn’t the greatest since M is still a thumb sucker.  I have to make sure that there is no Play Doh residue on her thumb when she’s done.  If I don’t, she’ll be ingesting it due to her thumb sucking.  I know Play Doh is non-toxic, but the idea of her ingesting it is disturbing. 

Overall, I love PlayDoh.  I’ve always loved it as a kid, and I’m so happy that M loves it as much as I did. 

Before I purchased the actual Play Doh, I researched some homemade versions and made them.  I wanted to test out the interest factor without spending the money.  I also wanted to see if she was ready to play with it without putting it in her mouth.  There are tons of homemade play doh recipes on line.  All you have to do is pick one to try it out!

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For the longest time, M has been using her little Elmo potty.

Now that she’s almost 2 1/2, I want to start really getting her used to going in the potty than in her diaper.

We went to my aunt’s house for New Years Eve and noticed that my cousin’s daughter uses the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer over the toilet seat instead of her little princess potty.  M used it while we were there and I noticed that she was totally comfortable with it.

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It fits very snug and secure on top of the toilet bowl.  There is a dial located on top of the seat where you turn it to fit the toilet seat.

When M sits on it, she feels totally secure.  She doesn’t feel the need to hold on to me like she has when she’s sat on other toilet seat trainers.  Most of the ones I had purchased in the past were meant for travel and were not as sturdy as this one.  She is very comfortable being left on that seat like a “big girl.”  I think that’s why it seems to work so well for us.

This definitely isn’t a traveling trainer, but I think it is enough to start getting M over her fear of public restrooms and toilets.  Since sitting on this trainer, she has been willing to sit on toilets in restrooms when we are out and about.

I highly recommend this toilet trainer.  It’s great and I wish I purchased this instead of the traveling ones.

We purchased this at Babies R Us.  It costs $34.99, but they had a 20% coupon that we used.

Buy it.  Really.  Buy it!


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