Posts Tagged "toys"

What mountain would you climb for the perfect toy?

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 | 1 comment

What mountain would you climb for the perfect toy?

Does the perfect toy exist? What if your child is disabled cognitively and physically like mine is? Check my bank account. I’ve wasted a lot of money trying to solve this conundrum. And yet, we did find the perfect toy. For my daughter, this is her monkey toy. It is a jungle symphony of noises and songs. It is bright so she can see it easily, sturdy so she can smack it at will and has chunky components that activate easily despite her physical limitations. Yes, perfect. She’s had it since she was a baby and it’s lasted five years now. That’s an amazing lifespan for a toy. Life was ticking along as normal this year until the Great Monkey Toy Panic of 2014. It started with a giggle. Laughing over what we’d do if we lost the monkey toy or it broke. And, then we remembered my major freak-out in the hospital the previous year when we took May in for surgery and someone accidentally took the monkey toy. (I pressed the emergency call button and everything. It was no joke.) We giggled and then I instantly turned serious, “We need to buy a back-up monkey toy. Just in case.” I did a quick search on the internet. And that’s when we discovered it is no longer sold in this country. What?!? Not sold? The parents of the little boy who loved Duffy know what I did. I scoured the globe for it. My mother-in-law found one on Ebay. And then I discovered it could be bought in the States and I made my mother, who lives in California, buy not one but two and ship them to me. Did I go overboard? Ain’t no mountain high...

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Christmas greetings from May!

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 | 0 comments

Christmas greetings from May!

Last year, this time we were in California with May. What seemed like an ideal Christmas – my family, sunshine, 20 pools within a five minute walk of my bedroom – turned into a nightmare with May jet-lagged and teething. She was in excruciating pain. She wouldn’t eat for over a week. Finally, in week two I turned to that Jewish saviour, Matzoh Ball Soup (sort of chicken broth with a massive dumpling – trust me, if you were Jewish you would get it.) I don’t get to see my family that often, and it was my first Christmas with them for years, a decade maybe. So it was all the more disappointing. Not surprisingly we hoped for a completely uneventful Christmas this year. May received several presents from the Special Needs Gift Guide – sorry, I meant Santa. Thanks especially to those people who suggested the Rody Horse, Glow in the Dark book (which she LOVES – pretty amazing considering her visual impairment) and the Bilibo. May received all three! Not to mention about 1,000 other toys. Musical toys. Books. Vibrating toys. Jingle bells. Everything you can think of. Between her and Ieuan they could open a new branch of Toys ‘r Us. Here are some photos, starting with her asleep on Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!         ...

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The very best, something for everyone, special needs gift guide!

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 | 0 comments

The very best, something for everyone, special needs gift guide!

Want the perfect gift for your special needs child? Want to see if your toy suggestion made the shortlist? It probably did – so thank you to everyone who contributed! Click here to see: The VERY BEST, SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, SPECIAL NEEDS Gift Guide British? Click on this one: 15 perfect gifts for children with special needs In the process of creating the post, I took a photo shoot of May modelling with her favorite musical monkey. Depending on how you see it, this toy is either a work of genius or a fast ticket to insanity. Press its little hand and the monkey sings Tiao Cruz’s hit Dynamite while whirling itself around in a dancing motion. Ieuan loves the monkey. May loves the monkey. The two of them play it over and over and over again. And, over again. Here are those lost photos, in full (plus one of her brother in full crazy): Give me toys! says May The Mad Professor and the monkey goes flying! let the dancing begin… The monkey begins to sing…  ...

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What toys should go on May’s list to Santa? (plus my 3 ideas for you)

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 | 16 comments

What toys should go on May’s list to Santa? (plus my 3 ideas for you)

Special needs kiddies deserve some seriously special toys. I have to admit that I am frustrated with the selection out there. Toys specifically designed for special needs kids are usually grossly overpriced and unavailable in your local toy store. On the other hand, toys made for all children are designed to be tough. But, May can not press down hard on to an object; she needs toys that are very sensitive. Tough and sensitive. A rare toy combination. Regardless, I never stop looking for stimulating toys for my daughter. Every time I enter a toy store, I hope I will find something amazing and not think, “She can’t press that/pull that/see that…” I want to go into a toy store and say, “Yes! My gorgeous girl will love playing with that.” Thankfully, I’ve found a few. The toys May loves best are the ones that she can easily set off into riot of songs. Usually, they aren’t special needs toys, but toys made for all children. Here are a few of them: 1. Mozart Magic Cube (Munchkin) This is a symphonic toy. Each side of the cube starts and stops instruments from playing. Very sensitive to touch. Also, the least irritating songs (to parents) on a toy ever!     2. Spin and Discover Ocean Fun (VTech) The animals on the side of this toy react very easily and May loves the animals sounds they make. As soon as I turn this on, she goes crazy with happiness. Also, the toy spins, even without pressing on the top. Movement is easier to see for visually impaired children, like May.     3. Tiny Love Classic Mobile (Tiny Love) I know May isn’t a baby, but she still loves this mobile. The music is soothing. Visually, it remains one of the few toys I know she can see. Just a pleasure. And now, her brother, Ieuan loves it too!     So, those are my suggestions; but, we already own these toys. What toys should I add to May’s holiday gift list? Number one is a Childrite seat, suggested by several readers. May loves her Bumbo seat so I am so excited for May to receive this! But, May can’t have only one present! She celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas. I need some more suggestions. What do you think I should add to May’s holiday gift list? For more toys for special needs kids, see my Babycenter post 7 Amazing Toys for Special Needs...

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