Featured Product Review: Smart-e-Bear

Smart-e-Bear is an interactive stuffed animal that is sure to make a great Christmas present for a young child!  This technology-friendly pal plays music, stories and games.  Parents can easily program the toy on their computer picking from thousands of award-winning songs, interactive stories, and educational games.  It’s like an IPOD meets a stuffed animal!

This toy is absolutely amazing!  Remember Teddy Ruxpin?  It’s even better!  There are three plush toys to choose from: a bear, dog or cat.  We reviewed the bear.  The first thing we noticed about the bear was the cuddle factor.  We were absolutely surprised on how soft and cuddly the 13 inch bear actually is.  Honestly, we expected a very rigid bear but we got a super soft, cuddly one.  You wouldn’t believe a technology bear would be this cuddly but it is.  Our kid testers couldn’t stop hugging and squeezing their new friend.  There is a small box (about the size of deck of cards) that tucks into the back of the bear that holds all the software.  They have designed the bear so well, that you can’t even feel it while squeezing the bear.

The Smart-e-Bear comes preloaded with stories, music and games but parents can easily change things up a bit by downloading new activities and songs.  (Some of the stories, music and games are free and some require you to purchase them.)  Since kids eventually get bored with the same old things, this option allows you to change things up and make it a brand new toy.  You can even download your child’s name (from a list of over 1,000 names) so that their new pal can engage them personally.  Our kids loved this feature!  What is better than their new special friend knowing their name!

The Smart-e-Bear grows with your child because you can customize the bear with songs and games of their liking and ability as they grow.  Another nice feature is that for younger children, you can set the smart-e animal to a “shuffle playmode” using the smart-e-software. It means they don’t have to spend so much time picking and choosing what to play, the toy just starts singing songs and playing games and the child can engage.

One feature we absolutely love is that there is a volume control!  Yes, an adjustable volume to set it for quiet time or louder for dance time!  We think every toy should have this feature since many toys are too loud for our liking.  There is even a headphone jack on the software box for when absolute quiet is appreciated…like in the car for example.

Designed primarily for non-reading 2 to 6 year olds, the Smart-e-Bear is also bilingual.  You can download the free application to switch from English to Spanish and back again.

This is a great toy that will engage your child and could soon be their best playmate for years to come.  To find out more information about the Smart-e-Bear visit:  http://www.smartebear.com.

*Plus Amazon is selling Smart-e-Bear for more than 1/2 off!  You cannot miss this price!

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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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