Go Battery-Free!

If your house is anything like mine, then you are going through batteries as fast as you are diapers.  Between the toys, vibrating chairs, mobiles, entertainers and monitors, we have had a battery charger going constantly for my daughter’s 14 months.  And no matter how many we have on hand, there seems to always be a toy whose batteries are on their last legs, leaving the little creature with that flat, robotic music or lights that only barely glow.  So this holiday season, we decided to go battery-free!  No plugs, no switches, no lights.   Some of the best classic toys and modern trends run on pure kid-power.


Crayola Magnetic Double Easel - Magnets, drawing and endless hours of creativity!
Playskool Classic Mr. Potato Head
Bilibo - Is it a hat? A bucket? A seat? It's whatever you want it to be!
Melissa and Doug Bug Jug - Jingling, crinkly, chiming bugs for the little entomologist.
Plan Toys Build-a-Robot - Take it apart, mix it up, put it together again!
HABA Eeny Meeny Miny Zoo - Not your basic blocks. Build a zoo with these bright blocks.
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Brandi Wecks, Editor Brandi is a teacher and writer in the SF Bay Area, where she lives with her husband, daughter and houseful of pets. She has been learning the ropes as a full-time mom to a fantastic kid with special needs. When she isn't chauffeuring to therapy or clinic appointments and tears herself away from the computer, she can be found trolling the baby aisles to test out the newest gadgets. You can read more about her adventures in mothering at www.starringscarlett.com.

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