Today we’re going to be talking about all things play. These are the items that will get a lot or very little attention. I’ve you’re baby has a favorite toy or you know a great taobao shop, please let us know in the comments!
These foam squares are an easy solution to wood or tile flooring. They are available at Walmart or any supply store.
You can also order English books on amazon.cn. The book price is the same as the US, but the shipping price is local.
For more details on how we gathered our English library go here.
(We actually never installed batteries. I used it more like a chair.)
The bouncy seat allows the baby to sit up and survey the world around them. I remember sitting Schäfer in the bouncy on the counter right beside the sink. I talked to him while I washed the dishes. I also used the bouncy when I needed to cook.
Bouncy seats are available in a variety of styles on taobao.com.
Our adoption took place within 2 weeks of referral. At that time, our bouncy seat was on loan to a friend in another city so I was thankful to have the Bumbo. I put Sianna on the counter top and we made cookies together. Sianna loved the Bumbo.
If I had to choose, I would recommend a bouncy seat over a Bumbo simply because the bouncy breaks down and stores easily. That’s the thing about some of these baby toys (hello – exersaucer!) – they are only used for a few months before they are stored away or passed along.
The Bumbo is available on taobao.com for the same price as in the US.
This swing was passed on to us from a friend. Schäfer sat in it maybe three times. We tried to share it with our local friends, but they were terrified it would “damage the baby’s neck” so we gave it to Amy when she was expecting her first.
Swings are available on taobao.com.
In Chinese culture, babies are held… constantly… in layers upon layers of clothing. Lying a baby on the floor – alone! – is a strange concept. After Ayi watched Selah for a few minutes, she said in amazement, “She really likes it!”
Honestly, as soon as our kids start to pull up on all fours, we took the walker away and gave them more floor time so that they could begin crawling.
Walkers are available locally. I’m not a big fan and I do feel that it discourages crawling with is important to brain development.
Today there are many toys available on taobao.com. Brands like Fisher Price or Baby Einstein are available for US prices.
There are two toys that we brought from the US that I would bring again:
Hello Tonka Dump Truck.
I don’t regret bringing it to China.
Given the chance, I’d haul it over again.
The second toy I would carry over again is the trains and tracks we purchased off eBay. (Details here.) This toy has received a lot of playtime and I think it will still entertain Schäfer for a few more years.
Trains and tracks are now available on taobao.com for a very good price, but I still think we got a better deal buying used off eBay.
Available in China
books – Chinese and bi-lingual
Bring from America
English books (also available at amazon.cn)
Whew. How about you? Would you rather have a bouncy seat or a Bumbo? Did your baby love to swing? What toys get the most attention at your home?