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Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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Tiny Love Super Mat and Musical Stack & Ball Game Elephant are Fun for Babies and Toddlers

Tiny Love is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands for baby gear and toys. Everything we’ve received from them has been great quality and useful beyond one developmental stage. With Rissa I got used to her growing bored with toys fast and always feeling like she was 2 steps ahead of what I picked out for her.  Don’t get me wrong, she has a lot of great toys, but some really are only useful for a short period of time.

We recently received Tiny Love’s Super Mat and Musical Stack & Ball Game Elephant.  They are intended for baby #2 (who isn’t quite here yet), but I enlisted Rissa to help me check them out.  I wasn’t sure how interested she would be in either of them since she is much older than the recommended age, but she did have a lot of fun.  I figure if she’s able to find enjoyment in these at her age, baby boy should like them too!

tiny love super mat

The Super Mat is a large cushioned activity mat with bright colors and a variety of textures.  It will be perfect for tummy time!  We took it along to my parents’ house since they no longer have carpeting in the living room.  Rissa had a nice, comfy play space at their house.  At night we folded it up when we put away her toys, and the next morning she put the mat down first.  This will definitely get plenty of use when the new playroom is built and to take along while traveling.  That way I just don’t have to worry about what I’m laying him down on.

The elephant was the big surprise winner.  I pulled it out to take some pictures, but didn’t think Rissa would be too interested in it.  I think part of her curiosity and enthusiasm was just the fact that it was new.  That and when I put it away out of her reach… she didn’t like that.  Anyway, as soon as I took it out of the box she was hovering over me asking, “What’s that? What’s that, Mama?”

I set it on the floor in front of her.

“Ooh! Elephant!”


She promptly took the head and all the rings off, which have a variety of textures.  After we stacked the rings I showed her the balls.  Rissa danced around singing and shaking them because they reminded her of the maracas at her storytime class.  Dropping them into the elephant they hit a big button that turns on lights and music.  Rissa really likes to fill containers repeatedly, so the balls kept her occupied for awhile.

When she seemed to lose interest, I put the elephant away.  She’s asked to play with it several times since then.  Hopefully she’ll play nice with her brother once he’s old enough to use it!  I just have to watch to make sure the elephant is latched shut so we don’t lose the balls.  The little door opens pretty easily which is good for little exploring babies.


Disclosure: We received both products to review.  I keep working with Tiny Love because we LOVE their products!

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  1. Janet W. November 12, 2012 Reply

    What a fun toy! I think my grandson will like putting those rings on his arms!

  2. Mary Beth Elderton November 12, 2012 Reply

    This looks like such a fun toy! Toddlers love bright colors and movement. The mat looks like a great idea, too–a good “baby space.”

  3. Larissa Brunken November 12, 2012 Reply

    I think my 2 year old would love this as much as her baby sister. Great review on a fun product.

  4. Bekah Kuczenski November 12, 2012 Reply

    My 18 month old would love this! She loves stacking rings!MrsKucz

  5. Laura Grace Andry November 12, 2012 Reply

    That toy looks great. I know my boys would adore it! I love the stacking rings for developmental purposes… it helps that it is super cute too.
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  6. Olivia L November 12, 2012 Reply

    I’d love to get the elephant toy for my 3 month old. I think she’d have fun with all the different activities.

  7. melissa giannopoulos November 16, 2012 Reply

    Hmm this looks pretty cute. I might have to give this a shot. Can never have to many toys!

  8. joanna garcia November 17, 2012 Reply

    i love the super mat and also how many diff stuff you can do (or actually baby) with the musical stack ball!

  9. Gianna November 17, 2012 Reply

    Now this looks like a lot of fun.

  10. Jan November 17, 2012 Reply

    I love the playmat! That’s so neat that your daughter liked it too even tho it was for a baby, :) I like the Elephant too, and so cool that your daughter knew what it was, lol My niece loves putting balls (and many other things that don’t belong,) into things, including the, ahem, big girl potty, lollll so she’d love this too!

    • Darcy November 18, 2012 Reply

      LOL my daughter stuffs her toys into her potty chair too!DarcyZalewski

  11. Missy L November 23, 2012 Reply

    I don’t know about you, but if I were a kid I would love this! Very colorful and fun.

  12. Jeannie November 24, 2012 Reply

    I love that the mat is cushioned. The playmat we have is not very cushioned and my baby doesn’t like being on it, probably because we have hardwood floors. Will have to look into this playmat. Thanks!

  13. teresa herrera-honores November 25, 2012 Reply

    i love the idea of the super mat and the stackball game! they always come up with the most innovative and awesomest stuff!

  14. Jessica O November 25, 2012 Reply

    I have never been disappointed with any Tiny Love toys! The elephant toy looks like a lot of fun!

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