Infantino’s Comforting Play Collection {Review}

I love Infantino baby products, and their Comforting Play Collection doesn’t disappoint.

Gage is finally at the stage where toys are exciting to him. And while I want to encourage him to grab and play and learn, I don’t want to overstimulate him. That’s why I love the Comforting Play Collection so much.

We received the following items for this review:

  • All Around 1-2-3 Teether – Grow with me teether set soothes different areas of baby’s mouth.
  • Foot Rattles – Fun footsy friends encourage baby to shake, reach, and grab. Perfect for developing hand-eye coordination.
  • Ouchie Pal – Say goodbye to ouchies with this chill and soothe buckwheat buddy.
  • Hug & Tug Wooly Pal – Huggable Snuggly Buddy with all natural wool filling. Easy to grasp soft knots are perfect for little hands to grasp.
  • Soothing Hand Squeezies – Uniquely designed to simulate mom’s finger and calm baby with a squeeze. Happy rattles leave little fingers free for sucking and exploration.
  • Sweet Bee Scented Pal – Soothe your busy little bee with this lavender scented companion.
  • Sweet Serenade Crib Toy – Serenade your little sweetheart with calming music and gentle motion. Six adorable crib companions take baby on a soothing journey through sunny days and starry nights.
  • Soothing Snuggle Pup – Baby will fall in “puppy love” with this on-the-go soothing companion. Soft and snuggly with 3 calming sound options.
  • Binky Buddy – Keep baby’s favorite pacifier at their itty-bitty fingertips. This sweet plush pal is easy to grasp and fun to snuggle.
  • Wrist Rattles – Keep baby’s favorite friends close at hand. Soft and soothing play pals are comfy to wear and fun to shake.

comforting play collection from infantino

When we opened the box, I couldn’t believe how much fun stuff was packed inside! Everything is absolutely adorable. I love the soft, comforting pastel colors. And each item is so unique and different from other baby toys I’ve found anywhere.

If I had to pick a favorite toy in this collection, it would have to be the Sweet Bee Scented Pal. I absolutely love the way it smells. And so does Gage! It’s so funny to watch him grab the bee with both hands, crinkle the wings, and pull it to his face. I’m pretty sure he loves it almost as much as I do!

I also really like the Soothing Hand Squeezies. Although, the first time I put them on him and took him out in public, everyone kept asking me how my baby broke his hands. They were all certain that he was wearing two little casts. Personally, I think they look more like “fighting gloves” – and since Gage still rarely unclenches his fists, he looks like a little fighter. I find them absolutely adorable, and Gage loves hearing them rattle.

The Foot Rattles are also lots of fun for Gage right now. He’s all about his toes, and he’s constantly reaching for them. When I put the foot rattles on, his feet go a hundred miles an hour and he’s always grabbing at them. It’s a hoot to watch!

We’ve put every single piece of this collection to good use except for the Binky Buddy. Gage uses Mam Pacifiers, and I haven’t been able to attach it to the buddy. It’s a bummer, too, because I think the Binky Buddy would be a great way to keep track of his pacifier instead of hunting all over the place for it. Every other item is being put to the test every day. The Sweet Serenade Crib Toy is attached to his cradle, and he loves snuggling with his Soothing Snuggle Pup. The kids love putting the Wrist Rattles on Gage and shaking them. I’m not sure who laughs more – the baby or the older kids!

gage & his snuggle puppy
I am super impressed with the Comforting Play Collection by Infantino, and will definitely be keeping them in mind the next time I need a baby gift. I’m thinking it would be great to make a big gift basket full of these products. I know! I could totally do a diaper cake and decorate it with these toys. That would be adorable! The gift-giving possibilities are endless with this collection. You could give the entire collection or just add one or two of the little ones as decorations on any of the packages you give at a baby shower.

To learn more about Infantino and the Comforting Play Collection, check out the following:

I’m certain you’ll love the Infantino Comforting Play Collection as much as I do!

 Disclaimer: I am a participant in a Mom Central Consulting campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products as part of my participation.

Finally Getting Crafty!

I’ve been visiting my friend Lindsey’s blog – Kindred Spirit Mommy – a lot lately, and every time I stop by, it seems like that girl is making something new. I love getting crafty, but I never get time to do it anymore. That, and I’m really good at making gifts for baby girls. Since I’m having a boy, I’m kind of stumped as to what I can make for him and have been in a crafting ‘rut’ lately.

Last week, our area got hammered with snow and ice. Down here, they don’t have the equipment to deal with severe winter weather, so when it snows, you’re stuck. The kids were off school for days, and we were completely stuck in our house. I was frustrated, tired, and needed to do something, so I decided to make some gifts for a friend of mine that was due with a baby girl. I wanted to wait and give her the gifts at the hospital, and since she sometimes reads my blog, I didn’t want to risk her seeing the gifts and having the surprise ruined. Since she had her baby girl on Monday morning, and I’ve already stopped by the hospital to give her the gifts, I can finally share my craftiness with you all!

First, I made her a custom travel wipes case. These are one of my favorite things to make. In fact, it’s one of the only things I’ve made for my baby-to-be. We picked out our diaper bag recently, and I wanted a travel wipes case to match it. The one pictured below, though, is the one I made for my friend. Her diaper bag is black and white, but I know she loves pink, so I wanted to add a pop of color… and of course, some sparkles. After all, every baby girl deserves sparkles. Here’s the result:

The other item I made her is my absolute favorite thing to make for little girls: A Bow Bouquet. Every “flower” and leaf on the wooden stems are hairbows that can be worn in your little girl’s hair. The bouquet just gives you a cute place to store them all. And, since I knew my friend’s baby’s nursery had a garden theme – and that her momma was dying to get some hairbows, I just had to make this for her. Look how cute it turned out:

Sigh. I love making gifts for baby girls. It’s so much fun, and I can unleash my creativity and just let it flow.

Are you the crafty type? Would you rather make a gift for someone or buy it? What kind of things have you been making lately? (It is the holidays, and handmade gifts are my favorites, so I want to hear!)

And if you could, give me some ideas of things I can make for this baby boy. I’ve got less than 3 months to go, and I need to get on the ball!