My kids have a lot of toys....Too many, perhaps! One child usually has a lot of toys, but we have two toddlers, a boy and a girl, so our home reminds me a lot of a well-stocked FAO Schwartz. (Okay, so that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point.) We have 5 or 6 large toy boxes, yet somehow it still looks like a tornado deposited all of the toys in the neighborhood on our floor a good part of the time. We end up cleaning the family room five or six times a day.
While many toys stay home at all times, there are certain toys my tots like to take with them wherever we go, whether it be to the park or on a trip to Grandma's house. We simply HAVE to bring their sock-monkeys, Charlie and Andrew, and nothing would be right in the world if we forgot their MobiGo or InnoTab. (In fact, a downright tantrum would occur!) Oh, and of course we have to bring some building blocks or other construction toys....And cars...And maybe a doll or three. But lugging around an arsenal of toys can be a pain. Our diaper bags only have so much room, and much of that space is dedicated to diapers, wipes, extra clothes, and snacks. This leaves very little room for toys!
That's why I was so excited to learn about the folks at 2 Red Hens. This upscale company is a celeb favorite, and offers stylish, functional solutions for busy moms on the go. They have chic diaper bags, (I am drooling over the Owl Dots Rooster Diaper Bag!) cozy shopping cart nests, and even snack packs. They also have a brand new product called the Toy Nanny, which helps make transporting toys simpler than ever before.
The Toy Nanny is a portable play-mat that offers baby a comfortable place to play. There is room for all of their must-have toys, and when you're ready to travel, this product converts to a carrying tote in mere seconds. There are even convenient mesh pockets, some with velcro, to keep all those little pieces in! I don't know about you, but I find this to be awesome since toys with little pieces always end up losing parts rather quickly in my home.
Toy Nanny Features :
-Eight mesh pockets keep small pieces in place. Some of these pockets even include velcro closure for added security.
-Soft velour interior creates a clean play surface for little ones.
-Water resistant backing keeps spills from soaking through.
-Machine washable. Yes, it is washing machine safe for when life's little spills happen. And with babies and toddlers, they tend to happen often!
-Converts into convenient tote for carrying toys on the go.
-Clean-up is quick and easy, and takes mere seconds. Just pull the straps!
-Available in 5 custom designed vintage-inspired patterns: Chevron Stripes, Grey Damask, Peacock Mum, Pink Lemonade and Owl Dots.
We received the Toy Nanny in the Owl Dots pattern for our review. The folks at 2 Red Hens must have read my mind, because red, white and black is one of my absolute favorite color schemes. It's sleek and modern, and beautifully gender neutral. I also love the added whimsy of the cute little owls!
The Toy Nanny is very well made from high-quality materials, and it's extremely durable. This is not a flimsy product at all. When closed, the Toy Nanny is quite compact. You can have it totally folded like in the photo below, or you can use it as a tote.
I love the pockets in the Toy Nanny. Some of them are narrow and don't have closures, while others are wider and have velcro closures. These pockets are wonderful for things like building blocks or Legos, play phones, action figures, and so much more. The pockets really help to keep toys organized and neat.
Here is the Toy Nanny, toys and all, on the floor ready to be used as a play surface. It's a decent size, and both of my toddlers can comfortably play at the same time using this product. This is especially nice when playing outdoors.
When you're ready to clean-up, the Toy Nanny converts into a carry tote in seconds. All you need to do is convince the kiddos to get off of their play-mat, and pull the straps. As you pull the straps, you need to cinch them a bit to convert the Toy Nanny into a tote. There is also a secondary button closure to help keep everything inside the tote.
Check out this brief video showing how easy it is! I enlisted the help of my husband, and if he can do it, anyone can.
Our Opinion :
We are absolutely loving our Toy Nanny. My kids love playing on it, and it actually helps me to create a designated play area, therefore keeping toys in one place rather than scattered everywhere. If the Toy Nanny is out, my kids know that they are to play with their toys on the mat.
Sophie especially loves this product. It's her own little space, and she will often play for extended periods. She likes to play dress-up, hence the silly Eeyore costume. (Or as she calls him, "Eeeee-Arrrr")
As you can see, even with loads of toys on the mat, both of my toddlers can play together simultaneously.
Overall, we think the Toy Nanny is a great solution for not only transporting toys, but also for keeping them organized in the home. I know we will be bringing this along on all of our trips to Grandma's, and once the Ohio winter is done, we will take it out in the yard so the kids can enjoy the nice weather.
I would definitely recommend the Toy Nanny to any families looking for a convenient, stylish way to carry all those toys while on the go. And since it's from 2 Red Hens, you're sure to be the chicest mama on the block and the envy of all your play-dates! Don't take it from ME, though...The Toy Nanny is even a favorite of Ali Landry on Zulilly!
How To Connect :
You can check out the awesomeness that is 2 Red Hens on their website. You can purchase this and other fabulous products right there on the website!
You can also connect with them on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of their latest products and promotions!
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Win It :
I am thrilled to announce that a lucky reader will receive a Toy Nanny of their own from the generous folks at 2 Red Hens! How cool is that?!
Simply enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below!
This giveaway is open to US residents 18+ until 11:59PM January 25, 2013. No PO Boxes. Winners will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!
***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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