Monday, October 18, 2010

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Holiday 2010 Giveaway: Bright Starts Doodle Bugs Around We Go!™ Activity Station [CLOSED]

The Bright Starts Doodle Bugs Around-We-Go! Activity Station won the Creative Child Magazine Toy of the Year Award for 2010 and was the Editor's Choice for the SheKnows.com 2010 Parenting Choice Awards for Infant Activity Centers because it truly is a unique toy worthy of these awards. It is the only product of its kind designed to grow with baby through the toddler years. It features an innovative seat that rotates 360 degrees around the table top to give baby full access to all the toys and activities. It has an electronic piano (3 “C” batteries required) with a flip book that has 3 modes of play: fun songs, piano keys, and silly sounds (a favorite among the kids here). It also has a removable eating tray with a cup holder, a pond station with a bead chaser, a popping fish toy, spinning dragonfly, and sliding frog/fish character, a ratcheting bee toy, a spinning ball toy and bendable bug stalks for attaching additional toys. The seat also easily detaches so the activity table can be walked or pulled up to for independent play, a feature all the children have greatly enjoyed.


When we received this, I could not wait to put it together. It was mostly easy to assemble and took me about 1 hour to do by myself and only required a screwdriver. The hardest part was securing the padding of the seat into position because the straps were very hard to fit in the notches. Nonetheless, once I got it put together, I was very pleased with it. At the time, the baby I watch was about 10 months old and instantly loved this activity station. I can honestly say there was nothing about it he didn’t like and when I would take him out, he would crawl back to it and try to get back in. He particularly enjoyed chasing my dog around in circles while he was in the seat. He ate several snacks in it and I was happy with how easy it was to clean the snack tray. The whole station is quite easy to clean with just a damp cloth and the seat is a vinyl-like material, so it’s wipeable as well.


All the kids in the daycare have loved playing with its many activities and I’ve been very pleased with its sturdiness and its cuteness factor. I think this is a must-have for babies and could easily replace an exisaucer and be useful for much longer. My 3 year old even loves playing with the table. The seat of the station is for infants and toddlers only who are at least 4 months of age, able to sit up unassisted, weighing less than 25 lbs. and less than 30" tall.


You can find the Bright Starts Doodle Bugs Around-We-Go! Activity Station at most major retailers of infant/toddler products, including Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon.com , and Toys R Us. It retails for about $79.99 . You can see a demo of it in action on BrightStarts.com .


Thank you to Bright Starts for sending us a complimentary product sample to base this review upon and for providing a second product for our contest prize.




What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a Bright Starts Doodle Bugs Around-We-Go! Activity Station (ARV $79).


Limitations:
This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.


How to Gain Entries:
Browse the selection of infant toys and gear offered by Bright Starts. Then leave a comment telling me the name of one product you would love to give as a Holiday or baby shower gift. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:

1) For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.


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For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.


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For 10 extra entries, sign up to receive email updates from Bright Starts. Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments telling me you did.

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(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)


Random Drawing:

This contest will be closed on Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.


Good luck in the drawing!