Playtime Over Hair Time

I thought that by now I’d be doing more intricate styles on Miss Honey’s hair, but she has made it clear that she isn’t here for Mama playing in her tresses. On most days, she’s rocking a loose fro simply to keep the peace. I usually pin up her bangs or give her a headband to keep her hair out of her face. I mean, less is more, right? And everything’s irie.


Even when I try to do less, this little tiny woman often puts up a fight. On days when I must do a little something to her hair, I have to act FAST and use whatever tactics to keep her from flailing or taking off. I usually let her play in the products and sometimes I have to give her a break no matter if we’re just 2 minutes into the style.

Earlier this week, I wanted to put her hair into two piggy puffs and she was over it as soon and I started separating her hair with my hands. Already defeated, I let her go play with some new toys we had just received from Lamaze. We had plans to put them away for the new babies in the family, but Kiki had to inspect them and I think she called dibs on the Mix & Match Caterpillar. So we’ll be gifting Freddie The Firefly in a few months and Caterpillar stays. Why yes, I certainly am withholding info. It’s what I do, haha.

Akilah loooved the Mix & Match Caterpillar. She’s at that age where multi-piece toys are everything and possibilities are endless. She got a kick out of pulling the segments apart and playing catch with me. The girl’s got a strong arm! Each segment is designed to stimulate baby’s auditory and fine motor skills, from multi-colored ribbons, crinkly textures, and contrasting patterns.

Mix & Match Caterpillar

• Pull segments apart and put back together at random, or match colors!
• Crinkle squeaker for auditory and fine motor skill development
• Offers a fun way for toddlers to practice matching and color recognition
(get it)

Lamaze toys are Baby Loved, Science Proven.

Similar to the Caterpillar, Freddie the Firefly is designed with bright colors, patterns and textures to stimulate all senses. His layered wings include a peek-a-boo mirror for interactive play and multiple textures, shapes and crinkles, and squeaks that encourage baby to explore.

Freddie the Firefly

• Mirror play helps baby learn how to focus, track images and explore the face
• Clacking rings awaken auditory senses
• Fun jingle sound will delight and keep baby entertained, capture baby’s attention, and engage baby’s hearing
(get it)

African American Wigs

After play time, I was able to finish baby Akilah’s hair and all was well over here in Sophistisheland. Straight parts? Fuggedaboutit. Still cute though!

Lamaze makes great first toys. With Easter coming up, they’ll make the perfect basket stuffers. Check ’em out if you haven’t already!

Shop Lamaze toys!

Mix & Match Caterpillar
Freddie The Firefly
Classic Discovery Book
Gardenbug Gift Set
Stacking Rings

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  • Crystal April 11, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    What a cutie! My kids never wanted to sit still for me to do their hair either. Distraction with great toys would certainly have helped me when they were young.

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  • Mary Edwards April 11, 2017 at 7:36 PM

    We have always loved Lamaze brand toys. The bright colors – the crinkly fun sounds!

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  • Annemarie LeBlanc April 11, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    I love this Lamaze Mix and Match Caterpillar toy. My grandson is at the age that he is discovering how things work and this toy will stand the wear and tear of little hands.

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  • Ann Bacciaglia April 11, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    My Daughter used to hate it when I would try to do anything with her hair. The only time I could do braids was when she was playing in the tub. I will have to pick up a Mix & Match Caterpillar for my friends little one.

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  • Dogvills April 11, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    These Lamaze toys are great. It is big enough for tiny hands, no small parts that may pose a danger and it is colorful to stimulate a child’s interest. I’m going to get this for my niece’s little boy. He will have hours of fun with it!

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  • Rosey April 11, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    My granddaughter is always over getting her hair done too, before we even start. 😉 The caterpillar is cute.

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  • Kita Bryant April 11, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    My girl was the same way and she has the same type of hair! Loving the sound of these toys, too.

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  • Louise Bishop April 11, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Lamaze sounds like they have quite the toy collection to offer! I’m glad my girl never fussed about her hair, it was hard enough to deal with!

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  • Jeanine April 11, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    I love toys like this! My 8 month old would love these, as she is really into all things colourful and playing with all the toys she can get her hands on right now!

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  • Melissa April 11, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    My kids are older but I have a lot of nieces and nephews who would love the Lamaze toys. Those soft textures and puzzle like pieces look so good to develop dexterity.

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  • Toni | Boulder Locavore April 11, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Aww..she’s so cute!! Love this caterpillars. Such a perfect toy gift!

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  • Rach Ferrucci April 10, 2017 at 11:35 PM

    Toys like this are great. I love the colors and OMG the cuteness of your baby. I want to squeeze her.

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  • Liz Mays April 10, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    Aww, I like toys that help kids develop important skills. They have to be fun too, of course! These Lamaze toys are good choices.

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  • Veronica Solomon April 10, 2017 at 8:47 PM

    The toys look like fun for a toddler. Thanks for sharing. I need to get my niece some toys

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  • travel blogger April 10, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Super cute toys! My son would love to play with those, and they would be a great first birthday gift! I will have to keep these in min for my nephew’s birthday.

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  • Pam April 10, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    I had no idea that Lamaze made toys. The caterpillar looks fun for my one year old granddaughter.

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  • Maureen April 10, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Those are the cutest toys, I miss having a little one around to have all of those bright colored toys. Her bangs are adorable. Great way to get them up out of your face, I have even done that in the past with my own bangs 😉

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  • Meagan April 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    These are some really cute toys. I need to remember these at Christmas for my niece.

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  • Colleen Lanin April 10, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    I have always loved toys like this for the little ones. It keeps them occupied and creative without getting boring. It also allows for more freedom of play.

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  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle April 10, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    That is the cutest little toy! I love that it can be changed into different configurations.

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  • robin rue April 10, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    My kids had Lamaze toys when they were little. They always loved them 🙂

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  • Emma Kelley April 6, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    My girl is 1 year old, actually, I don’t have much difficulty making her hairstyle. However, she loves colorful toy, I think I’ll buy her some Lamaze toys, they look so attractive and big enough that are safe for my princess. Thank you for sharing.

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