Congratulations to Matchstick Monkey Toy for winning Best Baby Toy 2019

Congratulations to Matchstick Monkey Toy for winning Best Baby Toy 2019!!

The Mother & Baby Awards have been running for 25 years and are the most rigorous awards in the industry. Judged by the real experts – mums just like you! - you can be assured that every product is really put through its paces and tested vigorously.

Each year, the Mother & Baby awards put the very best baby, pregnancy and new mum products on the market through their paces.

Mother & Baby army of real mum testers - 1,300 mum apply to be tester - put the products through their paces by living with them for a month before giving us their real, honest opinion. This large team of testers means you can trust the Mother & Baby Awards 100%. This way only the best gear gets awarded and you can rest assured, the products below have the real mum seal of approval.

We all know how important it is to choose products that are reliable, high-quality and good value for money, so rather than trawling the shops, have a look through these winning products here:

Gold award winner: Matchstick Monkey Teething Toy

Silver award winner: Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Sit-to-Stand Activity Centre

Bronze award winner: Tiny Love Dynamic Gymini

Read more: How to choose a perfect teether for my baby?

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Products were put through their paces over a period of six months in three different settings: at home in real-life situations, in a retail environment and online. The products submitted were assessed on quality, value for money, user-friendliness and innovation.

At a glance:

These innovative monkey teethers are ergonomically designed to reach right to the source of the teething pain with bumps on the back of the head. Teething trouble is a thing of the past with this range and these are the perfect companion for your little one to provide comfort.

Would you recommend this to other mums?

April: I would recommend the matchstick monkey - it is fun and colourful, easy to pop in the changing bag yet sturdy enough that my son can have a good chew and I don't have to worry that bits will break off. I love the little nobbly bits on the back of the head as I can pop teething gel on it and my son can chew away. It is easy to wash with warm soapy water and the colour hasn't faded at all.

How did this product make your life easier?

Philipa: This is a great toy for teething babies. Although I was initially put off by the monkey design, it has really grown on me. My baby loves it! It has a teething gel applicator which is a great addition and it can be put in the freezer to provide extra relief for a teething baby. It is easily cleaned in the dishwasher or steriliser.

Would you choose this product to win?

Jennifer: Yes definitely, if this happens to get lost I would buy another in an instant. It should win for its versatility, ease of use and clever design. It is lightweight, small, easy for baby to use and easy for parents to apply the gel to back teeth. It would also make a great gift for something a little different.

What changes would you make to this product?

Margaret: I would not change anything about this product. It is such a great teething toy. It really does give my little girl some much-needed relief. We have had some bad teething weeks and this monkey really helps. There are so many different aspects of the monkey that she can chew. The legs of the monkey are great for reaching the back teeth too. Wouldn't change a thing.

The original Matchstick Monkey Teething Toy, now sold worldwide in over 43 different countries, including Taiwan, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Japan, USA, UK, and so on. Matchstick Monkey is so successful, they not only come with teething solution, also coming with comforting organic cotton muslins and breathable blankets, plush monkey toys and gift sets.

Matchstick Monkey teether are suitable for steam and cold water sterilization, FDA approved food grade silicon, dishwasher safe and fridge friendly, BPA free, environmentally friendly. Matchstick Monkey teether can help develop motor skills from an early age.

Read more: What do expert moms say about Matchstick Monkey?

Educate your child with these 6 Montessori activities!

Being a new parent in the present era is certainly faced with a variety of parenting trends that make you confused, one of which is about the selection of toys. In the market there are many educational toys circulating in children's toys, but your little one does not necessarily like to play them.

Montessori is one of the educational methods that we can apply to children. Yes, this method seems to be talked about a lot recently. This learning method was initiated by Dr. Maria Montessori, an educational practitioner from Italy. Children are guaranteed to like and be interested by this Montessori toys.

Why Montessori toys can make children feel interested?

Each child has a unique pattern of development and it varies according to age, environment and intelligence that was born from birth. Well, this Montessori method frees each child to explore his own mindset and creativity.

6 Montessori activities ideas

1. Sand print game

You only need clean sand and various forms of mold, they can enjoy playing sand on the beach. Use Dena as sand mold, in case your children afraid of sand, you can use it in kitchen as a cake mold. Really worth to have!

This activity trains the sensory and motor nerves at once. They will practice recognizing shapes, developing their creativity in arranging sand into something.

2. Play dough

Toys that can be formed freely are most suitable for sharpening children's motor skills. As parents, you must try fisherTiP. FisherTip is a high quality product which made in Germany and produced from potatoes grown on domestic farm. It is 100% biodegradable.

3. Color stamp

Playing color stamps can be another way to stimulate children's creativity. Itis cheap and easy, parents just need to prepare white cardboard and food coloring.

Dissolve food coloring with water. Give an example to the little one by dipping your hand in the liquid color, then make a stamp on the cardboard.

Not only hand stamp, try the other parts of the body such as feet, fingers, or use other objects such as banana and tree trunk. Banana stem will produce a unique shape.

Read more: Build learning kids by let them playing blocks

4. Puzzle

Training your little one playing puzzles is also fun! They will practice creatively while sharpening logic. Find the right pieces and arrange them until they are become a new figure.

You can try Plus-Plus, they only contain one shape only, which two plus signs. One shape with endless possibility! Designed and made in Denmark, this deceptively simple shape is the ultimate in open-ended play.

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5. Arrange the shapes

Before introducing your baby to lego, try to teach them using a bigger size of toys, like soft blocks, or you also can use a simple tools. Arrange small boxes of used drugs or food packaging for example.

But you need to remember to prepare at least several different forms. You can take advantage of plastic bowls and different size of glasses. He will slowly recognize what size is. If they already feel bored with simple tools, then it is the time for soft blocks. Don’t forget to choose a soft block with attractive shape and colors.

Read more: WonChi Vanilla Soft Blocks

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6. Puppet plays

Whose little kid doesn't like to play dolls? Every babies must have at least 1 doll at home. Yups, usually parents use it to practice their communication skills.

Dolls are moved followed by voices from Daddy and Mommy, as if the doll itself is speaking. From this activity children learns to recognize sounds. Well, after a bit later, try to let him direct the puppet show himself.

Use the doll at home, hold one for you and give one more for the little one. Invite children to talk through dolls, after a while they will understand and try to play alone.

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It turns out that preparing educational toys for children doesn't have to be expensive and luxurious right? Interesting recommendations for young moms. Good luck!!

Matchstick Monkey, solution for baby's teething pain

Matchstick Monkey launched in December 2016. Matchstick Monkey’s founder, Katie Windridge, is mommy to Minnie, Coco and Bailey. At that moment, Minnie was having a bad teething pain, she already had 3 teeth even before three months old. Katie could not find anything to massage Minnie’s sore gums without getting bitten. Minnie had always obsessed with monkeys, thus Katie think if there is a thing that could reduce Minnie’s teething pain and it is a monkey, Minnie must be really happy!! This is when the Matchstick Monkey was born.

And we understand that making decisions on the best products to buy can be difficult when there’s so much choices. Yes, teething products are designed to do the same thing, they all come with slightly different features which can be incredibly confusing for parents! Thus I will proudly tell you why I love Matchstick Monkey so much.

Read more: Things you must know about teething and teething toys

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The original Matchstick Monkey Teething Toy, now sold worldwide in over 43 different countries, including Taiwan, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Japan, USA, UK, and so on. Matchstick Monkey is so successful, they not only come with teething solution, also coming with comforting organic cotton muslins and breathable blankets, plush monkey toys and gift sets.

Macthstick Monkey teether are suitable for steam and cold water sterilization, FDA approved food grade silicon, dishwasher safe and fridge friendly, BPA free, environmentally friendly. Matchstick Monkey teether can help develop motor skills from an early age.

Read more: How to choose a perfect teether for my baby?

Matchstick Monkey have three teethers collections:

Original Teething Toys

A fun, soft textured teether which can also be used as a teething gel applicator, height is 10.5 cm.

Dancing Monkey Teethers

A soft, multi-textured teether ergonomically designed for babies to easily hold, height is 14 cm.

Mini Monkey Teethers

A teether for very young babies containing BioCote Antimicrobial Technology to help keep hygienically clean, height is 10 cm.

Why am I crazy with Matchstick Monkey teethers?

It is ergonomically design, perfect for small hands, it can also be use as teething gel applicator. Mini Monkey teether have BioCote Antimicrobial Technology to help keep hygienically clean. Also, the most important thing is they have bumps on the back of their cute characters heads. the bumps help you administer teething medication accurately and painlessly for you and your baby, the bumps also provide a satisfying texture to chew on.

The depth of colours, satisfying shapes, playful expression and overall design of Matchstick Monkey are designed to appeal to children.

How do I clean my Matchstick Monkey teethers?

All Matchstick Monkey teethers are suitable for the cold water or steam sterilizer, the dishwasher or can simply with cleaned with hot water and soap. They are made of FDA approved food grade silicone and are BPA free non-toxic.

Read more: The benefit of BioCote Antimicrobial Technology

We collected Matchstick Monkey little user’s photos from all over the world, Matchstick Monkey colorful design are very Instagramable!! Suitable for every occasion also for every outfit.

If you are willing to be our Matchstick Monkey distributor, especially in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, or any other Asia’s countries, contact us! We will back to you shortly.

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Color is a power which directly influences the soul.
— Wassily Kandinsky