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Renting toys for your kids for the Holidays?

I’ve been reading more and more about parents renting toys for kids this holiday season. I was just wondering if anyone else has heard of this new trend?  You can now rent toys for a small fee and let your children play with  them, and then one to three months later, send them back and rent new ones! I personally have my ups and downs about the whole thing. Why rent toys for your child? How clean are the toys really? What is the quality of the toy going to be like when you receive it? What happens if my kid loses or breaks a toy?

We as parents always have different concerns about are children. If I buy them that toy, will it make them happy, and how long will they play with it? What toys should we buy them? Is this the right toy to help my children develop and grow mentally and physically?

It’s hard to say because we feel that a child’s education, learning and development through toys can be done within a couple of months. Some toys can provide years of education and learning. The child might grow an attachment to a toy, then what do you do? You either have to tell the child that you have to return the toy and break their heart, or buy it for more money than you would have bought it for in the first place.

Kids are kids, and they sometimes break things. Not all children break their toys or treat them rough, but all kids are different and things do happen. So now you just spent around $5 per toy and then have to turn around and buy it for a discounted price. So what’s the discounted price?

Here’s an example:

Girl Dress Up Mix ‘n Match Peg
Our price – $6.57
Many of the renting toys places charge  $5 per toy, some charge $30 or more for 4 toys per month.

We here at Wonderbrains understand that education, learning and developmental toys are a great way for children to grow and learn. We also understand how important it is to get your children the best toys. Shop our online store and receive free shipping with a purchase of $50 or more.

We want to know what you think about renting toys for your children. Leave a comment or go to our Facebook page and leave a comment our wall.

Recall News from CPSC

Musical Shaker Instrument Recalled by Woodstock Percussion Due to Laceration and Choking Hazard

Picture of recalled shaker; the handles can detach from the shaker, posing laceration and choking hazards by exposing rough edges and allowing access to small steel pellets and a plastic plug.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Gripper Shaker musical instrument

Units: About 9,400 in the U.S. and 700 in Canada

Importer: Woodstock Percussion Inc., of Shokan, N.Y.

Hazard: The handle can detach from the shaker, exposing a rough edge and posing a laceration hazard. The detached handle also exposes small steel pellets and a plastic plug which pose choking hazards.

The marking “B4” is printed on the rounded top of each shakerIncidents/Injuries: The company received one report from a consumer that the handles on two Gripper Shakers detached. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The shakers are plastic musical instruments, 5.5 inches long, with rounded, egg-shaped tops containing steel pellets and open circular handles. They come in blue and green and are sold separately. The marking “B4” is printed on the rounded top of each shaker.

Sold at: Mail-order catalogs, websites and retail stores nationwide between August 2010 and March 2011 for about $5.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact Woodstock Percussion Inc. to receive a $7 refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Woodstock Percussion, Inc. toll free at (866) 543-2848 anytime, via email at, or visit the website at


Kahn Enterprises Recalls Beeni Baby Hats Due to Asphyxiation Hazard

Picture of recalled Baby Hat; The Beeni Baby Hat has been recalled due to an asphyxiation hazardThe following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Beeni Baby Hats

Units: About 35

Distributor: Kahn Enterprises LLC, Mendota Heights, Minn.

Hazard: A baby can spit up during use, posing an asphyxiation hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: The recalled baby hats are made of cotton and spandex. They have two straps sewn to the sides and a removeable plastic pacifier holder. The hat is available in sizes small, medium and large, and in pink, blue, green, flower print, blue stripe and blue print. Model number 125867 is on a tag sewn into the back inner rim of the cap.

Sold at: Beeni Baby’s website from January 2009 through May 2011 for about $25.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the hats and contact Kahn Enterprises to receive a full refund. Kahn Enterprises will provide consumers with a postage paid label to return the product. The firm is directly contacting consumers who purchased the recalled baby hats.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, email Kahn Enterprises at, visit the firm’s website at or call the firm collect at (612) 310-4053.

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CPSC Recalls Three Toys Due To Choking Hazard

Kid O Products Recalls Baby Rattles Due To Choking Hazard

Name of Product: Baby rattles

Units: About 1,500 units

Importer: Kid O Products, LLC of Perth Amboy, N.J.

Hazard: The baby rattle’s beads can come off when the rattle is twisted or pulled forcefully, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves the Prisma and Duo style wooden baby rattles with multi-colored beads. The Prisma rattle is shaped as a bell with a loop handle and has style number 10331. The rattle measures about 3 ¾- inches long. “Prisma” and the style number can be found on the packaging. The Duo rattle is two interlocked rings with red and blue bead accents. “Duo” and style number 10333 is printed on the packaging.

Kid O Baby Rattles are sold nationwide. They were sold for about $12 from November 2010 to December 2010. Immediate action should be taken by taking the ring away from the child and return them to the retail store where they purchased it for a full refund. Consumers can also contact the manufacture for instructions on how to mail the product to receive a full refund.

For More Information: CPSC

Teething Rings Recalled by Calisson Due to Ingestion Hazard

Name of Product: Cool-it Soother by Vulli

Units: About 7,000

Importer: Calisson Inc., of Dana Point, Calif.

Hazard: If the teething ring is punctured, bacteria and mold can grow inside the teether’s untreated liquid. This poses an ingestion hazard to infants and can lead to diarrhea and vomiting.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: The Cool-it Soother teething ring is clear and is attached to a green plastic handle in the shape of the character “Gnon.

The teething rings are sold nationwide and online. They were sold for about $10 from January 2008 to November 2010. Immediate action should be taken by taking the ring away from the child and return to the manufacture for a free replacement teething ring.

For More Information: CPSC

Toy Mobile Phones Recalled by Discovery Toys Due to Choking Hazard

Name of Product: Toddler Talk Toy Mobile Phones

Units: About 2,900 in the United States and 700 in Canada

Importer: Discovery Toys LLC, of Livermore, Calif.

Hazard: The clear plastic antenna can break off, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: Discovery Toys has received reports of three incidents in which the toy telephone’s antenna broke off. A child was found mouthing the toy phone’s antenna but it was removed by his mother.

Description: This recall involves a red and blue plastic battery-operated toy mobile phone with a small, clear antenna, buttons numbered “1, 2, 3, 4 and Play,” a screen with a boy’s face and the words “hello! hola! bonjour!” Only model number 1231 is involved in this recall. The model number is printed on the toy’s packaging. “Discovery Toys” is stamped into the red plastic on the back of the toy.

Toy Mobile Phone are sold nationwide and online. They were sold for about $18 from September 2010 to November 2010. Immediate action should be taken by taking the phone away from the child and contract the manufacture for instructions on how to return them for a replacement toy.

For More Information: CPSC

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