Recent Reviews

Cozyphones Review: Headphones for Kids

Cozyphones Review: Headphones for Kids

Finding headphones that fit toddlers and young children can be difficult. We have gone through a few different ones.

Cuisinart 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker Review

Cuisinart 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker Review

This Cuisinart 2 Quart Ice Cream Maker was purchased by me. Post contains affiliate links. Why Buy an Ice Cream Maker? Ice cream is one treat that everyone in our large family enjoys. And ice cream is one of those foods that is always, always […]

Sonna Zona Weighted Blanket Review

Sonna Zona Weighted Blanket Review

Weighted Blanket Review

The first weighted blanket I ever bought was for my 8-year-old son who has chronic sleep issues. Less than a week later I ordered my own 15-pound Sonna Zona weighted blanket. As soon as I felt the cozy weight of his blanket I knew I needed one of my own. I sleep so much better with a weighted blanket.

All blankets in this post were purchased by me. Post contains affiliate links.

The Sonno Zona weighted blanket helps with anxiety and restlessness.

Since then we have bought three more weighted blankets. They are a bit of an investment, so several of my kids are still waiting for their turn for their own weigthed blankets.

Why Use a Weighted Blanket?

Weigthed blankets offer calm sensory input for people with anxiety or trouble sleeping. They can be very calming and help with restless leg syndrome. For me, I like to pull the blanket right up to my shoulders and feel the weight of the blanket surrounding my entire body. I have struggled with sleep for years and can honestly say my Sonno Zona weighted blanket helps me get better quality sleep.

What Size Weighted Blanket Should I Buy?

The general formula for a weighted blanket is 10% of your body weight. This will vary depending on your personal preference, of course. I have found the larger 20-pound 60×80″ blanket is my preferred size/weight over the 48×72″ 15-pound blanket. Due to the large surface area of the 20-pound blanket, they feel the same.

This sonna zona weigthed blanket has helped me fall asleep and sleep better through the night.

Apollo has just moved up from his original 7-pound 38×36″ blanket to a 48×72″ 12-pound blaket. The weight of the 7-pound blanket still worked well but he was just getting too tall for it.

We have now purchased three different brands of weigthed blankets and the Sonna Zona is by far my favorite. It has the best price and the best features. We now own three Sonna Zona weighted blankets.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons Review

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons Review

Post contains affiliate links. This copy of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons was purchased by me. How My Four-Year-Old Learned to Read One day, many years ago, my four-year-old son, Hezekiah approached me with our copy of  Teach Your Child to […]

Mosaic Weighted Blanket Review

Mosaic Weighted Blanket Review

Why a Weighted Blanket? We bought this 15-pound Mosaic weighted blanket for my son with autism. He is a sensory seeker and like many kids with autism, he often has trouble sleeping. Weighted blankets are proven to help with anxiety, restlessness, and sleep. I personally […]

Wonder Crew Superhero Doll Review

Wonder Crew Superhero Doll Review

I purchased the Wonder Crew Buddy Superhero Doll for review purposes; post contains affiliate links.

Wonder Crew Superhero Doll is great for encouraging imagination.

First, let’s address the elephant in the room.

Do boys really need dolls to play with? Do boys even like dolls?

I have eight sons. We have provided dolls for all of our boys to play with from a young age, along with blocks, plastic animals, and trucks. Most people don’t hesitate to give their sons stuffed animals to play with but many are leery of giving them dolls. I’m not sure why. I think most of us hope our boys will grow up to be caring, involved fathers. Giving them dolls (just like we do our girls) is a great way to encourage this.

Wonder Crew Superhero Doll is great for encouraging imagination.

Just before my son, Apollo turned four he became obsessed with dolls. He received the doll in this picture above for his fourth birthday. He immediately named it Jonah Boy and dressed and undressed it repeatedly.

Wonder Crew Superhero Doll is great for encouraging imagination.

Hezekiah loved his doll…handmade for him by his older brother. 

My Boys Play Differently With Dolls

While all of my boys have spent time playing with dolls, I will say this. My boys play with dolls differently than my girls.

While my boys enjoyed dressing and diapering their dolls, their dolls also went off to war, fought in battles and ripped animals apart with their bare hands.

Their dolls were tough. They were strong and powerful…but when they got “hurt” my boys were there to comfort and protect them.

Wonder Crew Superhero Doll is great for encouraging imagination.

So yes, my sons loved dolls and Apollo still loves to play with dolls, even if he plays differently than his sisters.  Because of this, I was interested in seeing his reaction to the Wonder Crew Buddy Superhero Doll.

Apollo wasn’t sure what to think of the doll at first. He pulled it out shyly and began inspecting it.

Wonder Crew Superhero Doll is great for encouraging imagination.

He enjoyed looking at the pictures on the back of the box to see what other dolls and outfits were offered.

Wonder Crew Superhero Doll is great for encouraging imagination.
Wonder Crew Superhero Doll is great for encouraging imagination.
Wonder Crew Superhero Doll is great for encouraging imagination.

Apollo soon grabbed his other dolls and began swapping clothes (the best part about dolls). He played happily with his Wonder Crew dolland loved adding it to his collection.

Wonder Crew Superhero Doll is great for encouraging imagination.

Apollo was laughing here because I made a comment about how I was glad this wasn’t a real baby he was dressing since he was holding it by the legs.

Wonder Crew Superhero Doll is great for encouraging imagination.

Overall, Apollo liked this doll. It has a soft body (which is his preference in dolls) and is just the right size for dressing and undressing. Apollo had these two things to say about the Wonder Crew Buddy Superhero Doll.

“I don’t like it’s pink cheeks because it looks like he’s wearing make-up. I really like the red pants because red pants are rare”

Diversity in Toys Is Important

The Wonder Crew Superhero Doll comes in a variety of skin colors and ethnicity.

I have always sought to add diverse toys and dolls to our home. I purchased the generic “white” doll for review simply because on the day I purchased it it was on sale and $10 cheaper than the other dolls. Apollo is actually pining after the Hispanic doll because “he isn’t wearing makeup”.

If you are looking for a doll specifically for your son this is a great one to purchase. Remove the mask and cape and it is just a regular baby doll. I have no idea how your son will react if he hasn’t played with dolls in the past, but Apollo genuinely likes this one. I would personally also purchase this doll for a little girl.