Thursday, May 28, 2009


The Bilibo is a big favourite in our house! It is mostly used for spinning but there are unlimited ways to play with Bilibo's - from rocking, spinning, sitting in, to hiding under, carrying with and peeking through. Not only it great at home, you can use it at the park, in the sand or water.

The Bilibo was designed by Swiss designer, Alex Hochstrasser, in consultation with childhood development experts from the University Children’s Hospital in Zurich. The shell shape and bright colours invite a wide range of interpretations and encourage children to use their imagination and invent their own games, providing hours of open-ended play.

The Bilibo is made of high-density Polyethylene, that’s shock resistant, non-toxic and 100% recyclable.

Bilibo's unique form arouses curiosity, stimulates the senses, engages the imagination, and encourages creativity.

Bilibo comes in 6 great bright colours and can be purchased from our shop for $38.00.

Big Hugs - Laa Laa Teletubbie

The Teletubbies are back in fashion after popping on our screens 10 years ago. These four unlikely looking characters captured the hearts of little ones everywhere and remain much loved to this day! My son still has the 4 Teletubbies from when he was a baby and last year he was given the Big Hugs Laa Laa to test drive for us.

Our son having problems sleeping (not wanting to sleep by himself and thinks 5 hours a night is enough sleep for everyone in the house) I thought the Big Hugs La La would be perfect to help sooth him to sleep.

Laa Laa Big Hugs is made from super soft yellow material that is patterned with stars and moons. Laa Laa has two night modes 1. Lullaby mode plays the Teletubby theme tune to comfort baby and shuts off automatically after 5 minutes and 2. In night mode the tummy glows and gently changes colour to soothe and comfort baby.

Big Hug's Laa Laa also has interactive features for daytime fun - Laa Laa gives a yawn when tummy is pressed, giggles when kissed and says 'ahh' when hugged.

Laa Laa has worked wonders for our son - he uses Laa Laa's lullaby and night light every night and you can even hear the lullaby at 2am when he wakes. Laa Laa's night light tummy is just bright enough to see around the room.

Laa Laa is now part of our family and I think will be for a long time to come.

You can purchase Laa Laa Bug Hugs from our website for $68.00.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I am Back!

Hi Everyone,

This is a long time coming but am back on track and ready to get stuck back into work. Once again I would like to thank everyone for their understanding with my time away after the death of my brother.

To get started I have revamped my website a little so I would love to hear what you think of it - I welcome any suggestions (good or bad).

I have also done a Links Directory on the website but am very excited about the Autism Resources Links I am in the process of updating. I am listing all the sites I have found invaluable with my son. I found a lovely song written for Autism by Mark Leland. Mark's song is called "Missing Pieces", a song he wrote for Autism. The proceeds of this song benefit Autism Awareness, research programs and those who have Autism.

It is a beautiful song and made me cry - go have a listen at:

I am looking forward to bringing you some blogs on new stock and am going to do some blogs on the toys that have helped my son with his therapy on our Autism journey.

So please make sure you come back and check out my blog regularly.

Have a Great Day!

Cheers Jo :-)
Welcome to The Toy Bug Blog!

Here you will find all sorts of useful information about The Toy Bug including sneak peeks at new products coming into the store, profiles on toys and information and stories about our Autism Journey.

We hope you'll check back often to see whats new :-)
Cheers Jo xo