October 31, 2006

Two New Tees at Threadless

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There are two new designs at Threadless this week, and I think they'd be really cute on a child. They are The Average Bear and Ah Munna Eat Choo. Peter actually owns Ah Munna Eat Choo in an adult size, and I'm considering getting one for Andy that matches!

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October 31, 2006

Super Cool Baby Monthly Round Up-October

We've really enjoyed this month as we've found a ton of great baby products to share with you all! Here's a quick recap of October:

Bath Time
Flo by Boon
Step Stool by Baby Bjorn

Bed Time
Silent Light Phone Sensor

Birthdays and Holidays
Once Upon a Box

Blankets
Silly Billyz Infant Snuggle Bag
Silly Billyz Snuggle Bag
Silly Billyz Play Blankets
Essentials Play Mat by JJ Cole

Books
Fly Away Ladybug

Chairs and Bouncers
Trioli Upside Down Chair
Flair Standard and Flair Elite High Chairs by Boon
Booster Seats from Dottie Doolittle
Me Too! Chair
Svan High Chair
Svan Bouncers

Clothing and Accessories
Red Bowlers Shoes
Fruit Knit Hats by Butterfly Design
Diamond Pacifier
Pee & Poo Baby Briefs
Baby Toupees
Sophie and Lili
Skull Clothing at Psycho Baby
Strawberry Stripe Cardigan
Threadless
Cute Onesies by U*B*Baby
Organic Onesies
Gift Set by Sozo
Skull Shoes from Urban Monster
Beautiful Futures' Ringer Onesies
Baby Sock Monkey Slippers
Peace and Love Outfits by Orange Cupcake

Diaper Bags
Twig Diaper Bag by Queen Bee Creations
Susanne Maddux Diaper Bags
Dad's Diaper Bag
Laura Zambarano Diaper Totes

Feeding
Everyday Food Mill
Cereal on the Go

Nursery
Hand Painted Storage Bins
Islands Chocolate Rug
Sneakers Rug
Posh Pigs by bud
Sports Tissue Box Cover from Kookoo Bears
Philips Baby Care Ultrasonic Humidifier
Fernando Clock
iCrib Sound System by Munchkin

Reviews
inababycarriage Birth Announcements Review

Baby Care Onesie by Kee-Ka
Purple Stork Photo Birth Announcements
Children's Tees from Colin Maquire

Safety
Bumper Bonnet
Angel Alert
Britax Decathlon

Strollers
GoGo Kidz Travel Mate Stroller Attachment
Strollometer

Stuffed Animals
Organic Cotton Turtle
Jellycat Truffles
Wee Ninja by Shawnimals
Messanger Owls from Flying Fish Design

Toys
Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe
Air Happy Tricycle with Pushbar
Montessori Infant Box with Tray
Sand Digger from Kettler
Montessori Box with Knitted Ball
Radio Flyer at LL Bean
Cardboard Activity House
Pilot Tricycle
Pro Chef Kitchen Set
French Kitchenette Instantanee
Cookware for Kids
Multi-Sensory Clutch Cube
Stacrobats
Donut Rattles by Kathe Kruse
Bear's Cave by Haba
TMX Elmo
Cuddling Ball by Haba

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October 31, 2006

Red Bowlers Shoes

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As Andy is a big boy, he probably would fit into regular shoes now. I know technically babies don't need shoes when they aren't yet walking, but I think they are so cute. And I figure they must add an additional amount of warmth as well. Or maybe I'm just trying to justify how much I love these Red Bowlers Shoes. I've always had a thing for shoes like these, I wouldn't mind owning a pair of my own. And I think they'd look so cute on Andy. Their smallest size is large (12-18 mo.), so I may just have to buy them now for him to wear later in case they don't fit!

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October 31, 2006

Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe

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Gyminis are definitely a necessity for modern babies. They're basically a safe place to play where lots of rings fall temptingly within the grasp of all but the youngest of newborns. They're also a great place for tummy-time because they provide something a little more interesting to look at than a boring old blanket. The Tiny Love Super Deluxe Gymini pictured here has a lights & music touch pad that plays 10 minutes of continuous classical Mozart. The large plastic mirror encourages your child to lift their head — especially useful during tummy-time. And best of all, the whole thing collapses down flat for easy storage. You could slip it under a couch or behind a chair when you're not using it.

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October 31, 2006

Silly Billyz Infant Snuggle Bag

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This product probably seems familiar, as I featured one just like it yesterday. However, the Infant Snuggle Bag makes me a little nervous. You see, when we were doing our baby product research before Anderson was born, the cardinal rule for baby seats was NEVER PUT ANYTHING BETWEEN THE BABY AND THE CAR SEAT. This product seems to do just that with a thick cushion of padding between the baby and the back of the car seat. I have contacted Live Love Dream, Inc. to hear what they say about this, but at this point I haven't heard back from them yet.

All that being said, this product does have some usefulness to it. If you have a travel system like we do, you will definitely have a cold baby if you take any walks this winter. So, bundle your baby up to your hearts content on your walks, but just don't take her in the car with this!

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October 30, 2006

Twig Diaper Bag by Queen Bee Creations

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I just love this diaper bag so much. It's very pretty with the twig design on the front, but it's also quite functional. It's write up at Elsewares says:

Behold the roomy main compartment, 3 smaller mesh pockets (perfect for bottles and sip-cups), 2 medium mesh pockets, 1 large waterproof zippered pocket, and a swivel hook for keys or toys! Two snap closures at the base of 23" handles make sure everything stays securely inside.

It's also handmade and would be great to use even when you don't have your baby with you. It's too cute to limit its usage. I'd want this one for years to come!

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Silly Billyz Snuggle Bag

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It's definitely starting to get colder up here in New England. Several times this week it's been below 40°F when I left for work. Sure, it does still warm up a little during the day, but that's not going to last for long. This Stroller Snuggle Bag will definitely keep your infant cozy, warm, and dry while you're out for a walk this winter. The front cover is fully removable for easy baby insertion and removal, and the inside is lined with fleece or sherpa (whatever THAT is). This works with most 3 and 5 point harnesses, and is big enough for toddlers up to the age of three. For those of us living in the colder climates, this is a definite must-have if we ever expect to leave the house again.

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inababycarriage Birth Announcements Review

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The other day, I received some sample birth announcements from inababycarriage.com. Amber Gatej, the owner and designer, started creating these announcements back in 2002 after getting fed up with her dot com job. She searched for something that she could do out of her house, and decided to direct her considerable design talents towards the creation of these fantastic birth announcements. Typically, after you've placed your order you'll receive a digital proof within one to two business days. After your final approval, your entire order ships within five business days via priority mail.

Photo Card inababycarriage.com offers a wide variety of products. On the low end there are Photo Cards. These are essentially 5x7" photos that are printed by the folks at Photo Affectations. The process seems pretty straight forward. You pick the design you like best at inababycarriage.com, and then head over to Photo Affectations. There you can specify the text you'd like on the announcement, as well as any customizations like black & white or sepia toned photos. Photo Affectations involves a human at every step of the process — from processing your uploaded pictures, to double checking the information you provided, to creating up to three digital proofs of your announcement. Photo Affectations also provides a very handy page that should help you plan on when you will receive your announcements. The sample we received was printed on 5x7" Fujifilm Crystal Archive paper with a slightly textured matte/luster finish. Since these announcements are real photographs, they will definitely last a long time in your photo album. All orders of Photo Cards include white envelopes made from 80lb paper.

Panel Card inababycarriage.com also offers Panel Card announcements. The card itself feels amazing. It is press-printed on thick cardstock, so it is nice and sturdy. The color reproduction is absolutely fantastic; it looks even better than the Photo Card. The sample we received had the recommended U/V coating which adds a glossy finish, and apparently helps with the color reproduction. So if you don't get the finish, your colors may not be so vibrant. The best thing about these cards is they are double sided. Normally, the basic design is repeated on the back, but for $25 more, you can add custom printing to the back as well. As with the Photo Cards, all orders include white envelopes made from 80lb paper.

Photo Mount The Photo Mount style is a little more expensive than the Panel Card. These are essentially 4x6" matte finish photographs mounted on 5x7" white cardstock. The cardstock is slightly raised where the photo is mounted. The effect brings a nice white border around your photograph, as well as making the whole announcement nice and sturdy. The border sort of reminds me of older black & white photographs when photos weren't typically printed to the edges of the paper. Therefore, I think this effect looks best with a black & white announcement, although your tastes may vary.

Envelopment On the high-end, inababycarriage.com offers Envelopments. These are almost twice as much as the Photo Mount style, but when you get one of these in your hand, you can definitely tell that it's worth every penny. The envelopment came sealed in cellophane wrapping, and once opened, I thought it was just a pink envelope. Instead, it was a thick cardstock envelope that opens up completely to reveal the announcement mounted inside. The announcement itself is the Photo Mount style, so again, I think a black & white announcement works well here. Of course, there is so much color in the envelope that I think you could probably reflect that in the announcement. Also included with Envelopments are matching return address labels!

Thank You Note To complete your set of announcements, inababycarriage.com offers sets coordinating thank you notes. Using the same motifs and pictures, these thank you notes will leave as much of an impression as your original announcement. The notes are 4x5.5" fold over cards made out of thick cardstock, and include envelopes. The cards really feel just like the cards you'd buy at your local stationary store, however the included envelopes seem just a tad too large for the card — perhaps they're really sized to accommodate a 4x6" card inside.

Additionally, inababycarriage.com offers a set of coordinating return address labels. These are included for free with the Envelopment announcements, but if you are interested in something a little less expensive, you can order them for as little as $0.24 per label. Just like the thank you notes, the return address labels carry the design you've chosen outside your envelope.

Calling Card Finally, inababycarriage.com recently started selling mom cards. These are the business cards for today's busy mothers. Give them to the parents you meet at the park, day care providers, or your child's teachers. The cards are professionally printed on both sides and come in glossy or matte finishes. The sample we received in the mail was glossy, and it was very snazzy. And best of all, every design on inababycarriage.com can be turned into a mom card.

Perhaps the best thing about inababycarriage.com is the extensive choice of designs. At the time of this review there are over 140 designs for both girls and boys, and there are even designs for those of you lucky enough to have twins or are adopting.

If you're in the market for birth announcements, I would highly recommend checking out inababycarriage.com. I really like the quality of the products, and the designs are all fantastic. I'm even thinking about getting Laura some mom cards as a gift.

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Fly Away Ladybug

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Like every other woman pregnant for the first time, I was given a ton of advice and a ton of presents that would help me out. Nothing could really have prepared me for a newborn who was fussy all the time and only napped on my lap. The one product that would occupy Andy long enough for me to take a quick break (whether it was to write a quick email or go to the bathroom) was the Fly Away Ladybug book by Suzy McPartland and illustrated by Emily Bolam. One of my sorority sisters got it for me, telling me how much her daughter loved it and how she had been given it by a friend whose baby also loved it. I had never seen the crinkly paper books like this one is made out of, so I had no idea its affect on babies. But my sister told me that it was magic. I'm really glad I listened to her, as Andy's really loved this book for as long as he was aware of things. I always give it to him when he's sitting in his infant seat in the kitchen. First he just kicked at it a bunch. As he found his hands, he started playing with it. Later it started to go into his mouth. Now he stares at it and examines it for up to a half hour at a time. And as it's a book, I can read it to him as well. Really, this is one of my favorite products out there, and I'm definitely going to be giving it to all of my pregnant friends in the future. Hopefully it'll work for them as well as it's worked for me.

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October 27, 2006

Air Happy Tricycle with Pushbar

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This tricycle is a bit different from the one we wrote about the other day. While a few dollars more expensive at $169, the Air Happy Tricycle from Kettler has a few more features that are definitely worth it. The tires are real air-filled rubber tires, you can adjust the seat up and down as your child grows from age 1 to age 6, and finally there is a removable push-bar which makes it easy for you to push your child around after a long day at the park. And right now, Oompa is offering free shipping on all Air Happy Tricycles!

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Baby Care Onesie by Kee-Ka

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I got this Baby Care Onesie by Kee-Ka as a gift right before giving birth. I thought it was a great design (ours was the This End Up design), fitting my humor perfectly. They come in little tubes that could fit mini posters in them, which made it fun to open at my baby shower as well. Other designs say Handle With Care and Keep Dry. We did have a problem with the snaps ripping off, but as I am not very careful with snaps, it's happened to me a few other times on different products as well, making me wonder if it's mostly my fault.

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Organic Cotton Turtle

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Another Blogpire blog, Really Natural, featured a baby product that we like a few weeks ago, so we thought we'd tell you about it. The Organic Cotton Turtle is made from 100% organic cotton shell with unbleached cotton clippings and embroidered eyes (which is good because they aren't a choking hazard). If you are interested in organic products, this might be a good gift for your baby. They are also handmade in Vermont and are machine washable too. If you like this, you may also like the other animals they make at 2KH including a bunny, giraffe, pony, and more!

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Hand Painted Storage Bins

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These hand painted storage bins from Koo Koo Bear Kids are great. Anderson has a small toy basket already full of stuffed animals in his room, but a bin like this would hold even more and look great as well. If blue isn't your style, its also available in pink, Surfer Girl, Airplane, and many others!

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October 26, 2006

Susanne Maddux Diaper Bags

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Susanne Maddux makes diaper bags. However, these don't seem to be just any diaper bags, they seem to be the supreme diaper bags. They are large (17x12x5 inches), have three cargo pockets, a large side pocket for a changing pad and diapers, metalic snap closures, a nylon interior, water resistant nylon canvas on the exterior, large interior zipper and side pockets, a cell phone pocket, an interior bottle holder, metal feet on the bottom, and even a changing pad is included. This is a pretty good diaper bag so far, but I also think it's a very handsome bag. It has a clean look, not too much color so you can still try to match it to your wardrobe. It is available in six colors, my favorites being chocolate & cream with sky blue lining and classic black on black with blush pink lining. Susanne Maddux is a mother, and that is obvious. Too many diaper bags are made to look cute but aren't that great to actually use. They can be too small, not washable, or too heavy. This one seems just right!

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Jellycat Truffles

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One of the best things about this blog is how I come across all these great products that I can use with Andy or tell my friends about. I just discovered Jellycat Truffles, and I want one for myself. If only they made them in adult sizes! I guess they are big in Europe and becoming collectable items over there. Each design can either stand upright as a stuffed animal or be laid out as a blanket/pillow/playmat. They are available as a few different animals: bunny, kitten, sheep, and a much larger dog version. Although this is something I probably wouldn't buy for Andy myself, I would love to give and receive as a gift!

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Montessori Infant Box with Tray

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This toy is very similar to the one we posted yesterday, except instead of teaching object permenance, this box teaches children about cause and effect. The Infant Box with Tray may look simple but is a deceptively brilliant way to teach infants who have begun to sit on their own the basic concepts of hand-eye coordination as well as cause and effect as the ball goes tumbling through the hole and into the tray below. Minute variations in completing this exercise will fascinate your child and give them the repeated satisfaction of success. This toy is also hand made in Holland with painted beechwood, and is designed to last a lifetime.

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Sample Sale at Baby Star

The first ever sample sale is going on now at Baby Star. Prices are reduced 60% off of their retail price, and tees are only $3! There are no returns allowed on this sale, so make sure you buy what you want. But you really can't beat these prices! Our pick-the bibs we wrote about last month

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Sand Digger from Kettler

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Okay, if you can look at this and not want one for yourself then there's something wrong with you (or perhaps you're a girl). Not only is the Sand Digger great for building hand-eye coordination, but you get to indulge your child's interest in digging in sand. And who can deny them such pleasure! The coated, steel frame is covered in appealing primary colors. The sturdy, molded seat is perfectly sized for preschool-aged children. And right now, Oompa is offering free shipping on all Kettler Sand Diggers!

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October 25, 2006

Fruit Knit Hats by Butterfly Design

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I picked up knitting last year, and I've been able to make a few items for Andy so far. He has two sweaters that just barely fit him which still need buttons sewed on (I still cannot sew!) as well as a few fruit knit hats, one made to look like a pumpkin and another like a strawberry. This hat pattern must be popular because I was able to find the identical hat on Etsy. Etsy is a site that allows you to sell your handmade items online. The seller of these particular hats, Butterfly Design, seems to know what she's doing as her hats look better than mine. Besides the strawberry and pumpkin hats, she also sells a blueberry hat, autumn cranberry hat, a lemon hat, a fall apple hat, a watermelon hat, and many more. Starting November 1st, there will also be winter themed hats for sale. I just love these hats and think they are the cutest thing on a baby's head. If I had more time, I'd be knitting all these hats myself, but unfortunately my knitting projects are on hold for the time being. But you might want to consider them if you'd like your little one to match the seasons and holidays!

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Radio Flyer at LL Bean

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I had totally forgotten about Radio Flyer. Another mother who has a larger baby than Andy (which I can't believe is possible as he's off the charts in weight!) gives me some of her used baby clothes, and two of the onesies had Radio Flyer wagons on them. As she was describing them, I had no idea what she was talking about and felt like a fool. Then I find all these great products in my LL Bean catalog! They don't sell the old fashioned wagon that I remember from my childhood, but they do have a Walker Wagon. Besides that, there's also a Tiny Trike, a Little Red Fire Engine, a Wooden Rocking Pony, a Scooter, a Tricycle, and a Roadster. We think it's great they are still around making products for children, and we're happy we stumbled across them!

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Montessori Box with Knitted Ball

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I went to a Montessori school when I was a young child. I never really understood what that meant until I started thinking about how I wanted Anderson to be educated. Okay, I still don't really get it. However, Maria Montessori definitely came up with some good ideas back in the 1920s, and toys like this really show how simple and powerful this kind of learning can be. This box teaches children about object permanence — even when they can't see something, it still exists and is waiting for them to find it again! Your child will push a soft cotton ball into the hole in the top of the box and then remove it by pulling the drawer knob and lifting it out in this exercise to develop hand-eye coordination, sophisticated hand movements and simple problem solving skills. The box is made by hand in small batches in Holland, and will last many lifetimes.

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Trioli Upside Down Chair

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Okay, I admit it. I'm a sucker for really cool design. And let me tell you, the Trioli Upside Down Chair is very cool. I had a tiny little wooden rocking chair growing up. The kind whose wooden slats would always pinch you. This chair definitely doesn't have that problem. In fact, its much more than just a simple chair. Your child can use it in any of three ways: as you see above, inverted to reveal a second seat, and laid flat and rocked. This is definitely way better than a simple little wooden rocking chair, although at $118 it's a little on the pricey side.

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October 24, 2006

Free Shipping at Lilypad Baby

From now until October 31, you can get free shipping at Lilypad Baby. Use the code "TREATFS" (note that is an F not an E at the end) at check out to get this deal.

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Purple Stork Photo Birth Announcements

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When it was time to create birth announcements for Anderson, we went with Purple Stork. We chose them because they have a fantastic photography tips page which really helped us capture the stunning pictures you see above. Now, I would consider myself perhaps a mild hobbyist when it comes to photography, but their ideas for keeping the background simple and lighting straight forward definitely helped our pictures. I was fortunate to be able to borrow a friends digital SLR camera, but I see no reason you couldn't get good pictures from your trusty point and shoot camera.

When it comes to ordering announcements, the process is very simple. You pick the style that you want (we went with the Emma design), then fill in the appropriate text for the announcement. There are lots of things you can customize about your announcement. You can pick the font, whether you want black & white, sepia, or full color photos, and more. We also had Purple Stork send us envelopes ahead of time, preprinted with our return address on the back (with a matching font, of course). That allowed us to address all of our announcements ahead of time before Anderson arrived because we knew afterwards we probably wouldn't be up to a project like that.

The announcements themselves came out wonderfully. They were printed on photo paper, but Purple Stork offers 100# card stock with both square and round corners for $0.60 more per announcement. We could not have been more pleased, and virtually everybody we sent them to remarked that it was the best announcement they've ever seen. As an added bonus, because we ordered more than 75 announcements, we received a free 8"x10" enlargement of our announcement, as well as two or three wallet sized announcements.

Purple Stork's customer service was very prompt, polite, and professional. They answered all the questions I had and weren't confused when I made some mistakes when sending them the photographs via email. They kept me informed throughout the whole process of creating our announcements, and they shipped them to us very quickly. We had the announcements in the mail to our friends and family within two weeks of Anderson's birth!

Overall, I recommend Purple Stork very highly. We will definitely be using them again in the future, as in addition to birth announcements, they also create holiday cards, moving announcements, birthday cards, and much more. They will work with you to create a photo card for virtually any occasion.

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What I Don't Want to Buy

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From what I understand, children sometimes get hurt a bit. After all, getting a few bumps and bruises is part of childhood. Obviously I would never want Andy to get hurt, but he's done a face plant or two while we're trying to help him learn how to sit, and after a couple minutes of crying, he's been fine. I just don't think I could ever see myself buying the Bumper Bonnet. It's a cushion on the head that protects the baby from hurting their heads on anything. I think as long as you baby proof, you really shouldn't need this. Unless it's for when you go to another person's house maybe? I can't really see the point besides that. Am I clueless about what is in my future, or is this a silly product?

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Dad's Diaper Bag

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Okay, lets face it Dads: we have to carry the diaper bag too sometimes. I'm pretty fortunate that I actually like our diaper bag. Laura designed it herself, at a design your own purse party (but that's another post). However, many men are not as lucky. So I say buy your own diaper bag! And what better diaper bag is out there than this one by Fleurville. Sporting a padded breathable mono strap, it has two fleece lined pockets mounted on the shoulder strap for sunglasses and mobile electronics. There is an adjustable outside flap and an offset zipper for diapers on main flap. A wipe case pocket is accessible without opening the bag. There are two storage pockets - one with a carabineer clip to hold keys,and the other a business card/photo organizer pocket. It contains a removable insulated beverage holder with dual mounts on either side, which is useful for when were out with our babies alone because, face it, we're just not equipped for feeding the same way as mothers! Finally a changing pad is hidden on lumbar pocket for extra padding.

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Flo by Boon

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There are a few different contraptions on the market right now that cover the faucet in the bath tub. They all seem great, and here's another one to add to the list, Flo by Boon. It is made from a soft material so your child won't hurt his head if he hits the faucet, and it redirects the water into a waterfall that moves out as well as down, so it helps with rinsing the head. It also has a bubble bath dispenser on it.

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October 23, 2006

$10 Sale at Threadless for Two Days Only!

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Quick! Get over to Threadless! They are having another $10 sale, but it's only through Wednesday of this week, and their tees are going fast. Threadless recently started carrying children's sizes 4 through 12, so get a start on your holiday shopping or just buy a few for yourself. Either way, you really should take advantage of this sale. There's tons of designs to choose from, including Cookie Loves Milk, For Sale By Parents, Dark Side of the Garden, In A Comic, and Clever Disguise. Just be careful of the Threadless Select tees, not all of them are on sale and the ones that are seem to be more expensive.

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Cardboard Activity House

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Back in my day, we would've called this a fort, but I guess now it's called an activity house. It seems like a really neat idea: a pile of corrugated cardboard that assembles into a house shaped structure. The blank walls just beg to be drawn on. Or you can apply some fabric or paint. Decorate the inside and outside to make a unique play area. If you want some ideas, check out these houses made by the Design Within Reach staff. I do wonder how stable the whole thing is, but since its just cardboard, it's probably not too much of a risk.

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Diamond Pacifier

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Anderson never really got into pacifiers. There were many times early on in his life when I wished more than anything that he would use them so I'd have a break from his constant fussiness. If your child likes pacifiers more than mine and you like a little bling, consider the Diamond Pacifier. Made from Swarovski Crystal Rhinestones, it will certainly be the shiniest pacifier you have! Be careful though, for although the rhinestones are glued on (with non-toxic glue), there is a choking hazard with them, so make sure to watch your baby carefully when she uses it. It was inspired by Baby Shiloh's $17,000 Diamond Pacifier, so if you like to have what the stars have, this is a great item for you!

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Parenting-A Collection of Blogs

There is a new website out there, Parenting from Personal Bee, that is a collection of the best parenting blogs on the web. I went to look at this site apprehensively. I feel like there's already a ton of places that push the "Mommy" blogs on us, and I'm a little sick of a lot of them. But I really like this site. The first time I went, there were links to three of my favorite parenting blogs: Ask Moxie (which was also linked to a post very relevant to me right now-breastfeeding and teething!), dooce, and Parent Hacks. All three are really top notch blogs, and you should read them if you don't already. Now I'm very excited that Parenting will show me more great blogs like these that I'm unaware of. I'm excited for it to grow, so please sign up and vote for your favorites!

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Pee & Poo Baby Briefs

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I don't think I would've ever found Pee & Poo if there wasn't an ad for them on this very page. Having ventured over to their site, I have to say those Swedes are crazy. Okay, I'm only kidding (sort of). Originally created for Swedish designer Emma Megitt's Master Design project, the Pee & Poo characters have gained world-wide popularity as parents all over the world have found them useful for potty training. The Pee & Poo characters can be found on plush dolls, baby underpants like those above, girls' briefs, boys' briefs, t-shirts, socks, keychains, and many more. I may not ever need them when Anderson goes through his potty training, but I have a feeling somebody is going to get some hilarious stocking-stuffers this Christmas!

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October 20, 2006

Islands Chocolate Rug

Islands Chocolate Rug

Here's another great rug for your nursery. The Islands Chocolate Rug from Piccolini is a 3 foot by 5 foot rug with a great design. A series of multi colored circles on a rich chocolate background will capture any childs attention and imagination. The design is also available in a moonstone background, if your tastes run a little more to the grey.

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Baby Toupees

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Many other sites have been writing about this next product, but with Halloween coming up, we can't ignore it any longer. The Baby Toupee is not something that I would normally buy for Anderson. After all, it's perfectly normal for a baby to lose their hair and not grow it back right away. But these toupees are so funny! I wouldn't recommend making your child wear it all day long, but for a photo op or for a Halloween party, why not? There are four in total available: The Donald, The Bob, The Lil Kim, and The Samuel L. I can't help but wonder if Suri was wearing something similar when she was on the cover of People.

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Sneakers Rug

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When my niece was a young toddler she would wander around the house looking for her shoes saying "Shoes. Shoes." This whimsical rug from KooKoo Bears would've been perfect for her. Its a little on the small side, 3 feet by 2 feet, but it has such a unique design that we can overlook that I think. In addition to your nursery, this rug would be great by your front door to remind your children to wipe their feet on their way in the house!

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Wee Ninja by Shawnimals

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Looking for a stuffed animal but bored with what's out there? Consider getting a stuffed ninja instead. The Wee Ninja is handmade in Chicago by Shawnimals. As the site says:

Wee Ninjas spend most days training, and most nights ninjaing! When not ninjaing, they can be found perfecting the art of the Stealth Hug and other ultra-secret moves, such as the Sneak Snuggle and the Fists of Tickle Fury. It is quite rare to find Wee Ninjas outside of their native and peaceful Ninjatown, but they adapt well to fun and loving homes. Ultra-secret moves only used for good, of course.

What better way to protect your baby at night than with a ninja? I will be getting one for Andy!

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October 19, 2006

Sophie and Lili Open Online Store

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Sophie and Lili, who usually only sell to retailers, has opened up an online store just for their Fall 2006 collection. This is great if you don't live near a retailer who sells their clothing or are like me and too lazy to leave the house. We love their collection, but our favorites are the Beatrice Wrap Dress and the Satchi Kimono Jacket. If only they were made for adults too. I now need to have a girl so I can buy these for her. Until then, my friends need to stop having boys so I can buy these for them! Also, if you spend $50 you'll get 10% off your order, and if you spend $100 or more you'll get 20% off.

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Silly Billyz Play Blankets

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These play blankets from Silly Billyz seem like a great idea. High quality fleece on one side, study nylon on the other. Perfect for dewey mornings at the park and is great for diaper changes. Its even big enough to cover most restaurant changing tables. I bet, in a pinch you could even use the nylon side up as a rain cover for your stroller. In addition to navy, they are available in lilac and red.

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More Skull Clothing

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We've found more skull clothing for your little goth babies, thanks to Psycho Baby. For boys, there's a Black Stud Skull Set two piece set, the Black And Grey Skull Romper, the Distressed Skull Tee, the Sage Skull Hoodie, and the Dangerously Cute two piece set. This last one is also available for girls. Also for girls, there's the Rose Skull Glamour Puss Hoodie, the Bubble Gum Skull Tee, and the Eyelet Skull Dress. If you want your little one to look tough and cool, this is the way to go!

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Pilot Tricycle

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The Pilot Tricycle is definitely not like the tricycles you and I grew up with. These are used throughout Europe, and are only starting to become available here in the United States. They're made by Italtrike, an Italian company that actually specializes in tricycles. The handle bars are designed with children's hands in mind — they can put them in the most comfortable position for them. The tricycle is low to the ground and has a wide base to increase stability as your little one learns to balance. This tricycle is for children between 1 and 2, and there are others for older kids as well.

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Strawberry Stripe Cardigan

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Here is a beauty for your little girl! The Strawberry Stripe Cardigan from Craftsbury Kids is a knit sweater that is made from a blend of alpaca, wool, and acrylic blend, so it's super soft and very warm. It has long sleeves, two pockets on the front, and three buttons at the top, so the blouse or dress underneath will peek through! There is also a Strawberry Striped Hat to match, with a little pom pom on top! What an adorable way to keep your daughter warm this fall!

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October 18, 2006

Laura Zambarano Diaper Totes

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I just discovered the baby bags made by Laura Zambarano. Besides liking everyone with the name Laura, I can't help but adore these bags. I love prints, and these fabrics are fun and funky. Each diaper tote is handmade in Vermont, have a bunch of pockets, and include a changing pad and burp cloth in a different but coordinating fabric. Craftsbury Kids is currently selling eight different designs. My personal favorites are the Picadilly Lilac Diaper Tote, the Tangerine Tulip Diaper Tote, and the Lazy Daisy Strawberry Diaper Tote. Also, if you buy one before October 23, you can get 10% off by using the code "LZ06" at check out. As if you need another reason to buy one!

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Pro Chef Kitchen Set

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If your taste in kitchenware runs a little more modern your kids might love the Pro Chef Kitchen Set from Pottery Barn Kids. The full set includes a stove, island, and refrigerator. Interactive details include stove burners that glow red, a refrigerator light that turns on when the door is opened and a dishwasher that sounds like it’s really running. There's nothing like a little realism to help along young imaginations, although it definitely does come at a high price: $879 for the whole set.

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I've Arrived by tiny*prints

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When you have a baby, you want to let the world know. It's one of the most important and momentuous events in your life, so how you share this with the world is very important. I know my husband spent hours researching which company we'd use, taking the perfect photos, etc. Personally, I wanted to go photo free (after all, many babies are NOT cute right when they are born, let's be honest here). So I would have loved this announcement from tiny*prints. Really, I think this is just such an adorable announcement. It almost makes me want to have another so I can use it. It's also available in a girl's version. Other announcements I like from this company include the Blue Chocolate Bear Baby Announcement, the Pink Teddy Birth Announcement, and the Lime Tummy Love Baby Shower Invitations. They also make holiday photo cards as well.

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Threadless

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Threadless is a t-shirt company that sells limited edition tees for men and women. They have recently started selling some in children's sizes, which makes me so happy as I love Threadless. This week, their new children's tee is Dark Side of the Garden. This is one of my all time favorite designs, and we're sure plenty of you that have children are Star Wars fans as well. Some other favorites of mine in children's sizes include Cookie Loves Milk, Mapple vs Apy, and Big Fish Wins. The only problem is that the sizes start at 4, we wish they went a little smaller. But you can always buy them for when your little one grows up a bit. After all, they are limited, and although they do reprint some, you may miss out on a great design if you don't buy right away. I'll make sure to keep you updated as new good designs come out!

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French Kitchenette Instantanee

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Every child needs to play with fake kitchen appliances at some point in their life. I never realized what a wide range of options were available. This French Kitchenette from Oompa has really caught my imagination. The set includes the following:

  • 2 plates
  • 2 forks
  • 2 knives
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 serving spoon
  • 1 saucepan with lid
  • 1 skillet
  • 1 salt shaker
  • 1 pepper shaker
  • 1 fried egg
  • 1 pizza
  • 1 carrot (splits into halves)
  • 1 cheese slice
  • 2 mushrooms
  • 1 loaf of bread (splits into 4 slices)

I know the kitchen sets I played with as a child didn't include mushrooms and carrots!

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October 17, 2006

Children's Tees from Colin Maquire

I was lucky enough to be sent a tee for Andy from Colin Maguire. They make tees for toddlers, sized 18-24 months through 5T. Right now they sell long sleeved layered looking tees perfect for fall as well as short sleeved tees too.

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The tee I received is the All-American Toddler Team design. And I must say right off the bat I love it! Quickly after giving birth, I realized that Andy looks adorable in this layered look, and I love the ringer tees, which this site has as well. The contrast banding around the neck has a frayed look. It's well made, well printed, and I cannot wait to start using it (Anderson is a little small for it still).

The best part of Colin Maguire's site is that all the designs are made by children who are residing at The Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health. They provide the latest treatment options for critically ill children and offers a place like home for both the children and their families. Colin Maguire supports the Inn financially (10% of the profits of each t-shirt goes to the Children's Inn) as well as helps to share the spirit of these children and their loved ones.

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All the tees are made of 100% cotton, and they launch a new design every month. Each tee comes with an "About the Artist" hangtag. The one we received was designed by Sara. She came to the NIH from Iraq and chose to draw an eagle because it reminds her of America, where she now resides.

I think this is a wonderful cause and the tees are great too, so we highly recommend them to you all.

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Cute Onesies by U*B*Baby

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I have a ton of cute onesies for Andy. Although it's getting cold enough here that I don't show them off in public anymore, I still collect as many fun and adorable ones as I can. Here are two more I want to buy, the Bugs a Blingin and Rookie onesies by U*B*Baby. Both are two toned (and I love all ringer and baseball tees that are two toned) and have nailhead designs on them. If you like these, check out others for boys as well as some for girls too.

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Cookware for Kids

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At some point your child will graduate from the play kitchen to the real kitchen. I know I certainly don't want Anderson experimenting with my expensive pots and pans, so this set of Kids Cookware from IKEA would be perfect. The set includes a strainer, a whisk, a ladle, two pots, and a sauce pan. I'm not sure how old Anderson will be before he would be allowed to use these on the stove, but in the mean time, he can bang all he wants. Like everything else at IKEA, these are inexpensive at $9.99. You'll have to make a trip to the store, as these are not sold online.

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Angel Alert

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I'm definitely not looking forward to the day when Anderson starts to run away from us. I know he'll try to do it at the worst possible time, like in a crowded shopping mall. This device, the Angel Alert made by Cirrus Healthcare Products seems like it'd be a great help to all parents. Your child wears a transmitter and you wear the receiver. An alarm sounds on the your receiver whenever your child strays too far away. So, no more panicked searches; just follow the noise! There is even a panic button on the child's transmitter unit, in case he is in unfamiliar surroundings and wants to find his parents.


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October 16, 2006

Once Upon a Box

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I just discovered Once Upon a Box, and I think this is such a great idea for a company. They sell party kits, which include things like plates, cups, forks, invitations, cookie cutters, photo album, keepsake box, candles, jar of sprinkles, party tip sheet, and more. Their themes are Carnivals & Cotton Candy, Astronauts & Aliens, Surf & Sand, PJs & Polka Dots, Girls & Glitter, and Sweets & Sprinkles. Considering how much time and energy many parents are now putting into their children's birthday parties, I think it's great to have everything you need in one big kit. I would hate to run around town looking for Dora the Explorer table clothes, and besides, I'd prefer these themes to something more commercial like Dora. What a great way to make a birthday party memoriable and special!

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Multi-Sensory Clutch Cube

Multi-Sensory Clutch Cube

Anderson is just starting to get the idea of toys. It helps that he can sit and pick up a toy that's in front of him, but even a week ago, he didn't really play much with his toys. Now something like this Multi-Sensory Clutch Cube would be perfect. He loves things that he can grasp, and loves the textures of different fabrics, and the cube has crinkly fabrics and jingles when shaken. Finally, for olfactory development, there is a refreshing green apple scent as well.

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Flair Standard and Flair Elite High Chairs by Boon

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I love this high chair, the Flair Standard by Boon. It has a diner feeling to it I think, which makes it seem very retro. It has a pneumatic lift, so height adjustment is easy. It also has an easy to clean, waterproof pad, which is also soft for your baby to sit on, a tray that is adjustable to three positions, a five point harness, wheels that lock, and the tray is dishwasher safe. As your child gets older, it can also be used as a chair, with the tray, harness, and cushion detachable. You may also like the Flair Elite. It seems to be very similar to the Flair standard except instead of a plastic base and frosted glass colored seat, the Elite has an opaque high gloss seat and a stainless steel base. I don't know if it's worth an extra $200 for those features, but either way, both seats are pieces of art to me! Both high chairs are available at some point this fall, but you can preorder them now!

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Britax Decathlon

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At Anderson's six month checkup he was a whopping 22 pounds. When seated in his car seat, his feet are now touching the back of the seat. That is a safety hazard because if, heaven forbid, we were involved in an accident Anderson could displace his hips. So, its definitely time for us to invest in our second car seat.

Up until now we have been using an infant car seat from Graco — the kind that attaches to a base that you leave in your car. Those are definitely convenient for when you are bringing a sleeping baby inside, or when you're going to the supermarket. Unfortunately they don't make removable car seats for when your children get bigger.

For Anderson's next car seat, we've decided to go with the Britax Decathlon. We understand that Britax is definitely a trusted name, known for making safe car seats. We chose the Decathlon specifically because it integrates with the LATCH system found in newer cars, it has a 5 point harness, we'll be able to use it for a while as it accomodates children up to 65 pounds, and it has a 3 position crotch-strap which is very important to those of us with big babies!

Rear-facing installation with the LATCH seems almost too easy. Basically you just connect the two specially designed tethers to the LATCH connectors found in the crease of your back seat. Forward-facing installtion is a little trickier, only because you have to connect a tether from the top of the car seat to an anchor located somewhere near the back of your car. I definitely appreciate easy installations — especially after spending several hours installing Anderson's first car seat! Of course, always follow the instructions found with your car seat, as well as the instructions listed in your cars owners manual.

Hopefully the car seat will arrive soon, and we'll definitely let you know all about it once it gets here!

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October 13, 2006

Free Shipping at Sparkability

This weekend only, Sparkability is having free shipping on Ground orders. Use the code "em101306" at check out to receive this offer.

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GoGo Kidz Travel Mate Stroller Attachment

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If you're the type to do a lot of traveling with your car seat riding children, then the GoGo Kitz Travel Mate Stroller Attachment might really help you out. When folded up it is small enough to lay flat in the trunk of your car. Then when you get to the airport, simply attach your child's car-seat and wheel them both all the way to your destination! The 5 inch rubber wheels provide a smooth and comfortable ride, and the 50.5 inch telescoping handle lets you push or pull your child around without having to kill your back. The GoGo Kidz accommodates most Toddler/Convertible and Booster seats, so you'll still have to lug your infants car seats around the airport.

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Everyday Food Mill

Every Day Food Mill

I think many families aspire to feeding their young children the same food the adults eat, ideally without having to pull out the food processor at every meal. This mini food mill from giggle lets you puree your baby's food easily and quickly. Simply place the food inside the mill, and rotate the crank. Out comes pureed food, which you can feed directly to your baby! At $15 you can take the risk that you'll never use it, if you are like me and had grand illusions that you would make all your own baby food.

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The Strollometer

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Unless you're Heide Klum, you probably had a bit of a hard time losing weight after you gave birth. I know I certainly did. I ate way too much, gained over 50 lbs, and suddenly had a huge amount of weight to lose while having no time to go to the gym and no time to make myself healthy meals. So I walked as much as I could. I was lucky to have Anderson during spring, so the weather helped me tremendously. But I really wish I had the Strollometer when I first started. The Strollometer tracks eight functions such as speed, trip distance, time, and temperature, and all you need to do is attach it to your stroller and go! It also works on all strollers, so even if you don't have a jogging stroller, you can still use it. Comes in three colors: green, lavender, and blue.

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Booster Seats from Dottie Doolittle

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One thing that I really enjoy about having a baby is seeing all the things out there for them that are just smaller versions of adult objects. Like little pairs of jeans, little spoons, and more. So I just love these little Booster Seats from Dottie Doolittle, little chairs are so cute! These seats can be used in a variety of situations and are easily cleaned. They come in a variety of colors: diner pink, diner blue, gingham pink, gingham red, hibiscus red, pink polka dot, red polka dot, pink strawberry, and yellow strawberry.

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October 12, 2006

Support Breast Cancer Research!

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Breast Cancer is an awful disease and one that has affected my family personally. So for this month, it's very important to promote awareness of the disease and ways one can help. I am walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (and feel free to donate to my team!) this Sunday. Another way I want to help is to share with you ways you can buy things you might be tempted to buy anyway that will also be donating money to one of the breast cancer research organizations. Here are some examples:

Luna Lou is donating 10% of all their pinky prep blankets to breast cancer awareness.

Tiny Sprouts is donating a portion of all their cotton candy and rose colored items to breast cancer research.

A Brown Dog is donating $5 of their proceeds of their Sofie Says Never Give Up to counsel children with parents who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Susanne Maddux is donating a percentage of her pink “cosmo” diaper totes to breast cancer charities.

Petunia Petunia is donating 15% of sales to breast cancer awareness.

Sophie and Lili is donating 10% of sales of the pink cashmere infant dress to breast cancer awareness.

Preggers n' Proud is donating a portion of sales of their Buddha Belly Tank to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Giggle is selling a Pink-Ribbon Duckie with a portion of their proceeds going to benefit critical breast cancer research.

And finally, Munchkin is also selling a Pink Duck of their own and will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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Organic Onesies

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I know some people are really into organic and natural things, so I thought I'd show you all these cute onesies. Made from 100% organic cotton, these organic onesies are hand-screened and available in newborn to 4 year old sizes as well as in a long sleeved and short sleeved version. We really like the design, it's very pretty and would look nice on an adult tee we think.

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Stacrobats

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This next product I want to play with myself. Stacrobats consist of five magnetic figures, three balls, and a stage. They are full of magnets, so you can put them in different positions and stack them as you'd like. A great way for your baby to learn about balance and stacking. This toy also won the Oppenheim Gold Seal Award, iParenting Media Award, and Hot Toys Award.

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October 11, 2006

Free Shipping at Lilypad Baby

Lilypad Baby is having a free shipping on all orders over $50. You just need to use the code "fall50" at check out. Also, they are selling some monogrammed "mistakes" at 40% off or more. You might want to check out the list to see if you know a Sophie or Grace.

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Pee Pee Tee Pee

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After showing you the weeblock in yesterday's post, I thought I'd find you something similar in case you aren't interested in the bib and burp cloth too. The Pee Pee Tee Pee is the same as the weeblock, it's for when you change your baby boy and want to block him from going to the bathroom all over the both of you. These are 100% cotton, are washable so you can reuse them, and five come in each pack. They are available in white, blue, and biplane.

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Me Too! Chair

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Since Andy's starting to get bigger and not fuss as much, I'm hoping to take him out to eat once in a while. It's one of the things I miss most since becoming a mother as Peter and I would eat out once or twice a week before I gave birth. I would love to get this next item so that I can stash it in the car so we can make impromptu stops at restaurants whenever we want. The MeToo! Chair is an instant high chair, so wherever you go, you don't have to worry about seating for a little one. It can be attached to most tables, it's lightweight, holds up to 40 lbs, has a three point webbing belt with side release buckle keeps child secure, is easily cleaned, and it's fully collapsible. Also, you don't have to worry about germs on restaurants' high chairs. It's availabel in three colors: red, blue, and black.

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October 10, 2006

Gift Set by Sozo

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Looking for a cute gift to get a friend having a boy? Consider the Weeblock, Burp Cloth & Bib Set by Sozo. For those of you who don't know, a weeblock is something you put over the boy's private area to make sure he doesn't urinate all over himself and you while changing him. I never had one of these, but considering the number of times Anderson has urinated on his head, I really wish I did. The set comes in three themes, Ladies Man, Jock, and a super hero named Wee-Wee Man. I think they're very cute, and I loved anything themed, so this is a gift I would have gone crazy for.

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Svan High Chair

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I have a friend who is pregnant and doing research on all the baby products she wants to get. I wish I had done this before giving birth, but I had no idea what I would need, what I liked and didn't like, and what I would and wouldn't use. I'm trying to nicely help her without giving her too much advice (we all know how much advice you receive when pregnant!), but since she brought up modern looking high chairs, I suggested this next one to her, the Svan High Chair. It can be used by children of many ages as the tray can be taken away as they get older, is much less of an eye soar than your typical high chair, comes with a plastic tray cover, and can be pulled right up to your dining room table. This chair has great reviews on amazon, so you know you'll probably love it for your little one. It comes in mahogany, natural, whitewash, and cherry. Also, if you want a cushion on the chair as it does look a little hard, they come in many colors: red, black, lime, pink, sage, chocolate, blue, light blue, and orange.

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October 9, 2006

BlogPire Podcast - Autumnal Festival Episode - Fun Fall Products 10.09.06

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October 6, 2006

Skull Shoes from Urban Monster

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Skulls are the in thing right now in fashion, so why not include you baby in this new trend? Here are some Skull Shoes from Urban Monster. These shoes are leather and lined with 100% cotton. There is elastic at the ankles to help them stay on too. If you want your baby as hip as you are, these are a great option!

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Cereal on the Go

Cereal On The Go

Anderson has just recently started eating solid foods. He's still eating his pureed sweet potatoes, carrots, pears, etc. Someday he'll move up to Cheerios. And when that day comes this Cereal-on-the-Go container will definitely be a life saver. Available at Brylane Home, it includes a 12 ounce cereal bowl with a spoon hidden in the lid. Then when it comes time to eat simply pour in the milk from its spill-proof container. Pop out the spoon and enjoy. There is a freezer pack sandwiched in between the cereal in the milk to help keep the milk cold, but I would personally use more additional freezer packs to keep the milk below 40 degrees if you're not going to eat it within 2 hours.

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October 5, 2006

Donut Rattles by Kathe Kruse

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Anderson has always seemed to like round objects. I think he finds them easiest to grasp. The problem with most of them is the plastic parts prohibit washing in the washing machine, and the cloth bits prevent washing in the dishwasher. These rattles by Kathe Kruse don't have that problem. You can hand wash them in cold water, and even dry them in your dryer (on the low setting).

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Silent Light Phone Sensor

Silent Light Phone Sensor

In our tiny New England apartment, sound carries a little too well. As a result we've learned to turn the ringer on our phone way down. Still, sometimes that's not even enough. Like when we accidentally leave a portable phone in Anderson's room. Something like the Silent Light Phone Sensor, available at One Step Ahead would be ideal for our living room. The device flashes whenever you have an incoming phone call, so you might actually see it when you have your ringers turned off. It's even cheap enough at $19.95 to buy a few for different locations around your house.

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Posh Pigs by bud

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Since I mentioned skulls before, you might want to check out the Posh Pigs by bud. You have probably seen their Luxury Ducks or something similar around recently, but we really like the pigs. I've always had a fondness for piggie banks. I remember convincing my mother to buy one for my younger brother because, let's be honest, you are not a true child until you have a piggie bank. We've already started a bank account for Anderson, but it might be nice if we could start collecting our change for him as well. And soon enough he'll be able to start putting money in there as well! It comes in four different designs: trooper, pop, rock (with skulls), and superstar. If only the surfer was still available, that one is definitely my favorite!

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Essentials Play Mat by JJ Cole

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I have a thousand or so nice and big baby blankets, and I love them all so much that I don't want to get them dirty. So when I go to the beach, the park, or anywhere else where I need to put something under Andy, I bring my swaddling blankets that I don't care as much about. And they are too small to cover the ground well as Andy is the biggest baby ever. So of course he gets dirty and needs a big long bath afterwards. That's why I wish I owned the Essentials Play Mat by JJ Cole. It is 5 feet by 5 feet, lined in nylon that is easy to clean but also can be thrown in the washing machine, and it folds easily and into a tote with a detachable strap. Could anything be more convenient? It is also available in three different color combinations: Chocolate/Pink, Black/Grey and Sky/Lemon.

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Beautiful Futures' Ringer Onesies

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Anyone who reads my other blog, Shirt Snob, knows that I just love ringer tees. So you can just imagine how I'm feeling about the Ringer Onesie by Beautiful Futures. They are also silk screened with the cutest pictures of some future potential jobs, and each one says "Everything is possible." What a nice idea! There are a bunch of styles including CEO for boy and girl, brain surgeon, movie star, rock star, and world peace. If you like these designs, you should check them out in toddler shirts as well!

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October 4, 2006

Bear's Cave by Haba

Bear's Cave

Here's another fabric toy, the Bear's Cave by Haba. The "Cave" appears to be made from the rustling fabric that babies love so much. There is also a tinkering bell which your baby may love. Anderson has always seemed a little ambivalent towards things that make noise. I'm sure that'll change the next time I have a killer headache though.

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Messanger Owls from Flying Fish Design

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I'm having a bit of an owl obsession lately. My grandmother has always collected owls because I believe they are the mascot of her college, so I've always been around owl items. But in the past few months, I've wanted to start my own collection of all things owl. So here's something that would fuel my owl needs, the Messanger Owls from Flying Fish Design. They are cute little plush toys, and I'd love to get a few for the nursery. It's a shame I didn't consider an owl theme for Andy's nursery!

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Sports Tissue Box Cover from Kookoo Bears

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This is going to sound silly, but I have tissues in every room in my house. I have some allergies, and I'm usually too lazy to walk to the tissues, so instead they are everywhere. I currently don't have them in Andy's room, and it's been bugging me. But a floral box of tissues just doesn't look right in the nursery. So I really like this next idea, a Sports Tissue Box Cover from Kookoo Bears. There are four different ones, a baseball, basketball, football, and soccer ball. Personally I'd like to see a tennis ball as that's the sport I played growing up, but this is the time of year for football and soccer is big in our household too, so either would work well. They all fit the standard size tissue box, so if you have a sports themed nursery, this is definitely a must have.

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October 3, 2006

Philips Baby Care Ultrasonic Humidifier

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Does the air in your home get really dry during the winter? It definitely does up here in our New England home. Every winter I feel like the moisture is sucked right out of my skin. We usually run a humidifier in our bedroom every night, but we have yet to replace it since it broke earlier this year. If the dry air has this much of an effect on me, I don't even want to know what it's going to do to Anderson. A humidifier like the Philips Baby Care Ultrasonic Humidifier might be just what we need. Using ultrasonic frequencies, it breaks up water into a fine mist which is then dispersed into the air. At full power, the unit pumps out about 1 cup of water per hour. The cool mist will ensure that you don't burn anybody, and the included but separate hygrometer will tell you if you need to turn the power up or down on the unit. Of course, at nearly $115, you might expect a hygrostat to be built right into the unit itself. For just a little bit more you can get those features and more with the Air-O-Swiss 7135.

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Free Shipping at Emmy and Ally

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There's free shipping at Emmy and Ally this week. Use the code "freeship" at check out between now and October 8, and you will get free priority shipping. We suggest the Natural Cable Knit Sweater/Hat Set by Elegant Baby. With the weather getting cold, you'll need it for your little one, and it's adorable!

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Fernando Clock

Fernando Clock

Anderson does not have a theme for his nursery. Laura and I could never find exactly what we wanted, and besides we have textured walls that make anything but painting a major pain (something I've complained about before). Therefore, I'd love to have something like the Fernando Clock hanging in there. This clock, and the others like it would make a great addition to any nursery. Originally designed by George Nelson in 1965, this clock will never get old. Timeless you might say (get it? A clock being timeless? Hahaha, I amuse myself). When your child grows up, it could be a whimsical addition to any room in your house!

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Baby Sock Monkey Slippers

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I've always liked sock monkeys. I don't really get them, but they are cute and fun. So I really want to get the Baby Sock Monkey Slippers for Andy. I know that they are sort of silly in that a baby doesn't need slippers, but I think they would be so adorable on my favorite little baby feet. I'm sure plenty of people would comment on them, and who doesn't love compliments on what their baby is wearing? I think I'm adding them to his Christmas list this year!

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TMX Elmo

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Did anyone else see the TMX Elmo on The View a few weeks back? I didn't, but I did see the clip on The Soup. I'm wasn't so sure I'd want to buy this for my child after that clip as it looked like Elmo was doing something VERY inappropriate. However, I'm thinking that was probably just the angle of the camera. This toy actually seems pretty neat. Here's what I read about it:

-Three different tickle spots trigger rounds of infectious laughter and movement

- Elmo slaps his belly, falls forward with his butt sticking out, stands back up again, topples backwards, and kicks his legs over his belly

I'm just glad he doesn't sing, I hate that "la la la" song on Sesame Street. From what I gather, this is a hot item this Christmas season, so if you're thinking about buying one, you might want to do so now before the holiday rush.

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October 2, 2006

iCrib Sound System by Munchkin

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Now that the weather is getting cooler, we're facing a looming problem in our house. You see, we run the fan on the air conditioner in Anderson's room at night to generate a little white noise. As the temperature continues to dip, we won't be able to do that. The dilemma is, we're not really sure how to stop using the fan as a white noise generator. Do we just go cold turkey (never a good idea), or do we creep in after he's fallen asleep to turn it off (also not a good idea)? With something like the iCrib Sound System by Munchkin we might not have to worry about it.

The iCrib Sound System, winner of a JPMA Innovation Award, is a compact sound system designed to hook onto the edge of your crib and is compatible with most MP3 players including the ubiquitous iPod. You load up your MP3 player with your child's favorite bedtime music and it plays through the iCrib with a 15, 30, or 60 minute auto shut-off.

I'm not entirely sure how this product might be better than an MP3 playing boom box. I guess the auto shut-off is a key feature of the iCrib, however the fact that you have to remember recharge your MP3 player every day may limit its usefulness. If there was a way to safely integrate a power supply with the iCrib, it would definitely be the way to go.

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Cuddling Ball by Haba

Cuddling Ball

Toys are very often hit-or-miss; you never really know if you're baby is going to play with the toys you get him. This cuddling ball by Haba will hopefully be a hit for all of you.

It is brightly colored, covered with different textures, and is designed to fostering motor skills through rolling, clutching, and catching. And even more importantly, it is hand washable in cold water. There's nothing more annoying than toys you have to wipe with a clean cloth to clean. Anderson definitely needs something like this, as I think he is getting really bored with the plastic letters that hang from his play mat. Plus, a little help in the rolling, clutching, and catching department will always be helpful.

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Svan Bouncers

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We were lucky enough to inherit a bouncer from Peter's sister. I like it, especially how we can hang things on it since Andy loves to reach out and put anything and everything in his mouth. But it's sort of an eye sore, so it's mostly kept in our kitchen. The Bouncer from Svan, however is so sophisticated looking it could go anywhere. The chair bounces either from a tap of your foot or the movement of the baby. It goes from fully sitting position to a reclined position for sleeping or anywhere in between, and it also folds up easily. We just adore the color combinations, black/watermelon, black/baby blue, chocolate/lilac, and especially chocolate/orange as that is perfect for the fall and all my Halloween decorations!

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Peace and Love Outfits by Orange Cupcake

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Want to celebrate peace and love with your child? Here's new outfits that do just that from Orange Cupcake. Each has a cute design on the shirt and says either peace or love on the backside of the pants. I know some people may not like that part, but I've gotten pretty used to them being Greek and seeing sorority letters on many backsides for a long time now. Besides, there is nothing cuter than a baby's bottom. Pants are made 3-18 months, and the shirts go up to 6T.

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Super Cool Baby Monthly Round Up-September

This was our first month writing for Super Cool Baby, and we've had a great time so far. We can't wait to write more and more because there are so many great baby items out there that we can't keep up! Here's a quick overview of what we've covered!

Nursery
Macaroni Rug at ModernTots
Labyrinth Rug
Dwellbaby
Teddy Bear Bookends
Wall Graphics by Wee Gallery
Awake/Asleep Doorknob Sign
Bees and Flowers Mobile
Initial Wastebasket by Kookoo Bears

Safety
Tons of products for Baby Safety Month
Perfectly Safe Website
DECT Baby Monitor by Philips

Strollers
Stokke Xplory Stroller

Slings
Stretch Cotton Invisibly Adjustable BabyPouch

Toys
Halloween Beanie Babies
Tiny Clapper-He Says vs She Says
Color Wheel
Tractor & Trailer by Plan Toys
Lincoln Logs Collector's Edition
Burger and Muffin Plush Dolls by Uncommon Goods
Take-Along Hop 'n Pop by Fisher-Price
Red Ball Rocking Horse by Design Within Reach
Winkel by Manhattan Toy
Dream Meadow Play mat by Haba
Snuggle Friend
Playhouses from Craftsbury Kids

Bath Time
Boon Frog Pod
Squirting Fish by Kathe Kruse
Tubbly Hippo Bubble Bath Dispenser
Step Stool by Baby Bjorn

Feeding
Nalgene Grip N Gulp
Stay Kool Cups by Second Nature
Bibs by Baby Star

Diaper Bags
Baby Go Packs
Ocean Retro Sherpa Carry All by Oioi
My Royal Heinie

Bed Time
Twilight Turtle
HALO Big Kids Sleep Sack

Crafts
Personalized Train Apron

Clothing
Baby Ballet Slippers by Kamara Designs
Pizza Bunting Costume
Bear Slippers from the Gap
Baby Trogdor
Have Stroller Bottle Tank by Punkster

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