November 30, 2006

Super Cool Baby Monthly Round Up-November

November has been a great month for us here at Super Cool Baby. Below is a recap, and don't forget to check out our Holiday Gift Guide, which we are continuously updating, as well!

Announcements
Chocolate Cigars from L.A. Burdick

Bath Time
Crayola ColorFall SudsWorks

Bed Time
Gentle Air Dr. Watters Child's Portable Bed
WubbaNub Pacifier

Birthdays and Holidays
Christmas Products at Monkeemoos
Christmas Outfits by KooKoo Bears

Books
Zip by Jellycat

Chairs and Bouncers
Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair
Bumbo Baby Sitter

Clothing and Accessories
Angel Chenille Booties by Hubcap
Little Thieves at Bunny and Bee
New at Threadless
Robeez Baby Sets
Bebe Ravi
Scruffy Slippers
Georgie Tees
Baby Wit
Cherry Tee Onesies

Diapering and Diaper Bags
Pronto! Mini Changer by Skip Hop
Holly Aiken Diaper Bags
DadPad Changing Station
Terry Diaper Clothes
Gigi Diaper Bag by Storksak
Skip Hop Daddy Diaper Bag

DVDs, CDs, and Software
LeapFrog Interactive Little Leaps Grow-with-Me Learning System

Feeding
Chowhound Splat! Mat
Dumbo Training Cup by Richard Hutton
Skip Hop Bottle Drying Rack
Skip Hop Baby Food Organizer
Sigg Kid's Bottles

Nursery
Petal Mobile from Petunia Petunia
Dwarf's Land Playing Rug by Haba
Framed Initials from Kookoo Bears
Cloth Diapers: A Nusery Necessity
Sunshine Mobile by Haba
Sock Monkey Nursery Set

Reviews
No More Diapers
Primo Eurobath
Giggles Computer Funtime for Baby Software
Bub Love
Christmas Toons by Thingamakid
The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster by Meomi
Whimsical Children's Blanket by Tots and Tails Designs
Action Bible Toons by Thingamakid
Preggers n' Proud
Toddler Toons from ThingamaKid
Babybjorn Baby Original Carrier
Multi-Sensory Clutch Cube

Safety
Cart Cover by 2 Red Hens
Super Safety Bath Ducky by Munchkin, Inc.

Stuffed Animals
Animal Bags from Boon
Lion Pop-Out Toy
Theo The Bear Grannimal

Toys
Learn & Groove Musical Table by LeapFrog
Pipapo by Haba
Little Tikes Baby Tap A Tune Piano
Musical Turbo Tail Tigger
Little Tikes Mulching Mower
Little Tikes Highback Toddler Swing
Simon Says Sit N Spin Interactive Game
Roll-a-Rounds Drop & Roar Dinosaur and Listen-Up Rounds
Play-Doh 50th Anniversary Rainbow Pack: He Says vs She Says
Sesame Street Sing n' Giggle Tool Bench
Busy Baby Play Mat
Perpeto by Haba

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November 30, 2006

Two More Sales

We've found a few more deals that we want to update you on. First is at the Baby Center Store, where toys are up to 40% off. They also have free shipping on all orders of $49 or more. Just use the code "FREESHIP49" at check out.

Pottery Barn Kids is also having a huge sale. Get up to 65% savings on toys, bedding, and more.

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November 30, 2006

No More Diapers

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No More Diapers is the story of a little bear named Glen, who gives up diapers for big kid pants. Like many babies, Glen loves his diapers and is reluctant to give them up. Until one day when Glen's best friend, Sophie, announces that she's a big girl, and wears big girl underpants. Glen decides that he's ready to give up his diapers and wear underpants too. There are a few sing-alongs including Wonderous Underous Pants, Underwear is Great, and Congratulations March. Hopefully these will inspire your reluctant toddler to give up diapers as well.

The most ingenious part of the DVD, however, are the included potty training rewards stickers. The package says there are 30 included stickers, but mine only came with 15. There are also several downloads available from the publisher. You can print out 3 coloring pages of scenes from the DVD, a potty chart where your child can place his rewards stickers, and a No More Diapers diploma, when the transition is complete.

The main story runs for about 23 minutes. And after the songs are repeated, this time in a karaoke style with the words underneath. However, there doesn't seem to be any easy way to navigate around the DVD if you just wanted to play the songs. There is no DVD menu, and you can't skip ahead, other than by using a regular fast forward, which is cumbersome at best.

Before watching, I thought the DVD would be more instructional. Instead, its designed to delight and entertain your child, and inspire him to give up diapers as well. You may wish to start playing the DVD regularly before your child is ready, so he can get used to the idea.

No More Diapers is available at Amazon.com for $11.99. Buy a copy for your child today, or give it as a gift to anybody with a young infant this holiday season.

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November 30, 2006

Petal Mobile from Petunia Petunia

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I know I've said before that I'm not a big fan of most mobiles, but I did find another one that is quite beautiful. The Petal Mobile from Petunia Petunia is hand crocheted, and each flower has a small happy face on it. It hangs about 16 inches, so it should be hung from the ceiling so your baby can't grab at it. When your baby is too old for a mobile, you could still use this by hanging it above the changing table, at a window, or anywhere in the nursery as it looks more like a decoration than your typical mobile.

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November 30, 2006

Two Sales

Modern Mini is having a sale. They've just discounted many of their top selling items in time for the holidays. Also, you can get free shipping on all orders over $100 as well as free wrapping. My pick is the Wheely Bug. I've read good things about it, and it looks like a fun toy to me!

Also at Tots and Tails Designs, get 25% off their entire line of designs until December 16. They also have free shipping on all orders over $100 when using the code "free100" at check out. We reviewed one of their blankets earlier this month and can say first hand that they're a great company with great products.

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November 29, 2006

Angel Chenille Booties by Hubcap

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Here's another in the 'what I wish they made for adults' department. These Angel Chenille Booties by Principino Kids look like the most comfortable booties ever made. What a way to pamper your little one's feet! They are available in three sizes: 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months. It's a shame they aren't available in any other colors though.

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Learn & Groove Musical Table by LeapFrog

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We all know that music is very important for the development of our babies. It's often just a question of how do we incorporate more music into our daily lives. Well, the Learn & Groove Musical Table engages and entertains you baby with songs, sparkling lights and lots of great things to spin, slide, push, and pull. There are 15 musical activies and more than 40 songs and melodies. And its a great play-date toy, since up to four children can play on it at the same time.

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November 28, 2006

Win a For Sale By Parents T-Shirt

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We're giving away one size 6T For Sale By Parents t-shirt. This very popular t-shirt is currently sold out on Threadless, so it's only available here. To win this t-shirt, simply sign up for our mailing list. If you're already signed up, don't worry, you're already entered! Be sure to sign up before December 12th.

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Primo Eurobath

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When Andy was first born, the last thing I wanted to do was give him a bath. My sink wasn't a good size, and the tub really scared me. So of course I loved this next product, the Eurobath from Primo. It's a bit large for our house and bathroom, so storage is a pain, but it's great because it's a safe way to bathe your child from birth on up. On one side, your baby lays at a 45 degree angle in the Eurobath, and then when he's about six months old or sitting up fine on his own, you can put him on the other side. There's also a drain and a line to show where to stop filling up the water, although I must admit that I always go past it because Andy really likes to splash. We still have him on the inclined level as he likes to suddenly fall backwards still because he thinks it's fun until he hits his head, and I don't want to mess around in the tub. I also was concerned because it looks a little hard on his head when lying back, but Andy hasn't seemed to mind at all. If you don't mind all the space it takes up, I can't recommend this highly enough. It's made my life so much less stressful. Also available in white and blue.

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New at Threadless

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There are a few new children's tees over at Threadless. Their $10 sale is still going on too. Our favorite designs include mmmh.. Delicious, Lil' Soap, and Good intentions. They're going fast, so if you are buying them as a holiday present, do so now before they run out! Also keep looking for new designs, as they are coming out every day!

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Sales and Deals

Here are some great deals on shipping for your holiday shopping:

It's a Rag Doll's Life: Free shipping on all order $150 and more as well as 15% off all orders $40 or more. Use the code "season" at check out.

Elsewares: Free shipping on all orders $100 or more. This is a great place to find things for everyone on your shopping list.

Sparkability: Free shipping on all orders $50 or more.

Craftsbury Kids: Free shipping on all orders of $75 or more through November 30.

One Little Monkey: Free shipping on all orders. No code or minimum purchase!

Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us: $10 off purchases of $30 or more when you use Google Checkout.

Monkeemoos has free shipping now until December 1 for all US orders.

Sandbox Couture is having a sale through tomorrow (Wednesday). Save $15 on all orders of $75 or more when using the code "Cheer15" at check out. Thanks to twodressalike for the info!

Also, don't forget about our Holiday Gift Guide! We're updating it often with new products as we find them!

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November 27, 2006

Dwarf's Land Playing Rug by Haba

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My son loves things that he can play with and touch. Right now he uses his Taggy Blanket (a must have, but that's another post) whenever he watches tv (which isn't super often, but he is a big fan of Sesame Street). When I found the Dwarf's Land Play Rug by Haba, I knew that he'd love it as well when he's a little older. Just over 3 feet by 3 feet, this rug has trees and houses that are 3D, a mirror in the lake, and a car with a removable goblin. It's very colorful and soft, and I think it'd quickly become a favorite in everyone's household.

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Little Thieves at Bunny and Bee

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Normally, I'd be the last one to care what Andy wears. Sometimes, I'll take him shopping in his pajamas. But if I had these clothes from Bunny and Bee, I'd be singing a different tune. The Little Thieves collection features shirts, onsies, hoodies, and beanies including the black zip up Ray Gun hoodie featured above. All their products are machine washable, just don't iron the design. Wait, who irons baby clothes anyway?!

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Congratulations to Our Winners

Congratulations to Barbara A of the children's charity Kids Wish Network and smmmashley of Kerrville, TX. They have each won a Cookie Loves Milk t-shirt from Super Cool Baby! Barbara just started reading Super Cool Baby and signed up for our newsletter because she was interested in our holiday gift guide. Smmmashley has been reading for three months, enjoys all the cool new stuff for babies, and likes not having to search for it herself!

We'll be doing another giveaway here at Super Cool Baby tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled, and keep coming back!

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November 24, 2006

Pronto! Mini Changer by Skip Hop

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I love Skip Hop products, so when I found out that they made a changing pad exclusively for Pottery Barn Kids, I got very excited and had to share with you all. The Pronto! Mini Changer is extra wide, has extra padding at the head for more support (I really wish my changing pad had that), a mesh pocket, anf front zipper. It has floral print inside, brown piping, and comes in either pink or blue.

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Pipapo by Haba

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Haba toys are great because they are simple and babies love them. One of Andy's favorite toys is the Pipapo. Made with three circles in a pyramid like structure, this toys rattles, moves around, and is brightly colored so it keeps Andy's attention. He likes to bite at it or just hold on to it, which is easy because the circles are small enough for his little hands.

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Holiday Gift and Shopping Guides from Around the Blogpire

Our editors have been hard at work coming up with the latest products to give as gifts this holiday season. Each of our different sites has their own holiday gift guide on various topics including: shaving, hdtv, gps, gaming, coffee and espresso, kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, and more.

Make your holiday gift giving easier this season by visiting the holiday shopping guides below, and get your shopping done online without the crowds and hassle of ever leaving your comfy couch or computer chair.

Electronics - TV and GPS

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Holiday Shopping Guide from TVSnob.com

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Holiday Shopping Guide from GPSLodge.com

Natural Products & Organic Living

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Holiday Shopping Guide from ReallyNatural.com

Shaving

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Holiday Gift Guide from ShavingStuff.com

Coffee & Espresso

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Holiday Gift Guide from SingleServeCoffee.com

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Holiday Gift Guide from SingleServeEspresso.com

Games

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Holiday Gift Guide from CriticalGamers.com

Liquor and Spirts

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Holiday Shopping Guide from LiquorSnob.com

Kitchen Related

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Holiday Shopping Guide from KitchenContraptions.com

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Holiday Gift Guide from The Cooking News.com

Baby Related

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Holiday Gift Guide from SuperCoolBaby.com

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Holiday Gift Guide from CasinoSnob.com

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November 23, 2006

Monkeemoos Sale Tomorrow

Monkeemoos is having a Black Friday Sale tomorrow. From 10-2pm EST, use the code "BF2006" at check out to get 25% off your purchase. They have a ton of great items for boys. Our favorite right now is the Polka Dot Piggy Bank in blue and green.

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November 22, 2006

Giggles Computer Funtime for Baby Software

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Anderson recently discovered the computer keyboard. Whenever we try to use the computer while he is sitting on our laps, he reaches out to pound on the keyboard. His enthusiasm for this is only matched by his desire to play with the mouse. Of course, after letting him pound away on the keyboard for a few minutes, we discovered that this probably wasn't the best idea. With a few keystrokes, he could delete files, reboot the computer, even send inappropriate emails to the rest of our family!

So, when I heard about Giggles Computer Funtime for Baby Software, I was intrigued. Would it let Andy safely play on the computer while stimulating him at the same time? We were able to see for ourselves after we were sent a copy by the creators, Leveractive. For this review, we used a PC running Windows XP. The software is also compatible with Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows NT, and Mac OS X 10.1 and higher.

The installation of the software was very easy. Just stick the CD in, and Windows automatically starts the install process. After typing in the included software license key we were ready to go. (One caveat, we were unable to quit the installation process without typing in the software license key, so make sure you have it handy before you start). There is also a screensaver on a second bonus CD included in the package.

After installing, we started the software right up. In both Shapes and My Animal Friends you're presented with 14 different activities such as Diving Diamonds, Flopsy's Funny Farm, Groundhog Day, and Little Quackers. Anderson loved watching these activities. The colors are high contrast and the shapes fill the screen. Typically he would pound the keyboard a few times, then get distracted by all the movement on the screen. He'd stare at it, transfixed for a few seconds and then pound the keyboard again. Even after just a few minutes, he started to understand that he was causing all the commotion on the screen.

There are also more than 50 songs included in Shapes and more than 60 in My Animal Friends. By default, there is no music playing, but you can choose things like My First Classical, Jazzy Baby, Baby Funtime, Baby Boogie, and Lullaby Baby. The music is all very nice. Most of the songs I wouldn't mind listening to even without the game.

This software is a great way to introduce your child to computers. When it's running, you don't have to worry about your child accidentally deleting files. I was never able to figure out any way to exit, other than through the main menu of the program itself. This is probably the most important feature of the software that I can think of. Even the infamous control-alt-delete sequence does nothing in this software.

I cannot recommend this software highly enough. Anderson loves to play with it, and I only feel safe letting him pound away on the keyboard when this is running. There are enough activities included in the program that he won't get bored with any of them for a long time. So, go out and buy it for your little one today!

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Animal Bags from Boon

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Now, usually I really dig all the products that Boon makes, but I just can't seem to figure out why this particular product exists. Or really, I just can't fathom that some kids have so many stuffed animals that they need something like this to put them in. I already feel like Anderson has a lot of stuffed animals, and they barely fill a small basket. Perhaps things would be different if he were a girl? I don't know. In any case, if you are being overrun by stuffed animals, you can either give some away to the local children's hospital or woman's shelter, or you can consider the Animal Bag. It is available in three different styles: Oval, Otto (sort of like a chair with an ottoman), and Trio (three globes like this stuck together). Once you've got enough animals stuffed in there it becomes an instant chair (ironic, I know).

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Chowhound Splat! Mat

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Although Andy isn't quite there yet, soon I'm sure he'll be eating with his hands and therefore getting food all over my dining room. We are lucky to have hard wood floors, but I don't want to be mopping up after him every time he eats. Therefore, I think the Chowhound Splat! Mat is such a great idea. Simply place it underneath your baby's high chair, and it'll catch all the food that ends up on the floor (unless your little one can throw long distances). The mat comes in six different designs (my favorite is naturally Vintage Andy). It is 35 x 35 inches, is made of a wipeable fabric, and the best part is that you can flip it over and use the other side as a chalkboard! It even comes with chalk and an eraser. So once you clean it off, it will keep your child occupied while you wipe down the high chair or do whatever else you need to do! It also stores easily and can be used as a blanket as the beach or park, so this product is truly a multi-tasker! If you like this, consider the Chowhound Placemat as well, which is almost identical to the Splat! Mat but smaller, the Travel Mat, or buy all three in the Gift Set!

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Holly Aiken Diaper Bags

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I thought I had already written about these diaper bags as I've been really wanting one for a while now, but I guess I didn't! Holly Aiken makes bags, including diaper bags, and they are simply amazing. To quote from her website, "All of Aiken’s bags, whether tote, messenger, clutch or diaper bags, are graphically striking, even from a great distance. Her color pallet is slightly retro and always just right." This couldn't be more true, striking is such a great word for these bags. Whether it's a clutch, baby bag, or tote, the purses stand out. Not only are these bags stunning, they are also nearly indestructable! They are all "made of industrial strength vinyl, poly webbing and nylon. Seams are reinforced for durability." The designs are mostly stripes and take offs of spots, which are simple yet so cool looking. My favorites are the Turbo Jr/Small Tote (because we all need a purse that doesn't hold diapers) and the Diaper Bags, which even come with a matching roll out changing pad. I don't have a matching changing pad to my current diaper bag, I'd love to look that put together!

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November 21, 2006

Sale at One Little Monkey

Between now and December 31, get free shipping at One Little Monkey. No coupon code is needed, this deal is automatic! They've also put together their own Holiday Gift Guide you might want to check out.

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New at Threadless

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Right now Threadless is having a sale. All their tees are $10, including the children's sizes. Some of their new designs that are available for children include Blow With the Wind, Pillow Fight, Calling Home, So far, this is the oldest I've ever been, and Happy Harvest. Consider getting something for the adults too, as the $10 sale is a great deal!

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Review: Bub Love

We were lucky enough to get a t-shirt from bub love, a company that makes tees for babies as well as their parents. Bub love is run by a mother who started making tees for her son after not seeing many cute ones on the market. Quickly her homemade tees drew attention, so she started a business designing tees so that other babies would have cute clothing as well.

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First of all, the packaging is very cute. It came in clear plastic wrapping with a bow tied with ribbon on the top and a business card that has your size circled. We received the bumble bub design, and the front of the shirt shows through the front. The tee is printed on Hanes Playwear on preshrunk cotton. It is a soft yellow color with chocolate brown ink.

We must say that we really like this tee. It seems a little longer than most, which is great if you have a large baby as it'll continue to fit for a while. One of my pet peeves is when shirts are too short, as they inch up so easily exposing Andy's belly or his onesie. And as it's getting a little cooler, I want him covered! I also really like the folds around the collar. I have no idea what that is called, but it is essential to us as Andy's head is very large. If it wasn't for those folds, he wouldn't be able to get the tee over his head!

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Bub love sells more than baby tees. They also have tees for kids up to size 12 as well as tees for Mom and Dad. I will be reviewing a Mom's tee over at Shirt Snob in the next few days in fact, so make sure to head on over there and check it out! There are also a bunch of cute designs. There are a bunch of emotions such as Happy Bub or Cranky Bub, there's a Birthday Bub, Bub Loves Mama (or Daddy), and a new one for the hip parents Two Turn Tables and a Pacifier. And that's just for the infant sizes. There are different designs for the older kids, such as Merry Bub and Flower Bub in the 2-4T sizes. I really just love the idea of different tees for different moods. I had this idea for myself a few years ago as a way of letting the world know how I felt so they would know how to react to me (if I was wearing an angry tee, they'd stay away for instance), and I love to see that such an idea is already out there for my little one. If he's having a bad day, I can throw on the cranky bub tee, and everyone will hopefully understand!

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I must bring up my one issue with the tee as this is a review. Unfortunately, I think the tags are big and stiff. We will have to cut them out as I think they will bother Andy. Really, this isn't a big deal, as I would probably have done that no matter what type of tag was in there as I hate tags myself and therefore assume Andy does as well. Other than that, this is a great tee and a great company. They have great customer service and are very nice and friendly and so easy to work with.

Peter and I really like this tee a ton and recommend it whole heartedly to you all!

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Christmas Toons by Thingamakid

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We received a copy of ThingamaKid's Christmas Toons here at Super Cool Baby. ThingamaKid is a new company founded by former Veggie-Tales producer, and creator of the platinum selling Cedarmont Kids series, Matt Huesmann. If this sounds familiar to you, its because we already looked at Toddler Toons, and Action Bible Toons.

Like the other titles in this series, Christmas Toons is a series of animated cartoons set to sing-along music. The songs are sung by a childrens' choir and set to up-tempo jazzy music. However, unlike the previous titles, this music sounds a little more orchestral, as is fitting for Christmas music. One of the best features of this DVD is the Karaoke mode. This allows you to learn the words while you sing-along to the words and music, or just the music if you desire. The DVD includes the following songs:

  1. Over the River and Through the Woods
  2. Up on the Housetop
  3. Christmas Medley (Deck the Halls, Here We Come a Caroling, We Wish You a Merry Christmas)
  4. We Three Kings
  5. The Friendly Beasts
  6. The Christmas Story
  7. Away in a Manger
  8. Jingle Bells
  9. O Christmas Tree
  10. Pat-A-Pan
  11. The Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas Toons also includes a CD containing many of the same songs, with a few additions. If you don't mind listening to a children's choir sing all your favorite Christmas songs, then you'll probably play this a lot during the holiday season. I know it'll be played a lot here at Super Cool Baby headquarters.

  1. Over the River and Through the Woods
  2. Angels We Have Heard On High
  3. Christmas Medley (Deck the Halls, Here We Come a Caroling, We Wish You a Merry Christmas)
  4. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  5. The Friendly Beasts
  6. Jingle Bells
  7. Away In A Manger
  8. O Christmas Tree
  9. Joy to the World
  10. Up on the Housetop
  11. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  12. Pat-A-Pan
  13. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  14. We Three Kings
  15. Silent Night

The CD also includes split-track versions of all the songs. This basically means that the music plays in your left speaker, and the lyrics play in your right speaker. However, I don't really understand why you'd want to do that; maybe it has something to do with karaoke?

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Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair

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The Tripp Trapp High Chair from Stokke is truly innovative. It was designed by Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik after he couldn't find a chair that would allow his growing son to sit naturally at the family dinner table. The chair features an adjustable footrest and seat that allow your child to sit in a natural position with his feet resting on the ground while still supporting his back. As your child grows the chair grows with him, getting you through that awkward time between highchairs and adult chairs. And when your child has grown up, one more quick adjustment and you can use the seat as well! Besides natural beechwood, the Tripp Trapp comes in a variety of colors, including black, lime, blue. And if you're going to have your infant use the Tripp Trapp, be sure to get the baby rail.

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Robeez Baby Sets

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Everyone knows Robeez for their shoes. I can barely think of any other kinds of baby shoes out there as Robeez is what everyone owns. But did you know they make more than just shoes? Searching around their website, I found the Baby Set. It includes the shoes, but also a bodysuit, hat, and bib. I personally like the Little Cub design, but there's also Monkeying Around, Cuddly Kitty, and Garden Party. Also, between now and November 30, get free shipping on all orders $50 or more. Just use the code "robeez2006" at check out.

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November 20, 2006

Review: The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster by Meomi

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We recently received a copy of a new children's book, just released in October, to review. It is called The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster by Meomi, and as the publisher describes it, this book is like Hello Kitty meeting Star Trek under the sea! I must say, I was intrigued.

The book, geared at ages 4-8, is a tale about a large sea creature that looks like a monster, but is really just lonely and looking for others like it. So the Octonauts search all the oceans looking for others like the monster. It's a tale about how it's okay to be unique and different as we all are in one way or another. I really like this theme as I'm sure every child feels different and strange for one reason or another at some point. I really don't want Andy to grow up feeling like a weirdo because he is a little different than everyone else, so I think a book like this would be great to read to him early on in his life so he knows it's the uniqueness that makes us all special.

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The book is beautifully illustrated. The characters do remind me a bit of Hello Kitty, but they are different enough than that character and each other. The world under the sea looks fun and inviting, and it was great to see how the rest of the ocean looked. There are Russian walruses, Asian whales, and tons of other foreign sea creatures. And as they go west or south the direction of the pages flips, so you will have to flip the book to see the pictures right side up. I think children would get a kick out of that.

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The author Meomi specializes in critter design. However, this means much more than just books. You can buy these cute characters on buttons, magnets, stationary, knit cozies, on t-shirts at Baby Wit (whom we wrote about recently), and tons more. With all these products you can tie into the book, your child can really immerse himself in the Octonauts if they love the characters as much as we think they might.

There are also more Octonaut adventures to come (hopefully one in October 2007), and I for one cannot wait to read them. I think these will quickly become favorites in your household as they have fun characters and show such an adventurous and stunning world under the sea that one cannot help but want to learn more about.

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Bumbo Baby Sitter

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I think we're the only family these days without a Bumbo Baby Sitter. Due to its ingenious design, it lets babies as young as three months sit unaided as soon as they've developed the appropriate head and neck control. It may not be the best seat for playing as your child will be a few inches off the ground and may not be able to easily reach the toys in front of him. However, it can be used as a meal-time seat and can be especially useful when your infant is too small for the high-chairs at restaurants. The Bumbo seat is also available in green, blue, and yellow.

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Little Tikes Baby Tap A Tune Piano

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I loved little pianos when I was a small child. I pretended I was making great music as I pressed all those little keys. It's great to see that this old favorite is still around today and hasn't been messed up by the higher ups in the toy industry (like the Sit N Spin). The Little Tikes Baby Tap A Tune Piano is easy for a small child to use, has bright colors, and has rounded edges so there's no way for him to get hurt. I think music is a very important part of learning. We play music for Andy in the house quite often, and I have made up a bunch of songs that I sing to him throughout the day. I'd love to get this toy (as we really need to buy him some toys!) to continue his education and let him learn that he too can be a part of the music. If you'd prefer something a little taller so your child can stand while using it, consider the Fisher Price Interactive Baby Grand Piano or the Chicco Music 'n Play Table, both of which have good reviews on Amazon as well.

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DadPad Changing Station

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The DadPad Changing Station was featured in the Super Cool Baby holiday gift guide, but it definitely deserves another mention. While Donald Trump may not ever change a diaper, there are plenty of businessmen who do, and the DadPad is made for them. At just 11" x 8" x 2", it's small enough to slip into a briefcase and the included carabiner clip lets you clip it onto a stroller, backpack, shopping cart, or even your bicycle. Inside the DadPad, there is a pocket for the included wipes case and another for a few diapers. The whole thing folds out to expose the 3-ply removable 14" x 22" changing pad. Best of all, the whole thing is machine washable. This is definitely the kind of thing that dad's everywhere wouldn't mind getting this holiday season!

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November 19, 2006

Sale at It's a Rag Doll's Life

It's a Rag Doll's Life is having a sale. Use the code "thankful" at check out to get 10% off and free shipping on all orders over $40. This expires at midnight EST on Wednesday, November 23. Yes, we realize that Wednesday is the 22nd, so we aren't exactly sure which day it truly ends. So get over there soon just in case!

Edited to add:
I contacted the company and the sale ends on Wednesday November 22. Just wanted to clarify that for all of you!

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November 17, 2006

Lion Pop-Out Toy

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I think this is such a cute idea, a lion that pops out of a ball. I have a feeling I've seen something like this before in my past, but I can't remember what it was. But it must be a good memory, because I want one of these right now to show Andy. It's so neat how it is a ball one minute, a lion the next. Sort of like peek-a-boo with a toy. Besides the lion, there's also a bear and a seal version.

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Musical Turbo Tail Tigger

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I've always been more of an Eeyore guy. Call me crazy, I know. Most people seem to adore Tigger. If you're one of those, you or your child might enjoy Musical Turbo Tail Tigger. After pressing his hand, Tigger bounces higher and higher on his coiled up tail. A fun musical track plays while Tigger says his catch phrases and other whacky sound effects. There may not be any volume control, so you might have to employ the old trick of putting tape over the speaker to keep things at a reasonable volume.

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Dumbo Training Cup by Richard Hutton

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Anderson is just beginning to figure out how to grab his sippy cup by himself. It has large handles on the side which give him something easy to hold. So, when we make the transition to a regular cup, the handles on the Dumbo Training Cup will probably be very helpful as well. The cup is designed by well-known designer Richard Hutten. It's dishwasher safe, and comes in blue, orange, and pink.

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November 16, 2006

Terry Diaper Clothes

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One item I never really had for Andy that I wish I did was diaper covers. I could never find them when out shopping, and I never really knew what size he needed anyway as he uses larger diapers than his cousin 15 months older than him. But for those of you with a normal sized baby, I can't recommend them enough. What is worse than being out with your baby when they have a huge diaper explosion? Even when you have a change of clothes, changing into a new outfit is a big pain. A diaper cover can at least keep the mess contained. I really love these Terry Diaper Covers. They say either Poo Poo or Stinky on the back side, so they are cute on their own as well as covered with clothing. And terry cloth is super soft and comfy for the baby.

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LeapFrog Interactive Little Leaps Grow-with-Me Learning System

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The LeapFrog Interactive Little Leaps Grow-with-Me Learning System is a DVD with a special wireless activity controller. The controller is basically a universal remote that interacts with the DVD to help inspire learning in children between 9 and 36 months. Perhaps the most ingenious part of the system, the controller transforms as your child grows and lets your toddler control more of the action. In its most advanced form, toddlers learn to master advanced concepts by playing engaging quiz games and activities. For the multi-lingual households, all the lessons can be played in English, Spanish, French or German. One word of caution though, it seems a lot of people have a hard time getting the controller to work with their DVD player. So, if you have trouble, don't hesitate to call the customer support number included in the product documentation.

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Little Tikes Mulching Mower

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When I was young, I always wanted to help my family with yard work. While that notion was quickly dismissed once I started pushing a real lawn mower, I found that pushing a fake lawn mower was hours of fun. Now that many of you are outside raking leaves and mowing the lawn one last time, the Little Tikes Mulching Mower might be the perfect toy to teach your child the joys of yard work. This mower can be used indoors and out, and it has little beads that pop as the mower is pushed. It includes a clicking key and a throttle for some extra realism.

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Bebe Ravi

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As I have said in the past, I am a knitter and love all things knit. I just wish I had the skill to make something great. I just discovered Bebe Ravi, a line of baby knit clothing made by women in Kenya to generate income to support the village children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. I love great products that help out others! And these items sure are great. There's the Ndovu Collar Cardigan, the Swala Tie Front Cardigan, the Twiga Button Cardigan, and the Tai Dress. Each piece is stunning and very intricately designed. They aren't cheap at over $100 for each, but they certainly are beautiful. If you are moved by the cause, you can also donate directly to Bebe Ravi and the Patrick Chege Memorial Orphanage.

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November 15, 2006

Little Tikes Highback Toddler Swing

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The Little Tikes Highback Toddler Swing sounds like it would be a great swing when your child is a little too young for the regular swing set in your back yard. The high seat back will give extra support to your little one, so you can push her extra high! The wide seat and leg openings will help accommodate your child as she grows. Heavy-duty hardware and a weather-resistant rope are included so you can attach it to a tree or a swing set.

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Free Priority Shipping at Emmy & Ally

Emmy & Ally has free priority shipping until November 19. Use the code "freeship" at check out for this to apply. Now might be a good time to start on your holiday shopping by taking advantage of this offer.

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Simon Says Sit N Spin Interactive Game

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I really hate when a great toy from my childhood is ruined. Here is a fine example, the Simon Says Sit N Spin Interactive Game. Now, I was the biggest Sit N Spin fan. I could use that thing all day long, and I did for years. When I attended a birthday party for a niece a few months ago, I tried hers as well. I really wish they made them in adult sizes, and of course as soon as Andy is old enough I want to get him one too (especially as he seems to have acquired my love for spinning and drops, he loves to be thrown in the air!). But this new version of Sit N Spin sounds awful. While I think the addition of music could be nice, I think Simon Says is a little much. The reviews on Amazon are just awful. It's too loud with no volume control, it doesn't spin easily, and it's too small for a petite 3 year old! What a shame! Hopefully a better one will come out soon that is a little more simple and like the version I grew up with.

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Christmas Products at Monkeemoos

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For those of you that celebrate it, Christmas is right around the corner. Some people get into Christmas more than others. I for one am a decorating freak (although I'm the same way for fall/Halloween as well), and my entire house becomes a winter wonderland. So of course, I love the holiday stuff I found at Monkeemoos, a store geared towards baby and toddler boys. They have a few really cute t-shirts (I like the Snowflake tee), a baby's first Christmas ornament, and finger puppet bags in four designs (reindeer, santa, elf, and snowman) which would make great present bags. My favorite product is the Santa Baby Play Set, with a santa baby tee, striped pants, and polka dot socks all in Christmas colors.

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2006 Super Cool Baby Holiday Gift Guide

Super Cool Baby Holiday Gift GuideIt's almost that time a year again. We'll keep our eyes peeled for the hottest gifts and best bargains throughout this holiday season. So be sure to check back often, as we'll be constantly adding new gifts!

Gifts Over $100

Gifts $50 - $99

Gifts $25 - $49

Elmo T.M.X.


Gifts Under $25

For Mom & Dad

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November 14, 2006

Chocolate Cigars from L.A. Burdick

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If you're expecting, or know somebody who is, you might want to consider these baby favors from our favorite chocolatier, L.A. Burdick. L.A. Burdick makes all of their chocolates by hand, and we can say from experience that they are fantastic. The Chocolate Cigars are a great way to announce the birth of your child, or to say Congratulations to new parents. L.A. Burdick also offers custom imprinting on the ribbons of all of their baby favors. However, there is a minimum order of 25, and L.A. Burdick requires at least two weeks notice. So, be sure to plan ahead!

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Gentle Air Dr. Watters Child's Portable Bed

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We bring our Pack 'n' Play whenever we stay somewhere overnight where there is no crib for Anderson. We won't be able to do that for too much longer though, as he's growing like crazy. The Gentle Air Dr. Watters Childs' Portable Overnight Bed seems like it would be a great bed until Anderson is big enough to sleep in a regular bed. It inflates in 60 seconds with the included rechargeable pump, and takes twin-size fitted sheets.

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Review: Whimsical Children's Blanket by Tots and Tails Designs

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I must say that in the past few years I've been pretty lucky. Besides getting the occasional free baby item to review, I also seem to win stuff now and then. One of those items I recently won is a baby blanket from Tots and Tails Designs. We won a blanket of our choice from this company, and we chose the Whimsical Children's Blanket in "Blast-off" (obviously without the name Roman on it). Let us just say, we LOVE this blanket. It is the softest thing we have ever felt. We want to keep it to ourselves instead of letting Andy use it. Really, it is that soft. I really love the design too. The retro looking print inside the space ship remindsme of the 50s, yet the rest of the blanket is totally modern. It's quite large at 30 by 40 inches, and it's also hand crafted in the USA. This blanket is fun to look at, fun to use, and overall a great product. If you want to buy a nice baby present for someone, this is definitely one to consider.

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Framed Initials from Kookoo Bears

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I'm sure we've said once or twice how we never really got into decorating Andy's room. I really wanted to, but I didn't pick a good theme, and instead of wanting to get everything done before giving birth like every other pregnant woman on the planet, I actually was pretty lazy. Now I rather wish I had just themed with colors as that would have been easier but still looked nice. If I had done that, I probably would have considered getting something like the Framed Initials from Kookoo Bears. Available in pink and blue, these would have been a cute way to fill up some space on Andy's wall as well as teach him how to spell his name when he gets a little older. Of course, I probably would have just done Andy instead of Anderson because it would get expensive spelling out such a long name on the wall!

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November 13, 2006

Roll-a-Rounds Drop & Roar Dinosaur and Listen-Up Rounds

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When I was young, I remember getting a doll that rollerskated. It was what I wanted most for Christmas, so I was thrilled to open that present and see this doll. That day my mother put batteries into her, and we tried her out. She didn't work though. Instead of rollerskating she'd fall over. I was very disappointed, and I never really played with her after that.

This is what I don't want to happen to Andy. I want to buy his presents that he'll get a lot out of. I don't want to spend my money on something he'll like for a half hour and then ignore from then on. This is one reason I really like the comment section on Amazon. I use it to help me decide if I really want something or not. I was very interested in the Roll-a-Rounds Drop & Roar Dinosaur, especially since we already own the balls that it needs. Although it'd be a tight fit in our little apartment, I figured I'd find a place for it because it looked like so much fun for Andy. But almost everyone who owns it, according to Amazon's comments, doesn't like it.

However, I must recommend the Listen-Up Rounds. Andy still is a little small to really play with them, but he loves the noises when I play with them in front of him. I think they are a toy that he'll use for a long time, and the comments on these are pretty good.

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Reminder: Win a Cookie Loves Milk Kids Shirt!

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If you haven't already signed up for the Super Cool Baby mailing list, make sure you do. We'll be drawing two winners at the end of the week. The winners will receive a size 4 Cookie Loves Milk kids shirt. And don't worry, if you're already signed up, you're already entered to win!

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Action Bible Toons by Thingamakid

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We received a copy of ThingamaKid's Action Bible Toons here at Super Cool Baby. ThingamaKid is a new company founded by former Veggie-Tales producer, and creator of the platinum selling Cedarmont Kids series, Matt Huesmann.

Action Bible Toons are primarily Old Testament stories set to sing-along music. Most of the stories I remember from my Sunday School days, but there were a few I hadn't heard before. Like Toddler Toons, the songs are accompanied by an up-tempo jazzy music.

Action Bible Toons, like Toddler Toons, is designed for children ages 2 to 5, so Anderson is a little young for it. So, he wasn't particularly interested when I played the DVD for him. The DVD consists of short animated cartoons set to sing-along songs. One of the best features of the DVD is the karaoke mode. This allows you to learn the words while you sing-along to the words and music, or just the music if you desire. The DVD includes the following songs:

  1. Rise and Shine (Arky, Arky)
  2. Days of Creation
  3. Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho
  4. Isaiah 52:9
  5. Only a Boy Named David
  6. Who Did (Swallow Jonah)
  7. God Made Me
  8. Zacchaeus
  9. Father Abraham
  10. The Wise Man and the Foolish Man
  11. Days of the Week Prayer
  12. Dare to be a Daniel
  13. Peter, James and John in a Sailboat

Action Bible Toons includes a CD containing much of the same music. The CD would be great for long car trips. It would give you a bunch of songs that everybody is familiar with. There's enough of them so that you hopefully won't be sick of them by the time you arrive at Grandma's house either. The CD includes the following songs:

  1. This is My Commandment
  2. Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho
  3. Days of Creation
  4. Jacob's Ladder
  5. Rise and Shine (Arky, Arky)
  6. Only a Boy Named David
  7. Jesus Loves the Little Children
  8. Who Did (Swallow Jonah)
  9. Zacchaeus
  10. I'm in the Lord's Army
  11. Father Abraham
  12. Dare to be a Daniel
  13. Jesus Loves Me
  14. The Wise Man and the Foolish Man
  15. Peter, James and John in a Sailboat

The CD also includes split-track versions of all the songs. This basically means that the music plays in your left speaker, and the lyrics play in your right speaker. No, I don't really understand why you'd want to do that either. Maybe it has something to do with karaoke?

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Play-Doh 50th Anniversary Rainbow Pack-She Says

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Peter wrote about the Play-Doh 50th Anniversary Rainbow Pack last Thursday, and I wanted to give my opinion on this product. It seems like every child loves play-doh more than anything in the world. They are always so excited to receive it, and it's all they want to play with. At least, that's what I've seen from my experiences with young children.

I always got the impression that the parents felt quite differently though. Doesn't it get into everything? Isn't it a pain to clean up? I've been dreading the play-doh stage for these reasons. But another silly reason is that I'm a little OCD sometimes, and I honestly cannot stand to see the colors mushed together. Even when I was little I was this way. I have a memory of me sitting in the living room (maybe with newspaper under me so I didn't get it in the rug) only playing with one color so that they didn't all get combined to the point of not being able to separate them. I just see 50 colors as stressful. I think it would be so easy to end up with a big pile of brown play-doh after a day of playing. So while this product is neat, I think I'll be giving Andy a four pack of play-doh for now.

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November 10, 2006

Theo The Bear Grannimal

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Laura and I still both have stuffed animals from our childhood. The fact that they've lasted this long is definitely a testament to their high-quality. Now that Anderson is starting to get interested in stuffed animals we have our eyes peeled for one that will last a life time. These Grannimals might just fit the bill. They are a throwback to another era when Grandmothers would create sock dolls for their children and grand children. Grannimals are made from wool, and are hand washable in cold water. And most importantly, there are no parts that might come off to choke your child; the eyes, nose and mouth are all embroidered! And if bears aren't your thing, be sure to check out the whole collection.

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Scruffy Slippers

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I've mentioned once or twice how I knit and therefore love knitted baby items. Here is another great knitting product that we really love. Scuffy Slippers are handmade by a women's knitting co-op in Peru. They are machine washable and come in four designs: chocolate cupcake, pinky punch, luna, and orange crush. Both pinky punch and orange crush have owl designs, which I'm sure I've mentioned before are totally hot right now along with skulls.

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Didymos Sling

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I never really got into baby slings. I love the idea, but Andy hated them when he was first born, and I unfortunately never got the chance to try them again. Now that he's so big and heavy, I've lost interest and figure I'll try again with my next child. But here is one that I think it neat looking and very practical. The Didymos Sling has 11 different positions you can carry your child, is suitable for all sizes of baby, and I think it's much more attractive than some I've seen. It is available in three colors: blue, grey, and red. Printed instructions also come with it, so you won't be stuck wondering what the 11 positions are!

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November 9, 2006

One Baby Goodie

We think this next site is brilliant, and if you don't know about it yet, get over to it. One Baby Goodie has a simple premise-sell one product a day at a great price. On Fridays, known as Fabulous Fridays on the site, they have a big ticket item (such as a Holly Aiken diaper bag last Friday) that they sell through the weekend. This is also the only day that they tell you in advance what they will be selling. Every other day, you find out at 1am EST. The site also has an RSS feed, so you can put it in bloglines in case you will forget to check the new item every day. We think this is the perfect site because they sell stuff that you will really use and items that you really want, just at cheaper prices. It's fun to see each day what the new item is, and you can also suggest items for them to sell.

If you like this site, check out the other sister sites such as One Gormet Goodie, One Doggie Goodie, and One Toddler Goodie.

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Christmas Outfits by KooKoo Bears

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Christmas will be here before you know it, so if you celebrate, consider getting your little one some cute holiday themed clothing! I really like the Santa Baby outfit and the Silent Night Coverall, both from KooKoo Bears. Both are festive and fun and will be great for pictures on Christmas morning for your baby's first Christmas.

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Sesame Street Sing n' Giggle Tool Bench

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We're all in favor of gender-role equality here at Super Cool Baby, so if your toddler doesn't seem too interested in playing Kitchen with one of our many kitchen sets, you might consider a tool bench like the Sesame Street Sing n' Giggle Tool Bench. This tool bench has a Cookie Monster drill press, and a Bert and Ernie circular saw, and a hammer and screwdriver. As your kids play with it, they'll hear "buzz" and "skreek" sounds at the appropriate times. However, there's no volume control for this very loud toy, so some well placed duct tape over the speakers might just save your sanity. The tool bench requires three AA batteries, so if you have a little Do-It-Yourselfer in your house, make sure to stock up.

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Play-Doh 50th Anniversary Rainbow Pack

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Play-Doh turns 50 years old this year, and Hasbro is releasing this ginormous set of Play-Doh to celebrate. It sports 50 colors of Play-Dohy goodness instead of the usual four that you probably played with. Of course, no Play-Doh set would be complete without a few accessories. Perhaps the Play-Doh Ez 2 Do Zoo or the Play-Doh Hand Tools Set. Whatever you get, its pretty hard to go wrong with such an imaginative toy!

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November 8, 2006

Preggers n' Proud

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After giving birth to Andy, the people over at Preggers n' Proud were nice enough to send a few things my way. One thing they sent was the Mama's Got My Back tee for Andy. The back says "and so does Daddy!" I think it's the cutest thing, and Andy wears it all the time now as it's a 6 to 12 month size and fits him perfectly right now. It's made on American Apparel, so you know it's high quality. As we seem to have a thousand onesies and footsies but very little of anything else, I really appreciated getting this cute tee.

They also sent Peter a nice shirt, Men Who Change Diapers Rule. I made him bring it to the hospital because I thought it'd be a conversation starter that the nurses would like. And I was right, one even asked him where he got it. I know not all husbands really get into the every day care of a baby, so this might not be for everyone. But it fits Peter perfectly although he does say it's a little smaller than the larges he normally wears. So keep that in mind when ordering. Really, I think the design is great. I love all ringer tees, and anything that says to the world how great he is and how much he helps out with Andy is great in my book! After all, I think he may change as many diapers as I do! It is also available in women's as well.

Besides baby and daddy tees, they also sell maternity tees, mommy tees, and nursing necklaces (which I wish I had, I didn't realize how much Andy could have used one until he started pulling my hair). We really like this company a lot and can't recommend them to you all enough!

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Skip Hop Bottle Drying Rack

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The folks at Skip Hop definitely seem to have a knack for making products that at first I don't think I need, but on further reflection would actually be quite useful. Take the Skip Hop Splash Bottle-Drying Rack, for example. We don't even use that many bottles in our house, but they always seem to clutter about the kitchen sink in various states of cleanliness. This drying rack would definitely make things much more organized in our kitchen. The drying rack features taller prongs that hold up to nine bottles, while the shorter ones are perfect for nipples, straws, valves, and other small items. And as an added bonus, the middle compartment holds a scrub brush perfectly contoured for the inside of bottles. So even if you're not planning on bottle feeding exclusively, this is one contraption you just might need, but don't even realize it!

Also available at Amazon in white, poppy, and marine.

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Skip Hop Baby Food Organizer

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As much as I want to say the Skip Hop Baby Food Organizer is a ridiculous addition to anybody's household, I'm forced to think about the woeful state of my own baby food organization. If your anything like me you either leave all your baby food in the box it came in from Costco and play "What's Andy Eating Tonight" like we do. Or maybe you stack your food at the back of your kitchen counters, as we're also known to do. Therefore, this organizer would probably do pretty well in our house. Each shelf spins independently, and the opening allows you to see the labels. You can even set it up with 2 shelves instead of three, if the space in your pantry is tight. But if your anything like me, you'll leave this out on the counter where its easily accessible, and easy to restock.

Also available at Amazon in white, poppy, and marine.

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Busy Baby Play Mat

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Sometimes I wonder why they don't make for adults the same things they make for babies. Now, I don't really want an adult sized play mat, but this one looks so comfortable, I really wish they'd make the bottom part into an adult sized blanket. I'd love to lie on this!The Busy Baby Play Mat from KooKoo Bears has four detachable hanging toys, two detachable mat toys, a mirror, textures, and crinkle paper. It also has a safety border, which is a great idea if your baby loves to roll. Available in blue and pink, although each is slightly different.

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November 7, 2006

Toddler Toons from ThingamaKid

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We received a copy of ThingamaKid's Toddler Toons here at Super Cool Baby. ThingamaKid is a new company founded by former Veggie-Tales producer, and creator of the platinum selling Cedarmont Kids series, Matt Huesmann.

When I played this DVD for Anderson, he wasn't particularly interested in it. He is a little young though, as Toddler Toons are designed for kids between the ages of two and five. The DVD consists of short animated cartoons of sing-along songs. Many of the songs I knew from my childhood, but there are a few I haven't heard before. The songs are accompanied with a nice up-tempo jazzy music — definitely the kind of stuff to get your toddler up and dancing. The best feature about the DVD, in my opinion, is the karaoke mode. When this is on, the words are displayed karaoke style, and you have the option for the accompanying music to sing along with you, or simply provide the background music. Your kids may or may not care about this feature (obviously Andy's way too young to care), but its definitely helpful when your learning new songs yourself.

The DVD includes the following songs:

  1. Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes
  2. The Butterfly Song
  3. Mr. Turkey Feathers Counts To 10!
  4. The Wheels On The Bus
  5. Mary Had A Little Lamb
  6. Pop! Goes The Weasel!
  7. Meet The Shapes Family
  8. This Old Man
  9. The Bear Went Over The Mountain
  10. Eensy, Weensy Spider
  11. Colors Of The Rainbow
  12. Old MacDonald
  13. Alphabet Animals (the A-B-C Song)

Also, in the same package there is a CD with many of the same songs, and several new ones. The CD includes:

  1. The Muffin Man
  2. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  3. Roll Over
  4. The Butterfly Song
  5. The Wheels On The Bus
  6. Mary Had A Little Lamb
  7. Pop! Goes The Weasel!
  8. Alphabet Animals (the A-B-C Song)
  9. This Old Man
  10. Polly Put The Kettle On
  11. The Bear Went Over The Mountain
  12. Looby Loo
  13. Eensy, Weensy Spider
  14. Old MacDonald
  15. Baa Baa Black Sheep

I have a feeling the CD will be making many rounds in our house, as we feel that music and reading are definitely vital parts of Anderson's education. The nice thing about the CD is he can definitely start to enjoy it during his trips in the car even now.

Peter Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Georgie Tees

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Georgie Tees is a company that makes maternity tees and baby onesies. I really like their sets for twins. There is a cookies and milk one as well as a pun on pairs (vs pears). But all of their clothes are cute. Also check out the maternity line if you are pregnant or know someone who is. I know that as a t-shirt wearing gal it was hard to find cute tees when I was pregnant. Also, place an order between now and December 31, and you'll get free shipping. A great way to save a bit on your holiday shopping!

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Gigi Diaper Bag by Storksak

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For those of you who like to know what the stars are wearing and copy their looks, this post is for you! The Gigi Diaper Bag by Storksak was seen in the March 27, 2006 edition of People Magazine being used by Angelina Jolie. It comes with a bottle holder, changing mat, and a detachable mirror. I really like how it looks like a purse more than a diaper bag. It's functional and sophisticated, perfect for a mom on the go.

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Cloth Diapers: A Nusery Necessity

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If you're like us, you wouldn't even consider diapering your baby with cloth diapers. However, that doesn't meant that you can't use cloth diapers in your nursery. These singly-ply diapers really have dozens of different uses. They make great burp cloths — they're big enough to really cover your shoulder when you're burping your child, and they're absorbent enough to clean up all but the biggest of spit-ups. They make great changing table covers when you're hard-pressed in a restaurant bathroom. You can even use them as a light blanket during the summer! We keep 2 dozen of these in our nursery, and they're usually scattered around the house so there's always one within reach. These are definitely a nursery necessity!

Peter Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

November 6, 2006

Baby Wit

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A lot of people like to be creative with their clothing. They want to wear clothes that really tell the world who they are and what they think. And when these people have children, they want to dress them the same way. However, it can be hard to find baby clothes that fit one's humor or political beliefs. That's why Baby Wit is such a great idea. They have tons of designs that you can personalize by placing them on the type of clothing you want for your baby as well as choosing the color. They use American Apparel, which in my opinion is the best clothes as they are high quality, made in the USA, and not made in sweat shops, and they hand-press the clothing using iron-on transfers. Honestly, they have so much it's really hard for me to choose a favorite design, but I do like the Mom and Baby Gift Sets and many from the Naughty Baby line. Baby Wit also makes clothing for dogs, adults, and baby bedding.

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Win a Cookie Loves Milk Kids Shirt!

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We at Super Cool Baby are giving away two size 4 shirts from Threadless. Your child will look super cool sporting Cookie Loves Milk all over town. To win this, simply sign up for the Super Cool Baby mailing list before Saturday November 18th. Two winners will be drawn randomly. And don't worry, if you're already signed up, you're already entered to win!

Peter Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Sunshine Mobile by Haba

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I know I've said in the past that I don't like most mobiles, but I've found one that I really love. The Sunshine Mobile by Haba is so bright and colorful, looking at it makes me smile. There are smiles on the flowers which hang from green vines and a sun in the center. And I really like how this mobile is designed for the baby laying beneath it in mind. So many mobiles seem to be made for adults with the objects facing out instead of down. I think any baby would really like this mobile.

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

WubbaNub Pacifier

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WubbaNubs are a line of pacifiers with small stuffed animals attached. I guess the idea is that when the pacifier inevitably falls out of your child's mouth during the night, the soft, comforting, and soothing plush toy will be easier to grab and re-insert for your child. I think Laura and I are really lucky that Anderson never grew attached to a pacifier; he always preferred his thumb instead. Now, the nice thing about this is it seems reasonably safe. There aren't any cords or clips that represent a strangulation hazard. The pacifier itself is made out of medical-grade silicone. However, I'm personally a little skeptical that an infant could successfully grab this toy and put the pacifier back in her mouth any better than a regular pacifier. So if there are any parents out there that know better, please let us know!

Peter Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

November 3, 2006

Skip Hop Daddy Diaper Bag

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Here's another great diaper bag for the father's out there. The Skip Hop Dash Diaper Bag definitely be used by both mother's and fathers. It has adjustable stroller bar straps, an adjustable and removable shoulder stap, a large rear pocket that holds an included water proof changing pad and diapers, two front pouch pockets, and two side pockets large enough for Avent bottles. The roomy main compartment has an internal divider, and there are two interior bottle pockets as well. If black isn't your color, this also comes in Olive and Charcoal

Peter Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

babysparewear Travel Kit

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I read about this product, the babysparewear Travel Kit on another blog (I unfortunately don't remember which one), and they thought it was a pointless baby product. After reading about it a bit, I must say I disagree. The idea is that you have a travel kit with a spare outfit for your baby for those times when you need to change him in public. Each kit has two t-shirts (one long sleeved, one short sleeved) and a pair of pants, which are sized long so you can get more wear out of them. There's also a back pocket where you can place a spare diaper or container of wipes.

Now, I understand that when you have your diaper bag, you can easily have these same items hidden in there, and they would probably take up less room. But what happens when your baby isn't feeling too well and the spare outfit gets dirty? Or when you forget to repack your diaper bag after a previous accident? I think something like this would be perfect to stash in your car or maybe the grandparents' house just in case. I've found myself stuck once or twice before, and the Travel Kit would have come in very handy. If only they made a version for mothers for when the baby has an accident all over us!

One word of caution. I emailed Super Momz where I first discovered this product to ask for a better picture a week ago, and they didn't even write back. So their customer service may not be that great, and I highly suggest you buy it from Baby Geared (as linked above) or from another vendor listed on the babysparewear website.

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Cherry Tee Onesies

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I just discovered Cherry Tee when looking around for Shirt Snob clothes, and they have a couple of cute onesies. There is the Pram onesie that is designed by R. Nichols. There is also their logo onesie, which has two cherries. The best part is that if you order from their site between now and November 10, you get 10% off your order. Just use the code "CTAF10" at check out. They also have free shipping on all orders over $50, but I'm not sure if you can use both of these at once.

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Crayola ColorFall SudsWorks

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I can't figure out how exactly the ColorFall SudsWorks works, but it definitely looks like a cool addition to bath time. You stick it on the wall next to the bath, and it can do three things: create bubble foam (presumably for washing), create bubble baths, and tint the bath water! The product comes with two reusable tint pods, one fill cup, and 4 oz. of bubble solution. If your kids enjoy bubble baths, this might be a great twist to keep them excited about bath time!

Peter Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

November 2, 2006

Perpeto by Haba

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Haba always makes wonderful wooden toys, and Perpeto is no exception. This toy is colorful and bendable. Made with multiple coats of natural, water-based non-toxic lacquers this toy will stay vivid for many years to come, and you don't have to worry about your teething baby getting this in his mouth.

Peter Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Cart Cover by 2 Red Hens

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I went food shopping the other day, and we put Anderson's car seat on top of the shopping cart. It fits well there, so I haven't thought twice about it. But now that Andy's about to move up to a bigger car seat, one that we leave in the car at all times, I realized that he will now be sitting in the cart. And really, that just turns my stomach. I think shopping carts are one of the most disgusting things out there, and I even remember reading once that there are more germs on a cart than on a public toilet. So I really really want the Cart Cover by 2 Red Hens. It has a waterproof exterior, fleece lining, loops for attaching toys, and holes to allow the safety straps through. It also zips up into a small square so you can stash it away in your diaper bag. It is machine washable and works on restaurant chairs as well. We like all the fabrics it comes in, especially Egg Drop Soup. There are also a bunch of similar products available at Amazon, including the highly rated Shop n Dine Shopping Cart Seat and even one for twins!

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Babybjorn Baby Original Carrier

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After Anderson was born we quickly found out that holding him was the only way to keep him relatively calm. This was especially true in the evening — the so-called witching hour. A friend had given us a sling, but Anderson hated it, perhaps because it completely enveloped him so he couldn't see what was going on. So after a few weeks of sore arms we realized that we needed a Baby Bjorn.

We bought the Baby Bjorn Original Baby Carrier, and I think it was a very good choice. With the Baby Bjorn we felt confident that we could keep Anderson calm whenever we travelled. If he started to fuss, we'd just stick him in, and he'd calm down, and very often take a long nap with his head on my chest.

The Baby Bjorn was very useful in my evening walks with Anderson. Laura, like every new mother, needed some time to herself, so every evening I'd strap him into the Baby Bjorn and take a long stroll around the neighborhood. I liked this better than the stroller because it was a lot easier to maneuver around our less-than-ideal sidewalks.

We don't use the Baby Bjorn anymore. It's only designed for babies up to 22 pounds, and Anderson has been over that for more than a month now. He is an unusually large baby (way off the charts in weight), so you will hopefully get a little more use out of it. Also, your newborn has to be at least 8 pounds before you can use the Baby Bjorn.

There is one big draw back to the original Baby Bjorn. The straps put a lot of weight on your shoulders because there is no lumbar support. Laura never really got used to it, and when she did use it, she would find that her back really started to hurt after just a short period of time. If you think this is going to be a problem for you, I recommend the Baby Bjorn Active Carrier. It comes with an integrated lumbar support which will help put more of your baby's weight on your hips.

Finally, please make sure that your read the instructions before you put your baby in the carrier. Too many people put their babies in incorrectly, which can lead to accidents. And nobody wants that. Most importantly, you want to make sure that your babies arms go through the carrier like this, and are not on top of the carrier like this.

Peter Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Super Safety Bath Ducky by Munchkin, Inc.

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Everyone takes the bath water temperature for a baby so seriously, and I must admit I don't fully understand it. I make sure it's warm but not too hot, put Andy in the tub, and he's fine. He's never had a problem at all. Maybe I just have more common sense than some, or maybe Andy is just very tolerant of temperatures. Either way, I haven't had much of a need for the Super Safety Bath Ducky by Munchkin, Inc. The duck has a special disc at the bottom which tells you when the water is too hot for your baby. I've never seen the bottom change at all, but maybe Peter can say differently. The duck does float, but it does so on its side, as if it's dead. So this is one bath product that we haven't found much use for. Mine is slightly different than the one here in that it's dressed up at as fireman's costume. You can also find these at many drug stores.

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

November 1, 2006

Multi-Sensory Clutch Cube Review

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I wrote about this toy the other day. However, since then we've put our money where our mouth is and bought this toy. The idea behind it is simple enough: lots of things for Andy to grab on to, lots of different textures, and lots of different designs.

At first, Andy liked the toy a lot. It was one of the few substantial things that he could grab onto. He loved to pick it up and swing it around. The bells inside would jingle and he would smile with glee. Since then, the toy has lost a little of its initial appeal. Andy still likes it, and he quite often plays with its tag. But he's moved on to bigger and heavier toys to swing around. However, now that he's started teething, we'll see if he goes back to chomping on its rings!

All in all, I would say this toy was worth it. I wish we had bought it a little earlier so that we got a little more out of it. If you're looking for toys for your little ones, or are looking for a good gift, don't hesitate to buy the Multi-Sensory Clutch Cube!

Peter Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Sock Monkey Nursery Set

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I like sock monkeys. I don't really know much about them, but they are cute and cuddly, and I like monkeys anyway. So of course I like the Sock Monkey nursery set. There is a three piece set that includes a sheet, dust ruffle, and bumper as well as a four piece set, which unfortunately doesn't say what the four pieces are. The price is a little steep for me, but if you really like your sock monkeys, it's really cute bedding!

Laura Permalink | Comments (1) | social bookmarking

Zip by Jellycat

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Although Andy doesn't really understand the concept of reading yet, we still do our best to read to him most nights. Once in a while he pays attention, but mostly he tries to get the book in his mouth instead. I'm worried that as he gets older he may find reading boring (although with Peter and I as his parents, that may not happen as we both love to read), so I want to get him books that are fun and interesting for him. So I really like Zips by Jellycat. They are cloth books that are also stuffed animals. They have many sounds and textures and can even be attaching to the crib with a velcro loop. They are available in cat, cow, and dragon versions. The dragon version is also available at Amazon.

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Sigg Kid's Bottles

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Don't you hate it when you water tastes all plasticy because of the bottle that its in? I hate to think about what sorts of chemicals I'm dumping into my body whenever that happens. The folks over at FLAX art design are selling Sigg Kid's Bottles that combat this problem. Made out of seamless lightweight aluminum that has been tested for 0.0% leaching so you don't have to worry about the bottle breaking or contaminating your child's beverages. Its not clear how much the bottle holds, and the top looks more like a squirt bottle than a sippy cup, so its probably best for kids that are a little older.

Peter Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking
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