January 31, 2007
January 31, 2007
Right after I gave birth to Andy, I had a very hard time adjusting to being a new mom. I was so tired and stressed and terrified I was going to mess him up somehow. I didn't read much ahead of time, so I didn't know what to expect and how to fix all the problems I had. My mother would do research for me online, and she kept sending me links to the same blog, Ask Moxie. I soon added it to my blog reader, and I've been hooked ever since. Moxie has a knack for always writing about problems I'm having before I even realize they are problems. When Andy started getting teeth, she wrote about teeth and breastfeeding. Her posts about sleep have helped me a ton. What I like best is that she tells it how it is. There's no flowery stuff about how great it is to be a mom (which I agree it is, but at times it definitely isn't as well) or fluff answers. She is real and wants to help. She is also extremely friendly. I linked to her once on my personal blog, and she wrote me a huge email about my problem (I don't even remember what it was anymore, we fixed it right away with her help!) with a ton of suggestions. If you are not reading Ask Moxie, I highly suggest you do. And send her blog to all the future moms you know, I'm sure they'll love all the information.
January 31, 2007
We all know that alcohol is strictly verboten while you're pregnant. So many a new mother look forward to their first glass of wine. The only problem is, nobody wants to pass that alcohol along to their nursing infant. So, just how can you be sure that your breastmilk is in the clear? Well, the folks at Milkscreen created a product that provides a simple and fool-proof test to do just that. Mothers first saturate one of the reactive pads with a drop or two of breast milk. After a two-minute wait, if the pad shows a change in color, this indicates a positive result, meaning alcohol is present in the breast milk. If the pad shows no change in color, there is no alcohol content in the breast milk. So new mothers, enjoy your new found freedom, and remember to drink, and test, responsibly!
January 30, 2007
The Chatter Telephone was one of my favorite toys growing up. I don't think I actually owned it, but everyone else seemed to, so it was always the first toy I went to when I played with my friends. I had no idea that it had been reintroduced, but I love the idea of Andy playing with the same toys that I once played with. Of course now we don't have any phones that look like this, so I'm not sure if he'd love it because it's different or not like it because it's not similar to what mom and dad use. Either way, I'm thrilled to see it back in stores!
January 30, 2007
Although it never seems like it, spring is on the way. It'll be here before you know it. And with spring, inevitably comes rain. So, stock up on a cute raincoat like this Puddle Coat. Its made of soft, rubbery, waterproof material. All seams are taped to keep your child extra dry on those rainy days. If you dress your child in this coat, he won't mind going out and play in the rain! Be sure to check out the Puddle Pants, Puddle Hat and Puddle Mittens to complete the set.
January 29, 2007
We love multi-functional high chairs, especially when they look as cool as this. The Nest highchair, designed by Sally Dominguez, has three different modes. When your child is 6 months to 2 years old, you use the tray to feed your baby. Then from 2 to 4 years, you can use it without a tray as a booster seat. And finally the whole chair lowers so your child can continue to use it until they're 6 years old! The chair is made from polyethylene and powder-coated steel, so its built to last that long as well. I bet this would look really cool at the breakfast bar, next to a set of matching stools.
I was never able to really carry Andy in a sling or carrier. He hated our sling when he was young, and then he gained weight so fast that I never tried much again. I may try again when I have my second as I really love the idea of carrying one's baby. I've just found some really great carriers at Catbird Baby, Inc. The way you wear your baby seems a little more intuitive to me than other slings, probably because they have straps, but they are more like slings in that there are a few different positions you can put your baby in. They have a bunch of different fun fabrics you can choose from, and each is reversible as well. One side is more colorful (probably for the moms), and the other side is more of a muted color, which would work for dads who want to carry their baby but don't want to be wearing fuchsia.
January 25, 2007
Andy takes one bottle a day unless I am out of the house, so we only possess a couple pretty unexciting bottles. But if you have a child that takes a bottle often, you may like these cute ones from Urban Baby Runway. They say fun things on them like Diva, Rock Star, Dude, Milk Junky, and Sucker. Each bottle's nipple is replacable with any other standard nipple, and they are dishwasher safe on the top rack.
I had never heard of Jim Cosgrove, nor his alter-ego "Mr. Stinky Feet" before receiving the DVD Mr. Stinky Feet's Road Trip: Live. Jim Cosgrove is an entertaining and charismatic kid-rocker from Missouri. He's been described as the "Jimmy Buffett for Kids", and not just because he shows up to his performances dressed like he's going to a beach party. He inspires a dedicated following of kids who know all the words of his songs, and all the moves of his dances.
The DVD shows Cosgrove at his best: entertaining kids live, in concert. He plays lots of fun songs and doesn't resort to any silly gimmicks. He's just an entertainer who seems genuinely interested in having fun and making music that kids age 2 to 6 enjoy. The kids in the audience seemed enthralled, and sing and dance along with the band. On some songs, kids will join the band on stage, with instruments in hand. On other songs, the parents in the audience do the same.
If you or your kids like Mr. Stinky Feet's music, be sure to check out his many albums. There's Stinky Feet, Mr. Stinky Feet's Christmas, Mr. Stinky Feet's Road Trip, Pick Me! Pick Me!, Ooey Gooey, and Bop, Bop Dinosaur.
We were lucky enough to receive two onesies to review from True Genius Apparel Company, a company started in 2006 with a mission "to provide kids of all ages with clothing options that are fun and stylish, with positive messages." We love this idea, and we feel they do a good job displaying that in their products. They make clothing for children up to size 12 and also have many products available in organic versions as well.
There were two onesies sent to review. They were shipped in a box so there is much less potential for a damaged product than in an envelope. The onesies were Kanji Baby in white and Pirate, also in white. These were my favorite designs, Kanji because it's pretty and Pirate because the saying on the onesie "Yo ho ho and a bottle of milk" was one I would often say with my Nana as she handed me bottles of milk. Both also fit Andy very well. They are 12-18 month onesies, which is what Andy's currently wearing. So they don't through you for a loop and size them weird like some companies do. My only issue with the fit was that the arm holes are a bit small for a chunky baby such as Andy. They certainly weren't pinching him, but they were rather snug.
The design on both onesies are great. They are high quality, not a flaw anywhere on either. I'm also pretty sure they are silk screened. They definitely aren't ironed on designs.
Also, exclusively for Super Cool Baby readers, get $7 off your total purchase when using the coupon code "SCB1" at check out!
January 24, 2007
I love The Children's Place for Andy's clothes. Independent stores are wonderful, but sometimes you just don't want to spend the money. Luckily, we just discovered that The Children's Place is having a sale. Get 15% off your order when using the code "SMA17" at check out.
We recently received Discovering Colors from Voy Baby. Voy Baby has produced a series of educational DVDs to help build a cultural bridge between Latinos and those discovering Latin culture. We popped it in the other night after dinner to see what it was all about.
It's a pretty simple and straight forward DVD which reminds me of the popular Baby Einstein DVDs. The first thing you do is choose your language, so the DVD is either in all English or all Spanish. As far as I could tell there is no option to mix the two languages. The DVD displays and announces a color, and then presents a short scene involving the color. Sometimes there are small children playing, and sometimes there are Latin themed puppets, mobiles, or other objects. Occasionally it wasn't always clear to me how the color was integrated into the scene, and sometimes it was absent altogether.
Anderson seemed to enjoy it. He wasn't as enthralled with it as he is with his favorite TV shows like Blue's Clues. He definitely let me have a few minutes to myself while he watched it though.
The DVD is labeled as appropriate for 0 to 36 months. Anderson is 9 months old, so I'm not sure how much an older child would appreciate the DVD. It doesn't contain any memorable reoccurring characters that make other series so successful, so there is probably only a limited amount of re-playability as your child ages. Older kids probably wouldn't find this among their favorites, however there is some education value to it, especially if you play it not in their native tongue.
The DVD is 56 minutes long, and will be available on February 6th.
January 23, 2007
Andy's far from walking as he isn't even crawling yet, but I've already started to look at push toys for him. I had one that I loved as a child, so I thought it'd be nice for him to have one too. As we don't have a ton of room in our apartment, I'm staying away from the big ones that carries things too, like the Pushing Car by Haba. Instead, I think the Croco Wooden Push Toy by Selecta. I think the clown riding the crocodile is very cute, I only wonder if its mouth moves up and down. But at $29.99, it's a great price for a large wooden toy.
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Being the Shirt Snob, I know some people take their rock and concert t-shirts very seriously. If you do, you may like Wolfgang's Vault. They sell vintage t-shirts for kids (as well as for men and women too). There's also retro shirts (made to look old or of a fashion not current, but not previously owned) and onesies available as well. My favorites include Led Zeppelin, Cream, and George Benson.
January 22, 2007
We're giving away five copies of My Bedbugs: Volume 1. We reviewed this DVD the other day, and we thought it was great. And now you can get a copy of it, before its even released! All you have to do is sign up for our email newsletter. If you're already signed up, don't worry, you're already entered! Hurry up though, you have to sign up by Saturday!
I had never heard of a birthday ring before, so I'm not sure if this is a common thing that I've been in the dark about or if this is a new idea. It's sort of like an advent calendar, with twelve spots where you can put candles, the birthday year, and other cute decorations to fit the personality of your child. I think this is a great, creative way to celebrate a birthday.
Anderson isn't crawling yet, so we don't have any need for pants like this. And hopefully by the time he does we won't be living in an apartment with only hardwood flooring. But if you do, these Bee's Knees Crawling Pants seem like a great idea. The reinforced knees on these pants are padded with compression resistant neoprene inserts. However, the padding is still soft and stretchable so your active crawler will still have comfortable, unrestricted movement.
January 19, 2007
When I was in high school, I really liked Paul Frank. I had a t-shirt with the Julius Monkey on it, and I loved that shirt more than anything. I've continued my Paul Frank admiration into adulthood although I don't currently own anything by this designer. But when I discovered the Round-Up Rain Boots, I was so excited. These rubber soled boots are decorated in a Western style, and they even have a sheriff star on each one that says "Small Paul" on them too. They would be perfect for a toddler boy who loves cowboys. Also check out the Timber Flap Hat which also has the sheriff star on it.
January 18, 2007
Growing up, my family didn't do much traveling. We went on lots of vacations to the local campgrounds, but anything more than a day's drive away was strictly out of the question. I had always thought that the reason for this was the cost of traveling, but now that I'm a parent as well I realize that traveling with children is really hard!
That's where the Travel With Kids series comes in. These DVDs are filled with lots of fun facts, traveling tips, and a thorough explanation of each destination. So I was eager to see what was in store for me when I received a copy of Travel With Kids Hawai'i: The Big Island.
This DVD follows the Hawai'ian adventures of Jeremy and Carrie Roberts and their two sons Nathan, age 5, and Seamus, age 3. They visit attractions like Kilauea, the world's largest active volcano; a coffee plantation; Dolphin Quest where the kids swim and play with a pod of dolphins; Parker Ranch -- a real working ranch; and Pana'ewa Zoo where the family sees a white tiger among other animals. And of course, no Hawai'ian adventure would be complete without a luau with hula and fire dancers.
Travel With Kids DVDs all feature a special "Plan Your Trip" featurette which guides families in planning the best and most educational excursions. The "Expanded Information" section covers all the local activities, packing tips, and travel products that make traveling with children a breeze.
Best of all, these DVDs include simple crafts projects, recipes, and vocabulary sections that introduce children to key phrases and culture of each country.
Travel With Kids Hawai'i: The Big Island joins Caribbean: Puerto Rico & The Virgin Islands, The Islands of Maui & Molokai, The Island of Oahu, and Mexico - Mayan Riviera in the Travel With Kids series.
Although Andy is mostly breastfed, we do try to give him a bottle every day. This way, I have the freedom to leave the house without him now and then. It's really helped my sanity, but the problem is now washing all those bottles. They add up quickly however, and it's a big pain to hand wash everything. That is why I think the Dishwasher Basket Combo is a great idea. You just load all the parts into the baskets, place it on the top rack, and you're done. Besides the Infant Basket, there is a Toddler Basket that cleans teethers and cup parts (which we could really use right now as Andy also takes a sippy cup of water every night) and a Spill-Proof Valve Cleaner. Don't need the Infant Basket? You can also get the Toddler Dishwasher Basket Set which includes the Toddler Basket and the Spill-Proof Valve Cleaner.
January 17, 2007
I'm sure that everybody's heard of Barney, or the Wiggles. Well, there's a new kid on the block from Detroit Public TV: My Bedbugs. Winner of an iParenting Media Award, four Emmy awards, and four Telly awards, My Bedbugs follows the adventures of Gooby, Toofy, and Woozy, a family of bedbugs, as they learn life's lessons.
The trio is joined by other memorable characters such as J. Edgar, a vacuum cleaner who teaches them manners, discipline, and critical thinking. A cuddly pillow, Snoozy, a bubbly goldfish, Ruffy, and a talking window, Windy round out the cast. These characters are all brought to life in live-action, to make them more real to children.
My Bedbugs Volume 1 is composed of three vignettes, "Lost Sock Adventure," "Pirates of the Bugabean," and "Rainy Day." In "Lost Sock Adventure," Gooby, Toofy, and Woozy learn the value of cleaning their room in order to re-united two separated bobby socks. "Pirates of the Bugabean" is the story of a treasure hunt in which the Bedbugs learn to put aside their sibling rivalry and work together. And "Rainy Day" shows all the great games you can play when you're stuck inside. The action is very light-hearted and believable. The lessons are presented in a fairly straight-forward way and reinforced appropriately. Most importantly, there were no nerve-grating songs or characters. This is definitely a DVD I wouldn't mind having on in the background, something that can't be said for all children's DVDs. Anderson wasn't terribly interested in watching, although it didn't upset him the way some other live-action shows can. However, it's recommended for ages 2 to 7, so I'm sure he'll like it even more in the upcoming years.
My Bedbugs Volume 1 will be released on February 13, 2007, for a suggested retail price of $14.99. My Bedbugs Volume 2 is scheduled for April, 2007, with another two volumes set to appear by the end of the year.
There are a ton of great websites that helped Peter and me out a ton after giving birth. If you're a new mom, you may not know about them, especially if you don't have tons of friends who have already given birth like me. So I wanted to point one out to you. Rookie Moms is written by two moms who are "inspired by our need to have at least one activity per day." They have come up with a bunch of great things to do with your baby, separated by your baby's age. And both of the authors of this site are very friendly and helpful. Their blog has quickly become a staple for me, one that I read often and am excited about, and I hope you all like them just as much as I do!
January 16, 2007
Valentine's Day will be here before you know it! If you love those conversation hearts as much as I do, consider the 4-pack Candy Heart Tees and Onesies from Babesta. They are a great way to start a conversation with all those nice people who love to smile at your baby in the check out line at the supermarket or at the post office. And they are perfect for the family that decorates for all of the holidays (and yes, my goal is to do that, although I don't have anything for this particular holiday yet). They even come wrapped in a heart shaped box. These onesies are also available in 2-packs and singles.
The Rinki is a new type of highchair. It's a stool that, with a quick pull, changes into a highchair. If you're like us, your highchair is enormous, and probably takes up way too much room in your kitchen. The Rinki is nice and small, and best of all, you can use it as a regular stool when your child isn't in it. The only problem of course is the lack of tray. However, if you have a bar or island in your kitchen this might not be a problem. In fact, it might just be a great place to feed your child. The only problem? This chair doesn't seem to be available online, at least in the U.S. If you live near a Seimi distributor, give them a call and see if they can get it for you.
January 15, 2007
I just recently discovered Green Little Beans, and I love this site. This site sells hand knit and handmade baby clothing. And as you all know how much I love hand knit items, I just can't get enough of Green Little Beans. Some of my favorites include the Baby Girl Coat, the Mary Jane Cashmere Shoes, the Polo Set, and the Crochet Hat.
Also, we have a special discount just for our readers. Use the coupon code "supercoolbaby" at check out to get 15% off your order!
The folks over at Plum Organics were kind enough to send Super Cool Baby a small sample of their food. We received two containers of Super Greens and Banana Peach Rice Pudding. Gigi Lee Chang, the founder of Plum Organics, believes that the joy of eating starts with the very first spoonful. Plum Organics provides your baby a wide range of delicious foods that offer the best building blocks for a lifetime of healthy eating. Research indicates that eating habits and food preferences are formed by the age of two, so it is definitely important to get things off to a good start, and you definitely can't go wrong with Plum Organics. The food comes in two stages: Real Smooth and More Texture.
Even though these are in the Real Smooth stage, they definitely had some texture to them. In fact, they seemed very reminiscent of homemade baby food.
The Super Greens
are made from organic peas, spinach, and green beans. Using a unique cooking process combined with flash freezing, Plum Organics locks in the fresh flavor and helps retain vitamins and enzymes that are essential to your babies development. Even though these are in the Real Smooth
stage, they definitely had some texture to them. In fact, they seemed very reminiscent of homemade baby food. Now, Laura is a vegetarian, so we're used to eating our vegetables in this house, but when I tried these veggies myself I found that they were very good. Definitely a much more pleasant texture than your typical pureed baby food. Anderson didn't agree with me at first though, and since he is one of the least picky eaters in existence, you may want to introduce these slowly before stocking up your freezer. I think it was the texture that bothered him the most, as we only recently started introducing food with a little more texture. But too his credit, he ate all of the Super Greens
without any more fuss.
I was a little more skeptical about the Banana Peach Rice Pudding. Made from organic bananas, peaches, rice, and cinnamon, I figured this would be a good chance to introduce Anderson to some new flavors. However, the pudding was much thicker than I was expecting. It came out of the container in one solid chunk. When I tasted it, I thought it was very nice. You could definitely taste the bananas and peaches, with the tiniest hint of cinnamon. And there was no mistaking the texture of the rice pudding. This would be a nice dessert for anybody, not just your baby! My first thought was to put little chunks in front of Andy and let him feed himself. This actually went surprisingly well, and the ate at least half the container that way. After a while I mashed everything up a little more and finished feeding him the container myself. Interestingly, he had no problem with the texture of this one.
In addition to Super Greens and Banana Peach Rice Pudding, Plum Organics currently offers Pears & Apples, Sweet Potatoes in the Real Smooth stage. And in the More Texture stage, they offer Chicken Whole Wheat Pasta, Super Greens Multigrain, Vegetable Stew with Beef, and Red Lentil Veggie. You can purchase Plum Organics at Whole Foods, Wild Oats, and Wegman's nationwide.
January 12, 2007
The Zoolio Rainforest is a great little toy. It's something that you could easily slip in your diaper bag, or stash somewhere in your car. It has six activity panels, made out of various fabrics. Toddlers will love the zipping, buttoning, snapping, and babies will get a kick out of the vibrant colors and crinkle paper. Since there are six separate items in this toy (seven if you include the case), it might last a little longer during those long car trips. Heck, maybe by the time you get to the sixth one, your child will be ready for number one all over again. This toy was a little hard to find. It's made by Manhattan Toy, but other sites like Amazon, have it listed as unavailable. So keep checking back if you can't seem to find this toy!
If you don't have a super fancy stroller with a ton of places to store your bags, the Stroll'r Swivel'rs might be for you. I know I've found myself at the mall with tons of bags and a diaper bag and have needed the extra place for them. These hooks swivel around so you can have them hang in whatever direction you need, and they really help the bag situation when you need it. There's also the Stroll'r Hold'r II in case you don't have cup holders on your stroller.
January 11, 2007
When I see the Mammut furniture from IKEA, I really wish I could go back and decorate our nursery with these pieces. The designs are whimsical and imaginative, and are capable of withstanding years of creative abuse. It almost looks like this furniture comes straight out of a saturday morning cartoon! Just about everything has color options of red, blue or green. You can mix and match colors to create a colorful room. And best of all, this stuff is cheap! An entire room of a table, dresser, 3 stools, and a bedside table will cost you less than $200!
Like many pregnant women, I had a body pillow in my bed during my pregnancy. It made a world of difference on my comfort level and helped me sleep much better than I would have without it. Unfortunately, mine was only on one side of the bed, so when I turned to face the other way, I had no pillow. As we only have a queen sized bed at the moment, I probably couldn't have fit another pillow in the bed. But Peter has promised me that if I ever become pregnant again, we will get a king sized bed and I will be able to buy the Back 'N Belly pillow. This maternity pillow acts as your head pillow as well as supporting you no matter what side you are facing. It can also help support you while you are nursing in bed, and although I still do that, I think the pillow would be a bit of a pain for that job. The cover also comes off so you can wash it. It has some great reviews on amazon and plenty of them, so others must love it too!
January 10, 2007
A reader, John, wrote us recently to tell us about these great t-shirts available at Dishy Duds. Dishy Duds makes cool handmade clothing for babies, toddlers, and kids. He and his son especially love the Monster Tees. Each tee is available in several color combinations, styles and sizes. Bertie Big Eyes here comes in sizes from 3-6 months to X-Large mens! You can even get it as a toddler sized hoodie.
Best of all, you can make your own monster face, and have Dishy Duds make the shirt for you! The process seems a little confusing and involved, but for only $28, your toddler can have a monster tee that he (or she) designed. You definitely can't beat that.
There are tons of lists out there about what a new parent needs. I just found a list of what a parent doesn't need over at Fireflies in the Cloud, and it's hysterical. Take a look! My favorite is the red neck pacifier.
As Andy is finally showing a few signs of one day making himself mobile, I've started to think more about what I need to do around the house to make sure he doesn't hurt himself in case I turn my back ever. We already have one super tall baby gate at his room because I don't want our cats jumping in. But I just discovered this Kiddy Guard at One Step Ahead, and I really like it. It works like a window shade, but it's horizonal instead of vertical. So if you don't want to use it, you can just put it away. It may look flimsy, but it can withstand 220 lbs of pressure. It's also mesh, so you can see through it too. The price is a little high, but it might be worth it if this is something you really want.
January 9, 2007
While doing some research for Shirt Snob, I came across No Star Tees, and I thought the children's sizes were funny if you're into that typical kind of humor found on so many tees these days. The tees are in sizes 2T-6T, and they currently have ten designs available. They also sell men's and women's tees as well.
January 8, 2007
I love baby blankets. There are so many cute, soft, cuddly ones that I wish were made in adult sizes. I've just discovered two at KooKoo Bears that are wonderful, the Kozy Block Baby Blanket in pink and blue. It is made of cotton and velour and is 30 by 34 inches. I love the color combos and think this would be a great gift for someone having a baby.
I know that when Laura was expecting, I was always very nervous because everything was so unfamiliar. Up until Andy was born, I had never changed a diaper, much less been responsible for an entire human being. Much of this trepidation was because I was very uneducated about how to care for a baby. It's too bad I didn't receive the GoodFather CD-ROM as a shower gift. The GoodFather is designed to be both educational an entertaining. Lessons are created by experienced fathers and grandfathers, and the whole thing is edited by licensed nurse-midwives. So, you can be assured that the content is relevant, medically sound, and not condescending! The CD-ROM contains hundreds of baby lessons and definitions, thousands of baby names, and a baby card maker all set to a hilarious gangster parody (can you guess which one?).
In addition to the CD-ROM, Dr. Moz offers the PaPa Pack gift combo. In addition to the CD-ROM, the PaPa Pack includes the Baby Bandolier from Duds4Dads. This over-the-shoulder diaper bag includes a mobile phone pocket, a secure zippered double pocket, a bottle sleeve, a place for your wallet and keys, a detachable insulated bag, and a built-in changing pad & wipes holder.
Finally, you can round out your purchase with a GoodFather T-shirt. The t-shirts are printed on ultra thick cotton, and is sure to be a hit for new and experienced fathers alike. The T-shirt is available in Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large.
There are more deals and sales now that it's 2007. Here's a list of where you can save.
Up to 40% off at One Little Monkey.
Between 20-50% off almost everything at Black Wagon.
There's a sale going on at Chasing Fireflies.
Free shipping at mud and honey when using the code "January" at check out.
There's a winter blowout sale at giggle.
Zutano is having a subscriber sale. Get 25% off your order using the code "Z2507." Ends January 11.
Don't forget to check out the end of the year sales we posted about last week!
Updated January 7, 2007
Bella Luna Toys is having a sale. They also have free shipping on orders of $100 or more for a limited time only.
Updated January 8, 2007
Oliebollen is having a semi annual sale. Get 25-60% off a lot of great items.
Tot Shop is having a sale. Get 20% off your order during their Me Spree. Use the code "mespree07" at check out. Ends January 19.
Kate Quinn Organics is also having a sale. Get 20% off all gift sets, bedding, towels, and the smallest sizes of onesies and pants. Sale ends January 24, and it's their only sale of the year!
Updated January 9, 2007
Baby Universe is having a 20% sale on select 2006 Combi products.
It's a Rag Doll's Life is having a massive winter sale. Get between 30-60% off everything in the store. They also have a $5 flat rate on shipping, but that ends on January 15.
January 5, 2007
Andy is obsessed with a blue stuffed dog that he sleeps with. I have no idea where we got it and don't even remember who gave it to us (yes, I should have kept much better track, but I had a newborn, I didn't know what was going on at the time). But I'm beginning to think we should theme our lives with blue dogs now before he becomes obsessed with Elmo or Barney and I have those items strewn across my house. Therefore, I am considering buying the Rocking Puppy for Andy's first birthday. Overall, the reviews on Amazon are pretty good, although some do say it might be more appropriate for 18 months and up instead of one year and up. But it's cute, it looks like a lot of fun, and as Andy seems to have my love of movement, I think he'll really enjoy it.
Not all nursing chairs are created equal. We have a glider that we bought from Craigslist, but I don't think it was ever actually used for nursing. However, if we had the Monarch Nursery Chair in our nursery things would probably be very different. It was designed with nursing mothers in mind by Dr. Lynn Jones, a furniture design professor from the UK. The chair has a low seat that raises the lap and supports baby, eliminating the need for pillows and footstools, while ensuring that feet remain flat on the floor. A gently curved seat-back supports the back and shoulders keeping the spine straight and chest forward ideal for nursing mothers. The angled seat pad that supports the back of knees and thighs, and the adjustable lumbar support increases comfort and support for the lower back. Finally, the seat has flared sides, allowing ample room for siblings during story time.
January 4, 2007
Andy loves his baths, so we give him one almost every night before bed time. However, this isn't so easy on us as it is for him. Leaning over the bath hurts our backs and knees a lot. We've recently discovered two products at One Step Ahead that hope to help this problem out. The first is the TubSider II. It looks a little weird, but it positions your back correctly so that it doesn't hurt, and it has a place for your knees and elbows as well. The height is also adjustable and you can fold it for storage.
The other product is the 3-in-1 Sit and Store Tub-Side Seat. This is more of a stool that you have next to the bath. However, you can store things inside it, including bath toys as it is air vented. Your child can also use it as a step stool. So if you like multi-taskers, this one might be for you.
This looks like the perfect gift for the next baby shower you go to. The New Baby Kit, available from Wry Baby, contains one wardrobe staple (the NEW onesie), one marriage-saving tool (the hilarious Wheel of Responsibility), and one awesome doodle pad (the baby hairdo maker). The Wheel of Responsibility is worth the price alone. Whenever there's a dirty diaper, simply spin the wheel to see who's turn it is to change it!
January 3, 2007
Looking back at Andy's infancy, there are products I wish I didn't get (or think that I needed) and there are others that I really wish I had. The Bumbo Seat is one I wish I had as I desperately wanted to put Andy down in a sitting position for some reason, but he was a late sitter. Another is a product that has just been released, the SnugGlider by Graco. Like thousands of other mothers, I bought a Travel-System from Graco. I know some people don't like them, but I was actually very pleased with this purchase. Sure, the stroller is huge and I bump into things all the time when I go to the mall, but it's sturdy and did very well on walks. The SnugGlider is an accessory to the car seat part of the Travel-System. You place the car seat into the frame, turn it on, and you have yourself a swing! If you have a baby that is ok sleeping in his car seat and you don't want to wake him up when you get home from doing your errands, you can put him in this to keep his nap going. I can think of countless times when this would have worked for me. Andy loved his swing, and he always woke up within 10 minutes of getting home because he would notice that he was no longer moving. I could have gotten so much done if I'd been able to put him in the SnugGlider. The frame has variable swing speeds, music and nature sounds, and a two speed vibration. It's also easy to travel with, so you can take it wherever you're going! If you purchase one of these, please come back and tell us what you think!
Nutrition facts labels are definitely a part of our everyday lives. Every trip to the supermarket involves reading half a dozen of these. Your friends and family will definitely get a kick out this onesie. The label reads: 35% Total Baby Fat, 2% Diaper Filler, 55% Total Cuteness and 8% Rock 'n' Roll Attitude. It comes in two sizes 3-6 months and 6-12 months.
January 2, 2007
When Anderson was still a newborn, we tried using the Safer Bather during bath time. We liked it because it kept him at a good angle for bathing. The raised head rest would keep his head and ears out of the water which can be very helpful for preventing ear infections. The pad is nice and soft too, and afterwards just hang it up to dry. Of course, our only problem was that back then Anderson hated baths. After a few unsuccessful tries with The Safer Bather, we resorted to a quick wash-up in the shower while one of us held him.
Anderson doesn't have a hat that fits him. I keep meaning to buy him a warm one for winter, but I still haven't. And this past weekend we had our first real snow of the season, and now I'm feeling guilty. When searching for hats online, I found the cutest little skater hat, but of course this isn't the type of thing that Andy needs right now to keep him warm. So I've decided to show it to all of you. The Skate Cap at Doody Baby only comes in one size, and the website claims that it fits children 3 months to 8 years old! I don't know about that, but it's so adorable I'd be willing to test that out.