April 30, 2007

Monthly Round Up-April

April was yet another great month at Super Cool Baby. Here's a look back at all we discovered!

Announcements
Mommy Card Holders from Tucker Paisley

Bed Time
Snuggle Nest

Blankets
Kee-Ka Blanket Review at Really Natural
Cashmere Baby Blanket

Chairs and Bouncers
Rainforest Bouncer

Clothing and Accessories
Cute Baby Shoes
Baby Hats at Etsy
Arte Bebe
Hippy Chix Baby Tees
Harrilu Clothing
Sometimes I Worry about Zombies T-Shirt
innies 'n outies
Lucky Threadz and Ichabods
New at Threadless Kids

Diapering and Diaper Bags
Cool Diaper Covers
Couture Baby Wipes
Soaker Pads
Diapees and Wipees
Patemm Pads

Feeding
Toddler Five Piece Dinner Set
Kids in the Kitchen Set
My Dwink Box
New Bibs at One Little Monkey
Universal High Chair Replacement Cover
Bamboo Products at Baby Dagny
Shake Away Lattel Travel Bottle
Bibbity Rinse & Roll Bib

Nursery
Butterflies Click-a-Mobile
Personalized Piggy Bank
Dream Teddy Bedding Set
Baby/Toddler Scale
Movement Sensor

Play Gyms
Wiggle Worm Travel Gym

Pregnancy
Globally Cute
Belly Ups

Reviews
Review: How Many Days Ago?
Disposable Diaper Sacks
Skype and Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX
Greetingflix.com
Walking Wings
Secure2Me
Padabumps Clothing Set
Busy Ball Popper
1-2-3 Tetherball
Diaper Champ

Safety
Little Tumblers Table Toppers

Slings and Carriers
Pique Floral Baby Slings

Strollers
Rock Star Baby Stroller

Stuffed Animals
My Little Huggable Companion Gift

Toys
Puppy from Eero Aarnio
Don Rudolph and Rodrigo Pull Toy
Stella and Ben the Bear Wrist Rattles
Haba Animal Den
Flip Flap
Haba Wrist Rattles
Alex's Push Plane from Boikido

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April 30, 2007

Butterflies Click-a-Mobile

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I've just discovered the Butterflies Click-a-Mobile, and I think it's so beautiful. The butterflies' colorful wings are translucent, and they will overlap to create new colors. They also hang at different lengths. It comes mostly assembled, only a few clicks needed before it's all set to hang above your baby.

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April 30, 2007

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April 30, 2007

Review: How Many Days Ago?

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Every now and then a great new gadget comes out and you wonder just how you lived without it before. Well, for some of us, Days Ago might be just one of those things. Invented by a mother who was frustrated with never knowing how long that baby food has been in the fridge, Days Ago has one simple purpose: count the days and hours as they go by.

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April 30, 2007

Cute Shoes

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Like many women, I have a bit of an obsession with shoes. I realize this, so I am careful I don't go overboard. However, when I see cute baby shoes, it's all I can do not to buy them all up. Luckily these adorable ones I just found are for baby girls! The Sari Shoes, Tales of the Orient Shoes, and Secret Garden are all adorable shoes at one of our new favorite stores, no added sugar. It's a UK store, so the shipping is a little steep. But since these shoes are so cute, I think it's worth the extra money. The shoes are all free of heavy metals and chemical dyes and they are also biodegradable. So you aren't hurting the environment with them either. Can you get any more perfect then these shoes?

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April 28, 2007

Sale at Oompa Toys

Oompa Toys is moving to a larger warehouse, and they're having a sale. Get 15% off storewide with the coupon code "2007MOVE." We don't know how long this deal will last, so make sure too use it before it's too late!

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April 27, 2007

Disposable Diaper Sacks

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The next time you're buying something from Amazon, I highly suggest you get some of the Disposable Diaper Sacks from Sassy. They are very inexpensive, but they've made a huge world of difference to me. Many times I've changed Andy in a place where I haven't been able to locate a trash can right away (such as on a bike path). I have put his used diapers in one of these bags, kept it in my diaper bag until I could throw it out, and it's worked great. There are no leaks, they smell like baby powder, and they fit easily in my diaper bag and glove compartment. I've even used them to keep dirty clothes from getting my diaper bag dirty during particularly messy diaper explosions. I realize that you could also use a regular supermarket plastic bag, but I've found that those can leak, and they don't hide the smell. They tie to close, the bag they come in is resealable, and they have been a lifesaver to me.

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Puppy from Eero Aarnio

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Not satisfied with traditional rocking horses? This Magis "me too" collection puppy is really a sculptural design object designed as a child's toy. You could keep this in any room of your house, even out on the back deck! Its available in four sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large.

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April 26, 2007

Cool Diaper Covers

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Now that more and more people are using cloth diapers again, diaper covers are becoming more popular too. The Diaper Covers at Baby Wit are so cute that we had to share. They all snap on the side, are lined to prevent leakage, and fit 12-28 lbs. Although I never used cloth diapers, I actually did use diaper covers a few times. After having a few explosive leaks in public, they really came in handy!

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April 25, 2007

Baby Hats at Etsy

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I have two more great finds from Etsy! They are both adorable baby hats. I know it's not the time of the year for hats, but they are just too cute to hold off on until winter. The first are by Fool Moon. These hand knit hats are adorable, have great details, and a bunch have ear flaps as well.

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Next up are the hats by PDX Beanies. I love the flower on the side of most of them. Many have ear flaps too, and a bunch are striped. My favorites are probably the flapper beanies. The arches at the bottom are super cool too!

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Don Rudolph and Rodrigo Pull Toy

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I love this brand new pull toy from Haba. Your child can have great and stimulating adventures pulling Don Rudolf and his horse Rodrigo around. Heck, I'd even want to pull the Don around! The lance and shield are detachable, and the whole thing is made from a cotton-polyester mix with beech wood wheels.

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April 24, 2007

Wiggle Worm Travel Gym

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The Wiggle Worm Travel Gym at Baby Wise first stood out to me because it looks really cute. But when I found out it was padded, I really wished I had had this when Andy was really small. We had hard wood floors in our apartment as well as in our new home, and so many mats are just not padded enough to be comfortable to a baby. The arch is removable and can be attached to a crib, and there's a zip up carrying case as well.

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Toddler Five Piece Dinner Set

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Here's a great five-piece dinner set. Its available in two designs -- dog and owl, and features a sectional plate, mug, bowl, fork and spoon. Everything is dishwasher safe, and your child will get a kick out of eating off that great sectional plate.

*via Rare Bird Finds*

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April 23, 2007

Arte Bebe

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If you've never been to Arte Bebe, I really think you should check them out. They have so many adorable baby clothes, I just want to buy one of everything. Some of my favorites include the Watergarden Dress by Edenstar, the Wrap Onesie, the Baby Mocs, and the Kiss Me Onesie and Hat Set. Arte Bebe also sells a variety of other baby products as well.

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Review: Britax Decathlon

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Last October we were faced with our second car seat purchase as Anderson had outgrown his infant car seat. We decided to go with the Britax Decathlon in Onyx. Since that time we've gotten some good use out of it and just recently we turned it around so that Anderson is facing forward.

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April 20, 2007

Couture Baby Wipes

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I just discovered cute baby wipes containers at Shop Intuition of all places. The Couture Baby Wipes come in four different designs (red retro is my favorite), and pop open. I think they'd make a great gift for the mom to be!

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Hippy Chix Baby Tees

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Hippy Chix is a store I look at often when searching for my favorite tops. They have a lot of cute bohemian items that I really like. I never realized that they sell Baby Tees as well. Their designs aren't quite so hippy, but they are super cute. Some of my favorites include Too Cool To Drool, My Dad's a Geek, and Rash.

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Skype and Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX

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Are you tired of your high phone bill? Or do the grandparents keep asking for more pictures of your children? You can solve both problems with a $40 camera and some free software from Skype. We recently purchased the Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX and we've been using it to call up our friends and family around the country.

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April 19, 2007

Rock Star Baby Stroller

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Am I the only one who didn't know that Jon Bon Jovi makes a stroller? The Rock Star Baby Stroller has two major pieces that can be attached to the base, a bassinet and a seat. It also has an adaptor for the Graco SnugRide Infant car seat. There's a video on the site that I watched, and taking the bassinet off with the baby in it would not be something you would want to do, so the Graco adaptor is a nice addition. It's also sort of heavy at 24lbs, and you need two hands to close it. But it has some nice features too. From the website:

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Snuggle Nest

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We never brought Andy to sleep in our bed. We were always afraid of all the warnings they give you when you choose to co-sleep. But with the Snuggle Nest, you can rest a little easier. To use the Snuggle Nest, you simply place it on your bed between your pillows. The walls provide a safer environment by keeping your child enclosed, and since she is sleeping at head-level, there is less risk of overheating or suffocating from your bedding. Best of all, the Snuggle Nest folds into a small case for easy portability. This would be great for hotel stays, or even when you sleep over at the grandparents house! And when you're ready to make the move to a crib, you can use the Snuggle Nest as a transitional tool to help you baby grow accustom to her new sleeping environment.

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Personalized Piggy Bank

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One of my most prized possessions when I was young was my piggy bank. I had a classic one that was all white, and I had a hard time opening the bottom, so I never really knew how much money I had in there. I'd like to get one for Andy too because I think they are an essential part of the nursery, and it'll be good for teaching him about money when he is older. The Personalized Piggy Bank at The Corner Stork would be a great addition to any nursery. You can choose between dozens of different designs as well as have it personalized with your baby's name hand painted onto the side.

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April 18, 2007

Kids in the Kitchen Set

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Want to get your child more involved in the kitchen? I think its best to teach your kids to love cooking at an early age. What better way to get started than by presenting them with their own set of cooking utensils. The Kids in the Kitchen Set is a set of five 9.5" utensils: round spoon, regular spoon, spatula, rounded spatula, and jumbo fork. They're made from 100% organically grown bamboo, and they're the perfect size for little hands.

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Dream Teddy Bedding Set

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Before Andy was born, I dreamed of a teddy bear nursery. I thought it would be so cute, and how hard could teddy bear things be to find? Turns out, it's very hard. After much searching, I finally found the the Dream Teddy collection. It was a neutral teddy bear design with no sports sub-theme (which seemed to be pretty common). Of course, I could not locate this bedding set, so I never received it. And after Andy was born, I just didn't have the time to think about decorating his nursery. Of course, now I'm finding this set all over the place. But at this point, I really can't justify it anymore. If you are all about teddy bears like I am, it's available at Amazon and Shop.com.

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Globally Cute

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When I was first pregnant, I really wanted to wear tons of cute maternity clothes and show off my pregnant belly. I didn't know where to shop besides Old Navy and the maternity stores in the mall. I wish I had known about Globally Cute as they have a ton of cute t-shirt designs for pregnant women, all with an Asian symbol on them. The website doesn't allow me to link to individual products, but take a look around their site. They also have a few toddler tees and onesies for sale too.

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April 17, 2007

Soaker Pads

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I will admit that before giving birth, I did little research on baby products. I figured I'd get what I needed when I realized that I did in fact need it. This was not the best approach I realized (and one of the reasons we started this blog!) as there were many products I did not know about that I really could have used. But there was one thing that my mother (of Super Cool Pets fame) pushed on me even though I had never heard of it and no one mentioned it to me. This was the lap pad. I didn't understand the point before giving birth as Iiterally thought it was a pad that you had on your lap while you held the baby. Since giving birth a year ago however, I cannot count the number of times it's come in handy. Every time I've traveled, I've brought along my large lap pad for when I change Andy on a bed or the floor in case there was an accident (and you know of course there was, those Pee Pee Tee Pees would have come in handy too!). And the smaller pads have been great as another layer for our changing table. It's so much easier to throw a small pad into the laundry than take off the terry cloth cover to our changing table.

I just discovered some really cute lap pads, the Soaker Pads at hipbaby. They have fun designs, are large (3 foot squares), and have a quilted flanned side as well as a water repellant vinyl side. They are also fully machine washable. If you are going to have a baby or know someone who is, make sure they have a lap pad! I will also be reviewing these particular ones, so look for it in the next few weeks!

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Rainforest Bouncer

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I know this next item, the Rainforest Bouncer, is Fisher-Price, so why would we show you something like this? I can't help it, I wish Andy had something like this when he was a few months younger. It looks like it'd be a lot of fun for a baby. Therefore I can ignore that it's ugly and takes up a ton of room. I have a good friend that used a rain forest theme in her nursery (which I think is an awesome idea), and I think this would be such a good fit. The picture isn't the best, but it's all they had on their site besides personal ones. And I just felt funny putting one of them up here without the parents' permission.

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My Dwink Box

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Here's a product that everybody needs: My Dwink Box. The creator, a fellow mom, developed this product because she was tired of telling her little ones, "careful, don't squeeze it, don't squeeze it!" Instead, you put your drink box into the holder, poke the straw in and hand it to your child with the assurance that it won't end up everywhere. At least, thats the idea. Clever kids bent on destruction will probably find it pretty easy to extract the juice box to spray all over mom. But it does fit all sizes of juice boxes and pouches, including the extra small ones.

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April 16, 2007

Stella and Ben the Bear Wrist Rattles

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I've discovered two new wrist rattles at Oompa that are really cute. The Stella Wrist Rattle looks more like a bracelet in the shape of a flower. It has a cute butterfly on it with crinkly wings, it rattles, and the petals squeak. Then there's Ben the Bear Wrist Rattle. He also slips on like a bracelet. His hands crinkle, he rattles, and he has a big happy smile that your baby is sure to love.

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Welcome Boston Globe Readers!

Peter and I would like to welcome everyone who has found us from today's article in the Boston Globe. We hope you like what you see and stick around. We are wild about baby products, and love writing for Super Cool Baby.com!

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Harrilu Clothing

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I love Etsy so much. They have so many great handmade items for sale. I've found the cutest handbags, tops, photography, and more on this site. Here's a great new discovery I've found, Harrilu. They have some really cute onesies and tees available for sale on Etsy. Some of my favorites items include the Blue and Brown Bunny Onesie, the Pink and Brown Toddler Dress, the Red and White Flowers T-Shirt, and the Bird Branch Onesie.

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Review: Greetingflix.com

Greetingflix is another great way to share your photos with your friends and relatives. This time, instead of passing around individual pictures, you assemble your photos into great little movies which you can share. Greetingflix provided Super Cool Baby with a free pro-version of their service with which to conduct our review.

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April 13, 2007

Review: Walking Wings

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I must say, the first time I saw Walking Wings, I wasn't super interested. I'd never seen anything like them, and I didn't really know what to think. When Upspring, the company who makes this product, offered us one for review, I jumped at the chance to try them as I wanted to understand them better. And I must say I'm glad I did.

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Belly Ups

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I've just discovered yet another product that helps keep your pants up when you're pregnant. I wish I'd known about them sooner! Belly Ups go under your clothes, clipping to your pants and bra to make sure each stays where they should. It can also be used to keep your skirts from spinning. According to the website, even non-pregnant women are using them. They would be good for after you give birth as you lose weight. I bought a pair of jeans five sizes larger than what I originally wore, and as I lost weight, I wasn't going to buy a pair of jeans in every size in between. So I struggled to stay in the large pair as long as I could. Belly Ups would have helped so much then too! It's available in black, nude, or pink hearts.

via The Budget Fashionista

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April 12, 2007

Kee-Ka Blanket Review at Really Natural

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Our friends over at Really Natural have written a review on a Kee-Ka Organic Cotton Baby Blanket. Definitely check it out if you are in the market for a baby blanket or like organic products!

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Review: Secure2Me

You may remember Secure2Me, the blanket that clips to your stroller, car seat or wherever else you need a blanket for your baby, which we wrote about last month. We love this idea and could have used it a ton of time since Andy was born. The company was kind enough to send us a blanket to review for you all!

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Haba Animal Den

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Here's a great toy for younger children who are learning to explore their environment. The Animal Den is made from soft fabric, and different animals peek out from each nook. Your child will love exploring, tugging, and chewing on each different animal. It's made from a cotton/polyester mix, and unfortunately is spot cleaned only.

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Diapees & Wipees

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Now that Andy's a little older, I don't feel that I need to bring our diaper bag everywhere. He hasn't had a diaper leak in public in months (now that I write that, he probably will tomorrow), and besides carrying his diapering items and my possessions, most of my diaper bag is not being used for my day to day life. I think Diapees & Wipees would be perfect for me. It's designed to hold a travel pack of wipes and two to four diapers, so it's perfect for a trip out. They come in a variety of different colors and patterns and can fit into your oversized purse or can be carried separately. If you want something smaller than a diaper bag, these would be perfect for you.

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April 11, 2007

More Super Cool Spring Sales

Cute Little Me has free shipping on orders of $50 or more with the code "SHIPSPRING50." This lasts until April 15. Also check out their sale section as a lot more has recently been added.

Baby Dagny has 15% off their Sleepers and Blankets from Brights and Stripes.

Enjoy 15% off on your entire purchase at The Childrens Place with code SMA47 through May 6.

To celebrate Earth Day, get free shipping on orders over $55 at Kate Quinn Organics from now until April 28. No coupon code is needed. They've just added new items for spring that you should check out too.

Edited to add 4/12/07

It's a Rag Doll's Life is having a sale through Saturday. Get 20% off all in stock items (except furniture and Meli Meli) when using the code "SPRING66" at check out.

Edited to add 4/14/07

Baby Dagny is having a sale on clearance items. Get an additional 25% off them all, with no coupon code needed.

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Mommy Card Holders from Tucker Paisley

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I just discovered Tucker Paisley, and I have fallen in love with this company. I wrote about them on Shirt Snob last week because they have awesome purses (check out the Sue-Sue, their diaper bag), but what I have to share with you are their Card Holders. Since we're buying a home in a new town, I want to buy some mommy cards to hand out as I meet other moms. And I really want one of these card holders for the cards. They are so stylish and I love the color combinations. You can also use it as a mini wallet too.

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Flip Flap

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Here's a new Haba toy that I wish was available when Andy was younger. The Flip Flap has a different texture or picture on each surface. It opens into attached triangles, crinkles, is quite colorful, and it squeaks and rattles when shaken. Good for babies six months and older.

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Sometimes I Worry about Zombies T-Shirt

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I love this t-shirt from etsy. While I don't worry about the dead rising as zombies very often, I will admit that "sometimes, I worry about zombies" too. Dress your child in this whimsical t-shirt and get some laughs from your friends and strangers on the street. It's pictured in size 2T, but you can get it in other sizes if you ask the seller.

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April 10, 2007

New Super Cool Baby Sales

Mud and Honey has a 10% off sale. Use the code "spring" at check out. The sale ends on April 30.

Get 25% off at Pure Boy Clothes when using the code "POSHSB" at check out. This lasts until April 15.

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innies 'n outies

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The benefits to having reversible clothing are obvious. It gives you twice as many outfits, and if your child gets dirty right before you need him to look perfect for your in-laws, you can just turn it around, and your child looks perfect again! I really like the clothing at innies 'n outies. They have some really cute clothes, such as the Caracol Sundress, the Oyogi Shirt, and the Sandia Bolero, and their fabrics are beautiful. They also have a fall/winter collection that you can consider in the upcoming months.

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Pique Floral Baby Slings

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I've said before that I was never able to get Andy to enjoy a sling. I do wish I could have, it seems like a nice way for a newborn to sleep while you get stuff done. And later as a way to stay close. I love the new Baby Slings at Craftsbury Kids. They are such amazing prints; I just love black and white combinations! They have plenty of fabric in case you ever need to cover up, and they work for up to 35 lbs.

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Little Tumblers Table Toppers

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Afraid your toddler is going to bonk his head on your coffee table? Why not add a nice and squishy cover on top of it. Little Tumblers Table Toppers is made from soft fabric and contains padding to protect your child from bumps on the edges and corners of your coffee table. It comes in several standard sizes and you can order custom sizes right through the Little Tumblers website.

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April 9, 2007

New Bibs at One Little Monkey

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There are new bibs at One Little Monkey that I really like and wanted to share with you all. First is the Out of This World Bib & Burp Cloth Set. This vintage looking print bib is fit for most 6 months to two year old babies and comes with two matching burp clothes. Then there's the Owl Bib Set. The set includes two bibs with a great owl print, and we all know how big owls have been lately! Finally, we like the Baby Animals Bib. These also have a vintage inspired print that we love. All three have snaps instead of velcro, so if your baby likes to pull off his bib these will be great for you. Also, between now and April 15, get $10 off your order of $75 or more with One Little Monkey. Just use the code "tenbucks" at check out.

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Patemm Pads

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-Naoki Nitta

Here's a great product that any mother could use. Patemm Pads is an all in one bag for your diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes, and it has a round design for those squirmy and rolling babies. It comes in two sizes as well as with our without inside pockets, so you have some choices depending on what you need. There are four outsides handles that allow you to open and close it with one hand, it cleans easily, and it is available in a variety of colors and patterns.
Naoki Nittafont-size: smaller

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Review: Padabumps Clothing Set

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We received a set of Padabumps clothing the other day, and we've had a chance to check them out. This ingenious clothing is great for protecting your crawling baby — it includes extra padding where it counts to keep little joints safe and unbruised.

The secret behind Padabumps is the sewn-in padding in the knees, and reinforced elbows. I'm not sure if the reinforced elbows are just for effect, or if its to prevent the elbows from wearing out too fast. Andy hasn't been crawling enough for him to wear out any of his clothes, so I wouldn't know if that was a problem! There is also some accent fabric over the baby's rear-end — a very cute touch!

Anderson likes crawling around in them. We do have well-carpeted floors so the benefit may be lost on us, but anybody who has hard-wood floors would definitely find these useful. Of course, Andy likes crawling around the kitchen so he might get some good use out of them yet.

Padabumps are available in 6 different colors, and in sizes from 3-6 months to 18-24 months.

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April 8, 2007

Deals on Super Cool Baby Products

Baby Dagny is giving away a free gift if you spend $75 or more at their site this weekend. Check out the possible gifts you could get!

Also, Lil Rodo is having a summer blow out sale right now. No code is needed to save.

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April 6, 2007

Baby/Toddler Scale

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When Andy was first born, I was obsessed with how much he weighed. I was so scared that he wasn't gaining enough weight, and I'd try to weigh him on our bathroom scale. It wasn't super accurate though, so I would have loved the Baby/Toddler Scale. To me, it looks very similar to the scales that my pediatrician uses. The tray is removable so your toddler can easy stand on it, and the infant tray has sides to help prevent him from rolling off. You can measure in half ounce increments as well as in kilograms instead of pounds, and the large dial is easy to read. If you are as worried as I was, you might want to consider this product to help easy your nerves. And as for Andy gaining weight, he quickly entered the 95th percentile in weight, so I had no need to worry!

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Review: Busy Ball Popper

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We took a trip to Babies'R'Us the other day to get Andy some new pajamas, since everything he had was more suited to cold New England Winters, instead of hot North Carolinan springs. While we were there we took a quick detour through the toy section and picked up the Playskool Busy Ball Popper. I seemed to recall reading about it before and figured that Anderson needed some bigger toys.

So far, he's really enjoyed this toy. When I first started it up, he laughed and smiled at it. Eventually he came over to see what all the fuss was about. It only took a day or two before he was playing with the toy all by himself. Typically he'll tip the toy over a little and push the button to start it up. Since its not pointing straight up, all the balls go flying out. Then he'll look around for the balls and put them back in, along with a couple of other toys that convienently fit into the popper. At first, the blower was strong enough to blow anything out, but after two weeks the four D batteries aren't strong enough anymore.

When its running, it plays fun songs like "Rockin' Robin" and has other whacky sound effects. The toy is listed for children 9 months to 4 years. I would say that's just about right, but it might be a little advanced for a some 9 month old babies.

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Review: 1-2-3 Tetherball

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I realize that some babies may love a toy while others hate it. But I must tell you about a new toy we added to our household that Andy just doesn't care for. The 1-2-3 Tetherball lights up and makes noises when your baby bats at it. You can adjust the ball so that it's either right on top of the stand or hangs off some. It sounded like a great cause and effect toy, and I thought that Andy would get a kick out of it. But he really could care less. The toy quickly became boring for him, and he was more interested in chewing on the base. At first I wondered if the toy was just not a good fit for him, but I actually think this is more of a design issue. It says in reviews on Amazon that it's very sensitive and would light up and play for no reason. That is true, but it also would not respond many times to the batting of Andy (and later me as I tried to get it to do something). After one night, it ate through the batteries because the lights kept going on after I thought I had turned it off (it must have been just the sound I stopped). And Andy just doesn't care about hitting a random ball around for very long, even if it does have little balls inside of it. We haven't tried it without the base yet, but I'm regretting this purchase. In the future, I will definitely rethink my spontaneous purchases when I go into Babies 'R Us.

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April 5, 2007

Review: Diaper Champ

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A few months before Anderson was born, my boss gave me a piece of advice. "Peter," he said, "I'm only going to give you once piece of advice. Buy a Diaper Champ. Do not buy a Diaper Genie like everybody else will tell you. Go with the Diaper Champ." At the time, I had no idea what he was talking about but I listened to him anyway. And I'm very glad I did.

The Diaper Champ and the Diaper Genie both operate on the same principle: contain the smelly diaper so it doesn't stink up your diaper changing area. They accomplish this using very different means. With the Diaper Champ, you put the diaper in the top and flip the lid over. The diaper then drops down into a standard kitchen trash bag. With the Diaper Genie, on the other hand, the diaper is twisted into a special (read: expensive) bag like you're stuffing a diaper sausage.

So far, the Diaper Champ has done an excellent job of containing the smell in Anderson's nursery. I have never noticed anything funky coming from the diaper pail. Occasionally I'll have to clean out the lid when an especially full diaper goes through. If you don't, you'll probably notice it smelling pretty quickly. I usually just clean it with a wipe or two. Changing the bag is easy. You just push a button on the front and the top flips up. Seal the bag as quickily as you can (I find that drawstring bags work especially well for this) and pull it out. A new bag goes in just as easily.

I'm definitely very happy with our decision to go with the Diaper Champ, and I continue to recommend it to all the first time parents that I know.

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Universal High Chair Replacement Cover

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After seven months of use, our high chair cover is getting kind of gross. There are stains of i-don't-know-what all over. It didn't even occur to me that you could buy a replacement cover until I saw this universal high chair replacement cover at Simple Me Boutique. This stain-resistant cover can be machine washed, and fits almost all brands of high chair. It definitely looks like it would fit our high chair. It is available in chocolate spirodot as seen above as well as natural spirodot and spring circles.

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Bamboo Products at Baby Dagny

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Baby Dagny is having a 15% off sale on their bamboo products right now, so I decided to take a look. I know very little about bamboo, but they have a big write up about all its benefits on their site. It sounds very soft and it's very good for the environment, so if you are looking for any of these products, consider taking advantage of the sale. My bamboo picks include the Organic Orange Robe with Turquoise Trim (I like the colors together!), and the Timboo Super Soft Bamboo Bib Set.

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

April 4, 2007

Lucky Threadz and Ichabods

I know there's been some talk recently around the web about "hip parents" and should you or shouldn't you dress your children in clothes that you like. Personally, I think until your children show a preference, you should dress them in whatever you like, as long as it's warm in the winter, cool in the summer, etc. And maybe stuff that is age appropriate. No swear words on your toddler's tee! Here's two clothing companies that we like, but they wouldn't be approved of by the hipster haters out there.

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First up is Lucky Threadz. Now, some of these tees even I would say are a bit inappropriate for a child (I Heart Cusswords for instance). But others are really cute. I like the monsters on Yeah, and Salty Adventures. And Apple Pi is funny for the smarter babies out there.

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Then there's Ichabods. This site has some darker themes at times such as Skeleton Wings. Personally I really like Lightning Bolt and I Want to be a Dinosaur as they're both fun prints.

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Shake Away Latte Travel Bottle

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I've recently weaned Andy, which means we need more bottles as we use them so quickly. When I discovered the Shake Away Latte Travel Bottle in Cookie Magazine last month, I knew I needed it. The bottle has a separate compartment where you can keep your formula. So you can put water in the bottom, not have the formula mix in right away (and therefore don't need to keep it cold), and when it's bottle time you just twist the top and shake it up. This is perfect for when you have to feed your baby outside of the house. It isn't yet available to the public, but you can preorder it so it'll ship when it is finally released by the manufacturer.

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

My Little Huggable Companion Gift

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Anderson's favorite stuffed animal is a little blue stuffed dog we call "Doggie!". Every night he gets so excited because he gets to play with Doggie! for a few minutes before bedtime. I'm not positive where it came from, but every baby needs that one special companion to carry around. Green Little Beans has a great little huggable companion gift set. It's a playful hand knit Leopard by Kenana Knitters that hugs a soft and luxurious hand knit stroller blanket promising to keep your baby warm and cozy. Use the promo code 'supercoolbaby' for 15% off your purchase at Green Little Beans.

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April 3, 2007

Baby Center Store Sales

The Baby Center Store has some great savings for the month of April. From April 3-16, save 15% store wide when using the code "SAVE15%" at check out. From April 17-30, spend $99 and get an extra 15% off. Just use the code "15%COUPON" for this discount to apply.

Also, from April 3-30, save 30% on all baby basics. No code is needed, the discount is already on the site. During these same days, also get free shipping on all orders over $49. Just use the code "FREESHIP49."


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Bibbity Rinse & Roll Bib

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Anderson is starting to really enjoy feeding himself. We've been giving him pasta, and black beans, and lots of other really messy things. We've been going through bibs, shirts, and clothes like crazy. The Bibbity Rinse & Roll Bib sounds like a great bib for anybody with self-feeding kids. It's soft and flexible, made of durable waterproof material. Best of all, to clean it, you can just wipe or rinse it off. It doesn't get much easier than that!

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New Wrist Rattles from Haba

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Andy never really noticed the wrist rattles I used when he was really small. I'd put them him every once in a while, but he'd rather be looking at something farther away than at his hands. I wonder if I'd had more fun wrist rattles for him, then he'd have been more interested. I really like the news ones out from Haba. My favorite is the My Little World Wrist Rattle as it's a mini picture book which Andy would have loved. Besides the colorful pictures, the pages also squeek and crinkle. There's also a Posy Wrist Rattle with crinkly petals and leaves, and a Vroom Vroom Wrist Rattle with a removable car that beeps when squeezed.

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April 2, 2007

Threadless Kids This Week

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I really love a new children's design over at Threadless Kids. One of These Days, We'll Fly Away! is available starting at 4T. We really wish it was also available in a onesie as well, it's so cute!

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Alex's Push Plane from Boikido

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There are all kinds of different push toys out there. And if they're all the same to you, why not get one that's made out of high quality materials and looks nice? Check out Alex's Push Plane by Boikido. Designed to help and entertain your baby's first steps, the little cat urges new walkers to be steadier and faster on their feet. It's hand crafted from high quality wood and finished with non-toxic child friendly paints and finished. Not interested in a plane? There are a buch of other push toys available as well.

Peter Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

More Super Cool Baby Sales!

Pure Boy Clothes is having a sale through April 5. Get 15% off your order when using the code "AprilFool" at check out. They have a bunch of new items, such as these adorable plaid shorts.

Then at Duck Duck Goose Boutique, get 15% off their entire stock of dresses. Use the code "SpringDress" at check out by April 8. I really like the 60s inspired Tank Dress.

Edited to add:

There are even more, so I thought I'd consolidate them all into one post!

At Mama Mio, get 15% off until May 13 when using the code "mother" at check out. Also, customers who purchase a Mama Mio kit - Congratulations! Kit, BBB Kit, It's Time Kit or Mini Mama Mio Kit - will receive a free Mama Mio goodie bag. Free gift offer expires on May 13th, 2007. One per customer order.

Also at Georgie Tees, the I Wasn't Born Yesterday Onesie is 20% off. No coupon code is needed.

Edited again on April 5:

Baby Age is having an Easter sale. Get 10% off orders of $50 or more between now and April 10. Use the code "wow06" at check out.

Black Wagon is having a 25% off sale on C&C California. No code is needed.

Laura Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Cashmere Baby Blanket

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When you think of cashmere, you probably think about how expensive it is and how it's definitely a luxury (unless you're richer than the Hilton sisters, and then you probably buy whatever you want whenever you want and I'm quite envious). However, The Pashmina Store has come out with Cashmere Baby Blankets that won't break the bank. These blankets are handmade in Nepal Retailing at $59, they are available in seven colors and are Grade A cashmere (which the site says is the best). We aren't sure how long this price will last, so consider buying one now if you're interested!

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Movement Sensor

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When Anderson was first born, like many new parents, we worried endlessly throughout the night. However, we never wanted to wake him up, and ruin all the hard work we put into getting him asleep. This movement sensor would've been helpful. It detects the slightest movements while your baby is sleeping. Movements like breathing and moving around. An alarm sounds if the baby is ever perfectly still for more than 20 seconds. Alternatively, you can have the unit continuously 'tic' as long as there is movement. Personally, I think this is a great product if your child is at high risk for SIDS, but I bet a lot of people will develop 'tic's themselves if they use this too much. The movement sensor is also available with a single parent unit.

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