May 31, 2007
Joovy Cool Essentials Parent Organizer
The Joovy Cool Essentials Parent Organizer is perfect if you have a basic stroller without a place for your keys, sunglasses, drink, etc. The organizer includes a zip close pocket, lots of storage space, a cup holder that keeps beverages at the desired temperature, and three other pockets throughout. It slips onto the handle bar easily, and it's also washable. So if you're like me and bring everything you could possibly need with you when you go for a walk, this is a great product for you!
May 31, 2007
Speesees Maternity (& After!) Kimono
I know that while I show you something pregnancy related that I like now and then, I haven't delved into pregnancy clothes yet. I found that there wasn't tons that I loved when I was pregnant, at least not at my price range, and I am not usually impressed with what I've found online. However, I just discovered a top I think is perfect because it is stylish, can be worn after giving birth, and looks really easy to breastfeed with. The Speesees Maternity (& After!) Kimono is extra long so you can wear it with your expanding belly and there are buttons that allow for adjustment. It's also made of 100% organic cotton.
May 31, 2007
Automoblox S9 Sedan
Tired of all those hi-tech toys that constantly drain all of your batteries? Well, check out this low-tech toy over at Small and Medium: the Automoblox S9 Sedan. This toy car is made from solid birch wood so its extra durable. Andy loves pushing his toy cars around, so I would have to imagine that this one would be no different. As your kids get older they can take the cars apart and reassemble them (before long they'll know more about cars than me!). The car also comes in red, orange, and green. And you'll get 10% off your entire order if you use the promo code supercool at checkout.
May 30, 2007
Threadless Sale Plus New Designs
Threadless is having a summer sale right now. This means that tees are only $10, although onesies are $15. They've also just released a ton of adorable designs in kids sizes (even a few 2Ts now) as well as onesies. Some of my favorites include Partly Hungry Skies, Refrigerator Running, Take Me to Tokyo, and Rocketbird. This sale ends on June 3, and as more adult sizes come out every day, we're hoping more children's sizes do too!
May 30, 2007
Review: Frog Pod Update!
The other day we took a look at the Frog Pod. And at first we were a little disappointed with the adhesive. Well, according to the nice folks at Boon, newer Frog Pods all come with a new mounting option: suction cups. We got the new bracket in the mail the other day and immediately tried it out. So far it has been working great! We stuck it to a clean, dry shower wall last week and its held fast ever since. We couldn't be happier with it. So, if you've been having trouble with the adhesive strips, be sure to give the suction cup wall bracket it a try; you won't be disappointed!
The Frog Pod is available at Amazon.com, Baby Wise, and your favorite baby retailers nationwide.
Bunny Musical Mobile
Remember the review of Sleepy Head Bunny that we recently posted? Here's a cute mobile that matches the bunny. The Bunny Musical Mobile, available in both pink and blue, plays the song "All I Have To Do Is Dream" while it rotates. The bunnies are all in different positions for variety. If you have a bunny themed nursery, this mobile would be perfect!
May 29, 2007
Review: My Lullabug
As we recently told you, My Lullabug sells adorable tees and onesies for babies and toddlers. They recently sent us a onesie for review, the Dog Person onesie. As Andy is obsessed with dogs, this is only fitting for him.
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Cielo at Mia Modern
The Cielo seems to be the next big thing in strollers, so if you want the latest and greatest, you should definitely check it out. We love how much it folds, it will fit into anyone's car or home without a problem. There's a folding demo so you can see how small it actually gets. It does look like you might need two hands to fold it though. It also has a detachable storage bag, a one-touch brake, adjustable seat recline, five point harness, and is made of a lightweight aluminum frame. If you're in the market for a stroller, you should check this one out.
Sassy Baby Announcements
There are lots of great places to get baby announcements these days. And from what I've seen, there aren't too many better than the ones at Sassy Baby. There are dozens of great designs to choose from: boy, girl, and multiples of every variety. The announcements are printed on simple photo paper or 100 lb. linen card-stock. You can even get matching thank you notes and return address labels to complete the ensemble. Like many of the high quality birth announcement providers, the designers at Sassy Baby will work with you throughout the process to deliver the highest quality possible. If you're in the market for holiday cards or birth announcements, be sure to check out Sassy Baby!
May 28, 2007
Review: Baby IQ DVDs
The Counting DVD presents a series of images and scenes to teach numbers 1 through 10 set to classical music. The idea is that parents will watch along with their kids and narrate for them. There is no wrong way to narrate these videos. For example, 10 bowling pins may appear on screen to demonstrate the number 10. You might say "10", or "bowling pins", or "round", etc. By repeating the sequence of numbers several times in different way, you can reinforce the lessons learned. And toddlers will get a kick out of anticipating what comes next.
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Wrap Outfit Gift Set
I love wrap tops myself, so of course I think they are super cute on babies as well. The Wrap Outfit Gift Set would have been a perfect baby shower gift for me. It includes a wrap top, matching pants, and booties, all with contrasting trim. These sets fit newborn to 3 months and even come in a cute bag. Available in pink and blue.
May 25, 2007
Memorial Day Baby Sales
It’s a Rag Doll’s Life is having a Memorial Day Sale. Get 30-60% off a ton of great items, and no coupon code is needed!
For Memorial Day weekend, Lilypad Baby is having free shipping. Use the coupon code “MEMORIAL”. This deal ends May 29.
Select merchandise is on sale at The Children's Place for the holiday weekend. Stock up and save on lots of summer clothing that goes as low as $5 now through May 28.
There’s a spring clearance sale at babystyle. Get up to 75% off a ton of stuff. They’re also having a maternity sale too with 30% off all sale maternity items with the coupon code “MOM30.”
At the Baby Center Store, get up to 50% off select items in their Memorial Day Sale. No coupon code is needed. However, in addition to this sale, get 5% off $25 orders, 10% off $50 orders, and 15% off $150 orders when using the code "SAVE15%" at check out. This ends May 28.
Black Wagon is having a sale too. Get 10% off orders of $100 or more, 20% off orders of $200 or more, and 30% off orders of $300 or more. No code is needed, the discount is automatically applied at check out. Sale ends May 29.
Duck Duck Goose Boutique has 25% off storewide for their Memorial Day Sale. Use the code "MEMORIAL" at check out. Sale ends May 29.
Best & Co. has free shipping this weekend on orders of $150 or more. Use the code "MEMORIALDAY" at check out.
The Wooden Wagon has free standard shipping today through May 28. No code is needed.
Henry IV Convertible High Chair
I've never been particularly enamored with our high chair. If our budget was much larger, I would've loved to consider the Henry IV Convertible High Chair. It's made by the Sirch company in Germany, and includes a table tray, strap, and cushion. One nice feature is that as your child grows, the chair will grow with him — the chair converts to a child's chair. This would be a great chair for any home with a modern decor.
I just discovered Snobby Babies, and I love this site. They use a bunch of replica fabrics, so your baby can look stylish in patterns similar to what you are wearing. There's also plenty of other things like gift baskets, diaper bags, baby blankets, and a ton more. But definitely check out their fabric swatches if you're into designer duds and can't find what you're looking for.
May 24, 2007
As I recently mentioned, bediboo was nice enough to send us a pair of Huggalugs for review. Huggalugs are great because they keep arms and legs warm at all times, such as during naps, under skirts, over or under tops, and more. You can use them however you want to. Huggalugs also protect from the elements and from hard surfaces. They are easy for young children to put on, and they even go over shoes.
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Here's a unique idea for your nursery: consider a Puzzle Carpet! If you have a weirdly shaped room or just want something different, we think this carpet would be great. It comes with seven pieces, each of which are 36 cm in diameter. If you have a larger room, you can always buy more. It's available in three different designs: sand, water, and grass. So you can mix and match to make a beach, desert, or whatever you want!
Seat Chiller Car Seat Cooler
One big problem in the summer is those hot car seats. The last thing you want to do it place your baby on one and have him uncomfortable. So we think the Seat Chiller Car Seat Cooler is such a great idea. It fits all car seats and is made of flexible non-toxic ice packs. You keep it rolled up in the freezer and then unroll and place it on the car seat to quickly cool it down before you put them in it. Use it while you are in the store too keep the seat cool too. It also works great for strollers too. Feel free to use it yourself once it's done cooling the car seat! Just make sure you take it off before buckling your child in so you don't mess around with the seat's safety. It's also 15% off for this week only, so buy before the price goes up!
4Moms Digital Bath Spout Cover with Built-In Thermometer
Still looking for a good bathtub faucet protector? This one offers a digital thermometer that makes giving a bath easier and safer. The thermometer is accurate to 0.1 degrees Fahrenheit, and its backlit display changes color with the water so you can tell very easily if you're making your bath water too hot!
May 23, 2007
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Review: My Conservation Baby
Want to raise your child to be environmentally conscious and environmentally friendly? We received a package of clothing from a store dedicated to the task. The folks at My Conservation Baby, sent us a Conserve t-shirt, a Stop Global Warming t-shirt, a Stop Global Warming onesie and cap set, and a Stop Global Warming bib. We've been using the clothing for a few weeks, and have found it to be a great addition to Anderson's wardrobe.
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Woody Chalkboard Table
I think this next product, the Woody Chalkboard Table, would be a ton of fun for any child. The surface is a chalkboard with a bowl in the center to store chalk. It would be great in any play room! If your little one likes to draw with chalk but you are concerned about the elements or don't have a good place for him to draw, this is a perfect alternative!
Roller Coaster Bead Maze
When I was young, I absolutely loved the Roller Coaster Bead Maze. They seemed to be at bad places, like the doctor's office, and they temporarily made those places much better. I could play for this for hours moving those little colorful shapes around. Andy hasn't seen one yet, but I think if he has my genes he may like it too. It's also a Parent's Choice Classic Award Winner!
May 22, 2007
Review: Mommy Cards at Fruition Designs
As I mentioned, I recently bought some Mommy cards. After doing some research, I eventually decided to buy my cards from Fruition Designs. They have a bunch of great Mommy card designs, so it was a hard decision choosing which one I liked the best. After considering both the Maureen Day and the Beverly Mason designs, I eventually chose the latter. However, since I only have a boy, I really wanted to not have pink in my cards. I emailed the company asking if a color change was possible, and they were more than accommodating. Soon a proof was sent over for me to see. I was told that if I didn't like the blue shown I could choose another color blue, but I really liked what I saw and placed my order. I would show you all, but then you'd know my home address, and that's just creepy!
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Review: Tucker Paisley Card Holders
Tucker Paisley, whom I wrote about in April, sent me a cardholder to try out. I was quite excited as I really wanted to buy Mommy cards now that we just bought a house in a new place. This got me into gear to buy some Mommy cards so that I could use the card holder. The one I received is cream with a red design. It is lined in red satin and is quite stylish. I love using it!
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I love Haba toys — they're always made well, and made simply so that they engage your child's imagination. Klettinos [Amazon] are no different. The 14 different pieces of this toy combine with velcro to form numerous different combinations. This soft baby toy is suitable for both babies and toddlers. When it gets dirty, you'll have to wash it by hand, but at least you don't have to clean it with a wet cloth.
May 21, 2007
Review: Soaker Pads
You might remember the Soaker Pad that I wrote about last month. Hip Baby was kind enough to send us a sample to try out! I have become a big fan of lap pads like this because they have so many great uses. This one is a large three foot square, so it could be used to change your baby on (every time I travel, one of these pads is my changing table), to protect your bedding and mattress if you breastfeed in bed (done that too!), or have your baby sit on it for naked time (done that too during a bad diaper rash incident a few months ago). I really don't know where I'd be without lap pads. Big ones like this can also be cut up into smaller sections if you have a need for smaller ones too. I have a few small ones on my changing table as make-shift changing table pads. This was great when Andy was younger and had many messy dirty diapers that got everywhere.
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Review: Go Potty Go DVD
We received a copy of Go Potty Go the other day. It's an animated short animated feature starring Paige and Parker, twin pandas. The story is told in rhymes and with original songs.
The DVD explains that everybody goes potty. Animals, big kids, babies, me and you. It reinforces the idea that big kids go potty, and shows all the fun things you can do because you're a big kid now.
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Baby Yap Yap
Baby Yap Yap has the most adorable designs. I've been patiently waiting for their website to go live, and it finally has! They sell onesies, t-shirts, baby gowns, bibs, hats, and packaged sets. Their onesies and tees also come in both long and short sleeved varieties. I can't choose a favorite, I like them all so much. Definitely check them out!
Also, between now and June 15, get 10% off your order. Use the code "WEL0507" at check out. I say stock up for gifts for the future, any mother would love these!
May 20, 2007
Sunday Baby Deals!
I'm sorry I'm so late reporting this, but Baby Dagny has free shipping on orders $50 and higher for this weekend only. Use the code "SHIP57" at check out.
Also, there are final markdowns at sophie & lili. Make sure you buy before they close for good. I'm going to certainly miss them!
May 18, 2007
Check out these Shower Pets. They're a great way to liven up any bathtub. You can fill up the lizard with shampoo or soap. Then, you mount it — head down on your shower wall and dispense with a gentle squeeze. It's a practical way to keep your bathtub fun, neat, and organized!
Andy is suddenly very interested in stacking things, so I want to buy him blocks. So I've started doing some research, and here are my top five picks for baby blocks.
The ABC Soft Blocks are 16 blocks that have animal art for each letter of the alphabet, and they are light and soft.
The Baby Einstein Play-Color Blocks are a set of four 3 inch cubes that have different patterns, characters, and features such as a block that vibrates as the frog's leg is pulled.
Fantasy Blocks are 26 pieces that include optical effects such as a hologram foil, glitter foil, and a mirror foil.
Soft Blocks by Dwell Baby are great because they use the same colors and patterns as in their bedding, which we adore.
Finally, there's Arcadia are for the experts of block building. These 20 irregular shaped blocks are great for crooked building towers and little towns.
May 17, 2007
Tulip Bottle Drier
Because I breastfed for almost a year, we never really had the need for a bottle drier as we used so few bottles. However, I know how important they can be to some families. I really like the Tulip Bottle Drier by Vice Versa. It's a neat looking design and is compact, lightweight, and has a drip tray that catches the water runoff.
Safari Car Seat Play Pad
When we traveled with Anderson from Boston to Charlotte we were afraid that he would be bored out of his mind. We were right to a certain extent, and this Safari Car Seat Play Pad would've been a great help. It attaches to all infant car seats and features 12 different activities. It features four popular nursery rhyme songs, a soft glow light for nighttime travel, animal sounds, and a honking steering wheel the perfect size for little hands!
Jax Organic Storage Tower
Now that we've finally moved into a house that we'll stay in for a while, I am trying to figure out a good way to store all of Andy's toys. Currently I'm using a few baskets, but he rarely sees the toys at the bottom because he's not the type of child to dump them all out. So I'd like to find a better way, and one that looks nice too. The Jax Organic Storage Tower at Oompa would be perfect I think. Made of organic cotton and a sturdy frame, this tower takes up little room, looks fun, and is easy to access. It can also be used for diaper supplies, clothes, and more. It is available in green, orange, and pink, and there are also similar toy boxes, toy bags, and toy cubes available as well.
May 16, 2007
Andy loves balls and loves loud noises, so I think he'd adore the Hammer Balls by Plan Toys. The balls are placed on the toy, struck with the hammer, and then they roll down an inner path. This toy can help with hand-eye coordination and will be a ton of fun for babies who like to hit things.
Tiny Rock Star
Tiny Rock Star is a new site that sells baby tees and onesies. We really love their designs, they are all quite beautiful. Some of my favorite designs include Lime Tree, Bird Flight, and Angel. They also sell clothing for older children and adults as well.
Tiny Rock Star also has a mission. Their goal is to raise $1 million annually to help the fight against poverty and assist in orphan prevention. You can help fight orphan prevention by clothing your child in their clothes. I love sites that do good, and this is definitely one of them!
Review: Summer Sure & Secure Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate
We've got two gates in our house. One at the top of the stairs, and one at the bottom of the stairs. We've had this gate for a while now, and its effective at keeping Anderson contained, and due to its extra height, its also really useful for keeping our cats out of various parts of the house.
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May 15, 2007
I just discovered My Lullabug, a store that sells cute onesies and t-shirts for babies and toddlers. Their designs are adorable, and many have witty remarks such as I'm Told I Like Football (which fits well in my household, I'm told the same thing!). Some of my favorite designs include Dog Person, Pot Belly Baby, and Bear with Me.
Super Cool Baby readers get 20% off their entire order at My Lullabug. Use the coupon code "scb20" at check out. We're also doing a review shortly, so watch for it in the next few weeks!
New Baby Sales
Take 15% off your entire purchase at The Children's Place from tomorrow, May 16 until June 3 with code "S2MA57." This is good online only.
Take 15% off your order at Mama Mio with the code "mamamio." The coupon code is good through June 30.
Get 15% off Wubbanub Plush Pacifiers at Baby Dagny this week only. Check out the review we just did of them for more information.
Arrived for Review: Huggalugs
The nice owners at bediboo were kind enough to send Super Cool Baby a set of Huggalugs for review. Huggalugs are leg and arm warmers that also protect from hard surfaces. As Andy's finally crawling like other babies, I'm excited to try them on him to protect his knees from our hard wood floors. Look for a review soon!
Review: Evenflo Secure Step Top of Stair Metal Gate-She Says
You can read what Peter wrote about the Evenflo Secure Step Top of Stair Metal Gate if you'd like. But I have to give my own opinion here. I do not believe that a baby gate should have to be this exact. You shouldn't have to adjust and readjust in order to make sure it's safe and fitting securely. You should install and that's it, checking it from time to time. I do not feel safe in my house with this gate, and I will not allow Andy near it unless I am right next to him.
Also, there's a red/green indicator that shows you if it's closed or not, but it's only on one side of the gate. So I can't see if it's locked as I go down the stairs, only when I'm at the top of the stairs.
I must suggest you buy something else, I am very disappointed with this baby gate. There are many out there that have very good reviews. Make sure you do your homework ahead of time, instead of forgetting to and being forced to buy whatever looks good in the store like we did!
Review: Boon Frog Pod
We have been impressed with Boon products in the past (Flo, Animal Bags). And at first, the Frog Pod was no different. However, the story does not end there.
To use the Frog Pod, you hang it up on your bathroom wall, usually on the shower tiles. Then after bath time, you take off the removable scoop and pick up all the bath toys. The big holes in the scoop allow water to easily drain away, and the scoop is big enough to hold a bunch of toys. The frog itself gives you a place to put soap and shampoo, and a place to hang up wash cloths.
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May 14, 2007
Airy-Fairy Baby Swing by Haba
I was 12 years old when my father had another baby. My brother loved his Graco swing, and I remember how envious I was of him. I wished I had a swing inside the house too! And even now every time I see baby swings, I wish I had one of my own. The Airy-Fairy Baby Swing is my ultimate swing fantasy. There are adjustable straps that provide back and fromt support, a high seat, and netting on the seat and back for air circulation. There's some debate on the sites for when your baby can first use the swing (6-9 months, which is a big age difference in my opinion). The maximum weight load is 45lbs though, so your baby will be able to use it for a long time!
It is also available at Oompa, Baby Universe, and Toys R Us.
Zaky: Hands Off Attachment Parenting
Do you like the idea of attachment parenting, but find yourself exhausted by lugging your baby around all the time? This new product, Zaky, may be just what you're looking for. The Zaky was developed for the following reasons:
- The need to bond parents with the babies when they cannot be together.
- The resourcefulness of the nurses as they rolled towels, used stuffed animals and improvised other items to provide babies with boundaries, comfort, a sense of security and support when they are not held or touched.
- The knowledge that hands help babies — it can be seen in the monitors - and that leaving the scent with the baby gives reassurance, a sense of protection and comfort.
- The need to provide the babies with something familiar and constant.
You can place the Zaky around your neck to give it your scent. You can toss it in the dryer for a few minutes to warm it up. And best of all, its machine washable for cleaning up those inevitable accidents! This is a great baby shower gift — one of those things that new mothers won't even know that they want.
May 13, 2007
Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day to all of our readers from the Super Cool Baby team!
May 11, 2007
Rockabye Sandy Snail Rocker
Andy's still a little young for a rocker, but because I loved mine so much as a child, I really want to find him a good one. The Rockabye Sandy Snail Rocker is certainly a possibility. It plays the song "You Are My Sunshine," has interactive activities, bright colors, different textures and patterns, and is easy to grip. There's even a hidden storage trunk for toys or other goodies!
Review: Baby Cakes Mane-Event
The folks from ZenMomma sent us a sample of some of their most popular products the other day. We received Baby Cakes Mane Event and Baby Cakes Ultra Lotion.
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May 10, 2007
Andy is all about his stacker right now. He learned how to put the rings on when we moved two weeks ago, but all he has is a boring stacker. I really like the Symphonic Stacker at egiggle. Each of the soft, colorful rings make a noise as it is placed over the center post. Isn't that a great way to teach cause and effect!
Bath Shower Spray
When we bathe Anderson, we typically use a large plastic cup to do all our rinsing. This has some serious drawbacks, like when he grabs it and dumps a cup full of water outside the tub. Also, it can be pretty hard to rinse a baby who's hanging over the edge of the tub. That's why the Bath Shower Spray by Sassy seems like such a great idea. It includes a "too hot" color change feature to warn you when your water is too hot. It attaches to both your kitchen and bath faucets so you can use it from the first days of your baby's life.
May 9, 2007
I love products that babies can use as they grow. The 3D Playground will do just that. For babies 3-6 months old, it can be used as a playmat. For babies 6-12 months old, it can be a crawling course. And then for babies 12 months old and up, they can use it as a 3D activity gym. It has a detachable rattle, removable hanging star and moon, and a removable port-hole cushion. It also won the Best Vacation Children's Product award from Dr. Toy.
Review: Boon Flo
Since we stopped bathing Anderson in the Primo EuroBath we've had to worry about him bonking his head on the bathtub faucet. So we searched our local baby store to find a good faucet cover. We had heard about the Flo from Boon before, so we were excited to try it out.
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May 8, 2007
4 in 1 Reversible Dresses
I've already written about how I love reversible clothing because it gives you more styles to work with. So of course I adore the 4 in 1 Reversible Dresses at Baby Dagny. Besides being reversible, as your child gets older it can be worn as a cute top too! It has satin trim and has a fun print on one side with a solid color on the other. It's available in two designs, Paris and Picnic.
Review: Sleepy Head Bunny
Finding a good stuffed animal for your baby's crib can be tricky. You want something that they can grab, but something that doesn't have anything which might come off and choke your child. The Sleepy Head Bunny from Koo Koo Bears a great example of such an animal. We received one from Koo Koo Bears the other day and we want to tell you all about it.
First, the Sleepy Head Bunny is a great stuffed animal in its own right. Its on the large size, it'll easily be the same size as your newborn. But by the time its safe to give it to your baby it'll be just the right size. All of the eyes and buttons are simply stitched patterns, so you don't have to worry about anything coming off. Even its hat is sewn on, so you don't have to worry about that either. And best of all, its machine washable. We throw our stuffed animals in the wash on occasion when they get a little too grimy.
The Sleepy Head Bunny is available from Koo Koo Bears Kids, and comes in both blue and pink.
Review: Counting Pal
When Andy was baptized, we received a Counting Pal from a friend. We put it on Andy's crib, and he liked it a lot from the beginning. It has four modes, including counting, colors, and classical music, and under each number there is a tactile activity such as a butterfly rattle and flower rings. There are velcro straps that are easy to use as well as move it somewhere else. It needs batteries, but they last a long time. We've only changed them once in 10 months. It's also soft and colorful, perfect for a baby.
The one problem we've had with it is that the buttons under the numbers are hard for Andy to push. So I find that one of us has to push it, which can get tiring after a while. But Andy loves to play with the toys underneath, and he loves the music on every setting. The woman's voice is pleasant, and I find myself singing along, sometimes even singing the tunes when Andy and the toy are nowhere near me!
Although it's gotten the most use on our crib, lately we've had it on our changing table. Andy is going through a turning over phase (or maybe a hating diaper changing phase), so we are desperate for distraction during diaper changes so he doesn't force the messy contents of his diaper all over the place. And out of everything we've tried so far, this has been the best toy for it!
Also available at Amazon and in Spanish.
May 7, 2007
Review: Kid's Dog Tags at My Precious Kid
I recently received Kid's Dog Tags for review from My Precious Kid. I thought it was a very interesting idea. Even though Andy is not yet walking, he crawls faster than I thought was even possible. I know soon I'll have to keep a close eye on him if I take him anywhere because he will probably be running away from me every chance he gets. And even the best of parents can sometimes look away for a split second and then realize their child is missing.
The tags are personalized for your child. You can put the child's name as well as three contact numbers. We received one that had both parents' cell phone numbers as well as a home number. The tag has a cute drawing of a baseball player on the back, and the tag is outlined with rubber so that there are no sharp edges. The hook can attach to many things such as a back pack, coat zipper, or belt loop. There is no chain so you don't have to worry about strangulation like other dog tags. Another great use of the tags is to put medical information on them if this is an issue for your child. You can also choose between eight different colors for your dog tag, and there are also seven graphics for the back as well (besides keeping it blank).
My Precious Kid
is a great company for safety products. They sell a wide variety of things including DNA kits
, shopping cart covers
, and much more. If you are looking to baby proof your home or are just interested in keeping your child safe (and who isn't?), My Precious Kid is a great place to start!
Review: Wubba Nub Plush Pacifier
Andy never really used a pacifier. This isn't because we didn't want him to. It was because he could never keep hold of it long enough for it to be useful. It's too bad we didn't know about the Wubba Nub earlier. We wrote about this before, but Baby Dagny was kind enough to send us one for review.
The Wubba Nub is essentially a pacifier attached to a small plush toy. The idea is that its a lot easier for a newborn to keep hold of the larger toy than a tiny pacifier. And given its large size, your baby will find it easier to pick up and replace the pacifier should it ever fall out.
All of the Wubba Nub pacifiers are machine washable, so you can just toss it in with your baby's laundry. Over at Baby Dagny, you can buy sets of 2 to 12 pacifiers. They even make special sets for triplets.
Jar Holder and Bendi Spoon
When we still fed Andy from a jar, he loved to knock it over. I had to either hold it continuously or place it on the table. I like for him to feel and explore so I always felt bad about this. But I really didn't want to clean up after he would inevitably dump its contents on the floor. The Jar Holder and Bendi Spoon would have been perfect. The suction pad will stay attached to any non-porous surface, and the Bendi Spoon will reach the crevices of the baby food jars easily. It's also dishwasher and microwave save too!
May 5, 2007
Get $5 off your order of $50 or more at Wards Kids when using the code "WKAFFDD57" at check out. This deal is good for the month of May.
The Baby Center Store is having a sale on summer items. Get up to 40% off on swimwear, sun care, outdoor toys, and more.
From now until May 21, all Diaper Covers are 20% off at Lilypad Baby. Use the code "SpringSale" at check out.
May 4, 2007
Bella Sera Shop
The Bella Sera Shop at Etsy has the cutest wrap skirts I have ever seen, they make me wish I also had a girl! Each skirt comes in two beautiful fabrics. They tie in the back, can also be worn as a tube top, are reversible, and are available in many different sizes starting at 0-6 months. Check out the rest of the shop, there are many other great baby products available such as crib bedding, changing stations, pants, and more.
I received the Strollometer for Christmas and was so excited. I first heard about it in October, and I knew it was for me. I have wanted to get into shape ever since I gave birth, but I just can't get myself to do my pilates video. Living up in Boston, it was hard to walk in January, and then once we moved to Charlotte I was just too overwhelmed to walk around our apartment complex. But now that we live in a house in a neighborhood, suddenly all I want to do is walk and explore! So I finally got out the Strollometer, had Peter install it (because yes, I am not the biggest feminist all the time), and I started using it. And I must say, I love love love this product!
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Chalkboard Wall Panel
Everybody needs a convenient place to write things down. The great thing about these Chalkboard Wall Panels is that they can go anywhere with their self-adhesive back. Hang one up in your nursery to keep track of changes, and feedings so you never have to think too hard in the middle of the night. You could stick one by your refrigerator to keep track of your expressed milk supply. The possibilities are endless, and at $38 each, you could get a couple to put around the house.
May 3, 2007
Babies love that crinkly paper that is in some books and a part of some toys. Why not just get them the paper on it's own? Baby Paper is a 5.5 inch square that is machine washable, easy to grasp, and makes that crinkly sound when touched. We wish we had known of this sooner, Andy could not get enough of this noise! It's available in four colors: yellow, pink, blue, and mint.
I Enjoy Cereal Tee
Here's a great take on one of the worlds most recognizable logos. The I Enjoy Cereal tee announces your child's love of sugar — cereal style. Its printed on soft-spun cotton and features a comfortable neck opening to make for easy dressing.
Danny Dinosaur Rocker
When I was little, I loved dinosaurs so much. I was just fascinated and wanted everything to be about dinosaurs for a while. I think I would have adored the Danny Dinosaur Rocker. Besides being a super cool rocker, it also crinkles when he is rocked and he has a friendly melody and makes dinosaur sounds. He also holds up to 50lbs, so your children can get a lot of use out of him.
May 2, 2007
When I was young, I loved a little rocking chair that I had. It was made for toddlers, and I found it so exciting to have a piece of furniture just for me. If you want toddler sized furniture for your little one, here's a great chair. The Panton Junior is 25% smaller than the original and has a fun shape, smooth curves, and has color that won't fade over time. If you have a few, they also stack easily. It's available in two colors, orange and white.
Monkey and Froggie Face Rattles
I love rattles. Andy's starting to get past them for the bigger things like my wine rack and mixing bowls, but I still try to give him rattles because they are so much fun. And I love any sort of noise! These two that I just found, the Monkey Face Rattle and the Froggie Face Rattle look like they'd be so much fun. That's probably because their eyes roll around, I love that! They also seem easy to grip and just look happy. Who can resist a smiling monkey and frog?
Review: Evenflo Secure Step Top of Stair Metal Gate
When we moved to the new Super Cool Baby intergalactic headquarters last week, we were presented with a safety problem: a set of stairs and no gate. We went over to the nearest baby superstore and looked at their selection. We picked out the Evenflo Secure Step Top of Stair Metal Gate because it seemed to have a good sturdy latch and it has the requisite hardware mounts.
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May 1, 2007
New at Threadless
Threadless has some new tees out and another is in a onesie. Georgia goes from 3-6 month to 18-24 months sizes, then 4T and up tees. We think it's a really cute design, and we're glad Threadless added another onesie to their inventory. There are also other new tees available starting at 4T, take a look!
Back Seat Travel Mobile
I never had anything like the Back Seat Travel Mobile for Andy, and I really wish I did. We took a bunch of car rides, and I think he would have appreciated something to look at besides the back seat of the car. The mobile has a two sided visual mat with colorful images and an adjustable mirror, a detachable mobile that can also attach to infant carriers, colorful characters that chime, rattle, and jingle which are also removeable for individual attachment to infant carriers, and there are adjustable straps that will fit most cars.
The Baby Bistro Box
The Baby Bistro Box answers all your questions about how and what to feed your baby during the first year. Using an ingenious and intuitive recipe card format, it includes prenatal suggestions, nutritional health and safety information, how to introduce first foods, shopping tips, and recipe ideas. This would be a great shower gift for any new parent!
We showed you an English company yesterday, and we are going to today as well. Twisted Twee is pretty unique, and then have some of the funniest diaper covers (or as they call them nappy covers) that I've ever seen. Some of my favorites include the Post Pantlets, and the Portrait Pants. Other great items at Twisted Twee include the The Modern Child Unfriendly Alphabet and the Ride a Day T-shirt. But really, you should look around this place, they have a ton of neat and unusual things.