July 31, 2007
July 31, 2007
Slick Sugar is a baby and children's clothing company that brings out the rocker in kids! Their sizes are newborn to 6T, and they also give $1 from each sale to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which provides musical instruments to under-privileged children. They have a bunch of super cool designs that I really love. Some of my favorite items in their store include Bird, Cassette, and Road Trip.
Also, exclusive to Super Cool Baby readers, get 15% off your order when using the coupon code "scb" at check out! We'll be doing a review of Slick Sugar too, so look for that in the upcoming weeks!
July 31, 2007
I probably love baby blankets because they are so much softer than adult blankets. And I love being able to wrap up Andy in something super soft and comfortable.The blankets by Sugarplum Creations at Etsy look super luxurious and I'm sure any baby would love them. They are colorful with fun prints and some really lush fabrics. Some of my favorite designs include Secret Garden, Fighter Planes, and Princess Petals.
July 31, 2007
Here's a neat set of plates. When the Ogi Plates are placed side to side (as shown) it creates one continuous piece of artwork. The stripes and scribbles connect on each plate. And the hand-screened box the plates come in is very pop art as well. These plates are made from melamine, so they're dishwasher safe, but they're not microwave safe.
July 30, 2007
Super Cool Baby is happy to be giving away a free copy of the DVD The World Around Us by Baby IQ. Peter reviewed this DVD and others from Baby IQ back in May, and he really enjoyed it.
In order to win the DVD, you must be signed up for our mailing list. It's easy to do, just follow that link or put your email address in the space on our right hand column. If you are already signed up for the mailing list, you are already entered to win! The sweepstakes will be open for two weeks. After that, you can still sign up for the mailing list but will no longer be eligible to win. We'll announce the winners the week of August 13.
Kids Love Spanish is brought to us by the Brock sisters, two sisters and mothers who studied Spanish when they were growing up. When they had children, they wanted to find a way to teach them Spanish as well. When they couldn't find a series of DVDs that was engaging for the whole family they decided to make their own. Basic Words is the first volume of this series.
This DVD teaches words like "hola" (hello), "comida" (food), and "agua" (water). Each word is demonstrated many times in various ways, along with some explanation of what the word means. This continues for the entire 30 minute running time, except for the song and dance at the beginning and end of the DVD. After a viewing (or perhaps a few), you could easily pick up the words covered and begin using them in your daily routine. This repetition will help reinforce the words learned and help your baby grow up bilingually.
As this DVD is part of a larger series, I think that it would really be most effective in that larger context. By itself, this DVD will expose your family to the smallest slice of the spanish language. However, in combination with the other DVDs you could learn enough to inspire a lifetime of bilingual education. If you're interested in the entire series, Kids Love Spanish is also available in a special boxed set.
The Oval Xylophone by Plan Toys is a great way to introduce your baby to music. If yours in anything like mine, he loves to pound at things anyway, and the noise that comes from it will be a god way to learn cause and effect. The xylophone is made from chemical free rubber wood and has non-toxic paint.
July 27, 2007
Like many kids, I loved dressing up as a
super hero when I was young. This usually involved dying a bath towel lengthwise around my neck, and running about the house or back yard. Luckily for my parents I didn't want to wear this outfit out on the town, but with Little Capers your kids can do that and not attract too many stares and smirks. Little Capers are a great alternative to the usual polyester superhero Halloween outfits. They're made in the USA from 100% cotton. There are several different designs that boys and girls will both love to wear. And they're available in size 6 months up to 8T.
After giving birth, I had a hard time leaving the house with Andy. It was just too stressful for me to bring him along somewhere. I now realize that was crazy, and he was much easier when he was a newborn than as a toddler. If you are a little more relaxed and take your baby around with you, the Playtime To Go Traveling Activity Playmat is for you. It folds easily so you can bring it wherever you are going without hassle. The mat is chenille plaid, there's an arch from which you can hang toys, it comes with a couple of stuffed bunnies that can hang from the arch, and it folds and washes easily.
July 26, 2007
I love Sevi toys. We've shown you a lot on this site in the past, but here's another I wish we owned. The Fly Alone Lion Plane has a wooden propeller, mirrors on the wings, squeaky horizontal stabilizers, and an open cockpit. This plane is great for imaginative play by your little one.
The Nano Highchair is made for urban parents living in tight spaces. This European designed highchair is sleek, small, and stylish. It folds up for easy storage, so it takes up less space between meals. It has an adjustable footrest so the chair will grow with your child. And the micro-leather upholstery will be comfortable for your child and easy to clean. Even if you don't live in a tiny apartment, his chair might be perfect for you!
July 25, 2007
I love cute t-shirts, and I plan on dressing Andy in tons of adorable tees now that he wears them more often. Inner Tee is a great new store with some cute designs. The company was started by a couple who wanted their kids to be a little more unique in their clothes. The artists and designs come from all over the world. If you like them, check out the adult store too.
Andy outgrew most carriers by the time he was six months old, so I've had to carry him the old fashioned way since then, on my hip. As he's just started walking this week and is 15 months old, you can probably imagine how strong my arms have gotten! I wish I had known about the PortaMEe Hip Carrier a long time ago as this would have been perfect for me. For the baby that has outgrown the front carrier, this one looks easy to use and perfect for a baby who loves to be carried. It has a gel-padded shoulder strap, other adjustable straps to accomodate both parents, and a place for your cell phone, keys, and wallet. You can also buy a bottle pocket and hooded cape as accessories. This carrier is good for a baby up to three years old and is available in pink and blue.
July 24, 2007
Have a Harry Potter fanatic on your hands? Treat them to an extraordinary magical gift: a Shooting Stars Pewter Bubble Wand. These pewter wands are handcrafted in the USA and are all inscribed with a magical phrase. An "incantation", if you will. The wands are 5 1/2 inches long. Order now to enjoy it while you read the last Harry Potter book!
As a child, I loved forts and sleeping outside. You'd obviously not want your toddler to do so though (unless you are there too), so this is the best of both worlds. The Pink Western TeePee is like a tent for indoors. The teepee, which is also available in Red Geronimo is made of pine poles with fabric covering them. You could use this alone as a fort, or buy the Western States Bed Roll in pink or blue so your child could sleep under the teepee.
July 23, 2007
Recently I had the chance to buy some books from Barefoot Books. They are a company based in Cambridge, MA in the US, right down the street from where we used to live! Their books are cute, beautifully illustrated, and seek "to explore the world in new ways." They are educational and yet fun. We own two of these books, Alligator Alphabet and I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur, and they are definitely Andy's favorites. He loves the colors, and often he will hand them to me to read throughout the day, not just at our usual before bed time. Many of the books are available in different formats, such as board books (what we have), hard cover, and paper back. You can buy these books online or through a home seller if one is near you. I can't recommend them enough!
We've been using sleep sacks for quite some time now with Anderson. They're a great: we don't have to worry about him being too cool at night, and we don't have to worry about him kicking off the blankets at night. These sleep sacks from Alex Casey Baby don't come in the usual boring designs. Featuring bright colors and characters they're functional and sure to delight. The simple design features snaps at the shoulders and a zipper that goes across the bottom and up the right side. Hopefully, this will help prevent your child from removing the sleep sack himself (as Anderson has been known to do at times).
July 20, 2007
I wrote about a stuffed ninja before, but I can't help but show you this one too. The Little Ninj would be a funny gift for a new parent, and I could easily see one of my husband's friends giving something like this to Andy. And besides, I love ninjas, and I think it'd be a fun way to decorate a nursery to fill it with ninjas.
The Oldies Piggy Bank is perfect for toddlers. It's made of lacquered wood, so it's super hard to break. And at 4 inches in diameter, it sounds like it is the right size for their little bodies. This brightly colored piggy bank is available in Green, Pink, and Orange. Its so stylish that you'll be happy having it in your nursery, and your child will be happy to save away her coins!
July 19, 2007
Looking for a night-light for your future Astronaut's room? Its called the Big Boy Rocket Glow Lamp, but I'm sure plenty of girls would get a kick out of it too. Its a free standing nightlight that runs on 2 AAA batteries. When turned on, the rocket's three windows and dome top glow with a soft light. This would be great for putting on a bookshelf at night, then on the floor for play time the next day!
When I was little, I had big dreams of being a ballerina because there was nothing more special and beautiful. A friend had a tutu, and I was so envious of her. So I have to tell you about the cute tutus I just found. They come in three colors: white, lavender, and pink. They have silk rose petals decorating them as well as a satin ribbon belt. Doesn't that sound perfect for a little girl who likes to play dress up?
July 18, 2007
I realize that Snopes, a reference page for urban legends, isn't what you'd typically think of when parenting websites come to mind. However, I think it's an important resource that we shouldn't forget. Recently, I heard about a child who was injured because she drank hand sanitizer. It sounded like one of those silly forwards that someone starts just to cause fear. But low and behold, it was actually true! Snopes is a great place to check those things out to see if they are true or just falsities. And they cover everything too, from old wives tales to pregnancy. Another one to keep in mind: some brands of sidewalk chalk have lead in them!
Check out this great Italian made toy: Sevi Activity House. The activity house can be bundled up into an A-frame house. The sides then open up to reveal all the fun stuff inside. It comes with six handmade plush animals. This would be a great toy to bring out to a play date &emdash; there's enough to keep the attention of several babies, and the handle makes it nice and easy to carry.
July 17, 2007
The Raz-Berry Silicone Teether is a bestseller at Baby Wise, so thought I'd check it out. It is all silicone and non-toxic, has lots of texture as you can see from the picture, and can be frozen. I think it looks pretty cute. It can be used from birth on up.
We wrote about the Coco Rocker in the past. Now you can get it in some snazzy new colors. This high quality infant seat with a clear plexi-glass base is now available in
Bermuda Blue, and
Orange Harvest. We still love the look of this rocker, and the new colors open up the decorating possibilities even more.
July 16, 2007
I've mentioned a bunch that I don't mind noise. I love wooden clacking toys, so of course the Crocker Clacker is great in my opinion. The alligator's mouth goes up and down, and there are wooden rings around the stem. It's simple, easy to hold, and your baby will love it.
Laura has written about personal calling cards before. But if those designs weren't to your liking, check out the personal calling cards at Doodlebug Prints. These calling cards have a glossy finish, and they're customizable. You can even change the colors however you like for free. Put your childs doctor and allergies on there, and drop one off whenever you go out for a play-date. A single set of 250 cards is $80.
Also available at Doodlebug Prints are
baby announcements, Christening announcements, and more.
July 13, 2007
Several months ago we bought a Sit-to-Stand Activity Walker for Anderson. He was just beginning to show signs of wanting to walk, so we wanted to encourage that behavior in addition to giving him a fun new toy to play with.
The Sit-to-Stand Activity Walker is really several toys in one. Before your child is standing, you can set it up as a sitting activity center. In this mode, your baby can sit in front of it, push buttons and be rewarded with all kinds of fun animal noises and so on. The wheels lock so that it doesn't roll away while your baby is playing.
Then when your child is learning to pull himself up, you can easily switch the toy to be a standing activity center. By keeping the wheels locked, the activity center will remain stable. When in this configuration the keys and buttons play different sounds. Andy played with the toy like this for a long time, and even began to push it around with the wheels locked. He had to push it backwards though, so it didn't tip over.
Just recently we unlocked the wheels, and now Andy has a high quality and durable walker to help him walk around the house! I only wish that the toy was a little easier for him to steer. The wheels are slightly rubberized so they don't slip, but this is a drawback when it comes to steering. Luckily there are plenty of long, straight hallways for him to walk down.
Whether or not your child saw Evan Almight, he may like the Activity Ark. This toy has nine animals, and when they are correctly placed on the ark, it makes realistic animal sounds. The steering wheel has water and bell sounds when it is turned, and the keyboard and barrels also have music.
July 12, 2007
I love the people on Sevi toys. They are always so happy and cheeful, it's hard not to smile when you see them. The My Prince Cross Mobile has a prince and princess that are galloping with their horses while flowers float around them. It is made of wood with a non-toxic vernish and can be hung from any mobile attachment.
Here's a great product for new breast-feeding mothers. The Nurse 'n' Glow Pillow is a nursing pillow that includes a small LED light that casts a soft glow allowing a breast-feeding mother see what she's doing without disturbing her partner. The pillow is constructed to promote proper spinal and pelvis alignment in your baby, resulting in a easier time nursing. The pillow is safe to use in a co-sleeping environment as well, as it provides a barrier between your baby and your sleeping partner. And best of all, there is a small pocket to hold those nursing necessities like a burp cloth, and lanolin!
July 11, 2007
I love this 3-in-1 Activity Walker from Combi. It starts out as a stationary bouncer that is shaped like a car. There is a steering wheel with a honking horn, lights and sounds at the footrest for interactive foot play (which would have been perfect for Andy, he is a kicker!) and a mirror. The hood of the car can be removed to reveal a snack and play tray! And then when your baby is old enough to walk, the car converts to a push toy. This is something your baby could really get a lot of use out of as he grows!
Looking for some dining room table protection? The Animal ABC Placemat is perfect for preschoolers and toddlers. Its a colorful and educational placemat that will teach your child and protect your table at the same time. I wonder if you could stuff one of these in your diaper bag to bring out to a restaurant? We're still trying to figure out how we're going to feed Anderson when we bring him to family-friendly sit-down restaurants, and this might be just the thing!
July 10, 2007
I knew that I wanted to do my best to nurse Andy when he was born. I researched nursing pillows, and because of all the good reviews out there, I decided on My Brest Friend. Sure, it had a silly name, but everyone seemed to think it was great. And more importantly, it had a pocket for your remote control or your stash of granola bars, which I ate up like crazy after giving birth. What makes this pillow different than the Boppy is that it actually attaches around you, and you can adjust the strap. And there are bumps on either side to help lift your baby's head to the appropriate position for nursing. Doesn't that sound great?
Too bad it was too good to be true for me. I could never get the pillow to stay where I wanted it, so it always fell to my hips. When I sat down with it the pillows made Andy's head too high for nursing, so it's not built for short women like myself. And it says that the pillow is great for sitting in chairs with armrests, but I could never fit in any of those, and I'm not very large! I also couldn't leave my hands free because it felt like Andy was about to roll off it all the time. But the worst part about it in my opinion is that it is hard. I learned how to nurse using old pillows that we had laying around in my house. Andy hated using My Brest Friend after that because it felt like a rock to him. There is nothing cozy about it.
This pillow has great reviews at Amazon, so I may be in a huge minority here. But if you are looking to get a nursing pillow, consider the Boppy instead. It's softer, easier to get in and out of, and doesn't have the weird bumps. I used it a bit near the end of my time nursing, and Andy and I liked it much better.
Travel Meal Pack in Disco Dot and Pink and Brown is such a great idea! We go on picnics often, and I always forget something, whether it be the bib or something to wipe up Andy with after we are done. This pack includes a fork and spoon, a pocket for your bib, place mat, and hand wipes, which are all included, and it folds up so it can easily be carried in your diaper bag. If you and your little one eat on the go a lot, this is perfect for you!
We received a box of sample Goosie Cards the other day. Goosie Cards are high-quality, custom-made flash cards created by Jen Marchetti. Ms. Marchetti founded GoosieCards.com after searching for a way to teach her children more about their family.
As I mentioned before, these flash cards are of extremely high quality. They're really glossy, thick and practically indestructible. I tried everything short of taking a pair of scissors to them and I could not damage them at all. That's a great feature in something meant for young children!
You can buy sets of 10, 20 and 26 flash cards. When you build your set, you choose a picture, title, and up to 5 lines of text. In addition to using your from your very own photos, Goosie Cards offers a gallery of over 150 professional photographs that you can use. You can choose from "1-2-3", "ABC", "Shapes and Colors", "Sign Language", and so on.
Each set of cards comes packaged in this great box. You can also buy a gift certificate in the form of a Goosie Card. Anybody you give it to will immediately understand what a great gift they're getting!
So, if you're interested in a high quality set of flash cards to help teach your children about the world, or their very own family, I highly recommend that you check out Goosie Cards.
July 9, 2007
The Pieke Music Box is a soft wool music box that you can hang from your baby's crib. I like how soft and simple it is. There's a cord that is pulled for the music to start playing. And as your baby gets older, she can maybe learn to pull the cord herself!
Having a second (or third?) child, and looking for a new stroller? Check out the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stand-On Stoller. Compatible with many infant car seats, this is actually a tandem stroller — when your older child needs a break from walking he can hop onto the special platform on the back of the stroller. The platform is located in front of the handle, so it won't be in your way. Attached to the handle is a neoprene organizer with room for keys, cell phone, etc. There's even a cup holder to keep a cool drink handy on those long summer walks. Finally, there is an extra-large canopy that provides protection on sunny days.
July 6, 2007
I've recently discovered quite a funny clothing site for children. Instead of focusing on the cute things kids say and do, Doodle Doo is a bit more realistic, focusing on the realities of parenting in a humorous way. Some of the funny sayings they have on their tees include I Think I Feel a Tantrum Coming On and Miss Behaving. I also really like My Dad Plays Fantasy Football. Their sizes go from 3-6 month to 6T.
Next time you give your baby something with ketchup, dress him up in this awesome Vampire Bib. The ketchup, of course, adds that extra bit of realism. The bib is made from 100% cotton, and will fit babies up to 36 months.
via Nerd Approved
July 5, 2007
Looking for a high chair to match your modern decor? This high chair, designed by Philippe Starck and Maclaren would look great at anybody's dinner table. One of the best features of this high chair — it folds into one of the smallest and lightest profiles available. And at $200, its not much more than an
ordinary Graco high chair.
As I don't have a girl, I don't know much about infant jewelry. But there seems to be a lot of cute things over at Belle Pearl that I probably would be interested in if I ever have a girl. There are a bunch of really cute earrings such as the Genuine Freshwater Pearl Cross Earrings as well as necklaces, hair clips, and more. With wedding season right upon us, you may find yourself wanting to get a few pearls for your daughters, especially if they are the flower girls! This is a great place for some really cute jewelry!
July 4, 2007
Here's a product that I'm sure plenty of people wish they'd come up with. The Nap-Sac is a diaper bag that can also fold out so that it has four padded sides where you can change your baby or place it down for a nap. If you are a new mom who leaves the house with your little one quite often, this is a great and easy way for your baby to sleep wherever you go! It has a padded, adjustable shoulder strap, four expand out pockets, up facing zippers, a wet proof plastic cover for the bottom pad, a zebra print sheet for sleeping, and a cotton slip for changing. It's the perfect multi-tasker!
Looking for a great baby shower gift? Be sure to check out this two-piece gift set Dilly the Duck Cashmere Soft Booster Pillow and Growth Chart Gift Set. It includes a 25 - 60 inch growth chart that includes three plush velcro-backed height markers to help track your child's growth, and a super-soft booster pillow which will help support your baby as she learns to crawl and pull herself up. The growth chart has a hook on top so it can be suspended from any convenient location. Best of all, you can get the whole set personalized with up to 10 characters.
If Dilly the Duck isn't your thing, be sure to check out Bailey the Bunny, and Pokey the Puppy.
July 3, 2007
I've known a lot of people who have had a monkey or jungle theme for their nursery, so I'm guessing many of our readers would like the Monkey Tree Mobile. Five monkeys in different positions hang along with what looks like the top of a palm tree. It's fun and silly and really cute!
Anderson has been getting into everything lately. We've been trying to make sure that everything is safe for him. One thing we still need to get are some of these cord shorteners. They remove any excess slack in dangling power cords so that they don't present a strangulation hazard. This shortener stores up to 4 feet (122 cm) of excess cord, and it accommodates most power cords.
July 2, 2007
We've been using your basic Johnson & Johnson body and hair wash at bath time. It's working pretty well for us, but I would imagine that at some point Andy is going to want something to make bath time a little more interesting. If you're at that point, check out this Kids Bubble Bath Goo It's a colorful gooey soap. You can pour a little in to make a bubble bath, or use it to wash up. Each container comes with a little duckie or froggy to play with.
Here is an interesting product. The Giggle Bug Toddler Tracker Child Locator Device is a quick way to locate a child that has suddenly gone MIA. You hit a button, and the device you place on your child beeps until you find him and deactivate it. I am a huge advocate of actually watching your child, but I think there are a few instances where something like this could be a good idea. If I was going to take my son to Disney World for instance, I'd like something like this as an extra precaution. It works up to 100 feet away outdoors and 75-100 feet indoors.