December 31, 2007

Big Sister and Brother Kits

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Becoming a big brother or sister is a momentous occasion for a child, and it's important to make them feel special when the big day arrives. I really like the idea of the Big Sister Kit and Big Brother Kit. The kit includes a camera and photo album, activity book and crayons, bubbles, and a Big Sister or Brother Checklist. If you're worried about your older child feeling left out, this might be a good way to help him or her feel important and a part of the event.

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December 28, 2007

Birthday Bib

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If you want to celebrate your baby's first birthday in style, consider a Birthday Bib. They are available in both a boy and girl variety, and they can even be personalized. The best part is that the bib is reversible with a non-birthday side so you can continue to wear it long after the birthday celebrations end. It's also made in the USA and machine washable.

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December 28, 2007

Classic Metal Speedster

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Andy received a car just like this classic metal speedster for Christmas. He loves getting on it and riding around, even if he hasn't quite mastered the art of pushing himself forward yet. This car is a high quality metal car with the colors and decals of a classic speedster. It is solidly built and will last for generations and will only look better as it develops a few scuffs and a patina. If you use the code FILLY10 at checkout, you can receive 10% off your order!

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December 27, 2007

The Baby Bunch

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If you're looking for a good baby shower present for a new mom, the The Baby Bunch is perfect. Each bouquet contains a full set of clothes for a new baby. There are ones for boys, girls, and surprises as well as organic bunches. There are many different varieties or bouquets, but many come with a bib, booties, a hat, onesie, a lap tee, and pants. Each also comes in an adorable decorated pail too.

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December 27, 2007

Miracles & Milestones Select-a-Show Soother

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We've found that a noise-maker is invaluable when you have a baby that refuses to sleep soundly. It helps even out the sounds of a creaking house, so they don't startle your baby awake. Fisher Price makes the Miracles & Milestones Select-a-Show Soother to help keep your baby soothed and rested. You can choose between Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Beautiful Dreamer, classical selections from Bach and Beethoven, and nature sounds like a babbling brook or tweeting birdies. This device also projects a changable picture onto a wall or ceiling. By changing the card you can choose between a high-contrast newborn oriented design, complex shapes and colors for young infants, and a moon and stars scene.

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December 26, 2007

Linko™ Clip-Together Teethers + Toys

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I mentioned before how much Andy loved Linking Letters. I think that the Linko™ Clip-Together Teethers + Toys would have been even better. These linking toys include a mirror, talking doll, squishy bobble, picture frame, and teether. They have lots of different textures and colors and can be added or removed from the chain. They will keep your baby entertained for months.

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AirCrib

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The AirCrib is a great way to keep your infant contained whether your travelling, heading to the beach, or out in the woods camping. This crib can be set up in less than a minute, and fits infants up to 28 pounds. You could use this as a play pen, a crib, or both! It comes with a fitted sheet, hand pump, mattress and a carrying sack.

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December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from Super Cool Baby! We'll be back tomorrow bringing you more super cool finds. Enjoy the holiday!

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December 24, 2007

Skuut Walking Bike

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A friend of mine recently bought the Skuut Walking Bike for her toddler. I was surprised since I thought that was a little young for a two wheeler! But this is a great idea. It's a walking bike that helps your child learn balance and eventually to ride a real bike. The seat height can be adjusted, it is made otu of heat-treated soft and hard woods, and it is coated with a non-toxic lacquer. It's also safe too. To start or stop, all your child has to do is put his feet down. There's felt filling that won't let the front wheel turn too sharply, and there are no sharp parts or places for little fingers to get stuck. This bike is great for indoors or outdoors, and it's light and therefore very portable. I know my friend is very happy with this bike, and when Andy gets a little older I will probably be buying it for him too.

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Battery-Powered Around-The-Tree Train Set

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Growing up, I had a friend who always had a train set going around his Christmas tree. It was such a neat tradition. Well, with this Around-the-Tree Thomas the Tank Engine Train Set, you can start a Christmas tradition of your own. The train includes a gift car which you can use to deliver presents. Other people have found that the engine is strong enough to pull several extra cars. And when you put the tree away, you can still use the train set, as there doesn't seem to be anything too explicitly Christmas-y about it.

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December 23, 2007

Pregnancy Survey

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We recently were told about a website for new and expectant parents called Pregnancy Survey. I was not one of those expectant parents who reads up on everything ahead of time, and I wish I had been. Figuring out issues as they came along led to many situations where I had no idea what to do and a lot of added stress. The next time I get pregnant, I am going to read up a lot more to prepare myself. I also cannot believe how much I've already forgotten about pregnancy and those early months with a newborn, so this is a good resource to have. If you are pregnant or hoping to be in the future, bookmark this website!

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December 22, 2007

Phil & Ted's Sport Buggy

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Your typical jogging stroller can take a little getting used to, since you usually have to pick up the front wheel in order to turn. However, with this Red Sport Buggy, you can change the front wheel from a fixed position to a smooth ride swivel wheel. The stroller itself has a lot of different positions, enabling your baby to go from lying down to sitting up. And there's even a kit to turn the stroller into a ride-behind double stroller. You'll definitely get a lot of use out of this one.

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December 21, 2007

Busy Gears

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Here's a toy I know I would have loved as a child, which may show how weird I am. Hasbro Playskool's Busy Gears is made up of 11 interchangeable gears that fit onto brightly colored posts. You turn it on to start it moving, and there are music, sounds, and flashing lights to accompany it. If your baby is interested in moving pieces and figuring out how things works or if you want to encourage hands on exploration, this may be a good toy to try.

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Last Minute Gift Cards

Forgot to buy a present for someone on your Christmas list? With time running out and many stores no longer guaranteeing receipt by Christmas, one great option is to buy a gift card. The following places allow you to send the gift card via email, so you can truly get one last minute:

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Ladybug Play Mat by Latitude Enfant

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Andy's always been a big fan of ladybugs, so I'm a fan of the Ladybug Play Mat by Latitude Enfant. The head of the ladybug is cushioned, and there is six feet of velvety mat after that. There are six different activities including a squeaking flower, teething rattle, and flower mirror with velvet petals. It also is machine washable and comes in a case with a fabric handle.

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December 20, 2007

Pull-Along Cricket

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It's pretty obvious if you look at our other posts that we really like wooden pull toys here at Super Cool Baby. Here's another adorable one, the Pull-Along Cricket. It has legs that look like their hopping, moving up and down as the cricket is pulled. Your baby will love pulling it along to watch the legs move!

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Tip 'n Sip

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The Tip 'n Sip uses a unique design so that toddlers don't have to tip their cup back too far in order to get a drink. This will hopefully help the switch to real cups, where tipping it too far would be a mess. The handle allows toddlers to learn to drink one handed as well. Unfortunately, this product is for sale in the UK, so shipping to the US can be a little expensive, but for our European readers, this is a great find!

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December 19, 2007

Super Spiral Play Tower

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If your baby likes to watch moving balls as much as mine does, the Super Spiral Play Tower by IPlay could be a great toy for you! There is a tower with a spiral slide perfect for balls to spin down. The balls, as well as a penguin and frog, are included. The toy also has a bunch of different sounds accompanying it. The Super Spiral Play Tower was the winner of the 2006 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and the 2006 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio SNAP Award (Special Needs Adaptable Product).

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Car & Stroller Snack Tray

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Need a snack tray for the car seat? Or maybe a cup holder for your stroller? This one does it all! This Snack Tray from One Step Ahead versatile snack tray attaches to almost anything, with telescoping arms, pivoting clamps, and a flange to fit in your car window. Let's families on-the-go snack neatly, with two extra-deep cup holders and two utility hooks.

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We Love Baby Photo Puzzle

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Andy's into looking at pictures of himself. I had a photo album for him, but he tore it apart. The We Love Baby Photo Puzzle probably would have been a better option for us. It can hold up to eight 4" X 6" pictures, has a bright handle for easy carrying, and there are chewy textures that are perfect for teething. If your baby loves pictures, this is a great gift for him or her!

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December 18, 2007

Review: WaddaJuice

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Recently, we received a sample of WaddaJuice here at Super Cool Baby. The word from the manufacturer is


WaddaJuice is a great tasting all natural beverage for kids that has half the sugar and calories of 100% fruit juice. We?ve blended pure fruit juice with purified water and fortified it with vitamins and minerals to create a better juice for kids. WaddaJuice is nutritious and simple - no added sweeteners, flavors, dyes, preservatives or additives - absolutely nothing artificial.

We received all three flavors to taste: Apple, Wild Berry, and White Grape. I tasted each before I gave them to the Official Juice Reviewer (our son Anderson). They definitely don't taste like your regular sugar-loaded juice. The added calcium seems to affect the flavor a little bit, but our Official Reviewer loved them nonetheless: the first time we gave it to him, he had finished the whole bottle within about 10 minutes.

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Review: Learning Puppy

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The Laugh and Learn "Learning Puppy" is a toy we've had for a long time, so I'm surprised we haven't reviewed it yet. A friend gave it to Andy, and it's been a great toy for him. At first he used it more as a stuffed animal because he was a little young to understand how to use it. But as he's grown, he's used it more and more. The puppy says different things when his nose, belly, feet and other body parts are pressed. He sings songs too when you press the note button on one foot. The songs include "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" as well as a number song and the ABC song. There's even a dog bone collar that lights up when the buttons are pressed. This is a good interactive toy for a baby, and Andy's gotten a lot of use out of ours. My only complaint is that it can be a bit of a ghost toy - suddenly coming on and saying something when you aren't near it. It's done this to me a few times in the dark which has spooked me out a bit! But besides that, it's a great toy and I recommend it to you and your baby!

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UPPA Baby Vista Stroller

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I just discovered this new stroller from UPPA Baby, and I really like it. In fact, if I were buying a new stroller this definitely be the one that I would get. It's got lots of great features like:

  • Easy one-step fold — with or without the seat attached
  • Includes both bassinet and seat — completely interchangeable and requires no fabric swapping
  • Reversible seat and 3 position seat angle adjustment
  • One button, telescopic handle-height adjustment
  • Rubber-coated tires that never go flat
  • Welded and formed aircraft aluminum alloy frame
  • Floating arch, "no kick" rear axle
  • Red/Green successful attachment indicators
  • Reversible pram mattress adjusts to cold or warm weather
  • Removable and machine washable fabric
  • Weather shield and mesh sunshade and bug cover included
  • Suitable from birth up to 40 lbs.

Seriously, this stroller has just about everything that I would want in a stroller. You can even get an attachment to make it comapatible with popular infant car seats.

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December 17, 2007

Rattle Ring Zmooz from Keptin Jr

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Looking for something a little different for a new baby? Consider the Rattle Ring Zmooz from Keptin Jr. This cute rattle is also a doll with a large pointy (but soft) hat. It's made of 100% terry cloth, filled with pure wool, and hand washable. It's currently available in two colors: red and yellow.

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Baby B'Air Infant Flight Vest

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Traveling for the holidays? Well, it never even occurred to me, but if you travel with your young child on your lap, you could be putting him in danger if you encounter any violent turbulence. Why take the risk when you can get one of these Baby B'Air Infant Flight Vest. This vest is currently the only solution for lap held children who fly that is FAA approved for in-flight use. It works by securing your child to your lap belt. Your baby can now be held, fed and even changed while you both remain securely fastened in your seat.

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Plasma Car

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If your toddler needs a car, consider the Plasma Car. This car is made from state of the art plastics so it's rugged and durable. It doesn't use batteries or any other power supply besides your child's energy, so it's quiet too! All you need is a flat surface to use. We love the sleek look of it and know that your child will too!

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December 16, 2007

Musical Fingerpaint

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Finger painting is a ton of fun but rarely worth all the work. Musical Fingerpaint changes all that though. The baby sized easel has a special goop surface that is fun to touch and responds with colorful designs and music. Your baby can use either his fingers or one of four drawing tools included to make the colors, and the music plays whenever the surface is being touched. There's also a button that will play three songs when pushed. To erase the picture, just move the roller bar. And the best part is that clean up is easy! No messy hands and floors to wash, just a toy to put away!

Also at Amazon.

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December 15, 2007

Frog Bead Maze

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Every baby needs a maze toy like this Frog Beat Maze Toy. The wooden frog sits atop a wooden frame surrounded by a bead maze. The wooden beads are colorful and non-toxic and can move in and out of the frog's mouth. This toy encourages hand-eye coordination, color recognition and will give your child lots of fun play.

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December 14, 2007

NooBoo Pound a Sound

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If you have a Bam Bam baby that likes to pound things, the Nooboo Pound a Sound is perfect! When the baby whacks at it, he will hear different sounds such as jumgle drums or a BOING! A plush hammer comes with it, and this toy is soft and baby safe.

Also available at Amazon.

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Moving Elephant from Plan Toys

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Need a stocking stuffer for your little one? He'll love to watch this little elephant from Plan Toys zoom across the floor. The elephant has big floppy felt ears, and wheels made of rubber. Like all Plan Toys, this elephant is made from natural, chemical-free rubber wood and is finished with non-toxic colors.

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Little Superstar Sing Along Stage

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Andy loves music, and I love singing to him, so I like the idea behind the Little Superstar Sing Along Stage. There are fix songs that you can sing along to with your baby, and when the music plays there are four dancing spotlights, a pop-up audience, and a large mirror for your baby to watch him or herself. There's also a microphone that starts the music when shaken, and four musical instruments lining the bottom that play the appropriate sounds when pressed. It also has features that will grow with your child as he does.

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December 13, 2007

BB2 Rocker

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Every kid needs a chair of their own. Andy has really taken to sitting in chairs that are just his size, so I know he would love the BB2 Rocker over at Modern Seed. This rocker is made from environmentally friendly, industrially grade materials. It's remarkably easy to clean and would make a perfect addition to any play room, bedroom, or living room! And best of all, enter coupon code FILLY10 at checkout to save 10% off order.

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Play N Ride Train

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For the toddler obsessed with trains there is the Play N Ride Train. It can be used as a push or a ride on toy, has a lot of neat features such as a lever that makes a squeaky noise and a smokestack funnel with a lever that makes the barber pole spin. It has a working steering wheel, a removeable backrest that can also be used as a push bar for beginning walkers, and a seat that opens up to a secret compartment.

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Fun Ice Teether Babies

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These Fun Ice Teether Babies are more than just rattles, they're teethers that you can stick in the freezer and in the washing machine. They have multi-textured paws and feet that are filled with a stay-soft gel. After you stick it in the freezer, the teether will offer some great cooling relief for your baby's tender gums.

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December 12, 2007

Diaper Cake Giveaway Reminder

Don't forget about our diaper cake giveaway from Diaper Cake Walk! The winner will get their choice of a three-tier diaper cake from this page. The cake will be shipped to you, or a recipient of your choice within three days! All you need to do is send an email to newstips@supercoolbaby.com with your choice of diaper cake from this page by Friday December 14, 11:59pm EST to enter.

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Review: Baby Jamz

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We've been lucky enough to be able to review a few products from Baby Jamz, a new toy company started by the father and sister of singer Beyonce. According to the company,

This musical toy line is the first ever hip-hop/rhythym-inspired preschool toy line that promotes learning, creativity, and movement through music. Solange (Beyonce's sister) can be heard singing many of the nursery rhymes featured with the toys and on the accompanying CD.

First up is the Baby Jamz Mix Master Chair. There were a few buttons that you could press while it was still in the box, and Andy seemed to love it before it was even put together. He kept going back to it, pushing the buttons over and over. It was easy to put together, all we needed was a Phillips screwdriver. Once it was completed, Andy was quite excited. He sat in the chair, pressed the buttons, stood up and pressed them some more, than sat down and did this all over again. And he hasn't stopped. All he wants to do is play with this toy. He's dragged it all over our upstairs wherever he's gone.

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Baby's First Sports Bag

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Want to introduce your infant to sports nice and early? Check out Baby's First Sports Bag over at Corner Stork. This plush playset includes a baseball that crinkles, a basketball that rattles, a soccerball that boings, and a football that squeaks. The balls are small, only 2" around, so they'll fit in your baby's grasp. And they all fit inside the bag. I bet babies will love taking them out and putting them back in!

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Baby Einstein Discover & Play Teether Book

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Andy's liked books from a very early age, but we never owned anything like the Baby Einstein Discover & Play Teether Book. The pages crinkle and squeak, there are real pictures of baby's world, there are soft textured teether edges, Spanish and French are introduced as well as English, the book is machine washable, and it's held together by three rings. I wish I had known of this when Andy was younger, he would have loved it! The book above is about numbers. There's also a farm version at Amazon.

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Christmas Dresses

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I hate to ignore the boys, but girls in holiday dresses are just adorable. Maybe it's because I don't have a girl to dress up for Christmas, but I can't stop looking at some amazing and beautiful outfits for girls. Here are a few of my favorites from a few of my favorite children's boutiques:

Red Embroidered Taffeta at Tiny Tot Dress Shop

Miss Santa RED Dress-3piece set at Tiny Tot Dress Shop

Gingerbread Corduroy Dress w/ Personalization at B.Swanky

Christmas Stocking Corduroy Personalized Dress at B.Swanky

Biscotti Scarlet Bubble Winter Dress at Adriana Primadonna

Biscotti Scarlet baby Tulle Dress at Adriana Primadonna

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December 11, 2007

Pirate Rocking Boat

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Looking for a rocking horse that's a little off the beaten path? Or maybe you've got a lover of the season on your hands. Either way, this Pirate Rocking Boat definitely fits the bill. It's not entirely clear if the steering wheel turns, but it definitely looks like a neat place to sit and rock, while the waves crash against the hull. There is some assembly, but hopefully it isn't too difficult.

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New Product at Threadless Kids: Hoodsies

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Threadless Kids has a new product: hoodsies. They are a combination of a onesie and a hoodie, and we are obsessed. If only they had these when Andy was little! I am the biggest hoodie fan you will ever find, and I would have bought these all up instantly! Right now they only have them in a few designs: The Accident, Everyone Poops, Hi, So Far, and In a Comic. Threadless is also having a sale through December 16. All their tees, including kids sizes, are only $10. Hoodsies are $20, and we aren't sure if that's a sale price or the normal price of them.

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Sit Me Up Cozy

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The Sit Me Up Cozy reminds me a lot of Harold the Hound. Two inflatable half-rings with a soft plush surface connect (via Velcro) to a super-soft playmat. You can prop up your infant or lay her down. And when she gets fussy, there are four removable toys: a cow bell rattle, chicken squeaker, lamb rattle and mirror flower.

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December 10, 2007

Review: Diaper Cake from Diaper Cake Walk Plus a Contest!

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Recently we heard from Diaper Cake Walk about trying out a baby diaper cake from them. I must admit that I know little of diaper cakes having never received one or even seen one before. They are quite cute, and they seem like such useful gifts, so I was happy to review one.

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Two Sleds Perfect for Toddlers

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We've moved to an area that rarely gets snow. While I don't miss it, I do for Andy's sake. I loved sledding as a child. If your children are lucky enough to have snow to play in during the winter, here are two sleds we've found at Sensational Beginnings that seem to be good options for toddlers. First is the Kringle Sled. It's in the shape of Santa's sleigh and has a a back and sides to keep your child from falling out and safe from the snow. Good for kids up to 30 lbs.

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There's also the Bambino Pull Sled, which is great because it holds babies as young as 4 months old. It's made of kiln-dried birch plants, has hand carved willow rails on the back and sides, and has a slippery plastic bottom that guarantees a smooth ride. It holds up to 100 lbs and comes completely assembled. The pad is not included but is available on this site.

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Moulin Roty Ride-On Truck

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Head out on the trail to the wild fronteir on this Moulin Roty Ride-On Truck. This solid wooden scooter is made of varnished beech and built by hand to last for years. The truck comes nearly fully assembled, you'll just have to add the canopy and you're ready to go. The canopy covers a nice little storage area to tote around blocks, stuffed animals and so on.

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Red Bus by Bajo

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I think I've said before that Andy is into cars. He's recently figured out that he can sit on the floor and move then around, and that is all he does. I really like the Bus Red from Bajo. It's simple, made of wood, and would be perfect for Andy. It's made in Europe and finished with child-safe, non-toxic lacquers. It's also available in blue and green, and there are other cars also by Bajo that you should check out if you like this one.

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Super Cool Baby Holiday Shopping Guide

Looking for a great gift this holiday season? Well, we've done your homework for you and found a bunch of super cool gifts that you can give this year. We won't mind if you don't tell anybody where you found it, we're just glad you did!

For The Nursery

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  • Egg Nightlight

    Available in 5 different colors.


  • Monster Chair

    3 parts form 2 modular seats. Available in 4 monsters/colors.


  • TykeLight

    Rechargable, portable night-light. Available in 6 colors.


  • Twilight Turtle

    Projects a complete starry night sky onto the walls and ceiling of any room in 3 different colors.


  • Big Boy Rocket Glow Lamp

    3 windows and dome glow with a soft light.



For Newborn

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Clothing



For a Toddler

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Stocking Stuffers

For Mom


For Expecting Mothers


For Dad

Looking for more amazing gift ideas? Check out our extensive set of holiday shopping guides on electronics, fashion, cooking, and more.

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December 9, 2007

Snail Slider Grasping Toy by Melissa & Doug

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Here is a good infant toy that is unique and looks like a lot of fun. The Snail Slider Grasping Toy by Melissa & Doug has a green ball within its shell that will slide around the track. It is a good grasping size and can help promote early motor skills in your child. It's made of hardwoods and non-toxic dyes and hand sanded.

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December 8, 2007

3D Wooden Nativity Set Puzzle

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Here's a neat puzzle that would be perfect for the upcoming Christmas season. It's a wooden 3-D puzzle of a nativity scene. 3-D puzzles are neat, because they're usually meant to be assembled upright. No two pieces of this 9 piece puzzle are the same, and each piece has a slightly different depth resulting in a relief sculpture-like look. Each puzzle is hand carved from linden wood. They come in a designer gift box, and with a certificate of authenticity.

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December 7, 2007

WallCandy Chalkboard Tree

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Andy now loves to write on everything and anything he sees. I've started hiding the crayons and pens, only taking them out when it's official "coloring time." I think chalk is a much better alternative because it won't damage your walls and furniture the same way if your child starts wandering with writing utensils. The WallCandy Chalkboard Tree is a graphic tree that has birds you can move around. Your child can draw on the chalkboard again and again. Chalk is even included!

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Monkey-Toes

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If your child loves shoes as much as you do, you should check out Monkey-Toes. They have a ton of adorable shoes and socks for your little one. All the sneakers are hand painted too! Some of my favorites include A Perfect Pair (matching socks and shoes), Wowie Cowie, Buzzy Bee Mary Janes, and the Little Ladies Gift Set which includes lady bug socks and shoes, lady bug wings, and even a wand!

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Review: Practical Wisdom for Parents: Demystifying the Preschool Years

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Some time ago, we received a copy of Practical Wisdom for Parents: Demystifying the Preschool Years in the mail. It's a book written by Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum, two directors of the 92nd St Y Nursery in New York City. They wanted to share their years of experience and wisdom to give parents of young children some guidance and understanding as they navigate this unique time of their child's life.

The book is written in two different parts: School and Home. In part one, we learn all about pre-schools. How to choose one, how to apply, what to expect on your first day, how to deal with the social life of your young child, and transitioning to Kindergarten. In part two we learn about discipline, teaching your children morals and ethics, encouraging (and dealing with) independence, and so on.

Anderson is still another two years away from heading to preschool, but I found many aspects of the book to be useful. First, it's nice to be prepared for when he does go to preschool. And second, there are many behaviors and situations that the book talks about that apply to younger children like Anderson.

The book itself is well written. Each chapter is broken down into sections with their own heading. The sections range from a few paragraphs to a couple of pages. The authors don't preach, they simply describe their experiences and what has worked for them in different situations. They definitely realize that every child is different, and don't provide one-size-fits-all solutions.

I definitely recommend this book for everybody before their child hits the preschool years. It has lots of information that every parent will find useful and helpful. So, if that describes your child, pick up your copy today!

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Review: Step Start Walk 'N Ride

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When Andy was learning how to walk, he loved the Step Start Walk 'N Ride (also available at Amazon). He had a few other walkers, but this one seemed to be his favorite because it was light enough to pick up and turn when he wanted to go a different direction. He pushed it all over our house for weeks. It was stable and Andy could easily pull himself up with it. When he was still learning how to stand though, this wasn't the best toy as the wheels do not lock and it would roll.

Recently, we moved the toy to it's other position, a ride on toy. Andy's still learning how to get on it, but he is very interested in this aspect and tries very hard to get on. It's a little high on both sides, so the child needs to be able to bend the knee to get on it instead of swinging the leg around.

The extras on this weren't really used much by Andy. They weren't super interesting to him except for the hidden door. I often times would find his small books and toys in there where he had placed them.

Overall, this is a good toy if you are in the market for a more inexpensive walker. I like how it is two toys in one, and it has served us well and gotten a lot of use.

Also at Baby Wise.

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December 6, 2007

Twilight Lady Bug

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We love the Twilight Turtle in Anderson's room. It casts a nice soothing light and an interesting star pattern on the walls and ceiling. If you'd rather have something a little different, Cloud B has come out with a new Twilight Lady Bug. Like the Turtle, it casts a star pattern on the walls and ceiling and its shell illuminates. It is powered by 3 AAA batteries (included), and after 45 minutes (when your child will hopefully be fast asleep) it shuts itself off saving its battery power.

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LeapFrog Brightlings™ Exploration Station

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The name of this next product was what first drew me in. The LeapFrog Brightlings™ Exploration Station sounds like it has a lot of different activities for your baby all in one. It has activities for learning numbers, colors, shapes, and more, two different levels of learning, 20 sing-a-long songs in both English and Spanish, and there are three Brightlings friends that are included.

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Wisest Owls Mobile

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I love the Wisest Owl Mobile over at Modernseed. It features four differently colored owls, and seems small and light enough to move around in the slightest breezes. Just make sure you mount it out of the reach of your infant. And at $35, it would make a great and stylish addition to any nursery, and if you use the code FILLY10 at check out you'll save 10% off your entire order.

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December 5, 2007

Music in Motion Roller Coaster

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If you want to be a little indulgent, I think one of the neatest toys out there is the Music in Motion Roller Coaster. It's a little indulgent at $199.95, but it's sure to be a huge hit in every household! There are 21 feet of track, has gentle hills, doesn't go too fast for your toddler, and it plays three rock 'n roll songs at the push of a button. It also disassembles easily for storage in case you don't want a rollercoaster in your living room all year long! It's also battery powered and is made in the USA. I know this would be Andy's favorite toy if we were to get it for him. If only we had the room! Act quickly if you want this. In order to guarantee shipment by Christmas, your order needs to be placed by tomorrow!

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Review: Stories from Around the World

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Stories from Around the World is a new DVD released this fall from BookBox. It features 5 different Christmas stories for around the world: The First Well, The Boo in the Shoe, The Whispering Palms, The Little Pianist, and Elephant goes to the City. I wasn't familiar with these particular stories, but they were all nice enough. The animation style is simplistic, almost like a moving story book. Meaning, some of the elements of the page move around, but things like faces aren't animated.

This DVD employs Same Language Subtitling; a scientifically tested method to improve reading skills. Think of it like reading karaoke (which is exactly how its marketed). Below the animation, the words flash by, karaoke style.

The DVD can be played in English or Spanish, and can feature subtitling of either or both languages as well. This is a nice feature in bilingual households, or if you or your child are practicing a second language.

Stories from Around the World runs about 30 minutes, so each story is about 6 minutes long.

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Whirly Bounce Rider

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I've said before that Andy loves being thrown around and anything that moves. He's still a little young for this next toy, but I'm sure it'd be a favorite of his. The Whirly Bounce Rider is three toys built into one. It is a bouncer, seesaw, and merry go round! It's sturdy with a tough, inflatable bouncing ball and stay put base (which must be weighted). It's good for single child families because another child isn't needed for the seesaw part. And it supports children up to 70 lbs, so even the heavier and older ones can take part!

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December 4, 2007

Kaboost Portable Chair Booster

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Have a child who refuses to sit in her booster seat? Well, with the Kaboost Portable Chair Booster you can boost the entire chair. This portable booster has non-slip rubberized feet, and 2 height positions (although I do not know what those positions are). It fits most chairs with square or round legs. Kaboost is available in three colors: Green, Natural, and Chocolate.

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Kwanzaa Books

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I don't know much about Kwanzaa, but I thought it'd be nice to find some books that help celebrate this holiday. I could only find one board book, The Seven Days of Kwanzaa. However, there were a few others that while aren't board books are for children and look promising. They are The Children's Book of Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrating the Holiday, My First Kwanza Book (their spelling), and My First Kwanzaa. If you know of any other good Kwanzaa books, comment to let others know!

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The Ramalama Infant Carrier

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Looking for a stylish and comfortable baby carrier? Well, the Ramalama Infant Carrier seems to fit the bill nicely. This carrier is for older babies, capable of supporting their own heads, and holds children up to 44 pounds! Made and designed in Australia, this carrier puts most of your child's weight on your hips where its most comfortable. The only complaint I have is that by putting the child to your side, your limiting the use of one of your arms. Of course, this might not be such a big deal, because that hand is still technically free.

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December 3, 2007

Review: Fisher Price Baby Gymtastics Bounce and Spin Zebra

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When I first saw the Fisher Price Baby Gymtastics Bounce and Spin Zebra, I knew it was a product that Andy needed. He loves movement, and this zebra twists and bounces. As Andy missed out on a lot of bouncers because he was so heavy, I was happy to find something that he could use. It took him a few months to warm up to it as he was a late walker and didn't understand how to get on it. But within the last month, he's figured it out and hops on it every chance he gets.

When the child bounces on the zebra, is plays one of five songs and the zebra makes horse like noises too. The zebra can spin 360 degrees, and there is an orange handle bar that has a spinning center that lights up and plays music. The write up on this product also states that it locks until the child is sitting properly on the seat. We haven't noticed that, but Andy has never had a spill when trying to get on, so that makes sense.

The zebra was easy to assemble, and the base is sturdy so I don't have to worry about it tipping over. The instructions do say to keep it on a carpet, which we do, and we've had no problems there. And while it's not a small toy, it takes up less room than I thought it would. And it's lightweight in case you want to put it in a corner when it's not being used.

We really like the Baby Gymtastics Bounce and Spin Zebra in our household, and we recommend it to your family too!

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Rainforest Fabric Pat Mat

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Unlike your traditional play gym, the Rainforest Fabric Pat Mat is a stimulating activity mat designed to be used exclusively for strength-building tummy time. You could stash this mat in your diaper bag (or in the included carrying bag) and pull it out at the park or beach. It includes a prop pillow and a removable water mat (for babies 6 months and up). The mat is 36"x36".

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Christmas Books

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Christmas books were always very important in my house growing up, and I want Andy to love them as much as I did. I did some research on board books for this holiday, and my top picks are A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree, Who is Coming to Our House?, Christmas in the Manger, The Night Before Christmas Board Book, and Mouse's First Christmas. Another favorite of mine that both my husband and I grew up with is The Sweet Smell of Christmas. It's not a board book, but it's a classic to us!

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December 2, 2007

Cream Lamb Sleepy Cuddler

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If you're looking for a cuddly blanket for your baby this winter, I think the Cream Lamb Sleepy Cuddler is a great pick. This blanket is in the shape of a lamb, is super soft, and it's also life-size at 22x22 inches. It's also machine washable, which is essential for this type of product!

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December 1, 2007

Review: Enchanting Christmas Stories

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Enchanting Christmas Stories is a new DVD released this fall from BookBox. It features 5 different stories: The First Christmas, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Tucket the Bucket, The Greatest Treasure, and Santa's Christmas. I wasn't familiar with these particular stories, but they were all nice Christmas stories. The animation style is simplistic, almost like a moving story book. Meaning, some of the elements of the page move around, but things like faces aren't animated.

This DVD employs Same Language Subtitling; a scientifically tested method to improve reading skills. Think of it like reading karaoke (which is exactly how its marketed). Below the animation, the words flash by, karaoke style.

The DVD can be played in english or spanish, and can feature subtitling of either or both languages as well. This is a nice feature in bilingual households, or if you or your child are practicing a second language.

Enchanting Christmas Stories runs about 30 minutes, so each story is about 6 minutes long.

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November Monthly Round Up

We found a ton of great products this month, and we reviewed a bunch too. Here's a look back at November:

Birthdays and Holidays
Holiday Card CD Covers
Hanukkah Wall Hanging
Santa Train Set

Blankets
Perennial Buggy Blanket by Brooks Pond

Books
My First Touch 'n Feel Flash Cards
Little Puppy: Finger Puppet Book
Hanukkah Board Books
Thanksgiving Books

Chairs and Bouncers
Lean On Me Activity Bolster

Clothing and Accessories
Alpaca Coverall Hat by Oeuf
Angel Wing Pajamas
Patent Leather Moccasins
New Designs at Bub Love
Chooka Boots
Faux Fur Baby Russian Hat
Ladybug Hat
Fadiddle
Cowboy Socks Gift Box
Baby Line at The Ryde
Velour Soft Shoes and Cozy Cub Slippers

Diapering and Diaper Bags
Changing Pads at Pink Taffy

DVDs, CDs, and Software
Winter Wonderland

Feeding
Miracles & Milestones: Table Top Playmat
Silikid Bibs
Road Work Mess Kit
Kipiis Bib Clip

Furniture
Toddler Recliner

Nursery
TerriBear Graffiti Lamp
Blossom Flower Fabric Box by Haba
Blue Bird Print
Dogs Stretched Print
Meadow Rug by Haba
Odds & Ends from Haba
Handy Hook Coat Rack by Haba

Parenting Websites
Hot Moms Club

Play Gyms
Tummy Time Farmyard Play Mat

Reviews
The Farmer Says
WedgEZ
Learn & Groove Musical Table
Bébe Belay
Angelina Ballerina: A Star Collection
Green Pea Designs Baby Pouches
The First Adventures of Incredible You

Slings and Carriers
Shearling Papoose

Toys
Browny The Dog Wooden Pull Toy from Djeco
Geduldsteine Blocks from Haba
Amazing Animals Sing & Go Choo-Choo
Radio Flyer Classic Rock and Bounce Pony
Eezy Peezy Toddler Swing And Slide
Laminated Chalk Mat
Mega Brands CAT 3-in-1 Jr. Ride-On Dump Truck
Mountain Boy Sledworks Bambino Grande Pull Sled
Wooden Clacker Toy
Toy Tool Set
Safari Bowling Set
Wrap & Go - Whirlaround
Jingle Blocks
Rainforest Stacker
Cozy Cruiser Baby Sled
Wooden Lion Puzzle
Who Is Sitting on My Head?
Wooden Front Loader with Cab
Spin-Around Glitter Drum
My First Bubble Machine

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