February 29, 2008
The Nest Seat is a neat seat for your children that can be used in a variety of ways and excite the imagination. It's made of two interlocking pieces: a ring and a smaller round cushion. It is stuffed with recycled upholstery remnants, has a washable cover, and is available in four bright colors. We love how your child can use it in so many ways. It's sure to be a favorite for many years!
February 28, 2008
I love this Plasma Car! It's made from durable ABS plastic, and relies solely on
foot power. It'll go zooming on any smooth level surface, and it'll even hold up to 220 pounds so Mom and Dad can take a spin too. Don't be surprised, though, when your toddler starts asking to watch more Jetsons.
February 27, 2008
One of my favorite t-shirt companies has recently added a clothing line for children. Waterloo Kids has sizes starting at 2T, and their designs include a Clockwork Orange tee and a Led Zeppelin tee. I hope they add onesies in the future too. I think they'd be really cute!
February 26, 2008
Right now there's a sale going on many Britax car seatsover at Amazon.com and many other places already. Ordinarily Britax sets the prices on all their car seats, and only lets retailers discount the seats a few times a year. And right now you can save 20% or more on lots of different models!
We've been using our Britax Decathlon for a while now and we couldn't be happier. Even though Andy is a large toddler now he still fits quite well, and even has room to spare. So, if you're in the market for a car seat, or will be soon, this is a great chance to buy a new Britax car seat.
February 25, 2008
If your baby likes balls and stacking toys, this is the best toy for him. The Allegro Stacking Ball by Haba is a soft ball that has four pieces that slide together on a soft, fabric rod. Some pieces have parts that will interest your baby too, such as a rattle or rustling foil. This will keep your little one interested for hours. I wish we had it when Andy was a little younger!
February 22, 2008
I just think that the Polar Bear Rocker by NettoCollection is really cute! It is made of natural oak and veneered plywood, and it's pretty simple. If you are in the market for a rocker, this is one to consider!
February 21, 2008
Every kid needs a play tent — a place to play by themselves and no grown ups allowed! Well, this play tent by Lucy and Michael is a great example. When set up, it stands approximately 3 ½" high — plenty high for your preschooler. And it folds up and sets up in seconds. There's even a window built into to the back of the tent so kids can keep a look out (probably for those pesky cowboys). The item is heavy, but luckily every tent is shipped free so you don't have to pay extra shipping costs.
February 20, 2008
I love funky and fun clothing for babies and toddlers. They always look so adorable! Here's my new favorite find, the Mohawk Hoodie at Rock & Rattle. Granted, my son has a natural mohawk on his own, but now he can have one when he has his hood up. The hoodies come in three colors, the mohawks are removable, and they are interchangeable too! If you prefer, you can have a bow instead of a mohawk on the top of the hood too.
February 18, 2008
As your child or grandchild grows up there are so many firsts. ImageKind has a great way to capture them: a Story Frame. ImageKind is currently holding a contest to find the best
firsts out there. Simply send them 2 or 3 digital photos of your child's
firsts — the first day of school, first bites, first moments, anything that tells a story. It could be a collection of firsts, or a few shots of a single great moment. ImageKind will choose four lucky winners whose photos tell the best story. The winners will receive a custom Story Frame (presumably from the pictures you entered) worth $100. To enter, to see the details over at ImageKind.
Andy's closet is a bit of a mess I'll admit. I have a hard time keeping my own closet organized, and Andy's just ends up a pile of stuff. I think these Peek-a-Boo Closet Dividers, available in pink and blue, would be a great help in the organization. They make it easy to separate all the clothes you receive as you collect them. I know that I ended up with all sizes of clothes before Andy was born, and this would have been a bit help in organizing it.
February 15, 2008
Baby Soy has started selling toddler clothes! I am so excited as we think their baby clothes are great. You may remember that I wrote about their reversible hoodie back in October. While they don't have a reversible one available for toddlers, they do have a regular hoodie that is adorable.
February 14, 2008
Laura wrote about Spooky Daddy Toy Co. the other day, but I like their stuff so much I had to get my own word in. They make some awesome plush monsters and animals. Each one is made lovingly by-hand by one (fiendishly clever) father. He makes them all on his sewing machine, taking care to make each one completely baby safe. The monsters all have great stories behind them too. Take Mr. Tum Tum here:
Mr. Tum Tum is the man who lives in you belly. He decides what becomes vitamins for your body, and what becomes poop! Everyone has their own and each one looks different. depending on your diet and personality. But as different as they all may be all TumTums have one thing in common. They all have alotta poop on their minds! All of this poop thinkin has even caused a growth on top of their heads called a Poopador.
Each monster is totally unique — they're each made without a pattern from soft fleece with nothing glued on. There's lots to see at the Spooky Daddy Etsy Shop, and at the Spooky Daddy website as well.
February 13, 2008
One of our biggest problems with outlet covers are when we use a plug on and off. We are sick of pulling the cover out (although our WedgEZ is a big help), and sometimes we forget to replace them. However, the Safe-Plate Decor Outlet Cover by Mommy's Helper seems to fix that problem. Whenever you unplug your appliance, the plate slides down into place, protecting your child from it. So there is no thought involved! There's also thermal seal insulation that helps make your home more energy efficient, it's easy to install, and it's available in both white and almond. We wish we'd seen these a long time ago, they are such a smart idea!
February 12, 2008
Our loyal readers have probably been able to figure out by now that I love children's and baby's t-shirts. This is probably because I love them for myself. I've found another website, and they've quickly become a favorite. I have no idea how I've missed them all this time. Fooey has been around for five years and have been shown in many magazines. Lots of celebrities are also fans of this site. We just like them because of their awesome designs. Some of our favorites include Old School, Radio Robot, the Superstar Corduroy Pants, and Button Tree - Infant Lil' Peasant Dress. There are a ton more, you should really check them out. They also just recently opened up a store for adults too, Let's Be Awesome.
February 11, 2008
Want some cool labels for cool kids? Twisted Sticker offers a line of unique create-your-own labels that would appeal to nearly every kid. While these might be better suited for your older kids, there are still plenty of pre-schoolers who would love them as well. You create your set of stickers by picking a graphic and a font. Then you tell them what you want to be printed, and before you know it a set of 50 labels is at your door step. These stickers are dishwasher and microwave save, so you can label all sorts of things. While you're there, be sure to check out their other offerings as well. They can do iron-on labels, shoe labels, and combinations thereof. I love 'em all. I think I might even get a set of the spice & canister labels once I get a new spice set!
February 8, 2008
Can't get a good picture of your newborn? Or maybe you're looking for a unique birth announcement. Well, if that's the case, be sure to check out these awesome hand-drawn announcements, invitations, and notecards at Karen Cole Paper. These one-of-a-kind cards are the creationg of artist Karen Bullard. Each illustration is hand-drawn and professionally printed onto heavy-weight bright-white card stock. And when you order you can customize the fonts and other information on the announcement. So, next time your looking for an announcement or invitation, keep Karen Cole Paper in mind.
February 7, 2008
February 6, 2008
While liked our Pack N Play, I have never been good at putting it together, so it was always a bit of a pain to travel with. It always seemed really heavy too. I just discovered the Travel Crib Light by Baby Bjorn, and I think it looks like a great investment. It weighs only 11 lbs, can be opened in one easy motion, and both the waterproof mattress cover and bed fabric are machine washable. It can also be used for newborns up to 3 years old and folds up into a briefcase-like carrying case. If you travel a lot, we think you should consider this crib.
February 5, 2008
Believe it or not, it's quite possible to teach children as young as three to read with proficiency. When Lori and Michael Luke taught their son his teachers and other parents were amazed. Through this experience, they were able to create See Me Read personalized learning kits to help teach your kids to read too.
See Me Read uses a whole-word approach to learning. By associating words to your child's familiar possessions and family members, your child can instantly understand the connection between words and the physical world. The See Me Read products use personal photos of your child interacting with favorite people, animals, and items in his or her life.
We were sent a sample See Me Read kit which includes a set of labels (each with a picture and a single word), a set of reading cards (essentially flash cards with the same words and pictures), a writing pad which encourages your child to draw and write about the words and objects pictured, and finally two See Me Read books. This is the complete kit; the level 1 kit includes the labels, reading cards, and a level 1 book, and the level 2 kit includes a level 2 book and the writing pad.
The materials used are all very high quality. The books and writing pad are printed on thick glossy paper. The labels are large, and you must supply your own adhesive. You could probably just use a little masking tape, or painters tape to make sure you don't harm any paint or finishes.
Creating a kit of your own is easy. Simply go to the See Me Read website, and choose the kind of kit you'd like to make. From there you select the words you want to use. After that the website will prompt you for pictures for each word. It's probably easiest to choose your words ahead of time, make a big list and then go around taking all the necessary pictures before uploading them. Just make sure that when you take your pictures, you hold your camera correctly, as most pictures require a vertical orientation (as opposed to the more natural horizontal orientation). Once you're done, you can preview and order your kit!
If you're interested in getting this for somebody else, don't worry about taking all the pictures yourself. See Me Read makes it very simple to buy and redeem gift certificates for whole kits.
The See Me Read system seems like a great way to help your child learn to read. Each child learns a little differently, and this might help a lot of children who may be struggling with more traditional phonics-based instruction in preschool and kindergarten.
Updated! The folks at See Me Read are offering a special discount exclusively to Super Cool Baby readers. If you use the coupon code
SCBY2008, you'll get 20% off your entire order. In addition to that, See Me Read is giving away a free kit to a Super Cool Baby reader. If you're interested in winning, simply leave a comment before next Tuesday, February 12th. Good luck!
February 4, 2008
Spooky Daddy Toy Co. sells plush monsters and animals that are adorable. Each one is made by hand by the founder, and each is unique. We think these are a great way to teach your child that the monsters in the closet are nice and friendly creatures. My favorite is the Roaming Eyeball of Doom with Baby Skull Bunny a close second. There are a bunch of others, each one quite unique. Definitely check out this store!
February 1, 2008
I love holidays and do my best to decorate and celebrate them as much as I can. Oompa has a bunch of toys perfect for Valentine's Day which must be for parents like me! My personal favorites from this list in clude the Pia Beanbag from Haba, the Kinderwagenkette Stroller Toy from Sigikid, the Heart Pacifier chain from Sigikid, and the Carpet From the Heart by Haba. If you want to celebrate Valentine's Day with your child, you should check out all the other great products they have.