March 31, 2008
In FARMkids: Chaos in the Country, the FARMkids are a bunch of
fast-lane, pampered, city animals who live a glamorous life in a petting zoo. However, hilarity ensues in this DVD when they all get relocated to a dude ranch. There are 7 different computer animated episodes, each is about 10 minutes long. I'd never heard of FARMkids before, but they seem interesting enough. This might be a great alternative if you're sick of the usual Thomas, Dora, and Barney DVDs.
March 28, 2008
Happy Anniversary to Alex Casey Baby, a great baby product website that turned one recently! To celebrate, they've added some new products, such as the Star Swaddler, Little Dipper Blankets, Cotton Sleep Sacks, and a Sibs and Mommies line. We really like this site and suggest you check out these and other great products that they have.
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March 27, 2008
Turn your best baby photos into an object of art that you'll treasure for many years to come. The folks over at Paper Locket will take a photo (or a collection of photos) and design a customized canvas for you. You can select one of a few dozen different designs, and specify a few different alterations to suit your tastes and photos. If you don't see anything you like, you can do a completely custom design as well. Then you just pick your size, up to an incredible 48x100" (that's 4 feet by 8 feet!). This definitely makes for some striking art on your walls, and would be an unexpectedly unique gift.
March 26, 2008
There's a great line of Olympics tees at Babesta. If you want to celebrate the Olympics this year in style with your little one, you should check these out. They are unique, a little retro, and are perfect if you don't want your child wearing the same thing as everyone else at the playground. My top picks include the USA Olympic Tee, LA 1932 Olympic Tee, and the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Tee.
March 25, 2008
Ask Moxie has written often about the book Wonder Weeks. It was out of print when Andy was first born, so I have never seen it personally. However, after hearing so much about it, I think it'd be a really great book to have on hand if you have a baby in the house. It's now been reprinted and is available at Amazon, and we suggest you check it out!
Way back in 2006, we reviewed Giggles Computer Funtime for Baby; software that allows babies 6 to 24 months to safely use your computer. Well, the folks over at Leveractive, the makers of Giggles, are coming out with a new product designed for children 6 to 36 months: Giggles Nursery Rhymes. We'll be doing an in depth review of the software in the coming weeks, but we wanted to give you a heads up on this great product. There are 14 unique activities, and over 60 songs. Each activity is based on a well-known Nursery Rhyme. If its anything like My Animal Friends, and Shapes, then Anderson will surely love it and we'll be assured that he's not going to destroy the computer in the process of using it. So keep an eye out for our full review coming in the next few weeks!
March 24, 2008
I think these Body Bibs at Lima Bean Baby are really cute. It grows with your child and can be used for arts and crafts as she gets older. I love this idea as most of Andy's bibs are way too small for him now, and he's always been a messy eater and needed to be covered or stripped before every meal. The bibs have a front pocket that can catch falling food or can be used as a pocket later on for holding utensils or things like crayons and paint brushes during craft time. The bib has four ribbon ties at the back and is machine washable. It also comes in four different prints.
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Do you have a baby in the house that likes to bang on your pots and pans? Well direct their percussive exuberance at this Percussion Set by Plan Toys. Each colorful wooden disk comes with an easy to hold handle, and makes a different noise when hit with the provided mallet, shaken, or smacked together like a set of symbols. The set comes with a stand so you can display your instrument with pride, or at least have a good place to put it when cleaning up.
March 21, 2008
I had a hard time bathing Andy when he was first born because I just had no idea where to begin. I knew that many people bathed their newborns in the kitchen sink, but that seemed way too dirty for us. And Andy's plastic tub was huge compared to him in those first couple of months. Primo's Infant Bath fixes this problem. It is a non-toxic plastic tub that fits right into your kitchen sink. This way, you can stand when you wash your newborn, and you don't have to scrub the sink clean beforehand. There are suction cups that hold the seat securely in place, supports the baby's arms and legs while bathing, and is good up to 18 lbs.
March 20, 2008
When I was growing up, we moved so many times that we never had a growth chart that lasted very long. If that sounds familiar, you should check out this Personalized Construction Growth Chart over at the Land of Nod. This canvas growth chart features a Jill McDonald design, and is personalizable with a child's name (up to 12 letters). You attach it to a wall using the supplied tacks that go through re-inforced grommets. The chart has markings up to 60 inches, so you'll be able to get many years of use out of it. If the 'Construction' design doesn't appeal to you, don't fret, there are plenty more to choose from.
Apple Blossom Prints recently debuted a new tri-fold photo birth announcement. It's a 5x15" announcement that features 6 5x5" panels. Each of the panels can be customized with pictures, birth facts, quotes and more. Each of their designs are completely customizable. The announcements are tri-fold, so they all fold down into a 5x5" square.
Each announcement is printed on heavy-weight cardstock in your choice of glossy, matte, or pearl finishes and include your choice of 5x5" envelopes (which require extra postage) or 5x7" envelopes for mailing.
With all the great photo birth announcements you can get out there, these tri-folding announcements definitely seem like a unique twist. If you're in the market, be sure to check them out!
March 19, 2008
Haba has come out with some new stacking blocks that I think are totally adorable. The Colorful Stacking Cubes nest and stack. They have numbers on them to help teach counting, are in cute colors, and are even hand washable. Also, there are acrylic windwos that allow images to peek through, so you can hide something inside for them to find!
How many times have you been beset by this disaster: you're out on the town with your baby, and he has a diaper blowout. Ordinarily not a big deal, but he just had one yesterday, and you forgot to put another change of pants in your diaper bag! (Don't ask how many times this has happened to us, its too embarrassing to admit). Well, with Pants-In-A-Pinch, you can carry around a set of 100% cotton pants in a disc no larger than the size of your palm. You can get pants from size 3-6 months, all the way up to 6T. Imagine the places you could keep one: diaper bag, glove box, even your purse! There is one drawback, as far as I know. Once you take the pants out of their disc form you'll never get them back to that size/shape again.
March 18, 2008
The folks over at Olive Kids sent over some their great personalized products the other day. We've had a chance to check them out and we wanted to tell you what we thought. We received a set of 5 placemats, and 2 personalizable nametags.
The placemats come in a wide variety of designs. We received "Out of This World", "Under Construction", "Wild Animals", "Game On", and "Pirates!". These placemats are so colorful and engaging, they instantly give Anderson something to study at every meal. The placemats are all 12"x18", and are made from a heavy laminate. When we're done with our meal, we've been putting them right into a sink full of soapy water, and they clean up in a snap. You could probably just give them a good wipe if they weren't too messy. They've been standing up well to the abuse we've given them. The laminate is so think that they're nearly impossible to bend, so we don't have to worry too much about Anderson destroying them.
These placemats would be great for big families. Since they're personalized, everybody knows exactly where they're spot is, and who's responsible for the big mess after dinner is over!
We also received two personalized nametags. These nametags are made from the same heavy laminate as the placemats. So we know that they're nearly indestructible. They feature the same colorful designs, although in a smaller form. On the back is a place to write down your name, address, and phone number. Each nametag comes with a 9" lanyard, made from plastic. That wouldn't be my first choice, since i was able to break it with a strong yank. I would consider replacing the supplied lanyard with your own one made from a nice nylon rope or something like that. The lanyard lets you attach the nametag to your child's belongings. With a longer one you could even put it around an older child's neck, for the next time you go out to a crowded place.
Olive Kids makes a lot of great products. In addition to placemats and nametags, they personalize clocks, floor pillows, framed and unframed prints. They also carry lots of other products, including some great bedding and rugs. Be sure to check them out!
This isn't really for babies, but its so cool that I couldn't pass up telling you all about it. Sure, back when we were kids we just put our offerings for the tooth fairy under the pillow, but kids these days are too wily for that. Enter Tüthillo: a stuffed companion with two pockets: one for a newly lost tooth, and another for the gift left by the tooth fairy. That way, you don't have to fish around under your child's pillow, right under their sleeping head! Tüthillo comes in two colors, purple and lime, with several more on the way next year.
March 17, 2008
Here's a neat idea that I've never seen before. The Doodlebook Picture Frame is a frame the holds a 4x6" picture, but instead of regular frame, you get an 80 page pad of blank paper. You, or someone you know, can doodle a design for your own frame. Perhaps you could break out the crayons and have your child help you create a decorated frame for a picture of your child! I'd love to have something like this in my office, so Andy could decorate a new frame each time he came by for a visit.
If your baby has been sick, you know how hard it can be to get him to take medicine. ReliaDose is a product that tries to make it a little easier. Basically, it is a bottle with a syringe inside. You fill the bottle with something the baby is used to drinking like formula or juice, and you fill the syringe appropriately with the medicine. The syringe goes inside the bottle, and as your baby drinks from it, you slowly push the syringe, so your baby drinks the medicine as well. I think this is a great idea. Obviously it would work best with a baby who is used to taking a bottle though, and you should check with your doctor first to make sure that the medicine and liquid can mix. This product was the winner of the 2007 JPMA Innovation Award, and I can see why! I wish we had this when Andy was first born!
March 13, 2008
When we first brought Anderson home, we tracked everything we could in a little notebook that we carried around the house. We did this because we had no idea what we were doing, and we wanted to answer the "how often" questions they ask you at your first pediatrician visits. Well, if you're bringing a newborn home soon, check out this Baby Tracker: Round the Clock. It's a specially designed spiral-bound journal to keep track of feeding, sleeping, diaper changes, and play time. You can keep all your facts, figures, todo's and notes all in one place. Plus, it'll be a neat keepsake for when your child is older.
March 12, 2008
If you celebrate Easter, you may want your little one to start a collection of Easter books. Here are a few that I like and am considering for our bookcase: The Night Before Easter, Where are Baby's Easter Eggs, Easter Bugs, My First Easter, and Happy Easter. There are others out there too, and many more that are not board books as well if you have older children too. Along with celebrating every holiday, one of my goals is to have books for them all too.
March 11, 2008
The folks over at ImageKind were kind enough to send over a Story Frame for us to look at. A Story Frame is a framed collection of 2, 3, 4, or 6 photos. These photos could tell a story, or they could just be a collection of your favorite photos. For my Story Frame, I chose two photos from the first few moments after Anderson's birth.
The process of uploading the photos to ImageKind couldn't have been easier. We keep nearly all of our photos at Flickr (but that's the subject of another post altogether), and ImageKind makes the process of grabbing photos from your Flickr account as easy as clicking a link. ImageKind even shows you all the "Sets" that you've already created over at Flickr to make it easy to sort through your photos. If you don't use Flickr, don't worry. Its just as easy to upload a few images directly off your computer.
After choosing my two photos I moved on to the next step. There I chose the frame color (Espresso) and then the mat color (Porcelain). ImageKind offered the option of cropping, scaling and rotating the photos, but I didn't require anything like that. However, that would be very useful to correct any composition problems you might have.
We received the frame a few days later. It came well packaged, with minimal chance for damage. The frame itself looks very well made. I can only see the slightest of seams in the four corners. The back is covered with brown paper, like you would expect to see from a high-end framing shop. There are even little felt pads at the bottom. If there was anything to complain about its that the hanging hardware is a 'saw tooth hanger' and not picture wire. However that is hardly a complaint and more of a personal preference.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with the products from ImageKind. Creating the artwork couldn't have been easier, especially with ImageKind's Flickr integration. And the quality of the frame is comparable to a high-end framing shop.
If you'd like the chance to win your own Story Frame, then be sure to check out the contest that ImageKind is running for the next few days. You just have to send in a couple of photos that tell a story, and you could win one of these great Story Frames for yourself.
March 10, 2008
I am very excited to review Monkey-Toes as I am a huge fan of what I've seen on their website. Our loyal readers may remember that I wrote about them last December. They sell lots of adorable socks and shoes with cute designs, and all their shoes are even hand painted. Because they are so cute, children don't resist putting them on like they do other socks and shoes. Convincing Andy to get ready in the morning is a big issue for us at times, so I understand and appreciate how great any product is that helps us there! Monkey-Toes was started by a single mother who wanted to make putting on socks and shoes more fun for her children while also providing quality footwear. And of course she wanted her products to be super cute at the same time.
The package we were sent included Boogie Monsters in size 5, LUV Bug Mary Janes in size 4, Little Ladies Socks in 3T, and Leap Frog Socks, also in 3T. These products are all cuter in person than on the website if that's possible. Each pair of shoes came wrapped in a clear plastic bag and tied with a ribbon. Both are nice and sturdy with rubber soles and made from a hearty canvas. We think they'll hold up really well to the wear and tear of a toddler. They are definitely strong enough for rough housing! I really like that both pairs don't need to be tied too. I'm a huge huge fan of Mary Janes, and I wish I had a girl of my own to put in this pair! There are nine different styles of Mary Janes available on their site. The monsters on the shoes are named Ralphie Right and Lefty Lu to help them learn their left and right. The socks are a medium thickness we'd say, so they could be worn during most temperatures. The tops are double stitched, and they held up well in the washing machine. There are two other styles of socks available on their website.
We are very happy with these products and cannot recommend them enough. They make a great present for a new mother, but we suggest you splurge and buy them for your own children too. Because really, the shoes make the outfit!
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March 7, 2008
Black Wagon has started selling Infinitee, and we are thrilled because we love these t-shirt designs. We wish the designs started a little smaller than 2T, but they are super cute, so we can forgive them. There are currently four different designs available, and we hope more are added in the future!
March 6, 2008
Don't want to give your child a complex over clowns? Well, consider this dog. He's named Jack, and somebody stuffed him in this box. Crank the handle and he'll pop out to the melody of "Where, oh where, has my little dog gone." Quite a surprise and it's sure to delight your toddler. This Jack-in-the-box is a 6 inch cube, and is made for children 18 months and up.
March 5, 2008
Dachshunds are my favorite dogs, so I am quite likely to give the Waddling Dachshund to someone as a baby gift. This pull toy has a very flexible body and can make really fast turns. It was crafted with hard wood and has a natural oil finish. If your baby wants to walk the dog, this is a great present for him or her.
March 4, 2008
HIT entertainment is releasing 3 new DVDs today, just in time to celebrate spring up here in the northern hemisphere. You can get an all new Thomas & Friends: Engines and Escapades, an all new Bob the Builder: Building Bobland Bay, and a Barney: Animal ABCs.
Thomas & Friends: Engines and Escapades, contains 6 episodes: Duncan Does it All, Sir Handel in Charge, Cool Truckings, Ding-A-Ling, Skarloey Storms Through, and Wash Behind Your Buffers. The DVD is approximately 50 minutes long. Each episode is new and has never before been shown on television.
Bob the Builder: Building Bobland Bay also contains 6 never-before seen episodes: The House that Lofty Built, Bob's Big Idea, Lofty the Lifeguard, Star Struck Spud, Tumbler and the Skate Park, and Fantastic Flex. This DVD also includes 3 special features: episodes of Fireman Sam, Fifi and the Flowerpots, and a chance to meet new members of the Can-Do Crew.
Finally, in Barney: Animal ABCs, Barney and his friends play a game and find an animal for each letter of the alphabet. A great way to learn about animals and the alphabet.
These DVDs are released today and are available for about $10 each at Amazon.
March 3, 2008
I think this is a cute tee for those of our readers who have adopted children. From what I gather, sometimes random and even rude questions are asked, and this tee says very nicely that no matter what, our children are ours and we love them no matter where they came from. Adoption Mama, where I discovered the shirt, has a bunch of other tees you should check out too.
March 1, 2008