April 30, 2008
When we bought our house, it included two chandeliers. Until then, I never realized how much a good chandelier can really put that finishing touch on a room. This Whoopsie Daisy Chandelier available at the Land of Nod could really complete your nursery theme. Or better yet, it might help you come up with a great nursery theme to begin with! If you like this, there are matching Daisy Curtain Rod and Holdbacks as well.
April 29, 2008
This is a great idea that we just discovered. The The Curve Gate by Safety 1st is a gate for the top or bottom of the stairs that provides a space for solid footing. If you're carrying your baby (or your baby, a basket of laundry, and two dozen other things), it's nice to know you won't fall down the stairs, so having that secure footing is ideal. The gate can expand up to 42 inches, has a visual indicator that it is securely locked, can be opened with one hand, and is hardware mounted.
April 28, 2008
Andy has this annoying habit of always wanting to ride his tricycle out of the driveway and up the sidewalk. Since we have no good way of stopping him we usually end up going for a walk up the street whenever we go for a ride on the tricycle. I bet if we had this great Driveway Guard
we'd be able to keep him in the driveway and be secure in the knowledge that he'd likely stay there. Well, at least he wouldn't be able to ride his tricycle out of the driveway anyway. Gotta start somewhere.
April 25, 2008
We received the Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon
a few months ago as a Christmas gift, and I wanted to tell you all what we thought of this great little wagon.
The wagon comes unassembled, and requires you to do a little assembly involving a screwdriver and a hammer. For the most part this was easy but there were two parts that tripped me up. First, although they are marked, the left and right front wheels are easy to get confused. I ended up putting them on backwards, and it required an email to customer service and a new part in order to fix. The other difficult part was attaching the handle. For some reason I couldn't get all the holes lined up in order to put a pin in. It took some persistence and a little elbow grease and I was finally able to get the pin through to attach the handle to the body. The rest of the assembly was easy.
The wagon features two seats, one forward facing, and one rear facing. In between the seats is a place for your passengers to put their legs. There are four cup holders inside the wagon too. We usually stick a sippy cup in there and a few water bottles whenever we go for a walk. The seats fold down to form a flat bottomed wagon. This will be great when Andy has outgrown the wagon: we can use it to bring a picnic to the beach, and so on. There's also a small compartment at the back of the wagon that you can use for extra storage.
The wagon itself is very smooth. It has hard rubber wheels, so they absorb a little of the bumpy ride, and they also offer decent traction. The front wheels rotate 360 degrees, so you can always turn in every direction. I find that its pretty easy to pull the wagon. I usually pull it behind me, although it can get uncomfortable after a long walk. It's definitely less comfortable than pushing a stroller around, but Anderson definitely seems to love it a lot more.
April 24, 2008
A good friend of mine gave birth a little over a year ago and like many mothers before her saw an area of opportunity. Out came ToastyLegs, little leg warmers for your baby. They are great because they can be used in lieu of pants to help with potty training, makes diaper changes a snap, and can protect cold legs in the winter, especially for girls that wear skirts. There are two different lengths, ten and thirteen inches, as well as many different designs including a bamboo one. ToastyLegs has an Etsy store where you can purchase them. Let them know that Super Cool Baby sent you!
April 23, 2008
I saw this stroller when we were out shopping the other day, and it intrigued me. The Maclaren Easy Traveller Stroller
is a compact, single-hand folding umbrella-type stroller. It features lockable swivel wheels, ergonomic handles, and a detachable bottle holder. It weighs in at a mere 10.6 pounds, so it would be easy to take in and out of a car. It fits a wide variety of car seats, including: Graco Snugride and Safe Seats, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, Britax Companion and the Combi Tyro Infant Car Seat, Evenflo Discovery and Cosco Designer 22 and Eddie Baur Infant Car Seats.
April 22, 2008
Wild Dill has some great hooded towels that I really like. The fabrics are quite pretty. This is especially true on the Organic Sweet Jane Hooded Towel and the Organic Whispering Grass Hooded Towel, both by Cotton Monkey. All their hooded towels are made with organic sateen on the outside and terry cloth on the inside, and it is dyed with non-toxic water based pigments and dyes. The size works great for newborns and toddler, so you will get a lot of use out of it.
Also, just for Super Cool Baby readers, get 15% off at Wild Dill with the code scb15 at check out.
April 21, 2008
Teaching your child to feed himself from a plate can be very messy business. Believe me, we know all about that these days. However, with this great product your meal times can be a lot less messy. My Plate-Mate is a plastic guard that attaches to any 8.5-9" child's plate. It keeps messes contained, and gives your child an opportunity to push those stubborn bits of food onto a fork. After meal time, just toss it in the dishwasher for an easy cleanup. This product would definitely be useful in our household; it would give Anderson a lot more opportunities to feed himself!
April 19, 2008
Olive Kids is turning 10 years old, and to celebrate, they are holding a contest. The top prize is an entire Olive Kids room, valued at $750. There are other prizes too. To enter, fill out a quick entry form. This contest ends on June 30. Happy birthday Olive Kids!!!
April 18, 2008
When we were done with our high chair, we moved on to this Fisher-Price Healthy Care Booster Seat. We wanted something that we could strap right onto a chair and buckle Anderson into, and this one fit the bill. This booster seat comes with a tray that snaps in, and another tray "liner" that snaps onto that tray. This gives you 2 trays to use through the day, so hopefully you don't have to clean a try for every meal. There's also a snap-on lid that goes over the trays, but we never found any use for it. The seat height is adjustable. It has three positions, but we've been using the highest position since we got it. You might have to adjust it depending on your table.
The best part about this seat is its portability. The seat can fold up and squish down into something that's quite small. We stowed it in the back of our car on a recent car trip, and it gave us a guaranteed child seat no matter where we went.
April 17, 2008
If you're thinking up a theme for your nursery, a Mother Goose theme is a great idea. We think it's really cute, and it'd be easy to find lots of items for it in a bunch of different stores Mother Goose doesn't go out of style! We like the "Mother Goose" 7 Piece Gift Set, which would be a great place to start your theme. The set includes a large Mother Goose stuffed animal that has a zipper compartment where three other plush nursery rhyme characters are kept, along with a soft book for each. This is a set that your baby will use for a long time.
April 16, 2008
If you're a fan of Giggles, be sure to check out Clicktoy: the Meadow. The Meadow is a colourful, movie-like 3d game experience that allows parents and little ones to interact with lovable animals and nature while exploring at their own pace. This is a lot different from the way other child software works, and it looks pretty amazing judging from the video above. And most importantly, Clicktoy creates an environment where its safe for your child to use your computer. He won't delete any important files while he hits your keyboard over and over again. Buy it now from Clicktoy Interactive for $20.
April 15, 2008
I've always been a fan of 3D puzzles, and there are a bunch at Wild Dill that are really cute. The Number Snail Puzzle is great because it can teach numbers and colors as the toddler learns to put it together. Some others I like include the T-Rex Puzzle and the Penguin Puzzle. Each puzzle is made of plantation grown, chemical free rubber wood and child safe paints. They are also fairly made in Asia.
Also, just for Super Cool Baby readers, get 15% off at Wild Dill with the code scb15 at check out.
April 14, 2008
Here's a toy that will be sure to keep your newborn entertained. The Discovery Ball with Clack by Haba has a nice smooth texture and a gentle click-clacking noise when its played with. The ball is made from maple and coated in child-friendly non-toxic paints that will withstand years of attention.
April 11, 2008
Many families never make their own baby food because it seems so inconvenient. And I totally agree, cooking two meals every night isn't something that I'd do with any regularity. However, with the Beaba Babycook that's been all the rage in Europe, a lot of the inconvenience is gone. With this little machine, you can steam cook vegetables, fruits, meat and fish in less than 15 minutes, preserving their vitamins and flavors, and then puree or blends the food to the desired consistency. You can also use it to quickly reheat or defrost precooked foods. Best of all, the mixing bowl and steaming basket are both dishwasher safe to make for easy cleanup.
via Kitchen Contraptions.
April 10, 2008
You can use this Mobilo Arranging Game by Haba to teach your child about puzzles at an early age. It has 30 movable tiles, each vibrantly painted with images of trains, cars, helicopters, houses, and bustling city scenes. Your child will love arranging the blocks every which way to create stories and amusing pictures. The board itself is magnetized, and the game comes with magnetic strips that can be applied to the blocks. This will help keep things in place.
April 9, 2008
Sick of buying toys that your child hardly ever plays with? Well, BabyPlays has got a plan for you. Their pitch is:
BabyPlays recognizes that many parents want their children to experience the learning opportunity and skill development that comes though playing with a variety of toys. However, we also recognize that it is simply unnecessary to buy everything! Often times, a parent will purchase a toy for their child, only to find that within a few weeks or less the child is bored with that toy. Some parents respond to that boredom by purchasing yet more toys, soon to find out that they have a room full of toys that are no longer of interest to their child.
They've got a bunch of different plans: Silver, Gold, Gold Plus, and Platinum. Each gives you a different number of toys for the month (four, six, or ten), and requires a commitment of at least 3 months. Once you start, you set up a toy wishlist, and you'll receive your first shipment within a few days. Then you keep your toys for 30 days or longer. When you're ready for some fresh toys, simply place just the toys you want to return back in the original shipping box, tape it up and attache the prepaid shipping label. Once BabyPlays receives your shipment, they send the next batch out to you.
Their plans are a little on the expensive side, but they have a wide variety of toys for children from birth all the way up to 5 years. This would be a great way to sample lots of different toys, to find out the ones that your child will really play with for a long time. Then you don't have to have loads of toys in your house that nobody ever uses!
April 8, 2008
A great way to cool off in the summer is with a baby pool. But if you would rather not have one of those in your backyard for whatever reason, another good option is the Li'l Squirt Baby Pool. There is a mat area that keeps a small amount of water on it, so it's safer than a regular baby pool, there's 3D floating fish and other entertaining undersea graphics, and there are sprayers on it too. I think this would be a lot of fun for an older baby or young toddler, and all you need to attach is a garden hose!
April 7, 2008
Looking to ditch the land-fill clogging disposable diapers? Well, here's a reusable diaper for you: the bumGenius One-Size Cloth Diaper. This diaper can be used from birth all the way through potty changing, and each diaper includes an absorbent liner that can hold 15 ounces of moisture. There are easy-to-use closures just like the ones on a disposable (no safety pins!) and elastic at the legs and waist to keep your baby comfortable and dry. If you do plan on using cloth diapers, be sure to buy a few so you're not doing a load of laundry every few hours!
April 4, 2008
Looking for a way to keep your child's drink cool on those long car rides, or at picnics at the park this summer? Well, check out the Thermos Foogo Leak-Proof Bottle. It has a push-button lid and a popup straw to help prevent spills. It's got an unbreakable stainless steel interior and exterior that will withstand daily wear and tear. It's double wall vacuum insulation will keep your liquids cold for up to 12 hours. To clean it, just pop it in the dishwasher. But please, be extra sure not to leave milk in there for a long time. That smell takes a long time to get out! If you like this, also check out the Thermos® Foogo™ Leak-Proof Food Jar and the Thermos® Foogo™ Sippy Cup.
April 3, 2008
I think the Giraffe Baby Teether is so cute! It's very different than other teethers out there, at least in its appearance. It makes a noise when squeezed, is made of natural rubber and non-toxic food based paint, and it's made in France.
April 2, 2008
April is National Autism month, and it's a subject that strikes close to home here at Super Cool Baby. So in honor of that I'd like to share with you two new DVDs: Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse vol. 1 Expressing Yourself, and
Skill-Building Buddies: Handling Transitions and Change.
Handling Transitions and Change teaches children effective strategies for handling transitions and change. The DVD is partially animated, with hosts Mikey, Mandy and Marvel who introduce age-appropriate situations that children face every day at home, school, and with their friends. These live-action vignettes show the appropriate strategies in clear and explicit ways, and are then reinforced through music videos. This DVD is for older kids ages 5 to 12, and is available through Mazzarella Media. Unfortunately their website seems to be down at the time of writing, but hopefully it'll be back up soon!
Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse is another great DVD designed for kids with autism and their parents. This volume,
Expressing Yourself, uses creative visuals, peer modelling, and fun songs to teach kids as young as 2 more effective strategies for expressing themselves. There's even segments by speech and music therapists, and it includes teaching tools for parents as well. The DVD comes with a companion CD of the sing-a-long songs that are included in the video as well.
We here at Super Cool Baby hope that you don't need these DVDs, but if you do, its nice to know that they're out there.
April 1, 2008
I definitely think diaper cakes are a great idea. If you are crafty and want to try one out yourself, check out the tutorial at Alpha Mom. It actually doesn't look too hard, and I think this is one diaper cake everyone would like to receive!
Here is a brilliant invention that could really be useful in those first few months of your baby's life. The Unisar MiniFridge is the perfect size for a few bottles or anything else you may need in your kitchen. You can hook it up in your bedroom, the nursery, or anywhere else convenient to you so you don't have to be walking around a dark house looking for things in the middle of the night. You can also bring it along with you for any of your trips. I can think of many times since Andy's birth that a refridgerator in our hotel room would have been very useful.
It was a great month at Super Cool Baby. Here's a look back at all the awesome products we found!
Clothing and Accessories
DVDs, CDs, and Software
Diapering and Diaper Bags