May 30, 2008
This Ski Jump by Haba
is for older kids, because of the marbles, but it seems like such a fun toy that I'd enjoy playing with it myself. First, you get to build the ramp, and then send marbles barreling down the track to take a jump off the end! What kid, or adult, wouldn't get a kick out of that. This ski jump is also about the [Haba Ball Track construction set](http://scripts.affiliatefuture.com/AFClick.asp?affiliateID=67217&merchantID=1551&programmeID=4253&mediaID=0&tracking=HA1098&url=http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/HA1136/Haba-Ball-Track-Construction-Set---FREE-SHIPPING.html?oompaItem=Haba_Ball%20Track%20Construction%20Set%20-%20FREE%20SHIPPING).
May 29, 2008
We have had the Twilight Turtle by Cloud B for a long time now, and I'm glad I've finally gotten around to reviewing it. It is a night light, projecting colored stars onto the walls and ceiling. When we first bought it, we were worried that Andy needed a little extra light in his nursery. He was about 8 months old, and we thought he was becoming afraid of the dark. We quickly discovered this was not the case (he was probably just going through one of those baby jumps where he stopped sleeping for a bit but then learned a new skill). So we put the turtle away and didn't pull it out for almost a year. When we remembered we had it, we started using it at night when Andy would go to sleep. He didn't think much of it at first, but suddenly he's fallen in love with it. All we hear at bed time is "blue star," which is his favorite color. The stars can also be turned to orange and green.
The turtle has a hard plastic shell and a cozy body, so it's sturdy and strong and will stand up to toddler wear and tear but is still cozy. It turns on with a push of a button, and you can change the color by pushing the appropriate button on the shell. It is very easy to use. One of it's best features is that it stays on for only 45 minutes, plenty of time for your little one to fall asleep to it. You don't have to worry about draining the batteries or it being too bright in the room all night.
We really like it and think it's a good purchase. If you prefer, it also comes in a ladybug too.
May 28, 2008
In our house, you can never have too many bibs. Back when Anderson was an infant, we used them constantly to catch drool, and these days, we go through a bib with every meal. The Land of Nod has some great soybean fiber/organic cotton double layered reversible bibs for only $5. You can choose from brown/light green, purple/aqua, light blue/light green, and pink/light pink.
May 27, 2008
As the weather is starting to get really warm where we are, all I can think about are pools. Here is an adorable one that is really versatile too. The Baby Activity Pool has a sea creature theme and even includes four inflatable sea creatures (a turtle clip with rattling ball, seashell reflective mirror, removable baby crab, and attachable coral fish). It has a stingray canopy for sun protection, but you can also bring it inside and fill it with balls, so it can be used all year long.
May 23, 2008
Until very recently, we haven't had much of a diaper pail odor problem. Sure, it smelled, but we could deal with it. These days, however, that smell has taken on a life of its own. No matter what I do it won't go away. However, I haven't tried anything like these Diaper Pail Deodorizers. Just toss one in once a month and you won't have to live with the lingering odor any longer. I just wonder if they're strong enough. When do we start potty training again?
May 22, 2008
Maybe it's just because we love all things orange, but we are enamored by the Bedford Nylon Kate Diaper Bag by M Z Wallace. It has an attachable shoulder strap, satin lining, small leather feed, four exterior zippered pockets, two side bottle pockets, ten interior pockets including one large zipper pocket with two more inside, six accessory pockets, and one business/mommy card pocket. It comes with a detachable market purse and a baby changing pad and is water and stain resistant. It's so fashionable too, so you can use it once you're past the diaper bag stage as a gym bag, overnight bag, or just a large purse!
May 21, 2008
It's getting hot down here in North Carolina, and we're starting to thinking about cooling off. This Soft Seat Baby Pool would be a welcome addition to our backyard. It has a cushioned floor and well padded side walls andhe removable canopy will be great for keeping you child out of the sun on those sunny summer afternoons. The pool is for babies aged 6 months and up, just make sure that you never leave the side of those pools this summer!
May 20, 2008
We've written before about how much we like the website Rookie Moms. Well, they've now come out with a book,The Rookie Mom's Handbook: 250 Activities to do with (and without!) your baby. It has many of the great activity ideas from the website as well as some new ones. There are 250 great activities that will help boost your confidence as a new mom, help you leave the house, and maintain your individuality. I think it'd be a great present for any first time mom out there. I know I could have used something like this when I first gave birth!
May 19, 2008
Last week, I wrote about Lil' Rinser. The folks at Lil' Rinser were kind enough to send one our way so that we could do a hands on review of their product. Since we received it, we've been able to use it for a few baths.
The Lil' Rinser comes in only one size. It's super flexible, it even fit fairly comfortably on my adult sized head. (We had a great game of teacup head with it before bath-time). It has a flexible plastic lining that is soft and comfortable. This lining is what prevents water from leaking through and getting into your child's face.
When we used it, Andy wasn't too pleased with having it on his head. I'm not too sure why, it might just be his general aversions to having things on his head, or it might've tugged his hair a little when I slipped it on. We usually rise off with a bucket of water, so I had the Lil' Rinser in my left hand, and the bucket of water ready to go in my right. I slipped it over his head, pushed it on a little and poured the water on. It worked nearly perfectly. A tiny bit of water leaked through the front, but way way less than if we weren't using the Lil' Rinser at all. Even though Andy was unhappy about it, and fighting it a little, I was still able to get the Lil' Rinser on well enough for it to work. Since it was channelling the water away from his face, I was able to rinse his hair a lot faster than usual. After two bucketfuls of water we were all done!
The Lil' Rinser is definitely a product I would highly recommend to every family with children who need help bathing. The Lil' Rinser is available for $14.98 at the Lil' Rinser online store.
May 16, 2008
ZakLand: The Shiny Surprise is the creation of the Grammy-nominated children's entertainer, Zak Morgan. He takes his audience on a magical journey in a musical world where we learn about the power of imagination and hard work. Zak Morgan's wordplay and child-friendly sophistication have drawn frequent comparisons to both Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss. This live-action / animated world DVD is about the adventures of Zak and his friends: Marty the Bullfrog, Uncle Hank, the Can-Can Twins, and lots of kids. It features a mix of funny songs with Zak Morgan singing and playing the guitar. In between songs, we learn various lessons about imagination. This DVD is coming out on May 20th, and is available at Amazon.com.
May 15, 2008
Last year this time, I did not know how to take Andy outside. He was crawling all over the place, but I was worried he'd scratch his knees on our drive way or get his knees dirty on our lawn. The Snazzy Baby Knee Pads would have alleviated my concerns. They have slip proof traction beads that guard against skidding, work on surfaces indoors and out, are adjustable with Velcro straps, and are machine washable. They allow full movement and can guard against wear and tear on pants too. They also fit up to four years, so you can use them as makeshift knee pads later on as well. This product was a Winner of the iParenting Greatest Products of 2006 award.
May 14, 2008
Anderson is starting to dislike bath-time. Like a lot of kids, it almost definitely has to do with the buckets of water that I dump on his head to rinse him off. If we had a Lil' Rinser bath-time would be a lot easier. With the Lil' Rinser, you create a watertight seal against your child's head. You press it against the forehead above the ears, and then you can pour as much water onto your child's head as necessary. As long as you maintain a good seal, no water or shampoo will go into your child's face! The Lil' Rinser is one size fits all, so you can purchase just one for the whole household. It's available in four color combinations: yellow and blue, turquoise and purple, green and orange, and purple and dark purple.
May 13, 2008
One of my biggest issues the first summer of Andy's life was how to take him outside. I was told not to allow him to be in direct sunlight until he was six months old, but I didn't know how to keep him out of the sun without keeping him indoors. I wish I'd known of the Sun Smarties Parasol. It has UPF 50+ protection, and can clip to almost anything, including all sizes of stroller tubing. It can also be used as a freestanding umbrella. I feel this is an essential product for any baby this summer.
May 12, 2008
Sometimes, when your infant is going through that no-hair phase, a little bow in the hair can really help make a difference. At the very least, nobody will be guessing if your baby is a boy or a girl anymore. These hair clips at Bitty Bows Boutique are truly no-slip hair clips that work for even the finest haired babies and toddlers. Only the tiniest bit of peach fuzz is all that you need in order to get a great looking hair clip on your child's hair. And there are a lot of different designs to choose from. In addition to the classic bows, there are Minnie Mouse, fish, flower, and fruit designs.
May 9, 2008
Here's a neat toy for babies, ages 4 to 6 months. The Fisher-Price Rainforest Nest 'n Play Animals is 3 nesting boxes each with a different animal, and a squeaking monkey that fits inside. Play "take and put" games with your infant. The largest box is a blue elephant with crinkle ears and tactile butterfly and flower. The medium-sized boxed is a lion with a soft mane. The smallest box is a zebra with a jingle.
May 8, 2008
Be Still and Knit Boutique takes yarn that has been rescued from old sweaters, afghans, and other places and makes baby blankets with them. We love the idea of recycling yarn, and the blankets are quite beautiful. Each one is unique because they take from different scraps of yarn, but they are all still quite soft and snuggly. They are also all hand crocheted in the USA by stay at home moms. You can choose between either light or dark blankets. This boutique sells baby hats, booties, and more too.
May 7, 2008
Peter reviewed placemats from Olive Kids in March, and I've been meaning to chime in ever since. I love these placemats, and Andy does too. He has been so interested on what is on each one, pointing out cars or planets (which he still sees as balls), and the letters of his name. These placemats have helped him learn the letters of his name, and he has fun pointing to each one and saying it over and over. The placemats have really held up well to his wear and tear too. He has dragged them all over the house and often times plays with it at the end of meal time. We really love them, and I cannot recommend them enough!
May 6, 2008
Ballet flats are definitely in for moms. But how about for our daughters? We've discovered the cutest ballet flats for little girls too. They come in metallic gold, metallic silver, metallic pink, and blue, and each has beading and a bow on the toe. I think they are so adorable, and I wish they were made in sizes for me too!
May 5, 2008
We wrote about My Plate Mate
a few weeks ago, and the folks over at My Plate Mate
were kind enough to send us a sample so that we could do a full review of this really neat product.
We've been using the My Plate Mate for a about a week now. It fits perfectly on our plates (we have a set of plates from Ikea that we use for meals). At first Anderson was a little mystified. Whenever we put it on, he immediately stopped whatever he was doing to remove it from his plate. But after a few days he stopped doing that and doesn't mind it so much.
Anderson was never one to really want to feed himself, so he hasn't gotten much use out of the My Plate Mate. But there will come a time, hopefully in the very near future, where this product will prove absolutely indispensable.
My Plate Mate is really easy to clean. Usually a quick rinse, or dip into a sink of soapy water will suffice, but when it gets really dirty, I just toss it into the dishwasher. It's come out perfectly each time.
It's made out of a fairly rigid plastic. I gave it a few good hard tugs: the kind you'd expect a troublesome toddler to make, and wasn't able to do any damage to it. I think it'll hold up well in most households.
I think [My Plate Mate](http://www.myplate-mate.com/kids_intro.html) is one of those products that every family with a toddler can use. It'll make your mealtimes easier, and teach your kid how to feed himself that much faster (and cleaner!). So be sure to order yours today.
May 2, 2008
Thinking about going swimming as the weather gets warmer? Well, last year another mother told us about these great "sunsuits" that eliminate the need for constantly applying sunblock when you're at the pool or beach. This High Tide Long-Sleeved Sunsuit
is rated UPF 50+. It has a zippered front for easy access, and its made from a lightweight nylon/lycra material that is light, comfortable, and quick-drying. This sunsuit is available in sizes from 6-12 months all the way up to 6T.
May 1, 2008
This is something I wished I had when Andy was an infant. The SwaddleMe Traveler is perfect for car travel. Unlike the regular SwaddleMe, it has legs so that you can still strap your baby in to his car seat or stroller. If you need your baby to sleep when not in bed, this is perfect. It attaches with Velcro, is easy to open when you come inside to prevent overheating, and comes with a matching hat. It fits newborns 7 to 14 lbs.
We discovered a lot of great products here at Super Cool Baby during the month of April. Here's a look back:
Chairs and Bouncers
Clothing and Accessories
DVDs, CDs, and Software
Diapering and Diaper Bags
Pacifiers and Teethers
Sales and Sweepstakes!