June 30, 2008
I have a thing for capes, so I think the Super Snapsuit is one of the cutest baby items I've ever seen. Everyone thinks their own child is super, so why not let the world know with this onesie? It'd be so much fun for your baby to wear this out in public for everyone to comment on. There's also one for girls that says "Super Cute," but I think that both are pretty unisex.
via Fashionably Geek
June 27, 2008
We love personalized books, and the folks over at Flatten Me do a really fantastic job of creating a personalized book using just 1 picture of your child. By inserting your child's own face into the story, your child will have a new appreciation for the adventures they can take while they read a great story. Flatten Me has several different stories which you can personalize: "Here There Be Pirates", "The Tuesday Mushroom King", "The Potty Dance", "My Little Monster", and "The Day that Came to Play". The last of which is a "drool-proof board book" suitable for your youngest children. Each book is personalized with your child's picture, name, and a dedication. These books seem like they would make a great gift, since all you need is a name and a picture!
June 26, 2008
Back in March we looked at some great personalized placemats from Olive Kids. Our placemats are still holding up wonderfully at our house, and Andy loves to eat with them on the dining room table. In honor of the summer and upcoming July 4th holiday, the folks over at Olive Kids have created a few new placemats. There's the July 4th themed one that you can see above, and there's also two variations of a beach theme. I'm sure these won't last for long, and they'd be a great addition to any summertime table.
June 25, 2008
We've just discovered the soft blocks made by Zid Zid Kids, and we love them. They are stylish, in more interesting colors than your basic red, blue, and green, and are sure to be a hit with your baby. The blocks foster independent play and creativity. Each set comes with its own storage back, and each block is hand stitched and embroidered. There are three sets: Forest Hideaway, Little Zookeeper, and World Landmark.
June 24, 2008
We love the Irma Niekum dolls that Craftsbury Kids has recently started selling. Each one is entirely handmade and made from wool felt and embroidery thread. The designer makes each one herself. They have a removable pin and scarf and is about 16 inches high. It's adorable too, a perfect doll for your child to become attached to!
June 23, 2008
Westcoast Baby is a company out of Vancouver, BC we just discovered that sells some adorable baby clothes that we think are too cute to pass up. We are especially fond of their kimono wraps, which come in a bunch of colors, but check out their booties and sprout pants as well.
June 20, 2008
I'm a firm believer in the "whatever-it-takes" school of thought for getting your newborn to sleep. This "Cry" Activated Crib Light is activated when your newborn cries. Its soothing womb sounds and 3 colored lights cycle on for 10 minutes and will hopefully soothe your child back to sleep before you get yourself out of bed. Also, the lights are just bright enough to do a quick nighttime diaper change. The light can attach to the side of the crib or can stand on a nearby dresser. This would be a great shower present for any expectant mothers you know!
June 19, 2008
Is there a company better than Haba? They keep releasing more and more adorable toys for all ages. The Flowery Ring Rattle has petals that are great for chewing or touching. Some crinkle while others are filled with small pellets that are fun to move around. The petals are removable in case you need to wash them. The wooden center has a smiling face on one side and a sleeping one on the other. This rattle is great for early motor and gross motor skills and helps encourage independent play.
June 18, 2008
There have been a lot of new book releases that look good. Here are some board books available if you need some new ones for your baby.
Here are a selection of upcoming releases of children's DVDs:
Bob the Builder: Let's Build the Beach
Bob and his Can-Do Crew in Bobland Bay greet exciting new machines, Splasher and Bristle. Bob is going to need a lot of help to build a new seaside town, so grab a seat and get ready to have some fun with five all-new, never-before-seen episodes: "Lofty's Comet", "Spud and the Hotel", "Tubler's Perfect Promenade", "Clean as a Whistle Bristle", and "Super Splasher." This DVD is for kids 2-5 and runs 46 minutes.
Fireman Sam: To the Rescue
Fireman Sam is a classic children's television series from the UK. Fireman Sam, Fireman Elvis Cridlington, Station Officer Basil Steele, Firefighter Penny Morris and Auxiliary Fireman Trevor Evans join together for 5 episodes: "Neighborhood Watch", "Bathtime for Dusty", "Fun Run", "Trouble & Squeak", and "Beast of Ponty Pandy". This DVD is for kids 2-5, and runs for 50 minutes.
Loopdidoo is an adaptation of the popular comic books Grabouillon by Alexis Nesme. It is an animated children's program which premeired last March on Animania, the children's channel of VOOM HD Networks. (No, I've never heard of the comic, or the network before either!) In Loopdidoo, a dog (Loopdidoo) and his five-year-old owner and best friend, Petunia, find everyday life to be just one big adventure. Seemingly harmless situations soon turn into breakneck adventures, especially when Loopdidoo throws his well meant enthusiasm in the balance. The DVD is for kids 3-5, and runs for 85 minutes.
Looking for a DVD for those upcoming rainy afternoons? Well, with this DVD you can see lots of your kids favorite shows: Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas and Friends, Angelina Ballerina, and Fireman Sam. The DVD includes new episodes of Barney and Thomas, and each episode has a summer theme. The DVD is for kids 2-5 and runs 57 minutes.
Barney: Hi! I'm Riff
Meet Barney's newest dino-friend Riff! Riff is new to the neighborhood so he decides to start a "Best Friends Club". It's a special club where its members can do anything they like! This DVD is for kids 2-5 and runs for 57 minutes.
June 17, 2008
Begin Smart Books are a new series of books developed by children's author and publisher Harriet Ziefert. These books target emerging skills in newborns, infants and toddlers. As such, they are narrowly targeted. You buy books for 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months.
"I decided to begin smart," says Ziefert. "I chose to learn everything I could about infant development and use 'the observed baby' as my starting off point. I did not begin with a list of skills, or a group of stories, or a particular character, or concepts to be learned. I began with the conviction that everything is new to a baby and the best books for babies are the ones that help them make sense of the complicated world around them."
These books include a list of skills that they're meant to develop, as well as parent notes which expand on the list of skills and also suggest different ways of reading the books. Anderson is probably too old for these books now, but the certainly sound like a great addition to anybody's nursery library!
June 16, 2008
The Sweet Line is a children's clothing boutique that sells hand embroidered items for babies and children. This includes hats, pajamas, dresses, onesies, tees, and pants. Their items have a bit of a homemade feel to them that makes them seem extra personal. You can get your child's name embroidered or a different message if you prefer, and you can choose the item's color, the thread color, and even add a design. There's a lot of variety here, and it's fun to get creative with it. They also offer an organic line too! I think their clothing is adorable and would be a wonderful gift for a new parent.
June 13, 2008
I realize this is a little last minute, but Childish Clothing has some adorable children's tees about how great their dad is that I had to share before Father's Day. Check out Daddy's Girl, My Dad is My Hero, and My Dad is Cooler than your Dad. Childish Clothing has a ton of other great tees for kids that you should browse through too.
June 12, 2008
Here is a product that should have been made years ago. The StrollAway is a hook that you can hang your stroller on so it doesn't take up so much room in your house or apartment When we were living in an apartment, we were lucky to have a car that we could leave the stroller inside of. But if you're deep in the city and need a stroller but don't want it to take up so much room in your limited closet space, this is a great space saver. It is made from a heavy duty steel, slides easily over the door and can fit onto any door width, and it folds flush to the wall when not in use. Soon a wall mount version for the garage and multi stroller systems will be coming out. As these are more our issues personally, we can't wait!
June 11, 2008
When I was pregnant, I had a really hard time counting kicks. I'd always start out great, but then I'd become distracted by something and forget to finish my count. Then I'd forget what I had counted. With the KickTrack Kick Counter, you at least now have something that keeps track for you. Every time you feel a kick, you enter it in, and the device will keep a record for you of how many and when they occurred. You can store 10 kick sessions at a time. It will also track your contractions as labor begins. We think it's a great idea and a good gift for a friend early on in her pregnancy.
June 10, 2008
Congratulations to readers *Stacy B* and *Mary S*. They each won a [Summer Essentials Kit](http://www.supercoolbaby.com/archives/2008/06/win_a_summer_essentials_kit_fr.php) courtesy of Huggies. Thank you to all our readers who entered the contest, better luck next time!
If you really don't like germs and want to disinfect everything your little one touches, then a good product for you is the Zadro Nano UV Disinfection Scanner. It is a pocket size disinfecting light that kills up to 99.99% of infectious bacteria and viruses on all kinds of surfaces. All it takes is a quick 10 second scan. Take it with you for shopping carts, restaurant utensils, etc. It runs of two AAA batteries and folds small so you can fit it in your purse easily.
June 9, 2008
When Andy was first born, we lived in a very old house that creaked so much when we walked it would often wake him up. Needless to say, we rarely checked on him when he was an infant. We obviously wanted to see how he was doing though, so the Swann Guardian Angel Handheld Monitoring Kit would have been perfect. This monitor has a color liquid crystal display screen that allows you to have a crisp and clear image of your baby, even if the nursery is dark! There's an ultra sensitive microphone build in too so you can hear every noise your baby makes. It's also portable, so you can walk all over your house with it easily.
June 5, 2008
Fooey, who we first wrote about last February, has a new collection out with a lot of cute items, including the Expert Fort Builder tee, the Ice Cream Sandwich tee, and the Sun Clouds Sundress. They are having an "Economy Sucks Sale" right now, and also Super Cool Baby readers get 10% off all products with the code coolbaby through June 17. We are big fans of this site, and we hope our readers take advantage!
If you're like me, you have a hard time finding clothes for your baby that match. I stack shirts and shorts in the bureau, and it's a hard way to see what is in there. With the Dream Drawer Organizer, this wouldn't be a problem. It is a sturdy divide that are spring loaded so they stay put, and they help keep your child's clothing and accessories sorted and easy to see. If we had these, we'd probably be able to fit twice as many clothes in Andy's bureau! If you have a ton of clothes for your baby and don't mind folding them, this is a good product for you.
June 4, 2008
We finally had enough of our giant Graco stroller. It was such a pain wheeling it around small clothing stores. So the other day we went looking around for an inexpensive but high-quality umbrella stroller. We ended up deciding on the Combi Flare Lightweight Stroller in Mandarin
What we like:
* Its appropriate for children from birth all the way up to 55 pounds. The seat reclines to nearly flat, and moves up to a position that Anderson finds very comfortable. On our last cheapo umbrella stroller, Andy was reclined a little too much so he hated it.
* It weighs 11.7 pounds. Compared to Andy, you don't even notice the weight of the stroller.
* It has a carrying strap. After you fold it up, you can toss it over your shoulder and you'll barely notice its there.
* The handle is nice and tall. One of our requirements was that I had to be able to push it without kicking the wheels. At 6'2", its hard to find a stroller that fits the billing, but this one passes with flying colors.
* The safety bar in front. This was actually one of the factors that sold us on the stroller. We just like having something in front of Anderson when he's in the stroller. That way we feel like we don't have to buckle him in every time we use the stroller. With the safety bar, its quite a struggle for him to escape (which he has not yet successfully done).
What we don't like:
* Two hands are required to fold up the stroller. Strangely enough, the sample stroller we tried at the store only required one hand. But when we got the box home, it was a two-handed version.
* The two-step fold is a little confusing. After you fold the stroller once, you sort of push the outside towards the center where it catches together. Yes, it does make the stroller very small, but it also took us a while to figure out how to do and undo this mechanism, and there weren't really any instructions to speak of.
* The front wheels get "stuck" when turning sometimes. I've noticed that after you go backwards for a few feet, you can't immediately push forwards. Instead you have to go in a little circle to one side first. Just a minor annoyance, and something we didn't notice until we had Andy sitting in the stroller.
Andy loves this stroller. I think it gives him a nice comfortable and smooth ride. He's even taken to asking us to open up the car so we can get it out for him. If you're looking for a nice umbrella-type stroller, I can definitely highly recommend this one, even with the few faults that we've found.
June 3, 2008
The Baby Bundle at Lima Bean Baby is one of the more adorable swaddlers I've seen. It's designed with a large pocket opening vs the wraps that many have. The top layer extends around the body and ties on the left side with two ribbons. It's good for infants through 3 months old and available in five prints: Giggle, Wiggle, Twinkle, Cuddle, Snuggle.
June 2, 2008
Super Cool Baby is giving away two "Summer Essentials Kits" to our readers. These kits include some beach toys (a bucket, a little rake, and a beach ball), a dozen Huggies Little Swimmers swim diapers, a bottle of mango & coconut sunblock, a bottle of sunblock spray, and a box of 24 sun sensors. That's practically everything you need in order to enjoy your summer at the pool or the beach!
Anderson loves the beach ball. It's not his first ball, but its by far his favorite. He loves to pick it up and throw it, or kick it down the hallway. Its definitely been a big hit. We tried the different types of sunblock. We'd never used a sunblock spray before, but we definitely like it. Anderson will stick his arms out and let us spray him. It comes out as sort of a runny white lotion, but its really easy to rub in. There's one drawback though: when you spray, the lotion can go everywhere. This isn't a lotion that you'll want to apply inside. However, when you're already outside it makes for a quick and easy reapplication.
And reapplying sunscreen is an extremely important step of sun-safety that is often overlooked. To help us remember, Huggies Little Swimmers makes a product called "Sun Sensors". You put the sensor on clothing, a hat, or skin (just make sure, its clean and it somewhere that's not going to be shaded by your body). The sensor reacts to the UVB rays that cause sunburn, and when it turns a deep orange (and loses its pattern) you know its time to reapply.
If you'd like to win one of these kits, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on this post. We'll be announcing the winners next monday, June 9th.
June 1, 2008
We discovered some great products this month here at Super Cool Baby. Here's a look back:
Clothing and Accessories
DVDs, CDs, and Software
Diapering and Diaper Bags