December 31, 2008
We finished off 2008 with some great finds. Here is a look back at December.
Birthdays and Holidays
Clothing and Accessories
DVDs, CDs, and Software
Diapering and Diaper Bags
December 31, 2008
Here's a unique stacking toy. The Color Tower Stacking Game by Haba is made up of seven colorful pieces that stack on top of each other to make a rainbow tower. The pieces are circles and squares and can be assembled in a variety of different ways. It is made of solid wood and a non-toxic finish. Great for babies 6 months and older.
December 30, 2008
Anderson received a Step2 Easel for Two from Santa last week. He's been having a blast with it ever since, and it has become one of his favorite presents that he received this year.
Continue reading: "Review: Step2 Easel for Two"
December 29, 2008
Super Cool Baby was recently sent an email about Fat Tie Shirts, and we have fallen in love with them. They are so adorable! If you need your child to look a little more dressed up than normal but can't seem to get him into nicer clothes, this is a great alternative. We also like the look with jeans. Each shirt is made of cotton with striped ties sewn on top. This way, they still stand out and look almost like real ties. They are available in sizes 2T through 7.
December 26, 2008
I'm not sure what Anderson would love more, the drawings or the letters on these Vintage Alphabet Flash Cards. These thick, sturdy cards each have a vivid "vintage" inspired image on one side, and the corresponding letter in the other. They're perfect for your kids little hands, and I'm sure they'll love staring at them as much as Andy would. Perfect for anybody 18 months and up.
December 25, 2008
We're taking the day off to celebrate Christmas, we'll be back tomorrow with more fabulous baby products. Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2008
The Honeymouse is a neat soft clutch toy by Haba that will be sure to delight your infant. A charming bee is attached to the circular base. The base is a flower with crinkly paper petals on one side. When the bee lands in the center to gather nectar, he turns into a mouse as his head pokes through to the other side. The Honeymouse is machine-washable for easy cleanup.
December 23, 2008
Anderson recently learned how to sing a few songs at his preschool. He asks us to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", the "Alphabet Song", the "Wheels on the Bus", and the "Itsy Bitsy Spider". Now, of course, we know (most of) the lyrics to these songs, but I had to look up the "Wheels on the Bus" because i only knew the first verse! Well, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, has put together a "official government website for Kids". Among lots of other neat activities are a whole list of sing along songs. Each song has the lyrics, and if you're browser is appropriately configured, you'll be able to hear the tune of the song too. There are lots of songs available -- many I've never heard of. But there's just about every song you can think of on this list (even On Top of Spaghetti!)
December 22, 2008
I must admit that while I was pregnant, I didn't think too much about what was going on inside my belly besides the fun kicks and hiccups that would always occur. It never occurred to me that playing music for Andy could be beneficial, but there is research that supports that claim. If it is something that interests you and you'd like to play music for your unborn child, you should consider using Bellysonic. It is a pouch with speakers inside and looks much like a fanny pack with an adjustable strap. You strap it around your belly so the music is close to your child. It has a place to hold your MP3 player and a place to plug in your head phones so you can listen too. You can go about your daily life easily while wearing it which we like. Make dinner, sit at the computer, or go for a walk while wearing it!
via Pop Gadget
December 19, 2008
What is more important to a new mother than a diaper bag? This is the bag that she will be putting her life into, dragging everywhere she goes for the first year or more of her child's life. So of course, every mother wants to have a bag that is stylish, practical, and that she won't hate after owning a month. I think the Drew Diaper Bag is definitely one that fits this bill. It is made of Italian leather, has a drawstring closure so it is easy to access with one hand, and there are many pockets inside to hold your diapers, wipes, wallet, and whatever else you need to carry around with you. It comes with a machine washable changing mat. Best of all though, it doesn't look like a diaper bag! You can still use it when you go out on a date with your husband or on a quick errand alone.
There was a toy similar to You Can Count On Me at my pediatrician's office growing up, and it was one of my favorite toys. This abacus has ten rows with ten beads on each row. It can help your child learn their numbers, counting, and improve hand-eye coordination and motor skills. It also has a non-toxic finish and is made from chemical-free wood.
December 18, 2008
Ben the Bear Mini-mobile by Haba would be the perfect toy to hang above a changing table. The little bear is detachable, so your child can have a toy to play with during diaper changes, or he can hang there so your child has something to look at. It can be handwashed too, just in case a little accident makes it dirty!
Anderson has very recently taken an interest in drawing pictures. He especially loves drawing on a Doodle Pro. We bought a little tiny one for a long car trip. He didn't use it at all on the trip of course, but now he can't get enough of it. I figure its time to upgrade him to a larger version on which he can really draw some more creative pictures. Now maybe all his pictures won't end up being the same featureless blob!
December 17, 2008
I have always adored wooden Haba toys, and the Sunni Wooden Clutching Toy is no exception. It is a sun with each to clutch sunbeams that are attached around the center. They can be pulled and stretched. There's a bell in the center that jingles, and it has bright colors and a smiley face that greets your child. Great for children six months or older.
Moose always make me think of Christmas time, probably because I have so many plush moose Christmas decorations that Andy loves to play with. Mortimer the Moose will be a great toy all year round though. He has soft fur, crinkles, jingles, and squeaks, and has chewy antlers. There is a clip so you can hang it from a play gym, car seat, or stroller, and works with newborns and older!
December 16, 2008
If we ever need to pump breastmilk again, we'll probably end up using a rented hospital-grade pump. But if you need a more discreet, longer-term solution then you should definitely check out a pump like the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump. This pump offers hands-free operation by hooking onto most nursing bras. The battery allows for 3 hours of pumping between charges. The "2-Phase Expression" technology mimics a baby's natural nursing pattern and will help to pump more milk in less time. Best of all, everything fits into a a little tote bag so you can carry it around without anybody realizing what it is!
Looking to jazz up your child's nursery? We like the Read Between the Bunnies Bookends. They are available in four different colors, so they'll work for either a girl or boy and match many nursery themes. Each bookend is made of faux leather and have attached aluminum plates that slide under the books for stability.
December 15, 2008
Children who are learning to use a cup can get a little frustrated with having to tilt their head back in order to get a drink. The Tilty Cup seeks to provide an easy transition. It's ergonomic design makes drinking easier and more comfortable for kids, and its snap-on valveless lid will allow for easy flow and better dental development. The cup holds 7-8oz of fluid, is BPA, PVC, Dye and Pthalate free, and can be used by kids ages 9 months and up. The Tilty Cup is top-rack diswasher safe, and its available in packs of 2 for only $6!
It may not feel like springtime in most of the world, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy something spring like in your own home! The Springtime Play Gym by Haba has spring colors, happy little springtime animals throughout, and three removable clutching toys that have different noises and textures. The arches can be converted into a hanging tent using two detachable fabric panels, so your child will get a lot of use out of this play gym!
December 12, 2008
Have you been having a frustrating time finding games for your little one to play online? We've tried a few sites with Anderson, but the games always seem to be geared for kids who are a lot older than him. Then we discovered KneeBouncers. KneeBouncers is a site full of free toddler games. The games are full of vivid colors, interesting noises, lively characters, and none of the games require the skillful use of a computer mouse. All you have to do is be able to bang some keys on the keyboard. In addition, there are downloadable coloring sheets and you can even embed the games on your own website (or MySpace page, etc). Next time your toddler wants to sit down at the computer, I definitely recommend heading over to KneeBouncers to check it out.
The Stack the Trix Mix Wooden Pull Toy by Haba is perfect for your toddler because it combines two of their favorite toys, the pull toy and the stacking toy. Each stacking toy is a different character with a smiling face, and their pieces can be mixed and matched. They have fabric arms, hair and attire but are otherwise made of wood.
December 11, 2008
All children like areas that are just for them, and anything that resembles a fort is even better. The Home Sweet Play Home is just that, a special play tent just for your child. It hangs from the ceiling (works with ceilings up to 9 feet tall), is available in four colors, and is great for a playroom, bedroom, or basement.
The Discovery Ball with Squeaker by Haba is elegant in its simplicity, with vibrant color, a smooth texture and fun squeak. The squeaker is activated by having your baby whack the button against the hard surface. And lets be honest, that's exactly what any baby would do anyway. As with all Haba toys, its made with non-toxic paints and is built to withstand years even generations of use.
December 10, 2008
Have a budding artist on your hands? Water Works is great for mom and dad because you don't have to worry about the clean up associated with paints and crayons (which are all over our walls!). All you do is fill the pens with water, and your child can draw away on this board. It is two sided, has soft foam sides, a large drawing surface, and four self-storing pens. It's the perfect travel toy!
I've always found it odd that there are tons of cell phone toys on the market but not many remote controls. Maybe we watch a tad bit too much tv in this household, but Andy's always been very interested in our remote! The Rainbow TV Control is a great toy for your child if you don't want him changing the channels but want him to still explore. This remote has buttons with a different light or sound associated with each. There are three songs too. It's good for babies 3 months and up, and is great for traveling.
December 9, 2008
For many months now, Anderson has loved using crayons, but I realized that we've never really written about them before. Crayola has a line of "big" crayons which are great for small hands, and they also have Washable Triangular Crayons which are really nice since they won't roll off the table. These crayons really are washable. They'll come right off the table, walls, even clothes. Just wash off with a sponge and warm water. Crayola also has several other products that are made specially just for babies and toddlers. With the holidays coming, these crayons should be every baby's stocking!
The Santa Blankie Buddy is an adorable way to celebrate your baby's first Christmas. This luvie is velvet on one side, satin on the other, so it's soft and warm. When you shake Santa's head, it rattles. You can also personalize it.
December 8, 2008
Looking for a ride on toy that doesn't look like every other one on the block? Check out the Speedster Racers at Land of Nod. These vintage style cars have all-steel bodies with working steering columns, rubber tires, and comfortable seats. They are chip and rust resistant, come in two different colors, and are great for any child one year of age and up.
I never had enough toys like the Flower Fairy Stroller Toy by Haba for Andy. Sure, he's turned out fine, but I wish I had given him a few more toys for our strollers and car seat. Obviously this is only for the stroller as it's wooden (wouldn't want it to accidentally bump your baby in the head!). It hangs from an elastic cord, has wooden beads that rattle, and there are fabric flower petals. It is for babies 6 months or older.
December 5, 2008
The Tolo Rolling Shape Sorter is one of those simple toys that kids really get a kick out of. We don't have one in our home, but whenever we visit one that does, Anderson always plays with it for a good long while. Its honestly one of the few toys that can really keep his attention. This particular rolling shape sorter will stimulate young minds to learn and develop with sound and pitch, colors and shapes, gripping and release, sorting skills, and touch and feel. The six colorful shapes will rattle when shaken or rolled for extra enjoyment!
Pinnington Diaper Bags are a line of diaper bags that are made to look like stylish purses instead of diaper bags. Each bag is handmade, and there are three lines of bags (August Ruffled Bag, Anna Rouched Bag, and Emily Messenger Bag) available in two sizes, one for the all encompassing bag and the other suited for the basics. Each bag has five interior pockets and two exterior ones and come with a wipeable changing pad. They are available in many unique colors and fabrics. They also sell tote bags and accessory bags.
December 4, 2008
Here's another present that we purchased for Anderson. The Vtech Kidizoom Digital Camera is a camera specially crafted to be used by toddlers and kids. It's built extra-tough, can be viewed with both eyes, and has grips designed to fit little hands. The built-in flash will let you take pictures in nearly any environment, and it can even shoot video. The included photo editing software allows kids to distort pictures or add silly frames. We'll have a full review of this product early next year once Andy has a chance to check it out.
We have recently been contacted about two separate new organic clothing lines for babies. If you are looking for organic clothing for your children, both these companies have very cute clothing. First up is Joyful Baby . A division of Raam Raj Clothing, they sell onesies, footsies, booties, blankets, slings, and more. All their clothing is available in three pastel colors (apricot, celery, and sky) and available in sizes up to 9 months. They also sell organic toddler clothing.
Then there is Arabella Miller who have a children's clothing line and have recently branched out to baby clothes as well. This collection includes dresses, baby trousers, rompers, and long sleeved tops. The clothes feature two all over organic ink prints, one of butterflies and flowers and one of aliens and spaceships.
December 3, 2008
We picked up the LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set as a present for Anderson. It's basically an old-school magnetic refrigerator alphabet set on steroids. With this set, your toddler can place any letter into the letter reader and press it in to hear its name, sound, and a phonics song. Each letter is big, easy to grip, and safe for kids 2 years an up. The letter reader also attaches itself to your refrigerator with magnets. It requires 3 AAA batteries, which are included in the package.
Personalized books are always a great gift for a child. We have one that we reviewed last year, The First Adventures of Incredible You that has been a favorite in our house for a long time now. There is another company that does something similar that we think looks pretty impressive, Little Bunny Press. In their books, your family are the main characters, and you even use your own pictures. There are three different books to choose from, Zoo, Baby Animals, and Underwater Adventure (which can include two children if you have siblings). Each book is digitally printed on 100% recycled paper and bound in a softcover book. To ensure Christmas delivery, make sure to order by December 5!
Andy has always been interested in bringing his doggie and many toys from room to room with him in whatever contraption he is currently pushing around the house. Some days he uses our kitchen chairs, other times his dump truck, and still others his various push toys. I like the Oompa Walker Wagon by Haba because it is designed for your child to push around whatever is his favorite toy or stuffed animal. It is made of solid wood and finished with non-toxic colors, and it has a roomy seat as well as storage in the back too!
December 2, 2008
Here is a beautiful nativity scene that you can encourage you children to play with instead of to not touch! The Deluxe Nativity Set has 24 pieces including baby Jesus, wise men, and camels, is made of wood, and even comes in a wooden box that you can personalize.
The Wooden Chanukah Set is a great way to teach your little ones about this holiday in a fun and safe way. There are 31 pieces in total, including a menorah with pretend candles, a dreidel, gelt, and latkes. It also comes in a pouch that you can personalize!
December 1, 2008
Now it's time for the Christmas books! We're focusing on ones that have been released since last year's holiday season, so these are all ones you probably don't have in your collection already. First up is Santa's Workshop, which is all about what goes on in the workshop to get ready for Christmas.
Amazing Baby: Jingle Bell Baby! features a cd as well as the book, so your child can learn Christmas carols as he reads.
Finally, Christmas Peekaboo is interactive with flaps that reveal presents and babies. Great for baby's first Christmas!
If you and your children celebrate Hanukkah, you probably are interested in some books that will help explain the holiday to them at an early age. We've found three that look pretty decent. First there's Where Is Baby's Dreidel?: A Lift-the-Flap Book, a fun and interactive hide-and-seek book perfect for a baby.
My First Hanukkah Board Book will teach counting, shapes, and colors while also explaining the Festival of Lights.
Finally, in Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah!, your child will learn about the traditions and festivities that celebrate this fun holiday.
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For the Nursery
Tees for Change
Our favorites: Vintage Birds, Play, I Do Whatever My Rice Krispies..., and Make Cookies Not War.
Dress your baby in a super-hero inspired onesie.
Our favorites: Daddy's Girl, My Dad is My Hero, and My Dad is Cooler than your Dad.
The fashionable way to keep your baby's legs warm.
Our favorites: Boogie Monsters, LUV Bug Mary Janes, Little Ladies Socks, and Leap Frog Socks.
Our favorites: Old School, Radio Robot, Superstar Corduroy Pants, Button Tree - Infant Lil' Peasant Dress, and Let's Be Awesome.
Flower Felt Hair Clips
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
Penny & Maude
Our favorites: Big Heart tee, Bird Tree, Owl Love, and Genius.
Tiny Rock Star
A Little Lark
For a Toddler
For Expecting Mothers
November was a great month for Super Cool Baby. There were a bunch of great finds, and we discovered a lot of wonderful gift ideas for this holiday season. Here is a look back:
Birthdays and Holidays
Chairs and Bouncers
Clothing and Accessories
DVDs, CDs, and Software
Pacifiers and Teethers
Sales and Sweepstakes!