November 30, 2009
It's the Holidays. Lights are twinkling in malls, trees are lined up in parking lots, Santas are ringing bells on street corners. The most wonderful time of the year? Not for a lot of folks. Don't let the scenery get you down. If you are one of the millions of people unemployed or struggling, know that you are not alone. There are a lot of ways to enjoy this time of year without breaking the bank.
Don't feel pressure to buy this year's "must have toy." Do you remember last year's must have, gotta have gift? I sure don't. Even if your little one has their heart set on one of the hot toys, you can frequently find "knock offs" or similar toys for much less.
Teachers, letter carriers and bus drivers are people too. Chances are they have been hit by the economic downturn as well. Scale back on expensive presents for this group. I know a mom of an autistic child that has NINE therapists. Each year she buys a five dollar gift card to a coffee shop for each of them. She wants to thank them, but still has to keep to a budget.
If you a baby on your list don't feel like you have to buy tons of toys. Most likely, they are having plenty of fun playing with pots and pans under the cupboard. You can buy simple necessities such as Sassy Baby's First Rattle and Teether 5 Piece Gift Set or Skip Hop Hare Brush and Comb Set. The baby will enjoy tearing the paper and the parents might appreciate the break.
Don't underestimate the power of an adorable little face in a frame. This Stephen Joseph Foto Friends will warm the heart of any grandparent, or parent with some desk space at work.
Lastly, remember this downturn won't last forever. Some experts say the turnaround is already taking place. Who knows where the truth lies. Only you can assess when your situation has stabilized. One thing to remember during good times and bad, what really matters all year long is family, friends and the bond between them.
November 30, 2009
Nothing is sweeter than a little baby while they are sleeping. Sometimes it just takes a little work to get there. This Gentle Giraffe by Cloud B can help make bed time a little easier for you and your baby. It plays four different types of jungle inspired music: Safari Groove, Gentle Stream, Safari Trail and Victoria Falls. You can also choose 23 or 45 minutes for length of play. This little guy is so relaxing, you might sneak it into your room once in a while.
See Infant Sleep.
November 27, 2009
Sometimes a baby needs a little help when they first start walking. This Fisher-Price Stride-To-Ride Lion will be a great way to make your little one a little more comfortable on two feet. The large wheel base and large handles will make you and your baby feel secure as he moves toward this important milestone. Once your child is walking, simply out the lions tail down to make it a ride on toy.
See ride on toys.
November 26, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving to all SuperCoolBaby.com readers! I know I am thankful for so much this year. Let's all take a break from the internet today and spend time with the ones we love. For me, I'm taking a break from my diet too.
November 25, 2009
So you're total gear head and you expect your bundle of joy to follow in your footsteps. Here's the toy for both of you. The Comfy Easy PC Keyboard is designed with pudgy little fingers in mind. The PC encourages toddlers as young as 1 to learn computer literacy. That's a skill that most us didn't need when we were one! But times change and toys change with them. This PC teaches motor and sensory skills as well as cognitive, emotional and social skills. It's easy to install too, just replace your current keyboard and mouse with the Comfy Easy PC. Before you know it, you could have the next Bill Gates living in your house.
See Baby Technology.
November 24, 2009
Do you know a mom who takes tons of pictures and they are all stuck on her hard drive? How is she supposed to enjoy pictures of key milestones like coming home, or first steps or rolling over when they are out of sight on some computer. Treat the mom on your list like the tech savvy person she is. Get her the Kodak EasyShare Wireless Digital Frame. It can store up to 4000 of her pictures directly on the frame. There are also built in speakers to play mom's favorite tunes. And the frame itself is a design attractive enough to fit any decor.
See digital cameras, tech savvy mom.
November 23, 2009
If you are traveling with a baby this season, you know what a pain it can be to pack all the baby essentials and still comply with all the new travel rules for airplanes. This travel basics pack includes diaper cream, powder and body wash for your baby. There's even a cute little lady bug to keep your little one happy. So don't worry about getting everything you need on the plane or in the car this season. This handy pack has it all covered.
See infant travel, bath time.
November 22, 2009
I have really enjoyed writing for SuperCoolBaby this year. It's been great to write about products that I love and share them with other active parents. As we approach the holidays, here are a few items that might make their way onto your Holiday Shopping list and cheer up a new parent or entertain a little baby.
HELPING YOU HELP YOUR BABY
Shopping cart covers are a great example of how a parent invented product can become a must have for every new parent. You can't go into a supermarket these days without seeing more than a few little ones resting comfortably in a cart cover like this one by Caden Lane. They fit snugly in the cart and have 2 open slots in the back to pull the seat belt through. There's no sacrifice for safety here.
You can protect your baby from germs outside, but it is also important to protect your baby from germs on the inside too. Doctor bills and days missed from work can all add up to even more stress when your little one is sick. Give a busy parent on your list this nursery sanitizer. In just 30 minutes, this sanitizer kills the germs that cause RSV, colds, flu, ear ache, diarrhea, and more. These days that's a feature everyone can appreciate.
While we are all busy trying to protect our little ones from germs, they are still growing and developing right before our eyes. It's important to provide them with the right tools to help them along. This includes items they can safely put in their mouth during teething. Sophie the Giraffe Teether is one of the most popular teethers on the market. It's not just because she's cute. She is BPA free which means less chemicals near your baby. There are plenty of places for little hands to hold on to and the spots are interesting for babies to look at. Here's a toy you'll be happy to hand over to your baby.
LIVE AND LEARN
Toys do more than just entertain a baby. They encourage development of motor skills and teach babies needed skills. The toys listed below are for children of all abilities. They encourage sensory development and motor skills, as well as teach cause and effect. Even the simplest toy can help a child expand their imagination. No moment is wasted when a baby plays with you.
This Baby Einstein introduces your baby to music and language three different ways. There is an instrument key mode, baby composer mode, and a counting mode. Your baby will delight in the sounds of this Count and Compose Piano. Your baby can even learn in three different languages: English, Spanish, and French. Who knows, you might be surprised when your baby requests juice in Spanish.
After three kids, I didn't think I could stand another toy in the house, but we got this one as a gift and it was a sure hit. Our baby loves the soft music and thinks it's hilarious when the balls come floating out of the tubes. When the music starts playing, he already giggles in anticipation of the balls coming out. It's so cute. This was definitely a great gift for a third baby. Check it out for yourself, Hasbro Playskool Busy Ball Popper.
It seems like there are always new toys like the Ball Popper on the market. But it just wouldn't seem right to talk about toys for the holidays, without highlighting a few classic favorites like the Fisher-Price Rock-A-Stack, Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube, Schylling Sock Monkey, and Nest & Stack Buckets. These toys timeless toys prove that gifts don't have to expensive or load or brightly colored for a child to love them. They are simple but engaging and that is why they have stood the test of time. Generations of children have enjoyed them and they will continue to do so for years to come.
Don't Forget Mom and Dad
Are there new parents on your shopping list this season? A newborn in the house can be stressful and new parents often feel overwhelmed with the responsibilities that babies bring. Help them negotiate this new territory with the Wheel of Responsibility. This simple but useful tool will help minimize the debate about who really changed that last poopy diaper. And who knows, you might actually have a few laughs in the process.
Parents are often amazed at the very first picture taken of their baby: the sonogram. Now that picture can have a special place among all the other memorable moments in your life. These specially designed sonogram frames will not only showcase the image, but preserve the printout as well.
Remember the saying, "If mommy isn't happy, no one is happy?" Well, we all know it's true. Start your favorite new mom off right with a pampering set like this one from MamaMio. The kit includes a shower cream, a body lotion and a tummy rub.
If you need gifts for a baby on the go this season than you might want to check out the Graco MetroLite Stroller. It is lightweight at 19 pounds and still durable enough to hold a child up to 40 pounds. It is easily maneuverable like all Graco strollers and can be turned into a travel system when used with compatible Graco car seats. Safety features include a convertible 5 point harness that turns into a 3 point harness as your infant grows. A dedicated grandmother might want to buy you this gift.
If the Graco stroller sounds right for you, then you might want to purchase the compatible car seat as well. When you have a sleeping baby in the car, it is so much easier to move the whole car seat than risk waking a baby. The Graco SnugRide 32 Infant Car Seat is a great match to the stroller. There is also an easy to read indicator to let you know if the seat is installed correctly. That's a feature that will give any parent peace of mind.
Check your list for naughty or nice and give everyone a gift anyway. After all, who can say they are nice all year long. That's a pretty tough standard. I'm not sure I would pass.
November 20, 2009
If you plan to be on the go this holiday season or any other time of year, you need to make sure you have a safe clean place to feed your baby. This Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat has 3 different types of feeding trays for your baby. All three are dishwasher safe. There are also 3 height settings to ensure the comfort of your baby. You've got safety covered too. The 3 point harness will keep your little one still during meals. This seat is so popular, 350 customers have given it a 5 star rating.
See infant travel, infant feeding.
November 19, 2009
Do you ever wonder what is going on at night in your baby's crib? Is he rolling around or just laying there in the dark? The Snuza Halo Baby Movement Monitor will give you peace of mind that your baby is relaxing comfortably. You can clip it to your baby's diaper and it will monitor stomach movements. If there is no movement for 15 seconds the Monitor will provide a gentle nudge to your little one. If there is no more movement after 20 seconds an alarm will sound. A monitor like this is one way to make sure you and your baby can get a good night's sleep.
See Baby Monitor.
November 18, 2009
My doctor once told me, the baby is the boss. That's true, especially when the baby is hungry. If you are a breast feeding mom, you can't just tell your infant, "Sorry honey, you'll have to wait until we get to a private place to nurse." That's when you need this nursing cover. It provides you with privacy to feed your infant anytime, anywhere. The size is large enough to provide a nursing mother with full coverage. The neck line is rigid so you can look down and see your baby during feeding. Best of all, when you get home you can just throw it in the wash with the rest of your laundry.
See nursing covers, hooter hiders.
November 17, 2009
Is there a baby on your holiday list that is differently abled? Don't panic. You don't have to go those expensive therapy catalogues to find the perfect gift. Many mainstream toys are designed to stimulate development regardless of a baby's abilities. Check out this Busy Bee Discovery Flower. It is designed to lay flat to encourage sitting upright. The flower petals make a variety of sounds to teach cause and effect and stimulate the sensory development. Motor skills are encouraged by folding the petals into the center of the flower. There are so many exciting features to this toy, you will quickly understand why it has won two parenting awards.
See sensory toys, developmental toys.
November 16, 2009
What's that light coming down your hallway? Don't panic; it's your little one coming to tell you about a bad dream. It is such a great milestone when you move your little one from a crib to a bed. The down side: now he's mobile when you might be asleep. This portable night light will help give your baby comfort by glowing in the dark and changing colors. As your child grows and wants to visit you in the middle of the night, it will provide some element of safety as your child makes his way in the dark. So sleep tight, you never know when you might get a visitor.
See: Mobi TykeLight Portable GloMate
November 13, 2009
If you have been watching weather coverage lately, you are very aware that winter is well on its way. Don't be caught running to the mall for coats and mittens after the storm hits. It's not to late to get prepared. Check out this Cozy Cub Fleece Bunting. It's designed to slide on and off with ease, and although it has a lightweight design there is no sacrifice of warmth. For added protection, you can fold up the cuffs around your baby's hands and feet. When you don't need them, keep them folded back. So as they say, Let it snow!!
See Infant outerwear.
November 12, 2009
You can never have too many sorting toys. They are such a valuable part of your baby's development. This Put and Peek Birdhouse is a new take on a classic hide and pour toy. Your child will laugh as he fills the birdhouse with the birds and watches them tumble out. Bright colors will keep your little one interested and the soft fabric is easy on tender hands.
See Manhattan Toys, sorting toys.
November 11, 2009
Who can resist a little cuddly doll like BABY STELLA? Unlike the hard plastic dolls that fill most toy store shelves, she is soft, warm and adorable. She has a removable diaper and a magnetic pacifier that attaches to her lips. Accessories include a diaper changing station, a feeding set and stroller. Baby Stella is a great introduction to imaginative play for any little girl who is just becoming a toddler.
See Manhattan Toys, Baby Stella.
November 10, 2009
Maybe it's mommy guilt, but I never felt like any of my kids got enough tummy time. There's so much to do with a new baby around, it just always seemed to fall off the schedule. I am sure if I had the Kick and Grow Tummy Zone Mat, I could have squeezed this into our day. It is parent invented, so it is built by someone who really knows what your baby needs. The wedge strengthens your baby's core and provides a variety of sensory stimulus that encourages your baby's development. The best feature is the mat actually grows as your baby grows, simply unroll the mat to a length that suits your baby.
See Infant Developmental Toys.
November 9, 2009
A play gym is an important part of your baby gear. A new parent needs a lot of places to put a wiggly baby to get things done. This Tiny Love Gym teaches cause and effect and has tons of sounds and bright colors to entertain your baby. Best of all the mat is machine washable because little babies always bring big messes.
See Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe - Lights&Music.
November 6, 2009
It is so amazing when you see your child learn something for the first time. Tilly Tunes Inchworm will give you the chance to do just that. Tilly's six musical feet will teach your baby cause and effect, a major developmental milestone. As your child pinches Tilly's feet, soft classical music begins to play. It's a great way for you to bond with your child and teach valuable lessons too.
See: Cause and effect toys.
November 5, 2009
The winter months can be brutal outside, but they can also be brutal on the inside if you have a baby that likes to crawl around and explore. A friend once swore to me her twins would cry from boredom on long winter days. I believe it. Even babies need exercise. For ages 6 months and up, these oversized building blocks are perfect for climbing and building. They are so sturdy you will have them for years. That's longer than any play gym membership will last.
See Indoor Toys.
November 4, 2009
The holidays are coming and for some people that means one thing: travel. If you have a long car ride in front of you, take along as many conveniences as you can. Not even the strongest parent can withstand a chorus of, "Are we there yet?" and a crying baby. So save yourself a trip to a rest stop and be sure to pack the Munchkin Car Bottle Warmer. It plugs right in to your car's adapter and fits all bottle and jar sizes. It sits close by in your car's cup holder so it's ready when you need it. Now, if you can only keep the older kids quiet, you'll be all set.
See Infant travel, holiday travel.
November 3, 2009
Baby Einstein has quickly become one of the most recognizable toy makers. It's easy to see why. This Bendy Ball is perfect for a little baby learning to hold and grip. Bright colors and fun sounds keep your little one entertained. And who can resist the friendly Baby Einstein caterpillar that is hanging out on the side of the toy?
See Baby Einstein toys.
November 2, 2009
Are you looking at mountains of Halloween candy and worrying about your little one's teeth and YOUR waistline? Check out the ingenious idea of Dr. Chris Kammer. He took the local idea of a candy buy back to a national audience and expanded it to support our troops at the same time. Pretty smart. I'm calling a local participating dentist TOMORROW.
See Halloween Buy Back.
November 1, 2009
It's never to soon to get your baby his first wagon. My husband and I thought so much about the features of the wagon we bought for our first child. We love it, but I wish I would have chosen one with built in seats, like the Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon. When little ones learn to stand up, it seems they never want to sit down. That can be dangerous when you're pulling them in the wagon. This wagon also features no tip steering and cup holders. If your at the beach or in the park, you will definitely appreciate that.
See Radio Flyer wagons.