February 26, 2010
It may not seem like it now, but the warm weather is coming. There will be road trips and afternoons at the park. Are you prepared for the bumps and bruises that take place when you are away from home? I wasn't. My son got stung by a bee last summer on the sports field and I had no way to help him. Thank goodness for a woman who had a fully stocked first aid kit in her car. She came over with an Ice Pack and cream for him. Since then, I've learned and I'm now stocked up too. This Me4Kidz MediBuddy First Aid Kit is all you need to help your little one with the scrapes and cuts that can happen during playtime. It has 40 kid friendly first aid kit items and is latex free. Throw it in the glove compartment and hit the road.
See Travel Safety, Infant First Aid.
February 25, 2010
If you look out your window or at the calendar you would never know that Spring is right around the corner. The good news is, the stores do. They are stocking the racks with all sorts of fun, spring clothes for little girls. This is the time of year when little girl's dresses are covered in flowers, ribbons and frilly fabrics. If your little girl will let you, and you think she might not hold it against you some day, it can be fun to dress her up in these dresses for a few special occasions. This tank dress is a cute way to welcome the warmer weather without going too over the top. It's colorful and fun and available in toddler sizes up to girl sizes.
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February 24, 2010
Children today are bombarded with so much technology and fast paced media, sometimes it helps to take a step back and play with a simple toy for simple play time. My favorite simple item is sidewalk chalk. Children can start using it as soon as they can hold it, just make sure they don't start munching on it. Even my baby sprawls out on the driveway next to his siblings and scratches out a few pictures. As a parent, you can use it as a teaching tool while you draw shapes and numbers on the driveway. For some reason, my kids pay more attention to the driveway lessons than the indoor ones. There's something about being outside that makes it more fun. There's a place for electronic games and DVDs in our lives, but we shouldn't forget the simple pleasures from our childhood either.
See Crayola Sidewalk Chalk 52ct. Bucket Crayon Shape
February 23, 2010
As a parent, it is a lot of fun to get down on the floor and play with your child. It's fun for your baby too, but it can also be a time for you pick up on some hints on how your baby is developing. Motor skills, imaginary play and traditional skills like color recognition are all components of your baby's growth.
Toys like this Fisher-Price First Blocks Sorter help your child learn fine motor skills, which he will eventually need to hold crayons and cut with scissors at school age. You can enhance this learning experience by saying the names of the colors and shapes to your baby as he holds them. Of course, your baby won't catch on right away, but after a while your baby will recognize them.
As your child grows, provide him with more challenging toys. This Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker acts a traditional stacking toy and a puzzle. Your little one will have to decipher which post is the correct one for each shape. It is a great way to teach your child to think through basic concepts of planning and critical thinking.
If your child needs additional support due to developmental delays or sensory issues, don't feel like those expensive therapy catalogues are the only answer. A few bags of dry beans in a small container can help a child with sensory dysfunction to tolerate different textures. These Edushape Balls are also a great alternative to some of their more expensive counterparts. Your child can improve hand strength and motor skills by squeezing and manipulating this toy.
As you can see, play time is more than just bonding time, it's learning time too. As a parent, I used to think that having more toys would be best. Now I realize it's not the quantity of toys you buy, it's how you use the ones you have. I wish I would have realized that sooner. I could have saved a bundle.
February 22, 2010
As busy parents, sometimes a child's birthday can sneak up on you. You can admit it, it happens to all of us at least once. Full time jobs, sibling sports and school work can all add up to a last minute birthday party once in a while. The good news is now you can get everything you need in one step instead of running around all over town. Let's face it, you don't need anything else on your To Do list. You can make your life easier by using a gender neutral theme like Elmo and you are almost done. This set includes everything from paper products and loot bags to balloons. It makes party planning so easy for you. Just don't forget the cake!
See Hooray for Elmo Party Package for 16.
February 19, 2010
Don't play with your food. That's a rule that's made to be broken. You can teach your child to love fruits and veggies and have fun at the same time. This fruit basket is made of organic cotton and contains four different types of fruit. It includes a chiquita banana, a pear, grapes and a watermelon. Experts tell us that organic foods are healthy for us, I guess organic toys that look like food can be good for you too.
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February 18, 2010
Here's a stroller for the high tech parent of the 21st century. It's called the Oragami stroller and it has tons of gadgets and it's eco friendly. If you are tired of wrestling with your stroller to fold and unfold it, this stroller with make you happy. One touch of a button and it folds and unfolds itself. It is remarkably compact at 22 pounds. There is an LCD screen and charging stations for your mp3 players and cellphone. If you need motivation to get moving, no problem. Walking actually charges the battery for this stroller. No there's no excuse not to get out there and pound some pavement.
See gizmag, infant strollers.
February 17, 2010
There's one thing I learned recently, Elmo is loved almost universally among toddlers. Some adults can't resist that little giggle. I remember a radio station contest years ago where the host actually asked adults to call in and do their best impression. If you are struggling to find a theme for your nursery or just need an adorable mobile, then choose this SESAME STREET MUSICAL MOBILE. It has four familiar Sesame Street characters and is easy to install on most cribs. There's even a wall mount if you choose to use it. Your baby will love the bright colors and the music will put your little one right to sleep.
See Elmo, Sesame Street, Infant Mobiles.
February 16, 2010
Potty training. It's probably up there with teething as most parents least favorite part of their baby's development. There's the endless laundry, puddle clean up (or worse) and carpet scrubbing. The pay off is worth it, no more diapers in the budget! To help you get there, choose a potty that's going to make the process as easy as possible. This Beagle themed potty, by Safety 1st, will help get the job done and might even make you smile too. It has a strong construction on a no skid base. The inside is easily removed for clean up. And when it's time to wash hands, you can use it as a step stool.
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February 15, 2010
If the dad in your life loves his baby, but not the frilly diaper bag, then this jacket is the one for you. Father's Day will be here before you know it and this will be the perfect gift. After all, it's dad invented. He will love the deep compartments that hold diapers, wipes, a changing pad and even two bottles. The design is so modern and sleek, no one will notice what dad is carrying under those layers. It's even machine washable in case dad manages to get it dirty.
See 10% off President's Day Sale, Gifts for dad.
February 12, 2010
A highchair is a definite necessity when you have a baby. There are so many styles and features, you might have a hard time figuring out the right one for your family. This Graco Cozy Dinette Highchair has a lot of important features. The tray can be opened easily with one hand and flips open from the side to make it easy to get your baby in and out. The tray is also removable and dishwasher safe. There are 4 different height selections for you to choose from. Personally, I like the removable cloth below the seat. At least you can catch some crumbs before they hit the floor so clean up is just a little bit easier.
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February 11, 2010
If you live in a part of the country getting tons of snow or if you have just been watching it on the news, you know one thing...winter is going to be hanging around for a while. Cold and flu season isn't going anywhere either. Be prepared. Get yourself a good humidifier for those nights when your little one has the sniffles or a tickle in their throat that won't go away. This Crane 2.3 Gallon humidifier provides relief from cough, cold and flu symptoms. It also relieves congestion from allergy and asthmatic symptoms as well. It has over a 2 gallon output and can run for a minimum of 10 hours. That should help you get back on track.
February 10, 2010
The weather forecasters are talking about another blast of snow in some parts of the country. Seeing all that snow blow around makes me want to curl up under a toasty blanket. Blankets can be such a special part of creating memories with your child. You can start the tradition of reading and spending time together under the same soft blanket through the years. This blanket is 100% knitted by hand and has a hand-crocheted border. There are so many personal touches, you'll think it was created by your own grandmother.
See Handmade Baby Blanket in Crystal White (100% Hand-knitted).
February 9, 2010
Motherhood requires love, patience and a healthy sense of humor. When you are shopping for a shower gift for the mom who might want something different than the usual diaper cake or stroller, these Mom Pins will definitely fit the bill. Everyone who sees her will know that she is more than just a mere carrier of products and fixer of things. She's the champion of it.
See: Unique Baby Gifts.
February 8, 2010
I've written about Sophie the Teether before but I feel like I want to put her back in the spotlight because so many parents love her. It's always interesting to see what will catch on. She is made of soft 100% natural rubber and food paint and is free of phthalates and BPA chemicals. There are so many ways for your little one to grab on to Sophie and soothe his sore gums. The contrasting colors will keep your baby interested too. I guess it's easy to see why so many parents rely on her to comfort their little one.
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February 5, 2010
It's amazing how much stuff one little baby can require. That's why you can't underestimate the importance of efficient practical storage. It's impossible not to accumulate a huge collection of baskets, totes, and bins. That's why a 3 Drawer Storage Unit like this one is so handy. The drawers slide in and out easily. It's roomy enough to hold diapers, wipes, clothes, toys, or anything else you can think of. The design is neutral so as your baby grows you can adapt it to hold other items, like crayons and coloring books or dolls and action figures.
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February 4, 2010
Groundhog Day has come and gone. By now you've probably heard the news, he saw his shadow and there's going to be six more weeks of winter. I guess it depends on your perspective if that's good news or not. If you live in a part of the country that stays cold for a while anyway, it never hurts to have a little extra help against the cold. This Cozy Cub Gaiter is a great way to help protect your little one's sensitive neck. It's light weight and static resistant and there are no loose ends that can get caught on objects. It is loose enough to last several years so you don't have to worry about buying another one next season. Let the groundhog predict a long winter. You're ready for it.
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February 3, 2010
You can't stop them from growing up. It doesn't matter how hard you try. So make it a little easier on your little one to reach up with a safe step stool. Your child will love the colorful personalization. It's also a puzzle that will teach your child motor skills, spelling and colors. It's versatile too. When you don't need it as a step stool, you can use it as a little bench.
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February 2, 2010
When you think of February, do you automatically think of Valentine's Day or Groundhog Day? If you are a parent, you might want to think about your child's teeth. February is National Children's Dental Health Month. It's never too early to get your child into the habit of good dental hygiene. There are so many products to help you get started, like the Summer Infant 3 Piece Oral Care Set. This toddler brush set includes a finger brush so you can clean the hard to reach areas that children so often miss. Don't forget the toothpaste! There are plenty of toothpastes that are safe for little tummies. Baby Orajel Fluoride Free Toothpaste is a brand that parents have trusted for years. For more information on your child's dental health, check out the American Dental Association website.
See Infant Dental Health.
February 1, 2010
When shopping for safety equipment for your baby most parents would like to spare no expense. The problem is, most parents are on a budget. It's important to look at all the features of a product and decide what matters most to you. You might be surprised. You can give your baby the best they need and stay on budget. If you are a tech savvy parent and feel the need to have a high tech monitoring system for your baby, then maybe the Flat Screen Color Video Monitor with 7 inch LCD screen is what you are looking for. It has 900 MHz technology, 2 channels to minimize interference and 400 feet extended range. Not bad. It even has a wall and under cabinet mounting option for the parents unit and wall anchor for the camera. The video portion of the monitor is a full seven inches. It will be your baby has it's own special TV channel.
If a video monitor is important to you, but you don't want it taking over your room, you can still feel secure with the Digital Portable Color LCD Wireless Surveillance System. The screen is smaller, 2.5 inches, but still gives you important safety features such as good quality audio, audio level indicator and out of range safety warning.
Audio monitors are still a great way to keep tabs on your little one without breaking the bank. The Fisher-Price Long Distance Baby Monitor is portable and has a listening range of up to 800 feet. It also has a belt clip so you can keep your hands free to do other things while your baby naps.