November 30, 2010
I guess every parent has their own list of must have items. It probably changes with every child too. But for me when I think of must haves, a major bib collection is right at the top of the list. My first baby had such bad acid reflux, I still feel like I never had enough on hand. Waterproof bibs like these were great in later years, although clothes ones worked best during the really early months.
This time of year, in most parts of the country, blankets and lots of them, are needed to keep on the go babies toasty. A traditional blanket like one above, can be used in a stroller or while rocking on a chair.
For bedtime, most parents prefer a sleepsack like the one below for safety.
Speaking of safety, most parents of newborns will say a good baby monitor is essential. Video monitors have improved in quality over the years and have features like panning for when your little one ends up on the opposite side of the crib that you placed her. You can also zoom in if you want. That's a far cry from the static filled transmissions of years ago when you could also pick up your neighbors conversations if your monitor was on the wrong frequency.
Regardless of what your specific must have list contains, there will always be a few items that are essentials but special too. Items like favorite toys, old "blankies" and special keepsakes are also "must haves."
November 29, 2010
Where's the remote? It's become a common question in many households. If you have a toddler in your home, who knows where the remote could end up. Give your little one something else to hold, like this Fisher-Price Sesame Street Silly Sounds Remote. This one has over 35 silly sounds and fun phrases recorded and there is also a fast forward and rewind feature. Your child will giggle as Elmo's eyes that open & close. This toy gives your child a sense of control in their own world. Once your child falls in love with this toy, there will be no more asking, "How did that get recorded?"
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November 26, 2010
If you are reading this, than you are probably not one of the die hard, show up at 4 am, Black Friday mall shoppers. That's fine. There are just as many deals online this time of year. This Christmas themed Winnie the Pooh will make just about anyone smile. Winnie the Pooh wears striped thermal pajamas with ''trapdoor'' in back and elf slippers and at 17 inches tall, he is big enough to hold and cuddle. It's impossible not to be in the holiday spirit with one of these in your arms.
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November 25, 2010
Today is the day when most of America slows down and reflects on what we are thankful for. I'm thankful for my family and all the wonderful times we have had so far this year. I'm thankful that even during the hard times, we were able to focus on what matters most, this family. I'm looking forward to eating a meal together as a family and preparing for the upcoming holidays. I know I'll enjoy it, because the next day everything starts all over again.
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November 24, 2010
Preparing for the holidays can be fun or stressful, depending on your perspective. One thing remains the same, it's still hard work. If you are traveling over the hills and through the woods this year to visit friends and family, you will need a few things to keep you sane. Traveling with a big pack and play can be a pain. If you have a toddler, you can choose a simpler option. This travel cot is incredibly quick and easy to set up and fold down. It comes with a removable, machine washable sheet for easy clean up. It's versatile too. You can use it on the beach or on the sideline of a sibling's game.
Sometimes getting to the destination can be half the battle. You need to keep your little one happy and entertained on long road trips. This Elmo Travel Tray fits comfortably over most front facing car seats and can hold crayons, snacks, and other toys. It's perfect for kids who are too young for video games or lack the attention span for movies.
After a road trip does your vehicle look like your baby's room exploded in your car? Mine does. Plastic bags used as garbage bags, juice boxes, travel games, fast food toys are everywhere. You can make clean up a little easier if you at least start organized. This seat back organizer attaches easily to the back of all front seats and holds sippy cups, toys, and other items you might need in a pinch. Older children can easily access the 7 large pockets and 2 cup holders.
If you are brave enough to venture into a crowded airport with your children this year, you can keep your littlest one close by using this Go-Go Kidz Travelmate. It's lightweight and attaches easily to car seats. The rubber wheels will give your little one a smooth ride through the airport. Once you are on the plane, all bets are off.
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November 23, 2010
Christmas pajamas are a tradition for some families. Every year the children put on their brand new Christmas PJs to wear on Christmas morning. These holiday pajamas have ribbed neck and cuff wrists, pull on pants, and an elastic waistband. They are so comfortable and the holiday print is so festive, your child will want to wear them all year long.
November 22, 2010
It's the toy shopping time of year. Kids of all ages will need something to tear open. Sure, infants tend to be more interested in the brightly colored paper or the box, but eventually they will want to play with the gift inside. At such a young age, it is important that the toy is educational as well as fun. These alphabet blocks fit the bill perfectly. Your baby can learn the alphabet and learn about colors, while also developing motor skills as he plays. Another great feature of this toy is that it is soft. You will appreciate this feature most when your infant tosses the toy in your direction.
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November 19, 2010
This baby looks so happy! That face makes me wish I was all swaddled up. Swaddling is such a great way to give a little baby comfort when they need it. This Summer Infant Swaddleme Cotton Knit has soft fabric wings that hug baby close for a secure, comfortable fit. No need to worry about diaper checks with this swaddler, the foot pocket pops down so there's no need to unswaddle your baby. This swaddler has so many features to keep your baby comfortable, it's no wonder the baby is smiling in this picture.
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November 18, 2010
Every child deserves to have a stuffed animal to hold. Sadly, if you are a child with allergies or asthma, stuffed toys are usually off limits. Fortunately, manufacturers are creating toys with these children in mind. This Asthma Friendly Plush Puppy is approved under the asthma and allergy friendly™ Certification Program developed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. This stuffed animal can withstand numerous washing and freezing, common techniques to keep allergens under control. You can choose from a basset hound, yellow lab, or rottweiler. Why not get all three?
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November 17, 2010
On the list of must haves for a newborn, I'd say this one goes near the top of the list. The variety of soft textures soothes a baby's tender gums and helps with teething pain. Your baby will love the holding the cloth and looking at the bright colors. This teething blanket also has a loop so it can stay attached to a stroller or high chair. That's a useful feature, since you definitely don't want to be stuck without a teether when you need one.
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November 16, 2010
Does the thought of standing in long lines at a crowded mall during these upcoming weeks cause you to break out in a cold sweat? Then you must be one of the millions of people who love online shopping. Convenience can come at a price though. Literally. Shipping fees can sometimes equal the amount of the purchase. Where is the logic in that?! Fortunately, retailers have come up with a solution for excessive shipping costs. It's called National Free Shipping Day and it is December 17th this year. There is a huge selection of retailers to choose from so you can purchase gifts for virtually everyone on your list.
Of course, you can still go to the mall and wait in a long line. At least this time, you might see Santa at the end of it.
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November 15, 2010
This is the time of year for toys. Toys, toys, toys! If you have a toddler on your list, this might be the toy you are looking for. The clear walls make this ball maze exciting to watch. The ramps, ball drops, twisty tunnel, and exit chute will also keep your toddler intrigued. The hammer used to push the balls into the chute makes a squeek every time it hits a ball. Babies love a toy with a hammer. The trick is to keep the baby from using it on the dog too.
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November 12, 2010
I never felt the need to run out and buy one of these seats although I know so many parents that have them for their baby. The idea is that it enables baby to sit upright and interact more closely with others. You can put this Bumbo Baby Seat on any flat surface and the material soft and comfy for a baby. It's available in a variety of colors so you can choose the one that's right for you.
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November 11, 2010
As little girls grow, their room's don't seem complete if there isn't a little jewelry box to hold all their little sparkly keepsakes. This one captures the magic of unicorns and an enchanted forest. It has a hinged top with a mirror, velvet lining and four drawers to hold little treasures. What little girl would want this special place to keep all her secrets?
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November 10, 2010
Toddlers get such a laugh from watching pull back toys sail across the floor. They get amazed that something is moving so quickly basically by itself. These pull back trucks are made of soft, stuffed fabric. They are safe for your floors too. They have non-marring rubber wheels. These best feature of this toy is that it is machine washable. You will love this toy as much as your little one.
See toys, trucks, $25 off, $50 off.
November 9, 2010
Preparing for the holidays is so much fun with little ones. Creating memories that last a lifetime is part of what makes this time of year so special. Keep the excitement going year after year with this Santa Clue kit that leaves even more evidence that Santa has made his wonderful visit. This kit includes a snowy hoof print mold, a lost button from Santa's coat and a lost glove. There's even a suggestion booklet with ways to keep magic going. Pretty soon, you might even believe that Santa was there.
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November 8, 2010
These type of Taggie toys have been hitting the market over the last few years. They are a great idea. Little babies love feeling new and different textures. This cuddly elephant has tons of little taggies for a baby to hold onto. The best part might just be the little mouse that is in the middle of the elephant. When he is pulled, he wiggles right back into place. It's perfect for the holidays or as a shower gift.
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November 5, 2010
Little girls love to play dress up. There are so many little princess and fairy costumes to choose from. These classic cloaks are just a little different from your average dress up costume and still encourage imaginary play. You can choose from several different colors, celestial blue, floral pink, Little Red Riding Hood, and teal leaves. The fabric is comfortable and there is ample material in the hood for the full fairy tale effect. After a busy day of play, mom can throw it in the washing machine, just in case things get a little messy in "the forest."
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November 4, 2010
In most parts of the country, the cold weather is right around the corner. Don't get caught unprepared. Now is the time to take inventory for hats, gloves, toasty socks and other cold weather essentials. This Car Seat Bunting is a definite necessity. This one has a soft fleece shell, micro-sherpa lining, and Thermolite® core. These features make the bunting light weight, but warm. It's just perfect for your little angel.
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November 3, 2010
It's never too early to start reading to your child. It's a great way to lay the foundation for a lifetime of reading. Parents have been reading the timeless classic The Cat in the Hat to their children for years. You can create an even stronger bond with that classic story by giving your child an actual Cat in the Hat to cuddle with. It's the perfect size for any child to hold on to and create lasting memories with.
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November 2, 2010
This is a great idea for parents of twins who can use a little convenience. Instead of running between two cribs, you can keep both babies in one safe location. This spacer will also give a tiny baby an increased feeling of security while they lay in a small space similar to a womb. The cover is machine washable too. That's a feature any parent can appreciate.
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November 1, 2010
If you have been anywhere near a mall these last few weeks, you know that retailers didn't even wait for Halloween before setting up the holiday decorations. It reminds me of a story a friend told me about having a child in each hand and one in a baby carrier while shopping one year. YIKES!! Some of us can relate to that one. If you find yourself in that position, you will want a reliable carrier like this one from Bjorn. This original design is easy to buckle on and it has wide, padded shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly for comfortable carrying. For peace of mind, all fabrics are Oeko Tex Class 1 certified material. That means they are guaranteed harmless to infants. That's one less thing to worry about as you maneuver your way through those crowds.
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