August 28, 2008
Need a good idea for a child's present? Try Giftlit, a book of the month club that gears the gift towards the age of the child. Choose between babies, 2-5, and older ages. In each age group, there are different options grouped by theme and age. You can buy a 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month subscription. It's also great because any book can be substituted or returned. The books are chosen by advisory board of librarians, educators, authors, and industry experts. There's also groups for young adults, adults, and families too, so you can use this site to do all your holiday shopping or birthday gifts for your entire family!
August 18, 2008
I've recently discovered the book Paint Can! Children's Rooms by Sunny Goode, and I think looks like the perfect book for anyone who wants likes to decorate and plans on doing it for their children throughout their childhood. This book is all about decorative painting for childrens' rooms, from when they are babies through the pre-teen years. There's an introduction that discusses painting basics and "You Can Do It!" sections with pictures to help you along your way. I haven't seen this book personally yet, but I'd love to hear what our readers think if anyone owns it or has looked through it.
August 11, 2008
I've mentioned a few times that I wanted to decorate Andy's nursery with teddy bears but ultimately failed (which is one of the reasons I started Super Cool Baby, so I would be better at knowing what is out there!). Baby's Best Friend Teddy, available in both pink and blue, would have been perfect for me! It is a wicker basket that is stuff with tons of products featuring teddy bears, including a teddy bear memory book, a teddy bear brag book, a cardigan, onesie, appliqued pant, teddy bear hat and bib, scratch mitts, and an actual teddy bear. I think this would be a great gift for anyone expecting a baby!
July 18, 2008
I can't help but love books that are 3D and have textures for Andy. But what about when you aren't reading to them? The World of Dragon Flip Book by Haba is a great book for those instances as it has bright colors and fuzzy textures, but as there are no words, it's great for a baby to play with. You can save the ones with words for those times when you sit down, but this could be a great book all for your baby. The book can be flipped open from both sides, and this one has a fun dragon theme. Also check out the Summer Day Flip Book and the Let's Get Going Flip Book if dragons are your style.
July 3, 2008
Today we are looking at not a baby product, but instead something that all women think about: our fertility. Whether you are trying to conceive or trying not too, Taking Charge of Your Fertility is one of those books that every woman should own. This is the stuff that we should have been taught in health class in school so that we know and understand our bodies. What I especially liked about it is how to practice the fertility awareness method. Not too many people know about it, but for us it was wonderful. It helped me get pregnant very quickly after I began trying, and I have friends who use it as their birth control. I know some women have issues with taking hormones as birth control and others have religious issues with it. This is a totally natural way to look at fertility. It is easy to read and understand and practice. There is also information on the menstrual cycle, menopause, and lots of fertility information. If you are trying to conceive, actively trying not to, or just want to know and understand your body, this is a great book to have.
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 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.
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!
May 20, 2008
We've written before about how much we like the website Rookie Moms. Well, they've now come out with a book,The Rookie Mom's Handbook: 250 Activities to do with (and without!) your baby. It has many of the great activity ideas from the website as well as some new ones. There are 250 great activities that will help boost your confidence as a new mom, help you leave the house, and maintain your individuality. I think it'd be a great present for any first time mom out there. I know I could have used something like this when I first gave birth!
April 17, 2008
If you're thinking up a theme for your nursery, a Mother Goose theme is a great idea. We think it's really cute, and it'd be easy to find lots of items for it in a bunch of different stores Mother Goose doesn't go out of style! We like the "Mother Goose" 7 Piece Gift Set, which would be a great place to start your theme. The set includes a large Mother Goose stuffed animal that has a zipper compartment where three other plush nursery rhyme characters are kept, along with a soft book for each. This is a set that your baby will use for a long time.