September 13, 2011
I recently bought this sleeping bag for my toddler for our vacation. He loves it! The alligator's face is so goofy my son laughs every time he sees it. The sizing is perfect for toddlers; there's plenty of room for wiggling around and getting comfortable. If you need something for nap time at a day care, a weekend at grandma's or even a cool weather camping trip, this sleeping bag will keep your toddler happy.
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April 25, 2011
Okay, I confess. I probably write about this product a few times a year, but I think it is one of the most important yet overlooked method of baby proofing. It's spring time and all over the country parents are opening up those windows to finally let in some fresh air! Don't let this wonderful time of the year turn tragic. Protect curious little ones from falls with this Guardian Angel Window Guard. I have these on several of my second story windows and they are only ones that we open. They are so easy to install and are super durable. In the event of an emergency, the bars can be easily removed with a simple pinch. Don't let the price tag discourage you. These window guards are worth every penny.
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February 3, 2011
My first son had a toy like this for his crib years ago. It was one of the best toys a baby could have. The black and white contrast really seemed to hold my son's attention. He could grab and squeeze the panels to hear a bell or the rustling of paper. He also loved feeling the different textures. If you are looking for a toy that will hold your baby's attention as he grows, you found it in this Activity Puzzle and Crib Gallery.
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October 13, 2010
Did you October is National Window Safety Month? It's a great reminder to look around and make sure you have all the bases covered when childproofing your home. Don't forget to protect your child from falls. You might be surprised how easy it can be for a child to fall through a screen. This Window Guard is a great way to childproof your windows. We have several in our house. They are sturdy and stay in place after installation. They blend in pretty well so your house doesn't have the prison look of bars on the windows. Don't worry about escape in an emergency. Individual bars can be removed with a simple pinch from an adult.
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October 7, 2010
As a mother of 3 small children, I know how difficult it can be to make sure a toddler's pants stay put when a big diaper is in the way. So when I was offered the chance to sample a cinch belt from Bugalug, I accepted of course. The belt that arrived was well made and colorful. All three of my kids were instantly attracted to it and wanted to wear it, even the littlest one. The elastic component makes it a comfortable fit and it slid easily through the belt loops. If you have a skinny toddler, this belt is a great way to keep the pants up and stretch the life of a pair of pants. If you choose, you can also purchase a matching "cuff." It's a perfect accessory for any child with style. It has the same quality and looks so cute next to the matching belt.
If you would like to see the complete line of Bugalug products, including adorable pony tail holders for girls, check out www.bugalug.ca.
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March 24, 2010
It's been a long hard winter for most of the country. Believe it or not, Spring will come to your town, if it hasn't already. You will want to get those windows open and get some fresh air in your home. Before you start throwing open windows, just remember curious little children will also be looking out those windows. So take an extra precaution and install Guardian Angel Window Guards on any window that might be a risk for your child. I have them installed on every window on my second floor and I consider it a great investment. Don't be startled by the bars on the windows either, in an emergency they can be easily removed for a safe exit.
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March 8, 2010
Once you plug all the electric outlets and tied up all the window cords, take an even closer look at your windows. Do you know many children fall through window screens every year and are seriously injured or killed? It is a preventable tragedy. The window guards by Guardian Angel are easy to install for long term safety, but easy to remove in the event of a fire. They are worth every penny you will spend. I got them after I realized my second child liked to climb on the window sills. It has given me peace of mind to know that there is a layer of protection between my son and the window screen. Of course, he still needs to be supervised, but it is a comfort to know that those guards are there.
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October 27, 2009
I inherited a Graco Travel System from a friend who was getting rid of hers. She said she was giving it to me because she was tired of seeing me wrestle with another brand that I already had. She swore by her Graco stroller. It was so easy to maneuver. I have to say, she was right! I don't know why I spent so much time tolerating my other system. This one was so much more mom-friendly. It has a one handed folding and unfolding feature and the storage is so much more accessible. There's even plenty of space on the tray for toys, sippy cups, and snacks. I can appreciate that when I'm out shopping with my friend.
See Graco Quattro Tour Deluxe Travel System.
September 28, 2009
What parent doesn't love to see their baby laugh? Get your baby going with the Hasbro Playskool Busy Ball Popper. 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 fire hit. Ash loves the soft music and thinks it's hilarious when the balls come floating out of the tubes. When the soft 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.
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August 20, 2009
Ash got this for a gift and I thought it was cute. I really underestimated the value of this gift. The music is nice and the bright colors keep him interested. But I really love the way it encourages fine motor development. He spends so much time practicing putting the coins in the slot and taking them back out. That's a benefit I didn't count on.
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July 8, 2009
I got this as a gift for my second son and it was the best gift I could have received. It is now my standard gift that I give when someone has a baby. It is so sturdy that I am still using it for my third son, 4 years later. Bright colors and fun sounds keep your baby happy when he is awake and the soothing vibrator will help you and the baby get some sleep.
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June 29, 2009
These Munchkin Snack Catchers are probably one of the best things I have bought since becoming a mom. Have you ever tried traveling with a baby who was carrying a baggie full of Cheerios? Not pretty. It's dangerous and messy. Now I just shove a few treats in this snack catcher and I'm good to go. It is strong enough to hold the food in and is soft enough not to hurt my baby's fingers. I'd say it's a definite must have.
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"
October 16, 2008
Via our good friends over at Rookie Moms we received a Mrs. Goodbee Talking Dollhouse to review. Mrs. Goodbee is a the product of a new company, Caring Corners, that is designed to that teaches manners, sharing and other good behaviors, including being charitable.
We received the dollhouse in 1 relatively big box, and some accessories in another smaller box. Once we got the dollhouse out of the box, it required a little assembly. We had to attach the front steps, a chimney, and so on. The instructions were very clear on everything you had to do. The only thing that tripped me up was I didn't realize that I didn't have the dollhouse open all the way!
The dollhouse comes with a couple of small accessories: a computer chair, a baby, a puppy, and a little girl. We also received some additional accessories: a grownup "daddy" doll, a reclining sofa, and a TV. The dollhouse itself has lots of interactivity. As you can see in the picture above, the front of the house features the face of Mrs. Goodbee. Mrs. Goodbee's eyes can be closed, and will pop open whenever the doorbell rings. The doorbell is accompanied by Mrs. Goodbee singing a little song, or teaching a short lesson about manners, sharing, or other virtues. Other interactive items include: a crib that makes "cooing" noises, a tooth-brushing sink, a toilet that flushes, a refrigerator, a radio, and a doggy bed.
As part of its mission to teach good manners and charity, there is an online component to Mrs. Goodbee Talking Dollhouse as well. The product literature suggests that you:
With your child, pick some simple activites and responsibilities that she can do, such as: pick up toys, feed the pet, make my bed, brush my teeth, share my toys, hug someone. Whenever she does something that you wish to reinforce, allow her to choose a sticker from this booklet to decorate the back of the Mrs. Goodbee house. There's a surprise under the 'bug stickers!' Whenever she picks one of these, she will find a secret code underneath. Simply go to the Caring Corners website and enter the code.
The code will unlock a special game that's available at the website. As your child continues the good deeds she can do more and more fun games and activities at the website. Additionally, there is a key attached to the porch of the house that also has a special code. This code will unlock even more special games and activities such as:
- Creating her own friend - choosing hair, eye, skin color, and outfits.
- Planting seeds, nurturing her garden, and watching it grow!
- Playing games that reinforce acts of caring, sharing and preparing for real-life responsibilities.
Anderson has been obsessed with the dollhouse since we put it together. He plays with it for at least a few minutes every day, and many days for even longer. Its been a great toy because its really encouraging pretend and imagination play, something at which his other toys haven't been too successful. It may be a coincidency, but since we received Mrs. Goodbee, Anderson has been playing a lot more with the rest of his toys as well.
If you're interested in a new dollhouse, or looking for your child's first, you should definitely consider the Mrs. Goodbee Talking Dollhouse. And don't think that dollhouses are just for girls, even boys really enjoy playing with them!