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Change IS Strange: Helping Children Adjust

Change is Strange knows that when big changes happen to little people, things can get scary, and upsetting, and exciting, and sometimes all of the above at once. Just when your pre-schooler thinks he’s got it all figured out, you throw him a change up: a new house, a new baby, a new school. Children value routine, but change also provides new opportunities. As parents, the challenge is to prepare our children for change … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Books, Books (0-3), Books (Pre-School), Books (School Aged), Personalized, Tips

Grow Young Minds with Cranium Bloom Games for Pre-Schoolers

It is cold and raining outside and your three year old is bouncing off the wall. You’ve done crafts, you’ve built couch forts, and right now you just want your kid to sit quietly for a few minutes, without the television on. Cranium has launched a new line of games (or, as like to call them, parent sanity savers), called Cranium Bloom, for pre-schoolers. The concept behind each of these games is to encourage … Read entire article »

Filed under: Games, Toys (Pre-School)

Fair Trade Clothing, Toys, and Accessories for Your Family

What we do speaks louder than what we say–and our children are watching every move. By purchasing from fair trade companies, we support children and families everywhere. Inca Kids is a fabulous new company dedicated to promoting economic justice, revitalizing traditional crafting, and encouraging environmental sustainability. You’ll find gorgeous, handcrafted toys, clothing and decorative items. The items crafted with the arpillera technique, hand appliqu├ęd fabric collages, are my favorites. The vibrant colors and exuberant designs speak … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gifts, Children's Fashion, Fashion, Gift Ideas, Mommy Gifts, Shower Gifts, Socially Conscious, Toys (All Ages)

Duck Duck Goose Coupon Code 15% off (Deal of the Day)

Click HERE to visit Duck Duck Goose Boutique and receive 15% off beautiful children’s clothing, hip accessories, and toys you can trust. Find brands like Appaman, Baby Legs, Diaper Dude, mini Ugg booties, Cuter Than a Duck’s Butt, and more. Coupon Code: BEMINE (through 2/14/08) … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Fashion, Boutiques, Children's Fashion, Coupons, Toys (All Ages)

Beco Contest and Along for the Ride Coupon Code

We are so excited about this contest! We enjoy hosting giveaways, and babywearing, and shopping at Along For the Ride. What a great opportunity to share all three with our readers! Babywearing allows mom to have hands free and helps baby feel secure and loved. Studies show that babies who are worn cry less and are more verbal. One of the best selling carriers at Along for the Ride is the Beco Baby Carrier–they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Carriers, Contests, Coupons

Build Your Child’s Library: Anti-Bullying Children’s Books

If you are looking for a way to discuss verbal and social bullying with your child, Just Kidding and My Secret Bully are good options. Just Kidding addresses the topic of verbal bullying. Vince repeatedly teases D.J. with mean-spirited comments meant to humiliate D.J. But Vince avoids punishment and belittles D.J. using the “just kidding” defense. The bullying escalates, but D.J. talks with his father and teacher and learns how to handle the situation. My Secret Bully addresses the topic of social bullying (relational aggression). Katie, Monica’s friend since kindergarten, increasingly humiliates, embarrasses and excludes Monica in front of their classmates. Monica talks with her mother about how hurt she feels by the actions of her “friend.” Her mother listens to Monica, helps her understand this bullying is not her fault and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Books (School Aged)

Soft-Soled Chic: Shoes for Tots

The right footwear important because you can always buy more shoes–but you only get one pair of feet! New walkers need protection for their darling little tootsies when they are walking outside–and plenty of room to grow. When my tiny tot took her first toddling steps, my first reaction was pride and wonder, followed by, “Let’s get some shoes!” While infants are still in the crawling and cruising stage, they do not need shoes–in fact, barefoot … Read entire article »

Filed under: Shoes (Baby), Shoes (Children)

Baby Nightlights That Will Have You Seeing Stars

Make bedtime fun with plush animal nightlights by Cloud B. The Twilight Turtle and Twilight Ladybug both project a starry night sky on the nursery ceiling in your choice of colors. Both adorable and educational, these nightlights make an ideal baby gift. Twilight Turtle users can select from amber, blue or green lights, and Twilight Ladybug has a choice of red, blue or green light. I found it difficult to see the stars on the amber … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gifts, Baby Shower, Nursery Decor

Eco-Friendly Baby Gifts

Trendy shoppers are increasingly opting to send eco-friendly new baby gifts instead of traditional fresh-cut flowers. In addition to a wide selection of flowers and traditional gift baskets, GiftTree.com has several “green” gift options for budgets both big and small. The Pure Baby Organic Gift Set ($99.95) has something for both mommy and baby. This gift set of organic items arrives beautifully-packaged in a reusable suede hat box. The box contains a super-soft organic cotton … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gifts, Eco-Friendly

Cute and Comfortable Shoes for Toddlers from Pedoodles

When it comes to the “Awww” factor, Pedoodles baby and toddler shoes are some of the cutest children’s footwear on the market. Adorable cartoon-style designs in vivid colors adorn these comfortable shoes for beginning and young walkers. Designed to be the next best thing to going barefoot, Pedoodles shoes are lightweight, flexible, soft, and flat. The thick, yet super-soft Pedflex soles allow your explorer to walk confidently outdoors, while allowing for proper foot growth. My … Read entire article »

Filed under: Shoes (Baby), Shoes (Children)