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November 30, 2009

Drawers, Doors, Pots, Pans & Household Objects

Why do our little ones want to get their hands on any loose object in the house? Why are they so fascinated with opening every drawer or door and dumping out whatever they can? Who hasn’t seen the delight of a baby getting a hold of mama’s purse, emptying the entire thing and rummaging through each item. Another classic is the grabbing of the glasses from Grandma’s nose. These Everyday objects are what populate our babies’ world so naturally they want to seize and explore. And of course, the value of, or interest in an object skyrockets when mom, dad or other important person has it; they want what you have. They are fascinated by the variety of objects and relationships between objects such as the spatial relationship of the container (purse) and the contained (lipstick case).

Exploring the House

Exploring the House

Infants bring to their mouth objects that they can grasp– the edge of their blanket, the end of a rattle, a shoelace. In so doing, they gain information both about the shape of the object and the capacity of their mouth.  The mouth is like a third hand and the object to mouth relation is an important foundation for reading the spatial world.  Infants will search for objects they drop.  This helps them figure out the relation of objects to supporting surfaces. Whitney like most babies never seemed to tire of dropping objects from her high chair (http://bit.ly/7qAJyB). They also experiment with relations such as when object is out of reach or only hidden behind a fold in the blanket.  And of course infants love to make the whole visual world disappear by covering their eyes with their blanket, then peeking out again.  These games teach them the concept of covering, which is not really the same as disappearing.

Toddlers have improved dexterity and therefore have more possible ways to handle objects and understand the relationships between them. The child can place and release one block on top of another, in effect saying, “I can make that block (the one on the floor) grow.”  They also like to swipe the top block off, in effect saying, “I know this tall object looks like a whole, but see, it is really separate parts.” They not only explore separate and whole, but also inside and out.  ONEs love to put small objects into cups and containers, then dump them out.  They are exploring the paradox between gone/not-gone, inside/outside, attached/not attached. (See Whitney at http://bit.ly/6iF4LS)

Watch carefully for early examples of sorting objects.  The one year old shows his/her thinking more by the order in which he touches objects than by physically sorting them here and there.  He might touch four of the little cars and none of the little cats.  This behavior indicates that he has organized in his mind that the cars are all members of the same category.  But he can put two cube blocks together in a stack, and later in a row.  These pairings are not categories, but simply physical adjacencies that make something he likes.

TWOs invent new ways to play with relations such as inside and outside.  A cube can go in a cup, but also the cup can go over (cover) the block on the table. The child has discovered the inverse of cube inside cup, i.e. cup outside cube. As children play and talk about containers, they are “unpacking” the complexities of spatial relations. Watch to decide if your child is more interested in placing an object in to leave it contained, placing it in to make it disappear, placing it to take it out, making the container become the contained (e.g. nesting cups) or even opening and closing the container without interest in contents. Then gently summarize in words what you see, such as, “You closed the lid.”  Then do something slightly more complicated and put your action to words, “I put the lid on the bottom.”

When children explore small objects, we can see the way they think.  We know they are thinking about physical similarity when they sort a group of objects into categories, such as all the red ones here and the yellow ones over there.  We know they are thinking about vacant space when they deliberately make a gap between two blocks and call it a “door.” The more we slow down, let them grab hold of those everyday objects, the more our children will figure out what all these objects are and how they’re put to use.

eebee’s adventures has a bunch of great everyday object play ideas for you and your child in its All in a Day’s Play DVD currently available in stores like giggle or at www.eebee.com.

November 30, 2009

Merry Christmas from the CTA!

Yes, that’s right folks! Finally, all our suffering has paid off, and our new stroller friendly neighbourhood El stations will bring us some holiday joy.  Santa Train is back! Bring on the Egg Nog !

6 train cars adorned with thousands of lights, Elves and Santa on his sleigh, all for the mere price of a CTA ride? General schedule  below, check in with your friendly neighbourhood CTA guy for specific departure times.

Hop onboard, and don’t forget to “giggle”……..

Wednesday, Dec. 2 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Green Line (& Purple Line*)
Thursday, Dec. 3 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Green Line (& Purple Line*)
Friday, Dec. 4 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Green Line (& Purple Line*)
Saturday, Dec. 5 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Green Line
Wednesday, Dec. 9 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brown & Orange Lines
Thursday, Dec. 10 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brown & Orange Lines
Friday, Dec. 11 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brown & Orange Lines
Saturday, Dec. 12 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Brown & Orange Lines
Wednesday, Dec. 16 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Red Line
Thursday, Dec. 17 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Purple Line
Friday, Dec. 18 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Red Line
Monday, Dec. 21 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Red Line
Tuesday, Dec. 22 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Purple Line
Wednesday, Dec. 23 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Yellow Line


November 30, 2009

Lions, Lights and Chocolate…Oh My!

One of the delights of living in the city of Chicago is the beautiful Lincoln Park Zoo.  And this time of year it is especially wondrous and, might I say… a little romantic!  2009 sees a Brighter, Bigger and Free(er) Zoo Lights. From December 5th through 7th, opening hours are 5-9 pm and an extra special treat is the free hot chocolate served at the Kolver Lion House — meow!  December 12th through January 4th opening hours are 5-9 pm.  So, stop by giggle Lincoln Park for your Arctic Bundle Me stroller blankets and fun monkey hats and head off to the zoo for a giggle!

November 30, 2009

Leafy Fall Fun

As a kid growing up in California, we didn’t exactly experience the four seasons of the year the way you get them on the East Coast.  Sure, it got cold and rainy in the “winter” but no leaves falling or snow-covered backyards. 


I now get to see the pros and cons of all four seasons.  One of them that checks both boxes is the leaves.  Almost every tree dropping every leaf and trying to get them all clean up?  Craziness.  If you’ve been on leaf cleanup duty, you know it takes hours and hours to pick up all those leaves.  And if it’s windy, forget it.  Go inside, have a hot cocoa and try again tomorrow. 

 But, get those leaves piles up and it is fun time!  Leaf jumping, throwing and general silliness make all the cleanup worth the effort.  Even if it means a little extra cleanup time for dad.  Aren’t kids supposed to do those chores?

November 29, 2009

Flying with your baby on Holiday

At this wonderful time of year we all look forward to traveling to see family and friends.  However with your new bundle of joy and in some cases bundles of joy there extra things to bring to aid  you in the travels.  The Dwell Weekender duffle style bag is perfect size for your carry on.  It will hold everything for you and baby in convenience and style.  Some items that will help to occupy your  bundle are the Miyim finger puppets and the wee Flash cards.  These items will keep your infant entertained when needed.  Babyganics Germinater hand sanitizer is alcohol free, compact, easy to store in the Weekender and will be handy at your seat.   A tip for taking off and landing is to feed baby while ascending and descending to help with air pressure fluxuation.  This will keep all of your neighbors on the flight enjoying their trip as well.  In my travels I had some great flight attendants that would hold my baby while I used the restroom, however, if that service  is not available I suggest a baby carrier so you can wear your baby and be hands free.  A great carrier is the Baby Bjorn Active Carrier,  the Cybex 2.0  The Ergo or the Lillebaby Carriers.  As I usually traveled alone with my child we would  walk up and down the aisles to stretch my legs,  she would fall asleep and back to my seat I would go with my content sleeping little sweet pea  .  I wish you all safe and wonderful  holiday travels.

November 29, 2009

Holiday Festivities in the Big Apple!

If you’re in New York, here are a few fun filled ideas and events that the whole family will love.

Lets kick off the holiday season with the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Rockefeller Center, Dec 2nd at 8pm — dont be late!!!

For weekend fun, take your family to Wollman Rink in Central Park, it is a fabulous NYC tradition. Then top off the day by bringing your family to the famous Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

Pack up the kids and don’t forget your strollers and baby carriers there will be a lot of touring and traveling throughout this adventure. If you happen to forget anything for your little ones, come on by the giggle Lexington Avenue location and we will do our best to add to your holiday experience.

November 27, 2009

Reindeer are Visiting Greenwich!

We literally just heard about the First Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop to benefit Kids in Crisis that will take place from November 27-December 24.  Reindeer will arrive to the area from the North Pole on Friday November 27th in the afternoon.  They will then be escorted down Greenwich Avenue by Greenwich public officials to McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center…which is located on 48 Arch Street located right in Greenwich.  This is where the reindeer will reside through Thursday December 24th and you are more than welcome to visit them…Monday through Friday from noon-5:30pm, Saturday from 9:00am-5:30pm and Sunday from 9:00am-4:00pm.  Reindeer feeding times will take place daily at 9:00am and 4:00pm.  This is definitely another special and magical holiday moment.  McArdle’s will also be offering an extra special treat…complimentary hot mulled cider each day.  Thanks, McArdle’s!  Yum!

November 27, 2009

The Five Labor P’s

Pain: There will be pain. Rather than be terrified and crumble in fear about it- let’s face it, learn how to cope with it and remember that there are pain management options.

Panic: The muscle that I become most concerned about as labor intensifies is the brain…it has a need to be in control-not possible in labor. Reassuring her that she is OK, that she is doing well and steadily guiding her through one contraction at a time is key.

Partner: You are essential in labor. No one can take your place. You are the only one in the building that loves her head to toe. In between contractions you are the one to wrap your arms around her

Passenger: The baby is the one that actually call the shots in labor. Intermittent monitoring of the fetal heart rate (FHR) provides a snapshot of how the baby is tolerating labor. It is not uncommon during a long labor for the FHR to show signs of stress, requiring additional monitoring, IV fluids and possibly a cesarean birth.

Process: Labor unfolds. Think of it like a road trip: You have a good vehicle with gas in the car, a reliable roadmap or (GPS system!) You begin at point ‘A’ with the goal of getting to point ‘B.’ What happens as you make your way across country remains to be seen. You cannot control the weather, the road conditions, the other drivers etc. etc.
You make decisions along the way, based on your experience…just like the day you are in labor.

November 25, 2009

A Thanksgiving Wish…

To all of our amazing friends and families of giggle.  Wishing you a very enjoyable Thanksgiving celebration!  We look forward to shopping with you the next time you visit.  Until then…thanks so much for your continued loyalty.

~ Your friends at giggle Greenwich

November 25, 2009

giggle at paper culture

We are very happy to be a featured designer at paperculture.com. The giggle card collection includes holiday cards, holiday party invitations, baby shower invitations, baby announcements and kids party invitations. Their cards are beautifully printed on recycled paper with soft rounded corners, so lovely. It’s a great collection that we’re proud to have. Check it out!