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October 30, 2010

Raindrops Keep Fallin’

Rainy weather getting you down? Stop by giggle and weather-proof your stroller to keep the rainy day blues away!

Unfortunately, not all strollers come with a rain shield. Bob, City Mini, and Orbit are all sold separately. These life-saving accessories allow you to keep your little one snug and dry while you’re out running errands.

If you’re worried about your kiddo catching cold while out and about, Bundle Mes and Footmuffs are fantastic alternatives to thick, heavy jackets and piling on the blankets. They’re like a sleeping bag for your stroller: they zip around your baby, keeping all the cold air out, and don’t interefere with your stroller harness. The best part? They can’t be kicked off like a blanket, so there’s no chance of them getting tangled in the wheels.

Stop by giggle Corte Madera and get your stroller winter-ready!

October 30, 2010

Music Time at giggle Boston!

giggle Legacy Place is overjoyed to announce that music time is coming! The first Thursday of every month, beginning in November, Jackie will be joining us from 11:30-12pm. Jackie comes from both Music Together of Wellesley and Discover Music & Art Dedham, and will be singing and playing instruments with us! Everyone and anyone is welcome to join, and this event is free! Registration is not necessary, but highly recommended. We all hope to see you there!

While we are all anxiously awaiting November 4th, why not check out these cool musical instruments? They are the Mini Orchestra set and the Maracito maracas, which you can find both online and at any giggle store!

October 28, 2010

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

Tuesday November 9th, giggle and Equinox are joining forces and proud to present–2 events for new parents. The first event on November 9th @ 7:00 features Antoni Akagi Fitness Manager, at Equinox. Antoni will discuss the benefits of pre and post natal excercise, and will offer demos and advice on a range of effective excercise.

The second event scheduled on November 16th @ 7:00 features Marissa Lippert MS, RD. Marissa will discuss the benefits of proper nutrition once your baby comes home and will offer ideas for creative recipes new Moms and Dads can prepare together.

Please call and reserve your spot for these events  in our store,  located at 352 Amsterdam Avenue (between 76th and 77th avenues.

Space is limited , so please call 212-362-8680 to reserve your place.

October 28, 2010

Mariah Carey Nesting!

Is pregnancy for a celebrity a more important event than for the rest of us? No, certainly not. However, as I watched the Today Show this morning I was struck with their lives in a fish bowl, with the spotlight always on and we the public watching to see what they are going to do next. I cannot imagine the stress and pressure this creates – as if growing a human being inside your body is not stressful enough – now the entire world is watching you do it!

Are you like me, trying to look the other way, yet still craving information about how the rich and famous move through the pregnancy paces?

Sarah McMoyler RN
www.thebestbirth.com

October 28, 2010

Balloons in Banksville!!!!!

 

Orange giggle balloons will be flying high on Saturday at the “HARVESTFEST IN BANKSVILLE.”

Please join us as we support the Greenwich Fire Dept’s Car Seat Clinic. There will also be Halloween handouts for the kiddies, giggle style. We hope to see you there!

The Harvestfest will be fun for the whole family – hayrides, face painting, organic farm stand, bake sale, and petting zoo. Food offered by Garden Catering.

Saturday, October 30th
12noon – 4pm
Banksville Community House
12 Banksville Road
Greenwich Ct 06831
$25 per family

The Banksville Community House, Inc., founded in 1937, is a non-profit community organization serving children, families, and adults in the Greenwich, North Castle, and North Stamford communities. As the Banksville Community House sits on the State Line, it serves members from both NY and CT. Located at 12 Banksville Road, off of North Street, it sits on 10 lovely acres, 4 acres of which are conservation land. There are a variety of programs running throughout the year, as well as a summer camp program.

For more info bchinfo@optonline.net

October 28, 2010

sibling preparation + sleep

I recently facilitated a webinar on sibling preparation and fielded many questions about sleep. Contrary to what you might think, most questions were about the big sibling’s sleep, not the newborn!

The birth or adoption of another child definitely brings about many big transitions and adjustments for families.  At the heart of many of those changes is sleep.  And while parents often worry about keeping up with a newborn and a toddler/preschooler while they are getting such little sleep themselves — the biggest worry is the disruption to their oldest child(ren)’s sleep habits.

Here are a few helpful guidelines for dealing with this new, big change.

1. If your older child is a toddler under three-years-old, keep him or her in their crib. A crib is a safe, predictable, comforting place for your child.  Moving to a bed will bring about unnecessary anxiety and uncertainty at a time when there is plenty of change to go around.  This may mean needing to purchase or borrow another crib for your baby.

2. If your older child is nearly three-years old or simply too big for a crib, then I recommend moving your child to a big bed either well in advance of the birth of the baby (say three months or so) or waiting until a few months after the birth of the baby. Ideally the latter as many children show signs of regression when a baby enters the scene.  Staying in a crib allows them to regress and be more baby-like at night with all their familiar comforts and security, while having to adjust to this new role as “big” brother or sister during the day.  After a few months of having the baby at home, things will settle down and become more routine and that transition will be easier for everyone.

3. If your older child starts to awaken frequently at night, have your spouse/partner sleep in the room with your child (separate bed) for a week while s/he makes the transition. The reassurance that will come from having someone in the room can make a huge difference and will often mean that your older child is able to continue sleeping well at night.

October 27, 2010

Making holiday travel fun for 3year olds to to 6year olds

Over the expressway and through the airport to grandmothers house we go. It’s almost that time of the year. When we pack up and go see family and friends and eat to much food. Whether it is your first trip with baby or your fourteenth with your four year old we have products to make the trip easier.

 At this age children can entertain themselves with proper packing and just a little coaching.

GoVinci Backpack

Fun on the Run

This great bag will pack pencils and paper, crayons the small video game and snacks. Small enough for your kiddo to carry. Great way for you to help them from wanting to bring everything.

Have less space? Throw this is your bag and your little artist will keep themselves busy.  Don’t forget the old stand bys connect the dots and tic tac toe. Drawing half a shape and having kiddo finish it up is a great way to use their imagination and fill time.

Artist set

 

Happy travel and stay tuned for more. 

October 27, 2010

musings from October

We are just catching our breathe here.

We just returned from the ABC Kids Expo, the premier trade show from children’s products.  What was once a wasteland for greener, healthier products now has ‘greener’ options o’ plenty.   Greenguard has increasingly become the standard for certifying a product for the absence of toxic chemicals.   Below is a sneak peak at our booth and some of our new items for 2011.   We are excited to have them out in the world!

The backdrop was hand-made from 100% natural materials – ash veneer wood, natural wool, jute twine.  Doing our part to make the trade show environment a more beautiful place…

October 26, 2010

Calling All Goblins and Gouhlies!!!

The Marina-Cow Hollow Neighbors and Merchants invite you to participate in the areas best and most loved Halloween event.  On Friday October 29th dress up in your finest costumes and join in the fun marching down Chestnut Street.  The parade begins at 10AM at the Moscone Playground (1800 Buchanan Street).  The local merchants will be handing out tricks and treats to all the adorable little monsters.  giggle Chestnut is very excited to participate in this safe and family friendly event.  We can’t wait to see you all, it’s sure to be a really spooktacular time!

October 26, 2010

Mommy Pampering Products!

Every new mom and mom-to-be deserves a little pampering, and what better way to do that than with spa and bath products made just for them? During giggle’s fourth week of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the focus is on products from Mustela, Mama Mio, and Mambino, which all have fabulous for mommies!

Know someone who just found out that they are expecting a little one? The Mama Mio Congratulations Kit is perfect – it includes Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil, Super-Rich Body Cream, and Moisturizing Shower Cream to make any expectant mommy feel special.

Then take a look at the Mambino Bun in the Oven Gift Set! This cute kit includes Oh Baby! Belly Butter, Youth Glow Omega Face Complex, Moisture Me Body Toning Oil, Mandarin Crème Organic Body Wash, and Kissable Lips Balm.

Do you want to buy something special for yourself? Mustela makes a fabulous and hypoallergenic line of products especially for moms! One of our favorite products is their Stretch Mark Double Action cream, which not only helps prevent new stretch marks, but helps minimize recent ones.

All of these great products and more can be found at giggle.com as well as the giggle Boston store, so call or stop on by today!

Don’t forget!: Lactation Consultant Sherry Spacco, RN and IBCLC will be in the store on October 27th, 2010 from 11am until 12pm. She will be answering any questions about breastfeeding, and we welcome everyone and anyone to join us!