Archive: February 2011

February 28, 2011

If You Love The Alma, You Will Love The Papa!!!!

It’s time to introduce the new stylish crib from Bloom “The Alma Papa”.

The Alma Papa is made of solid birch wood, with brushed stainless steel fittings. The Papa is an upgrade from the alma mini crib. The Alma Papa is good from newborn up unto 4yrs old. It has two mattress settings, and it can convert into a toddler bed by purchasing the conversion kit.

This crib has all the functionality and quality that a full size crib would have, the only differences is it folds for storage when not in use.

February 28, 2011

The Strength of Group Play

Last week we discussed the “tiger mom” parenting debate and my mantra was:
“The key to parenting best practices is to tune into your child’s unique mind and profile of strengths and help them become who they truly are. Assume their mind and profile is a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Our job as parents and educators is to bring out those brilliant gifts by finding great ways to engage that mind in meaningful ways — with activities, projects, and education that challenge and cultivate that richness.”

I realize that it is easier said then done. How do we actually identify and engage our child’s uniqueness.

One simple observation is that we see our child’s strengths by comparing and contrasting their behaviors to what other kids are doing around their age & stage. Sports is a great example, I had no clue about my son’s athletic and soccer skills until he joined a soccer team and I saw him playing with others. Watching him play in the backyard alone was not nearly as helpful as seeing him play in a context with others his age.

I know that it is politically correct these days to say we never want to compare our kids to others and I do understand the downside risk of comparing motivated by a desire to brag about our child or to satisfy our own pride of raising the “best” kids. Instead we want to be motivated by a chance to really get to know our own child better. The simple fact is that every child is unique and they give off signals all the time about what makes them so. Group settings help us see those signals more clearly. We want to expose our kids to a diverse range of activities so that we can actually see what most interests them, heightens their joy and draws out their skills and lets them shine.

February 28, 2011

Breastfeeding 101

giggle Walnut Creek invites you to our Breastfeeding 101 informative class this upcoming Wednesday, March 2nd at 5:15pm.  Join lactation consultant Kay Goodyear for this lively discussion that will answer all your questions about breastfeeding.  She’ll give you the lowdown on topics such as why you should breastfeed, what’s entailed, and how often you should it.  So, if you’re expecting and have questions or currently breastfeeding and having difficulties, this class is for you.  So come, visit, and have a chat with Kay Goodyear.  We’ll see you Wednesday evening!

February 28, 2011

too much of a good thing?

Perhaps you heard the recent news that the EPA has decided to lower the recommended levels of fluoride added to tap water.  What does it mean to you and your family?

The quick takeaway is that research is suggesting that the average levels of fluoride in our water should be reduced for optimal health.  Some health advocates, including Environmental Working Group (EWG), call for the elimination of added fluoride for infants and pregnant women (citing research by National Academy of Sciences, release found here and link to EWG’s blog here).  Fluoride has been added to drinking water for decades in an effort to reduce tooth decay.

What it means?

-         Tap water is still better than bottled water

-         Water filtered with a carbon filter (brita, etc) is better than unfiltered tap water (but a carbon filter cannot remove fluoride)

-         Water filtered with a full reverse osmosis (RO) system is purer than water filtered with a carbon filter.

helpful resources to learn more on this topic:

- Check the quality of your local water:  http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/home

- webMD article:  http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20110107/us-wants-to-reduce-fluoride-in-drinking-water

February 25, 2011

silhouette treasures!

We could never use too many memories. Sure, pictures can say a thousand words… but how about something original and unique?

giggle Chevy Chase is proud to host Karl Johnson, one of the best known silhouette artists in the world. His work has been featured in over thirty national publications, including Oprah, People magazine, and Martha Steward Weddings. His silhouette portraits are personalized, one-of-a-kind pieces of art to be treasured forever. An heirloom-quality portrait is a wonderful way to capture this moment in time with your little one.

Karl Johnson will be handcrafting silhouette portraits on March 15th. He will be here from 10AM to 7PM – but space is limited!
He is offering 5″x7″ silhouette portraits (unframed) by $25.00. 
Be sure to call us at 301.664.6407 or e-mail us at chevychase@giggle.com to ensure an appointment! See you then!

February 24, 2011

Our Delightful Dan Zanes at Adelphi University

Adelphi University is hosting Dan Zanes and Friends as part of their new family concert series. Dan has become a household name with children and their families and we love him and his band here at giggle! His use of folksy instruments along with his catchy songs gets moms & kids in the mood for lots of music, singing, & fun.
So join Dan zanes and his band at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center in Garden City, NY on March 26th at 11 am. The cost for the tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the schools website.
Have a great time & please say hi to Dan and the band for us!

February 23, 2011

Papa Is In!!!!

Its finally here!! The new crib from bloom, the Alma Papa! This exciting new piece has the same detail and asthetic that the alma mini has but now providing a longer span of use when it comes to a child’s life. This crib will last roughly 2-3 years with the conversion kit!! Offered in 3 amazing colors this crib will add character to any nursery!

Don’t forget to finish off the room with the matching dresser. This beautiful addition also accomodates the changing tray made by bloom as well!

February 23, 2011

Family Game Night: Back to the Classics

Now that my son’s in third grade – well past the baby stage – my husband and I recently decided to test out a family game night. We’ve been playing games as a family for years, but we’ve never had a dedicated game night. And now that our son’s at an age where his skills and abilities demand more challenging games, the games are a lot more fun for us!

I’m finding the things that are big hits around our house are the classics: those games that everyone remembers playing as a kid. Each one of these games is great not only for together time, but for learning. Plus, they’re just good, cheap family entertainment!

  • Dominoes is making a big comeback in our house. It’s the perfect complement to times-table exercises for a gradeschool-aged child.
  • Although it can run a little long sometimes, Monopoly is a great way to teach your child about money, especially if you let him or her play the banker.
  • Charades is all about silly fun, but it’s also proven to develop children’s creativity and communication skills.

Our favorite new game, BananaGrams, has only been around since 2006 but feels like a classic already. Essentially, it’s like a freeform version of Scrabble without the board or the points. The banana-shaped bag of tiles is perfect for bringing along with you, and it’s great for reinforcing those spelling lessons!

February 22, 2011

giggle criteria

giggle Scottsdale wants to let our customers know exactly what makes giggle different! Essentially, we do the homework so you don’t have to. But does that mean we are quickly rushing to school, whipping together an essay on the bench at the playground, and hoping the teacher doesn’t call on us to review it in class? Of course not!

giggle Criteria is a program Ali Wing  and our merchandising team has worked on for years. 

We’ve narrowed down the choices by picking only the best products out there. In other words, if we sell it, we love it, and we think you will, too! We talked to parents to find out what was important to them and arrived at a set of ten giggle product criteria. Every product we offer goes through a rigorous selection process and must meet at least three of the criteria to be included in our store:

Stop in our Scottsdale store today to learn more about how this list helps us choose products that will work for your lifestyle!

February 21, 2011

Ahoy Savoy!!!

 

Ahoy Savoy!!!

DwellStudio’s new Savoy glider and ottoman has arrived! It offers a classic look with a modern edge.  This piece will grow with you through the years.  It is cozy enough for your nursery and stylish for your living room.

The gentle gliding and swivel motions are perfect for nursing, feeding, or cuddle time with your little one.

Features:

  • handmade single-wrapped foam cushions
  • recycled steel glide mechanism both glides and swivels
  • button tufted with removable seat
  • made in USA

The Savoy has contemporary appeal that looks right at home in any décor!

Visit giggle’s SoHo location at 120 Wooster Street between Prince and Spring in the heart of SoHo’s shopping district.  To place your order today you may also contact us at sohostore@giggle.com or  212-334-5817.