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April 30, 2011

HIGHCHAIR 101!!!

Are you approaching the time for solids?

 If so join us on Saturday May 7th from 12pm – 1pm. For a hands-on training/demonstration on highchairs that will fit your life style and a brief introduction to the Babycook, which allows you to make your babies own food. So grab a pen and paper, because we are going to walk you through everything you will need at this very special time.  

April 29, 2011

Discovering & Engaging Strengths

All children are born wired to learn about and master their world. However, anyone with two or more children knows that every child is different and engages with their world in unique ways. Some babies are very sensitive to stimuli; others want more. Some minds are wired to create symphonies; while others are disposed to build bridges or computers; or to cure medical ailments. Different kinds of minds are destined to lead different adult lives.

How do we get to know and cultivate the individual minds of our children? What are the components that comprise an individual mind? How do we meet their learning needs and strengthen their strengths. The research is clear that intelligence is not the narrow skill measured by IQ tests but the versatile and adaptive use of mental capabilities to respond effectively to real situations and needs in their world by figuring things out, solving problems, and creating products. Your babies and children employ and sharpen these tools as they engage in their world. We want our kids to use their competences to become independent, critical and creative thinkers who also build strong relationships, able to deeply connect with the people and world around them.

And it is never too early to start. Every day we can discover more about our unique baby. Minds give off little signals that reveal what they are if we listen and observe. We as primary caregivers in a child’s life have a dramatic influence on how this development and plot plays out. So spend chunks of time where you have no agenda except to listen and observe what your baby reveals about what they are interested in; how they react to things. It is all there is we take the time and patience to learn. Over time, we can help them identify and engage their profile of strengths.

April 29, 2011

Free Stokke Tripp Trapp Baby Set with the purchase of a Stokke Tripp Trapp!

We here at giggle love the Stokke Tripp Trapp. Why? Because this highchair is not your typical highchair– it grows with your baby– from 6 months all the way to adulthood (it can hold up to 300 lbs!). The Tripp Trapp begins as a highchair (with baby set), is a booster seat in its 2nd stage (with 5-point harness), then ultimately becomes a regular chair. Not only does the Tripp Trapp give you great functionality in your home– it looks great doing it! It’s made from solid European Beechwood & available in 5 classic colors: natural, walnut, black, red, & grey. All finishes are non toxic & safe for baby.

From April 28th to May 31st, giggle is making the Tripp Trapp an even better value. We’re giving you the Tripp Trapp Baby Set for FREE (a $70 value) with any purchase of a Stokke Tripp Trapp. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to save on your Stokke Tripp Trapp!

April 29, 2011

Are You Expecting? Shop Smart with giggle’s Best Baby Registry!

giggle makes registering easy! And it’s not just because we carry great stuff (although that is part of the fun). We’re here to help you, every step of the way. Because registering with giggle isn’t just about the gifts. We make it easy to plan your nursery and get everything you need to enjoy parenthood.

giggle’s Personal Shoppers, customized checklists, and registry resources help you build your Best Baby Registry. You’ve got enough to worry about, let giggle take the guess work out of registering!

Stop by giggle, Pasadena today and get your registry started! We even offer Registry Nights every Wednesday at 6pm and Registry Mornings every Sunday at 10am to accomodate your busy schedule. Give us a call or stop in to make an appointment!

 

April 28, 2011

FREE Tripp Trapp Baby Set with the purchase of any Tripp Trapp chair

 

Tripp Trapp Chair

Designed to be pulled up to the table, the Tripp Trapp lets you share family mealtime together from six months on (with the optional baby set). This innovative chair grows with your child from a toddler seat all the way up through the early teen years!

Why it’s a giggle pick: The Tripp Trapp is a great value for your money, and offers the best in multi-stage functionality.

Tripp Trapp Baby Set

This contoured seat and five-point harness lets you use your Tripp Trapp as a highchair starting at six months, until your child can sit unsupported. Best of all, the chair can be pulled right up to the dinner table for family dinners together.

Why it’s a giggle pick: This is a great accessory that lets you get a head start on using your chair!

Starting Thursday April 28th we will be offering a free Baby Set with purchase of a Tripp Trapp. Offer expires May 31st 2011.

Click on the link below  for more information.

:http://www.giggle.com/eng/product/tripp_trapp_baby_set/144601

April 27, 2011

We are more than just a store…

At giggle we are proud to say that we are more than just a store. Come into our Chicago location and see it for yourself.  giggle is a place where you are welcome to just stop by and take a break on one of our comfortable gliders to feed you baby, change a diaper, or just converse with one of our knowledgeable staff, in whatever order you choose :) .

If you are here on Tuesdays at 4pm, you will be in for a treat. Read along with our Storytime diva, Beth; it’s fun and engaging.

The third Wednesday of the month is music time at giggle, hosted by Merry Music Makers- all ages are welcome to attend and shake, shake, shake…

Can’t decide on disposable or cloth diapering? We will help you with that decision.  Just sign up for one of our Cloth Diapering Classes  held every third Saturday of the month.

For more details on this classes and other events at our store visit us online at www.giggle.com under Chicago location.

April 27, 2011

We are just filled with FREE gifts this Spring!

What a GREAT Mother’s Day gift? You get something free with your purchase of a Stokke Tripp Trapp chair. Starting Thursday, April 28th, we will be offering a free Baby Set with your purchase of a Tripp Trapp chair.

The Tripp Trapp chair is designed to be pulled up to the table, and lets you share family mealtime together. From 6 months and on, (with the must-have baby set) this innovative chair grows with your child from a toddler seat all the way up to their teen years!! CRAZY right?!?!

The baby seat is filled with features. This contoured seat and 5 point harness lets you use your Tripp Trapp as a highchair starting at 6 months, until your child can sit unsupoorted.

April 26, 2011

Celebrate Earth Month, giggle style!

Single-handedly saving the planet is a tall order for any busy mom. But luckily what’s good for the earth is good for your baby, too—whether it’s protecting their future or making sure their home environment is pure and healthy. In celebration of Earth Month, here are some easy ways to go green without going overboard.

Bambino Mio Nappy Set
The Diaper Dilemma. Whether to use cloth diapers or disposable is a hotly debated topic: Disposable diapers pollute, while cloth diapers use a lot of water resources. But now there’s a compromise: cloth diaper covers with disposable inserts that work like a sanitary napkin, minimizing what gets thrown away every day. The most responsible versions even make biodegradable inserts.

 

Muu Crib

 

Buy Domestic. With fuel prices dramatically on the rise, more and more consumers are buying local in reaction to the increased cost of importing. Economics and politics aside, buying a crib that doesn’t have to be shipped around the globe helps preserve energy and is a great way to go green.

 

giggle Beter Basics Cleaning Products

Cleaning Supplies. Make sure your “sensitive” cleaning products are nontoxic, for your baby’s health, and biodegradable, for the planet’s health.

 

 

 

Wooden Toy Blocks

Recycling. Hand-me-downs are back! Join the new wave of eco-minded moms who realize that clothes that are outgrown in less than three months can be shared and shared again. I don’t recommend reusing any products with health or safety considerations, such as cribs, mattresses, bedding, or car seats. But there are still plenty of other ways to cut down on the amount of “stuff” going into the landfills. Toys, books, and “gear” items are great places to conserve. Borrow, reuse, and pass them on when you’re done! One great place to donate through is Baby Buggy, which I’m proud to serve on the board of!

 

Safer Paints. Look for paints that have low or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). This type of paint minimizes emissions, which not only ensures better breathing for your baby but is gentler to our ozone. Great news: Most major paint lines today offer a wide color palette in no- and low-VOC paints.

 

 

 

Life Factory Glass Bottles

Glass Baby Bottles. Not sure about BPA issues? Confused by all the conversations about plastics? Opt out of the debate (and meanwhile, lessen the demand for plastics) by going with glass bottles for milk and formula.

 

 

 

 

April 26, 2011

happy. healthy. travel.

Spring Break may be over, but summer vacation is just around the corner! We understand how daunting travelling with a baby in tow can be, so we’re here to help!Perfect for families on the go, the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light is our pick for portable cribs. Super-light weight, with a cushy foam mattress and easy set up, it’s no wonder we love the Travel Crib Light! It fits easily in the overhead bin of an airplane,  pops open and is ready to use in a matter of seconds. The absolute best feature of the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light: it’s completely washable! Everything, from the mattress protector to the carry bag — even the crib itself! — is machine washable!

If you’re leaving on a jet plane, pediatricians recommend giving your baby a bottle or pacifier to suck on to help equalise middle ear pressure. We recommend pacifier clips and pockets to help keep baby’s binkies clean.

New toys are great for long distance travel. We love simple puzzles and books for little ones: they’re easy to pack and quiet. One of our favourites for infants is the Double Bubble Maze. The suction cups stick to any smooth surface, which makes it a great toy for your highchair back home! And don’t forget a baby-friendly photo book for your little tourist!

Stop by giggle Corte Madera and stock up on our travel essentials to ensure that your vacay will be off to a great start!

April 25, 2011

Sing! Move! Fun!

giggle Walnut Creek is happy to host Sing! Move! Fun! every Wednesday afternoon at 5pm and every last Saturday at 10am.  So come and join us with your toddler as we explore songs and games that develop language skills and motor skills – not to mention social skills. Taught by Chrissy Jordan-Smith, this class is geared for ages 1 to 3.  We can’t wait to see you join the fun…