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June 30, 2011

Water Play and Exploration

With summer in full swing, we will all be doing lots of water play over the next few months. Water play and exploration is one of the classic open-ended play experiences that can provide hours and hours of engagement for your baby as they figure out how this stuff called water works. There are lots of ways to make your baby’s time with water a rich experience full of discovery and learning. My company, eebee’s Adventures, is offering a free video download that models lots of great filling and spilling adventures. To download yours (or pass it along to friends) just follow this link: http://eebee.com/waterplay/sk.html

While on duty watching your little one in the pool or at the beach, look for the hidden secrets your child is discovering while exploring water. Those seemingly simple pours or splashes probably involve some serious thinking and problem solving that we adults don’t readily see. And it is a lot of fun to speculate about what is going on inside that little mind.

Take my daughter Whitney at the pool in the videos below, when I slowed down and really observed her play, there were lots of really interesting nuggets of thinking I could notice. This first video shows her transferring water back and forth between cups:

We take for granted the transferability of water. That of course when you pour from one cup to the other, the same amount of water is going to show up in the new cup (eg the law of conservation). However, our little ones do not take this for granted and want to experiment again again to test what will happen.

There is a lot of stuff they find fascinating that we view as trivial. Here a serious interest in “Overflow”:

Of course, we don’t pour additional water into a cup that is full but our toddlers will do it again and again. They are discovering the personality of water. It overflows down the sides when they continue to pour in the cup.

Lastly, what happens when another cup is pushed down instead of another — aha! –Displacement occurs:

While they are running their experiments in understanding water, they are also exercising all sorts of thinking, communication, social & emotional and physical skills. Again, this is how the richest learning works. In the context of figuring out something they care about, and show an interest in, they challenge and exercise all the budding skills of development from the physical skill of twisting their wrists to pour the water to the cognitive skill of trying out, remembering and employing the tactic that delivers the desired result. So try to be as creative as you can in supplying tools and encouraging play extensions that come to mind based on what interests your child. Over the summer, there will be lots of opportunities

June 28, 2011

Packing the Perfect Summer Diaper Bag

Skip Hop Versa diaper bagSummer is officially here, which means it’s time to get out and have some fun! So what should you pack for summertime adventures? Here are some tips for packing smart and traveling light.

Of course it all starts with a great bag, preferably one that includes a changing pad. (If you’re still looking for the perfect diaper bag, our Diaper Bag Gear Guide gives you lots of great thoughts on what to look for.)

There are a few key items that you should never leave home without, but you also don’t want to go overboard and pack too much. Here are my top picks for a manageable set of essentials:

•    First things first: Invest in a diaper bag you love that also fits your needs. One of our favorites at the moment: the Skip Hop Versa, which expands to be 20% larger!

•    Muslin swaddles are super lightweight for summer and serve a multitude of purposes.

•    Sunscreen wipes make application super easy and foolproof.

•    A protects your baby’s scalp, eyes and ears.

•    Binkies are an essential for soothing and pacifier clips keep them from getting lost.

•    Stash a travel-friendly portion of Babyganics Baby Wipes in this terrifically portable swipe case.

•    Don’t forget hand and face wipes for quick cleanup.

•    A fashionable onesie takes up almost no room and is perfect if you need a quick change.

•    Pack a snack to go in a smart feeding set.

•    And of course, don’t leave home without diapers and some Knot-It bags to stash the dirty ones!

What are some of your summer diaper bag must-haves? Share below!

June 27, 2011

DAILY DEMOS!!!

 

Check out our daily demos happening in-store, Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

June has been all about travel, the products taking the spotlight are, the Phil and Ted’s Nest,  Kidco Peapod,  Baby Bjorn Travel Crib, UppaBaby G-Luxe and the Baby Bjorn Synergy.

Monday-   Phil and Ted’s Nest: great from newborn to nine months. It’s also a great travel bassinet option, which can also be used as a travel bag.

Tuesday-  Kidco Peapod: perfect from newborn to three years old. It’s a great travel bed option, and can also be used at the park or beach.

Wednesday-   Baby Bjorn Travel Crib:  one of our most comfortable travel cribs, and comes with a firm breathable mattress. It’s great from newborn to three years old and may also be used as a play-pen.

Thursday-   UppaBaby G-Luxe stroller: ideal from three months to 50 lbs. This is definitely one of our light weight solutions weighing only 11lbs.

Friday-   Baby Bjorn Synergy carrier: may be used from 8lbs. to 26lbs., and provides great lumbar support for the parent. The Synergy is also made out of a breathable mesh fabric which will keep you and your baby cool.

So stop by any giggle for the remainder of June and check out these amazing demos.

 

June 24, 2011

Is it “rocket science” or not?

Are you finding it daunting to properly install your child’s car seat?  Are you always wondering if it has been correctly installed?  Well, giggle Corte Madera has a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician on staff, ready for your questions.  Don’t be bashful if you didn’t purchase your car seat from us, we still want your child to ride with safety in mind.  We can inspect your child’s car seat and teach you how to repeatedly install with confidence. 

We have fabulous car seats that will not only fit your child but your budget too.  We can properly guide you in correct fitment and the best choice for your families traveling solution.  Come down to the store and see why we trust brands like Graco, Britax, Chicco, Maxi Cosi, Orbit Baby, and Cybex. 

Here at giggle we take child safety very seriously.  There are so many ways that we can help prevent unnecessary injury while using a car seat in your vehicle.  A conversation about proper use is typically all it takes.  Let’s all take safety’s first-steps together.

To ensure prompt service at your convenience, you may schedule an appointment for a car seat fitment at the giggle in your neighborhood.  See you in Corte Madera!

“If a disease were killing our children at the rate unitentional injuies are, the public would be outraged and demand that this killer be stopped.” C. Everett Koop M.D., Sc.D., former US Surgeon General.

June 24, 2011

Get Ready for Summer Travel!

Summer is finally here! Yes….

Are you prepared for summer travel?

Check out the HOTTEST item at giggle right now:

Kidco Peapod Travel Bed:

The Peapod travel bed folds compactly and pops open easily, perfect for toddler naps on the go! It’s great for the park or beach, and it’s comfortable enough to be used for sleepovers, as well. With SPF 50 UV protection, the Peapod is perfect for your little pea.

Why we love it?  It’s tiny when folded and weighs less than 6 pounds, so it’s perfect to pack in a suitcase or bring on as a carry-on!

Who it’smade for: Parents who don’t need a structured travel crib but do want a quick, easy and lightweight solution.

Features: –inflatable mattress
–CPSIA-compliant
–SPF 50 UV protection and wind screens
–includes inflatable mattress, pump, washable sleeping pad and storage bag

material: polyester

dimensions: –open: 47″ l x 30″ w x 19″ h
–folded: 14″ l x 5″ w x 14″ h

age: birth to 3 years

Care Instructions: wipe with wet cloth

June 23, 2011

Taking a Road Trip this Summer? Get Your Car Seat Inspected Today!

          

So, you are ready for your summer vacation, you’ve packed the sunscreen, clothes and the baby’s favorite blanket but when is the last time you’ve checked that your car seat is installed correctly?

No need to fear, giggle is here. We have a certified car seat technician on staff, ready to help. Safety is very affordable this summer at only $25 for the first car seat, $10 for the second and always completely free when you buy your car seat from us the same day. 

Before taking off this summer give giggle Scottsdale a call and arrange to get your car seat inspected today.

June 22, 2011

adopt a cat or dog!

Add a furry friend to your family!

The Washington Humane Society will be having a pet adoption on the plaza of the Shops of Wisconsin Place (where giggle Chevy Chase is located) on Saturday, June 25th.  Come meet the adoptees (both cats and dogs) from 1:30PM to 3:30PM!

June 22, 2011

Father’s Day to Remember

Let me start by saying first and most importantly, I had a great Father’s Day this year.  It had all the ingredients for a great day: a little league baseball including the Little Man as the star of the day played on a beautiful sunny day in Central Park, excellent couch time watching Rory McIlroy stomp everyone in the US Open and a great home cooked meal that was prepared entirely by people other than me.  One of my favorite parts of such a great day is to download the photos and relive the great moments of the day in our pictures. 

I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that.  What did you say?  No memory card in the camera???  Who the heck is responsible for checking the camera?  Nothing more basic than a memory card in the camera.  Heads will roll on this one.  Oh, wait a second, that’s me, Mr. Technology, the Home IT Department, the man with the plan.  Ooops.

We’ll just have to do it the old fashioned way on this one and actually remember the day, rather than broadcasting it to every corner of the globe on the internet.  A blunder best saved for my Father’s Day…

June 20, 2011

American Red Cross Blood Drive on the Plaza

Summertime is here and that means the Shops at Wisconsin Place (where giggle Chevy Chase is located!) has great summer events coming up!

This Wednesday, June 22nd, the Shops at Wisconsin Palce will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on the plaza from 10:30 AM to 6:30PM. You can sign up online at https://www.membersforlife.org/rccm/mobilesch/login.php?sponsorcode=17095.

All blood donors will be provided refreshments from Whole Foods Market, located on the lower level of the Shops at Wisconsin Place. Blood donors will also receive gift items, like American Red Cross tote bags, Wisconsin Place giveaways, and free appetizers from P.F. Chang’s!

More than one million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many are in need of blood during their chemotherapy treatments. Show your support, schedule your donation for this Wednesday, and give back to the community! giggle Chevy Chase can’t wait to see you there!

June 17, 2011

mustela: buy 2, get 1 free!

Mustela’s Extra Thick Cleansing Cloths are truly a great deal. They are amazingly soft for baby, yet sturdy for parents. It’s one of the most convenient - and gentle – way to clean your baby’s skin. These wipes will not only clean you baby, but they have Mustela’s signature “baby scent.”

These are perfect for the diaper bag when you’re on-the-go and perfect for right next to the changing table at home!

It gets better… because we are currently having a Buy 2, Get 1 free promotion for these great Mustela wipes! Come by giggle Chevy Chase and make sure you don’t miss out on this fantastic offer!