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July 6, 2011

Travel Tips

As I prepare to head out west to Portland with my family tomorrow, I am reminded about the impact to their normal sleep routines this could have.  Given there is both a time change and my children will be sharing a bedroom (which they don’t normally do), I have been strategizing a plan to keep them well rested. I thought I would share some of my ideas with you since so many of you are also hitting the road this summer.

1. We have a special sleep bag that we pack whenever we go on a trip.  I ask my daughters to get the things they need to sleep well at our destination and off they go to get the lion pillow, “Yeow” the stuffed cat, and “Snuggle Bunny.” In addition to these lovies, we will also pack the crib sheet my youngest daughter has been sleeping on (unwashed = familiar smell from home) and a sound machine to help mask the unfamiliar sounds that come with a new environment.  My older daughter uses the Good Nite Lite to help her to know when it’s her wake up time.  This will come in really handy with the time change.

2. Once we arrive at our destination in Portland, I will make a point to take my daughters to the room where they will be sleeping to let them get acquainted and to help get the room set up and comfortable for sleep.  I think this quick little exercise makes it much easier for them to separate when we return later for naps/bedtime because the room won’t feel quite so new and foreign.

3. I also build in an extra 10-15 minutes into the bedtime routine for extra snuggles and the inevitable calls for check-ins as they let go in a new place and drift off to sleep. Of course, I will still make sure that their routine is the same as it is at home so they know what to expect.

Are there other things that you do to help prepare/keep your kids on track when you travel? I’d love to hear them!

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 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 17, 2011

We have been helping new and veteran parents with a happier healthier solution to their baby’s needs for nearly a decade.  We have done the homework for you.  Our team hand picks each product that must pass our giggle criteria.  This will surely put the giggle back into parenting.

Week days we showcase some of our favorite items in our Daily Demo held at 1:30 and 4:30.  Our June schedule is as follows:

 Monday:  Phil and Ted’s Nest Travel Crib.  Come learn how this will make your travel a breeze and it won’t break the bank.

Tuesday:  Kidco PeaPod Travel Crib.  Put some adventure into your kiddo’s horizon!  The Kidco PeaPod is also a wonderful travel companion with a bit more outdoorsy spin. It comes in two sizes.

Wednesday:  Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light.  Are you not into the woods?  Do you want to leave the dirt and sand to the PeaPod?  The Baby Bjorn might be the solution for you.  This is a fantastic solution for the in-laws, air travel, hotel hopping, you get the picture.  This is one of the easiest assembled travel cribs on the market.  Let us show you how to do it in less than 1 minute.

Thursday:  UppaBaby G-LUXE:  We know that you love the UppaBaby Vista, it’s one of our best selling stroller systems.  Wait until you get a load of the G-LUXE.  The G-LUXE is a fantastic way to travel light but in comfort.  Why sacrifice one when you can have both; light weight and comfort. 

Friday:  Baby Bjorn Synergy:  Is strolling not your thing?  If you are looking for a suitcase packable solution for your travels, the Synergy is knocking on your door.  This baby carrier is light weight, moisture wicking and regulates temperature for both you and your kiddo.   

 

We hope that you can join us at giggle Corte Madera for our Daily Demo.  We have complementary parking and a fantastic loading zone.  We will see you at 1:30 or 4:30 for our Daily Demo.

June 9, 2011

San Francisco Birth and Baby Fair

It’s time again for The San Francisco Birth and Baby Fair at Fort Mason Herbst Pavillion (99 Marina Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94123) !  We here at giggle are proud to once again be hosting  a table at “The” event  for new and expecting parents.  If you have a little one on the way, a new arrival, or even a couple of little tykes running around, this is an event you can’t miss.  No other event offers a more complete offering of services, resources, products, and information for parents.  Enjoy workshops/demonstrations on topics such as sleep techniques, diapering, and making your own baby food.  Find contacts with community resources from yoga & pilates to doulas services, to financial advising.  Take advantage of the spa area while you let your little ones play in the Tot Spot Play Area.  And most importantly stop by giggle’s table.  We’ll have associates from our Bay Area stores available to answer all your questions!  We can’t wait to see you all there!

Date and Time: Saturday June 25th 10AM-4PM

For complete information visit www.BirthAndBabyFair.com

*And be sure to stop by your local giggle Location to pick up your 2 for 1 admission flier (while supplies last).

June 8, 2011

Join giggle At The San Francisco Birth & Baby Fair!

It’s time again for The San Francisco Birth and Baby Fair at Fort Mason Herbst Pavillion (99 Marina Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94123) !  We here at giggle are proud to once again be hosting  a table at “The” event  for new and expecting parents.  If you have a little one on the way, a new arrival, or even a couple of little tykes running around, this is an event you can’t miss.  No other event offers a more complete offering of services, resources, products, and information for parents.  Enjoy workshops/demonstrations on topics such as sleep techniques, diapering, and making your own baby food.  Find contacts with community resources from yoga & pilates to doulas services, to financial advising.  Take advantage of the spa area while you let your little ones play in the Tot Spot Play Area.  And most importantly stop by giggle’s table.  We’ll have associates from our Bay Area stores available to answer all your questions!  We can’t wait to see you all there!

Date and Time: Saturday June 25th 10AM-4PM

For complete information visit www.BirthAndBabyFair.com

*And be sure to stop by your local giggle Location to pick up your 2 for 1 admission flier (while supplies last).

June 6, 2011

It’s that time of the month again!

 

 

Daily Demo’s are here again, and giggle welcomes June with Summer Fun & Travel!

Visit any one of our locations to see the latest on the following:

Monday: Phil and Ted’s Nest

Tuesday: Kidco Peapod

Wednesday: Baby Bjorn Travel Crib

Thursday: Uppababy G-LUXE

Friday: Baby Bjorn Synergy

Monday through Friday, 1:30 and 4:30 pm.

See you here!

May 25, 2011

Sing! Move! Fun!

giggle Walnut Creek wants to invite you to our monthly weekend music class with Chrissy.  Bring your toddler and join the fun 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 from ages 1 to 3.  We can’t wait to see you!!! Yay!

Plus, don’t forget to check out our daily demos and weekly classes! See you Soon!!!

May 21, 2011

You want FABULOUS…then oh boy, you have to check this out!!!!!!

 

 

Wow- absolutey amazing!  The all new, Hollis crib, just released, heirloom,  non-toxic lucite and clear acrylic crib- really?!?! Yes! Really!!!   It’s absolutely gorgeous, hands down, amazing- ultra modern design…just fabulous!

Completey unique design, 100% acrylic, non toxic, recycled materials, with beautiful sleek lines…I mean, really, this crib is stunning!  Inspired by the pioneer of acrylic furniture design, Charles Hollis Jones, this crib is an eye catcher.  Sophisticated and unique, perfect for  the parent who wants that knockout crib.  HOLLIS…you are beautiful!  Welcome to our world and giggle!  You have the spotlight!

If you are wondering who is Mr. Charles H.J. is, here’s a little snip-it:

He is an American artist and furniture designer, who has been designing and creating lucite and acrylic furniture since the age of 16.  Born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1945, Mr. Jones has been creating award winning pieces.  As a result of his amazing pieces, he is currently being  recognized by the Smithsonian Institute and has made works of art for celebritites including Frank Sinatra and Johnny Carson.

Absolutely, this crib is for a specific taste and style, and if it’s not your cup of tea, no problemo- we can navigate you through other beautiful furniture collections! You know, here at giggle, we have that super spectacular right next to that super ordinary neccessity; all the reasons why you love giggle! :) -

Take a look at it!

(BTW, you can visit our SoHo location to take a peak at it in person!)

May 16, 2011

“Itsy Mitsy Runs Away!!!”

  On Wednesday June 1 at 11am we are hosting a very special storytime of “Itsy Mitsy Runs Away” by author Elanna Allen—right here at the SoHo location!

This is a special opportunity to meet author Elanna Allen and participate in the reading of her new book, “Itsy Mitsy Runs Away”.

Come join us for a fun filled morning with storytime at SoHo. This event is complimentary brought to you by giggle.

To reserve your spot call 212-334-5817 or email sohostore@giggle.com