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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 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 15, 2011

Prenatal and Postnatal Exercise

Join us on Friday, June 17th from 5-6pm to learn about the benefit of exercise before and after pregnancy. 

Antoni Akagi and Mary Judge from Equinox will be making their way to giggle Upper Westside, to lead a discuss on how exercise can help you both physically and psychologically. They will also be giving quick demos of safe and effective exercise to help you prepare for childbirth and reconditioning of your body afterwards. Plus, this is a great opportunity to meet MOMS like you!


June 10, 2011

CleanBeeBaby is visiting giggle again this Sunday June 12th!

Don’t miss your chance to have your stroller and/or car seat cleaned by CleanBeeBaby while you shop! We love CleanBeeBaby because they professionally steam clean your baby gear using eco-friendly, non-toxic products that kill germs and make your items beautiful again. After cleaning, CleanBeeBaby’s Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will also reinstall your car seat!

But we’re not the only ones who love CleanBeeBaby’s awesome service– check out this review by Macaroni Kid Pasadena: http://pasadena.macaronikid.com/article/134467/cleanbeebaby-review

Don’t miss CleanBeeBaby at giggle, Pasadena this Sunday June12th from 11am-5pm. Prices start at just $19 and your gear will be clean and dry in just 30 minutes. Speak with a giggle representitive or make an appointment online at www.CleanBeeBaby.com

 Make sure to reserve your 30 minute appointment as soon as possible, space is limited!

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 17, 2011

Spring Catalog is Here!

giggle Walnut Creek wants to be the first to let you see our annual Spring Catalog.  Call us at the store location if you want to place an order or have any questions.  Plus, it shows you the new items of the season and any core essential pieces that all parents must have.  We want you to browse, learn, and easily buy any items from our online catalog.  Hope to hear from you soon.

Plus, don’t forget about our Personal Shopper services.  Want some personal attention? Help with planning? Quick and efficient service on your own schedule? Whether you’re preparing for a new arrival, designing a nursery from scratch, creating a registry, or looking for the perfect gift, our personal shoppers are here to help you…at every stage of parenting!

May 17, 2011

Biceps, Babies &Buggies

Thursday, June 2 from 11am-12pm

Bring your baby and join us for fun and fitness with Cassandra of Active Mom’s club. You will be engaged in a dynamic total body workout that incorporates cardio and functional exercises, as well as some light jogging with yuor stroller. This class is good for both beginners and seasoned exercisers(or even expectant moms)!

The class leaves from our store then heads into OZ Park

Event is Free! Pre-registration required. Call 773-296-6228 or email lincolnpark@giggle.com  to reserve a spot.