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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 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 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 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!

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 15, 2011

giggle Makes Shopping for Dad Easy!

Father’s Day is just around the corner and giggle has everything you need to show Dad how important he is! Check out some of our favorites items Dad will be sure to love:

June 14, 2011

share YOUR story!

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are two wonderful days for both parents and children to celebrate! We here at giggle know that you have a ton of special memories – and we’d love for you to share them with us.

giggle is having a Share Your Story contest - and it’s time for you to write your memories down. You can vote for your story once a day… and your friends and family can vote, as well. Campaign for your story until June 30th to have your story be one of giggle’s Top 10 stories.

The three winners will be selected from the Top 10 stories. The Grand Prize (which is an Oeuf Perch Bunk Bed, valued at over $1400!) will go to our favorite story. The entry with the highest number of votes will be the winner of a Flip Mino Digital Video Camera. The runner-up will receive a $150 gift certificate to PaperCulture.

 

We know that you have lots of stories and memories… so start sharing!