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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 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 17, 2011

An A-List Interview: Julia Pimsleur-Levine

Julia with her son Adrian when he was just a few weeks old.

If I could go back in time and change one thing about my childhood, I would have been raised speaking more than one language. As we now know, small children can pick up a second language almost as easily as they can pick up germs at daycare. But growing up in Montana, foreign language programs were not easily accessible, and great tools like Julia Pimsleur-Levine’s “Little Pim” series weren’t yet available.

In my (humble) opinion, nothing teaches you more about your own language, culture and biases than speaking another language, full of its own culture and biases. So I think my follow-up question for Julia would be, “When are you going to make an easy solution for the adult mom still trying to learn a second language?”

Ali Wing: What’s your motto?

Julia Pimsleur-Levine: Every parent can be his or her child’s first language tutor.

AW: What inspires you?

JPL: French lullabies, like Alouette, Frère Jacques and Fais Dodo, Colas mon Petit Frère. I love singing them to my boys at bedtime. They know all the words now and we sing them together. Singing these songs together reminds me why I love sharing the French language and culture with them, and making it possible for other parents to share a second language and culture with their children.

The Little Pim staff, celebrating at their annual holiday party.

AW: Who is your hero?

JPL: Amelia Earhart, first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, for her persistence, mastery of her craft and ability to dream big.

AW: What are you currently reading?

JPL: Integrity by Henry Cloud. I’m also reading A to Z Mysteries with my older son, Emmett, and almost

everything by P.D. Eastman with my younger son, Adrian (Are You My Mother? is a current favorite).

AW: What’s your favorite city/location/destination?

JPL: Antibes, France. I spent summers there as a child and adore that it’s barely changed since then. My family goes there every summer for simple French-style living, beach fun, delicious food and dazzling sunsets.

AW: Who is your favorite composer, or what is your favorite music genre?

JPL: I love pop music. My boys and I like to make up dances to Lady Gaga songs. We also listen to a lot of French music and music from around the world.

AW: What is the favorite baby gift you received?

JPL: Zip on and off crib sheets. They saved me on so many nights when I could change the sheets and get back to bed within 15 minutes!

AW: What is the one baby product you can’t/couldn’t live without?

JPL: My Stokke high chair. Both boys used it from infancy right through toddlerhood. I loved having a functional yet attractive high chair that blended with my dining room and that they loved to climb into. It was like a member of our family — I had hard time giving it up when they outgrew it!

Julia's sons, Adrian and Emmett -- ready to set sail!

AW: Please complete the following:

…make(s) me laugh.

JPL: Chasing my three year-old into his room after his bath while saying, “I’m going to get you!” and hearing his delighted peals of laughter …that’s about the best sound I can think of.

My proudest parenting moment was…

JPL: …when my son, Emmett, helped a little girl who was crying on the playground (at age four ). He had never seen her before, but when he heard her crying because she hurt her leg, he stopped playing, went over to her and offered her a Band Aid and a hug. I was so proud of his big heart.

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 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!