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!]]>
This week we go behind the scenes with SunHee Grinnell, the Beauty Editor of Vanity Fair magazine and a New York mom we love. I have to say, I adore what SunHee calls her greatest achievement: “Being a good (working) mom and wife without losing my sense of humor.”
As someone who also juggles a busy career and a family, I couldn’t agree with her more about the importance of being able to laugh. And I can’t help but wonder if laughter would also be one of her top tips for looking good, too!
Ali Wing: What’s your motto?
SunHee Grinnell: Things happen for a reason.
AW: What inspires you?
SG: My husband, Toland, and my son, Roman.
AW: What color are you loving right now?
SG: Right now, shades of blues and grays.
AW: What are you currently reading?
SG: Aside from all the beauty press releases that I have to read, I am re-reading A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean. It’s one of my all-time favorites. It takes me away and it’s very calming to read.
AW: What is your favorite city/location/destination?
SG: I couldn’t pick just one! I love: Brooklyn, New York; Paris, France; Elbow Beach, Bermuda; North Shore, Oahu; and Snowbird, Utah.
AW: Who is your favorite composer, or what is your favorite music genre?
SG: I love all music, from classical to classic rock — and everything in between. A few of my favorites are: Jean-Philipp Telemann, Maurice J. Ravel, Keith Jarrett, ACDC, Aerosmith, The Walker Brothers, Amy Winehouse, Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, Barry White, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters.
AW: What was your most favorite baby gift?
SG: A baby blanket and baby scarf from Hermes.
AW: What is your proudest parenting moment?
SG: I nipped Roman’s whining from day one when he started and I succeeded! Because of that, Roman never whined as a toddler. (Thank God!)
AW: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
SG: Picking up snowboarding at the age of 41! And being a good (working mom and wife without losing my sense of humor.
AW: Please complete the following: … makes me laugh.
SG: …unexpected remarks from my son, Roman.]]>
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]]>
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!]]>
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.
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.]]>
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
–SPF 50 UV protection and wind screens
–includes inflatable mattress, pump, washable sleeping pad and storage bag
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]]>
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.]]>
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!]]>
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…]]>