I LOVED playing with dominoes when I was a kid. Setting up the endless pieces was a test in patience for sure, but the payoff was big when you were finally ready to flick that first domino. This set is much more colorful and fun than the standard domino set I used to play with - 70 dominoes in a rainbow of colors, 10 people and 13 accessories including stairs, a spinner, and a ringing bell. Comes with a storage bag - yes, I know, more toys with lots of little pieces to keep track of! Seems like the older they get, the more pieces the toys multiply by.
Buy it at Back to Basic Toys.
World According to Jess bags are created for fashion fearless moms who are self-assured or at least act like it. These chic black diaper bags with their “evolution of baby” on the side make a sophisticated statement that is off-beat enough to be admired by those less daring. There is a who’s who list of owners but I won't stoop to name dropping because you should buy one because it fits your personality not someone elses.
World According To Jess Ch-ch-changes Diaperbags feature side pockets for bottles, a back snap-off mat, back mesh pockets for diapers/wipes, and inside pocket, this messenger with adjustable shoulder strap holds it all. The bag measures 12.25" x 11" x 4.75".
Via Sunday Colors.
Finally, some hip diaper covers for boys. The boxer-style diaper covers are the offset to all those frilly bottomed girl covers that have been around forever. These classic styled boxers even have a faux fly to give them that authentic look just like daddy. Each set of three offers various stripes and checks that you won’t want to cover up. These stylish covers are made of lightweight cotton and spandex by Lilypad.
From Tokyo comes this great traditional Japanese backpack (randoseru) by designer Hideo Wakamatsu who believes that "a harmonious blend of style function and value is very important and if these elements are properly balanced then a design will evoke an emotional response to its charm. (I) studiously avoid the marketing-driven (and all-too-common) extremes of normal/gaudy, useless/overbuilt and cheap/costly". Pretty cool. The bright, cherry red color of this bag would make my kids want to go to school even on the weekends. I also love that Hideo's take on the traditional backpack is roomy, lightweight and weather resistant, the last two points due to the fact that the bag is made out of polyeurethane instead of the usual, bulky leather.
Look for it at Hideo Store.
From the fashion house that brought us the unforgettable ads and the "United Colors of" campaign comes....a baby/kid thermometer?? I know, it doesn't make sense but if you're looking for a stylish thermometer in orange and blue (my son's favorite colors), look no further. Yes, Benetton has made its way into the lucrative baby/kid market with a temperature-reading gadget that looks, well, great. I think it's interesting to see this kind of thing coming from a European company known for its clothes. This thermometer has the usual bells and whistles that digital thermometers of its kind usually come with: the Fahrenheit and Celsius measurements, the quick one-second reading, the easy-to-read, large LCD display and an automatic shut-off. What I do find particularly intriguing in the design, however, is its purported ability to take forehead temperature readings along with readings via the ear. Don't know how accurate that can be, but I can't seem to recall seeing a thermomenter that does that.
Get it for less on the Overstock website.
With the push of a button, kids can now watch their milk, juice or other liquid they might dare to ingest churn without spills as this craftly tumbler moos, no less. The purpose of this really is to mix in syrups, powders or mixes and give kids the opportunity to have one more necessary real-life experience (drinking liquids) enhanced and made "more fun" while we (parents) place yet another is-this-really-necessary gadget into the dishwasher.
Regardless, you can find the Moo Mixer at Sur La Table.
I've always been torn about letting the toddler play with our computers even though I know she's very curious about it and really wants to. Part of it stems from trying to get her to understand and respect that the computer is for mommy's work so it's off limits, and like TV, I've been trying to limit her onscreen stimulation. It's been hard though because I'm pretty much always on the computer (especially since this laptop is practically attached to my lap) and boundaries get fuzzy when we occasionally look at family photos together onscreen.
I don't know whether it's strictly from wanting to imitate adults or whether humans have an innate interest in pushing buttons, but at times I can't get her to leave the keyboard alone. And so, I think I've made the decision that our 6 yr old Mac G4 will be hers one day and I've started letting her bang on the keyboard (unattached to screen) to her heart's content. She seems satisfied for now.
For those parents who want to introduce computer funtime for their young babies, Giggles founder, Tim Leverett, has created simple shape interactions for babies 6-24 months after being frustrated by the lack of age-appropriate software available on the market. Banging on the keyboard will set off spinning, dancing, flying shapes with more than 50 songs, but the best and most critical part? When launching the software, your files are "locked" and well protected so that you won't be hit with any unfortunate surprises later.
Giggles has been well received and more products and titles will be introduced this year. Both PC and Mac compatible, the software is $24.95 and can be purchased or downloaded from the Giggles website.
You may all be familiar with those colorful, embroidered Minipoufs from Zid Zid by now, but the company has now introduced a table set with cushions just for little ones. Same whimisical designs and handmade detailing as their other products (the tables are all hand painted) and the pieces are lightweight and easy to move around for impromptu craft sessions and tea parties. Each table is 10" in height and 27" in diameter. Most kids I know end up playing on the floor, sitting, laying, kneeling, so these tables provide an elevated surface for play.
Choose from 7 designs including bird, elephant, clouds, dots, branch and lion.
From Forest & Zoe.
I was always a big fan of the Everybody Poops/The Gas We Pass breed of books. There are some topics that are just always going to be appealing to kids, not to mention educational. So right up that giggle alley comes Bottoms, a simple board book for identifying the back ends of various animals. That’s right; your kids are going to learn to ID their favorite animals from the departing view (which is what most animals are doing once spotted anyway). Each page shows an animal from the rear. Make your guess before you turn the page to see if you answered correctly. Good clean fun for the whole family.
See at Pokkadots.
From Swedish textile designer Lotta Jansdotter come these beautiful bibs that remind me of simple line drawings. All three designs are gender neutral and embroidered on waffle weave cotton with an old- school button closure. For the most part, bibs tend to either have silly things written on them like "daddy's girl", "I luv grandma", "superbaby" or "princess" or be splattered with the same old trains and planes, ducks, anything Disney, beloved Elmo; or you have the hyper trendy bibs with spirals and circles and whatever else. These, however, are just timeless, fresh and yes, modern. I'd never tire of these. Choose from the Kula design embroidered in red, the Blad leaf design in a mossy green or the Toril floral in turquoise. Less is definitely more.