Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is officially one week away today and if you’re like me, you still have just about everyone to buy for. There is no need to dash around town into busy shopping malls and crowded parking lots, here at FAB, we have everything you need for your tiny tots, expecting moms and new parents in a stress-free, funky and always friendly environment. You can find all the following items in-store or online at fabbabygear.com.

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Stocking Stuffers:

  • Looking for a quick fix to fill up those stockings hung in a row? Your kids will love our fun and friendly finger puppet books. -$12.99
  • The cute and playful Squeak Easy toys from Rich Frog come in several different animals like cats, dogs, frogs and more! – $9.99.
  • The Picasso in your family will colour up a storm with a P’kolino Crayons and Markers set. -$24.99
  • Your kids can vroom and zoom around with Hape’s Mini Vehicles. The little cars are made from bamboo and come in seven different colours and designs. – $6.99

 Expecting moms

  • Expecting-MomAs baby grows, mommy’s clothes start to get a little snug around her tummy, but fit everywhere else. The BellaBand from Ingrid and Isabel makes wearing mommy’s favourite pants possible by comfortably wrapping around pants to keep them up without the bumpy buttons. – $32.99
  • Belly aches and sick days are common for expecting mommas. Erbaviva Quease-ease Lip Balm helps soothe queasiness during pregnancy with ginger and peppermint essential oils that are long lasting and calming. – $10.99
  • Spoil mom with a stylish and sophisticated Strorksak Elizabeth diaper bag in Dove Grey that will conveniently transition into a functional purse once baby is all grown up. It is made from leather with a bunch of pockets and storage. – $344.99
  • Keep baby close and snuggly while being hands-free with the Boba Wrap. Available in beautiful colours and design, the clothe wrap can be wrapped in any way with baby in any position to maximize yours and baby’s comfort.

NewParents New parents:

  • The babyletto Grayson Mini Crib is a perfect gift for parents that like to travel or for Grandma and Grandpa’s house. The easy-fold crib is equipped with safety hinges and lockable castor wheels and comes in three different colours. – $399.99
  • New moms and dads are busy people with their new bundle of joys. The Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker is a miracle worker when it comes to making meals for little ones. It steams, cooks and blends quickly and efficiently. – $149.99
  • On-the-go or in small spaces, the Lobster Portable Highchair from Phil&Teds makes it easy for baby to eat anywhere at any time. The highchair can be secured to most tabletops and saves space. – $79.99
  • What better place to keep their first lock of hair and pictures of their first steps than in the Petit Collage Baby Book and Memory Box. The cute designs make it a nice and sacred place to keep all of baby’s special memories. – $59.99

 Newborns:

  • A little Wubbanub pal is perfect for a new baby.Newborn The plush toy attached to the pacifier brings comfort and security to baby. – $13.99
  •  With five natural products, the Burt’s Bee’s Baby Bee Getting Started Kit has everything to start baby off healthy and pure. It includes nourishing lotion, shampoo and body wash, diaper ointment buttermilk soap and nourishing oil. – $19.99
  • Give baby a toy they can chew, touch and fall in love with. Baby will have a ball with the Owl & Friends Trio from Skip Hop. The three plush balls have crinkles and rattles and more. – $17.99
  • Cuddle baby up in a muslin swaddle from Aden + Anais. They are made of super soft rayon from bamboo fiber and come in great colours. – $49.99

0-6Months 0 – 6 months:

  • Keep baby busy this year with the Baby Einstein Caterpillar and Friends Play Gym. The comfy and colorful mat features many toys and activities for baby to discover. With rattles, mirrors and lights, your little learner will have a blast. – $109.99
  • A true baby legend, Sophie the Giraffe from Vuli is the hottest teething toy around. Her soft and light-weight body is easy to hold for tiny fingers and she is made with all-natural rubber. – $23.99
  • The Hug & Hide Owl from Skip Hop gives tiny tots an array of developmental activities to discover. From playing peek-a-boo with the mini owl to crinkling and jingling, there will be no shortage of fun. – $19.99
  • At home or on-the-go, the Sili Squeeze Food Pouches are a great gift for hungry tots. They can be filled with homemade purees or pre-made favourite like yogurt and applesauce. – $21.99

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  • Now they’ll know their ABCs thanks to B. Toys’ Elemenosqueeze! These soft non-traditional alphabet blocks have cute little animals hand-carved into them and can even be used for tub-time play. – $41.99
  • From bouncy bunnies to funky monkeys, Jellycat Bashful plush toys are cute, cuddly and the perfect hugging companion. – $19.99
  • Winter can be blustery and cold, but baby still has places to go and people to see. The Le Sac Igloo from 7am Enfant solves the dilemma of whether or not to take baby out in the cold. Le Sac Igloo protects baby from the wind, cold, snow and rain while keeping them snuggly and warm. It can easily be worn in any carrier or stroller. – $129.99
  • Your little ones can learn to brush and comb their hair with the Skip Hop Hare set. The fun design encourages young ones to gain grooming and hygiene independence. – $24.99

1-2Years 1 – 2 years:

  • There are plenty of fish in the sea, but none of them are as cool and fun as the Grimm Fish Puzzle. With rainbow colours and different shapes and sizes to discovers, kids will learn and grow while developing hand eye coordination skills with the hand-crafted wooden puzzle. – $79.99
  •  They can learn their ABCs, 123s and animal friends with Uncle Goose’s ABC Blocks. With beautiful colours and designs, these wooden blocks are a classic gift. – $49.99
  • The Wishbone 3-in-1 Balance Bike will grow with your kids as they learn to master balancing while being introduced to the concept of a bike. It starts out as a tricycle, changes to a balance bicycle and then flips to become one of the largest balance bikes on the market. – $249.99
  • Your little ones can talk and walk and play with the Janod ABC Buggy. There are colourful blocks to build and a sturdy handle to push the buggy around. – $89.99

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  • Green Toys Trucks are a classic gift with a modern eco-friendly twist. Available in many different models like the classic dump truck, recycling truck and even a tractor, any child would enjoy pushing one of these around. – $34.99
  • With a sleek and elegant look, the 30-key Hape Grand Piano is the perfectly sized piano to create musical masterpieces. Available in pink and black, the little learner in your life can create a world of possibilities. – $149.99
  • Your kids can care and nurture for the sick little animals with the B.Toys Critter Clinic. The toy also comes with all the veterinarian tools your little vet needs to help others. – $59.99
  • Breakfast during the holidays will never be the same with the Hape Pop-Up Toaster. Your kids can make toast and honey for the whole family while having plenty of imaginative fun. – $24.99

Best of luck with your holiday shopping and have a healthy and happy holiday season and New Year. Make sure to come visit us in store at 1244 Wellington Street and 755 Bank Street in Ottawa or 286 Danforth Avenue in Toronto and don’t forget, we’re always open online at fabbabygear.com.

Movie Night & a Facebook Contest!

This weather has me craving blankets, hot chocolate, and all the chick flicks that a girl can handle. There’s just nothing better than nestling up under the covers and settling in for some relaxing entertainment! With that in mind, I’ve compiled my list of Top 5 Make-You-Laugh-Til-You-Cry Expectant Parent films. (Try and say that 3 times fast!)
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Winter Blowout Sale – Happening in store NOW!

We’re clearing the way for some beautiful new pieces at our 1244 Wellington Street West location! If you’re in the market for some gorgeous furniture to outfit your nursery, make sure you have a look at what we have on offer! These great collections include Green Guard certified items- the best way to ensure a safe and healthy nursery for your little one.

Alexa Collection NewsletterAll Seasons CollectionBelmont Collection NewsletterParis Collection NewsletterIsabella Collection NewsletterAnd that’s not all! We’re also offering blowout prices on some of our most popular items;

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Jack Frost is Nipping at my EVERYTHING!

Well guys- it’s time to get serious. January is upon us, and my snowpants have officially come out of hiding. Am I the only one who’s recently started thinking “Would it be so terrible if my dog were trained to go on a mat indoors?” Short answer- Yes; Long answer- I just don’t wanna go outside!!

The kids are in a similar predicament, but staying home wears thin, n’est-ce pas? So we’ve compiled a list of some of our fave winter activities in this great city of ours. As much as we love the sledding, skating, snow-man building –  winter is long. It’s time to get creative!

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Babe, Pig in the City;

Word around the Cocoa Heater here at Fab is that the place to be this month is the Agricultural Museum where the birth of a brand new set of piglets looms imminent! The Animal Barns are nicely heated as well, providing respite from the brisk wind.  They’re open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is by donation only until February 28, 2013.

Passport to Fun;

The Children’s Museum within the Museum of Civilization is a non-stop hive of activity! Worldly crafts and an educational play are just some of the benefits. Letting your little guy run his silly’s out while your fingers remain comfortably attached to your body is another. My favourite thing to do is pick up a Passport at the entry and make sure each page has a stamp. They have Free Admission every Thursday from 4-8pm, but keep in mind that from  January 7 to January 11, 2013 they will be closed for the Museum Annual Maintenance.

Alight with laughter;

There are only a few more days to check out Alight at Night at the Upper Canada Village. This activity has become a yearly tradition in my household, and has proven fodder for amazing family photos! Their final night this season is January 5th, 2012 and you can check the exhibition out from 5pm to 9pm. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for youth and seniors and FREE for any child under the age of 5. Admission also includes both a wagon AND train ride, as well as Mom & Dad’s parking. There’s a canteen on site, but bring yourself a thermos of hot chocolate and avoid the lineups!

Civic Pride;

A big thanks should also go out to the City of Ottawa for their comprehensive list of workshops and activities that parents and children alike will enjoy! Don’t worry about signing up for a full-on series of classes, join in for some fun on special occasions! Coming up at the Nepean Sportsplex on February 10th take your 3-5 year olds to the Sweethearts Workshop from 9:30-10:30am. For $20 your little one can create all sorts of great crafts for the Sweethearts on their list this Valentine’s Day!

Or maybe Dad n’ Me Woodworking is more your speed? Visit the Nepean Sportsplex with your 3-5 year olds on January 26th from 9:30-11am to create a special project that you get to take home! Visit ottawa.ca for more great workshops.

Cool Science – Let’s get Nerdy!;

On February 16th be sure to stop by the Science and Technology Museum for Cool Science Saturday. With experiments happening both inside and out, your family will learn how COOL it is to be COLD! Running from 9am to 5pm admission is very fair, running only $28 for a family pass that allows 2 adults and 3 children. Learn more at; http://www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca

Sticking close to home?;

-Why not turn your backyard into an ever-changing bird sanctuary? Our fave feeders are from Prudent Baby , but a simple search of Pinterest should prove fruitful! 

-Create an outdoor obstacle course filled with jumps, tunnels and hills! The shoveling to create it will keep YOU warm, and the hours of running around it will be a treat for the tikes.

-Have you every hosted a shovel race in your driveway? While I know this is, admittedly, a touch selfish, it always goes down a treat! Use food colouring from your kitchen to divide up the lanes and have your little guys go to town! Winner gets first crack at the marshmallows for their hot chocolate!

The stockings were hung, but the chimney with care…

What can we say? Santa’s been busy! But when he’s rushing around town this weekend searching for the perfect stuffing for your stockings, he’s looking to Fab Baby Gear!

We’ve got board books a-plenty; instill the love of reading early with these great choices from Chronicle! A personal favourite is In my Den. This heartfelt story of a family in hibernation features a finger puppet- perfect for holding the attention of your young reader.

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Choose a developmental toy- one that helps small fingers learn to grasp, squeeze and pull. The Rich Frog Squeak-Easy’s can be lovable lifelong buddies.

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Lamaze toys are all specifically designed with your child’s development in mind. High-Contrast colours, mixed textures and a variety of squeaks, crinkles and honks make for hours of entertainment. Bring one along on car rides, keep in the stroller, or leave at Grandma’s house.

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The Wee Gallery art cards are a classic! Black and white, these cards help children learn the names of a variety of animals. Many parents frame these later for interesting art in the Big Boy or Big Girl room, and they look gorgeous!

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A sure-fire hit, the Sensodot balls are squishable and bouncable! These textured toys are easy to grasp and oh-so-much fun to toss.

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A good choice for Mom & Dad would certainly be any of the Rockabye CD collection. Lull your baby to a sound slumber with the dulcet tones of your favourite bands! Coldplay, the Beatles, Bob Marley- just a few of the choices available! These can be purchased online and at each of our Brick & Mortar locations.

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For more ideas visit us online at www.fabbabygear.com or in store at 1244 Wellington Street West or 755 Bank Street in Ottawa and 286 Danforth Avenue in Toronto.

Got some big news?!?

If you’re sharing some big news this holiday season, why not announce it to Expectant Grandma or Grandpa with a great gift?

Our all-time classic has got to be the I Love … series from Barbamel. These great board books are suitable for the very wee, and allow you to slot in your own family photos!

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I certainly feel it’s worthwhile adding some books to the collection! Traveling to my grandparents house always meant getting to read books that weren’t part of the usual rotation. We’ve got a great selection from $4.99 to $19.99 at each of our Brick & Mortar locations, as well as online.

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Another great plan would be limiting the items that YOU have to travel with! My mom has her own highchair and stroller at her place, ready to go the second the littles arrive. What a stress-reliever when dropping kids off for a babysit!

Our compact high-chairs will take you from home to restaurant and back again. We’ve got the MyLittle Seat for $34.99, the Phil & Teds Lobster for  $79.99 and the Chicco 360 (which spins!) for $89.99.

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And finally, check out these infinitely foldable gems of strollers! The MacLarens have long had a name which stood for durability and craftsmanship.

MaclarenQuestSilverMaclarenVoloDeepWaterC’mon by our stores at 1244 Wellington Street West or 755 Bank Street in Ottawa and 286 Danforth Avenue in Toronto! We’ve got tons of gift suggestions at our fingertips!