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.

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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.

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The Mamas and Papas

Do you have an expectant or newly minted parent on your Holiday Shopping list this year? Why not splash out on something that they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves! We’ve got a few ideas for keeping gifts useful and interesting!

Carriers are a great way to keep on-the-go parents moving while encouraging the all-important bonding time. Whether you choose a Boba Wrap ($59.99), a Beco Carrier ($139.99) or an Ergo (from $124.99 to $164.99), you’re sure to enjoy toting the little ones around town on your many social calls! We’ve had great customer reviews about each product, and would love to help you choose which carrier suits you most. Samples are available to try on at each of our Brick-And-Mortar locations.

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You can keep warm on these journeys with the gorgeous (and Canadian-made!) M Coat. This 3-in-1 jacket will take Mom from maternity to carrier and back again. Insulated with pure down, the M Coat is available in black, red, brown, blue and grey and costs $384.99.

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And new this year from 7AM we have the wonderful WarmMuffs! These cozy mitts keep your hands warm on the cool stroller while allowing you quick access to helping baby with bare hands. Available in store for $49.99.

Another great option would be any one of our gorgeous diaper bags! Built to last, you can use these bags long after the diapers have been changed! We’ve got quite a number to choose from, so consider the personality of the parent your shopping for an dive in! Skip Hop, Oioi, Storksak and Babymel are all available in store and online.

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Finally, treat your expectant mom to a Spa Day! Even if it’s in your own home. We’ve got a great selection of Mommy products from both Erbaviva and Substance! Soothing Belly Rubs, Quease -Ease Lip balms and tantalizing massage oils for tender tootsies!

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Come visit us in store for more great suggestions! We’re at 755 Bank Street and 1244 Wellington Street in Ottawa, or 286 Danforth Avenue in Toronto!

Third Time’s a Charm!

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Celebrating your Third Christmas with your little one and looking for something with that WOW factor?? Feast your eyes on these wonderful gems- perfect for our budding Christmas Elves!

The Educo Gourmet Chef Kitchen comes in both Green and White, and is PERFECT for your imaginative little tike. What a great way to inspire Just-Like-Parent behaviour, and maybe encourage a little dish-washing along the way? They’re available both online and in store for $139.99.

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The Green Toys Tea set would make a wonderful companion to the kitchen! Made from recycled bottles, these toys are easy on the environment, and super durable. And the full set is $35.99!

We’ve also got a cheeky twist on Keyboards and Keytars from B.Toys- The Meowsic and Woofer will inspire the rock star in adults and children alike. The Meowsic is $64.99 and the Woofer is $49.99.

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This is a great time to move towards a more Big-Boy and Big-Girl room! So why not jazz it up with the funky animal prints from AD Zif? These hilarious faces are sure to delight! Available in 12 different animals, the multi-coloured prints work with a variety of decor schemes! Available online and in store for $39.99.ADZIF

Visit us in store for more great ideas! We’re at 1244 Wellington Street West and 755 Bank Street in Ottawa and 286 Danforth Avenue in Toronto!

For your 2-Year-Old Turtle Doves…

B.Toys are funky and fun- With gorgeous packaging to boot! The perfect gift of all ages, but especially wonderful for our Terribly Awesome Twos. The Alphaberry ($31.99) models itself after Mom or Dad’s Blackberry, and teaches letters at the push of many buttons! If the classic Flip-Phone is more your style, then B.Toys has a Hello-Phone ($21.99) with pre-programed conversation to keep your child yakking away to Santa while you catch up with the relatives.

Shiver me Timbers- check out this B.Toys Fish & Splish! My love of all things nautical aside, this great toy is perfect for bathtub fun. Practice your best Sea Shanty while fishing off the starboard bow for $31.99.

Or get creative with the incredible (edible!) Clementine art line. Crayons, paints, markers or Play Dough, all are available in store and online for your budding Picasso. From $7.99 to $19.99, these gifts will work well in stockings and under the tree.

The Janod Kubix is another great gift to foster imagination in your child. Stack these colourful blocks in all kinds of ways for hours of entertainment- and the use of water-based paints make for safe chewing. Available in two sizes; 50 pieces are $29.99 and 100 are $49.99.

If classic Rudolph and Frosty are on TV, grab a seat in the comfortable Monte Design Cubino Chair ($119.99) or Loveseat ($149.99). The machine-washable cover will help clean up any hot chocolate spills. And trust me, your little guy will love having their own chair. So grown up!

A whole different type of sitting is on your horizon, parents of Two-Year-Olds. Maybe Santa should bring a potty-training aid to make the whole experience more pleasant? The Prince Lionheart WeePod is a cushiony seat that suction cups to your existing toilet. At $22.99 you can choose from Pink, Blue and Grey.

Whether you’re hunting for toys, clothing, furniture or Potty-Assists, we’ll be able to help you out! Come by for a visitat 1244 Wellington Street West and 755 Bank Street in Ottawa or 286 Danforth Avenue in Toronto.

Have You Been Good All Year?

Celebrating Christmas with a one year old can be a true delight! It’s all about torn wrapping paper, belly laughs, and sheer excitement. If you’re hoping to find that special gift that’s – dare I say it – more fun to play with then the box it came in, check out our ideas;

The B.Toys ElemenoSqueeze is one of my ultimate faves! These squishy blocks are perfect for stacking, chewing or squeezing! These versatile blocks come in a set of 26 and cost $41.99. Their bright colours and prominent letters make for hours of educational fun- both in and out of the bath tub.

In keeping with our educational theme, you should try this Hape Counting Stacker. Not only can you practice numbers, but this little toy helps you work on dexterity. Stacking can be a fine art, indeed! At $9.99 it’s also a great deal.

Got a little mover and shaker on your hands? Check out the Janod Crazy Rocky pull-along puppy! Complete with Wagging tail, Rocky is a retro-inspired wooden toy that will provide hours of fun. He’s $49.99 and available at our Brick & Mortar stores.

Meal time becomes a treat with the adorable Zoo Plates from Skip Hop. Available in 11 different animals, these divided plates are only $7.49. Buy the coordinating cups, utensils, bibs and bowls for the little one that has a favourite animal- I personally love the Owl.

When the meals are eaten, and the toys put away, snuggle your little one up in cozy sleep sacks from Grobag! These nap bags come in different weights for different temperatures, so make sure you coordinate with the temperature in your nursery-  The 2.5 tog is perfect for long winter naps. They vary in price from $49.99 to $64.99, depending on age range.

Lay your children to sleep under the beautiful night sky with the Cloud B Twilight Turtle. The gentle light projects real constellations onto the ceiling- providing a point of interest for older kids and a soothing glow for younger. A sure-fire hit, this little fella has been one of our most popular gifts for years! He’s $44.99 and available both in store and online.

Still unsure? Do feel free to visit us at any of our locations for more suggestions, and a side of free gift wrap 😉 We’re at 1244 Wellington St. West and 755 Bank Street in Ottawa and 286 Danforth Avenue in Toronto.

What’s in Santa’s Sack for Newbies?

Tis the Season for visiting loved ones! If you’re meeting a new niece or nephew this Christmas we’ve got some suggestions for what to bring! The Before-12-Months Set can be the life of the party! Why not keep them entertained with these fun, safe toys that are age-appropriate for the very wee?

The B.Toys Whacky Ball Set has a mirrored background and features a soft hammer to get the fun started. Your child will spend hours watching the balls work their way through the maze, and then pop them through it all over again! This great toy is $35.99, and available at all of our Brick & Mortar stores.

The Skip Hop TreeTop Friends line has been a huge hit this season! The soft toys are fun to tug, but when it’s tummy-time this comfy mat features a mirror in the Tree-Trunk. Perfect for practicing silly faces! It’s available both online and in-store for $74.99.

The Lamaze Octo-Tunes makes for a great Play-Date. Squeezing each tentacle creates a distinctly different honk- Such a delight! Strengthen your little one’s arm muscles and dexterity development by watching them squeeze, tug and pull. He’s $30.99.

 

 

Are you looking for something useful, to soothe a frazzled mom and a tuckered out babe? Try the Love to Swaddle Up! This cozy swaddler encourages self soothing, with their hands and mouth in perfect distance! Available at all of our locations in Grey & White, it’s $39.99.

 

 

 

Have you ever tried to put a Snowsuit on a wriggly newborn? Avoid the hassle with these gorgeous bunting bags from 7AM! This helpful cover straps into any stroller with velcro pieces along the back. You can remove both the inner fleece lining, and the front from the back altogether. Available in 0-6 for $129.99, 6-18 for $149.99 and 18-36 for $169.99!

 

 

If you have a Mini-Maestro on your hands, foster their love of music with this Tambourine from Hape! A deal at $19.99, your little Tambourine man will be shaking up the fun while learning about rhythm in no time!

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re aiming for useful, fun or useful AND fun, we’ve got you covered! Visit us online at Fabbabygear.com, or in person at 1244 Wellington Street We & 755 Bank Street in Ottawa, or 286 Danforth Avenue in Toronto! We’d love to help find that special something!