Indoor Winter Activities

It sure has been a chilly winter so far and with wind chills and runny noses, sometimes it’s best to keep your little ones inside for the day. So while the mittens and boots are tucked away, here are some great indoor activities to do with your kids.

Puppet Show:

CateLeviGiraffeYou can create your own theatre or scope out the best spot behind the couch and create a magnificent puppet show with your children. We have some beautiful puppets from Cate and Levi that are made of cozy reclaimed sweaters and are proudly Canadian. With cute characters to choose from like frogs, moose and even a walrus, your little ones can act out their favourite stories or create their own.

Indoor Concert:

JanodMusicalSetWithGuitarJust like the Brady Bunch, you can start up your very own family band and hold an indoor concert! Whether you have pots and pans or the real deal, music is always a fun way to play. This musical set from Janod has  everything you’ll need to go on tour. It includes a trumpet, harmonica, tambourine, a kid-sized guitar and a fun clapper. The five piece set is made of wood and comes in cool confetti colours.

Youngster Café:

HapeGardenSaladSometimes it’s okay to let them play with their food, especially when it’s in their very own Youngster Café. Your mini chefs can toss up some gourmet fun with the playfully delicious Garden Salad from Hape or serve you up a fresh croissant with a cup of espresso with the Janod Espresso Machine. Once pretend play is over, you can prepare a fun and healthy snack with your kids from our Kid-Friendly Snacks Pinterest board.

Snow Removal:

GreentoysTractorEven though they’re stuck inside all day, you can bring the white fluffy snow inside in the form of cotton balls! The Green Toys dump truck is the perfect vehicle to get the job done. Lay out a bunch of cozy cotton and allow your kids to scoop them up with the truck or even the Green Toys tractor.

However you spend your days, we hope they are filled with quality fun and giggles. Happy winter!

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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.

Baby, I got the Blues!

It’s Festival Season in the Capital! We’ve had a successful Jazz Festival and are now in full swing of the epic Ottawa Bluesfest. Brought to us by RBC this year, we’re hosting such huge acts as Metric, Alice Cooper and Snoop Dogg.

Are you heading off to the Festivities with the fam? We’ve got a couple of Fab Fave products for you to pop in the ol’ Diaper Bag before you head out;

Sunblock is the name of the game during the warmer months. Currently In-Stock at both stores we have Green Beaver and Substance. Green Beaver is a 30 SPF Waterproof and Fragrance Free sunscreen that is also Certified Organic and Chemical Free. And Substance comes in two formats – Tube for squirting or Stick for rubbing. I use it on my face, and absolutely love it! It’s a 30 SPF again, and Fragrance Free.

 

 

We’ve also got a neat little product in stores by All Things Jill. Their Outdoor Joose both hydrates and keeps the bugs off of sensitive skin! Made with Aloe Vera juice and Witch Hazel, this non-greasy spray is safe for both little ones and pets. Do be warned to avoid eyes and mouths though!

 

 

One of the biggest products for Fab every summer is the Baby Banz Ear Muffs. They’re a protective and fashionable way to protect sensitive ears from the deafening chords of Iron Maiden or MSTRKRFT. The foam-filled cushions are soft, so they rest comfortably upon your little’s head from the Sound of Lions to Skrillex! I imagine they’d also work great at Demolition Derby’s and Lawnmower races if Summer Fairs are more your speed. (See what I did there? SPEED?) I’m not sure when it happened, but suddenly I make serious Dad jokes- be forewarned!

And while enjoying the sure-to-be singalong of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe, why not have a relaxing sit on one of our cushy outdoor blankets? The Tuffo, JJ Cole & Skip Hop blankets all fold into totally tote-able packages and come in a variety of colours.

Supporting local events is what Fab, and our customers, are all about! So get out there and enjoy a sunset over the Ottawa River while championing a group of people that stand for the Arts and their important role in our vibrant city!

Most people don’t know this, but the RBC Bluesfest team has been running a great program in Ottawa schools since 1999. Blues in the Schools is a program dedicated to preserving the long history of Blues music by educating students about the genre itself, as well as it’s influence on current faves. Through pairing artists and educators with local musicians our young ones gain a love for music that is truly abiding. Why not share the love a little with a musical instrument? Janod makes a child-friendly harmonica for singing the blues! Or a perfectly pitched Xylophone, if you’re looking for something more upbeat.

Whether you’re watching Norah Jones or checking out the Just For Laughs shows in the Barney Danson Theatre, we hope you enjoy the show! C’mon by our stores with tales of the concerts you’ve seen and the places you’ve been- we can’t wait for the awesome cellphone captured videos of miniature dance parties and rock on signs!