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.

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!

Totally Obsessed aka, How to Keep Busy in the Very Little Downtime that you Have.

Right after my wedding I found myself taking on a ridiculous amount of projects. Seriously, there was nothing that a glue gun or some seam tape didn’t touch. In talking with a lot of Mom’s here at Fab, that feeling seems to pervade when Baby is sleeping and Mama can’t. When you’re used to running at 150%, how do you keep busy when time stops?

I, personally, spend my time on the internet. And Hello Giggles has become a daily visit. Sure,  I read Google News. And yes, I spend some time shopping for shoes. Please-  Don’t even get me started on Pinterest. But I find it’s Hello Giggles that is eating up the bulk of my time lately.  And the bulk of my “did you hear about this” conversation starting! This delightful blogosphere created by Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi and Molly McAleer brings up topics that are infinitely relevant. It’s an every-woman  type of site that allows bloggers to just, ever so simply, write.

As we all hunker down for a long winter with our loved ones and our littles, I can think of nothing better than a cozy cuddle by the fire with some awesome reading material!

Most recently, I stumbled upon an interview with Jessica Valenti, author of Why Have Kids? An awesome book that covers such taboo topics like “Eep! I’m not instantly connected to my little one- am I a failure??” I love finding real-world, real-time mom’s who don’t judge. Check out the interview here.

I also stumbled upon a little gem that, perhaps because we’re two sleeps away from my 31st birthday, feels so right. When you’re nursing at 3am tonight, have a read of the 10 Things I Wish I knew As a Teenage Girl by Anne T. Donahue. It will make you laugh a little, and shake your head. Because didn’t we all just run about making decisions with the intensity of an uncertain Carrie Bradshaw?

Finally, in my NanoWrimo Inspired ode to women who write, I’d also suggest that our Fab Moms download Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” to their e-readers! This book, titled after a feeling that I’m positive all new mother’s feel, reminds me so much of my youth. It’s light-hearted enough to skim through one chapter here, and one chapter there. And it’s infinitely relatable, which will keep you coming back for more!

Always on the hunt for a delightful new read- make your suggestions! We’ll be sure to check them out!

 

Late Night Feeding? Late Night READING!

I have to say that around Fab we keep strange working hours! It’s not entirely odd to send an email at 3am and receive a response quickly from one of our feeding Mama’s that are up and about. Taking a note from my sister, who found her eReader indispensable, I thought it was time to share some of the best and the brightest of Mommy Reading (in my humble opinion!) Whether you’re planning a pregnancy, whiling away hours of difficult pregnancy-sleeping in this heat, or nursing your wee one- these blogs will prove an interesting distraction!

Doodlemum  – 38 year old Angie Stevens takes a look at the lighter side with delightful line-drawings and masterful shading. Imagine a typical day in your life drawn artfully for you to enjoy. I think I love this blog as much as my Mom enjoyed For Better or For Worse.

Pregnant Chicken – Toronto Mom Amy Morrison runs this blog-  it’s equal parts helpful info (see Hospital Bags – What to Pack) and hilarious (check out Pregnant on St. Paddy’s Day?). Her wry sense of humour cracks me up, but do make sure you mind the swearing!

Apartment Therapy – Family Section Having recently purchased my first home with the Handsome Husband, I have to say that this website has become my lifeblood. Well, this website and Pinterest as I need somewhere to keep track of all that I love on Apartment Therapy! Check out the family section for great ideas on décor, party planning and photography projects to keep track of small to big moments!

Babble – This has got to be the number-one “Read it on my iPad whilst I nurse at 3am” website. Need an answer to the ultimate “Am I a normal parent if I ….” or want to read some celebrity gossip that doesn’t include a healthy dose of who’s spilling out of what club at what hour? This is the spot. They cover recipes, hot topics, troubleshooting and more. Looking for a great article to start on? How about “I want to eat your baby! Why do women say that?” by Joe Donatelli

And finally, Pinterest – We here at Fab have started our own Pinterest! Staff have been obsessively pinning on their own personal sites, so we thought why not share awesome ideas, great products and adorable Littles with our Fab Friends?? We’re always looking for new pins, so add us and we’ll scope out your great taste!