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.

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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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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!

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!

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!