Looking for a great way to spend Family Day this year? On February 18th, why not check out some of the great activities happening right here in our own backyards!
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
And finally, check out these infinitely foldable gems of strollers! The MacLarens have long had a name which stood for durability and craftsmanship.
C’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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.