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!

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.

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.

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!