Tuesday
Nov272012

2 Year Old Gift Guide

Two-year-olds like to be independent! Favorite words are “Mine” and “No” and “I do it!” Emotions take on a roller coaster-like quality as 2-year-olds can go from excitement to anger to laughter within a few moments. A great deal of time is spent exploring, pushing, pulling, filling, dumping, and touching.  These items will give your two year old the independence they crave as well as keep them busy as long as their attention spans will allow!

1. Green Toys Build-a-Bouquet Floral Arrangement Playset - Kids can stack the vibrant petunias, lilies and daisies for interactive fun.

    2. Plan Toy Geometric Sorting Board - Children are endlessly taking things apart and putting them together, only to pull them apart again.

      3. Signing Time DVD Series -
      These dvds are primarily for teaching your child basic American sign language.  However, there is enough vocabulary review to help your young preschooler learn new words daily.

        4. Remo Gathering Drum & Drumsticks - The Gathering Drum is colorful, durable, and a great addition to any kid’s music collection! Children love to make music, and, since rhythm is the foundation of all music making, the Remo Kids Percussion Collection gives children an exciting way to make music with their own instruments. Not only is playing music fun, research has found that music participation can have a beneficial and long lasting impact on a child’s self-discipline and self-confidence.

          5. Melissa & Doug Natalie 12” Doll - Mine to Love - The perfect friend for your child! This is the ideal, sweet-smelling, first-born baby doll. Even the youngest mommy will love her sweet face and soft, cuddly body. Real moms will love her wipe-clean arms and legs!

            6. ALEX Super Art Table with Paper Roll - This award-winning art table helps inspire children’s creativity. This table comes with two benches, has a chalkboard tabletop surface, a hanging paper roll, child-safe paper cutter, 3 cup holders, 3 plastic cups and a canvas storage bag. It is made of sturdy wood and has durable plastic cups so it will stand up to years of art and play.

              7. Melissa & Doug Jumbo Cardboard Blocks - This 40-piece set takes the blah out of blocks, especially for kids who create best with lots of pieces, lots of color, and lots of space. A staple item in many preschools, this set can spark endless imaginative play as children build large, life-size structures.

                8. KidKraft Ride Around Town Train Set w/ Table - With the exciting Ride Around Town Train Table Set, the young conductors in your life have an entire busy community at their fingertips! The train set will provide kids with hours of imaginative play, while the table helps keep playtime off the floor and closer to eye level.

                9. Eco Kids Natural Plant Dye GLUTEN FREE Molding Dough - Eco-kids® is a line of art supplies that gives children the tools to create using non-toxic, natural ingredients and environmentally friendly packaging. The gluten free eco dough is an exploratory molding dough handmade with natural and organic fruit, plant and vegetable extracts from annatto seed, beets, blueberries, carrots, paprika and more!

                10. PlaSmart PlasmaCar RideOn Toy - Your little driver can navigate the road by simply turning the steering wheel from side to side. 

                Monday
                Nov262012

                MomME Gift Guide

                All MomMEs

                1. Weelicious by Catherine McCord - the cookbook from first bite through family meals that will have you and your kids eating better and healthier. 

                2. An EcoSTORE USA gift basket of eco-friendly, non-toxic and delicious smelling (but not overpowering) products

                3. ErinCondren.com Life Planner - Guaranteed to keep you on-track, and as organized as any MomME can be!  These beautiful planners are something that you want to show off to everyone!

                4. Some MomME Time - schedule a massage, mani-pedi, lunch with your mom friends, movie, night out or morning to sleep in while you take the kids to the park. 

                5. One Get Out of MomME Jail Card - We all have days we don’t want to do the 6 am feeding, make sandwishes for lunch, prepare dinner, wash up the kids, etc.  This Get Out of MomME Jail Card is a great present from spouses to each other.  For MomME Friends, relatives, etc gift a babysitting session, for new parents offer to come over and cook, clean up, or do some errands like grocery shopping.  It will be much appreciated.

                6. Blow-Out - I always get a kick out of this phrase, but when was the last time most MomMEs had the time to really blow-out their hair?  Treat her to a blow-out from Byuti Salon, DryBar or BlowLux in Los Angeles or your local blow-out salon, since they are popping up on every corner these days.

                7. ButtonNYC Diaper Clutch - Because sometimes all you want is a small bag or clutch.  But as a mom, we always need supplies.  This diaper and wipes clutch turns every bag, car, stroller, etc into a diaper bag!

                8. Nespresso - Moms need caffeine.  It’s just a simple fact of life.  Nespresso makes the most delicious espressos, lattes and more, and the frother is the best I have ever seen.  Buying one is an investment, but will save you time and money at the coffe shop. 

                9. Vitamix Blender - The best blender.  Ever.  made.  You can use this blender to make smoothies in the morning (perfect for busy MomMEs - it is healthy, delicious and keeps you full if you add protein), soups, dough, baby purees…what can’t this machine do?  My son has been drinking smoothies from the Vitamix since he was 9 months old!

                10. Lanicera Jewelry - Beautiful yet simple and unique jewelry for MomMes that is not super expensive (it’s okay if your kid acciddentally throws one earring away - you can always get another pair!)

                Fashionista MomME

                1. Tory Burch Lunch Box - Limited Edition Pieces by Tory Burch + Neiman Marcus at Target

                2. Alice + Olivia - Luggage - Limited Edition Pieces by Alice and Olivia + Neiman Marcus at Target

                3. Elsa Peretti Letter Pendant Necklane - by Tiffany’s & Co.  The stylish way to wear your child’s initial (or add more for more kids.  Also great when paired with the Elsa Peretti Heart!).

                4. Hudson Super Skinny “Black Wax” Jeans - Perfect for day or night, these jeans are comfortable and make a statement!

                5. MZ Wallace Bedford Kate Diaper Bag - beautiful, well-constructed and makes a statement.  Can also double as a work bag.

                Eco-Friendly MomME

                1. The Honest Company Subscription - Honest Diapers Bunldes and Family Essentials Bundle

                2. Tom’s Shoes - Who does not like a company that gives kids a pair of shoes for every pair purchased?  Did you know in some places kids cannot go to school unless the have shoes?  Well now you do!  Love this pair in courdury with a pop of color on the sole.

                3. Chewbead’s - Made from non-toxic and eco-friendly materials, these beads double as jewelry and a place for your little one to chomp onto.

                4. Anything from Sprout San Francisco or Bloume Baby - These two stores are dedicated to only carrying the most eco-friendly, non-toxic products from nursery furniture, diaper bags, toys, clothes, baby, home and mommy personal care products and more!

                5. Kicky Pants Pajamas - Now the same amazingly soft and eco-friendly bamboo used to make kid’s clothes and maternity tees is available in MomMe pajamas!!

                For a full eco-friendly gift guide check out Women’s Voices for the Earth’s Gift Guide List.

                Adventurous MomME

                1. Local Museum Memberships (Children’s Museums, Zoo, Aquarium, etc)

                2. JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket - This is one of the best presents you can give any child, expectant mom or family.  This blanket is water resistant (read - you can spill whatever you want on it and it just rolls off).  Crumbs brush right off and it has a strap to carry or put over the handle of a stroller.  Great for picnics, the beach, hanging by the pool, covering any dirty surface for a little baby and even to use in your house as a playmat.

                3. Mittens and matching Doudoune by 7 A.M. Enfant! The sleekest mittens, the WarMMuffs by 7 AM Enfant you have ever seenA matching infant bunting suit for your little called the Duodoune by 7 AM Enfant - and you are one stylish pair on the go!

                4. SugarSNAP Car-Go - Designed to make life on the go easier for moms and dads.   Stay organized and make sure you are fully stocked for all of your adventures!

                Saturday
                Nov242012

                0 - 6 Months Gift Guide

                So you may think to yourself, what do you buy an 0 - 6 month old?  Do you even buy them holiday presents?  While they don’t yet have the capacity to understand what a gift is, they certainly do have the capacity to make use of some thoughtful gifts!  Here is our list from 0 - 6 month old babies which can also double as a baby shower or hospital present aka “push present.”

                1. Sofie The Giraffe - Sophie is the essential teething toy and best companion for all little ones. It’s never a bad idea to keep a backup Sophie around just in case your little one’s best friend decides to go for a stroll.

                2. Kicky Pants Layette Gown and Knot Hat Set - These gowns are deliciously soft and come in a variety of adorable prints and patterns for both boys and girls.

                3.Kushies Shangrila Activity Mat - Although this is a bit of a splurge in the activity mat category, the Kushies Shangrila Activity Mat will not disappoint. The mat is reversible and features a black and white print on one side, which is perfect for newborns. The other side of the activity mat features sensory fabrics to further develop an older infant’s skills.

                4. Lamaze Toys Jacque The Peacock - Jacque The Peacock is filled with colors, textures and sounds to stimulate infancy development. Doubles as “stroller bling” and a great stroller / car seta toy.

                5. Eric Carle Books - Start developing a vast library of books at an early age to encourage reading and activities that you can do together with your little one. Eric Carle books are essential to every child’s library.  “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” or “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See” are two of the most popular titles from this collection.

                6. Amazing Babies Sound Balls - Sensory fun and entertainment for little ones.

                7. Manhattan Toy Winkle  - Little fingers can easily grasp the various loops, the bright colors stimulate curosity and the toy has rattles!

                8. Tiny Love Follow Me Fred - Engaging and entertaining, this puppy encourages motor skill development.

                9. Fisher Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo - This activity bouncer is wonderful for infants who are beginning to develop motor skills. Colorful shapes, sounds and plenty of developmental toys, the Fisher Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo is sure to be a hit with any infant!
                 
                10. Fisher Price My Little Snugabunny Bouncer - The Fisher Price My Little Snugabunny Bouncer is lined with plush fabrics that enhance an infant’s sense of security and soothes with its calming music and light vibrations. Perfect to entertain a baby while you are taking a shower (just take it into the bathroom but don’t move it while the baby is in the chair), cooking dinner or pumping.

                Saturday
                Nov242012

                Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide

                1. Kushies Zolo Linko Toy - a Club MomMe favorite because you can make as long or small of a link as you want, and all of them can clip onto a car seat, stroller or high chair.  Especially when on the go, you will appreciate having a toy that can’t be throw on the floor!

                2. Manhattan Toy Winkle - Yes we also listed this toy on our 0 - 6 month guide.  But this is a such a great toy and also very compact, so we decided to list it twice.  Little fingers can easily grasp the various loops, the bright colors stimulate curosity and the toy has rattles!

                3. Wubbanub - If you are buying a present for a newborn or little one who loves their binkie, this Mary Meyer Cow Wubbanub is aodrable as is the Caterpillar.  The Wubbanub makes it easy for a little one to find a pacifier and put it in their mouth and also serves as a lovie or stuffed animal friend.  Two presets for the price of one!

                4. Wiggly Giggler - This rattle is super fun to play with and is very inexpensive.  A perfect stocking stuffer!

                5. My First Purse by International Playthings - What little girl does not want a purse complete with her own wallet, cell phone, keys and lipstick? 

                6. Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case - A great way to protect your iPhone or iPod while enteraining your little one with free, yes free apps from Fisher Price that are fun and educational.  This case is also a fun rattle that is easy to hold.

                7. Finger Crayons by Alex Farm - Kids love cranyons, and these go on their fingers for smaller and chubbier ones.  They are also thicker and easier to grip.

                8. My First Dolly by Gund -We always get asked when a little girl (or boy) should get their first doll.  The answer is up to you, but starting off with an easy-to-hold inexpensive doll without small parts like the My First Dolly by Gund is a great present!

                9. Stack and Swivel Clown by Hape - Stackable and rockable fun!  Also teaches colors and sorting.

                10. Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen Jr. - This pen speaks, lights up and interacts with a child depending upon ther movement.  Fun and educational!

                11. Angel Dear Lovie - Perfect for tots from birth through toddlerhood.  These blankies are soft, adorable and provide security for a little one.  They also double as a small blanket in a clutch.

                12. 3 Funky Brushes by Alex - A great gift as they can be used with water for a no or low-mess clean-up.

                13. Kid-o Go Car - A basic car that is easy for little finger sot grasp, easy to clean and easy to travel with.  This car comes in both boy and girl-friendly colors!

                14. Chicco Butterfly Spinner - A toy that is interactive, makes noise and fun.  Always a hit at our Kidville class, bring one home for giggles and fun!

                15. JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket - A little big for a traditional stocking stuffer but this is one of the best presents you can give any child, expectant mom or family.  This blanket is water resistant (read - you can spill whatever you want on it and it just rolls off).  Crumbs brush right off and it has a strap to carry or put over the handle of a stroller.  Great for picnics, the beach, hanging by the pool, covering any dirty surface for a little baby and even to use in your house as a playmat. 

                Friday
                Nov232012

                18 Month Old Holiday Gift Guide

                This is the age of exploration and discovery.  If it can be opened, it will be.  If it can be banged on, it will.  Over and over again. Kids at this age love to play, and they don’t always play with things in the way that you might expect them to.  Kids at 18 months are just starting to get into imaginative play, so you can set the stage for years to come with some bigger purchases like a dollhouse or playhouse, a play kitchen or a craft table.

                1. Melissa and Doug Band in a Box - Most kids like music.  Or should I say love music?  While they may have been making music for some time by banging things against walls, now they can really use musical instruments to start tap-taping to a beat and interact with mommy or daddy. 

                2. Shape Sorting Bucket - Though this toy seems simple (and is very inexpensive) toddlers can play with it for hours.  They learn their shapes and sort them, count them, stack them and of course throw them into the bucket.  With the top on kids can shake the bucket, and the handle allows for small and pudgy hands to be able to carry this around with them.

                3. Play Kitchen - The nice thing about a play kitchen is that your little one can make their own “meals” and “snacks” in their kitchen while you make some in yours.  

                Kidcraft Uptown Kitchen matches the more modern stainless steel and dark-wood kitchen perfectly and the Kidcraft Vintage Kitchen in red is fun and really makes a statement.  What kid does not like red? 

                The Pottery Barn Kids Red Retro Kitchen Collection may cost as much as some of your furniture, but it sure is beautiful and well-made!  This is the kitchen featured on NBC’s the Parenthood in pink.

                4. Shop and Play First Food Set - with or without a kitchen set, this is a fun way for a toddler to play with their food without making a huge mess!

                5. Green Toys Dish Set and Green Toys Chef Set For your aspiring chef!

                Have you ever tried holding a 25 pound squirmy and hungry toddler while near a hot stove or cutting veggies?  It is not fun.  Here are two options to make cooking more fun for both parents and toddlers:

                6. Learning Tower by Little Partners - The Learning Tower creates a secure environment to stimulate a toddler’s imagination in the kitchen or at the counter (or really any elevated surface) and has two add-on accessories: the two Playhouse Kits feature a puppet show/popcorn stand and an ice-cream/lemonade stand and the Little Partners Art Easel which has a blackboard and a magnetized dry erase board. It also features a movable space for art supplies.

                The Learning Tower adjusts to four heights to accomodate a growing child, and can hold up to 500 pounds - so you can safely put two kids in the Tower at once.  A child can use the Learning Tower for years!

                7. Matching Lovie and Toddler Blanket - Every toddler will love this gorgeous and plush Button NYC lovie and matching toddler blanket set by Button NYC

                8. Ride-on Toys - Two favorites are  the Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug or the Pewi Y-Bike.

                9. Pediped Shoes - Pretty much the most adorable and comfortable shoes a kid can wear.  Available in three different collections to grow with each child.  They are machine washable and mimic the way kids walk with bare feet.

                10. Joovy Tricycoo - A pushtoy to stroll a stylish tot around the block that converts to a tricycle when the child is ready.  Just wait for thr grin on a little one’s face when they see this and ride it for the first time!

                11. Step2 All Around Wagon - This wagon is perfect for a little one for a stroll around the neighborhood, playing with friends and more.  Comes with a canopy, places to hold drinks for parents and kids, a scret compartment and the seats fold flat to make a table or bed.

                12. Skip Hop Travel Luggage - Kids love to wheel things around.  Just the site of this luggage is sure to elicit a smile from your child, and they impose an easy rule when traveling - you can only take as many toys as fit in this suitcase.  Genius!