The ‘Baby Care Basics’ – Enter to WIN!

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Parenting is hard … plain and simple!
Whether you are about to have your first baby or your third, those early days (that can stretch into weeks and months!) of parenting are a whirlwind of emotions, sleepless nights and questions (a lot of questions). And while we all have come to expect unconditional love to happen and exhaustion to reign supreme, what can take many a new parent by surprise is the constant question – “Am I doing this right”.
While no one has the magic bullet to calm your fears of making the “wrong” decision, there are resources available that will help guide you through. One such book I highly recommend is Baby Care Basics by Dr. Jeremy Friedman and Dr. Natasha Saunders. Working full time at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto has given these two doctors the background and knowledge to write a comprehensive but easy to read (and understand!) book that covers topics new moms needs to know; from breast- and formula-feeding (with no judgement with which you choose), introducing solid food, treating your baby’s illnesses to sleep habits, playing with your baby and much more. Seriously, where was this book after I had my first!!!!
 Why is this book important? 
    • Because, we all know despite all the planning in the world (and all the advice people will put upon you), nothing can quite prepare you for the big step from pregnancy to parenting.
    • Taking care of your baby is one of life’s biggest and most important challenges (challenge being the operative word here)
    • There is so much conflicting information available on the Internet, how can one be sure whom to trust?
    • Baby Care Basics replaces uncertainty with knowledge and insecurity with confidence
​Containing a wealth of reliable information that will help parents make the right choices for their baby, The Baby Care Basics Book answers the questions every new parent has on a daily basis, providing practical, expert advice on everything you need to know from pregnancy through your baby’s first year.
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Thank you to our wonderful friends, they are giving us 1 book to give away to 1 of our lucky readers!  The giveaway is open to both Canadian and US residents ! Here is how to enter: 

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Let the book help you!
T.
xo

Who Doesn’t Want a Personalized Gift #ISeeMe – Enter to WIN!

I See Me personalized book

I love books, my son … well … he loves when my husband and I read him books before bed (only), but during the day it is all about the iPad. Although he is playing with ‘mom approved’ apps, I still would love to sneak in an extra book or two daily.

How about adding a twist on the regular ol’ book … a personalized book featuring your child from I See Me. I saw one of these custom books at a friends house and instantly knew I had to have one (big shock for me I know), so I had one made and the first thing out of my older son’s mouth when he got it was “WOOOO COOL, I am on the book!” and he asked if I could read it to him. I actually have never seen him get so excited over a book before.

I See Me Personalized Books

What I love:
– You can choose boy or girl versions
– The ordering process is extremely easy choosing from drop-down menu’s
– The quality of the book is AMAZING!
– It has the child’s name in large letters on the front cover with a picture of them (you send in a picture)
– My son’s name was incorporated into every page whether it be in the text or in the page image
– There are A LOT of titles to choose from for every occasion (becoming a big sibling, birthdays, Christmas etc)
– There are books for all ages – storybooks for the older kids and board books for the younger kids
– The books are all about positive reinforcement (the All-Star book we chose teaches kids to have a positive attitude, teamwork, being a good sport and so much more)
– I was able to choose 5 sports from a large list to include in the book
– It’s a personalized sports book
– I See Me’s website is extremely user friendly 

You can see just how personalized these books are and now you can understand how kids would get so excited by these books. In fact, these would make an amazing and unique gift for friends who are having another baby, a holiday gift or as a birthday gift.

Don’t think it ends there, I See Me has a fantastic line of other personalized gifts like Lunch Boxes (which are beyond adorable), puzzles, colouring books, placemats, stickers (these were also a big hit in our house, he put them all in his other books so his brother knew they were “his”) and growth charts

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Thanks to our wonderful friends at I See Me, they are giving away one personalized All-Star (boy or girl version – your choice) book to one of my lucky readers. The contest is open to Canadian and US residents. Here’s how to enter:

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Happy Reading
T.
xo 

Books Galore!!!

I am not sure about you, but I always found it extremely overwhelming walking into the baby book section at a bookstore and being completely clueless about which books to buy. Now that Frankie is older, I know exactly which kinds of books he likes and dislikes and I thought I would share the favorites:

1. Baby Talk Giant Flaps Board Book by DK: I have been reading this book with Frankie since he was little and about 6 months ago it became part of our bedtime routine where he would lift the flap and act out what was on the page, so when it was baby eating and I said “yummy yummy” he would rub his belly and then the last page was a baby going to sleep and I would say “night night” and he would put his head on my chest and then I would put him to bed. It was a nice bed time book! $6.00

2. First Words Flash Card Book by Roger Priddy: I bought this book when Frankie was little and only recently he has shown interest in it. He loves peeling out the flash cards, giving it to me and I read the back. Now, I take out all the flash cards, lay them out and ask him to pass me “the orange” or “the apple” etc. This book really helps them learn new words and it also shows me that he understands what I am saying. Sadly we lost the doggy as he wanted to carry that one where ever we went. I highly recommend putting them into the folder at the back of the book when you are done with them. $13

3. That’s not my Tractor by F. Watt: These definitely aren’t the cheapest books, but Frankie surely loves them!!! There is an entire series with animals, objects and so much more. One thing I know Frankie loves is touch and feel books, but he really likes the one’s with different textures to scratch and this book definitely has them. I will eventually own the entire series :) $13

4. Bright Baby Slide and Find Who’s My Mom? by Roger Priddy: I saw this book and thought it was a neat idea and a little different from the flip books so I bought it and another one called Trucks. Frankie really loooooves this book!!! Each page has a window that you slide up and it reveals one of the animal mommies (also available in Trucks, Animals, Moo etc). $6.00

5. Where’s Spot by Eric Hill: A childhood favorite for many and now my son loves this book. This is the newest of our bed time books and I honestly think this book is how my son learned ot say NO :) None-the-less, he opens all the flaps and when my husband asks if that is spot he screams out NOOOOO, it’s actually quite cute. $12

6. Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See by Bill Martin: Now I have recently borrowed this book from a friend of mine to get Frankie used to repeating easy words, but I am told this is the BEST book!! So many of my friends have told me how much their kids love it, so I am giving it a shot. $9

7. Pop-Up Peekaboo by Dorling Kindersley: This is a fun book where the images pop up when you turn the pages. I wouldnt recommend the book for the younger one’s as they just pull on the pop ups and well it isnt hard to salvage (trust me i know) – I keep this book at arms reach :) $11

I always love to hear from other mom’s and dad’s, so if you have any great book recommendations, please post them below to share with others!!! I love making new friends, so pass this post along to any family members or friends with kids, neices or nephews.

T.
xo

Nedi the Yeti – A Fun, Interactive App for Toddlers

As I am sure you can now tell, I am huge fan of finding great apps for the iPad and iPhone. I truly believe that kids learn a lot from them and I have seen it first hand!

When searching around for apps, I would usually pass on the book apps because I really thought Frankie wouldn’t be interested in them. I was mistaken!  I was recently introduced to an interactive book app called Nedi the Yeti and I have to say this is a wonderful app for toddlers!!! Like the peek-a-boo apps I love so much, this is a peek-a-boo book where animals are hidden amongst the pages and your little one has to find them (don’t worry it’s easy – they stick out a little bit ;o), drag them out of their hidding spots and tap on them so that they make their fun noises while at the same time cute speech bubbles appear. I read this book to Frankie once and showed him how to move the animals and get them to make their noises and now everytime I read it to him, he knows exactly what to do.

I think all you moms and dads out there will really enjoy the graphics on this app, they are truly amazing. Make sure to tilt your iPad from side to side to see the backgrounds move and reveal some hidden characters. I highly recommend Nedi the Yeti app to all looking for something their child will enjoy

Where to buy: iTunes
Price: $1.99

T.
xo

My Top 13 Favorite Books for Babies and Toddlers

When Frankie was born, my siblings bought him a ton of books to fill our very empty bookshelf in his room. I read in multiple mom books and magazines that you should introduce your child to books at an early age, so when Frankie was only a few months old I tried reading to him, but wouldnt even last past a few pages before he started to squirm or cry. I gave up for a little while and then after a few months went by and he was able to sit on his own, I put a bunch of books infront of him and he started flipping over the pages. Now he hands me the books to read to him. Here is a list of some of our favorite books:

Peek-a-who? by Nina Laden: This is by far Frankie’s favorite book. Obviously I know this one by heart, but he just loves when I bring out this book. This was a hand-me-down from my sister and I hope she never asks for it back. It has a mirror at the end and when he flips the page, he kisses the mirror

You are my cupcake by Joyce Wan: We were given this book as a gift from a very special friend and I was instantly drawn in by the animation. The book is beyond cute and has all our favorite names we call our kids

Noisy Peekaboo Books by DK: A new find and an AMAZING one at that. I think I have bought all the editions. These make an amazing gift. Each book is about baby not being able to find something and you have to open each flap to find where the missing object is and under one flap when lifted makes the noise of the object. Frankie loves going through all the flaps and then finding the one that makes the noise

Clap Your Hands: Elmo in 3D, what more do I need to say :) A puppet book where you clap Elmo’s hands with every page. I haven’t given this to Frankie yet, I am saving it for the plane but I can only imagine his reaction. I bought this book for my neice a few years back and she loved it.

Touch and Feel Farm and Touch and Feel Zoo by Dwell Studios: Who knew that Dwell Studios makes books and great books at that. There are a few more, but these two are touch and feel but with different textures than the usual touch and feel books

123 Sesame Street 12 Pack: A cute collection that comes in a great case with 12 little mini board books with all different Sesame Street characters

My Belly Button by Melanie O’Brien: This was a fun find at the Baby Time Show. Every time you flip the page, the babies belly button appears on each page and you push the belly button and she giggles and giggles and giggles which makes Frankie giggle – too cute

Rocker Babies Wear Jeans by Michelle Sinclair Colman: A fun rocker book! This book totally suits me because Frankie is always in Rocker clothes. We got this one as a gift and it is just the cutest book. It incorporates Rocker with Baby

Up, Down, Round and Round! by Justine Smith: So much to do inside this book, pull things, move things and best of all there are big pop out pictures

Baby Boo! – This is great for babies and for toddlers – another amazing hand-me-down from my sister. Great baby expressions and you can really have fun with this book through being animated with your baby. At the end there is a little mirror which again, Frankie loves to kiss

Little Puppy – Finger Puppet Book: I love the finger puppet books, the reaction I get is hilarious. It’s as if he cant figure out how the puppy is moving. The puppet goes through to every page and is fun for the kids

Barnyard Bath by Sandra Boyton: A great bath book. If these bath time books are not in the tub when he gets in, he cries. This one comes with a wash cloth and teaches children about bath time

Bath Time by Sandra Boyton: Another fav that I know off by heart “hey hey what do you say, its time to take a bath today …” Frankie always hands me this book to read to him in the bath (2 or 3 times hence why I know the book off by heart). At the end the you squeeze the piggy’s nose and it makes a funny noise and Frankie kisses him.

If anyone has any book recommendations, feel free to post them on my Babylish Advice Facebook page or comment below. I hope your kids love the suggestions.

T.
xo