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Mike the Knight – A Great Book Hero

Looking for a great book series for your preschool boy? Kristin and her sons received the new Mike the Knight series from Simon & Schuster to check out…here’s her review! Thanks Mike!

Have you dreamt of being a knight or a lady, living in a castle, casting magic spells, and playing with dragons?  Have you had visions of long flowing dresses, and men on horseback?  My son CW frequently pretends he has his own pet dragon…that is when he’s not being a pirate.

Right on cue, the brand new Mike the Knight books and coloring book arrived at our house!  In a period of time where my just-turned-five-year-old boy is excited about dragons and pirates, knights and trolls, this book series could not have arrived soon enough!  CW was ecstatic when he saw what was in the box.  And, he has been “reading” the books to himself ever since.  We read them together, our babysitter read them to him, his grandparents read them to him, and now he sits and “reads” them every morning.  I call that a win!

 

The books highlight Mike’s good deeds (like in “Mike the Knight and the Good Deed”), which has CW looking for ways to be a good knight too.  This means he attempts to make his bed, carry his plate to the sink, and be nice to his brother.  There is even a great board book for his little brother, “Mike and the Dragons” which introduces Mike, Squirt, and Sparkie.

“Mike and Trollee in Trouble” (a Level 1 Reader perfect for my new reader) teaches the importance of friendship and teamwork.  Mike and his dragons, Sparkie and Squirt, work together to get Mike’s friend Trollee out of trouble.

 The coloring book went with us to the doctor this past week, and kept both boys happy for our 45-minute wait and appointment.  The app is now loaded and ready to go on the iPad, and we may even buy some of the Mike the Knight figures with our birthday gift cards!  You can even buy a mini set of the books here for $6.29!

When your child is begging you to read, “reading” to himself, and playing knight, you will be so happy you picked up some of these amazing books!  And if you want some great computer activities, check out Mike the Knight online!  At $3-$7, you can’t go wrong with a few Mike the Knight books for birthday gifts or “just because!”

 

photo10 150x150 A Glowing Review for the Global GlowballKristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and little brother MD.

Babies Gotta Have It received these books for purposes of review.  As always, all opinions are Kristin and her boys and weren’t influenced by anyone.  Babies Gotta Have It is an Amazon affiliate.

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Cuz Daddies Gotta Have It Too – Five Four Club

Doc Hubby is a New England boy.  He grew up in New Hampshire, rooting for the Red Sox and the Pats, playing hockey on the pond down the street, and loving maple syrup.  All his life he’s always wanted to tap his own trees and make maple syrup.  This year, we finally did it.  I got him buckets and taps for Christmas two years ago, we waited until fall and labeled the sugar maples in our yard upstate, and as soon as the sugar house down the road started tapping their trees, we followed suit.

Do you know how many gallons of sap it takes to make one gallon of maple syrup?  Forty.  We gathered fifteen gallons.  We boiled for a couple of days.  Doc Hubby was like a kid in a candy shop about the whole thing.  So excited.

Not to sound too 1962 about it, but sometimes I think that we’re so busy letting Pete take care of us, that we forget to take care of him.  Daddies are pretty special too.  And this one anyway, does a whole heck of a lot for our family.  Sometimes he deserves a special treat too–like a whole entire day in front of the barbecue boiling sugar maple sap.

Or some new clothes.  The guys behind the men’s lifestyle brand Five Four Club contacted me a few weeks ago about reviewing their products.  Basically, Five Four Club is a men’s fashion subscription service that keeps your guy in new, cool clothes, without having to spend hours in the store.  Cuz let’s face it, most guys would rather be standing in front of the barbecue than in line at the mall.  So how does it work?  Your guy goes to the Five Four Club website and answers a brief survey to identify his style profile (or let’s face it, you can do it for him).  Then for sixty bucks a month, he gets a new package of clothes every month that suit his taste, at an incredible discount.  Each month’s package takes the season, color and your fella’s style profile into account.  Doc Hubby needs new clothes.  Doc Hubby needs cool clothes.  Doc Hubby does not have time to shop.  This seemed like a really neat way to pamper him a little bit.  So I said yes.

The clothes are all pretty fitted so be sure to order a generous size for your guy.  The flannel shirt and hooded jacket we got were both huge hits with Pete.  He says they fit him perfectly, they are different from what he has in his closet and he feels comfortable in them.  The flannel is a nice light weight and super soft with really great detailing.  And the hooded jacket is just cool, don’t you think?  A great spring weight and stylish cut.  Maybe I’m biased…but I think he looks pretty good.

A Five Four Club subscription would make a great Father’s Day gift for your fella this year.  I also love it as a gift for a new daddy who could use a little spoiling himself.  Mama and baby get so much attention that first year (and rightly so), but what a wonderful thing to send a little something special to a new dad to make him feel good.

Sixty seconds of shopping, total,  and then a new outfit every month.  Something to let your guy know just how special he is.

Yeah, that’s something daddies definitely gotta have.

Thanks so much to Five Four Club for sending Doc Hubby the clothes to review. As always, all opinions are mine and Pete’s and you better believe weren’t influenced by anyone.

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Because Raffie Really Needs a Bath

A few years ago I posted a video about lovies.  About how essential they are.  How snuggly and wonderful.  How even grown ups need something to cuddle.

So…cut to five years later.  Man oh man do those lovies need a bath.  And so do the stuffed rabbits. And stuffed monsters.  And of course the teddy bears.  Because not only do those animals get dragged through the mud.  Turns out they are absolutely crawling, quite literally, with bacteria and dust mites.  Have I mentioned the fact that I’m a raging germaphobe.  Ew.

So now.  More than ever.  Teddy really needs a bath. So a mom invented a special stuffed animal washer/dryer bag to do just that.  Teddy Needs a Bath is high-quality, large, eco-friendly cotton bag designed to help busy Mamas restore those nasty old animals to their fresh-off-the-shelf glory.  Now, many of your toys may say “surface wash only” on the care tags.  But the Teddy Needs a Bath bag protects your animal and your washer.  How does it work?  Put Teddy in the bag, zip it up and wash on gentle with mild soap (take out any sound devices or boxes before you do this!).  Then when it’s done, just pop the bag right in the dryer on low and Teddy comes out clean and fluffed dry!  Be aware that Teddy may need a few rounds in the dryer to get him totally dry, but boy is he warm and cuddly when he emerges!

I received a Teddy Needs a Bath sample at Toy Fair.  And one of the features that the lovely woman I spoke with touted, was that the Teddy Needs a Bath bag, combined with the cute board book, gets kids excited about participating in washing their stuffed animals and lovies.  I was skeptical.  Though my kid has a penchant for cleaning that would rival June Cleaver, she has always seemed worried in the past when I put her beloved “Raffie” in the old washer for a bath.  Pretty sure it’s because she thinks he will come to life at night and will complain about the procedure to all of his friends.

Well, no joke, when I showed Bean the special Teddy Needs a Bath bag, the book and the cotton candy scented dryer sheets (oh yeah you heard me), she immediately went into her room and started searching through her animals to determine who was the most in need of a wash.  It absolutely worked.  The animals came out clean and fresh and completely unscathed by the whole process.  And I especially love how the zipper tucks under a small elastic band so even it won’t bang up the inside of your washer.

And how did the animals enjoy it?  Well, guess you’ll just have to ask them…when they come to life in the middle of the night.

You can buy all the Teddy Needs a Bath product online at their website or at our affiliate Amazon.com.

Thanks to Teddy Needs a Bath for the bag, book and dryer sheets to try out!

 

 

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Three Bugs Since December Twelfth

Three bugs since December twelfth.  The first struck the night we went to see the Rockettes.  The second struck on New Years Eve (and was diagnosed as a double ear infection on my birthday).  The third hit on Friday night.  While she was still on antibiotics for the ear infections. This is the outfit she put together for a quick run to Starbucks this afternoon.  Some kind of a jaunt to break up twelve hours in a New York City apartment.  I particularly like the crocs and pompom hat combo.

Blame it on worst cold and flu season in recent memory.  Or on global warming–everyone knows these crazy warm-ups in the middle of winter makes everyone get sick.  Well, that’s what my grandmother would say anyway. When Bean gets the crud, it goes right to her chest.  Hello TB ward cough. And then it lasts for a month. And I hate sending her to school sounding like that.

Many cold and cough medicines for children have been taken off the market due to safety concerns.  But not, I was so happy to discover, the all-natural home remedies for cough by Matys.  So what’s so good about all-natural? As the Matys website says:

We at Maty’s are unearthing the age-old tradition of all-natural remedies, good for the body and the environment. We have carefully crafted safe, all-natural treatments for your child–and for you! With our products you can be sure that you are getting the finest, most effective ingredients without any dangerous side effects. Let us provide you with the remedy, all you add is your healing touch.

Sounds good to me!

We were sent the All Natural Baby Chest Rub to try out.  How shall I put this…I was hoping we wouldn’t have the opportunity to review this product this winter.  Heh.  I used it tonight (the third night in a row) to soothe the Bean to sleep.  This healthy alternative to Vick’s contains no menthol, no petroleum, no drugs. It has a lovely lavender and chamomile fragrance.  And I feel like it just soothes her to sleep when I rub it on her chest and back–almost like a massage oil.

I bought the Matys All Natural Cough Syrup (for children ages 1 and older) with buckwheat honey for the Bean to try.  First and foremost–she loves the flavor.  I tasted it.  It’s like apple pie on a spoon.  My mother has often touted buckwheat honey as a natural cough remedy.  It is not a miracle cure, but I do feel like it calms her.  She’s sleeping right now, having taken a dose right before bed, and I’ve only heard her cough once since I started writing this post.  Buckwheat honey is anti-oxidant rich, effective as a boost to respiratory function, and helpful for promoting a good night’s sleep.  For Mama and kiddo.

All natural delicious and safe cold remedies.  That’s something Mama’s and Baby’s definitely gotta have.

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Adventure on the Risky Rails with Thomas & Friends

Remember what a big fan CW is of Thomas the Tank Engine?  Here’s his review of the new Thomas & Friends Risky Rails Bridge Drop Train Set!  Enjoy!

Huge boxes mean fun surprises at my house.  And they are usually for the kids.  So, when this box arrived, both boys were eager for the box to be opened.  They hovered.  They hooted.  They danced.  They climbed (onto the box, of course).

And when the box was opened to reveal a brand new TRAIN SET, who could be happier than these two boys!  CW actually jumped up and down and said, “Ooh, is it for me?  Is it for US to play with?  Can we set it up now?”  Dinner plans went out the window, as setting up the Thomas & Friends Risky Rails Bridge Drop commenced.

 

As a word of caution, do not attempt to put this together while your toddler is around.  He will climb all over the pieces, take parts away, and crumple the directions.  I highly recommend putting this together while your children are asleep!  It has a lot of pieces, and although they are all labeled with letters (yay for labels!), it is still a longer process than I would have liked.  We actually had to tell the boys that it would be together in the morning and pushed them up the stairs to do something else instead.

 If you are purchasing this train set for a child who is three years old and older, you should be fine (the set is recommended for 36 months-7 years).  If your child has a younger sibling, however, be prepared to fix the train track about one hundred times daily.  While CW had a great time with the train and track, and he loved that the bridge dropped as the train went over it, he did not love that his brother would cause its constant destruction.  MD would try to push the trains along the track and the track would subsequently collapse.  Perhaps placing the train set in CW’s room would have been a better option, but MD absolutely loves trains and so it was difficult to keep him away.  And inevitably he would collapse the track and then chuck the train across the room out of frustration.

 The track is the tallest TrackMaster set available, and it has a drop-bridge and cranes to send boulders down a zip line to the bottom of the quarry.  Both boys loved the zip line, and it was easy to fix the tension on the line so that it would travel quickly and freely.  If your children love trains and they are above age three, then I would highly recommend the Thomas & Friends Risky Rails Bridge Drop.

photo10 150x150 A Letter Hunt in the Hundred Acre Wood and a Math Safari with the Cat in the Hat Kristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and new baby brother MD.

Kristin and CW received the Thomas & Friends Risky Rails Train Set for purposes of review.  As always, all opinions are Kristin’s and her boys’ and were not influenced by anyone. Babies Gotta Have It is an Amazon affiliate.


 

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Nomie Baby Has Got You Covered

Your children are probably angels, right?  They never make messes or spill anything or leak through or throw up in their car seats?  And so, you have never been out in the garage climbing all over the car trying to remove the covers and cushions and pads of your car seat to wash them (only to realize they are not actually machine washable).  You have never placed all of these items in the washing machine on the delicate cycle anyway, and then prayed that it would all come out “okay.”

Well, your children may be perfect, but mine are not.  CW has a gag reflex of epic proportions.  He has “christened” every car seat we own leaving a lingering smell that makes me feel ill any time I get close.  MD is our champion diaper soiler.  He leaked through his diaper and clothes to stain the car seat more times than I care to count. There has to be an easier solution, right?  Thankfully, there is.

 

Nomie Baby was created by a mom of three who struggled with cleaning her car seat liners, and decided she’d had enough wrestling. Nomie Baby was formed.  The car seat covers and stroller blankets are machine washable (and dryer safe).  The cover is made of a silky material next to your child’s skin, a comfortable padding to help absorb spills (and other things), and a wicking material treated to make it waterproof!  The stroller blanket is made of a super-soft fleece material on the inside and a quilted wind-resistant material on the outside.  Both slide on and off with ease, and are designed for any kind of strap (the openings have Velcro openings to adjust as needed).

 

While MD is too big for the infant stroller blanket Nomie Baby was nice enough to send me, I still stuck him in it.  You will notice that he is unhappy in the photo (see, my children are definitely not perfect!)…however, that had nothing to do with the cover.  He was hungry and sleepy. Later, when I didn’t have the camera, he was happy as could be inside the cozy blanket.  And, I’ve caught him rubbing his hands up and down the car seat cover.

I highly recommend both the stroller blanket and the car seat cover.  I found the Velcro a little difficult to get just right for the car seat, but still much easier than dealing with the actual car seat cushions/covers. On my amazing Mamas and Papas Sola stroller (see here for my review of the stroller), I could not put on the stroller blanket and still lower the shade for MD, but it worked fine on our umbrella stroller and I’ve seen it work just fine on my friends’ Maclaren strollers.

If you need a great baby gift idea, consider a Nomie Baby infant or toddler car seat cover and an infant or toddler stroller blanket.  You will not be disappointed.  In fact, you will probably do a little dance the first time your child makes a mess of that car seat and you just pull off the cover and stick it into the washing machine without another thought.

I want to thank Nomie Baby for sending me an infant stroller blanket and a toddler car seat cover!

 

photo10 150x150 Bonkers for BonchosKristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and new baby brother MD.

Kristin and MD received a Nomie Stroller Blanket and Car Seat Cover for purposes of review.  As always, all opinions are Kristin’s and her boys’ and were not influenced by anyone.

Babies Gotta Have It is an Amazon Associate.

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Waverly Hits All the Sweet Spots

A glittery pink glowing seashell that reveals secrets.  The magical undersea land of Azarella.  Tiny three inch tall mermaids. A quest for magic pearls.  Cute squishy pearl pets. Lots of tiny pieces to collect and trade. Girls, meet Waverly and the Magic Seashells.

Yes, this toy is plastic and made in China.  And in general I’m not so much on board with filling my apartment with more plastic stuff.  However, sometimes a little girl wants some sparkle and glowing lights.  And if that’s on your little mermaid’s list, Waverly and the Magic Seashells will absolutely satisfy.

The Waverly and the Magic Seashell set comes with a battery operated magic shell, the Waverly mermaid doll, seaweed, a magic pearl, and the pearl-holding ring.  Once turned to the “on” position, the sea shell springs to life, revealing one of several “secrets” when the pearl is placed in the magic spot.  Waverly can swing in her swing, sit on her couch or slide down the slide.  Her five mermaid friends are available in separate sets, which come with unique hairbrushes (yes these dolls have HAIR), pearls, and a separate accessory.  Also available are Pearl Seashells with Pearl Pets included.  In addition to the big Seashell set, we received the individual Waverly doll set and Chip, the snail pearl pet.

Girls like tiny toys. Girls like sparkles.  Girls like mermaids.  Girls like collecting shells. Girls like pets.  Girls like battery operated toys that sparkle talk to them.  At least my girl does.

This toy has them all.

The Seashell Set is essential for the whole secret-revealing aspect of the pearls.  You need the set for them to talk to you.  So if you’re buying this toy you’ll probably want to start with that set (which is the most expensive set, at $24.99) and then add on.  And I look forward to meeting some mermaids with dark skin and hair.  All of the toys we received fit into the Seashell set and close up for storage.  And the miniature size means it doesn’t take up too much room on  your shelves.

But here’s the thing.  We received two Waverly dolls in our review package–one came with the seashell and one in her own set.  And when Cate opened them and discovered they were the duplicates, we thought about it, and we decided she could give the second doll to her cousin when we visited over the long weekend.  She packed the doll, and upon seeing her beloved older cousin, immediately gave the doll to her.  Just in case you were wondering, the 8 year old seemed pretty taken with the tiny mermaid as well.

And I think that’s what girls like.  They like to collect trinkets and then to trade them and even better, to give them away.   Yeah this toy talks at you.  It takes batteries.  It is plastic.  But it does allow for open ended, imaginative play.  It creates a neat new magical undersea world.  It believes in magic.  And these mermaid dolls have hips!

And that’s something babies definitely gotta have.

Look for Waverly and the Magic Seashells toys at Toys R Us, Target or Kmart.  Or enter to win the Seashell Set, A Mermaid Set, and a Pearl Pals set right here at Babies Gotta Have It!  Want to enter?  Read on!

To Enter the Waverly and the Magic Seashells Giveaway:

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Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S.  addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins Thursday September 20th and ends on Thursday October 4th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. Very soon after,  Random.org will select the winner and  I’ll email them immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!

Update!  We have a winner!  Random.org says “ 167 ” – Congratulations Stephanie Linza!  Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

 

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Disney Classics Storybook Apps to the Rescue

Flight delays.

When we booked our return flight from Paris, we saved an exorbitant amount of money by not going direct.  We chose a flight from Charles DeGaulle to Philly.  And then a short jaunt from Philly to NYC. When we made our reservation I said, “If this all goes smoothly we’ll be happy we did this.  But if it goes bad, it could be a freaking nightmare.”

Cut to the impossibly elegant yet impossibly slow Air France agent saying (insert accent here) “You do know your flight is three hours delayed…?”  When I told her that we would miss our connecting flight, she shrugged her shoulders.

Once we made it to the gate we discovered our flight had been bumped back five hours.  I got in a really long line hoping to receive not just the free airport meal ticket but maybe seats on a direct flight to JFK. While I waited our flight was moved back another two hours.  I reached the desk at the gate the moment our flight was cancelled.

I stood there at the desk while the agents started making phone calls and people began scrambling and thought “In a minute, lines are going to be very important. Right now I am at the front of one.  I’m just going to stay right here.”  I smiled a lot.  I sympathized with the now harried employees.  I stayed at the front of the line and asked if there was any way we could get on a direct flight to New York.  I smiled some more. I enlisted my cute kid and told her if she behaved well it would help us get home sooner. We were switched to a flight direct to JFK that had itself been delayed six hours.  Putting us at JFK only two hours later than originally scheduled.  Begin many more lines and much more smiling resulting in three seats together in row 10 of a huge aircraft.

And then there was the six hour delay.

Can I say, when you are faced with a six hour delay and a preschooler, your iPad is a really good friend.  And apps that cost you a couple of dollars at home before you left, increase in value astronomically.

Before leaving for France, we installed a couple new Disney Classics apps we had been given to review.  How delighted was I to discover that not only did these apps pass the time, they were actually wonderful! There are several Disney Classics storybook apps available, designed for children ages 3- 6, and I love the two we played.  We explored the Peter Pan and Bambi apps for iPad (they are also available for your iPhone and iPod Touch) and let me say, they are gorgeous.  The art is whimsical and lovely.  The apps are interactive, but they don’t make my head hurt.  The storytelling is slow and gentle. To me they seem like pop-up books come to life.  The interactivity is limited.  The emphasis is on the storytelling. And Cate loves them.

On the opening page, your child can insert her picture and type her name to create a Golden Book-like nameplate.  The books are read by a single narrator, and tapping around on a page reveals little hidden sound and visual effects–horses hooves clop outside the Darling house, lights go on and off in the children’s nursery. Your child can choose to exit the book to do little coloring pages or puzzles or other simple activities in both apps.  They are just very very sweet.

 

And they will keep your child entertained while you wait six hours at an airport.  Or at least fill in the time between the free lunch and playing pretend restaurant with other kids in the little airport kids play area (hear that LaGuardia? An airport kids play area!).

And that’s something that Mama’s definitely gotta have.

 

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A Walking Tool for Your Little Fixer

Hooray for ride on toys! The new Fisher-Price Little People Fixer Ride-On is a winner in this house.  The marriage of the push-vehicle, ride-on, and tool kit could not be any better.  Both boys (CW is now 4 and MD is 11 months) love it.  CW loves to sit on it, while MD pushes him around.  MD loves to run it into walls.  CW loves to make it go faster than humanly possible, while maneuvering around the Matchbox cars and toys on the floor.

 

The Fixer Ride-On is very difficult to tip over, and even when a child sits and leans back, there is a safety stopper to prevent such tipping!  The removable toolbox includes a hammer, saw, screwdriver, and wrench in bright primary colors.  Your little fixer can use the hammer and screwdriver on the “dashboard” to make fun sounds, and the music will have your toddler bopping to the beat! And with built-in storage in the seat, your child can store his tools there as well (or his beloved Matchbox cars).

We love these little vehicles in our house…both boys learned to walk while pushing them (we have the Time To Learn Ride-On also).  The only drawback is that I wish the toolbox snapped in so that it didn’t fall out quite so easily.  Otherwise, there is not a thing I would change about it!  If you have a child who isn’t as into fixing things as my boys are, Fisher-Price also has a Music Parade Ride-On, Fire Truck Ride-On, and an Ice Cream Truck Ride-On.  Perfect for your beginning walker and your creative “big kid!”  Hours of fun are in store for you and your kids!  Perfect as a first birthday gift, your child will be so excited to take it for a spin!
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photo10 150x150 “Where in the World is Away?” – a Thought Provoking Book About RecyclingKristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and new baby brother MD.

Thanks to Moose Mountain, a division of JAKKS Pacific for the chance to try out their new product! As always, all opinions are Kristin’s and her boys’ and were not influenced by anyone.

Babies Gotta Have It is an Amazon.com Affiliate

 

 

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Amp Up Your Apps: Part 2

Resident tech adviser Kristin is here to review two more great apps for parents and kids!

*Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3 ($4.99 on iPad)

Learn Chinese Toy Story 3 App on iTunes

You’ve seen the research that says that children can learn languages much more quickly than adults.  Well now your kids can learn to speak and read Chinese with Woody and Buzz Lightyear, all while they think they’re playing a game!  The story is presented in five levels, the first is all in English, and each subsequent level adds more Chinese words, until the fifth level is all in Chinese.  CW loves level 2 and repeating the random words that are written in Chinese.

CW learns Chinese with the Toy Story 3 App

Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3 is read aloud to your child with fun graphics and sound effects.  Your child can learn about the tonal marks, hear phrases and words in context (and out of context as well), record themselves, and receive stickers for meeting certain goals!  And if your child is not quite ready for reading, they will enjoy having the story read aloud to them (you can do it, or it can be done automatically).  CW begs to use the iPad for this game, and I figure that it certainly cannot hurt!  And, if he learns a few Chinese words, then it’s worth every penny!

Thanks to Disney Language Learning for allowing me to try this amazing App.

*Safety 1st Baby Book App: free

Safety 1st Baby Book App

With this Baby Book app, you can digitize your entire life, including those precious baby memories.  While, I still like the hard copy baby book, the Safety 1st Baby Book app does make my life easier.  I capture the moments on my phone, and then I can transfer them later into the baby book, without the fear of forgetting those important dates and milestones.  Plus, I can use my phone pictures to customize each milestone!

The Safety 1st Baby Book app is simple to use, and is also a helpful resource for tips and articles about your baby’s development.  Although I think it would be great if the app had a place to document immunizations, milestones, and other important developments with prompts and sections like a regular baby book (you can do so in the Notes section, but it does not prompt you for specific information), it is still a great resource and place to keep information all in one place.  And, the price is right.

Kristin with CW and MDKristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and new baby brother MD.


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