This sweet little girl has brought so much joy to our lives already. She loves to smile and make eye contact. She has just recently started giggling too which melts my heart! I think baby laughter is THE sweetest sound in the world. Even though she's barely 4 months old she already loves to play and have that one-on-one attention from us. With my first baby I remember feeling lost as to how to play with a little baby who can't really do much, especially when they are only a couple months old. However, playing with your baby and stimulating their growing brain is important for developing things like motor skills, social skills and even just bonding with mom and dad. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about how to play with your baby during the infant stage!
We are excited to introduce Gabriela McBride, the 2017 American Girl of the Year. We had the opportunity to check out this new American Girl doll's gorgeous details and fun story that celebrates overcoming obstacles with creativity, something that many little girls can relate to. Don't miss our unboxing video! I love the American Girl brand because of their dedication to introducing little girls to history and life principles in a fun way for little girls. Some of my favorite dolls include the timeless classics Kirsten and Felicity who were introduced to my generation. My daughter enjoys playing with newer releases such as Maryellen Larkin and Melody Ellison. Each of these American Girls have their own unique stories, families and communities. If you prefer the modern dolls, you can choose an American Girl TrulyMe doll designed to look like your child. The American Girl doll collection offers something for everyone!
Kids can have endless amounts of energy, regardless of what the season is or what the weather looks like outside. My girls regularly ask to go on a walk even if it's snowing. We currently have about 18 inches of snow outside — npinot exactly family walk weather. My kids regularly need to burn off their energy and thankfully we have a basement where they can enjoy some active play, often chasing each other around our huge sectional or coming up with any number of imaginative games. I'm excited to share some tips for keeping kids entertained inside when your family is feeling especially contained or restless.
What's fun, round, glows cool colors, and can be programmed from your smart phone? A SPRK+ programmable robot from Sphero! This cool toy encourages STEM skills and it is simple enough for a child to play with, and complex enough for an older kid to experiment with basic programming. You can direct the SPRK+ robot around your house using the touch screen app right from your phone, or program this fun sphere shaped robot to follow specific maneuvers that you set up from the SPRK Lightning Lab phone app. The SPRK+ robot can go anywhere a ball can go, make loops and turns, and even automatically decelerates and quickly comes to a stop when you take your finger off the screen.
If you had siblings growing up, chances are you have had a rubber band battle at one time or another. My brothers and I were constantly flinging rubber bands at each other. Precision RBS has turned that basic idea into a toy, with high tech rubber band launchers that operate similar to water guns. I'm excited to share these fun rubber band shooters with you, perfect for kids who need to burn off some energy with interactive and safe fun!
It's always fun to find a game that is entertaining and educational. Puppy Up from Patch Products is a board game that helps kids learn how to count, add, subtract, and practice other basic math skills. It also teaches basic concepts of physics with the cute puppy scale. My 2 and 4 year old kids have a lot of fun playing this game, and mom and dad can join in too!
The WellieWishers dolls from American Girl are a super cute group of friends who love to play and explore their backyard garden, stomp in mud puddles with their Wellies boots, and put on dancing shows and go on adventures. The WellieWishers are perfect for girls who are younger than 8, the age that American Girls are designed for. WellieWishers are smaller dolls (14.5") and dressed in super cute outfits and accessories. They are easy for young girls to dress the dolls on their own. Emerson has dark-brown eyes and black hair in curly pigtails. I especially love her outfit, a striped top that ties and twirly pink tulle skirt decorated with purple stars. WellieWisher Emerson loves dancing and wearing her ballet slipper-inspired Wellie boots. She's the perfect pal for WellieWishers Ashlyn and Camille.
Did you know today is National Mutt Day, celebrating dog adoption and the families that give dogs a new home? If your family has a furry family member, then you know how much dogs love to be cuddled and played with. The holidays are a wonderful time to adopt a puppy or older dog in need of a home. National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, was created by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, and is celebrated on both Dec. 2nd and July 31st. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs.
I've discovered a secret; having kids in our home makes the holidays so much more exciting. Kids' anticipation for Christmas morning is contagious and it's fun to create family traditions that will make memories that kids will remember for years to come. It's no surprise that we are just now creating holiday traditions after almost 8 years of marriage, primarily for our young children. My oldest knows all about Christmas and looks forward to celebrating Baby Jesus' birthday. We also enjoy gift giving, and my 4-year-old daughter has no problem letting us know what gifts are on her wish list. Both my girls (ages 2 & 4) love glitter, dress up, and accessories; my own daughters are the inspiration behind this fun wish list of Christmas gift ideas for girls who love sparkle. Looking for gift ideas? You've come to the right place! The little girl in your life is guaranteed to love one of these fabulous gift ideas for kids!
Bath time can be a fun time of day or it can be a battle. It's always fun to find a product or toy that makes bath time a fun event. Some families make bath time part of their bedtime routine. In our family it can be challenging to give all three kids a bath every single night, but they still enjoy a sudsy play time soak several times a week. Here are some of our favorite bath time toys that make cleaning little ones interactive and fun.