Wee Nation Curating Newborn Gift Box: A monthly subscription box featuring the finest in Canadian baby products. Wee Nation provides meticulously curated boxes for babies that are age-specific and gender neutral. This darling Newborn Gift Box contains a little of everything: Booties, bib, onesie, lotion and more. Your baby will love you for it! To subscribe and receive your first monthly box filled and curated with perfection, visit ourweenation.com.
Great Father’s Day Gift Idea! Joshua & Sons Men’s Swiss Quartz Date Silicone Strap Watch: This men’s watch features a great retro style dial with easy-to-read markers. The silicone strap and Swiss quartz movement makes this an incredibly sturdy timepiece. The date on the dial just adds to this superb style. Purchase at overstock.com.
Great Mother’s Day Gift Idea! The Mama Coach - Making Motherhood Easier: Give the mom-to-be in your life the gift of peace of mind! She can stop googling and relay on a trusted health professional available to answer all her ‘is this normal?’ questions via text or email. The Mama Coach (Carrie Bruno) is a Registered Nurse with over 11 years experience in labour and delivery, and an IBCLC lactation consultant. Different packages available at themamacoach.ca.
Aquadoodle - Travel Doodle PAW Patrol: Traveling with the kids on May Long Weekend? Well, no job is too big and no pup is too small with the fun-filled, no-mess drawings of Aquadoodle! Travel Doodle is a soft, portable drawing toy that leaves no trace behind. It never makes a mess and it never runs out! Just add water and draw in red or blue! It’s the multicolored, no-mess toy that you can bring anywhere you go. Purchase at toysrus.ca.
Bumbo Multi Seat™: The new 3-in-1 Bumbo Multi Seat™ can be used as a floor seat, feeding seat or booster seat as soon as your child can sit unassisted up to three years old. The Bumbo Multi Seat™ grows with your child. Purchase at oyaco.com.
Book for Young Readers
Great book for Father’s Day! Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter) by Author Mercer Mayer: This well-loved picture book has become a modern classic. It’s the tale of a father-and-son camping trip filled with Little Critter’s mistakes and good intentions. In spite of difficulties, however, the happy father and son manage to put up their tent, catch fish for dinner and sleep beneath the stars. Purchase at amazon.ca.
Great book for Mother’s Day! On the Night You Were Born by Author Nancy Tillman: This special newborn story has become a classic for baby showers and Mother’s Day. Animals everywhere rejoice in the wonder of a new baby and Tillman’s rich, beautiful illustrations are the perfect complement to the heart-warming sentiment of a lifetime of love a parent feels for their child. Purchase at amazon.ca.
Pumpkin: The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog by Author Laura Young: Pumpkin the Raccoon was abandoned by her parents after falling out of a tree and breaking her leg. Taken in by a family with two rescue dogs, Pumpkin gained a new set of ‘parents’ and a life of luxury. This book is a sweet, unique look at an adorable household pet, captured in gorgeous, never-before-seen photographs. Purchase at amazon.ca. Follow Pumpkin the Raccoon on Instagram!
Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Author Mélanie Watt: Scaredy Squirrel is not comfortable with the idea of camping - unless it’s on his couch! There will be no mosquitoes, skunks or zippers to worry about when he watches a show about the joys of camping on TV. But he must find an electrical outlet, and that means going into the woods… Will the nutty worrywart’s plans prepare him for the great outdoors, or will his adventure end up as a scary story told around the campfire? Purchase at amazon.ca.
Parenting and Reference Books
Bumpology - The Myth-Busting Pregnancy Book for Curious Parents-to-Be by Author Linda Geddes: From award-winning science journalist Linda Geddes, this book is a fascinating and practical companion for expectant parents that makes sense of conflicting advice about pregnancy, birth and raising babies. Purchase at amazon.ca.
Calgary’s Best Walks - 35 Brand New Urban Jaunts and Nature Strolls by Local Author Lori Beattie: Lori’s guidebook leads locals and visitors throughout the best parks, neighborhoods, people-watching streets and pathways of Calgary. Stroll the River Walk past the East Village, enjoy the public art walk downtown, climb out of the downtown core up McHugh Bluff for Rocky Mountain views, meander the Weaselhead nature trails or trek with the mule deer in Nose Hill Park’s ravines. For a list of local retailers or to purchase directly from the site, visit fitfrog.ca.
Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child by Dr. Jim Taylor: This book emphasizes achievement for all kids - not just those who are gifted. Any child can become successful and happy if parents do the right thing. Whether a child is capable of achievement in academics, arts, sports, etc., Dr. Taylor’s guidance will help parents find a way to nurture their kids as achievers and people, and to strengthen parents’ own relationship with their kids. For more information, visit drjimtaylor.com. Purchase at amazon.ca.
Yes, Your Teen is Crazy! Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind by Dr. Michael Bradley: Widely regarded as the gold standard in teen parenting books, psychologist Michael Bradley updates the rule book, giving you the insight, the hope and the help you need to safely steer your teens through the stormy waters of adolescence. Explaining that you are the most important influence in your teenager’s life, Dr. Bradley gives you the training and skills you need to transform your 21st century teen into a strong, confident, productive adult. For more information, visit doctormikebradley.com. Purchase at amazon.ca.
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