Pearhead® Felt Belly Stickers: These First Year Felt Belly Stickers are the cutest stickers for recording your child’s growth during their first 12 months! These deluxe monthly stickers are designed with layered felt and animal motifs. So easy to use - just stick on your baby’s covered belly and snap a photo! Includes 12 adorable animal shaped stickers. For more information, visit pearhead.com. Purchase at oyaco.com.
Baby Zala®: From the moment they arrive to their first steps, the Baby Zala® grows with your baby. Starting from birth, the “swaddle position” snuggles newborns tightly. As they feed frequently during the first few days and weeks, moms can enjoy private feedings with a supportive nursing pillow. As baby adventures into different positions, Baby Zala® provides comfort while your little one explores. This all-in-one product eliminates house clutter and meets a parent’s every need, whether at home or on the go! Purchase at babyzala.com.
Finn + Emma® Play Gym: This adjustable play gym has a 100 per cent birch wood frame finished with non-toxic stains and lacquers. The wooden toys are non-toxic and made from all-natural untreated Indian hardwood. The knit dolls are made with phthalate-free rattles inside and hand knit from organic cotton. All the play gym buddies are interchangeable and can be used away from the play gym in the car, the bumper bar of your stroller, or on a high chair. And best of all, they never need a ride home at the end of a playdate! Purchase at finnandemma.com.
Skip Hop® Uplift Multi-Level Bouncer: Designed to naturally integrate baby into family moments, the Skip Hop® Uplift Multi-Level Baby Bouncer starts as a traditional floor bouncer and can be elevated to sofa height - or any level in between - with just the turn of a knob. From the first family dinner to offering mom or dad a quick moment to shower, the Uplift bouncer keeps baby in sight, engaged, and safely supported. For more information, visit skiphop.com. Purchase at chapters.indigo.ca.
Tangram Connected Jump Rope: Looking to get back into shape after baby? Experience the evolution of a cardio workout classic with the Tangram Connected Jump Rope. Thanks to the 23 LEDs in the rope connected to magnetic sensors, you can see your fitness data in mid-air as you jump. Two sets of ball bearings in each handle guarantee smooth, natural motion. Pair with the Smart Gym mobile app (iOS, Android, Apple Watch) to track jumps, calories burned, training intervals, and compete with friends. Purchase at telus.com/en/bc/mobility/accessories/NSMT1215/.
BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
365 Things to Do With LEGO® Bricks by Author Simon Hugo: Featuring a built-in activity selector and timer and visual tips from LEGO® fan builders, this interactive book features imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO® projects that take just a few minutes and require a handful of bricks to inspirational build ideas and activities to keep you occupied for hours. Purchase at chapters.indigo.ca.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Illustrated Edition by Author J.K. Rowling: Breathtaking scenes, dark themes, and unforgettable characters await. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humor, this inspired reimagining will captivate fans and new readers alike, as Harry and his friends, now in their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, seek out a legendary chamber and the deadly secret that lies at its heart. Purchase at chapters.indigo.ca.
Piper Pepper - The Garden Sprite by Calgary Authors and Moms Kira Palmer, Stacy Walton, Kristen Schow, and Melissa Larsen: Meet Piper Pepper, a sprite that lives in a garden by a lake. She tends to her garden every day. What she doesn’t always love are the toads who live in the garden, who also happen to be her brothers! They tease, bump into her, and take her vegetables. Will Piper be able to put that aside when her brothers need her help? Purchase at pepperpublishing.ca.
The Darkest Dark by Astronaut Chris Hadfield: Chris loves rockets and planets, and pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. There’s only one problem: at night, Chris doesn’t feel so brave; he’s afraid of the dark. But when he watches the ground-breaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is - and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company. Purchase at amazon.ca.
PARENTING AND REFERENCE BOOKS
Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle - Resolve the Power Struggle & Build Trust, Responsibility & Respect by Author Neil D. Brown, LCSW: Power struggles between parents and teens are nothing new, but chronic control battles are destructive to teen development as well as the entire family. Chock-full of powerful and easy-to-use evidence-based tools, this book will help you understand and end the painful tug-of-war with your teen and foster a peaceful and loving home environment. For more information, visit neildbrown.com. Purchase at amazon.ca.
How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen - A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2 to 7 by Authors Joanna Faber and Julie King: This user-friendly guide will empower parents and caregivers of young children to forge rewarding, joyful relationships with terrible two-year-olds, truculent three-year-olds, ferocious four-year-olds, foolhardy five-year-olds, self-centered six-year-olds, and the occasional semi-civilized seven-year-old. And, it will help little kids grow into self-reliant big kids who are cooperative and connected to their parents, teachers, siblings, and peers. Purchase at amazon.ca.
The Gardener and the Carpenter by Author Alison Gopnik, Ph.D.: One of the world’s leading child psychologists shatters the myth of “good parenting.” Drawing on the study of human evolution and her own cutting-edge scientific research into how children learn, Gopnik shows that although caring for children is profoundly important, it is not a matter of shaping them to turn out a particular way. Children are designed to be messy and unpredictable, playful and imaginative, and to be very different both from their parents and from each other. For more information, visit alisongopnik.com. Purchase at chapters.indigo.ca.
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