Lil' Leg Warmers
Baby, it's cold outside! Keep your baby's legs covered and make a fashion statement with BabyLegs, the must-have accessory for the hip and trendy child. BabyLegs [$10-$14] are made with a very soft blend of cotton, polyester and spandex, and allow your crawler to move about in comfort while keeping tender knees protected. Stop struggling with tights and pair BabyLegs with your little diva's skirts and dresses instead. Sized to fit from infant to age 10, you'll find a wide array of ways BabyLegs can be worn. From making potty training a breeze to snazzing up dance class, your tot will certainly be the most stylish baby on the block.
Valparaiso's Ashlee Allen, mom to 23-month-old Xavier, says, "I quickly learned the most trying part of teaching my son to use the potty was getting his pants and undies off in time to get there. We decided the easiest solution was just to let him go bare bottomed at home, but as the fall and winter months set in, that meant chilly chubby legs. I was so grateful to discover BabyLegs were the perfect way to keep him cozy and ensure we made it to the potty in time."
BabyLegs come in cool patterns and colors for girls and boys and now even include an organic selection. Jolly Jack is perfect for the mini punk rocker or Rainbow for your sweet sunshine--both styles and more are available at Butterfly Kisses 68 W Lincolnway, Valparaiso, or online at BabyLegs.net.
Give 'Em a Boost!
Tame mealtime Houdinis and bring the whole family to the table with the new Kaboost Toddler Portable chair booster [$39]. The Kaboost snaps to the bottom of your dining chair within seconds, allowing your child to sit like the big kids at just the right height! Take it along wherever you go--the Kaboost folds neatly into its own bag for easy travel. Ban the clunky booster seats and put that eyesore of a highchair away! Choose from trendy green, chocolate or natural. Available online at shopkaboost.com.
They'll eat their veggies and ask for seconds! Brand new to bookshelves everywhere is Jessica Seinfeld's kid-friendly cookbook Deceptively Delicious. Sneak squash puree, beets, carrots or spinach into French toast, quesadillas and even brownies . . . and no one will ever know. Deceptively Delicious suggests that parents try a new approach in the kitchen, introducing simple recipes with minimal prep and nutritious ingredients to make dinner time actually enjoyable. It's not just a cookbook, but also a great instruction manual, schooling Mom and Dad about nutrition, vitamins and creating better eating habits. No more feeling guilty about feeding them mac & cheese at every meal when there's cauliflower incognito with each scrumptious bite!
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Finally, a cell phone with all the features a kid would want and all the controls parents could ask for. Kajeet [$69.99-$99.99] is a pay-as-you-go cell phone service with great rates for talk and text without any long-term contracts, activation fees or cancellation fees. You make the call about when the phone can and can't be used, how much money you want to spend, and what features you want turned on or off. Keep in touch with your kids and have peace of mind knowing there are never any hidden fees or surprise charges. Kajeet encourages parent and child to manage technology together . . . the wave of the future!
Find Kajeet phones and refill cards at Best Buy, Limited Too in Westfield Shoppingtown, Toys R Us, or visit http://Kajeet.com.
Wii for Everyone
Board games are becoming a thing of the past as the Nintendo Wii [$249.99] takes over family game nights across the region. With nieces and nephews aged 3-15 years, video game aficionado Uncle Matt Huss of Crown Point knows all about family-friendly games. Everyone young and old will enjoy Wii Sports or turn your living room into Karaoke Night while the family gets their groove on with the new Wii Boogie [$59.99].
Huss cautions parents to know the facts about video game ratings. "The biggest game of the year has to be Halo 3 [$59.99]. It had the biggest one-day sales of any video game in history." However, he warns that parents need to adhere to Halo 3's "M" for Mature rating--and no one under age 18 should be allowed to play this game online. He suggests more age-appropriate game alternatives for tweens and teens would be Wii Metroid [$49.99] and Ratchet & Clank [$59.99] for Playstation. Learn more about video game ratings and descriptions online at the Entertainment Software Rating Board website http://www.esrb.org.
NWI parents weigh in on video games:
Kathy B., a mom from Crown Point, says, "My 12-year-old daughter and I have been crazy about the Nancy Drew mystery computer games for several years. Every time a new one comes out (there are currently seventeen available), we can't wait to buy it and get it home. We spend several days or weeks obsessing over it until it is solved, and it is a great activity to share together--or for her to do alone. Each game has a theme that teaches us both a lot about an interesting subject, but the puzzles and mysteries along the way are very entertaining to solve as well. (I would recommend avoiding the first one that came out--"Secrets Can Kill"--because the graphics and game play aren't as sophisticated as all of the subsequent games.) Users can choose either Junior or Senior Detective levels, and when we get stuck on something, we go to the Her Interactive message boards and chat with the rest of the fans to figure it out. I can't recommend the games enough for girls from 8 to 88."
Griffith Mom Donya K. dishes about her 7-year-old son's love for video games: "For the Playstation 2 he loves to play the Lego Star Wars I and II. It could be difficult for some 7-year-olds, but it's a great game to play along with their dads. One thing I notice is that the Generation X gamers now have kids that are game-playing ages. We use that as a special time to share something that both Dad and son like to play."
Recently posted on nwi.com/parent:
Hey fellow parents, I recently took my daughter to see The Game Plan starring the Rock--Dwayne Johnson. We both enjoyed the flick! It has something for everyone in the family!! It costars a cute little newbie from the Disney Channel's Cory in the House--Madison Pettis, who was adored by my 8-year-old daughter--the Hunk, er, I mean the Rock for mommy, and lots of football action for dads and/or brother! It even has an ugly bulldog everyone will fall in love with! The basic plot is--An extremely vain, selfish football star who is a typical bachelor living high on the hog suddenly finds out he has a daughter. It is pretty corny in spots and very predictable, but hey--it's the Rock! . . . The movie is funny, cute, sad at times and does try to teach the importance of responsibility and honesty. I give the movie 3 stars for entertainment value, deducting one for predictability and corniness. Hey, if you actually enjoy watching the Disney Channel's shows with your kid and you do chuckle through Raven, Cory in the House and Hannah Montana, then you'll enjoy this flick with the family.