When we had our second Whirlybaby almost two years ago, we had no clue how complicated our life would get. Our spare time was reallocated to focus on the things that mattered most and our personal passions were put on the back burner.
But now that the late night feedings, the frazzled get-the-kids-out-the-door moments and the general exhaustion has started to wain we are looking to re-launch Whirlybaby with a new look, new products and exciting mobile apps aimed at making life with your Whirlybaby easier!
Thanks for sticking with us and giving us a moment to focus on the things that matter!
We’ve always been a fan of traveling and road trips. The Munchkin has been to more countries at 2 than I had been to at 18. A natural at planes, trains, and automobiles, she’s a mini-adventurer!
These limited edition serigraphs from The Heads of State are a step beyond the typical dinosaur/puppy/truck decor. These colorful posters are sure to stimulate the imagination and tickle the nascent wanderlust in your little traveler.
We have anxiously been awaiting the blu-ray release of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. Beautifully written and animated, this is Disney’s triumphant return to storytelling.
Although the movie is a little dark in spots we think it’s suitable for young ones with adult interaction. The story of Tiana and Naveen is touching and sweet and provides new role models for the Munchkin and new quotable movie lines for us. The new songs are infectious and fun. We dare you not to sing along!
$27 at amazon.com
I really don’t have the words. My inner child is completely geeking out about this. I’ve always felt that “Goodnight Moon” was just phoning it in in spots. It could be the bowl of mush or the little old lady whispering hush. I’m not sure, I just know that something was lacking.
Turns out, it just needed a Sith Lord. Thankfully, in this world of reboots and remakes, even classics like “Goodnight Moon” can get a little refresh. “Goodnight Forest Moon” gives you the warm fuzzies with plenty of Ewoks, Imperials and Tauntauns (Oh, my!).
It’s snowing outside and, again, we’re posting about Spring. We can’t help it, there are so many great projects, we just can’t wait to get started. We’ve already started bookmarking the seed catalogs for our garden and made plans to touch up the porch. This year we want to try to bring a little more nature into our lives with Purple Martin houses.
Purple Martins are one of the first songbirds to return from their tropical-wintering ground and are a great harbinger of Spring. Thanks to the introduction of non-native species the Purple Martins are completely dependent on humans for nesting sites. That’s why we think these house kits are a great spring-time project. Each kit comes with everything you need to create a unique home for a beautiful songbird.
Learn more about the Purple Martin at the Purple Martin Conservation Association.
It’s amazing how having the Munchkin has changed things for us. Most notable is our new desire to learn and share things with her. Lately, we’ve been interested in Art and Art History. Although it may take a while before the Munchkin can truly begin to appreciate art, there is no time like the present to show her the relationships between the masterpieces at the museum and the masterpieces on our fridge.
This Babar book introduces youngsters to Art such as Mary Cassatt’s “Mother and Child”, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” The story is classic Babar. Fun, inventive, and educational.
$13 at amazon.com
We live in our mid-century modern house and covet the verve and flair of those Mad Men sets and costumes. So it’s only natural that on our recent trip to LA we would be magnetically drawn into Right Bank Babies to oooh and ahhh at their vintage styles for kids. Lucky for all of us, they had a fabulous toy pram for our Munchkin to push around the store while we shopped and talked shop.
We couldn’t help but channel our inner Don and Betty Draper as we browsed the new spring collection full of fabulous 60s patterned fabrics laden with sunshine oranges and goldenrod yellows and seafoam greens. And the versatility of their sweet reversible smock dresses for girls took us back to the simpler days of our own childhoods. With designs that feel homemade but are packed panache, RBB delivers a perfect 1-2 punch of fabulous style.
Save 10% during the month of March at rightbankbabies.com by using discount code whirlyrbb10 during checkout.
Out little one is a TV fiend, but when she sits up and takes note of a car commercial, it piques our interest, too. And so it was when she glimpsed Muno’s bright orange bumpy noggin in the KIA Sorento commercial from the Superbowl a few weeks ago. But we were all honestly more charmed by the roly poly Mr. X and quickly tracked down his origin story to blablakids.com.
Mr. X and his army of soft and cuddly hand-knitted boogaloos and classic blabla dolls are absolutely irresistible. We love how they combine contemporary lines and colors with old-world natural fibers and craft, creating something that fits right into a modern nursery bringing the feeling of a well-loved heirloom toy. Sometimes a little wild (Mr. X), sometimes buttoned up (Watson), but ultimately all huggable, these now sit at the top of our wish and gift lists.
We love outdoor games, but sometimes the games we love as adults don’t really translate very well for the Munchkin. When many mini-people gather at our house, despite our best intentions, the games usually devolve into “let’s throw sticks at this tree.”
Luckily we’re gadget geeks, and while we don’t fall for every gizmo that comes along, we’re all-in for the Swinxs. This screen free console is meant for active play. It keeps things lively with old-school games like hide-and-seek, tag, musical chairs, and charades, but gives them all a techie twist kids have come to expect by explaining rules, tracking scores, and even refereeing. And by introducing unique Swinxs specific games and a developer network, it expands the possibilities so every rainy day can bring a new adventure.
$150 at amazon.com
Let’s face it, boys usually get the short end of the stick. Set up for a laborious lifetime of opening doors and pulling out chairs, they also have to contend with fewer squeal-worthy cute clothing options. Even here at whirlybaby, where our main munchkin is of the double X persuasion, we have to keep reminding ourselves to poke around extra hard to uncover the best for the boys.
Which is why we think the designers at Robeez feast on a steady diet of frogs, snails, and puppy-dog tails. The design choices for the boy prewalker slip-ons are far superior to those for the girls. And while we think enough has been said about the utility and comfort of Robeez infant shoes, we can’t find enough good things to say about their fun approach to appliqué themes: diggers, dinos, and skateboarding rhinos. Even a Vans’-like plaid for the Weekend Surfer shoes that will help your little dude kick up the cool for sure.
$22 at zappos.com