We are frequently asked for toddler birthday gift recommendations. Often, the question comes in a panicked "I'm going to a birthday party and have no idea what to gift!?!" kind of request. The quest is a tricky one as some children are in different stages of development, and often have established enough of an interest to actually voice what the "want" at that age. But do not fret. The answer to finding the best birthday gift for any toddler is simple. Forgo the mass-produced, disposable gifts soon to be discarded by a waning attention span. Be different, be daring, and...

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The perfect baby and toddler gift? Books. Why? A book is a no-fail, safe, yet creative choice to give any parent. A child’s burgeoning library can never be too large and presents a limitless opportunity for future growth and curiosity.   At rattle me that, we are thrilled to add to our ever-growing collection of modern, artistic children’s books by celebrated talents and new favorites. Whether with an educational or moral component, each book is a visual feast of beautifully illustrated pages sure to delight both young and old. Packed with rich colors, sketches, whimsical characters, and a thoroughly modern...

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We talk a lot about artists, designers, and creatives in this space. Why? We firmly believe that instilling curiosity, imagination, and a desire to push the status quo to ask "what's next" is one of the greatest gifts we can bestow on the younger generation. We must teach empathy, compassion, and a sense of self committed to making this world a better place for everyone.    Art plays a crucial role in this delicate, and important, process. It puts to work those yet to be unleashed thoughts and feelings otherwise too difficult to express through traditional mediums. It is an avenue for...

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There - we said it. The great big secret that will doom the future of all big box retailers, unfair labor practices, and environmentally-harmful manufacturing. Mass-produced, disposable gifts have a finite shelf-life, not only within the small microcosm of a child’s life, but as a sustainable path for the future. So how can you, as the Gift Giver for your niece, nephew, or friend’s baby, forge a new path towards meaningful, thoughtful gifting?   My train of thought was sparked by a story on NPR this morning, showcasing the plight of one middle class family struggling with the financial burden...

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Dealing with death stares, nasty comments, cramped seats and your very own crying baby at 30,000 feet is something I know very well. As a mom whose baby boy logged more than 50 flights during his first year of life (including six international flights) here are my honest, battle-tested tips on traveling with baby. How to Handle Your Crying Baby:  The most important thing to remember is that a baby only has one way to convey his/her needs or discomforts – to cry.  Crying for them is the same as talking (or whining) for our fellow adult passengers and us.  So, instead of...

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