I’m not done celebrating Star Wars day just yet so I’m sharing my favorite Star Wars books for kids. Star Wars isn’t just about toys and action figures… it’s a great story with fun characters, and you can start sharing your love of both with your children from day one!
Star Wars ABC– $11
This is a great larger scale board book with your favorite as well as some lesser known characters and rhymes from A to Z. There’s also a 123 and a Colors book to make it a collection.
Star Wars: A Scanimation Book– $12
The scanimation books are amazing and when you pair the moving pictures with your favorite Star Wars scenes, this will be a book you open and close and open and close again and again– trust me!
Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia– $14
You will not believe how extensive the Star Wars Lego universe is, but you can use a volume like this to get started. The book comes with a Lego minifigure so it’s for older kids.
Star Wars ABC-3PO Alphabet Book– $10
The Star Wars characters from A to Z are illustrated as cute as can be! by Calliope Glass (Author), Katie Cook (Illustrator, Cover Design)
Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope– $8
The first in a series of books by Jack Wang, the Star Wars story is told in needle-felted scenes. The kids will love the photos and you’ll be amazed by the art and effort that went into it.
Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy– $11
The first novel of the trilogy, these tell the story of your favorite Star Wars movies in a whole new way. For kids grades 3 and up, my 4th grade Star Wars fan highly recommends this series and I love how the black covers look on his bookshelf.
Trilogy Box Set (Star Wars: Jedi Academy)– $25
I love a box set because if you enjoy the first book, you’re just going to want to read them all anyway. The Jedi Academy series by Jeffrey Brown is another great option for older elementary and middle school aged children. We have them all!
Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy– $21
This title is part of my personal collection– meaning not for the kids. One of many incredible pop-up books by Matthew Reinhart, this is a title you’ll enjoy sharing with the kids, but it’s too incredible to just give to younger children who may accidentally tear it.
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The original clear acrylic house was hard to see, but now Mint Rhapsody‘s Attic House is available in several more visible colors, so it’s about time that I share the photos with you.
Modern dollhouses don’t get much more stylish than this. Noir $375
If you can order directly from Mint Rhapsody in Australia, there’s the Citrus Attic House as well.
And finally the nearly invisible Glacier Attic House…
Find more photos of these amazingly gorgeous dollhouses on Instagram, after all, if you get one of these, it’s bound to become an Instagram fave.
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We’ve already covered your registry basics for your newborns and what to register for to equip the nursery, so the final list for you to consider for your baby registry is the travel gear. Travel can mean everything from a trip out to the grocery store or a trip around the world. These are all the things you may need to get around safely and comfortably with your little one in order of importance.
Your first basic travel necessity whether you’re going out to the park or a cross-country flight is a diaper bag. Even if you’re going to carry your baby in your arms or if they’re already walking, you’ll need a way to hold the diapers, wipes, pacifiers, snacks, change of clothes etc… All those little things that you and your child rely on are going to have to come with you when you leave the house. You may find one bag that works for you for all occasions, you may discover that you need different sized bags for trips of varying lengths of time, or you may even want diaper bags to coordinate with whatever outfit you’re wearing. At a minimum, you’ll need one. At our house I had one and my husband had his own. This worked perfectly for us but you’ll figure out what works for you. Babylist has a great guide, How to Choose a Diaper Bag, that can help you get started.
Pictured: Skip Hop Duo Special Edition Diaper Bag
The next thing I highly recommend you have with you when you leave the house is a baby carrier. You can’t always carry baby in your arms– sometimes you just need your hands free– and not every baby will be content to sit in their car seat or stroller all the time. A carrier keeps baby moving with you while being an easy way for you to get around and still keep them close and secure. We don’t cover carriers here on the blog because it’s not just about what they look like and which is the most modern, it’s about finding the carrier that’s most comfortable and easy for you to use. Babylist has their list of The Best Baby Carriers of 2015, which is a great place to start your search for the perfect carrier. You may want a few different styles for different occasions or to better accommodate your child as they grow.
Pictured: Boba 4G Baby Carrier
The next item to be sure to have on your registry is the all-important stroller. I put this after a carrier, but whenever you’re on the move and want a break from carrying your little one– after all, they might get too heavy for you before they start walking– you’re going to want a stroller. Choosing your stroller might be one of the most difficult registry choices you’ll have to make. You have to consider the features you need that will support your lifestyle, the way you travel, where you go, how many children you have, etc.. Sometimes covering all your needs requires more than one stroller. We had one that worked perfectly well for us for both our children, but then I’m the only person I know who only had just one stroller, so that may be something to think about. Of course, Babylist has a guide for The Best Strollers of 2015 that includes a lot of advice about what to look for in your ideal stroller(s) and some parent favorites.
Pictured: Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller
If your travels take you away overnight or even if you’re staying at someone else’s house through naptime, I highly recommend a travel crib. There are so many great travel cribs that are easy to set up, easy to transport, and can become baby’s safe and comfortable home away from home. Babylist’s guide to The Best Playards of 2015 includes most of my favorite travel cribs. Just pick the one that you like best!
Pictured: BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light
Once you’ve got the travel basics, there are tons of additional accessories and items that might make your trips easier. Babylist’s Ultimate Stroller Accessories Guide can give you an idea of what else is out there for travel, and you can decide what you think you might need. Remember that less is more, especially when it comes to traveling and packing, so don’t just buy everything on the list. Carefully pick what makes sense for the traveling that you do. If you’re going to walk around in the rain, by all means, get a rain cover for your stroller. We picked up a cup holder to add to our stroller because it was easier than carrying our own drinks around.
So in order of importance, these are the items that will make traveling with baby a breeze…
Don’t forget, no matter what travel gear you choose, you can add it to your Babylist Registry! Get started creating your perfect registry with their Diaper Bag, Carrier, Stroller, Playard and Stroller Accessories guides.
Thanks to Babylist for sponsoring this informative series. I hope we’ve helped you prioritize what you really need for baby and helped you create the perfect modern baby registry! For your complete registry list, refer back to our newborn registry basics and our list of registry basics for the nursery.
There are two more new reasons to puchase Tegu magnetic wooden blocks this holiday season…
Each color collection can be purchased as 14-piece set, 24-piece set, 42-piece set (pictured), pocket pouch or pocket pouch prism. Add to your current Tegu block collection, or start a new one!
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It’s that time again! I’m in Vegas for my 6th year at the ABC Kids Expo, the nation’s largest kids and baby trade show.
I’ll be meeting and visiting with many of our favorite brands and companies as well as other bloggers and retailers. It’ll be a busy few days. Coverage on the blog will begin as soon as I can compile my photos and will run through October, but you can follow on twitter, Instagram and Facebook to catch some of the early news and photos. There are a few things I’m REALLY excited about this year so just you wait!
With almost 1,000,000 square feet to traverse, I’ve got a lot of ground to cover in the next two days.
Follow our coverage to preview what the year ahead will bring!
Suitable indoors and out, Ikea’s BUNSÖ is the mini version of the PS VÅGÖ. They are remarkably comfortable, and for $15 and $30, won’t have to sit on your wishlist long. Get to your local Ikea ASAP because after the summer, there’s usually less outdoor stuff in stock (if any at all).
They are also both available in red and green.
BPA free silicone bibs with a pocket AND they’re super cute… check, check, and check! Make My Day makes some of the cutest dishwasher safe bibs. These make amazing baby shower or first birthday gifts. Here are a few of my favorites…
and coming June 15th, keep an eye out for Round-Em-Up
We usually talk about the modern indoor playsets from Cedarworks, but they’ve finally taken the style I love and taken it outdoors. When we first moved into our current home about 6 years ago, I was looking for the perfect outdoor playset for our spacious fenced backyard. I never found anything that quite fit my vision so we didn’t get anything, but if the Playhouse 8 was available at the time, I would have snapped it up in a heartbeat. This is just what I was looking for! I wanted a modern style with a slide and swings and here it is!
There’s also a simple Playhouse 4 version.
The Playhouse 2 adds a slide…
And the Playhouse 6 adds a second story.
You can also work with Cedarworks to create the perfect combination to make your playhouse dream a reality. Thanks to Cedarworks for finally bringing my dream to life. Alas, only 6 years too late for me.