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Amanda's Book Pick of the Week: noisy peekaboo! Roar! Roar! April 10 2014, 0 Comments

Welcome to Amanda's Book Pick of the week!  
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This week's book is called noisy peekaboo! Roar! Roar!.

 

 

This book includes 5 lift-the-flap sounds throughout the book. The book includes pictures or real babies and real life items in order to provide baby with a real experience and to encourage vocabulary building skills. I like the repetition throughout the book and the game of peekaboo keeps the baby involved in the book, while they look for various animals. Babies are also provided with the opportunity to learn 5 animal sounds throughout this adorable book.
Like all DK Canada Board Books, this book is well constructed, including the "lift-the-flap" sections. The flaps provide baby with an opportunity to practice their fine motor skills while they play peekaboo looking for specific objects.


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Be sure to come back next week for my next "Amanda's Pick of the Week" feature!

I am the Social Media and Community Manager here at MommiesFirst and I am a Mom of two young (ish) children, an Aunt to a wee one and lover of ALL babies!  Did you know that I was also a Kindergarten teacher?  My favourite time of the day in my classroom was story time!  
Each week, I will be sharing a new book from DK Canada.  I have a love for baby and children's books.  I love to read them as they make me smile and I love even more to share them with a baby or a child because if you watch carefully, reading a book with a little one truly lights up their little face.

Mel Says...Books for the Bump April 09 2014, 0 Comments

Are you expecting? Have kids already? How do you deepen the connection with your little one(s)?

 

Way back what feels like a hundred years ago when I was pregnant with the boy, I was a super nervous Nellie. And, I was sea sick – so, so seasick feeling for 24 weeks. I wanted to get excited about the pregnancy but after all the work to get baby in there I had a hard time believing it was real.

 

I spent months believing I’d have the rug pulled out from under me and the baby would be gone. Poof. I couldn’t make plans. I couldn’t buy tiny outfits, purchase anything for the nursery or see baby as a sure thing. I felt like I was in limbo.

 

I NEEDED to do something that made me feel there might be a baby at the end of the tunnel, but I also needed to have minimal emotional attachment to whatever this was. So, I started buying books for the bump. I choose books because I felt like I could easily donate them if something went wrong and I wouldn’t be imagining him in them like little clothes or blankies.

 

In hindsight, I wish I’d kept track of which book went with which week, because I dutifully purchased one book for each week of the pregnancy. In the early days of building my bump library I had to buy a few books at a time to make up for the weeks that had passed before I hatched my plan. And in the end, I only got to book 39 because the boy came 6 days early.

 

Laying in bed at night reading these carefully selected books to the bump allowed me to make a connection that I so desperately wanted and so desperately feared. We still read some of these books at bedtime. I bought picture books, board books and soft books. There were some I had loved myself as a child and some that just caught my eye at the bookstore.

 

It was at around 30 weeks that I finally started to get all the other necessary baby things lined up for his arrival. At that point, there was an empty room and a simple shelf filled with 30 books, just waiting for a little mind to open up and let the stories flood in. And a heart, full to the brim with love for the little unborn guy, just waiting for him to arrive so it could open up and finally let all of that love flood out.

 


If you need suggestions for some books to purchase for baby, feel free to see our weekly blog post called Amanda's Pick.

 

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We Are Excited to Participate at UBP#14 April 04 2014, 3 Comments

This year, we are thrilled to be participating in the Ultimate Blog Party with 5 Minutes for Mom. We LOVE the name of their website, because we truly believe that all Moms deserve 5 minutes! Ultimate Blog Party 2014

We are a subscription box company that sends personalized, curated packages each month to new and expectant Moms.  We even have a special Baby Shower Box that is a one time gift for an expectant Mommy filled with many goodies for her and her little bundle.

 

Thank you for visiting and be sure to look around our site.  On our blog, we feature real Moms who share stories about being pregnant and about motherhood.  We also have a weekly feature where we recommend a baby book called "Amanda's Pick".

 

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Amanda's Book Pick: my first words Let's get talking! April 03 2014, 0 Comments

Welcome to Amanda's Book Pick of the week!  
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This week's book is called my first Words Let's Get talking!
The book stands out due to its bright colours and real images.  It is a perfect book to introduce your little one to a larger vocabulary in a fun way.  Words are organized by various categories that toddlers and older babies can relate to like clothing, playtime and food.

I particularly love the sturdiness of this book as well as the tabs along the top and sides that allow for easy page turning.

This book can be used in a traditional manner by pointing to each picture or image and saying its name OR you can make it into a fun hide and seek game to play with your little one.  You can ask your baby to find objects with specific characteristics (e.g. "Point to something blue." or "Where is something BIG?").

Do you want to add to your library at home?  
Feel free to visit DK Canada  and use this coupon to SAVE on your purchase:

Be sure to come back next week for my next "Amanda's Pick of the Week" feature!

I am the Social Media and Community Manager here at MommiesFirst and I am a Mom of two young (ish) children, an Aunt to a wee one and lover of ALL babies!  Did you know that I was also a Kindergarten teacher?  My favourite time of the day in my classroom was story time!  
Each week, I will be sharing a new book from DK Canada.  I have a love for baby and children's books.  I love to read them as they make me smile and I love even more to share them with a baby or a child because if you watch carefully, reading a book with a little one truly lights up their little face.

VOTE for the Messiest/Cutest Baby and Have a Chance to WIN Prizes! April 02 2014, 0 Comments

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Amanda's Book Pick: Bedtime peekaboo! March 27 2014, 0 Comments

Welcome to Amanda's Book Pick of the week!  
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This week's book is called Bedtime peekaboo!
  "Babies love playing peek-a-boo from about six months onward and once they latch on to this simple game, they can’t get enough of it! Dk’s Peekaboo books make the most of this fun interactive activity with flaps that open to reveal appealing babies and toys."
This sweet, little book provides babies with a tactile experience including sparkly foil, and soft fabrics.  It has thick, large flaps that make page turning and flipping easy for little hands.  The bright colours and shiny features give this book additional visual appeal and make it very attractive to grab a little one's attention.  This book includes very simple text which is perfect for babies aged 1-18 months.  I like the descriptive words that are added into the book that will allow for older babies to increase their vocabulary.
I love the layout of this book, with the large flaps and the solid construction!
Babies are always attracted to other babies.  When reading this book, your little one will feel like they are playing peekaboo with real babies who are featured in the photos and real life images.  As a baby reads this book over and over again (and I'm sure they will as it will become a favourite), their memory and communication skills will develop.

<center>Do you want to add to your library at home?  
Feel free to visit DK Canada  and use this coupon to SAVE on your purchase:</center>
Be sure to come back next week for my next "Amanda's Pick of the Week" feature!
I am the Social Media and Community Manager here at MommiesFirst and I am a Mom of two young (ish) children, an Aunt to a wee one and lover of ALL babies!  Did you know that I was also a Kindergarten teacher?  My favourite time of the day in my classroom was story time!  
Each week, I will be sharing a new book from DK Canada.  I have a love for baby and children's books.  I love to read them as they make me smile and I love even more to share them with a baby or a child because if you watch carefully, reading a book with a little one truly lights up their little face.

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