Your kid needs a balance bike. But if mom & dad are gonna fork over a couple hundred for it, you better believe it’s gonna look good. Built for 2-6 year olds with a certain je ne sais quoi too cool for other balance bikes, BrumBrum pairs simplicity and ingenuity for a result that’s one of the best designs we’ve come across for any children’s product in any category. Sure, the puncture-proof tires, natural suspension and Baltic birch and oak plywood construction are great but the list of design awards it’s received are nothing to sneeze at either. What’s that you say? You don’t want to spend that much money on something your kids will outgrow? Well, the wheels can be moved into three positions to grow with your child (which is more than you can say for that car seat, high chair and bassinet you spent even more on). BrumBrum, indeed.
When my wife and I were finally alone in the wee hours of the morning after our daughter was born we didn’t know what to do. Was this real? There she was, this beautiful sleeping human that we had created had my wife had given birth to all day the day before. Here we were, this new family, worn out, blissful, and totally unable to calm down to sleep. So, we put on JJ Heller’s album I Dream Of You which is a gentle collection of lullabies not only for a new life but for a new family. JJ and her husband Dave have heard many such stories over the past couple of years of new families in peacefully moments, happy moments and incredibly sad moments in those early days in the hospital playing their music to help families love and grieve. Now they have started a mission to get their album into as many children’s hospitals nationwide because music is love, it is life and it brings us all a little bit closer in times of joy and need. So, for every album that you buy, they will donate one to a hospital in need. – Relevant Dad Shawn (iTunes, Amazon, or shop.jjheller.com) (more…)
If your kid entered the world with perfect hair and white vans on they probably already own a Surfer Bear Onesie. For the rest of you, you can create a faux California kid by checking out this chill onesie from Headline Shirts. The slightly improved take on the California flag boasts the best of what Cali has to offer, bears, surf and a cool ride to the beach. Now that summer has officially hit your baby can ride those waves…or water table splashes in style. Don’t worry there is also a tee shirt for the older kids, we don’t want them to be left out. So, crank up the Best Coat, slip on the Babiators and have a dance on the beach. (more…)
If a game called “Happy Salmon” sounds ridiculous, you’re right. It totally is. And that’s why it’s the game that everyone will be (or should be) talking about this year. Forget about all those “edgy” party games trying to duplicate the success of Cards Against Humanity. They’re a dime a dozen and few actually end up being any fun. Instead, think of something completely different that comes packaged in a fabric fish… Stay with me here. Happy Salmon from North Star Games is for ages 6 and up (though we guarantee it will make a great drinking game, too) and plays best with big groups. Each player plays the top card from their deck simultaneously and tries to find another player with a match. What’s fun is that everyone’s shouting at the same time and you have to complete the corresponding physical requirement (like a high five) before you can move on to the next card in your deck. The first person to get through their deck of cards wins. Words can’t describe how chaotic and fun it is. It’s a perfect game to buy for kid’s birthday gifts and is portable enough to go with you on all your summer vacations. Our family will be playing it over and over again for a long time.
A “Relevant Dad Toy Fair NY16″ pick – one of the best products we found at Toy Fair.
You already have Amazon Prime – but are you taking advantage of all the great, free programming on Amazon Video? Amazon Video continues to dominate the field of kids content with the addition of another six pilots (and two more for the adults) just unveiled. Little Big Awesome, Morris and the Cow, Toasty Tales, The Curious Kitty and Friends, Jazz Duck, and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters offer a mix of traditional animation, stop motion and live action for preschoolers up through school-age. As we’ve shared with you this time last year, Pilot Season is a great way to find something new for the family to enjoy and if you take the time and vote for your favorites you can even feel like you were part of the process. Check out all the new pilots here and then take the survey here.
If you have a preschooler, you’re aware of the fact that these kids have absolutely no concept of time. In our house, “the other day” means yesterday and “five more minutes” apparently means “just three more episodes of My Little Pony.” A newly launched Kickstarter (that’s already fully-funded BTW) aims to help little ones gain a better sense of time via a smartwatch called Octopus. Well, we can’t exactly call it a smartwatch. It’s an “icon-based watch that teaches kids good habits and the concept of time. It’s a watch, it’s a scheduler, it’s an assistant.” We’ve got a hunch that a kid that gets a reminder to brush their teeth on their watch is going to be a lot more excited to do so than they are when you nag them to do it. Sign. Us. Up.