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Taunton's Kidspace Idea Book: Creative Playrooms, Clever Storage Ideas, Retreats for Teens, Toddler-Friendly Bedrooms (Taunton Home Idea Books)
Taunton's Kidspace Idea Book: Creative Playrooms, Clever Storage Ideas, Retreats for Teens, Toddler-Friendly Bedrooms (Taunton Home Idea Books)
by Wendy Adler Jordan
Edition: Hardcover
58 used & new from $0.01

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration, yes -"how to change your space in a day", no, July 31, 2001
This book's title is just what it offers inside ---lots of ideas to create spaces kids will love. However, I was expecting to find ideas I could implement right away - like making our mudroom more functional for kids, etc... but the book isn't really geared towards that. If you are building a new home or would consider renovating one, you'll find tons of ideas (and beautiful color photos, not sketches) for everything from attic spaces, bathrooms, hideaways, playrooms, special activity rooms, homework centers, family rooms, kitchens, outdoor playspaces and more. Also, since most rooms/lofts/furniture appeared to be custom built, there's very little info on where to buy or how to make them.
Bottom line - you'll find wonderful ideas and inspiration - but not detailed plans. This isn't an easy "rearrange-the-room-in-a-day-to-make-your-home-more-kid-friendly" project book, nor is it one you can follow if you're on a tight budget. But it's a "must-have" for renovations and custom built homes.


The Five Love Languages of Children
The Five Love Languages of Children
by Gary Chapman
Edition: Paperback
441 used & new from $0.01

210 of 218 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adds another dimension to communicating effectively, July 25, 2001
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This outstanding book addresses how each child (adults as well) expresses and receives love best through one of five primary "languages" - quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch. Although children need to be spoken to in each of these love languages, there's one love language that meets their deepest emotional needs and should be used often with them (and authors caution how you use that language for discipline). The information in this book complements books that address communicating with children based on their temperament (such as "Raising your Spirited Child" and "Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles" by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka). I also appreciate that the author included an informative chapter on "love languages in marriage", instead of just a one-liner encouraging readers to buy his book dedicated to that subject.
Bottom line - Even if you've read tons of parenting books, you will truly learn something new from this one - something to enhance your relationship with your child and adults in your life. You'll probably even learn something about yourself.


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136 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Best Buy" stroller for infant, toddler or preschooler!, July 3, 2001
The front of the stroller converts easily from holding an infant car seat (like the Century 4-in-1 and similar products) to a child who can sit on their own. The older sibling has the choice of sitting down on the padded seat in back (facing the adult) or standing (facing forward). It's a great design for the child who likes to walk a bit and then rest - and it really saves your back from having to constantly lift the older child in and out of a seat in a traditional double stroller. It may have even cut down on sibling rivarly because it gave my older child more choices for positions than he had with other strollers (plus the design keeps the two children separated a bit more, thus keeping the infant a bit safer). The stroller size (and wheels) allow you to navigate narrow aisles or use it on outdoor walks. We bought this stroller for our newborn and 2 year old, and we are still using it now that they are 3-1/2 & 5-1/2, so you can really get your money's worth out of it. I even recommend this stroller to friends who are just having their first baby. Because even if they never have a second one, the "sit or stand" option makes it an excellent stroller as their infant grows to toddler and beyond. Best wishes for you and the new baby!


Radio Flyer Kid's Wheelbarrow
Radio Flyer Kid's Wheelbarrow
Price: $32.99
112 used & new from $25.40

107 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DURABLE and versatile - a definite "best buy", July 3, 2001
This wheelbarrow is just like the ones adults use, but sized for 2 to 5 year olds. It is manufactured really well (not at all like the flimsy plastic ones you'll see at your local toystore) and is easy to assemble. Our children have used theirs to haul snow, sand, rocks, sticks, leaves, water, dolls, blocks, and eachother. Watch their self-esteem and self-confidence grow as they really contribute to outdoor chores by hauling their own load in their own wheelbarrow! This toy is durable and will be around long after my children have outgrown it. (Note - in case this is a gift, be careful where you have it shipped to because our wheelbarrows arrived in the original boxes you'd see in the toystore, with big pictures of the wheelbarrow on the side.) We couldn't be happier with this purchase of a quality Radio Flyer product.


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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eases potty training for child and for parents!, June 29, 2001
This potty/stepstool is a real winner! Its soft squishy seat makes it really comfortable for children to sit on while -uh- waiting and waiting. It is so easy to clean that my children quickly asked and learned how to do it themselves without making a mess! The handles are useful for "security", or for safely positioning the seat on an adult toilet. With the cover closed, it makes a great step stool. It's a bit higher than a lot of step stools, so if you have a child who needs the extra height to reach the sink, this might just do it. I can't think of a thing I would change about this potty. (Tip- Have a few potty books for your child to read during potty time only. "Once upon a Potty" was our favorite.) Good luck!


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money! Children and parents love this tricycle!, June 29, 2001
This terrific first bike for a toddler or preschooler is loaded with features other tricycles don't have. Because it adjusts, you'll get a few years of use out of it. The push bar (a.k.a. "grab bar" when they start going downhill too fast!) is well worth the money. Besides the really comfortable high-back seat, another really nice feature is the ability to "lock" the position of the front wheel, which keeps them from constantly driving off the sidewalk when you're pushing them. Also, when you push the bike the pedals don't go around and around automatically- which is a great safety feature because their little legs don't get whacked by the pedals. Even better - you can push and your child can pedal at the same time. The pedals just go around at the speed your child pedals (or not at all if he decides to take a break), but the bike travels at the speed you're pushing. With experience, our child learned to use the brake to control her speed. We've had this bike for 2 years now and we couldn't be happier with its ease of use or durability (even mom has ridden it!).
BOTTOM LINE - This bike enabled us to go on long walks with an older child who wanted to ride a 2-wheeler and a toddler who didn't want to be in a stroller, but whose legs couldn't pedal a tricycle that far or up hills. Good luck & happy biking!


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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use - even driving in a car!, June 25, 2001
This pump is really easy to use and to adjust to similulate your baby's nursing style. You can double pump one handed (or even no handed if you buy the tops they sell in magazines that hold the pumps to your breasts!), allowing you to pump in half the time, read a book, do work, etc. The pump-in-style is so quiet, I found I could return phone calls or join phone conferences without anyone suspecting what I was doing. This let me get my work done faster and get home sooner to the baby. I pumped about 10 times a week for over a year with both of my children and have now loaned out my pump to a relative... so this pump lasts and lasts. I strongly recommend buying enough extra parts so that you can save time by waiting until you get home to wash them thoroughly. My model also sold a cigarette lighter adapter to run the pump off of... which is awesome if you're out somewhere and don't know if you can find an outlet... at least you can run out to your car and not leak all over the place!
Whatever you do, don't buy a brand by a maker of formula... after using some of them myself (before investing in the Medela), it became obvious that their pump was trying to make pumping fail (ouch! they hurt!) so I would give up and buy formula. Nourishing my children while at work was one of the best things I could do to soothe my guilt about being away from them. Best wishes for successful nursing and pumping for you too.


Just a Mess (Little Critter) (Look-Look)
Just a Mess (Little Critter) (Look-Look)
by Mercer Mayer
Edition: Paperback
Price: $3.46
205 used & new from $0.01

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but don't expect a good lesson in how clean a room!, June 23, 2001
The critter has lost his baseball glove so his mother suggests he cleans his room to try and find it. He tries to get his family to help, but no one will. Cleaning up his room means shoving things into the closet and under the bed. He does decide to make the bed ("won't mom be happy", he thinks) and when he reaches over the bed to find the pillow, he finds his baseball glove. My children love this book, but as my five year old pointed out the other day, "he's not putting a few things in the closet like he said he was.... he can't even close the door he shoved so many things in there! That's not the way you're supposed to clean!" Although our family finds this book entertaining, I don't feel it teaches a lesson as well as some of the other books by this author... and it definitely doesn't teach them a good way to clean their room!
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VTech 1932 900MHz Digital Cordless Phone with Dual Keypad and Speakerphone
VTech 1932 900MHz Digital Cordless Phone with Dual Keypad and Speakerphone

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No "buzzing" - even next to my computer!, June 12, 2001
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I tried phone after phone in my home office. They all buzzed and zapped near the computer. This one works with no interference! I love it! The features, as the spec sheet and Amazon reviewers have noted, are tremendous. The phone is easy to use and has a speakerphone on both the base and handset. I can't believe how many features (and no interference!) came on a phone that was so inexpensive. This is a great buy - you won't regret it.


The Salamander Room (Dragonfly Books)
The Salamander Room (Dragonfly Books)
by Anne Mazer
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.99
146 used & new from $0.01

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets a child to think about basic needs of live creatures!, June 8, 2001
I love how the mother and child in this story interact. When the child wants to keep the salamander he found, the mother (instead of saying "no" or lecturing him about why we don't take creatures out of their natural habitat) asks him questions that require the child to think about what the salamander needs to sleep, eat, play and more. Step by step the boy imagines how he could meet the salamander's needs, yet still keep it in his room, which is now quickly turning into a woodland paradise for his new friend. This is a wonderful story for all children - especially for the ones who desire to bring home live "treasures" from nature to keep in their room!


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