Monday, July 27, 2015

Gearapalooza is coming to Denver!

Real Baby is proud to be a part of this years Gearapalooza in Denver! Tickets are limited for this wonderful educational and fun event!  Click HERE to find out more.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Boba Wrap – Tying 101

We love the Boba Wrap and all of its versatility.  Here is a great video to help you use yours!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Baby Talk!

I am reminded daily at my shop Real Baby  how wonderful the sound of children's language is.  Wether its early cooing and babbling, or just a few words, i find it all very magical.  When will your baby's cooing turn into his first word? And will it be "Mama"? Well, we can't answer the second question (though our guess is yes!), but generally babies utter their first words at 11 to 14 months, when the tongue and lips gain dexterity and the brain starts to match up objects with names. Of course, every child reaches this milestone at his own pace, but there are things you can do—from birth onward—to encourage him to talk.

How your baby communicates with you

At birth: From the very start, your baby is learning the power of communication: He cries, you make him feel better. Your response to his noise-making lays the foundation for language.
At 2 months old: Your baby can respond to your cues. So when you say sweet nothings while looking into his eyes, he can gaze back and coo in return. He's making a connection between what he hears and what he does with his mouth. And the high-pitched, singsong way you probably speak (experts call it "motherese") keeps your baby riveted so he can start to decipher sentences and words.
At 6 to 8 months old: Get ready for all the adorable babbling! Your baby makes vowel sounds now, and will add consonants, too. Within months he may imitate the sounds he hears when you speak.

Encouraging baby talk

Give everything a name. At bathtime, for instance, say, "This is the shampoo," as you reach for it. Your baby will build her vocabulary.
Read together. At first she won't understand what you're saying, but you'll stimulate her senses and build a lifelong love of books.
Be silly. Games like "so big" or peekaboo reinforce listening, turn-taking, and imitation—prerequisites for conversation.
Sing. Babies naturally love music, and singing is a great way to introduce a range of sounds.
Babble back. When your baby says "goo goo," say something similar in return, like "Hey, boo boo, how are you?" The play on sounds makes language fun. Before you babble on, pause to let her "talk" so she gets a feel for the rhythm of real conversation.

First words

Your child will probably say his first word right around his first birthday (what a nice present for Mom!). Most early words are repeated: You say "spaghetti" and she says "geddy." By 16 months, she'll be able to say a handful of words—an average of 50 for girls and 30 for boys. (Boys tend to develop speech about a month or two later.)
This is the age range when most kids' progress varies most widely. To help yours enjoy chattering:
Read between the lines. When you're looking at books together, talk about what's on the page (point out the mouse on each page of Goodnight Moon, for instance).
Provide plenty of narrative at playtime. If he's having fun with his toy farm, for instance, say, "Gus is holding the cow. 'Moo,' says the cow," And so on. Help him put words to objects and verbs to actions.
Don't anticipate every desire. Try not to rush to refill his sippy cup when it's getting low—let him tell you first.
Make like a monkey. Or a cow or a kitty. Animal sounds are some of the simplest for little talkers to form because they don't have a lot of consonants.

First sentences

Your toddler will likely start using short sentences now, like "More juice" or "Want ball." Encourage her by:
Prompting. When you're looking at a book together, ask her to describe what's going on in the pictures, which will reinforce her vocabulary. But don't do it to the point of frustration. If your toddler finds quizzing annoying, she may just clam up.
Kicking it up a notch. Repeat her simple sentences in more complicated ways. If she says "Doggy bark," for instance, reply, "Yes, the doggy is barking."

Build your child's vocabulary

By age 2, your child can start to follow increasingly complex sentences and use more pronouns, adjectives, and prepositions. Now's when the two of you can have the real conversations you've been waiting for. Tips for inviting more talk:
Avoid correcting him...Instead, repeat what he just told you in the proper form. If he says, "Daddy goed to work," you can say, "Yes, you're right. Daddy went to work."
...but get him to correct you. Hold up his pants and say, "Let's put on your hat!" Kids love it when you make a silly mistake.
Give him some room. Try not to finish his sentences, and pause after you ask him a question. It may take him a little while to think through what he wants to say.
Get him to tell you stories. Ask him about that trip to the zoo—what he saw, what he liked most. Don't expect too much; stories for little kids can be as simple as "I saw a lion."

When to get help

About one in four children is a late talker—and fewer than half of those kids will require therapy to get them on track. The best time to get professional help is when your child is around 2 1/2—the age when late bloomers usually catch up, says Leslie Rescorla, Ph.D., director of the Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College.
Signs that your child may be delayed include:
  • She's still speaking in single syllables or drops final consonants.
  • She doesn't use two-word sentences or ask questions.
  • She melts down frequently because you don't understand her.
Let your instincts guide you, and consult your doctor, who can refer you to a specialist if necessary.
Your baby's first word is an exciting milestone, and one that you're probably anxiously waiting for. Keep in mind, though, that every child develops at his own rate, and whether your child is an early talker or a late one seldom has an impact on his later communication skills. Talk, sing, read, and play silly games with him. The more you communicate—from birth on up—the more language he'll learn.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Petunia!

New Mod Petunia Pickle Bottom at Real Baby!

Petunia Pickle Bottom creates baby and child necessities for todays woman.  By combining bold, sophisticated designs with everyday functionality, Petunia Pickle Bottom has reinvented the diaper bag to suit the modern mom. 

Real Baby has a great collection of all the new Mod Petunia bags in stock, just in time for Mothers day!  Deck yourself out, or someone you you love, with these super fashionable and functional bags. They will love you for it! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Dr. Seuss book to be Released!

Dr. Seuss long ago passed from the scene but old manuscripts by the beloved children's author keep turning up.
Random House Children's Books said Wednesday it will publish a recently discovered manuscript with Dr. Seuss sketches, called What Pet Should I Get,on July 28.
The publisher plans at least two more books based on materials found in 2013 by his widow, Audrey Geisel, and his secretary in the author's home in the ritzy seaside neighborhood of La Jolla in San Diego.
The author, whose real name was Theodor "Ted" Seuss Geisel, died in 1991 at the age of 87.
According to Random House, when Audrey Geisel was remodeling her home after his death, she found a box filled with pages of text and sketches and set it aside with other of her husband's materials.
It was rediscovered 22 years later, in the fall of 2013, by Audrey and Claudia Prescott — Ted Geisel's longtime secretary and friend — when they were cleaning out his office space.
They found the full text and illustrations for What Pet Should I Get?, among other work.
Seuss lovers were excited at the news.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Baby Names 2015!

Names are an important business. You don't want your child to have the same moniker as everyone else his or her age, but you also can't really reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Here are's picks for the most popular baby names in 2014. They are listed in alphabetical order, not by rank.

Baby Girl Names

  1. Anna
  2. Aria/Arya
  3. Aurora
  4. Avery
  5. Claire
  6. Cora
  7. Ellie
  8. Elsa
  9. Fiona
  10. Genevieve
  11. Harper
  12. Isla
  13. Mackenzie
  14. Merida
  15. Mila
  16. Natalie
  17. Penelope
  18. Piper
  19. Scarlet/Scarlett
  20. Violet

Baby Boy Names

  1. Asher
  2. Caleb
  3. Dominic
  4. Eli
  5. Elijah
  6. Finn
  7. Henry
  8. Hunter
  9. Isaac
  10. James
  11. Jasper
  12. Jax
  13. Knox
  14. Leonardo
  15. Levi
  16. Logan
  17. Oliver
  18. Owen
  19. Sebastian
  20. Silas