Thursday, December 28, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

Cool Nursery

Real Baby customer Anne-Marie sent us this great shot of her nursery. She decorated the wall with Wall Candy Dottolicious graphics.

To open our store, we spent hours painting polka dots on our walls. Now, we wish we had Wall Candy's Dottilicious.

These dots can be moved around at your whim due to Wall Candy's trademark low tack adhesive that won't damage your walls. Great for kids and adults. Now you can rearrange your walls whenever you wish!

Each kit of DottiLicious contains 80 dots of various sizes and colors including: robins egg blue, light pink, dark pink, ocean blue, wheat, chocolate and apple green.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

New Real Baby Photo Contest

Our next Real Baby contest is the Funny or bad Santa/Christmas photo. Send us your photos for a chance to win a $100 shopping spree at Real Baby.

We have all done it. Dragged the kids to the mall to sit on the giant red stranger's lap, or dressed up the family for the classic Olin Mills shot. We want to see these photos! The winner will be announced after the Holidays.

Speaking of winners, congratulations to Agnes E. of Austin Texas. She won a $100 shopping spree at Real Baby for submitting her funny pregnancy story.

Send your photos to

Friday, November 17, 2006

Grill and Bake Play Kitchen

KidKraft introduces its first double sided pretend play kitchen set for both boys and girls. The Grill 'n Bake is going to have a limited production run this year and will sure to be a popular item. KidKraft predicts this item will sell out fast, so order NOW to make sure you get one!

Features: Checkered fabric curtains that can be opened and closed. The grill has a lift-up lid and under-grill storage with doors that open. A sink with moveable knobs. A Dishwasher with setting and power knobs. A Mini fridge with magnet-clasp door and silk-screened water dispenser. An Oven with wooden tray and magnet-clasp door, along with four brightly colored cups and plates. Brick and accessory silk-screen detail *Accessories Not Included: Great pretend play fun for multiple children!Size: Size: 36.25” L x 26.75” D x 40.75”H For Ages: 3 years and up

Crush Groove

My daughter has a crush on a boy and it's killing me.

I don't want her to like boys. I want her to like crayons and spinning around until she falls to the ground in hysterical laughter. I want her to like Barbie, but to keep her distance from Ken. I want her to like reading in bed, making doll homes out of discarded boxes, painting her nails, and listenting to her favorite music.

I want her to like harassing her brother with her cunning. I want her to like going to the zoo, eating popsicles no matter what the temperature. I want my daughter to like going to school, learning, and hanging out with her girlfriends .

However, that is precisely where the trouble began. The group of girls has planted the seed that has grown into a full on crush. Love letters, maps on how to deliver the love letters, and directions for all the girls to paticipate in said delivery of the letters, have all transpired during the girls "hanging out."

There is nothing I can do. It's time to get over it and move on.

Maybe third grade will be different

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Denver Skate Park

This is a thank you letter to my 5 year old son. Thank you for making me skate again. It has been a few years since I put wheels to concrete. I had forgotten just how much I love it.

My son found my skateboard hanging in the garage over a year ago, and he has been obsessed with it ever since. He has his own deck now, along with his beloved Tony Hawk signature helmet. If it were up to him, we would ride every day.

Im not going to get all philisophical about skateboarding or how sports help you develop as a person. However, it has been a joy to watch my 5yr old develop in the skatepark. I watch from a distance, often times cringing, as he decides if he has the ability to drop into a new even steeper area. It may take him ten minutes to figure it out, but when he does, he does it with the right amount of confidence, determination, joy, and fear.

I learn something from my children everyday.

Ride On!

Check out the new Wheely Bug ride on from Prince Lionheart.

The distinctive shape of the Original Wheely Bug is very user friendly. The bright and friendly design is an instant attraction to girls and boys alike. They go backwards, forwards, sideways, and round and round. Children don't get stuck against obstacles like some other ride on toys. Wheely Bug help promote gross motor skills and balance like no other toy. Ride On!

Wheely Bug bodies have a padded layer of sponge which is covered with a tough layer of polyurethane leatheroid and can be easily wiped clean. They are great to use on smooth level floors and ideal for indoors.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

New Skool Rules
Check out the sweet new headphone tees and hoodies from New Skool. Your kid will look cooler than you sporting this super fresh fashion. Each shirt and hoodie is hand dyed and they come in an assortment of colors.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

A Pregnancy story from our contest

Our thanks to Agnes and many others who have been writing us their funny pregnancy stories. keep them coming for a chance to win $100 at We will announce the winner in October. Write to http://URL.

The humorous version of my daughter’s birth story
by Agnes Eva Savich

At 38 weeks preggo, I went with my husband Scott to see comedian Ralphie May perform. I laughed for two hours straight, bounce-bounce-bouncing baby's head down onto my cervix, until I started to feel mild contractions. On my way out I shook Ralphie’s hand and joked, “That was so hilarious, I think you actually made me go into labor.”

When I went to bed that night, a definite rhythm had emerged: lower whale-body onto bed, heave belly over body pillow, close eyes, spring awake 30 minutes later, hoist self to bathroom, peeeeeeeeee, waddle back to bed, lower whale-body…

By noon the next day I called my midwife Sandra, all ready to head down to the birth center. To my surprise, I was told to drink some beer, take a Benadryl and lie down, for I was surely in false labor. I dutifully obeyed this bewildering combination of orders, and indeed slept a couple hours.

All night my contractions picked up intensity. My poor husband got the punching bag end of my pain, until I was encouraged to squeeze his shoulder instead. Somehow I made it to morning and called Sandra again.

It’s just prodromal labor,” she said, “ignore it and go about your day as usual.”

I hung up thinking, “Dromedaries? What does my labor have to do with camels? And ignore this pain, is she kidding?”

Now it was Scott’s football worshipping Sunday, so I glommed onto the couch with him. My contractions were synced up with the tackles. The crash of the football players' bodies into each other helped me deal with the pain. Slam! Oh you think THAT hurt, buddy, at least the football isn’t trying to come out of your butt!

Sandra finally conceded to let me come to the birth center at 9pm so she could check me and “probably send me back home.” It’s a testament to my insanity that I changed the time to 9:15pm, so I could finish watching Desperate Housewives.

Upon arrival, I was 4cm dilated. “Touchdown!,” I felt like yelling. Scott returned home, because of course we hadn’t yet installed the car seat, or brought my ridiculously overpacked suitcase from which I only used two candles and choked down one Fruit Leather. Did I mention he took the time to shave and chat online with some buddies before returning? Ok, it was only to tell them I’m in labor but he was gone for, like, hours. (Later he told me, “Do you know how convoluted those car seat instructions are!!??”)

Upon returning, he filmed some of the labor, so I could hear my lovely whale mating calls for posterity: “NGuuuuuuuuuuuh. NNNNgggguuuuuuuhhhhhh.” I remember at one point feeling like a feral animal, gasping out, “Hair. Off. Face,” then clawing Scott’s fumbled attempts with the rubber band into my own hands after the contraction subsided.

The light at the end of the tunnel was the moment my daughter’s head popped out. Like a little alien peering in from a rift in time-space, she fully opened her eyes and just hung out there, half born, surveying everyone poised for her birth. Then the final contraction came, a sensation I completely blocked from memory, because the next thing I knew was her floppy little smooth body being handed up to me. I just started gushing “I love you” to her, Scott, Sandra, the assistant. Only the remaining task of delivering the placenta kept me from declaring my love to the inanimate objects in the room. Labor had begun with laughter, and ended with total joy.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Holy cr#%! I'm a Soccer Parent!

Let me start by saying that I do not drive a mini-van. Now I feel better.
For the last 4 weeks I have been, searching the entire house for cleats, shin guards, socks, shorts, and water bottles. I have spent an entire afternoon creating and ironing on jersey numbers and logos. A sweet thunderbolt if you must know.

I spend the week driving my son and daughter to separate practice and match play fields. I cut oranges into slices for 7 to 11 children. I have never cut an orange into slices. I just like to peel them.

I carry folding chairs in the car at all times. I juggle schedules with my spouse so that our children can make every practice and game. I even let myself get talked into coaching this sport that I know absolutely nothing about.

Damn the World Cup. Who knew that watching a few matches would create a passion for sport in my children.

Saturday I witnessed my daughter break out of the amoeba of children surrounding the ball, and dribble it the length of the field and stuff it in for a goal. She thrust her hands up, and all the girls did cartwheels and jumped for joy. It didn't even matter that the other team was up by at least 17 goals.

I am ridiculously proud of my children, and would gladly drive to Cheyenne from Denver every day, with a giant bag of orange slices and my folding chairs, to witness my children jump for joy.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Fashion Success!

Our Thanks to everyone who helped make our 2nd Fall Fashion preview a success! With the help of our community in the Denver Highlands we managed to raise a lot of money for the Kempe Foundation. Plus we had a lot of fun doing it. A sincere thank you to Kelly and Laura from Real Baby , and all the merchants for making it all happen.

Swimclub 32. Kempe Foundation
Frolic, Dragonfly, Max, Barareeba, Kismet, Studio Bead, Swank Space, The Perfect Petal Skin Chic The Parlour and Real Baby

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

School is in Session

I dropped my children off at school today. Just like I have for the past four years, except this time I didn't have to return for 7 hours!

It has arrived. The magical time we have been waiting for. A new frontier. The time my mother referred to as " a happy time."

Both of my children are in school full time.

I have fond memories of my mother taking me back to school shopping at a rag tag department store called Uncle Bills. There were tables of notebooks and shelves of pens and glues. I would choose my folders and pens carefully, as my mother would scout out a few white button down shirts and clip-on ties to enhance my Catholic school wardrobe. She would even let me by some bad popcorn from the snack area.

Happy times indeed.

I think I'll take my kids to Big Lot's tomorrow.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Traveling in Troubled Times With Your Children

We just returned from a fantastic 10 day trip to the coast of Maine. Returning relaxed, our 5 hour drive to Logan airport in Boston turned stressfull when NPR radio announced the foiled terrorist plot in the U.K.

I thought how terrible and unfortunate. My wife and I disscussed our frustration with the state of the world and how lucky we are . Then we realized that terrorist plot half way across the world was going to royally screw up our day!

Our kids, 5 and 7yrs, sensed our change in attitude and began asking us questions. It's hard trying to explain in a 30 second blurb to a child why some people want to take down planes, hurt certain countries, and hate certain people.

Some times I wish I could make Barney magically appear and sing a little song about Hezzbollah, Jihad, and the Taliban. I just don't think Barney could find any words to create a rhyme.

So we kept it basic and to the point. Good versus evil, people wanting certain freedoms and others trying to take those freedoms away. We try to keep it open and unaccusing. No Blame, just people seeing things differently. Very differently.

Of course the kids stay interested for about 30 seconds and then the glaze hits their face and then there is the verbal explosion of, " look a cow!!" from our 5 year old as we drive by a farm.

Life is back to normal. You just cant carry on your sippy cup anymore.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Boogie Down with your Baby!

Looking to get out of the house with the kids on a Sunday afternoon? look no further than The D-Note in Old Town Arvada to have some rump shaking fun.

Every Sunday from 3 to 6pm, the D-note hosts Baby Boogie. The D-Note plays all your favorite its from the 70's and 80's for you and your children to boogie down. They also put out instruments for your kids to jam along with all the great music.

The D-Note has great deals on their wood fired pizzas and some drink specials for mom and dad.

The D-Note is located at 7519 Grandview Ave Arvada, Colorado


Monday, July 24, 2006

The Real Baby "Real funny" story contest!

We want to here your funniest story about being pregnant.Mine is being stuck in a movie theater bathroom stall and being so big I couldn't turn around to get out!
Send us your story for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate at Real Baby.
We will pick our favorites and post them on this blog and then choose our favorite for the shopping spree by October 1st. The winner will be contacted by email and be directed on how to redeem their $100 gift certifiacate. Good luck, we look forward to hearing your stories! Write to us at

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Top Of The Town!

Real Baby was voted Best store for baby clothes by the readers of 5280 magazine. We are pleased as punch that our denver customers chose us! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Here Comes Father's Day

Make a statement this Fathers Day with the My Dads A Geek Onesie from Urban Smalls. Even ifhe doesn't like it your friends will.

Another approach to a Father's Day gift would be the hip and functional Camo diaper bag from Diaper Dude.

Diaper dude brings a diaper bag that dad won't shy away from! Specially designed for hip dads (and moms!), this cool sack has sporty messenger styling and lots of handy features for on-the-go parents.

Super Cool New Boon Highchair!

We just picked up this brand new Flair highchair from Boon at the JPMA show in Orlando. These chairs are stunning and unique.

Flair is a revolutionary new highchair that grows wth your child, combining innovative features with a distinctive modern style. The seamless seal makes clean-up easy and the pneumatic lift allows for effortless height adjustment.

Flair�s exclusive chemical-resistant, waterproof pad provides a soft cushion and creates a better fit for smaller infants. Flair features a compact, dishwasher-safe tray that adjusts to three postitions. Top-quality safety features include a 5-point harness and restraining post. The sturdy pedestal base slides smoothly under tables. As your child grows, simply remove the tray, restraints, and cushion to turn into chair.

This chair will be available in October!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

This is not your parents rocking chair

The move today is to find modern cool furniture for your nursery. Nurseryworks does it right with its line of cribs, dressers, and rocking chairs. The sleepytime rocker from Nurseryworks rocks! The nice high back provides support for your back while the soft, yet sturdy armrests provide stability for your arm and baby's head while they nod off to sleep. This rocker provides years of comfort from feedings, to bedtime stories, to toddlers reading picture books! If there comes a time when you want to move it out of the nursery, lucky you that it is so stylishly modern that it will fit in just right in the family room or your own bedroom!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Big Wheels Rule!

I remember rolling down my driveway, at what seemd like 40mph. The rythmic crunch of plastic on concrete, slamming on the breaks, smelling the plastic burn as I coasted to a stop on an ever squaring front wheel. Oh Yeah, big wheels rule!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Some of our Favorite Baby Gifts

Everyday we are asked by our customers for great baby shower gift ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.

The Boon Frog bath toy holder. This super cool frog comes with a base that attaches to your wall, complete with a shelf for storing shampoo and other product. It's removable scoop makes picking up bath toys fast and easy.

Get the biggest reaction at your next baby shower by offering them this gem from baby Wit. My momma drinks because I cry T shirt is guaranteed to start laughter and a few raised eyebrows.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Shirts that Rock!

It seems that everyone, and I mean everyone, is making onsies and t shirts for infants, that are rock oriented. From the Stones to Zepplin, to modest mouse and sonic youth. Hip parents today want to dress their kids like them,or in my case, cooler than them. has a bunch of rock shirts to choose from. Some of our favorites are, Led-Playpen, Sonic Youth, Hendrix, and Ab/Cd.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

This is our new favorite stroller. I have bladed, run, and trail hiked with both of our monkeys strapped in. The suspension is flawless, and I can hose it down if one of the kids get sick!. This stroller rules.

The new BOB Revolution does just that, revolutionizes the BOB Sport Utility Stroller by providing a rotating 12" inch front wheel that casters for improved maneuverability and handling, or can be locked out for safer running or off-road use. This stroller features suspension, quick and compact folding, and roomy seat and storage space. Also features rear wheel brakes for easy locking and reliability

* Quick-release polymer wheels and easy-folding design improve portability
* Suspension system capable of three inches' travel minimizes bouncing/vibrations
* Independent reclining Seats
* High-quality materials improve strength while reducing weight
* Swiveling Front Wheel for unmatched maneuverability
* Lockout mode with adjustable tracking for easy conversion to Jogging
* Padded shoulder harness to add to your child's safety and comfort
* Independently adjustable canopy
* 2006 Duallies were redesigned to fit through most doorways; total width 30.8"

Available in Navy and Mesa Orange

About Us

Real Baby was born on March 20th, 2003, during an EPIC snowstorm (the Coloradoans among you will remember!). Real Baby is owned and operated by Hilary and John Horan with the help of their super excellent staff. Hilary and John used to be landscape designers with their own company. As they started having kids, landscaping became increasingly difficult. They needed a different kind of challenge...and then Real Baby came into being.

Our goal at Real Baby is to find the best products for babies and kids. Whether it's educational or just fun and super cute, Real Baby has a little something for everyone. We love all that we have to offer, and hope you will too.

Store Location:
Real Baby is located 3616 W. 32nd Ave. at Lowell Blvd in Denver. Please call if you need help finding us (303-477-2229). Directions to Real Baby can be found on our "Customer Care" page.