Robot Bib is a Success

When Aiden was younger, we spent months looking for the ‘perfect bib’. Our favourite in the end was the JJ Cole Waterproof Bib. That was, of course, until Aiden decided he would no longer wear plastic bibs. He wanted fabric. Ugh. Large toddler-sized cloth bibs are impossible to find, though we had a small stack we’d use before we’d have to do laundry. They weren’t exactly clean for every use.

A few days ago, I spotted a plastic bib at Whole Foods from Crocodile Creek with robots on it and thought we’d give it a try again. Aiden loves robots and is always extremely excited to wear shirts with robots on them. We gave it a shot and… success! So it was all about playing to Aiden’s tastes, in the end.

Finally a bib we can keep clean!

Aiden Loves Hats

My little dude loves hats. Heck, I think he’d wear his bike helmet most days if we let him. It has lights! Oooh, lights! And, while he’s just grown out of his newsboy cap (don’t worry, I’m getting another of the same one next week!), he’ll generally wear any hat we offer – outside the house. Once in the car or inside, he takes off the hat. But still, not bad ‘training’, hey?

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When we were at H&M this week, mostly killing time, he nearly jumped out of my arms when he saw these hats. He loves to try on most hats he sees. This one, however, was a keeper. $12 – hard to pass up!

How cute is he?!

Warehouse Sales

Yesterday we braved the crowds at the first day of the Please Mum Warehouse Sale for 2011. I’m a sale hunter for Aiden’s clothes, often shopping 1-3 sizes ahead in order to get good deals. Things like t-shirts and pants can be worn all year round, so there’s never any chance (with boys clothes at least) of stuff not being worn. I’ll buy seasonal items early too, but I’m more careful about buying only 1 size ahead for those.

Though Please Mum is my least favourite store for boys clothing (I hate track pants and dislike typical graphic tees), I decided to see if I could find some basics anyway. A good deal is a good deal, after all! I walked out with 4 long sleeved shirts, 3 pants and 2 sweaters for under $60.

Please Mum Head Office
333 Woodland Drive, Vancouver, BC.

February 25: 3pm – 9pm
Febraury 26: 9am – 5pm
February 27: 9am 5pm

If you go, be prepared for a long wait. The tables are not perfectly consistent in sizes and the line to pay can be quite long. Raspberry Kids is also having a Warehouse sale this weekend, you can see their sale section for more hints as to their likely merchandise.

Raspberry Kids Weekend Warehouse Extravaganza
February 26 & 27 11-3pm

Baby Shoe Review

I’ve written previously about my research into how to choose the right shoes for developing feet. I consider it important to dress Aiden in flexible shoes and will aim to do so as long as I can find them. We’re now on size 5 shoes, so we’ve had a few different shoe brands to try. Here are my thoughts so far…

Though we started out with a couple of random baby shoes, the ones Aiden wore the most were a pair of Robeez Mini Shoez – this was overkill, for sure, for a baby shoe, but I fell in love with the dragon design. We had a thing for dragons.

Anyway, I loved the shoe. The were easy to put on and they stayed on. Considering how easily Aiden took his socks off, shoes were definitely a must for us – even in the pre-walking days!

After that, we had another pair of Mini Shoez that, sadly, didn’t fit as well. I found them quite narrow, meaning Aiden grew out of them quickly. Thankfully, we had a pair of Robeez Soft Soles and loved them – they were great outside, despite the soft leather bottom. They were SO easy to get on and off! They would be my preference for baby shoes until the walking days, could I do it again.

After this, I couldn’t find a design of Robeez in stores that I liked. I did, however, find an adorable pair of PediPed shoes from LussoBaby. They fit much wider than Robeez, a huge plus, and have a wonderful shoe tongue that folds way open so there’s no fight to get the foot in the shoe. The leather bottom, the ‘original‘, only goes to size 6, though the brand appears to have larger shoe options.

I’ve already pre-purchased Aiden’s next size of shoe – one I found on sale at Lonsdale Quay. Though it’s not either of the above brands, it met my criteria in terms of flexibility and they were super cute. I admit, however, that I’m tempted to get a second PediPed for that size because their designs are exactly my aesthetic… but I can’t justify 2 pairs of shoes when they don’t last very long!

Aiden’s Television Debut

Aiden made his television debut today on Breakfast Television as guests of Christine Pilkington of VancouverMom.ca in a segment on dressing kids for the winter. Here’s the segment.

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We woke Aiden up and whisked him out the door, feeding him breakfast in the car. Once there, he got bundled up in a fab Columbia Little D Fleece Bunting Suit with a beyond cute dino hoodie. I wish I’d known about this, or the other Columbia suits, before. Many are layered and have built-in mitts. SO MUCH SMARTER. Oh well. On top of the bunting suit, Aiden wore a Tuffo Muddy Buddy and Stonz booties.

Aiden was great while he was there. He’s pretty much a social baby, and even tried to get the host to carry him (though thankfully that was before we went on camera). It’s his kind of thing. Was a fun experience!