My daughter’s hair is a lot longer than mine. In fact, if it doesn’t get trimmed every couple of months, it will reach her ankles within the year. And she’s not even four yet. OK, maybe I’m exaggerrating.

The truth is I battled coarse, thick hair all my life. Some would say it’s a blessing to have such thick hair. I didn’t think so until much later in life when I finally discovered leave-in conditioners and softening treatments. So for most of my childhood, I walked around with a bird’s nest on my head.

Needless to say, when my daughter was born with a four-inch mohawk, I wasn’t surprised. When she turned a year old, she got her first haircut and battling her frizzies has been a full-time job of mine ever since.

After the early baby days, we got hooked on California Baby‘s Calming shampoo and conditioner. As soon as I saw the bottle at Whole Foods I was hooked because the little girl looked just like my daughter. I couldn’t believe it!

To this day, Maya thinks the photo on the bottle is a picture of herself. The resemblance is uncanny. Soon after, we also discovered the detangler, which put an end to hairbrush drama mutually endured daily.

Another favorite bed-head solution is Noodle & Boo‘s conditioning hair polish. This newcomer to the market is from a product line started by a mom whose sons suffered from extremely sensitive skin and were prone to eczema. I can relate, as we also had bouts of extremely dry skin with Maya and that’s what led me to California Baby in the first place.

I don’t know if it’s the sweet smelling spray or the gorgeous packaging but I think we may just have a new must-have in the house. Both product lines are available for sale online and worth every penny!

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When a crawling baby starts pulling herself up and cruising among the furniture, you realize your life will never be the same again. You thoroughly relish a moment not spent chasing.

Here’s a toy from Neurosmith that babies on-the-go love so much so that you’ll be able to allow yourself a moment of peace. Childhood classics Wheels on the Bus and Itsy Bitsy Spider come to life in this soft fabric block measuring almost 20″ tall.

It’s called Together Tunes and all six sides include an activity in addition to the sing-a-long. Although currently discontinued, Small World Toys will try to find it for you or check your local toy store for leftovers.

If all else fails, you can always get the Jumbo Music Block, also from Small World Toys.

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I can’t get my daughter in the bath willingly and once in, she doesn’t want to come out. “Ten more minutes,” she begs for a good half hour when I almost always have to bribe her before she’ll agree to let me wash her long hair.

A while ago we discovered a variety of fun bath time activities from Alex Toys. The result was Maya walking her self to the bathroom and undressing. The crayons were such a big hit that soon after I was looking for a cure for pruny fingers and toes.

Luckily Alex also makes toys for hair shampooing fun which makes it easier to get to that stage. Most Alex Toys are available on Amazon.com as well as the manufacturer’s web site. They are all of excellent quality and will last a long time.

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When my brother and I were growing up, we used to ring in the New Year with a brand new set of underwear and pyjamas. As our parents got ready to go out, we would dress up in our new PJs to stay home with the grandparents and watch TV.

When I poll my closest mommy friends, most everyone agrees that the Gap has the best pyjamas for babies and children. Although I’ve found that Old Navy makes them as durable, I don’t think any other brand comes close to the multitude of adorable designs from the Gap.

So this year, I will start the tradition with Maya with this cute 2007 design from the Gap. Currently in stores as well as on the Baby Gap web site, you’ll not only find new colors for Valentine’s Day, but also great winter specials for boys and girls. Starting at $12.99.

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“Does everybody dream?” asks a little boy in a studio interview.  “We all dream, every night, even though you may not remember it. But, hey, I mean, like, dreams are very important,” answers another one.

My question is, “How does HBO know kids so well?!”

This charming DVD has been one my Maya’s favorites this past year so we decided to gift all her little friends for the holidays.

I had originally recorded the half hour special from HBO. Around the time we ran out of space on our DVR, I realized I could buy the DVD from Amazon.

In its core, the performances bring together childhood classics like Goodnight Moon and There’s a Nightmare in My Closet with Hollywood stars like Susan Sarandon and Billy Crystal. You’ll also hear Tony Bennett, Aaron Neville and Lauryn Hill singing.

What makes the DVD so special for everyone, parents and kids, are the studio interviews with children peppered throughout the program. These kids are so smart, so perceptive, so special — like most kids are! Their interpretations of life lessons are charming, laughter-inducing, truly magical. We never tire of watching this! It is the perfect end to many a busy day.

You can now buy it on Amazon for an unbeliavable $6.47. Money well spent!

To Grandma’s House We Go

December 24, 2006

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Whether you’re shopping for the-last-minute wrapping paper or storage for ornaments, The Container Store beats any other mass retailer when it comes to organizing your life. You can always count on unique yet practical and colorful options for everyday necessities, even when you’re shopping for Tupperware.

Next time you make a trip to The Container Store (or better yet order online like I do), make sure to pick up a pair of these children’s suitcases. The set also comes in a kiwi green/pink combination for those who have to have pink on everything they own.

Only at $9.99 for the set and made of recycled fiberboard, they won’t last forever. They will, however, encourage little ones to clean up their own messes. Whether used to store art supplies or Barbie doll accessories, these suitcases are sure to be a hit in your house too.

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Some of my favorite products are discoveries originally made by other moms. When my friend Jo gave me a swab of the Healing Balm by Khushi Spa and later gifted me a tub, I was hooked. Calendula is nature’s answer to anything that needs healing, for mom or baby.

Khushi’s products are all made of pure, natural ingredients, specifically essential oils, and hand-blended in small batches. Everything from the calming sprays to the invigorating scrubs makes me feel like I have a team of experts bringing me the best of nature in just the products I need.

So go ahead and buy for baby and use it yourself. The Mommy and Baby Essentials Set comes in a cute red tote, in which my favorite healing balm is accomponied by Khushi’s lavender and peaceful sprays as well as the ever so popular skin elixir. Priced at $54 on Khushi Spa’s web site.