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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

GIVEAWAY and Review of {mocobabies}. *GIVEAWAY CLOSED*

We've all been there before. Baby is crying, but we can't figure out why. Is she wet?  No.  Is she hungry? No. Does she just want to be held? No.  Just what is the problem?

Well, here's a solution for you: Mocobabies.  Mocobabies can help you communicate with your baby, even before she's able to speak.  How?  Sign language.   And research out there is showing some big benefits for using baby sign language:

*Promotes language development skills
*Reduces frustration
*Creates feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment
*Increases creative thinking
*Increases early literacy skills
*May increase IQ

What I particularly love about mocobabies is that they offer simple tools that make signing both fun and easy.  Because if it's not fun and easy, after all, we're probably not going to do it, right?  Instead of some huge book that you need to flip through to find what you're looking for, they offer simple-to-use and easy-to-find flash cards, decals and placemats.

I LOVE the flash cards!  In this mocobabies set, they've included practical first-time signs for "eat," "more," "milk," and "all done" plus additional cards for some animals, food and everyday signs.  All 35 cards included in the set are laminated on both sides so that they do not tear or get ruined by your drooling baby!  On one side of each card is a picture of the action/thing you're signing, and on the other side of the card are images that show you what your hands need to do to make the sign for that word/phrase.  I also love that they come in an uber-cool tin for easy stow-and-go! 


The mocobabies signing decals also come in a little, sophisticated tin - so stylish!  The idea here is that you can put these stickers anywhere around your house to help both you and baby/toddler remember and learn to sign different things in your daily life.  The decals are repositionable, so you can move them from place to place as necessary.  These decals are ideally placed on things like walls, mirrors and windows.  However, mocobabies does include some "tester" (blank) decals that you can place on different items to see what they do stick to and can safely be removed from.  The decals feature simple images of hands and how they are moved to sign for a word/phrase. Included in the set are signs for manners ("please" and "thank you"), first signs ("eat," "more," "milk," "finished"), warning signs (like "no," and "stop"), wash-up signs (like "dirty," and "wash hands,"), playful signs (like "share," and "toys"), bedtime signs (like "sleep," and "blanket") and on-the-go signs (like "car," and "outside"). 

Additionally, mocobabies offers a double-sided placemat to use at mealtime.  It has a protective finish so that even the messiest of babies can't destroy it, and it features bright colors that interest baby.  It is done in a cool, retro fashion, and on it are basic signs for meal-time fun, such as how to sign for "finished," "more" and "milk" among others.  These placemats are great, too, because not only do they remind you to use your signing at mealtime {and have the signs right there for you to see without having to look them up in some book}, but they are also fabulous for an older sibling to be able to join along in the fun!


My favorite product of mocobabies is definitely the signing flash cards.  They are easy to use, practical and perfectly sized to use at home and for traveling.  I think a few of the flashcards are somewhat useless, however, as I don't think my baby really needs to know the sign for "hippo" or "horse," for example.  Some other more practical words would be a better fit.  Regarding the decals, I like the idea of them, but prefer that they came in words that physically described the object they're actually stuck to.  For example, I would like to see a decal for the word, "book," and then be able to place that decal on a book.  I love mocobabies' new {but not yet available!} alphabet poster.  The poster has all letters of the alphabet on it, of course, and some of the letters also feature an object with which that particular letter begins (for example, next to the letter "b" is a bird).  The poster is in your basic reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues, although not in the primary colors but instead more muted, sophisticated tones.  These posters are perfect to frame and hang up in your child's room to help him or her learn the alphabet, and they also make for some cute nursery or toddler room decor.  I do wish, however, that every letter had a coordinating item that begins with that letter. Also, I'm not quite sure what the poster as to do with baby signing, if anything, but regardless, they're adorable and practical to teach the alphabet.

We are currently working on using these with our 5 month-old.  We just started, so it's a little disgruntling right now, because she isn't signing back.  But that's normal and to be expected.  Apparently children don't start signing until they're about 8 months old or so.  But I can give credence to the fact that my first-born did sign to me!  Granted, we didn't have the mocobabies products with him, but he did sign the few signs we taught him.  So, I can say that signing works! You just have to put in the time and effort...and mocobabies can help you do so in a playful, interactive and engaging manner.

BUY IT!  Visit mocobabies today to get started signing with your baby in a fun, interactive and easy way!  There you can purchase the flashcards, signing decals, and placemat {purchase all 3 at a discount!}.

WIN IT!  One lucky Haute Tot and Baby Couture reader is going to win the mocobabies flash cards and sticker decals! See below on how to enter.  Be sure to follow them on twitter & facebook (links below) too, as they'll be giving away some goodies during September!!

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Mocobabies and come back here to tell me what your favorite product is that you'd most likely buy (1 entry)! Be sure to leave your email address in the entry so that I have a way to contact the winner! If there is NO EMAIL left, another winner will be drawn. Winner will be chosen via random.org and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another winner will be chosen. Entrants can enter through October 8th. Winner to be chosen October 9th!

Additional Entries!
Once you've completed the mandatory entries, do any of the following for more chances to win! {Again, please be sure to leave your email address in each entry!}

*Follow our blog via Google Friend Connect (1 entry).

*Subscribe to our blog (2 entries possible; 1 via google and 1 via email feedburner (must be activated to count as entry)).

*Include our blog in your blog roll and include URL (1 entry).

*Become a fan of Adam's Blankie on Facebook (1 entry) and score coupon codes!
*Become a fan of mocobabies on Facebook (1 entry). 

*Follow Adam's Blankie on twitter AND tweet about this giveaway with the following tweet, (1 entry - can be done daily):
"Win baby signing flashcards from @mocobabies @adamsblankie! Enter at www.hautetotandbabycouture.blogspot.com!"
(Be sure to leave a link to your tweet/s!).

*Follow mocobabies on twitter (1 entry).

*Post our blog buttons on your blog and include link to blog. (6 entries possible - 3 for Adam's Blankie shop button and 3 for Haute Tot Couture blog button).

*Blog about this giveaway and include the link to your post AND a picture of the prize!! (3 entries).

*Enter any of our other current giveaways for one entry each (up to 3 entries possible) and leave a comment letting me know which giveaway/s you entered.

*Email up to 3 friends about this giveaway ~ be sure to copy me on the emails! (3 entries possible).

Please note, I was not paid to do this review.
Opinions are strictly my own, and no one or nothing else has influenced me in my review.

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.
WINNER: MACY
Thank you to all who entered!!
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59 comments:

erin, maker of chimes said...

love their placemat too!

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Blueeyesky said...

I like the mocobabies stickers the best but I think my husband might think me a wee bit obsessed when I would stick them around the house ;-)

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AmandaSue said...

I like the placemat, I like how it has a side with babys food signs side. Thanks for entering me into this giveaway!

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Ames said...

The PLACEMAT!!!!

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I like the flashcards and think that I'd be most inclined to buy those. I also like the signing stickers
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Stuff Parents Need said...

We do sign language, but we really only do 3 or 4 signs in earnest. They are so helpful, so I'd like to teach Darah more signs. I think, therefore, the flashcards would be what I would go for! stuffparentsneed (at) gmail (dot) com

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Heather said...

My favorite product by far is the Flash Cards. It's funny that you are doing this giveaway because I have really been interested in teaching my 5 1/2 month old sign too. I learned that when babies can see something and connect it with the meaning they are more likely to learn it better.

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Laura said...

I really like the placemats too!

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