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Top 10 Reasons the Hello, World book is the Perfect, Personalized Baby Gift October 11, 2013

Written by Jennifer Dewing and illustrated by Holli Conger

Written by Jennifer Dewing and illustrated by Holli Conger

My neighbors recently welcomed home their first child, a beautiful baby girl. My husband and I didn’t falter; we bought the biggest box of newborn-sized diapers we could find. Babies need to be changed an average of 12 times per day–a practical gift makes sense.
We were stumped about choosing a more personal gift to offer. The transformation of becoming a parent is life-changing. The overwhelming love that blooms within the heart deserves to be honored, nurtured, and celebrated. But how?
Hello, World! delivers on the top 10 list of what to look for in a baby gift. Written by award-winning author Jennifer Dewing and illustrated with adorable animals by artist Holli Conger, Hello, World! comes personalized with the new baby’s name and photo (optional). If you provide the parents’ names, the city where the baby lives and the baby’s birth weight, the book will include that optional personalized information as well. Like all I See Me personalized books and gifts, this new title makes a special gift and lasting keepsake.

1.     Make it a Keepsake. Personalizing this book with baby’s thoughtfully selected name will be something that baby (and the new parents) will treasure for a lifetime.

2.     Educational. Babies learn and develop right before your eyes. This gift is educational and helps to fuel the new baby’s brain development.

3.     WOW Factor Hello, World! is sure to get a lot of “OOOHS” and “AAAAHS” when opened by the new parents.

4.     Growth Potential. This gift grows with the baby. A special book is a gift that baby will use for years and keep forever.

5.     Picture Perfect. Any gift that can be customized with a baby’s photo is sure to be a hit with new parents. And, baby will delight in seeing himself or herself on the gift. (My “big kids” STILL loving seeing photos of themselves as infants. Me too!)

6.     Drool Over It. We’re talking “baby gift” here. Hello, World! is colorful and something baby will literally “drool” over.

7.     Cuddle Factor. Both parent and baby will love snuggling up with this story.

8.     Built to Last. Let’s face it, babies have curious and exploring little hands and mouths! This book is a quality gift that is built to last.

9.     Easy-to-Order. Hello, World! can be delivered to your special delivery within a couple weeks of birth.

10.  Made in the USA. Feeling patriotic? Hello, World! is made right in the USA.


*I was not compensated for this recommendation. Hello, World! is a high-quality, charming keepsake.


Product Review – To Papasan with Love June 25, 2007

My son is wiggling about in his Baby Papasan. What is a papasan, you ask? The Papasan (by Fisher Price) is, more or less, a luxury hammock, wrapped cozily in sheepskin. (Not to worry: no small, curly-haired, four-legged creatures were harmed in the making of this papasan—the sheepskin is faux.) The sheepskin is coordinated with a soft, sage green, leaf-patterned cotton fabric that is welcoming and appropriate to either gender. Truly a chic, fashionable accessory, the sage green suggests a jade tone and the subtle leaf pattern evokes a feng shui sensibility. However, paramount are the chair’s electronic functions; not only does the Baby Papasan vibrate, but it plays a medley of eight calming, classical favorites. One may choose to vibrate, listen to music, or, Baby Joseph’s favorite, vibrate and listen to classical music. Have I even mentioned the detachable velvet blanket and accompanying stuffed bunny?

The Papasan goes everywhere our baby goes. Once the car is packed with only the essentials one small infant might need on a road trip (a.k.a.: a veritable minivan’s worth), the Papasan folds flat, is packed last, so, upon our destination, it may be opened first.

An ever-so-popular baby-shower gift, we received the vibrating chair at, ahem, a shower. The givers, good friends, neighbors, and parents of a one-year-old, swore by it. We were reticent at first. In our last trimester, still childless, innocent of the world we were about to enter, we held our noses high at such “pseudo-babysitters,” imagining we would not hold our child anywhere but in our arms. And then Baby Joseph arrived, and while thrilled to finally hold our little bundle of joy in our arms, we were exhausted.

When my husband, also Joseph, finally set it up, we both agreed that the airline industry would be revolutionized if they would only furnish all flights with a Papasan for every passenger. The addition of the Papasans would not only improve ticket sales, but the airlines could also save money on drinks and snacks, and possibly improve employee morale and retention, as even the crankiest, most unmanageable, or boisterous flyer would settle immediately into a deep, restful sleep.

If our son may be considered a reliable testimony, sleep is inevitable indeed. The Papasan rivals only a car ride for its sleep-inducing properties. Well, to be honest, the Papasan most often produces a sizeable bowel movement from him as well, but I maintain that is an additional testament to the measure of relaxation provided.

Every month, we let out the restraining straps for his ever-more-kissable belly and lengthening, chubby little limbs. What will we do when he outgrows it? Is there life after Papasan?