Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wildkin Nap Mats: Make Children's Naptime Special

Wildkin Nap Mats

Anyone who has a child knows—or will soon know—the unique struggles of children's nap time. Despite how badly they need to take one, children are never quite ready. There is always something better to do or something that isn’t quite right. Besides making a routine and sticking to it, what can you do to make naptime easier for your little boy or girl? 

One of the best ways to get an independent toddler to do anything they are reluctant to do is make it special. This can be done by adding something memorable to the routine—such as a favorite song—or a cherished item—such as a special nap mat. 

In fact, a nap mat can be a great idea if your kids usually take their naps in their bed. Since they associate that with bedtime, they might be reluctant to sleep there during the day. A nap mat can change the whole game for them. 

Wildkin nap mats are some of the coolest nap mats you can buy. It is impossible to not be enthusiastic about nap time when you have one of these. Their entire selection is just so fun and playful, it is hard to pick just one. There are many different prints to choose from, guaranteeing you will find one perfect for the little person in your life.

However, it isn’t just the awesome themes that make Wildkin nap mats so special—these mats are super comfy, durable, and portable. Each mat comes with a built-in pillow, making naptime easier—no slipping and sliding off the pillow or the pillow ending up on the floor instead of the mat. The mat itself is soft to lay on and isn’t too thick to make it difficult to transport. The entire mat rolls up into the size and shape of a small duffel bag, even coming with a handle for easy carrying.

Wildkin nap mats are perfect for any little one, but are especially suited to preschool aged children. There are also matching backpacks, lunchboxes, and other accessories available to perfectly match your chosen nap mat. How special will your little girl or boy feel walking into school with the entire matching set?

So, what are some of the design choices these special mats come in? One that will please the little princess in your life is the Princess Nap Mat. Perfect in purple, this mat is girly and fun. The print is demure enough that it feels completely removed from the typical princess items you tend to see online and in stores but is still playful enough to delight your little one.

For the child who can’t get enough planes, trains, and automobiles, Wildkin has the perfect choice: Olive Kids Trains, Planes, and Trucks Nap Mat. When snuggled up on this mat, he will chug off to dreamland conducting his favorite choo choo or soaring in his favorite plane. This is one traffic jam you will love.

Does your little girl dream of one day becoming an equestrian? If so, she will absolutely adore Wildkin’s Horses in Pink Nap Mat with the herd of wild horses galloping across the light pink background.

Pint-sized paleontologists will really dig the Wildkin Dino-mite Nap Mat. Its adorable dinosaur pattern features T-Rex, Stegosauruses, Pterodactyls, Brachiosauruses, Triceratops and Hadrosaurs roaming along the prehistoric background.

No matter which nap mat you choose, you are certain to have one which will make everyone happy and last for years.  All Wildkin Nap Mats are safe—passing the required flammability tests—and comfy for your little one. To browse their offerings and order one for your child, visit A Kid Place online at akidplace.com.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wildkin Backpacks—Go Back to School in Style

Wildkin Backpacks

There is no back to school accessory more important to a young student than their back pack. It is so much more than just an item to transport their books and supplies—it is a statement about who they are and what they love. No child wants a plain, boring backpack, nor do they want the same backpack five other kids in their class will have. Young students want something cool, unique, and 100% them.

Wildkin offers plenty of backpacks that fit the bill, sure to please all kids who receive them. Not to mention that they are sturdy and designed with organization in mind, pleasing the parents as well. So, what are some options for the boys and girls in your life?

The Wildkin Sidekick Backpack comes in a wide variety of patterns so you are certain to find one to please the student in your life. Designed to fit kids as young as three years of age and as old as eight, this durable backpack will grow with the child. The design is traditional, looking like backpacks that high school children would use, so it is certain to inspire pride in your little one when he or she wears it and feels all grown up.

If you are looking for a design that provides a bit more visual interest, the Wildkin Echo Backpack offers a unique look. Available in fun, eye-catching patterns, what really sets this backpack apart from the rest is the reflective stripe going down the front, giving the pack visual interest and adding a safety element when used at nighttime. These backpacks work for children aged 7 to 15 years old. 

The Wildkin Comfortpack Backpack offers the same traditional look as the Sidekick, but comes with additional padding to help keep little backs, necks, and shoulders comfortable while hauling around books. With the variety of patterns one expects from Wildkin Backpacks, there is a pack to suit the style of every child. As this pack is meant to carry a heavier load, it is designed to fit older students with more items to carry and is suitable for children aged 8 and up.

Finally, there is the Wildkin BOGO Backpack. This pack is a two in one design, including a backpack and a lunch box. The lunch box is insulated to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold and comes in the same pattern as the backpack itself. Even better, the lunch box is designed to attach to the outside of the backpack, which means you do not need to sacrifice storage space just to pack a healthy lunch. This backpack is great from kindergarten to high school, fitting children aged 6 through 15. 

School is just around the corner. You do not want to get caught by surprise—or your child caught without a unique and stylish backpack for going back to school. Check out our selection of Wildkin Backpacks and find the one that is best for your child.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Children’s Desks for Back to School

 Children's Desks

You may be enjoying the freedom and fun that summer brings, but don’t get too complacent—the school year is fast approaching and you do not want to get caught by surprise.

Chances are you have seen the Back to School displays at your local store and heard plenty of commercials talking about great deals and essential items. But in addition to pencils, notebooks, and crayons, there is another item you should consider: a kid-sized desk. 

Soon enough, homework will once again be a nightly occurrence. As you well know, it can sometimes lead to battles and make home life stressful. One way to reduce the stress and the struggle is to create a homework specific space for your child. Instead of allowing your young boy or girl to get distracted by working in a high traffic area of the home, create a quiet sanctuary that will inspire and motivate his or her learning. Keep the toys and electronics away, keep the supplies stocked, and make sure you select a desk that is functional, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. 

At A Kid Place, there is a wide variety of children's furniture, including, kid-sized wooden desks to choose from. Each item is carefully selected and offers the highest quality on the market. Always looking for new items to help grow the selection, A Kid Place practically does the shopping for you. You are certain to find a student desk that is perfect for your home. 

Take the KidKraft Study Desk for example. This wooden study desk is the perfect item to inspire your child to study. Brand new for 2014, this desk comes with a matching chair and offers plenty of ways to stay organized. Kids can store their supplies in the ample drawer space, organize his or her homework with the desktop filing system, and prioritize their work using the corkboard. 


Kidkraft Study Desk with Drawers - Espresso 26703 

If you think your child might need a little extra motivation to sit down and work, the Gudecraft Jr. Roll-Top Desk might be just what the doctor ordered. Sturdy and lasting in its wooden construction, this desk is ready to grow with any young person. And who can resist that old-fashioned roll-top design?  With plenty of storage space and a matching chair included, this desk is a perfect place to study. Available in natural, white, and espresso to integrate easily with any d├ęcor.
For the child whose room is more minimalist in design, the KidKraft Pinboard Desk with Hutch and Chair is the perfect complement. With simple lines and zero fuss, this desk pulls together an attractive and clean look. The center drawer allows for plenty of storage space to keep supplies at hand. Thanks to the hutch, your child can pin reminders to the cork board and keep a few special mementos close by.

Kidkraft Pinboard Desk with Hutch and Chair in Espresso

Finally, for the tiniest of budding writers, there is the Teamson Kids’ Train Writing Desk. This desk is as whimsical as it gets and offers the needed motivation for a young child to concentrate long enough to complete a homework assignment. With plenty of storage in addition to writing space, this train desk will certainly be put to good use. 

Teamson Kids Children's Train Writing Desk W-8207A

So, as you complete your Back to School shopping, don’t forget to add a children’s desk to your list. It will make the school year run a bit more smoothly and help keep your home calm.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles—Let Your Kids Cruise the Neighborhood in Style

Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles
Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles

Vintage toys are all the rage. From classic wooden building blocks to handmade rag dolls, toys from time gone by are back again. 

There is something quite delightful about your child playing with something that looks like it was taken from another era. In a world full of plastic, primary colored toys, retro items feel special and unique. Additionally, in a way, it connects us to our history, to the older generations within our families. 

When we think about retro items we think of two things—style and durability. When it comes to children’s products, both of these qualities are very important. It’s no wonder that parents want to incorporate retro items into their children’s lives. With so many options on the market, it is quite simple to do so.

If your child has ever gotten excited as you drove past a classic car, then Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles are the perfect throwback toy for your little boy or girl. Modeled after the 1934 Van Doren tricycle you have no doubt seen in classic film and television series—or in any toy museum in the world—Morgan Cycle retro trikes are aesthetically pleasing, exceptionally durable, and meet all of today’s safety standards and regulations.

Your kids may not be able to get behind the wheel of a ’39 Ford Deluxe, but that doesn’t mean they cannot cruise with the same style and class. Take, for example, Morgan Cycle’s Pink Fairy Retro Tricycle. Your preschooler will be delighted with this gorgeous, airbrushed, vintage-style trike. With its sleek, curved design, it is as fancy as any classic car to have ever caught her eye. 

No so into pink? Their Lavender Retro Tricycle might be just the fit for your toddler. Sleek and sophisticated—as all Morgan Cycle tricycles are—she won’t be able to resist hopping on the moment she sees it and riding it around the block. From the airbrushed paint job to the chrome detailing, it is an absolute visual delight.

If you are looking for something more neutral, their Black Hawk Retro Tricycle is the perfect solution. When you picture classic cars, you often picture them in a shiny, black finish, just like that of this trike. Whether speeding through the park or taking a leisurely ride down the street, this cycle lets your little one do it in style.

All Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles are incredibly stylish and extremely durable. Featuring steel construction, these trikes are designed to last and be passed down from child to child and generation to generation. Each one receives the highest care during assembly, including expert paint jobs and beautiful details. All materials used are non-toxic and safe for children. A working headlight is standard—and often the young rider’s favorite feature—as are the durable steel spokes, solid rubber wheels, leather saddle seat, and adjustable handle bars.

If you are looking for a gift that will help your kids stand out in a crowd, the Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycle line is here to serve as your solution. Stylish, enduring, and positively captivating, there really is nothing quite like it.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BERG Ferrari Pedal Go-Karts: The Ultimate in Ride-on Toys

BERG Ferrari 150 Italia and FXX Racer Go-Karts
BERG Ferrari 150 Italia and FXX Racer Go-Karts

What child isn’t fascinated by a well-designed sports car: the flash of the color, the sound of the engine, and the incredible speed? When riding their bikes, they imagine that they are driving one, and every toy car is transformed in their minds to be one. 

When it comes to fascinating sports cars, Ferrari is pretty much at the top of the list, both here in the U.S. and internationally; it is the universal standard. So, when it comes to looking for a ride-on toy for your kids, why settle for anything less?

BERG Ferrari Pedal Go-Karts offer stylish outdoor fun for boys and girls who have a need for speed. Unlike go-karts powered by motors, these pedal powered go-karts are incredibly safe and much more interactive for their young drivers. As such, children can begin using them at a younger age while mom and dad feel more secure. 

There are three models offered: Ferrari 150 Italia, FXX Racer, and FXX Exclusive. Each one is stylish and safe in design, kid-powered, and can be pedaled both forwards and backwards. 


This model is well suited for the youngest of riders; it can be used by kids as young as three years old and can be used by most riders up until eight years of age since the seat and steering wheel are adjustable. Inspired by the Ferrari Formula 1 racecar design, including sponsor stickers, it is sure to appeal to the inner speed demon of any girl or boy. This go-kart is designed with the BFR drive system, a unique system that allows the driver to pedal both forwards and backwards and also to coast without moving the pedals. 

BERG Ferrari 150 Italia Pedal Go-Kart
BERG Ferrari 150 Italia Pedal Go-Kart


The FXX racer is the mid-range model in the line of BERG Ferrari Pedal Go-Karts. Designed with the same care as the actual car, this go-kart comes with front and rear spoilers, tires and rims with the Ferrari logo, sport steering wheel, and an aerodynamic design. It is officially licensed by Ferrari, so you know it is top of the line. 

As with the 150 Italia, is can go forward or in reverse  and  both the seat and steering wheel can be adjusted. Unlike the 150 Italia, it is suitable for older children and even some adults; it can accommodate a child as young as five and works for individuals up to 5’10” and 200 pounds. Not only can your son or daughter enjoy this stylish ride, but you can get in on the fun, too!

BERG Ferrari FXX Racer Pedal Go-Kart
BERG Ferrari FXX Racer Pedal Go-Kart


If you are already going for a Ferrari go-kart, why not go all out? The FXX Exclusive is the top of the BERG Ferrari Pedal Go-Kart line and it is easy to see why. The FXX Exclusive takes the best features of the FXX Racer, adds plenty of its own, and dresses them up in luxury. 

Controlled by a leather wrapped steering wheel and with seven gears to switch between, this go-kart offers a genuine driving experience. It even comes with a speedometer so your children (or you) can see the speed. It is the perfect kart for zipping around the neighborhood or the racetrack. 

BERG Ferrari FXX Exclusive Pedal Go-Kart
BERG Ferrari FXX Exclusive Pedal Go-Kart

If you are looking for a ride-on toy to entertain your children—or yourself—this summer, BERG Ferrari Pedal Go-Karts are the ultimate way to have fun in style.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mason Roller Racer: the Perfect Indoor / Outdoor Ride-on Toy

Mason Roller Racer

Summer is here—the pools are open, the kids are out of school, and it is the perfect time for some outdoor fun. Chances are you are shopping around for interesting and innovative toys to keep your children entertained and outside. There are many toys on the market and making a decision isn’t easy.
The biggest problem with summertime toys I have run into as both a parent and a retailer is that you really only get to use them for a few months. Most are strictly to be used outdoors; when the weather turns cold, or even on rainy summer days, the toys sit unused. By the time the next summer rolls around, many of them will have been outgrown or deteriorated while in storage. 

The Mason Roller Racer is the perfect ride-on toy to buy for summertime fun while avoiding the usual traps. This sit-skate scooter works just as well indoors as it does outside, is suitable for a wide variety of ages, and is durable enough to survive months of storage should you find a need to store it.  

There is a good chance that you do not know what the Mason Roller Racer is, even though you might have used one when you were in school. Essentially, it is a low to the ground scooter that is powered by the weight and movement of the person riding. Rather than typical handlebars, the scooter has footbars with hand grips, allowing the rider to maneuver the scooter with his or her feet or hands. Made in the U.S.A, it is highly durable and designed to last for decades. Kids can entertain themselves for hours challenging each other to obstacle courses or cruising around the park. Even mom and dad will be tempted to join in with their boys and girls and have some fun!

Here at A Kid Place, we offer two different models. The Sport Roller Racer model is suitable for most uses and designed with safety in mind. In fact, schools and daycares, as part of their PE programs, frequently use this ride-on toy; you know that it is safe enough to place your trust in. The low center of gravity prevents the scooter from tipping and the handle grips keep little fingers safe. The scooter is designed without any sharp edges, making it safer than any other ride on toy on the market. While a helmet and shoes should always be used, you can relax while your children play on this scooter.


The Deluxe Amusement Roller Racer is the ideal model for parents who want their scooter to grow with their child. This model, while still able to be used by small children, can support up to 250 pounds. The Amusement Roller Racer is considered the top of the line in Mason's scooter line, is the most durable and the most flexible, and earned its name because it is actually used in amusement parks.



If you are looking for a great new summer ride-on toy that is versatile and built to last, look no further than the Mason Roller Racer line. No matter which option you choose, smiles and fun are guaranteed.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Glide Bikes Balance Bikes for Building Confidence in Kids


There are developmental milestones and there are cultural milestones for children. Developmental milestones are those that are naturally achieved no matter the culture and their significance is acknowledged universally: sitting up, first words, and first steps are among these milestones. Then there are those whose significance is culturally specific: dancing in their first recital, the first time they catch a football, and learning how to ride a bicycle. These milestones are present in a variety of cultures but they are not universal, and we tend to attach a great deal of sentimentality to them.

For me, the most significant of these childhood milestones was learning how to ride a bike. The emotions I connect with this event in my life are complex as I struggled to master this skill. I was the last among my friends to learn; this served as a source of shame for me. As my friends would speed off on their Schwinns, no training wheels in sight, I was left behind on my big wheel.

As an adult, I can look back on this and find it humorous, the image of my sad, child self, sitting on my big wheel, watching my friends disappear into the distance. But the emotions I felt are still very real to me. Thankfully, today, there are other options available, allowing us to spare our kids such an experience.
 
One of the most safest and fun options is that of a balance bike. Balance bikes allow children to master the skills of balancing and steering a bicycle before they incorporate the action of pedaling. By minimizing the amount of actions a child must master at one time, kids are less likely to be overwhelmed by the learning process. Instead of propelling the bike via a pedal, gear, and chain system, the bike is moved forward in a simple, gliding motion propelled by walking and pushes—eventually continuing on via weight and gravity. Unlike traditional bicycles, these bikes can balance at a low speed, which helps the budding biker feel confident while learning.

There are many options available today from a variety of manufacturers. One of our favorites is by the company Glide Bikes. While many balance bikes are made from wood, Glide Bikes balance bikes are made from lightweight, lead-free metal, making them durable and manageable for even the smallest boys and girls. Both the seat and the handlebars adjust, making the bike last as your children grow. The company has patented its slow speed geometry, which allows the bike to be balanced at speeds as low as 1.5 mph. Each bike comes with two features which are pretty unique in the world of balance bikes: kickstands and foot pegs. The foot pegs can be rotated out of the way or completely removed. Finally, each bike is covered by a lifetime warranty, so you never need to worry about the security of your purchase.

Glide Bikes offers several options to choose from. Their smallest bike, suited for the youngest of riders, is the Ezee Glider. This model is appropriate for riders as young as 18 months and can be adjusted to allow use up to 5 years of age. It offers all of the features present in the larger Glide Bikes’ models, such as removable foot pegs and adjustable handle bars. Out of the balance bikes available on the market, this one is among the slowest with its ability to balance at 1.5 MPH. It also comes with an easy to operate hand brake.

Glide Bikes Ezee Glider in Black

The next step up in the Glide Bikes line is the Mini Glider. This bike is best for children between 2 and 5 years of age. As with the Ezee Glider, the Mini Glider is able to balance at speeds as low as 1.5 MPH and offers all of the features standard to Glide Bikes. This bike is slightly larger than the Ezee Glider.

Glide Bikes Mini Glider in Blue

The largest of the Glide Bike line is the Go Glider. At 16”, this bike is suitable for riders aged 5-10 years and can support a rider weighing up to 125 pounds. This bike can balance at speeds as low as 1.5 MPH but it is also perfectly safe at higher speeds, depending on the comfort of the rider. It is also an excellent way to help a child who is learning to ride later than his or her peers build confidence.  It comes with all standard Glide Bikes features.

Glide Bikes Go Glider in Pink
If you are looking for a way to introduce your little boy or girl to the skills required to ride a bike, Glide Bikes balance bikes are the way to go. With the options available, you are sure to find one that works for your little one.