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Sprout Scoop – December 2009

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  December 2009

In this issue:
  1. Holiday Specials
  2. A Closer Look: Crazy Forts
  3. December Events
  4. December Classes
  5. What is Attachment Parenting?
  6. Holiday Hours

Holiday Specials

Skip the holiday crowds, get top-notch customer service and high quality gifts at Sprout Soup! We have been given the go-ahead by many of our suppliers to bring you great savings this year! Our promotions will begin November 27 and continue through December 5, or while supplies last.

Gro Baby Bio SoakersDIAPERING - Traveling for the holidays? Try Gro Baby Bio Soakers with your cloth covers for an eco-friendly and easy alternative to disposables. Buy One, Get One Bio Soaker Pack (pack of 50 is $19.95) or try a Gro Baby Bio Soakers Starter Pack, get an extra box of soakers free!

Popular diapers on sale: 15% off Fuzzi Bunz plus One-Size Rewards, and 20% off all BumGenius products. Bummis Diapering Kits are 20% off.

CLOTHING - Adooka Organics Dress and Ruffle PantDon’t forget Mom this holiday and take advantage of our sale on Glamourmom Nursing Tops, $29-32 (regularly $39-42)

Adooka Organics are top-quality, locally designed organic clothing for babies and toddlers. The gorgeous Adooka dress and ruffle pant sets are on sale for $75 each. They make a comfortable, easy-to-clean and beautiful holiday outfit.

Our popular Fair Trade Toddler Sweaters reduced 25%, only $24 each!

TOYS - Hape E-Racers, Dump Truck and Plane are 20% off. Made from bamboo!

All of our block sets are on sale! Choose from made in the USA Montgomery Schoolhouse blocks, or the ever-popular Haba Toys. Every child deserves wooden building blocks - Save 15-25%

TWILIGHT THURSDAY - December 3, from 6:30 to 9pm. Special this month: Bonus awards! Earn $10, $25, or $40 in store credit!


A Closer Look: Crazy Forts

Build and create with simple ball and post construction, then add a bed sheet or play silks and enjoy your fort! We have Sarah's Silks to use with your Crazy Fort, and play clips to attach the cloth. This is not your regular couch cushion shack, Crazy Forts create a special place just for kids that even adults will love!

On Sale! $49.95

Weekly Events

Weekly activities are open to everyone and FREE. Age ranges are suggestions.

Crafty Tuesday
Tuesdays 11am-12:30pm
Each week we have a new craft project, geared toward ages 2-6. Crafts take 10-20 minutes.

Ornament Wednesday
Wednesdays in December, 11a-12p
Add some flair to your tree this year and get handcrafted ornaments to boot. Every Wednesday in December. Kids will have the chance to make unique ornaments. $3 for each child or attend all four for $10.

Moms Groups
Fridays 10am-12pm
Weekly playdates are a relaxed time for moms to connect with other moms in the area and let their kids play.

December Classes

Kids Cooking Classes
Tuesdays at 4:15pm or Thursdays at 11:15am
A series of three classes introduce children to the flavors of the season with dishes they prepare! $3 per child, per class.

Cloth Diapers 101
Sunday, December 13, 2pm or
Saturday, December 19, 10am
An overview of the different types of cloth diapers, how to use and care for them. $10 per family registration required.

Parenting Discussion with Rebecah Freeling
Thursday, December 19, 6:30pm
“But Grandma Lets Me!” Rebecah Freeling of Briar Rose Childrens Center, a Waldorf School here in Columbus, will lead this workshop and discussion full of practical parenting tools. Donations accepted.

Download our December Calendar in PDF format - print out or keep on your computer for easy reference.

Monthly Events

Activities listed here are FREE & open to all.

Babywearing Meeting
First Wednesday 10am - December 2
A casual time to see baby carriers in action. Come with questions or to share your stash.

Dad's Coffee (New day!)
First Saturday 10am - December 5
Hey dad! Let mom sleep in! Bring the kids to Sprout Soup for playtime. Coffee's on us.

La Leche League Toddler & Tandem
Second Thursday 7pm - December 10
Support group for mothers nursing beyond one year and/or nursing more than one child. Contact Helen for info 740-485-2864

Columbus Attachment Parents
Second Saturday 10:30am - December 12
This month: Handling Criticism

December Special Events

Twilight Thursday
Thursday December 3, 6:30 to 9pm
Special sales and deals, plus earn up to $50 store credit! Parents only, refreshments provided.

Build and Play Day
Sunday, December 8, 2-4pm
A little science, a little math, a lotta fun! We’ll have over a thousand Keva Planks out for building and playing with. A fun event for the whole family! We’ll also play some games everyone can enjoy.

Make & Take Craft Days
Saturday, December 5 and 12 11a-2p
Nothing says love like handmade! Bring your little snowflakes in to make gifts for loved ones. We’ll have ornaments, hand plaques, hand-rolled candles and more. Crafts will be 4 for $10.

What is Attachment Parenting?

According to Attachment Parenting International, AP is:

  1. Preparing for Childbirth and Parenting: Read what you can about childbirth and make the decisions that are right for YOU.
  2. Feed with Love and Respect: Breastfeeding is the optimal way to satisfy an infant's nutritional and emotional needs. However, "Bottle Nursing" applies nursing behaviors to bottle-feeding to help foster a secure attachment.
  3. Respond with Sensitivity: Tune in to what your child is communicating to you, then respond consistently and appropriately.
  4. Use Nurturing Touch: Touch meets a baby's needs for physical contact, affection, security, stimulation, and movement.
  5. Nighttime Parenting: Babies and children have needs at night just as they do during the day.
  6. Provide Consistent and Loving Care: Babies and young children have an intense need for the physical presence of a consistent, loving, responsive caregiver.
  7. Practice Positive Discipline: Discipline that is empathetic, loving, and respectful strengthens the connection between parent and child.
  8. Strive for Balance: It is easier to be emotionally responsive when you feel in balance.

However, remember AP is an approach, rather than a strict set of rules. Parenting is too individual and baby too complex for there to be only one way. The important point is to get connected to your baby, and attachment parenting helps. AP is responsive parenting.

For more information, please come to our Columbus Attachment Parents meetings, held the second Saturday at 10:30am-11:30 am at Sprout Soup.


Download our event calendar in PDF format.


Thank you for your support!

Noah and Alissa DeRouchie

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Holiday Hours

Starting after Thanksgiving we will be open 7 days a week, with late nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

We will close Christmas Eve at 2pm and not reopen until Tuesday, December 29 when regular store hours will resume.

New Years Eve we will close at 4pm and we will be closed for inventory on New Years Day. Happy 2010!

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