Baby Ventures in your DC Neighborhood!

Capitol Hill. Georgetown. Arlington. Bethesda. What do these and more DC, Virginia, and Maryland locales have in common? They’re home to one-of-a-kind local shops that offer Baby Ventures books or artwork!

Baby Ventures is a globally-inspired company with DC roots – that’s why we prioritize select local, independent bookstores, gift shops, and toy stores in the greater Washington metropolitan area to carry our products. We’re so excited to join each of these favorite neighborhood shops!

So next time you’re out on your weekend stroll with the little ones in tow – or visiting Washington, DC with family – support our wonderful retailers– that’s what a great neighborhood is all about!

No Baby Ventures yet at your favorite book or gift shop in the greater DC region? Let us know! We’ll do our best to venture into your neighborhood store! And of course, you can always find all our products on our website.

Shop local and happy Baby Ventures!

 

Where in the World Wednesday: October Contest Winner

Our October Where in the World Wednesday series, highlighting Baby Ventures founders’ real life adventures in diverse locales, showed illustrator Lisa Hall in front of the stunning Taj Mahal. In what Indian city is it located? Agra!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum that took approximately 20 years to build. In 2005, Lisa visited this awe-inspiring attraction during her backpacking trip around Northern India. She reminisced, “While I had seen many photos of the Taj Mahal, what absolutely took my breath away was the intricate detail work throughout the building. Inlaid in the marble are the most beautiful patterns of colored gemstones (including jade and turquoise), unlike anything I have ever seen.” Want to learn more? Here are some facts!

And we are excited to announce our contest winner: Brad Wilson of Washington, DC correctly guessed Agra and is our lucky winner! Brad will be receiving a free copy of Baby Ventures ABCs of Washington, DC board book. Congratulations Brad!

Stay tuned for our next Where in the World Wednesday contest, coming November 2nd. This will be our final contest for 2016 so be sure to enter while you still can!

Donate Books for DC Kids in Need

Georgetown University School of Medicine is currently collecting new and used books for its Big HOYA Little Saxa book drive supporting DC General Homeless Shelter. As part of the Big HOYA Little Saxa program, Georgetown medical students volunteer at the shelter, teach reading skills and provide mentorship to the children.

Baby Ventures is proud to support the book drive by donating more than 25 copies of our ABCs of Washington, DC board book. Want to get involved? Simply drop off new or used books at Georgetown University’s Dahlgren Memorial Library or send them to the following address by October 31st:

Big HOYA Little Saxa Book Drive
3900 Reservoir Road NW
Medical-Dental Building NW114
Washington, DC 20057

We hope you will join us in supporting literacy for DC kids!

Where in the World Wednesday: October

Baby Ventures books and products are inspired by Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash’s real life adventures in diverse locales. We want to give you a behind-the-scenes peek into our inspiration so we’re sharing photos of some of our favorite adventures as part of our Where in the World Wednesday series! Correctly guess the photo location for the chance to win fabulous Baby Ventures products.

So where in the world this first Wednesday of October? You may well recognize this iconic building that Lisa visited in 2005. But in what city is it located? Email us the correct answer by October 12th and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a free copy of The ABCs of Washington, DC board book!

Only two contests remain in 2016 so be sure to enter to win while you still can. Good luck!

Where in the World Wednesday: September Contest Winner

Our September Where in the World Wednesday Series, highlighting Baby Ventures founders’ real life adventures in diverse locales, was by all accounts a tough guess. Our photo showed a Western European university town (above), nestled on a ridge between the Neckar and Ammer rivers (we didn’t name the rivers as part of our clue). What city is it? It’s Tübingen, Germany!

Baby Ventures co-founder Golzar Kheiltash visited Tübingen in December 2006, after flying in to nearby Stuttgart from a business trip. In the company of welcoming Tübingen friends and natives, she spent several days exploring the natural beauty and rich history of this charming university town. Fun facts: Tübingen is located in Germany’s southwestern region of Swabia, and approximately one out of every three residents of the town is a student! Want to learn more? Here are some additional trivia and travel-inspiring photos.

Despite our stinginess with clues, we’re excited to announce a contest winner! Ms. Ghovanlou of Gaithersburg, MD correctly guessed Tübingen and is our lucky winner! She’ll be receiving one of our super cute and comfy Baby Ventures onesies as her prize – congratulations!

Stay tuned for our next Where in the World Wednesday contest (coming October 5th) and the chance to win fabulous Baby Ventures products! Bis später!

The ‘ABCs’ of Practicing Compassion

At Baby Ventures, we’re big fans of inspiring little ones to explore the world around them with wonder and compassion. Opportunities for compassion pop up every day, presenting us with teachable moments that enrich both our little ones and ourselves.

As a company of animal lovers, we’ve found that fostering a sense of compassion at an early age can be easy with everyday creature friends: tots can practice gentleness with the family pet, care not to step on backyard bugs, and learn that wild animals need to stay that way (livin’ free in the wild, as our PBS Kids cartoon faves, the Wild Kratts brothers, would say).

While walking my dogs on a park trail recently, I came across my own opportunity to practice compassion: there was a dog on the path ahead, unattended and clearly frightened. A man passed me and I asked him if he could keep an eye on the stray dog, so I could come back with a leash. To my dismay, he flatly refused.

I ran to my car with my dogs, grabbed a leash, and went back on the trail to look for the pup. After searching for some time, I couldn’t find her, and hesitantly got in my car to leave. But then on the way to the park exit, there was the little dog, standing by the side of the road. I jumped out and knelt down, gently calling for her. She came right up to me and luckily had a collar with a name tag (Abby), so I was able to contact her owner.

While waiting for her owner, I sat down in the grass with sweet little Abby. She licked me profusely, obviously relieved to see a friendly face. After several minutes of wet kisses, she laid down in my lap, rolled over for a belly rub and fell asleep, exhausted from running around lost for hours.

When Abby’s owner arrived, he explained that Abby had run off after a deer earlier that day. He’d been frantically looking for her, and was overjoyed that she was found and safe. He thanked me repeatedly, but I told him that I was the one who was thankful – for Abby.

The chance to help Abby had turned my routine afternoon at the dog park into a deeply moving experience, and it stayed with me for several days. That’s the beauty of compassion: it benefits everyone, not just the recipient. And that’s what we hope for our children to come to experience, through practice of their own acts of compassion.

How do you help instill compassion in your young children? We’d love to hear your experiences – post a comment!

Where in the World Wednesday: September

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, which means (drum roll, please)…it’s time for our Where in the World Wednesday series! We’ll post a pic of one of our adventures on the first Wednesday of each month, and if you correctly guess its location you will be entered for the chance to win awesome Baby Ventures products! Plus, we’ll include fun facts and activities about these amazing places to share with your adventure-loving little ones!

So where in the world this first Wednesday of September? Let’s just say we were inspired by the back to school theme this month: In 2006, Baby Ventures co-founder Golzar Kheiltash visited this Western European, picturesque university town that’s nestled among two rivers.  What city is it? Email us the correct answer by September 14th, 2016 and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a free Baby Ventures toddler tee or onesie!

Hold on, Fall – It’s Still Summer’s Turn!

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end – it seems like just yesterday that we kicked off the season with our little ones, summer bucket lists in tow and eager to check off beach days, camping trips, and all the ice cream we can eat. Now school is starting, and Halloween feels like it’s around the corner (or so we’re told upon entering every retail store these days).

But before rushing into fall, we want to take stock of the season we’re still in – summertime is such a magical part of childhood, and we’re loathe to short-change our little ones even one day of it. Sure it’s often sticky, icky, and hot, but those aren’t the things you remember as a child. Whether it’s an impromptu beach adventure or just a lazy afternoon with the whir of the A/C and a cold treat from Grandma, the freedom a youngster feels to get lost in the moment is what makes summertime unlike any other time of the year.

So put down the back-to-school to do list. Resist the pumpkin patch search. And forget about Halloween costumes…there’s more than enough time for fall’s many adventures! In these last few weeks of summer, all our tots really need is to be in the sun-kissed moment for just a little bit longer. We know we have to say goodbye to summer soon…we just want our “five-minute” warning before we do! So here’s to this last bit of summer, and to teaching our children (and ourselves!) to linger in the moment.

What was on your family summer bucket list this year? Share a story and pic with us for the chance to be featured on our sites!

Where in the World Wednesday: August Contest Winner

Last week, we launched our Where in the World Wednesday series highlighting Baby Ventures founders’ real life adventures in diverse locales. Our inaugural photo showed illustrator Lisa Hall in this dance-loving Latin America city. What city is it?….Buenos Aires, Argentina!

Lisa visited Buenos Aires in 2003 during her six month backpacking trip across Latin America. She spent several weeks living with a lovely family and studying Spanish in this beautiful capital city. Want to learn more about Buenos Aires? Here are some fun facts.

And, we are excited to announce our contest winner: Allison Kohll of Providence, RI correctly guessed the city and is our lucky winner! She will be receiving a free copy of Baby Ventures Numbers in Spanish print. Congratulations Allison!

Stay tuned for our next Where in the World Wednesday contest and the chance to win fabulous Baby Ventures products!

 

Where in the World Wednesday: August

Did you know: Baby Ventures books and products are inspired by co-founders Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash’s real life adventures in diverse locales! And we want to give you a behind-the-scenes peek into our inspiration!

The first Wednesday of every month, we’ll post a pic of one of our adventures as part of our Where in the World Wednesday series. Correctly guess the location and you’ll be entered for the chance to win awesome Baby Ventures products! Plus, we’ll include fun facts and activities about these amazing places to share with your adventure-loving little ones!

So, let’s kick it off! In 2003, Lisa visited this colorful, dance-loving neighborhood in one of Latin America’s coolest capital cities. What city is it? Email us the correct answer by August 10th and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a free Numbers in Spanish poster print!