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Books for Tiny Humans

Even before my tiny human was born, I started his book collection by asking for books at his baby shower. I’ve enjoyed engaging him with a variety of different types of books throughout his infancy. Now that he is a young toddler, I love seeing how he interacts with books in new ways.

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Below I will provide some San Francisco story time options, as well as my recommendations for different types of books that are best at each stage of development.

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Play Space Review: Peek-a-Boo Factory

Peek-a-Boo Factory

2 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127

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I took my tiny human to Peek-a-Boo Factory when he was crawling and starting to pull up on things. He actually learned to cruise using the balance beam on his second visit!

Pros:

  • Separate space for crawlers and young toddlers
  • Large toddler climbing apparatus
  • $6 Last Hour of Play which is great for little ones who get worn out quickly

Cons:

  • Older kids are often in the younger area
  • Gets pretty crowded on weekends and especially on rainy days

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Clothing for Tiny Humans

Deciding how to dress my rapidly growing tiny human can be both a joy and a frustration. I just love to put him in a cute outfit, but it can be tricky to find clothes that are also truly functional for each stage of his development. Plus, he seems to just grow out of everything in the blink of an eye.

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Below I have provided a map of places where you can buy consignment clothes and local brands in San Francisco, as well as recommendations for some of my favorite functional clothing items for each developmental stage.

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Play Space Review: Early Explorer’s Cove at California Academy of Sciences

Early Explorer’s Cove

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

One of the very first outings I took my infant on was a trip to the Cal Academy to visit the aquarium, but it wasn’t until a few months later that I learned about the Early Explorer’s Cove. This is a wonderful place for toddlers and preschoolers, and I think crawlers also can do very well here.

Pros:

  • Has a great animal, nature, and science focus
  • Capacity is strictly limited so it never feels too crowded
  • There is a platform treehouse with multiple types of steps and a bridge
  • Toys and books are rotated seasonally

Cons:

  • Overall smaller footprint than most play spaces
  • Very small infant section that can often be disorganized

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Play Space Review: Play Haven

Play Haven

254 Laguna Honda Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94116

I waited to visit Play Haven until I had a toddler who just started to walk, as the environment seems best suited to me for toddlers and preschoolers.

Pros:

  • Separate low-wall surrounded space for infants
  • Can see the whole space fairly easily
  • Large multi-activity art studio setup
  • Variety of age appropriate toys and activities

Cons:

  • Not as many climbing or gross motor based play structures
  • Day pass required for entry
  • Gets somewhat crowded on weekends due to birthday parties

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