It’s HOT out there, Mama!

With temperatures still high and humidity ever present, movin’ and shakin’ can be uncomfortable for parents and baby alike. Lucky for us, innovations in babywearing and travel accessories have made traveling with baby easier for all parties!

In summer temps, a lighterweight and more breathable carrier is key to happy and healthy babies, and calm and dry parents. Major carrier brands have answered the call with active models that keep baby safe, keep mama or papa cool, and look great doing it.

This lime green ErgoBaby Sport carrier ($40) is made from a poly-cotton blend, giving it a lighter-weight feel without sacrificing durability. This carrier features a vent, allowing more air to circulate around baby, and has a detachable hood to debulk the area around baby’s head. Adjustable to front inward carry, hip carry, and back carry, the ErgoBaby Sport lets baby hit the trails or the aisles of Target with the same ease.

The ErgoBaby Performance Carrier (in grey, $80) is the ultimate carrier for super active moms and dads. Featuring a lightweight fabric with mesh lining, it’s ideal for outdoor sports and activities. Its durable, water-repellant outer layer provides protection from the elements and the contoured shoulder straps keep baby close. This is the ideal carrier to explore the gorges and hiking trails of the beautiful Finger Lakes!

Hitting the beach? This Boba Air carrier ($35) is super portable and breathable in all the right places! Made from an ultralight nylon material, the carrier is self storing and super easy to wipe clean. Toss this right into your backpack or beach bag, and your little one can nap or nurse on the go with ease. Any mess shakes or wipes right off and boom – back into your bag it goes!

But what about when your little one is travelling on wheels? How do you keep baby from becoming a sweaty mess while riding in the stroller or car seat?

On the left, Manito’s Breathe 3D Mesh insert for stroller or car seat ($15) is designed to keep cool air in in the summer, and warm air in the winter. Incredibly easy to install, it is cushioned throughout to keep baby extra comfy and cool.

On the right, this Meeno Babies Cool Mee car seat liner ($1.99) promotes airflow between your child’s body and their seat. Removable and easy to wash, Cool Mee car seat liners come with an velcro-adjustable headpiece that allows for horizontal or vertical orientation – whatever suits your gosling and their seat best!

Stay cool out there, mamas (and papas)!

Look of the Month: August, Bag Sale Edition!

Welcome to Look of the Month: Bag Sale Edition! Our clearance racks are chock full of adorable pieces, with new items being added every day. To celebrate the kick-off of back to school season and make room for incoming cold weather fashions, Mama Goose is having our annual Bag Sale! From Friday, August 10th through Sunday, August 12th, fill a bag with clearance clothing, shoes, and books for one flat price: $16 per bag Friday, $14 Saturday, and just $10 on Sunday. Check out some of the great looks created from these very racks – all available during this weekend’s sale!

Sweet sisters Talia and Tori were kind enough to show off some cute clearance combos and their cuddling skills!

 

Talia’s clearance outfit features Gap denim capris (size 7/8) with a striped cold shoulder knit top (size 8) over a teal camisole (size small) and Steve Madden ankle boots (size 5).  Little Miss Tori is wearing a Hanna Andersson skirt (size 12 months) and Samgami lace collared shirt (size 12 months) with Ruffle Butt tights and Michael Kors boots (size 6).

         

The clearance racks have something great for little guys too! Just ask Thomas, who is showing off a new w/ tags Joe Fresh polo priced at only $3.00 (size 5) and paired with organic cotton Little Green Radicals joggers (size 6- non-clearance.)

So join us this weekend at our Back to School Kick-off and see what combinations you can create at our annual Bag Sale!

It’s happening – seasons are changing at Mama Goose!

After 13 years of hosting our Coat Sale Extravaganza every September, we’ve decided to not have the Coat Sale this year (GASP!), but we’ve come up with a plan we think you will love! Yes, it is bittersweet saying goodbye to all the Coat Sale pomp & circumstance, but we’re super excited about our 2018 plan. Instead of a totally dramatic one-day reveal of our winter outerwear, we’re bringing it directly to our sales floor ASAP (along with our back-to-school clothes).What does this mean for you? You can stop by, stock up on what you need NOW – all in the comfort of our air conditioning, at your convenience. No long lines in the parking lot!

What should you expect?

  • Winter and back-to-school clothes hit the sales floor the first week in August!
  • Fall & Winter Buying begins August 6th!
  • Arriving soon! New products from brands like WigWam, SnowStoppers, Innobaby, and more!
  • Our All-New Back-to-School Season Kick-off Celebration Weekend, August 10-12!
    • Enjoy a bargain bag sale on clearance clothes. $16 per bag Friday, $14 per bag Saturday, and just $10 per bag on Sunday!
    • Enjoy 10% off all new and gently-used winter and fall outerwear (that’s coats, snow pants, jackets, boots, wool socks, hats, mittens – whatever winter outerwear we have in stock!)

Look of the Month: July

Trying to keep your cool in the summer heat? Stop by Mama Goose’s mid-summer sale and get your BOGO on! Not up on retail lingo? That’s buy one, get one 50% off! Let this month’s model Gemma offer a visual explanation.

This week, through July 15th, all dresses are buy one, get one 50% off. So, if Gemma bought the blue Isaac Mizrahi dress above (size 3, new w/ tags, $7.95), she could get the brown Baby Gap sundress (size 3, $3.95) at half off!  Or maybe, she could get an adorable floral Jelly the Pug dress (size 3, $6.95) and get a satin floral H&M tea dress (size 2. $3.95!) for half off.  She could even purchase a brand new Gymboree sundress (size 2, new w/ tags, $10.95) and get a red and white Le Top cap sleeved dress (size 4. $9.95) half off!

During this buy one, get one 50% off sale, the adorable combinations are practically endless! And if dresses aren’t your kiddo’s cup of tea, shorts and tanks are BOGO 50% off next week (July 16-22), followed by swimsuits marked down by 25% after that (July 23-29!)

Come in and BOGO with us!

Mama’s Summer Essentials Packing List!

Summer is finally in full swing, which means many of you are on your way to visit friends and family, go camping, visit our fabulous New York state parks and – if you’re lucky – getting some beach time! What do you need for your trip? We looked around the sales floor and gathered  a sampling of some of our favorite items for fun in the sun. What’s on your essential packing  list? Books? Toys? Sun hats? Yep – we got ’em!

  • Comfortable Sandals: Functional and fun Teva sandals will keep your gosling cool while providing all the support and stability little feet need. Plus, all Teva sandals are currently 15% off at Mama Goose!
  • Sunscreen and After-sun Care: We carry Badger products in the summer because we love the wide range of sun protection products for all levels of activity. And for the times when you miss a spot, Badger After Sun Balm will help to soothe your little one’s skin with certified natural ingredients.
  • A thin, soft hoodie: If you carry a nice, soft gently-used hoodie in your kids’ sizes, you’re golden! Perfect for cloudy days that turn into cool nights, the ability to zip up or down and the comfort of a hood make this the perfect piece for road trips.
  • Easy-on Sneakers: See Kai Run sneakers are perfect for running around your favorite amusement park or a slow stroll through a museum. The rugged rubber outsole provides traction and durability – great for developing feet.
  • Comfy, stretchy pants: Easy to toss in a bag, a pair or leggings or sweats are ideal for temperature changes and relaxed car rides. Layer them for warmth, or fashion – whatever is on your little one’s agenda.
  • Bug Spray: Let’s face it – bugs are everywhere in the warmer months. Badger’s Anti-Bug Shake & Spray uses all natural ingredients to repel pests without harsh smells or chemicals. It’s good for the skin, and bad for the bug.

Happy summer, Mamas! Let us help with your last minute vacation must-haves, so you can focus on the fun!

Looking for something fun to do a little closer to home? Check out Ithaca Family Fun for some great tips on happenings right here in our back yard!

Sizzlin’ Summer Savings!

The good news? We’re packed with amazing summer stock! The better news? We’re offering incredible savings the entire month of July. Each week we’ll have a different sale – a chance to stock up on all the things you need (and maybe even get a head start on back to school?).

 

 

Mama loves papas!

Papa Geese of the world, this one is for you!

We could never forget about the fathers of the flock. What better way to celebrate the fathers in our lives than through the joy of play? This Father’s Day weekend, all books, games, toys and puzzles are buy 2, get the 3rd free. Both new and gently-used items are B2G1 all day Saturday and Sunday!

Happy Father’s Day, from the Geese at the Goose!

Start Ithaca Festival weekend right – with Mama Goose!

Join us as we kick off Ithaca Festival weekend with a party on the porch. Friday June 1, from 2:30 to 6:00, we’ll have refreshments, fun games, and free face-painting for the goslings. We’re partying until it’s time to head to the parade. Grab your little ones and stop by – when’s school’s out, the party is on!

 

What’s a Mama without her geese? We’re hiring!

Mama Goose is now hiring for a part-time sales associate/buyer-in-training. We’re currently hiring to fill 25-35 hours to start, with an opportunity to become full-time if a position opens up. At Mama Goose, we value hard work, empowerment, accountability, professionalism, growth, and collaboration – and we have really awesome customers!

What are we looking for?

  • Availability of a minimum of 25-35 hours a week.
  • Appreciation of clothing and fashion – your style and choices directly impact the store!
  • Strong communication and people skills.
  • Knowledge of infant and children’s clothing is a plus.
  • Weekend and Thursday availability.
  • Punctuality and reliability – we work and succeed as a team.

Want to learn more about the position? Stop into Mama Goose for an application!

Sustainable snacking solutions for school, camp, picnics and more!

Do you make your own baby food, or want to? Do you freeze purees? Do you pack snacks and lunches for little hands on a regular basis? We have SO MANY good options for you and your family. With Earth Day right around the corner- look to Mama Goose for convenient and eco-friendly options for food storage.

Just in -the baby food mill! It separates seeds and skins from the puree without a lot of cooking preparation. It’s small  and does not require batteries or electricity  – use it at home or on the go!

If you want to make things ahead of time, use these freezer trays with lids to keep things organized and ready.

We have all kinds of solutions for packing and eating on the go. These safe, lightweight, airtight plastic containers won’t leak in the lunchbox, backpack, purse or gym bag.

These cute lunchboxes come with a removable stainless steel insert to keep food cold.

These colorful snack cups and utensils are both made from plant-based plastic! Safer for baby and better for our world. They are great for eating beginners and they are dishwasher safe.