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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Countdown to Baby

I've always been a fan of counting down the days to important events. I count down the days to Christmas, because it's always a happy, joyful time spent with family and I look forward to it. I count down the days to my birthday so that I can prepare accordingly, and not be so shocked when I realize how old I am. And when I was pregnant with my son I counted down the days to his due date, so that I could look forward to the day when I could actually feel and look normal again. Also, I couldn't wait to see my beautiful baby. To make those last few days before giving birth a little more bearable, I think a Countdown Box by Norwood Arts is the perfect thing to have.

A Countdown Box works like an advent calendar: it's one big box that holds smaller countdown boxes, each numbered from one to ten. Ten days before the baby's due date, parents can open box number ten. Then the next day they open box number nine, and so on until the big day arrives and all the boxes have been opened. The boxes are labeled with bright stickers and contain small useful items such as baby shampoo, infant Tylenol, washcloths, nail clippers, socks, booties, and hair accessories, just to name a few. I think the items included are great because in my experience, we tended to focus on making sure we had all the big things like the crib, car seat and high chair. The little things, while just as important tended to get forgotten. Even after the baby was born we had to make last minute runs to the store to purchase some of these things. This is a fabulous gift to give to busy soon-to-be parents, as it's fun to open the boxes each day and gives them something to look forward to.

The countdown boxes come in three themes - you can choose from baby girl, baby boy or gender neutral. For expecting parents who already have children, there is also the big brother or big sister option. The big sibling boxes are a wonderful way to make an older child feel special and included in the celebration of their sibling's birth. These boxes contain fun items such as crayons, stickers, play-doh and other toys. Countdown boxes can also be reused. Box labels are available on the website for free download here.

WANT TO WIN? One winner will receive a Countdown Box. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Tuesday, August 5th at Midnight and tell me what kind of box you would pick. Please include your email address. Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.

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Update - The winner is #61 julie. Congratulations!

95 comments :

  1. Seriously..... I really need this! One less baby gift to buy for everyone that's having a baby soon. I swear there's something in the water.

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  2. What a great Idea, I am expecting my second grandchild soon. This would be great to give to my son and daughternlaw. I would pick the girl countdown box.

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  3. Great idea. I'd go w/the gender neutral boxes.
    gkstratos@yahoo.com

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  4. angelina115@hotmail.com

    really nice prize

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  5. this is so wonderful for a shower gift. I would choose the big sibling girl countdown box.

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  6. This would be the perfect gift for my co-worker. He and his wife are expecting their first baby.

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  7. i like the girl countdown box for my niece

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  8. I would pick the baby girl box. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I would really love to win this. Our little boy is due in December and I just can't wait. I would LOVE to have these to open each day before his arrival. I would choose the baby boy box. Thank you so much for the chance to win such a great prize. ecghick@yahoo.com

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  10. I would love to win a gender neutral countdown box. What a great baby shower gift.

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  11. I would love the baby girl box. This is so cute!Thanks!
    dawnie1973@aol.com

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  12. sounds great i have a cousin who is having her shower in september

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  13. I would love to win this, thanks!

    Jillian Jordan (jordan.jillian@yahoo.com)

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  14. What a wonderful idea! I would choose the gender neutral box because the mom to be doesn't want to know the sex of her baby until it is born.

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  15. I love this idea! How cute to open little presents before receiving the greatest gift of all!

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  16. My friend just found out she's pregnant and doesn't know if it's a boy or a girl but this would be GREAT!

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  17. Thank you! I'd love the gender neutral for my sister who doesn't know what she's having yet :)

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  18. What a very cute idea! I would like the neutral box as well!

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  19. So sweet! I would prefer the gender neutral option. :)

    Thank you.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  20. What a fantastic idea! I'd really like to win the gender neutral one!
    jeepcutie82 at msn dot com

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  21. I'd love the gender neutral one - I'm expecting in September and this would be so fun! Thanks! afdr3d@umkc.edu

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  22. I have a friend who is expecting and she is having a baby boy-so definitely the boy box! :)

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  23. I would likely get the gender neutral boxes. These would be so great as a baby shower gift.

    michelle at northofthe49 dot com

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  24. I would pick the gender neutral box. Great idea...only with me I went two weeks past my due date...so I would have needed a lot more boxes! Ha Ha.

    owatz (AT) telus (DOT) net

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  25. I would love the gender neutral box for a friend who has gotten pregnant after a long haul.

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  26. Great product. I would chose boy. Thanks for the chance.

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  27. what a great idea! I'd love the gender neutral box

    guess its better then the old construction paper ring countdown
    chain, rings all linked together and u rip off 1 ring each day! those were the good ole days

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  28. Too cute and creative!

    kristilb19@Yahoo.com

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  29. I would pick the big sibling boy countdown box.

    gratefulsoul at hotmail.com

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  30. I would pick the baby girl box for my sister who is currently awaiting her little girl.

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  31. I'd love to use this for a shower gift. I'd like the gender neutral set. Thanks!

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  32. I would pick the gender neutral baby box.

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  33. I am going to 2 showers in August, this would be Great!

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  34. I would love the gender neutral box...it would actually count down to Christmas too since the little one is due on Christmas day :)

    mathbook28 at gmail dot com

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  35. My baby girl is due in December and a baby girl box would be a great way to countdown to her arrival when it's finally time - how creative!

    Thanks,
    xpsundell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. I would pick the gender neutral box. This would be perfect for my sister. She is expecting her first child - and you are right it is the little things that we sometimes overlook. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  37. Gender neutral would be the easy choice.
    hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  38. I would pick the gender neutral box b/c I don't find out the sex of our for another 2 weeks! This makes the end of pregnancy fun, thanks!
    gomeggo[at]gmail[dot]com

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  39. i think the gender neutral idea is wonderful. gosh this can be quite the wonderful gift to give when someone is expecting

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  40. I'd pick the baby boy box. Coll idea.

    hafner611 {AT} gmail {DOT} com

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  41. What a terrific idea! I'd pick the 'big sister' set for my daughter!

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  42. This is such a cool idea--I know many people that would love this!

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  43. This is such a great idea! I'd pick the gender neutral box.

    stormraven(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. what a great idea.
    My sister is expecting baby number three. She already has two little boys (2 & 3). this would enable the boys to look forward to their new sibling.

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  45. That's exciting to be able to open a box a day!

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  46. What a great idea! I'm with cula parker - something in the water! I've even been dreaming I'm pregnant!

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  47. Super prize. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  48. New baby in our family!! Would definately not be put out to pasture!

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  49. I would get a gender neutral box for my sis who just got pregnant. Great giveaway, thanks! hellomary018 at yahoo dot com

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  50. This is such a fun idea! I'd pick the gender neutral box.
    doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
    Elizabeth

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  51. Great idea! I like the gender neutral one because I love surprises.

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  52. I would pick baby girl box

    herry123_us@live.com

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  53. My niece is having a baby boy soon, this would be perfect. If I win I would love the Baby Boy Gift Box.

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  54. I would choose the neutral.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. i would pick neutral!

    delorezb@yahoo.com

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  56. thanks. i would pick neutral.

    roro219708@yahoo.com

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  57. Baby Boy Box

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  58. My sister is currently trying to get pregnant after a miscarriage earlier this year. I would love to give this to her when she finds out that she is expecting! She would love it! I would need the gender neutral box if I win. Thanks so much for this great giveaway! ~ countrygirl1823@aol.com

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  59. I'd go with the gender neutral since I dont know what I'm having!
    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at)hotmail.com

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  60. This would be great for my brother and sister in law! I would pick the gender neutral.

    lokeelanee (at)netzero(dot)com

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  61. My friend is having a baby buy soon, and I'm trying to win her lots of stuff! Thanks.

    jkrisken@gmail.com

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  62. I love this idea and the first time I have seen them.I would choose the baby girl countdown box. Too cute and full of surprises. Makes a fun gift,count me in

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  63. What a great idea! Baby girl please.

    Thanks!

    carissaad (at) aol (dot) com

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  64. What a wonderful and unique idea. I am newly pregnant and fell in love with these. I know what you mean about counting down as I think I count down everything from holiday season to holiday season to everything in between. I would love the girl box as I just had my first ultrasound and its a girl!!!!!
    bmagical@cableone.net

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  65. Yesterday I learned that my brother and his wife are expecting another child! this would be a perfect gift for them. Since it's still early, I would have to go with the gender neutral set.

    parksmission@gmail.com

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  66. I would love for the baby boy box since I have a little baby boy arriving in December!

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  67. cdrury@gmail.com
    love the gender neutral one!

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  68. I would pick the Big Sibling Boy Box. That's an incredibly sweet idea to generate excitement for a sibling!

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  69. What a cute idea, too late for me since I'm due on Friday, but would love to do give this to a friend who's due in december!

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  70. PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)

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  71. I would love to have this for my sister. I just had a baby in July. I wish someone would've given me one of these.

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  72. I would love to have the big brother set for my godson. He is going to have a little sister very soon and is going thru a bit of 4 year old anxiety about the whole situation. Thanks!

    sherri419@gmail dot come

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  73. commenting for entry
    cherylfrancisco@hotmail.com

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  74. This looks like fun! If I won I'd pick the gender neutral set for my friend who just found out she's pregnant again! Very unique gift idea!

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  75. I would pick the big sibling boy box because they tend to be left out when the new baby comes.

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  76. What a great concept these Countdown Boxes are! I think the creators are genius! I would love to win this to give to my friend Carol who is expecting her first child in 4 months! What a beautiful Baby Gift idea this is.
    joannaonthelake[at]gmail.com

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  77. Oh, what a wonderful and caring gift!!! I would prefer the gender neutral option. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  78. what a GREAT idea! I would choose the gender neutral set

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  79. I'd love to win this for a friend of mine, I'd pick the girl one.

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  80. What a great idea! What new mom would not love this

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  81. Nifty idea... Neutral gender box pls.

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  82. Good idea. I would like the baby boy box.

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  83. My son and daughter-in-law don't know what the baby will be. I would love to have a grand daughter but either would be a blessing. Thanks for the contest.
    Kathy
    kathleenyohanna@hotmail.com

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  84. I would choose the big sibling boy box
    jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

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  85. I love the girl countdown box!

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