Update August 2012

All the gear infants, tots, children and parents need.

Donald McDermott

Get Connected

Boost Mobile welcomes visitors to its virtual Wish Fulfillment Center. Featuring the larger-than-life character 4Genie, the clever new application allows consumers to ask questions 4Genie answers in a video response. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/boostmobile/app.

Berry Special

Moms can indulge in a little me-time thanks to Softsoap Citrus Splash & Berry Fusion body wash. Blending citrus and real raspberry and strawberry extracts, the new shower essential infuses the subtle scent of sweet berries in a moisturizing formula that leaves the senses and skin renewed.

Make a Splash

The traditional rubber ducky is a thing of the past thanks to Hevea’s unique selection of 100-percent organic bath toys. Available in sets of three at www.heveababyusa.com, Hevea’s Pond Bath Toys are made of natural rubber and cast in one piece, leaving no holes, cracks or crevices for bacteria or mold or grime.

Move in Style

Active wear, swimwear and street wear come together in the Dry Dudz collection. Called a must-have by trendsetters, Dry Dudz hybrid shorts meld fashion, function and form to offer a versatile wardrobe essential that transitions from a morning workout to an afternoon swim to a casual evening with friends and back again. See the full line for men and women at www.drydudz.com.

Touch of Glass

PureGlassBottle.com introduces your family to a more environmentally friendly drinking option. Choose a portable, reusable glass bottle to enjoy the taste of your favorite beverage without worrying about spills or the hassles of broken glass because of its slip-resistant design. The recyclable containers come in 17.5-ounce traveler and 25-ounce explorer sizes.

Great Adventures

Take away video games and iPads and let your child dive into a good book. Sagaria (Editions Didier Millet) is an inspiring new tale that takes young readers to a magical world sure to spark the imagination. Copies are available for purchase or download.

Say What?

Time Home Entertainment Inc. and TIME For Kids presents The BIG Book of What? The 192-page title is packed with more than 250 colorful photos, diagrams and fascinating facts for kids ages 8 and older. The tome, which offers 12 mind-blowing chapters on everything from animals and space to sports and the human body, is available at www.amazon.com.

Better Bubbles

Make a sweet tasting splash this summer as Polar Seltzer presents a limited edition collection of delicious seasonal flavors. Escape to a tropical paradise with flavors like Mint Mojito, Pina Colada, Pineapple Passionfruit, Ginger Lemonade and Orange Mango. Drinks are available in select grocery stores through August.

Explore the Outdoors

National Geographic and Uncle Milton Industries join forces to offer a brand-new toy line. Designed to help kids make the most of their summertime adventures, the Outdoor Explorer series includes seven items, each with its own activity guide and recommendations for your child. Perfect for local parks, neighborhood trails, vacation spots or the backyard, the collection is available at Toys ‘R’ Us stores. and www.toysrus.com.

Battle Bullying

Be a Buddy Not a Bully is the theme in a new book series that aims to eliminate the problem of peer oppression. Captain McFinn and Friends Rock! helps children deal with bullying while encouraging good values. See CaptainMcFinn.com for the book, as well as games, a music CD, apps and e-books.

This column appeared in the August 2012 issue.