Update January 2012

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

Alanna Weissman

Floral Fix
Perfect for baby showers, The Baby Bunch offers an inventive alternative to flowers with its gift bouquets, which consist of a miscellany of baby clothes rolled up and arranged among paper and wooden flowers. The beautiful bouquets come in a large selection of colors, sizes and prices. Visit www.babybunch.com to purchase the inventive bouquets and other adorably packaged products.

Baby Bump Watch
Keep track of your pregnancy and your baby’s development with the Bump Diary Pregnancy Planner and Baby Diary Newborn Journals (May Books). The pregnancy diary takes note of weight gain, diet, exercise and other essentials when expecting, while the baby diary lets new moms and dads keep track of sleeping habits, pediatrician visits and reflections. Both journals are made of recycled materials and bound such that pages and the cover stay well affixed over time. Get journaling at www.maybooks.com.

When Pigs Fly
Cartoonist Mike White reinvents the children’s book genre with the all-ages graphic novel Amity Blamity (SLG Publishing). The first in a series, the engaging kids’ read follows 4-year-old Gretchen and talking pig Chester on a life-changing farmland adventure. Buy it at www.slgcomic.com and visit the blog that inspired the series at http://amityblamity.blogspot.com/.

Mix and Match
Fans of paper dolls love Lotty Dotty’s line of T-shirts that feature a dressable figure on the front. Kids use the included Velcro-backed clothing to don the dolls on the eco-friendly T-shirts in a variety of outfits. Each article in the collection offers a signature name and look. Learn more at www.lottydotty.com.

Little Raskullz
Sporty children ages 3-7 stay safe in style with Raskullz 3-D Helmets. Made to resemble animals, the molded helmets are fun and functional. Kid-favorite characters depicted on the helmets include Brainy Bunny, Cutie Cat, Go-Rilla and Shark Attax. Each character is available in three colors. Visit www.raskullz.com to view the entire collection.

Better Bathtime
Simplify diaper changing and bathtime with the bathinette Baby Diego. The elevated changing station and bathtub, which features convenient storage, means you don’t have to bend. Plus, two positions allow your little one to sit or lie down. Baby Diego comes in four styles and suits babies 0-24 months weighing 30 pounds and less. Find it at www.babydiegocollection.com.

Ready to GoGo
Keep your kids informed with GoGoNews, a website that delivers breaking news and current headlines filtered for young viewers. Intended for 7-13 year olds, the site is updated 24/7 and provides a great way to get children involved in what’s going on in the world, covering everything from the state of the planet to foreign affairs. Check it out at www.gogonews.com.

More Math
Help children learn and improve math skills with the MathiGo app for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The app makes the subject entertaining for tykes of all ages and abilities with timed and untimed modes, as well as levels ranging from kindergarten basics to high school concepts. For details, log onto at www.mathigo.com. Buy it from the iTunes App Store.

Too Cool
Meeno Babies protects tots in a comfortable way with the Cool Mee seat liner. The accessory fits car seats, strollers and bucket seats for children ages 0-4. The machine-washable liner keeps children cool, dry and clean without compromising safety, as other seat liners can. Find out more at www.meenobabies.com.

Cute Boots
Children’s feet stay warm and dry all through the winter with en vogue boots from EMU Australia Little Creatures and Baby Boots. The water-resistant footwear is sold in both original and animal styles, like a bumblebee and a koala. Even better, the boots are easy to clean and offer timeless style. View the collection at www.emuaustralia.com.

This column appeared in the January 2012 issue.