Update January 2013

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

Jesse Berberich

Confessions of a 1920s Teen

After inheriting the diaries of her great aunt Doris Bailey, author Julia Park Tracey wrote I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen 1925-1926 (iUniverse.com). The book illustrates that adolescence, romance and heartache are timeless sentiments still present today. Readers follow Bailey through the flapper era as she flirts, kisses and dances with boys, falls in love and gets her heartbroken. To experience a piece of history, visit www.amazon.com.

Classic Lit for Kids

Cozy Classics is an innovative series of children’s books that respectfully illustrate some of literature’s finest works. Children explore vocabulary and timeless ideas and themes while gaining an understanding of characters. Cozy Classics are available at www.mycozyclassics.com.

Eco-Friendly New Year

Go green with the Green Garmento’s line of laundry and tote bags. Designed to reduce the amount of single-use plastic, which is dumped into our waterways, bags are useful for travel and everyday chores. For details, go to www.thegreengarmento.com.

Daddy Gear

Many diaper bags are designed with mom in mind, offering limited styles for men. Daddy Diaper Pack from Daddy Scrubs aims to please the man of the house. The carryall is black and versatile, including side pockets for bottles, pouches for clothes and diapers, and compartments for other belongings. For more information, see www.daddyscrubs.com.

Picture Perfect

CanvasPop transforms your most cherished Facebook, Instagram and iPhone photos into beautiful canvas prints. Hang your frozen moments of time in the home and admire them for years to come. Affordable and heartwarming, CanvasPop creations are available at www.canvaspop.com. Enter PARENTGUIDE at checkout to receive 25 percent off your order until February 15.

Hot Cooking

Instantly add style and elegance to grills and serving plates with Circle Barbecue Skewers from Home Wet Bar. These curly-cue, non-stick metal skewers are incredibly easy to clean. To order a pair and add pizzazz to mealtime, visit www.homewetbar.com.

Brighten Up Your Life

The vibrant colors that Vintage Marquee Lights emit are perfect for rooms frequented by little ones. With a variety of hues, letters, numbers and custom fonts available for purchase, the decorative line provides more than just light for your family. Shop at www.vintagemarqueelights.com.

The Seed

The Seed by Jason Whitney teaches kids about the importance of understanding our paths in life and the bumps encountered on the way. This is an issue many struggle with at some point in time. The tome follows a young seedling that journeys to reach its destiny.

Timeless Toys

Once Upon a TreeHouse homemade toys are high-quality children’s playthings. Every doll is hand painted and sewn with incredible attention to detail. The company only uses cotton fabrics and natural wool. Browse the collection at www.onceuponatreehouse.com.

Dress for Success

Created by Gary Osborne and named after his two kids, Oliver & Adelaide is a new online subscription service that specializes in curating American-made clothing, furnishings and toys for newborns and toddlers. The service also offers seasonal products, customization, personal consultations and hand delivery of products in reusable packages. For more information, visit www.oliverandadelaide.com.

This column appeared in the January 2013 issue.