Update July 2013

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

Kristan Morley

Dare To Dream

Nightmares are no longer a worry before bed with Judy Laufer’s new book, Last Night I Had a Laughmare: Bedtime Adventures in Gigglyville (Little Egg Publishing). Gigglyville is a world of vivid illustrations and rhyming remedies that will mesmerize your children from beginning to end. Hoping to end nightmares and create “laughmares,” this book opens the imagination gates before bed to have your child waking up happy. Pick up a copy at www.littleeggpublishing.com.

Breakfast Love

Bring a touch of love to your breakfast with the Heart-Shaped Waffle Maker by Babycakes. Four, heart-shaped waffles bake in mere minutes with this new non-stick design. Use any waffle mix, and serve the golden waffles with your favorite toppings at the table or in bed. Included with the waffle maker are 50 wooden waffle sticks, a measuring cup, a metal shaker for powdered sugar, and a manual with recipes. This is a breakfast that will bring a smile to the entire family. Learn more at www.thebabycakesshop.com.

Calling All Single Fathers

Introducing Single Effort: How to Live Smart, Date Better, and Be Awesomely Happy (Scruffy Olive LLC) by Joe Keller. This book offers a glimpse into the mind of a man and includes topics like dealing with divorce, how to meet women, online dating, cooking, and much more. Benefit today from the abundance of advice in Single Effort, which is available at www.bn.com.

Four-Minute Noodles

Need the perfect housewarming gift? The new Rapid Ramen Cooker makes healthy ramen noodles quicker than ever. One cup of water and a microwave is all the Cooker needs for a fast and delicious meal. It is also the perfect gift for new college students. Visit www.rapidramen.com to buy the device online or Safeway to purchase it in store.

Don’t Drain Your Brain

Engage your children’s curiosity this summer with Kiwi Crate’s Summer Discovery Pack. The three-month pack offers everything your children need to explore flight in June, water in July, and nature in August. Turn boring days in front of the television into a full scientific discovery. Constructing a kite, sailboat, and night sky lantern are just a few of the projects your children will enjoy. Explore more at www.kiwicrate.com.

Acceptance is Key

Kim Heaton Ramsay’s new book Will You be My Friend? (Authorhouse) is a new way to help educate your children on physical, cultural, and religious differences in schools. The book centers around Marley the Mouse wanting to make new friends. She encounters four, very different creatures and becomes friends with them anyway. Colorful illustrations help show acceptance in a whole new light. It is available at www.authorhouse.com.

Cold Water for Pets

Keep your pets cool and refreshed during the heat of the summer with the innovative FrostyBowlz. The freezable inside of the bowl called FrostyCore is made of nontoxic gel. Place the stainless steel bowl over the frozen core, and fill it water for your pet’s refreshingly cold hydration all day. FrostyBowlz is also portable. Learn more at www.frostybowlz.com.

Baby Bib Fashion

Embelle Baby Bibs has announced four new styles for 2013. Check out the Outdoorsman, Doctor, or Pink Camo bib designs. All of the bibs are made of 100-percent, prewashed cotton. Check out the rest of the novelty bibs at your local Target.

Early Science App

Have you been searching for a fun and educational app for your preschooler? Introducing Sid the Science Kid - Sid’s Slide to the Side, a new app for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch. Mindshapes created this app to promote scientific exploration and discovery. Your children will be able to play games, see action video clips, and uncover many other activities. Sid the Science Kid offers an engaging first look at the science curriculum. For more information, check out Apple’s app store.

Wrap with Go

Moby Wrap is selling a new collection item called Moby GO. The GO is designed for older babies with strong head and neck control. This wrap has a wider seat, and it helps keep your baby’s knees up, removing any pressure to the spine. It is also comfortable for parents to wear with an adjustable belt, easy-to-reach buckles, and wider straps that crisscross around your back. Carry your baby hands-free for longer, and visit www.mobywrap.com to learn more.

This column appeared in the July 2013 issue.