Update May 2013

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

Melissa Marciano

Mother’s Day Surprise

For moms who love to cook, surprise them with the IMUSA Carbon Steel Wok on May 12. The kitchen essential is a great way to cook healthy meals. Stir fry anything from fish to vegetables and poultry. The wok is created with a non-stick coating that’s safe on both gas and electric stoves and offers a healthier way to prepare family dinners. Available at www.macys.com or www.imusausa.com.

Mind Games

Exercise the brain with SmartGames, IQ Link. Created to stimulate logical thinking skills and challenge gamers of all ages, IQ Link uses a player’s sense of memory to win. And the compact, portable system is great for traveling to the beach or pool as the weather warms. Find details at www.smarttoysandgames.com.

Uplifting Read

It’s important to address topics such as self-esteem and bullying with kids. With Samantha DeGrasse’s Taber is Beautiful (Trafford), kids ages 4-9 years can relate to the author’s life and learn about the importance of anti-bullying and self-worth. The book highlights essential relationships and ways of dealing with personal issues. Order and ship from www.amazon.com.

Safety Seat

If you’re planning to travel in the coming months, then the PLUSH Britax Frontier 85 SICT is perfect for you. It’s designed to keep children safe and converts into a booster seat for older passengers. Most important, the seat is created with Side Impact Cushion Technology for extra protection and comfort. To learn more or to purchase, log onto www.pluslittlebaby.com.

Creative Rooms

Decorate children’s quarters with Pottery Barn Kids. Whether you join the fun at a store or online, the latest collection offers boys’ and girls’ bedding and storage options that keep kids organized in style. Find amazing ways to give your child’s room the perfect last minute touches with creative decorations and stylish accessories they will love. Visit www.potterybarnkids.com for styles and prices.

Fashion for the Seasons

With the warmer months approaching, check out styles from PaigeLauren Los Angeles. The children’s clothing brand presents is spring/summer 2013 Sorbet Collection. Its five signature colors are inspired by the fun and excitement of the seasons. The collection is perfect for keeping babies and toddlers cool, comfortable and en vogue. View the full line at www.paigelaurenbaby.com.

Ridin’ Early

Need a birthday gift idea for your little one? Try giving him something to cherish forever with KinderFeets. The push bike for riders as young as age 2 teaches bike riding sans training wheels. Not to worry as pegs are available to rest feet on when rider’s balance is in question. Find details at www.kinderfeets.com.

Crafty Lessons

Encourage learning all year long with Happy Trunk, a kit filled with a craft and a science project. Delivered on a monthly basis, each trunk includes materials and directions necessary for its activities. Enjoy different themes, too. Register at www.thehappytrunk.com.

Bugs Be Gone

Just in time for summer, the ThermaCELL Repellant Lantern provides up to four hours of protection from pesky insects. The lamp releases an insecticide that is found in chrysanthemum flowers. It’s silent, odorless and perfect for pool parties, barbecues, picnics or hanging out in the yard. To view all ThermCell products or to find a store location, visit www.thermacell.com.

Counting Sheep

Celebrate Better Sleep Month with the Tempur-Pedic Mattress TEMPUR-Choice. The innovative mattress is equipped with multi-zone, adjustable support that’s designed for personal comfort. Control the firmness or softness of the mattress and save comfort settings thanks to a built-in memory feature. To get a perfect night’s rest, shop at www.tempurpedic.com.

This column appeared in the May 2013 issue.