Update October 2011

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

Alanna Weissman

Cooler Ruler
Interactive and educational, How Big is the Lion? (Workman) by award-winning artist William Accorsi comes with a functioning ruler. Colorful images and captivating rhymes keep kids entertained, while the story encourages children to measure the animals illustrated throughout the engaging read. Help teach your tykes measurement in both inches and centimeters by getting the tome at www.workman.com.

Apple of My Eye
California brand Apple Park has a slew of fun new items. The Little Picnic Pal Collection features five adorable plush animals inspired by the books of the same name. Each animal is also sold as a kid-sized beanie and a pair of booties, transforming your child’s accessories into fave Picnic Pals. The eco-friendly line is perfect for a fall day at the park. Shop at www.applepark.com.

Excellent Exercise
Evenflo ExerSaucer bouncy seats for babies come equipped with dozens of mind-stimulating toys. The easily transportable, all-in-one activity centers keep tots happily occupied for hours while providing mental and physical exercise. Find Evenflo products at www.evenflo.com.

High Five
If your tween is hankering for a way to make a quick buck, look no further than Fiverr. The Web site allows young (and not so young) entrepreneurs to post tasks they can accomplish and to respond to specific requests, ultimately earning $5 per deed. Whether it’s singing, crafting or cleaning, there is something every kid can do for earning potential. Sign up your child at www.fiverr.com.

Great Green
RECYCLO-GAMI: 40 Crafts to Make Your Friends GREEN with Envy! (Running Press) permits kids to be eco-friendly in style. By providing ways to upcycle old items, such as turning an old bedsheet into a scarf or an empty box of chocolates into a jewelry box, RECYCLO-GAMI’s ideas save trash from a landfill while also keeping cash in your wallet. You’ll think twice before buying a new scarf, jewelry box or other useful item or fashion accoutrement. To purchase, log onto www.runningpress.com.

Curl Perfection
Keep your curly haired cutie’s tresses in tip-top shape with Ouidad’s KRLY Kids products. The gentle variations on Ouidad’s popular hair fixes for those with curly manes keep children’s ringlets both healthy and gorgeous. View the full line of products at www.ouidad.com.

Dogs Go to Heaven
K. Anne Russell’s Buddy’s Tail (CreateSpace) informs children ages 9-12 of a necessary yet difficult life lesson. While reminding kids to appreciate our four-legged friends, the story about a big-hearted poodle allows children to understand death in a gentle way. Meet Buddy at www.buddystail.com.

Sensing Hope
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, join a pooch named Mo in Mo Smells Pink (Mo’s Nose, LLC) by Margaret Hyde. The tome invites readers to follow a real-life rescue pup as he explores the world through the sense of smell. Push-to-smell technology brings pink scents like pink grapefruit bubble bath, pink peppermint stick ice cream and pink jasmine, as well as a whole lot of fun. Ten percent of proceeds are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Order the title from www.mosnose.com.

Swaddle Away
Little Giraffe’s Muslin Swaddling Blankets are super soft and great for on-the-go new parents. Muslin and Bella, the brand’s other new line, add to Little Giraffe’s wide collection of cuddly, award-winning blankets, pillows and towels. See what all the hype is about by logging onto www.littlegiraffe.com.

Monster Mania
Get set for Halloween by shopping Manhattan Toy’s line of Kreechers. The plush monsters come in 13 styles and multiple sizes, granting just the right balance of scary and sweet. Enter the Kreechers Klub at www.manhattantoy.com.

Cyber Cookies
iPad-owning parents of young cookie connoisseurs now have the opportunity to download more than 50 scrumptious recipes from Martha Stewart. Packed with how-to videos, ingredient lists that may be e-mailed and colorful content, the Martha Stewart Makes Cookies App is available on the iTunes App Store for under $10.

Alanna Weissman is an editorial intern.

This column appeared in the October 2011 issue.