Update February 2012

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

Alanna Weissman

High Style
Make feeding pleasurable for the entire family with the Maxi-Cosi High Chair. Suitable for tots from birth to 50 pounds, the chair comes in attractive Leila (blue) or Piazzo (red) as part of the new baby gear collections recently launced by the design-focused stroller and car seat brand. Complete with seven height positions for every feeding stage, four footrest settings and three recline options, the innovative model truly grows with children as they enjoy mealtime at the table. Parents appreciate the compact design that requires no disassembly for storage and multiple features that make cleaning a breeze, such as the dishwasher-safe tray, easy-swipe harness and surface and machinewashable seat cushion. Find a retailer at www.maxi-cosi.com.

Wrapped Up

More eco-friendly and affordable than disposable plastic sandwich bags, the Wrap-N-Mat is a pouch and placemat in one. The dishwashersafe item locks freshness inside while keeping lunches neatly in place and air and other unwanted substances out. The multipurpose sandwich saver is available in a variety of sizes and styles at www.wrap-n-mat.com.

Sticky Situation

Never lose your child’s belongings again with Mabel’s Labels. The brand offers whimsical, waterproof, highly durable and often laundry-safe labels for clothes, shoes and everything in between. The customized tags stick to a multitude of surfaces and are sold in a variety of styles. Labels for kids aren’t all the brand offers, though. Also consider the Mabel’s organizational labels for adults and “My 411 Wristband,” a disposable identification bracelet that features your child’s name, emergency contact number and any medical conditions. Get stuck on Mabel’s
Labels at www.mabelslabels.com.

Now Read This

An extension of its popular adult line, Out of Print kids’ clothing offers intellectual, tot-sized T-shirts with literary
themes. Sold in three sizes, each shirt displays a classic and often out-of-print book cover on the front. Titles include Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. Read all about additional options by logging onto www.outofprintclothing.com.

Eye on Design
Let your budding fashionista’s imagination soar with FashionPlaytes.com. The site allows kids to design clothing to wear and matching digs for American Girl dolls. Children’s ensembles are then brought to life and shipped to kids’ front doors. Perfect for birthdays, gift certificates are also available. Fuel your child’s passion for fashion at www.fashionplaytes.com.

Shoe Stopping
Accessorize with Boot Hugs by Bandals, decorative fringes that spice up traditional Ugg boots. Adorned with ribbon, feathers, beads and other embellishments, Boot Hugs fit both girls’ and women’s footwear, offering the perfect means for mom and daughter to dress similarly. Easily attachable, the motifs may be worn at different
heights on the boot for ever-changing looks. Shop at www.boothugs.com and look forward to warm weather with Bandals’s interchangeable sandals at www.bandals.com.

Let’s Eat

For active kids too busy to sit down for a snack, the Snack Palette provides a sturdy yet disposable eating surface. The plastic traylike device is shaped similar to a traditional artist’s palette and accomodates both lefthanded and right-handed tykes. Along with a flat portion for food, the Snack Palatte has a cup holder, a ramekin holder and a Fork Lock that keeps utensils in place. Find the on-thego eating solution in five hues and two sizes at www.snackpalette.com.

From TV to Table
Film-loving and environmentally conscious families adore ReMakes, placemats made from reclaimed billboards and movie posters. Because the mats are composed of recycled materials, each set of four placemats, with the exception of the solid black collection, is unique. The company stamps each ReMakes mat with a QR code, which when scanned with a smartphone provides fun facts, green tips and information about the mat’s origin. Visit www.remakes.biz for details and www.abesmarket.com to purchase.

Do You Remember?

Children who use computers for schoolwork should get their hands on the MoH Band. The rubber bracelet contains a USB 2.0 flash drive that enables kids to carry their schoolwork around their wrists! Great for preventing lost hard copies of projects, the band, which is also popular with college students and tech-savvy professionals, is available in more than 20 color variations and can be emblazoned with a school, team, company or event logo. Never forget a document again after visiting www.memoryonhand.com.

Perfectly Packed
Messy lunchboxes become a thing of the past when you start packing food for your youngster’s mid-day meal in Re-Pac bags. The zippered plastic pouches are stain, water, mold and leak-resistant, as well as dishwasher-safe. And, because Re-Pac bags are free of BPA, PVC, lead and phthalates, you can feel comfortable about filling them with your child’s food. Get them at www.re-pacbags.com.

This column appeared in the February 2012 issue.