Update February 2013

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

Donald McDermott

Oh, Baby!

Celebrate personal style with Snugli Gear. The line of high chairs, infant car seats and strollers features changeable patterns to suit ever-changing lifestyles. Snugli Gear is a trademark of the Evenflo Company. To choose the look you want, see www.buybuybaby.com.

Plan Your Day

PiNE Calendars introduces its 2013 day planners for moms, students and teachers. New for this year are the DayPlanner Duo for Students, DayPlanner Duo for Moms and PhotoDiary for New Moms. Planners feature easy-to-read text, color coding and customizable pages, and run on Microsoft Word on PCs, Macs, desktops and laptops. Find details at www.pinecalendars.com.

Healthy App-etite

PBS Kids offers exciting educational applications that are perfect for children ages 2-10. Informative and fully interactive, apps include Fizzy’s Lunch Lab, the PBS Kids Video App, Fetch! Lunch Rush and The Electric Company Wordball. To find out more, go to www.pbskids.com.

Keep Them Safe

Give your valentine a gift that can save a life with a Safe Motherhood Kit from IMA WorldHealth. These handy kits make it easier for women in countries such as Haiti, the Congo and South Sudan to safely give birth by providing them with clean and sterile supplies, training on how to prevent infection and warm clothes to protect their newborns. For more information or to order, call (877)241-7952 or go to www.interchurch.org/safe-motherhood-kits.

Tasty Treats

Whether you’re looking for a gift for mom and dad, something yummy for the kids or an idea to charm that special someone, Harry & David has it all for Valentine’s Day. The company that has been providing delicious foods for nearly 80 years is offering a special line of products that are perfect for February 14. From the Gingerbread Luv Shack and Lobster Dinner for Two, to the Heart Cheesecakes, find it all at www.harryanddavid.com.

Gear Up for Winter

AfterSchool.com is fully stocked with coats, boots, sleds, toboggans, toys and activity kits to suit your family’s winter needs. The site has free shipping, a 365-day return policy and gift wrapping. Log online for a winter wonderland of products.

Something’s Brewing

Even if you’re not a morning person, you are sure to appreciate the sleek 12-cup coffeemaker from Black & Decker. The kitchen appliance has great features like a brew strength selector, optimal brewing temperatures, a nonstick “stay hot” carafe plate, auto clean system and fast brew technology. Available in stores and at www.blackanddeckerappliances.com.

Money Talks

Green$treets: Unleash the Loot! is a free app that informs youngsters about saving and spending money. Created by Neale Godfrey, a New York Times bestselling author, the new application for 5-8 year olds uses game play to explore the topics of earning money, donating, saving and reaching fiscal goals. Download a copy from the iTunes store.

More Harry Potter

Harry Potter fans have plenty to be excited about thanks to www.pottermore.com. The interactive fan site is the ideal environment for knowledge-thirsty enthusiasts, as well as an exciting space for new fans to discover and explore the world of Hogwarts. The ever-growing content on the site includes the first three books in the wildly popular series, shopping, interactive illustrations, and an array of free and never-before-seen copy from author J.K. Rowling. Log online to discover more.

D is for Divorce

Sesame Street helps children deal with the issue of divorce by launching Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce. The free online resources is aimed at children ages 2-8 and their families. The online kit provides the tools necessary for little ones to cope with parental separation, a topic addressed for the first time in the show’s 40-year history. Find details at www.sesamestreet.org.

This column appeared in the February 2013 issue.