Update March 2013

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

Donald McDermott

Learn through Play

Mathematics is fun thanks to My First Numbers and the Shapes Math Ball from Exploracise. The new products are specially designed to assist children from ages 1-10 in learning numbers through a series of engaging and educational games. Visit www.facebook.com/exploracise or www.exploracise.com to learn more about the award-winning system.

Hats Off to 75 Years

Random House Children’s Books launches Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!, a year-long celebration of the author’s work. Commencing the homage is the release of the virtual book The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (Oceanhouse Media). The title is also available as a special hardcover edition. The story centers around a king’s fascination with hats. Download a copy for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Sweet on Nutrition

With childhood obesity on the rise— and an abundance of sugary sodas, cereals and candy on the market— ensure that your child receives adequate nutrients with Hero Nutritionals. The brand expands its Yummi Bears line to include even more sugar-free varieties that parents and dentists love. Learn more at www.heronutritionals.com.

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Adoption Assistance

If you are interested in adopting a child, but don’t know what to expect, there is a brand-new website that can help. Home Sweet Homestudy is a valuable resource that puts a feeling of control and comfort back into the hands of hopeful parents-to-be. The site allows couples to anonymously reach out to home-study providers and educate themselves on the process in the comfort of home. Find details at www.hshomestudy.com.

In a Pickle

Looking for a gift or favor for an upcoming event? Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles adds a tasty touch and personal flair to all occasions. Choose from three flavors: Mrs. Pickles (sweet and sour dill), Hot Mama (sweet and sour dill with jalapeño) and Doyle’s Dill (classic deli-style dill). Each order comes packaged in a personalized jar. Shop at www.lynnaesgourmetpickles.com.

Pirates and Patience

Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience: A Captain No Beard Story (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) is the latest entry in the award-winning series by Carole P. Roman. The book takes youngsters on a magical journey aboard an amazing pirate ship, teaching them about resilience. Sure to lift readers’ spirits with its hilarious antics on the open seas, the tome is available at www.amazon.com.

Get Carried Away

Carry little ones around in style with new carriers by BabyHawk. Offering an innovative approach to the ordinary baby carrier, BabyHawk’s line features solid construction, customizable designs, and sizes for newborns, toddlers and children up to 45 pounds. Popular models include Oh Snap and Mei Tai. Ship and order from www.babyhawk.com.

Flying High

Creative young Anguilm brothers, 13-year-old Austin and 8-year-old Preston, created the Fly Guy Brand. The label offers a wide variety of colorful shirts that are perfect for the sassiest of girls and the coolest of guys. Discover the collection at www.flyguybrand.com.

Of Sound Mind

Mindyourmood, a mood tracking application, allows youngsters to record their emotions on a daily or hourly basis. Users can capture how they feel and immediately discuss it with a therapist, doctor or parent. The app helps open the lines of communication so kids can grow. Download the title at www.mindyourmind.ca.

Dinner Done Right

Happy Family, a leading brand of premium organic foods, encourages families to eat dinner together. The brand’s healthy alternatives include chicken, pasta, vegetables and rice for adults, as well as a variety of Happy Tot Meal Bowls for kids. All dishes are fully cooked, packed with protein, and made with 100-percent organic vegetables, whole grains and meats. For details, log onto www.happyfamilybrands.com.

This column appeared in the March 2013 issue.