Update May 2012

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

Donald McDermott

Oh Baby!
Make your next special event even sweeter with Babycakes creations. Specializing in tasty, bite-sized treats, the company presents colorful new appliances to cook mini cupcakes, whoopie pies, personal pies and doughnuts. To purchase, visit www.thebabycakesshop.com.

Training Time
Munchkin, Inc. offers the new Arm & Hammer® 3-in-1 Potty Seat. One of the most sophisticated toilet training products, it features built-in flushable wipes, a disposable Arm & Hammer deodorizing disk and a removable seat for use on a standard size toilet. Additionally, it can transition into a stepping stool to help kids reach the sink. Available at Target and Babies “R” Us. See www.munchkin.com for more information.

Coveted Cozies
Keep your child safe, warm and stylish with a Max Daniel blanket. Popular among celebrity moms, Max Daniel creations are known for funky, eye-catching prints and soft and luxurious materials. The collection of completely machine washable products has recently expanded to include security blankets, burp cloths and adult size blankets in exotic animal designs. Check out all they have to offer at www.maxdaniels.com.

Shrink the Stink
Young readers fall in love with the title character in Stinky Stew (CreateSpace) as he spends his day getting sweaty and dirty, only to face his most dreaded enemy, the bath! Inspired by author Beth Capodanno’s son’s personal shower struggles, the tome offers up a solution to get all tykes to enjoy squeaky clean fun come bathtime. The book is available at www.amazon.com.

Model Behavior
Safari Ltd. presents an educational line of action figures that is pleasing to the eye and easy on the wallet. Kids may choose from more than 45 different themes and an array of creatures, including great whites, gorillas and dinosaurs. Collections are great for school projects and liven up your child’s playroom. Learn more at www.safariltd.com.

Movie Magic
Paramount Pictures joins Universal Pictures to create the PercyFX app for the iPhone, iPad and Blackberry. The wildly popular mobile application allows consumers to insert personalized texts and images into movie clips, merging technology and film to create a personal take of users’ favorite flicks. Top films to customize include Back to the Future, American Pie and Bridesmaids.

Deliciousness
Learn how to transform ordinary cookies, cakes, marshmallows and cupcakes into beautiful edible delights in Sugarlicious: 50 Cute and Clever Treats for Every Occasion (Harlequin Nonfiction). Readers learn the basics of baking a cake, working with fondant and edible pens, and developing original ideas for special events. Gobble up your copy in stores or online.

Where Love Happens
The fun of playtime and the power of technology come together to form Lapiluv. Created by a mom, Lapiluv is an amazing wearable activity center that lets parents play with their child by combining traditional developmental toys with technological innovations, such as baby-appropriate apps via smart phones and tablets. Changing the way children and parents interact, Lapiluv is available at Amazon and www.lapiluv.com.

One Magical Story
Encourage your little ones to unplug from today’s latest gadgets and take an amazing journey to the mysterious world of Sagaria (Editions Didier Millet). The latest novel in the Sagaria Legends series, the enchanting tale offers adventure and lessons on friendship. Buy a copy at your local bookstore.

Move in Style
Crawlings, a New York-based creator of children’s accessories, makes getting around more comfortable for your toddler with a brand new line of kneepads. Comprised of breathable, stretchable materials that feature 11 embroidered designs, the kneepads protect kids as they learn to navigate through the big and wobbly world. For more information or to view the entire collection, see www.crawlings.com.

This column appeared in the May 2012 issue.