Summer fun and games: A couple of new toys to help fend off the summertime doldrums

Base Camp Shelter kids toy

Provided by Summit Base Camp Shelter, $35, at www.summittoysshop.com. Disney FamilyFun magazine It’s bound to happen sometime during the summer break – no matter how overscheduled the kids seem – they will at some point begin to complain of boredom. That’s when you can break out these two items. You will be Hero Mom for […]

Moms Gear: Make quick and healthy fruit popsicles for you and the kids

Zoku

Provided by Zoku The Zoku Quick Pop Maker allows users to freeze treats of their own making in just seven minutes. It is available for $49.95 from www.zokuhome.com. Maggie O’Neill Being able to freeze a popsicle to readiness in seven minutes should appeal to any mom, but especially those wanting to provide a fruit-based treat […]

Get some help with sleep training your baby

Goodnight Sleep Trainger

MCT The Goodnight Sleep Trainer helps keep exhausted parents keep track of their sleep training. It is on sale at www.thinkgeek.com. McClatchy-Tribune New moms and dads know their lives will never be peaceful again until they have a full night’s sleep without a huge struggle. Now you can get a leg up in the difficult […]

Rewarding reading: Keep your kid reading this summer

summer reading rewards

Ed Judice: Disney FamilyFun magazine At the beginning of the summer, buy beads that your child will find enticing and add a new bead to a yarn lace each time he finishes a book. Disney FamilyFun magazine Encourage your kids to read all summer with an add-a-bead bookmark. At the beginning of the summer, buy […]

Moms Gear: Feeding time just got greener, cleaner

baby bibs

MCT These organic bibs have three cute text language messages on them. They are $36 for three at www.textmessagebaby.com. Melissa Schweiger Kleinman I remember so clearly all the milk that dribbled down my son’s chin during feeding time, finding their way into hidden crevices that could only be uncovered after digging deep into his neck […]

Mom’s gear: Babba Cover

baby seat cover

MCT This cotton cover is lined with a fabric that has an SPF/UV-blocking rating of 40 to 50. The sides are made of a mosquito mesh that will keep bugs out while letting air in to keep the baby from overheating. Available at Buy Buy Baby stores or online at BabbaCo.com. Price: $50. By Colleen […]

Apps: The Kick to Pick app names your baby

iPhone app

HO The iPhone app Kick to Pick allows your unborn baby to assist it in finding just the right name. The app is available in the iTunes App Store for .99 cents. McClatchy-Tribune As a parents, you know that an iPhone can be a great distraction for a grumpy child on a long trip, a […]

FashionPlaytes.com allows girls to become fashion designers – and other sites for fashion wannabes

FashionPlaytes.com

MCT FashionPlaytes.com allows girls to flex their burgeoning fashionista muscles by choosing a basic garment (dress, T-shirt, hoodie, pants) and then add her own flavor by selecting the color, ribbons, appliques, rhinestones, ruffles or buttons. Rod Hagwood Where is the next generation of fashion designers coming from? Maybe your home. FashionPlaytes.com allows girls to flex […]

Moms gear: Home spa products to pamper yourself

black rice soap

Provided by Harnn The HARNN Exfoliating Black Rice Soap with vegetable carbon helps detoxify and deodorize. It is made from rice bran oil, palm oil, coconut oil, herbs, essential oils, and no preservatives. For all skin types. It is $6.99 for a 3.5 oz. bar at www.harnnusa.com. McClatchy-Tribune HARNN Asian-inspired home spa collection includes products […]

Moms Gear: The Bobble filtered water bottles allows you to fill up without fear

Bobble water bottle

Photo provided by Sprint Corbis The Bobble filtered water bottle comes in different sizes and colors. The 13oz. bottle is $8.95, 18.5 ounce is $9.95 and the one liter bottle is $12.95. A family pack with one of each size is $31.85. Replacement filters can be purchased separately at www.waterbobble.com. Emilie Lucchesi Many moms carry […]