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

Zoku

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 in practically no time at all. The Zoku Quick Pop Maker allows users to do just that. Moms can have popsicles of any kind ready for their kids […]

Moms Gear: Feeding time just got greener, cleaner

baby bibs

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 folds. With the arrival of my second son this spring, I’ve sworn I will be smarter and use a […]

Rewarding reading: Keep your kid reading this summer

summer reading rewards

Disney FamilyFun magazine Encourage your kids to read all summer with an add-a-bead bookmark. At the beginning of the summer, buy beads that your child will find enticing: letters that spell out his name, for example, or some shaped like bugs or animals. Tie one plain bead to the end of a yarn lace, and […]

Get some help with sleep training your baby

Goodnight Sleep Trainger

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 climb that is sleep training with the Goodnight Sleep Trainer. Sleep training involves maintaining a balance between letting a baby cry […]

Apps: The Kick to Pick app names your baby

iPhone app

McClatchy-Tribune As a parents, you know that an iPhone can be a great distraction for a grumpy child on a long trip, a handy way to keep in touch with your family, and now, it can also take care of your very first parenting decision _ what to name your child. The iPhone app Kick […]

Mom’s gear: Babba Cover

baby seat cover

By Colleen Diskin PRODUCT: Babba Cover “Airy” car seat sun-blocking cover MANUFACTURER: Babba Cover HOW MUCH: $50 WHAT: Chemical-filled sunscreens aren’t recommended for infants, so many parents resort to using ill-fitting blankets as a sunblock over strollers and car seats. This cotton cover is lined with a fabric that has an SPF/UV-blocking rating of 40 […]

Moms gear: Home spa products to pamper yourself

black rice soap

McClatchy-Tribune HARNN Asian-inspired home spa collection includes products for skin and hair, massage oils, candles and more. Active ingredients common in HARNN products draw from herbal medicinal knowledge and include rice bran oil, pomegranate, lemongrass and black tea. Its products have become popular in Asia and Europe, and are now being sold in the U.S. […]

Snack to the Future: Healthy treats for our growing kids

Nature'z Candyz

Trae Bodge Snacking not only staves off hunger until the next meal, but it provides much-needed energy for kids. The only problem is that most snacks for kids aren’t very healthy. So what’s a parent to do? Micki Sannar, a world-renowned chef and author of the cookbook Olive Oil Desserts, says that when his kids […]

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

FashionPlaytes.com

Rod Hagwood Where is the next generation of fashion designers coming from? Maybe your home. 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. She can even have an avatar […]

These games will keep your kid’s minds active while school is out

Quatro

McClatchy-Tribune Help your kids avoid brain drain this summer with these two games from Marbles: The Brain Store. In Quarto, outwit other players by lining up four pieces with common characteristics (i.e., four tall pieces or four pieces of any height that have the divot in the top.) But your opponent chooses the piece you […]