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Accessories Brush & Learn® - Brushing teeth has never been such fun. These musical toothbrushes teach children to brush the right way, while humming to songs about the ABCs, 123s and barnyard animals. When the song ends, brushing is done, which ensures a thorough job each time. Plackers® Kids, $4.99; www. plackers.com; 3-5 years. Lay-n-Go - Play for hours, clean up in seconds! Lay-n-Go is an all-in-one activity mat and storage solution that offers kids and parents a great way to easily manage their toy collections at home or on the go. Lay-n-Go, LLC, $64.95; www.layngo.com; all ages. Mobi AnimaLamp Portable LED Light - Changing table light, nightlight, reading lamp – the Mobi AnimaLamp will give you years of use. Cool LED bulbs, soft-touch adjustable brightness, one-touch operation and built-in rechargeable battery make it the perfect light for the entire family. Mobi Technologies, $24.95; www. getmobi.com; birth and up. 1 • Central California PARENT • June 2012 25 Products As a parent, you want to do your best, with the best child-rearing tools and resources available, but who has time to navigate the sea of possibilities online and in stores to find top-quality products? SnoozeShade Original - No more draping a blanket or sweater over the stroller to block out the light. This shade’s got you covered. Made of breathable fabric, it provides maximum protection from the sun, allowing for comfortable napping anywhere, any time. Snooze Shade, $34.99; www.snoozeshadeusa.com; birth and up. X-celeRacers by Stride Rite X-othermal - Stride Rite, the brand parents have trusted for years, introduces a sturdy outdoor shoe for your little guy, with an extrawide opening for easy on and off. Lightweight cushioning provides comfort and flexibility for those rugged adventures. Sizes run from preschool 8.5 to “big kid” 3; medium and wide. Stride Rite, $45; www.striderite.com. Tiny Love Soothe ’n Groove Mobile - Babies will be soothed to contentment with nature and “white” sounds, and 40 minutes of music. The brightly colored animals rotate individually on the mobile so that Baby always sees a smiling face. Other pluses include a music shuffle mode, calming nightlight, baby activation button and varied volume control. Detach the music box for toddler playtime. Tiny Love, $54.99; www.tinylove.com; birth and up. Award-Winning That Bring Out Your Parenting Best Our 2012 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) for Parenting Resources bring information about award-winning products to you so that you can spend more time being an award-winning parent. Our expert judges and parent testers have given the Goldaward winners described here the once-over and singled them out for quality, innovation and usefulness. The winners include finds that educate, entertain and assist. Visit www.NAPPAawards.com to discover other NAPPA-awardwinning products in our Silver and Honors categories. ZAZOO Photo Clock - Images of a sun and moon will teach your child whether it’s time to rise and shine or keep slumbering, resulting in a good night’s sleep for both child and parent. The clock is fully customizable and grows with your child, becoming a digital photo frame, alarm clock and music player once sleep time is mastered. ZAZOO LLC, $89.99; www. zazookids.com; 2 years and up. Gadgets ’n Gear 4moms Origami Stroller - This innovative stroller folds and unfolds with the touch of a button. It also features cell phone-charging and mileage-counting capabilities, an interactive LCD screen, generators in the rear wheels that charge the stroller’s accessories as you walk, daytime running lights, pathway lights for lowlight conditions and sensors that detect when a child is in the seat. All mom testers agreed – it’s worth the splurge. 4moms, $849.99; www.4moms.com; 6 months and up. Aqueduck - Little ones can wash their hands with ease with this faucet extender. Aqueduck is portable and easy to install, and encourages hand-washing independence. Available in pink or blue, it fits most bathroom faucets. Peachy LLC, $12.99; www.peachyco.com; 18 months and up. Buckle Guard PRO - Finally, a product that prevents children from unbuckling the seatbelts that secure their car seats, giving parents peace of mind while driving. The “Push and Turn” child-safety cap is FDA-approved and fits most buckles in today’s vehicles. McNaughton Inc., $8.95; www.mcincshop.com; 18 months and up.
Outback - Our testers rave about this durable carrier, which is practical, compact and comfortable for both baby and parent. Features plenty of pockets, supportive waist belt and straps that tuck away neatly. Onya Baby, $149; www. onyababy.com; birth to 75 pounds. Piyo Piyo 7-Piece Baby Food Processor Set - An inexpensive way to make a quick, fresh and healthy meal for your baby. The processor comes with a pestle, mortar, grinding lid, grinding board, filter, juicer and feeding spoon. All pieces are BPA-free, a snap to clean and stackable for easy storage. Piyo Piyo, $17.69; www.piyopiyousa.com; 5 months and up. QuickSmart Easy Fold Stroller - “No assembly needed” is what busy parents want to hear! The revolutionary folding system on this stroller will get you out the door in seconds. Steering is a breeze, even if maneuvering with one hand. Fits children up to 45 pounds. Includes a rain cover for instant shelter. QuickSmart, $219.99; www.QuickSmartGo.com; 6 months and up. Natural & Green All Natural Baby Chest Rub and All Natural Kids Cough Syrup - The chest rub (for ages 3 months and up) is petroleum- and menthol-free and contains a blend of essential oils that boost immune function. Families will love the wonderful scent of eucalyptus and lavender. The caramelbanana-flavored cough syrup (for ages 18 months and up) includes antioxidant-rich buckwheat honey, nine immune-support ingredients, and is food-based so there are no harmful side effects. Maty’s Healthy Products, $7.99/$8.99; www.matyshp.com. The Honest Company Diaper Bundle - Baby’s tushy is never exposed to harmful chemicals with these 100-percent nontoxic, chlorine-free, sustainable and plant-based diapers. They offer a contoured fit, free of irritation, and are from The Honest Company, which offers other ecofriendly essentials (many of which are NAPPA winners) through a monthly subscription service. The Honest Company, about $20 per week; www.honest. com; birth and up. Naturepedic No-Compromise Organic Cotton Lightweight Crib Mattress - Changing baby’s crib sheet shouldn’t be a pain – literally. This lightweight mattress is made of organic cotton layers, providing firmness and comfort without the unnecessary weight. Made from Naturepedic’s exclusive patent-pending wavesupport technology and pure foodgrade polyethylene. Naturepedic, starting at $259; www.naturepedic. com; birth to 18 months. Peter Rabbit Organics - A quick, healthy snack that kids love with no mess? Who can say no to that? These BPA-free pouches contain 100-percent organic fruit and vegetables with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. New flavors include Pear/Apple, Banana/Apple, Pear/Pea and Pumpkin/Carrot/Apple. Peter Rabbit Organics, $1.79; www.peterrabbitorganics.com; 6 months and up. Parent’s Corner 101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make - Children can make clever presents for family and friends the old-fashioned way – with their hands! Great layout, easy-to-read instructions and a huge collection of age-appropriate projects for hours of fun. By Stephanie R. Mueller and Ann E. Wheeler, published by Gryphon House, 2012, $19.95; www.gryphonhouse.com. The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family - From the editor of Wired. com’s GeekDad blog comes the follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Geek Dad. Fuel a curious young mind by tackling some do-it-yourself projects that inspire children to proudly think like a geek. By Ken Denmead, published by Gotham Books (A Member of Penguin Group USA), 2011, $18; www.geekdadbook.com. Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self-Sufficient Teens in the 21st Century - Parenting teens is different today, with all the distractions of technology and daily life. Learn to raise your teen while encouraging independence, self-sufficiency, confidence and resilience. By Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., and Susan Fitzgerald, published by Avery Books (A Member of Penguin Group USA), 2011, $16; www.us.penguingroup. com. Life360 Family Locator - Parents can breathe a little easier with this app that gives smart phones the capability to locate family, set up a private, crossplatform channel for communication and identify nearby threats. Features include messaging, alert, check-in capabilities and an easy-to-read map of nearby safe points such as hospitals and police stations. Life360, free; www.life360.com. The Miracle Ball Method for Pregnancy - Say goodbye to backaches, indigestion, sore feet, difficulty sleeping and that postpartum belly. This program is designed to help women deal with the pains, stress and physical changes of pregnancy. By Elaine Petrone, published by Workman Publishing, $19.95; www.workman.com. The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum - Sending your son or daughter off to college is never easy, especially if he or she has an autism spectrum disorder. This valuable resource serves as a beacon of hope, providing college-bound students and their families with the information they need to succeed. By G. Ruth Bork, M.Ed.; Lisa King, MEd; Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D.; and Lorraine Wolf, Ph.D., AAPC Publishing, 2012, $23.95; www.aapcpublishing. net. SAY WHAT YOU SEE for Parents and Teachers (e-book) - Who said children don’t come with handbooks? This quick, how-to guide offers practical tips for communicating effectively, setting boundaries and using acknowledgments instead of constant praise. By Sandra R. Blackard, published by Language of Listening, 2011, $2.99; www. languageoflistening.com. Zenergy Starter Kit - Zenergy is a yoga program with a multi-class DVD (and a teacher’s resource CD) that features superheroes teaching the poses and empowering kids to stay strong in adverse situations. Infusion Wellness, $75; www.infusionwellness.com; 3-5 years. Meet the Judges • Donald Gallo, Ph.D., ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist and has worked for Kaiser Permanente as their autism spectrum disorder diagnostician for the past 10 years. He is the author of Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Lifespan Perspective (John Wiley and Sons, 010). www.thedoctorsgallo. com • Alexandra Kent is the purchasing manager and public relations specialist for Nubius Organics, a webbased seller of natural, organic and green products that promote eco-friendly living. Kent identifies and researches healthy, Earth-friendly products and shares her findings through social media. www. nubiusorganics.com • JJ Levenstein, M.D., FAAP, is the founder of Boulevard Pediatrics in Encino, Calif., and serves on the clinical staff of two hospitals. She was named one of the Best Doctors in America®, 00 through 011, and is also the co-founder of MD Moms, creators of Baby Silk, the first pediatrician-developed personal care line for babies. www.mdmoms.com • Stephanie Mihalas, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, and founder of the Center for Well-Being: Psychological Services for Children, Youth and Families in Los Angeles. She presents at national and state conferences and has contributed to several books. www.askdrstephanie. com • Jason Mracky is a safety expert and owner of Boo Boo Busters Inc., a consulting firm that identifies and prioritizes baby safety issues in homes. Mracky identifies common hazards and specializes in homes with difficult layouts. www.booboobusters.com • Penni Seller, Psy.D., LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than years of experience. The creator of a social skills program implemented at several schools, Seller also has a private practice helping families deal with issues at home and school. www.drpenniseller.com • Linda Rowley Thom, M.Ed., is the Elementary Special Education Director for California’s San Ramon Valley Unified School District Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) and oversees programs for students from birth through fifth grade. • LeeAnn S. Weintraub, M.P.H., RD, is an author and registered dietitian in Los Angeles, providing nutrition counseling and consulting services to individuals, families and businesses. She specializes in pediatric nutrition, weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular health, kidney disease, digestive disorders and disease prevention. www.lsmithrd. wordpress.com June 2012 • Central California PARENT • 1