April showers bring, well ... you know. Cosmotot gathered up the
latest local finds to make mornings spent puddle jumping as sweet
as settling down for a stormy night's sleep.
There's no such thing as bad weather when you have
Crocs' Crocband Hi Lined kids
boots. Each pair combines retro styling and rugged construction to
make splashing a cinch. An easy on/off slip-on design, elastic
goring and comfy, antimicrobial croslite foot beds give growing
feet ergonomic support. $24.99; Crocs Store, 123 S. State St.,
Puddle jumping is required with Classic Stripe Rain
Boots from Swedish-based Polaryn O. Pyret.
Specially designed to let kids perform put on/pull off duty
themselves, each 100 percent rubber pair features rounded tabs for
easy grabbing and a reinforced heel for stability and support. $28;
Give a rainy afternoon a touch of mouse-eared magic while
keeping little ones dry with the Disney Store's bright and
cheerful Minnie Mouse
raincoat. Polka dots, a decorative pink belt
and bow and a Minnie Mouse appliqué add pop, while a front snap
closure, fully lined interior, side pockets and an ID label lend
stormy weather practicality. $29.50; Disney Store, Woodfield Mall,
Everybody needs a chum, and when the pitter-patter of
raindrops on the roof makes the playroom seem extra cozy, the
stuffed variety will do just fine.
Blabla, a marvelously offbeat,
artsy collective turned kid-minded company, makes its line of
handmade dolls from all natural fibers, grown and hand-knit by a
cooperative of Peruvian artisans. With a cache of friendly-faced
woodland, domestic and even fantastical creatures, there's plenty
of pals to snuggle, gum and love. $36-$46; Land of Nod, 900 W.
North Ave., Chicago.
Kids seem to outgrow books as fast as they outgrow
clothes, but every now and then, a dog-eared favorite like
"Goodnight Moon" manages to stick around the bookshelf. Zoobies
came up with a way to make the sleepy-time staple even harder to
resist with the introduction of a polite and refined
Storytime Pal Goodnight Moon
bunny plush pillow. From his soft rabbit ears to his smart
striped pajamas and coordinating fleece blanket zipped right
inside, bringing Margaret Wise Brown's storybook character to life
every night has never been sweeter. $35; C. Foster Toys, 36 E.
Hinsdale Ave., Hinsdale.
Drifting off to sleep under the cozy covers, whether it's
naptime or bedtime, becomes even more relaxing with
Putumayo Kids' Acoustic
Dreamland. The soothing collection of
"unplugged" songs for sleep include pieces by celebrated
singer-songwriters, along with songs originally recorded by the
Allman Brothers, James Taylor, Wilco and Mary Chapin Carpenter,
among others. There's even a read-aloud, mini-storybook for parents
and kiddos to share. $14.98; Target, 6150 W. Touhy Ave.,