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., Chicago.
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; polarynopyretusa.com.
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, Schaumburg.
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., Niles.