When day turns to night, being in the dark can be scary.
Cloud B's Bedtime on Safari Gift Set shows
sleepyheads that relaxing lights and familiar sounds can be
comforting, not creepy. The set includes a fully illustrated book
and two plush finger puppets (Twilight Turtle and Gentle Giraffe)
to use with the gift box, which transforms into a puppet theater.
$19.95; Adler Planetarium Infinity Shop, 1300 S. Lake Shore
Little piggies can get cold even under the covers. Keep
'em toasty with socks kids can put on themselves. Ez
Sox have reinforced side loops to give tiny fingers a good
grip, and cute friendly-faced animals act as a guide to show which
way goes up. Non-skid bottoms make them safe on slippery surfaces
(think middle of the night potty breaks) and each pair is made
seamless for sensitive feet. $4.99 and up. Piggy Toes, 2205
N. Halsted St., Chicago.
No more monsters with
A Light in the Night. Created
by a mom to comfort her oldest son when he moved to his "big boy"
bed, each gift set includes a board book and plush light-up
creature. $34.95; Yellow Bird, 1515 Sheridan Road,
Catching 40 winks can be hard when you're
an overstimulated newborn. Being wrapped burrito-style in
whisper-soft Australian swaddling blankets makes it easy. Founded
by two ex-pat Aussie moms, Aden +
Anais offers generously sized swaddling
blankets that allow for plenty of gentle airflow. The lightweight
weave lulls little ones to sleep while wicking away moisture and
regulating body temperature, keeping them warm without overheating.
$22 and up. Comfy Bummy, 231 S. Washington St.,
Kicky Pants' all-natural, pesticide- and
chemical-free, eco-friendly Bamboo Basics line gets the crankiest
kids completely centered with sweet Footies with Paws pajamas. Each
pair features flip-paws to prevent scratching, while the insides of
the feet are lined with soft fleece. All are created from
sustainable bamboo fibers that have a natural wicking ability to
keep baby warm, dry and asleep all night long. $30; Maya Papaya &
Tony Macarony, 1917 Central, Evanston.