25 must-have parenting products for Chicago families


For the nursery

Baby Touch 2 Digital Color Video Monitor

[Pictured] Peace of mind is what parents can count on with this state-of-the-art baby monitor. Easy to install, the touch-screen monitor controls the nightlight and the camera's pan and zoom, and shows the temperature of Baby's room. Parents love the talk-back feature and the ability to add up to three additional cameras to monitor mulitple rooms and/or children. Summer Infant, $249.99, www.summerinfant.com, Birth to Kindergarten


Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight Crib & Toddler Mattress

Weighing just under 7 pounds, this eco-friendly mattress is 100 percent waterproof, fits snugly into standard-size cribs can be recycled, guilt-free! Firm to the touch, it guarantees Baby a comfy slumber. Lullaby Earth, Starting at $169, www.lullabyearth.com, Birth to Kindergarten


Monster Buddy

Snuggle time just got better with this memory foam body pillow for kids. Shaped like a friendly monster to keep fears at bay, this naptime friend has a flannel blanket tucked into a hidden pocket, and a zipper closure for easy washing. Two Hippos LLC, $65.99, www.wallbumpi.com, Preschool to Early Elementary


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