Cosmotot’s top April kid product picks

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.

April showers bring, well … you know. Try these local finds to make the most of those mornings spent puddle-jumping.

There’s no such thing as bad weather when you haveCrocs’ 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.,

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Puddle jumping is required with Classic Stripe RainBoots 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;

Classic Stripe Rain Boots

Give a rainy afternoon a touch of mouse-eared magic whilekeeping little ones dry with the Disney Store’s bright andcheerful Minnie Mouseraincoat. 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,

Minnie Mouse raincoat

Everybody needs a chum, and when the pitter-patter ofraindrops on the roof makes the playroom seem extra cozy, thestuffed 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.

Blabla dolls

Kids seem to outgrow books as fast as they outgrowclothes, but every now and then, a dog-eared favorite like”Goodnight Moon” manages to stick around the bookshelf. Zoobiescame up with a way to make the sleepy-time staple even harder toresist with the introduction of a polite and refinedStorytime 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.

Storytime Pal Goodnight Moon

Drifting off to sleep under the cozy covers, whether it’snaptime or bedtime, becomes even more relaxing withPutumayo Kids’ AcousticDreamland. 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.,

Putumayo Kids’ Acoustic Dreamland

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