Family finds: Cool stuff for infants, toddlers and kids (and parents, too)


1. Northwest nights

Just about every new parent out there is familiar with the classic children's book "Goodnight Moon," and many probably know it by heart as part of their baby's bedtime routine. "Goodnight World" puts a local spin on the classic, with beautiful illustrations of Northwest animals by native artists, giving you a chance to bid goodnight to croaking frogs, watchful owls and other woodland creatures.

"Goodnight World: Animals of the Native Northwest" $11.99 Cresswell Boggs 1300 Railroad Ave. 360-752-0522 Cresswellboggs.com

2. Sweet dreams

There is something wonderful and magical about this big gummy bear nightlight. It would look perfectly at home in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, but it will look even better aglow in your child's nursery. There's no way to have anything but sweet dreams when it's lighting up the room.

Gummy goods nightlight $30 Ideal 1227 Cornwall Ave. 360-752-5522 Anidealshop.com

3. Chew-chew

A baby's got to chew what a baby's got to chew. And when babies are teething, the need to chew is particularly strong. When those teeth are coming in, try giving them one of these teething rings made with BPA-free silicone. The varying textures are great for achy gums (especially when chilled in the freezer), and the size means moms can slip them on their wrists for easy access and toss them in the dishwasher when they inevitably end up on the ground.

Life Factory silicone teethers $14.95 Community Food Co-op 1220 N. Forest St. 315 Westerly Road 360-734-8158 Communityfood.coop

4. Laces out

Snuggle up like a pro on Sundays (and Thursday and Monday nights, too) with these fantastically soft football blankets locally made by Cozy Wozy. Pick it up in traditional brown and white, or go for pink for your budding baby girl football fans. Watching the game just got a lot cuter.

Cozy Wozy football blanket $36 Bellingham Baby Company 2925 Newmarket St. No. 103 360-756-2452 Bellinghambabycompany.com

5. Lucky ducky

Like Goldilocks and her porridge, when it comes to babies and bath water, the temperature has to be just right. Too hot can scald and too cold can bring down body temperature, so it's important to stay in that small, ideal range for babies. This ducky thermometer lets you know when the water is just right for your little one so they can splash away safely.

Safety 1st Playsafe duck bath pal thermometer $4.99 Along Comes a Baby 436 W. Bakerview Road, Suite 104 360-671-5523 Alongcomesababy.com


1. Shape up

It's amazing what you can create when you put a few shapes together. A square and a triangle come together as a house, and a couple of circles and thin rectangles could be a bike. With Shapescapes Sculpture in a Box, there's no end to the items you can come up with. The package comes with 90 pieces in different shapes and colors that connect in various ways to create just about anything. It's as fun for adults as it is for kids.

Shapescapes Sculpture in a Box $35 Ideal 1227 Cornwall Ave. 360-752-5522 Anidealshop.com 2. Creamsicle rinse

Turn bath time into a treat as tasty as dessert with these organic bath products that smell just like a creamsicle. Suds up with a sweet shampoo and body wash or run some of the citrusy conditioner through your little one's hair to help glide through tangles. Your kids won't want to get out of the tub, and with a smell so delightful, you won't mind if they stay in a little longer.

Nature's Baby Organics vanilla tangerine conditioner and detangler $9.79 Community Food Co-op 1220 N. Forest St. 315 Westerly Road 360-734-8158 Communityfood.coop

2. Little squeeze

Take your kid's food to go in an easy, squeezy package with these handy Squeez'ems. You can fill the reusable pouches with applesauce, yogurt or veggie purees, with an easy screw-top lid to prevent accidental openings in your diaper bag.

Squeez'ems by Booginhead $8 Kids Northwest 1319 Cornwall Ave. 360-676-6051 Kidsnorthwest.com

4. Block party

Indulge your child's need to stack, knock over and stack again with these jumbo cardboard blocks. The cardboard is extra thick and durable, in bright primary colors and varying sizes to keep your little builder entertained all afternoon.

Melissa & Doug jumbo cardboard blocks $24.99 Yeager's Sporting Goods 3101 Northwest Ave. 360-733-1080 Yeagerssportinggoods.com

5. Chef in training

Cooking with your kiddos can be a rewarding experience, but a mess is pretty much inevitable. Exploding puffs of flour, spilling sauces and batter-covered fingers - you name it. Protect your little chefs with these frilly and fun aprons in kid sizes. If you fall in love with the darling patterns, don't worry: They're available in adult sizes too.

$19.95 Whim Greenhouse 1235 Cornwall Ave. 360-676-1161 Greenhousehome.com


1. Singing in the rain

Don't let a little rain dampen your kid's style. These sweet raincoats will add a little pop to a gray, drizzly day with fun patterns and colors that your kids will get a kick out of. Staying dry in a downpour never looked so good, though it won't protect them if they jump in puddles.

Foxfire for Kids rain coat $37-$39 for toddler and youth sizes Kids Northwest 1319 Cornwall Ave. 360-676-6051 Kidsnorthwest.com

2. To-go box

The days of dull brown-bag lunches are over. This bento-style lunch box turns mealtime into a mini adventure, which little containers for each item. There's a place for everything and everything in its place, sandwiches, veggies, cookies and all.

Laptop Lunches by Bento-ware $15.95-$24.95 Greenhouse 1235 Cornwall Ave. 360-676-1161 Greenhousehome.com

3. Just chill

Keep things cool as a cucumber from morning 'til lunchtime with these penguin hot and cold packs. Yogurt, juice and lunchmeat can be kept chilly, and the sweet penguin and fox shapes are so much cuter than the traditional, boring ice packs.

Kikkerland penguin hot/cold pack $5.99 Paper Dreams 1206 11th St., Fairhaven 360-676-8676 Paperdreamsfairhaven.com

4. Log on

With so much technology and screen time available for kids these days, sometimes it's nice to just go back to the basics. Lincoln Logs are one of those toys that are brilliant in their simplicity; pretty much every kid can have fun with them.

Shady Pine Homestead Lincoln Logs $39.99 Yeager's Sporting Goods 3101 Northwest Ave. 360-733-1080 Yeagerssportinggoods.com

5. Pack up

Put a wild spin on the first day of school with these animal-themed Zoo Packs. Your child can choose their spirit animal from among the menagerie of pack options, whether you've got a busy bee, a dangerous dinosaur or wise little owl. Another perk: these bright bags make your kid easy to spot from behind in a sea of students.

Skip Hop Zoo Packs $20 Wild Blueberries 1106 Harris Ave. 360-756-5100 Wildblueberries-kids.com