By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein
It’s that time of year again! Start the school year on the right foot with these must-haves for every stage of academia.
My Tot Clock
Sleep deprivation is not just for new parents. Ensure a good night’s sleep for mom, dad and your little one with My Tot Clock. This all-in-one sleep aid, alarm clock, nightlight, and timer for children ages 2+ teaches little ones when to sleep (blue light) and when it’s okay to get out of bed (yellow light). It also plays bedtime stories, lullabies, fun wake-up music, and even white noise (like ocean sounds)! As an added bonus, My Tot Clock has a light blue light for nap time, a red light for timeout, and a green light for any positive timed activity. Perfect for those young enough to start learning a daily routine, but not old enough to be able to tell time. And it’s very easy to program and comes with a handle your child will love to hold on his way to Grandma’s house. Visit http://www.mytotclock.com to learn more about this life-saving gadget (that comes with a money back guarantee)!
Epilady Lice Zapper
Ok, so this isn’t the most glamorous product to discuss but it could be the most necessary. This chemical-free and cost effective solution to getting rid of lice should be a part of every family’s medicine cabinet. The Lice Zapper from Epilady detects and kills lice on contact, while simultaneously grooming the hair. The tight comb is electrically charged and releases a discharge that kills the lice on contact. And unlike some Epilady products of the past, it does so without causing harm or discomfort to the human they are attached to! It is child-friendly, safe and easy to use, not to mention very effective. Visit http://www.epiladyusa.com.
THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT
Dry Erase Tangrams from Mead
Mead’s Dry Erase Tangrams are a fun and convenient way for kids to learn at home or on the go. Tangrams are seven basic geometric shapes that combine to make limitless designs and provide children a fun way to practice math concepts while developing spatial reasoning skills. This box of fun and educational math concepts comes with a dry erase marker and answer key, making it the perfect travel companion. Be sure to check out a variety of products from Mead to help children practice spelling, writing and math skills at http://www.mead.com.
You don’t have to wait till next summer to break out the Crocs! Did you know that Crocs features a variety of shoes for all ages for all different purposes? Check out these adorable sneakers available in tons of cool colors. The Dawson Easy-on Sneakers have a washable suede upper so you can keep their shoes looking great for the school year. These playground-perfect shoes have an easy-on, hook-and-loop closure and the Croslite material is light while the rubber outsole pods improve traction and durability. Visit http://www.crocs.com.
THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LUNCH PACKER
AUTOSEAL® Kids Stainless Steel Scout Cup from Contigo
There’s nothing worse than an unreliable travel cup. Thankfully, Contigo has come up with a myriad of drinking cup solutions that moms will absolutely love. The Contigo AUTOSEAL® Kids Stainless Steel Scout Cup is vacuum insulated to keep drinks cold for up to 7 hours. This 100% spill- and leak-proof kids cup uses patented AUTOSEAL® technology to prevent accidental spills. The easy press and release button is even easy enough for a young toddler to use. The top rack dishwasher safe lid is one piece, meaning no loose parts to have to replace and it’s made of 100% FDA-approved, BPA, Phthalate- and PVC-free materials. Visit http://www.gocontigo.com.
Stainless Steel Lunch Containers
With great colors and fun designs, everyone in the family will want to carry their lunch in the Litter Free Lunch Kit from New Wave Enviro! This kit has an insulated shell, four BPA-free airtight food containers (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large) and a 15oz BpA-free bottle – everything you need to pack a fresh, healthy lunch. The bottles are dishwasher safe and the bag can be washed in a washing machine. Another awesome product from this company is the Seriously Safe Stainless Steel Food Container with Tinted Lid. No chemicals, No toxins, No taste. They’re resistant to stains and corrosion, they’re durable and rugged and perfectly designed for everyday use. Go ahead and throw them in your bag – they won’t open until you open them! Visit http://www.newwaveenviro.com/.
THE COLLEGE BOUND
If your new college student is in need of an easy and convenient way to get her caffeine fix before a long night of hitting the books, try the trendy and stylish Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo. This compact single-serve gadget has the power to whip up 16 different hot and cold beverages in mere seconds. The sleek, compact design makes the Piccolo a perfect fit for those tight, narrow dorm spaces, while a custom control lever allows you to adjust the strength of your brew. Who needs to go bar hopping when there are custom Cappuccinos and Lattes in your dorm room?
Have a great school year and we’ll see you at graduation!