One sleepyhead’s lullaby (crashing waves from a sound machine) is another child’s nightmare.
Tune into something more musically inclined with a Woon iDoll. The plush bedtime companions are what happens when a Sleep Sheep meets an Uglydoll meets your iPod.
Just customize a soothing playlist on your MP3 player (we found a combination of ’80s lite rock and John Denver worked like Ambien), set the volume (remember, it will be muffled by the doll), slip it into the side pocket, and use the Velcro loop to attach it to the crib, car seat, or stroller.
Though the little doll isn’t flawless (it took us awhile to get our iPod in place without triggering different playlists), it certainly mirrors our parenting sensibility better than any fuzzy animal with womb noises mysteriously emanating from its belly.
In other words, it’s anything but a snore.
Little Me Tea
What: Instead of giving them sugary drinks, quench their thirst with the caffeine-free, antioxidant-filled quaff created by a local mom.
Why: It’s kid approved.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 2-6 p.m.
Where: Aristeacrats, 178 E. Crogan St., ste. 250, Lawrenceville (678-629-3991); online at littlemetea.com.
Summer Puppet Series
What: Troupes from around the country perform tales both familiar and new.
Why: Pick up a puppet kit ($4) and make some magic of your own.
When: Thru July 23. Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Sat., 10 a.m.; Wed. & Fri., 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell (770-594-6232). Tickets online at roswellpuppets.com. Adults and teens, $5; children 2-12, $4.
What: Stroll the grounds of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, make crafts with natural materials, and learn about plants on the guided tour.
Why: Get a bird’s-eye view from the Canopy Walk.
When: Thru Aug. 28. Event, Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; tour, Sat., 10:30 a.m.; crafts, Sat. & Sun., 2-4 p.m.
Where: 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Midtown (404-876-5859). Adults and teens, $19; children 3-12, $13; under 3, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Woon