Babbles, shrieks, screams, and hiccups that sound like squeaky toys: Every night, your little bundle brings the noise.
Quiet her with Flensted Click-a-Mobiles. The Danish designs dangle peacefully overhead, with no noisy motors or music. Choose from six colorful styles (cars, sailboats, trains, kittens, airplanes, butterflies), each with a modern, Calder-esque feel.
Mobiles are packaged flat and semiassembled on strings and thin wire hangers. All you have to do is fold and click the lightweight components together for a 3-D effect.
Seen from below, they appear to flutter, soothing Baby.
Welcome to the sound of silence.
Available at Hadley, 1205 West Webster Avenue, at Racine Avenue (773-883-0077). To see styles, go to flensted-mobiles.com.
Oots Lunch Boxes
What: Sleek, Dutch-designed lunch box comes with inner containers and fits a bottle of water under the handle.
Why: Feast your eyes on this.
When: Give paper the sack.
Where: The Kids’ Table, 2337 W. North Ave., b/t Claremont & Western Aves., Bucktown (773-235-2665).
Fifth Annual Sock Monkey Madness Festival
What: Take a road trip to Rockford (home of the sock monkey) to make and buy the stuffed toys and attend the Third Annual International Sock Monkey Film Festival.
Why: Chimp your ride.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd., at Perryville Rd., Rockford (815-397-9112).
Garden Buddies Spring Celebration
What: Kids (ages 2-6) plant seeds, hear stories, and make spring-themed crafts in an indoor garden.
Why: It’s a blooming good time.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-noon.
Where: Kilbourn Park & Organic Green House, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., at Cornelia Ave., Old Irving (773-685-3351).