Some people’s morning chitchat revolves around rehashing their late-night shenanigans. Ours tends to focus on our night-night escapades. To wit: our list of must-have products to share with mom friends over a cup of coffee.
Aden + Anais Mela Bamboo Swaddles
Wrap baby in lightweight, breathable muslin ($40 for three) for a snug fit with natural air circulation. The addition of silky bamboo fibers gives just the right touch of cool for hot SoCal nights.
Next time your fear of getting stuck on the freeway interferes with nap time, plop baby down in this lightweight travel bed/gear carrier ($100) and stay put.
Unless you live at Griffith Observatory, stars are a rare sight. A modern night-light ($30) brings the constellations inside with three color settings and a timer.
Combi Chopsticks for Kids
Pack a pair of spring-loaded training chopsticks ($6.50) on your next visit to Katsuya and watch as your little learns to love sushi.
H2-Whoa Drawing Board
We don’t know a single toddler who isn’t gaga for this doodle board. Spend a lot of time in the car? Don’t leave home without it.
When you’re bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, check out all our favorite finds for bath time, bedtime, and playtime.
What: Future engineers (ages 7-10) learn about motion, radio control, and mechanism design while building their own take-home robot.
Why: The summer’s best transformers.
When: Thru Aug. 26.
Where: Rolling Robots, at The Americana at Brand, 757 Americana Way (818-241-2308). Register online at rollingrobots.com. Weeklong session, $299.
Beethoven’s Wig Concert
What: Kids learn to love classical music while singing along to lyrics like “Beethoven’s wig is very big” at the rollicking show.
Why: You could just play that Wiggles CD again.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.
Where: Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., b/t Vine St. & Cahuenga Terr. (323-461-3673). Tickets online at fordtheaters.org. Adults and teens, $5; kids 12 and under, free.
Aquarium Family Sleepover
What: The whole brood keeps busy overnight with crafts and tide pool animal touch time, followed by breakfast with the resident seals and sea lions.
Why: It’s better where it’s wetter.
When: Fri., 5 p.m.-Sat., 7 a.m.
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, at W. Shoreline Dr., Long Beach. Call 562-951-1630 for reservations. Ages 5 and up, $60 per guest.
Photos: Rayes / Getty Images; Courtesy of Phil&Teds; Courtesy of B. Toys