L.A. Mom Must-Haves

Kids' Gear We Swear By

gear moms shouldn't live without!

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.

phil&teds nest!

Phil&Teds Nest
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.

Twilight Turtle
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!

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.

this week in los angeles!

Robotics Camp

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

Americana Way
The Americana at Brand
Glendale, CA 91210
Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd E
bt Vine St & Cahuenga Terr
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
@ W Shoreline Dr
Long Beach, CA 90802