What We Love for Kids

By Julie Seguss 

color scheme

There’s a rainbow of shades beyond the primary colors, and Pantone Mini Board Books aim to introduce your budding artist to these nuances of color. From Fire Truck Red to Duckling Yellow, each of these six little books includes five kid-friendly Pantone hues with fun peek-through shapes in the pages. Ages 1–3 years. $12.95 at amazon.com.

pack pal

Tot heading to preschool for the first time this fall? Send him off in style toting this adorable toddler-size Skip Hop Zoo Packs Little Kid Backpack. Inside you’ll find an insulated pocket to keep snacks fresh and an ID tag on which to write your child’s name. Not a dino fanatic? Pick a penguin, owl, fox, ladybug, monkey or zebra instead. Ages 3 and up. $20 at skiphop.com.

rock ’n’ roll bed to go

The Babyhome Dream Portable Crib is tops for traveling, whether you’re going across the country or around your own home. It boasts a lightweight aluminum frame, an included travel bag and the most genius legs we’ve ever seen—they go from stationary to rocking to wheels with just the click of a button. Cradles baby from birth to 55 pounds. $299 at mbeans.com.

unmatched style

What fun is wearing shoes that match when you can express yourself with a pair featuring two different looks that you love? Chooze Shoes offers an array of subtly mismatched kicks for boys and girls that let kids celebrate creativity—the shoes are even packaged in boxes designed to be colored in by the wearer and reused. And the brand supports antipoverty programs that provide education, skills training and microloans to impoverished women. $44 to $48 per pair in toddler sizes 5 to 11 and youth sizes 12 to 6 (and women’s sizes 6 to 11) at choozeshoes.com.