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Stuff We Like: Just For Fun

Check out our most recent lineup of favorite products for kids, featuring everything from an adorable critter towel from Apple Park to the new album, Little Nut Tree from kiddie musician Dan Zanes. We're also loving Pottery Barn Kids' The Very Hungry Caterpillar bedsheets, and BellyWashers fruit juice punch.


Critter towel from apple par

Under the Hood

What could be cuter? Your toddler peeking out from one, of course. Wrap her in luxury in these hooded Critter Towels from Apple Park -- choose from a ladybug, bumble bee, butterfly, or caterpillar -- they're all made from eco-friendly, lush cotton and bamboo and are ideal for bath, pool, or beach. ($39 each;




We're Jammin'Dan Zanes and friends little nut tree album cover

Little Nut Tree is the long-awaited follow-up to the Grammy-winning Catch That Train! from Dan Zanes and Friends. Ever popular in Brooklyn and beyond, Zanes and his crew of collaborators perform throughout the year to fans young and old. "When I started making family music, or 21st century all-ages social music, I wanted to try and create the updated version of the Folkways records I grew up with. They had a homespun mix of old and new songs from a variety of traditions that sounded like they were recorded on someone's farm," says Zanes. Our verdict: successful -- and highly danceable. And smile-inducing. The guests this time around include singer/violinist/whistler Andrew Bird, West African group the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Zanes's long time friend Joan Osborne, and more. The sounds run the gamut from reggae-like beats to folksy, funky, and soulful -- or, as Zanes himself promises, "groovy." ($12.52,; release date September 27)

Lullaby, and Goodnightvery hungry caterpillar bedding from pottery barn

Eric Carle's children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar is beyond beloved at this point: Having sold more than 30 million copies worldwide since it was first published in 1969, it is now said that a copy is sold every 30 seconds somewhere in the world. Vibrant illustrations of the hungry little title character, tasty leaves, a glowing sun, and butterflies are all happy images recognizable to your kids -- the art creates playful prints on bedsheets or delicate appliqués on pillows. (Pottery Barn sheeting comes in twin, full, and queen sizes; $16.50-$139; pure cotton decorative pillows, 12 x 16", $24.50 each;



Sip on Tbellywashers and tummyticklershis

These juices are 100% all-natural with no added sugars -- but that's not all: Their spill-proof lids are cute characters your kids will instantly recognize, serving sizes are age-appropriate based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the bottles are BPA-free and un-squeezable (no exploding juice boxes!). BellyWashers 100% juice fruit punch for ages 5-10 and TummyTicklers 100% apple juice for ages 3-5 ($2.99 each); TummyTickler Tots apple juice (40% reduced sugar juice pre-diluted with purified water) for ages 1-3 ($1.99 each; available at Toys R Us, 7-Eleven and Walmart.







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Dawn M. Roode was formerly editorial director of NYMetroParents, where she launched the award-winning semi-annual magazine Special Parent. She was managing editor at Parenting, BabyTalk, Child, Harper's Bazaar, and Latina magazines. She is a strategic content specialist and currently writes and edits parenting, health, travel, and special needs features for various media outlets. Roode is mom to one son and recently relocated from Brooklyn to the suburbs of New York City. Follow her on Twitter @DawnRoode.

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