the dog owner who has everything, Gucci has put its posh imprint
on a Frisbee.
The designer dog
toy is made of rubber and comes in fire-engine red with an
embossed bone on the topside for easier gripping. Price:
Romeo X-Metal sun specs are the shades worn by Cyclops
in the upcoming feature film, The X-Men.
pair pictured here won't contain super hero-style energy
blasts (a la the movie version), the gold iridium lenses
will protect your peepers from nasty ultra violet rays
and the titanium frames will stand up to toughest treatment.
only do sports watches look tr�s cool, they offer impressive
Nike's Typhoon. This digital timepiece offers typical day,
date and stopwatch functions. Plus it's wired to monitor high-
and low-tide levels for 175 beaches around the world. And
even if you never put a toe in the surf, you'll love the look
in bold blue, army green and khaki color options. Price:
Keeping it together is easy with Motorola's Timeport 935P.
$300 two-way pager lets you send and receive pager messages
as well as e-mail, while also storing your contacts and schedule.
The slick silver device is small enough to fit in your breast
pocket, and includes infrared technology for beaming phone
numbers and other info to similarly equipped gear.
For those spots-like the beach, the camp
grounds or the ball field-where you don't want grit and
water to muck up your camera,
snap shots with
Minolta's Vectis Weathermatic Zoom. This Advance Photo System
camera is a no-brainer (with auto-focus, auto advance...basically
auto-everything), and it's waterproof to depths of up to
33 feet. Price:
retro-chic way for the harried mom to remain on top of her
Kate Spade's organizers store phone numbers, schedules and
to-do lists on exclusive Filofax-like paper inserts. Prices
start at about $195.
schlepping kids here, there and everywhere, a long soak
in a hot bath is the perfect way to unwind.
Philosophy adds color to the downtime with its Rainbow
Connection bubble bath set, a mix of seven aromatic and
vibrantly hued liquid soaps with names like "I have,"
"I love" and "I trust." She'll
want at $45.
get her morning jolt from the funkiest looking espresso machine
on the planet-FrancisFrancis X1.
The Italian-designed appliance comes in a range of kitchen-friendly
colors, including orange, olive green, powder blue and white.
A unique filter system that uses pre-measure packets of coffee
promises a perfect espresso with minimal hassles. The unit
also has a hot water dispenser when the mood for teas strikes,
plus a spot on top for stashing espresso cups. Check it out
at productopia.com. Price:
$350 to $500
Herman's Hawaiian Print tote is the stylish way to lug sunscreen
and sandwiches to the beach.
It features bamboo handles and just enough cushion to keep
breakables safe. Check it out in red, black or green 1950s
tropical prints at Girlshop.com ($50). And stuff it with a
copy of The Mother Trip: Hip Mama's Guide to Staying Sane
in the Chaos of Motherhood. This follow up to the cult classic,
The Hip Mama Survival Guide, puts the ups and downs of parenting
into perspective. You can sneak a peek, too.
Sony's MZ-E90 in flashy red metal is the wold's
smallest minidisc player.
She can hop, skip or jump with the portable music machine,
but won't miss a beat thanks to a 40-second shock memory.
You may buy K2's Kickboard for your kid, but
we guarantee you'll be more than tempted to take the hybrid
scooter/skateboard for a spin.
The deck is pot-hole ready, thanks to wood and fiberglass
construction, but maneuvering road hazards is made easier
by way of a steering rod and brakes. Price:
adventuring gets up close and personal with Wild Planet's
Bin Aqua Lars.
This swim mask
(designed for pools, lakes or the deep) features flip-out
binoculars that magnify objects up to four times their
At $300, the sculpted aluminum tricycle from Back to Basics
is the Porsche for the toddler set.
But before you balk at the price, the slick trike will last
for generations--even with the toughest tikes behind the wheel--and
it converts to a two-wheeler for greater mileage.
Tikes has put a fresh spin on the backyard sprinkler.
Sprinkler performs the usual water tricks with a bonus-it's
a game. Balls in four different colors travel down
a spiral tower and shoot in the air in a six-foot
column of water. Each player picks a color and tries
to catch the respective balls, while also attempting
to snag their opponents balls and tossing them back
into the spiral. He who amasses all his balls first
If you're not up for spending $2500 on Sony's
Aibo robotic dog,
Tiger Electronics offers the puppy pound equivalent. Its
Poo-Chi cyberpet in grey plastic with iMac-colored ears
and tail, trots around, wags his tail, flaps his ears-all
that cutesy doggie stuff, but without the doggie messes.
Another endearing feature: Pet a spot atop Poo-Chi's head
and his red, heart-shaped eyes illuminate affectionately.
for only $30.
check out Civitas.org.
Its a wonderful non-profit organization dedicated to providing
new parentsthats you dadwith the latest tools
and leading edge research. Their just- released video, "Begin
with Love," is narrated by Oprah Winfrey and gives fathers
equal playa rarity. You can order itand other recommended
books and videos-- through the Civitas website. Next up: "Fathers
Matter." Well keep you posted.
A terrific companion to your childs early years is the
newsletter "Growing Child." It follows every
step of your sons or daughters lifewhat to
expect, how to cope. Its both a joy to read and highly
it at: 1-800-927-7289, or write: Growing Child, 22 North Second
Street, PO Box 620, Lafayette Indiana.
Two bibles to get you through the night: Healthy Sleep Habits,
Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth, M.D. and Fatherhood
by Kyle D. Pruett M.D. The first to help you and your infant
get some rest; the second to remind you why its all worth
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