Weekly Roundup: Back-To-School Must Haves! 8/18 – 8/24

back-to-school must haves

This week’s Roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features more great products for back-to-school: Name stamps, vitamins, language learning game + more! Be sure to scroll through the entire list so you don’t miss any of our new award-winners! All the items you see below won a Mom’s Choice Award during August 18, 2019 to August 24, 2019.

Every week companies, inventors, and publishers from around the world send us their products for evaluation. Only the best earn our designation.

Award-Winning Children's book — Squishy Mats

Squishy Mats

Once your baby starts to move a whole new set of concerns and needs arise in regard to safe play. Squishy Mats are the ultimate solution, providing baby a soft spot to master rolling, sitting and eventually crawling, while also providing a squishy spot for big people to get down with baby and play… comfortably!

The Big Squishy has 16 square feet of sumptuous play area, paired with non-skid backing, and a super soft impact-absorbing memory foam center. Portable, Squishy’s fold in on themselves and Velcro shut. PERFECT for travel, trips to the park or to hide under the couch!

We can’t stop spills and tumbles from happening, but we can make them slightly less uncomfortable.

Gear & Accessories:
Travel

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Sing With Me CD

SING WITH ME is the third CD in the multi-award-winning children’s series RUN ALONG HOME ~ Songs for Kids by Tracy Newman. In true Tracy fashion, this collection is infectious and fun and once again filled with age-appropriate songs that celebrate the unhurried childhood and teach as well as entertain. With plenty of opportunities to sing along, bouncy tunes to dance to, songs about food, dinosaurs, trains, walking for the first time, a new baby sister, horseback riding – this CD has everything and more. Parents will love it, too!

Audio Experiences:
Preschoolers

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Award-Winning Children's book — Sing With Me CD
Award-Winning Children's book — Silicone ID Bracelets

Silicone ID Bracelets

These reusable and waterproof wristbands give peace of mind to parents. Customize them with a name and phone number, then have your kids wear them to stay identified and safe. The ID Bracelets are perfect for field trips, amusement parks, camping or any other crowded events. You’ll never have to worry about the wristband fading or falling off during swimming or bathing and because they’re cute and comfortable, your child won’t ever mind wearing it!

Gear & Accessories:
Safety

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Shoebox Town CD

SHOEBOX TOWN is the second release in the children’s RUN ALONG HOME series – Songs for Kids by Tracy Newman. The songs are a joy to sing; the lyrics are clear and full of pictures; the melodies are easy to remember – they’ll stay with you forever. This CD continues to celebrate the “unhurried childhood.” With time-honored songs that are served up in an uncomplicated manner that young people can understand, it is bound to become the soundtrack of their childhood! Daughter, Charlotte Dean, contributes the original artwork. And, once again, the musical arrangements are fresh and whimsical with vocal harmonies that are candy to the ears.

Audio Experiences:
Preschoolers

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Award-Winning Children's book — Shoebox Town CD
Award-Winning Children's book — Pillowie

Pillowie

Pillowie is part stuffed animal, part extra storage, part pillow! With a large interior chamber to carry the included blanket, a kid’s pajamas, or secret treasure, it’s the perfect companion for sleepy heads around the house or for an adventure beyond!

The pillow is reversible, turning it into a proper toddler pillow with a cover that is cool to the touch and pleasant to rest on. It’s all machine washable, which makes Pillowie the ideal travel kit for kids. It’s great for camping, daycare or a night at Grandma’s!

And there is more! Pillowie is also fun for dress-up, the pillow can be used as a hat and the blanket has snaps so it turns into a cape. Pillowie encourages adventure, heightens imaginations, and provides for a cozy & comforting play experience for kids in all walks of life.

Gear & Accessories:
Travel

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Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck
Written by Alison Paul Klakowicz; Illustrated by FriesenPress; Edited by FriesenPress

Every kid knows that mommies are the greatest. They feed us and take care of us and love us. But did you know they are also so cool! One little boy sure does. His mommy drives a big, red monster truck. It bounces and smashes and takes them on amazing adventures across the USA and world! In her truck, they can do anything… best of all, they do it together! Making memories of a lifetime!

Children’s Picture Books:
Adventure, Adventurers & Heroes

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Award-Winning Children's book — Mommy's Big, Red Monster Truck
Award-Winning Children's book — Mindful Owl  Adventures - Friendships Through Mindfulness

Mindful Owl Adventures – Friendships Through Mindfulness
Written by Annie Ranger; Illustrated by Anna Abramskaya; Edited by Alan Gadney, Carolyn Porter

Siblings, Alexa and Chester learn kindness and compassion with the help of the magical Mindful Owl, and so will your children by the time they’ve finished this charming adventure. This gentle reader-participation book playfully imparts mindfulness and self-calming techniques, inviting children to put their new skills into action on every page. While helping Mindful Owl’s lovable animal friends get along and care for each other, readers will see that no one can go wrong when following the book’s core message, “my heart is full of love and light, guiding me to do what’s right.”

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons

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Max and the Red-Haired Dragon
Written by Amos Knoll; Illustrated by Gerda Sankauskaite

A young red haired boy, Max and a red haired dragon go on a quest to find out why they are different , but only to discover that we are different outside .Yet inside we are all the same , one heart two eyes one mouth and we all have mothers and fathers. Judge people not by their color, gender or appearance, judge people what is in their hearts and mind. We all belong to the same human race.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Fantasy, Myths & Legends

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Award-Winning Children's book — Max and the Red-Haired Dragon
Award-Winning Children's book — Love Never Quits

Love Never Quits: Surviving and Thriving After Infertility, Adoption, and Reactive Attachment Disorder
Written by Gina Heumann; Illustrated by Gina Heumann, Victoria Wolff (cover designers); Edited by Bobby Haas

This is the true story of the hell one family lived through parenting a child with reactive attachment disorder, a severe diagnosis related to children who experienced early-childhood trauma.

Their inspirational story covers over a decade of daily struggles until they finally found resolution and made it to the other side. The family remained intact, and this once challenging son is now achieving things never thought possible.

Adult Books:
Parenting – Special & Exceptional Needs

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Lil’ Loteria: A Lil’ Libros Bilingual Bingo Game

Lil’ Loteria is a fun twist on a traditional classic that turns the game of bingo into a bilingual learning game! Kids learn memory and matching skills plus vocabulary words in English and Spanish. Once the game board is filled with the matching cards, they shout LOTERIA! The first to shout, wins.

Educational Products:
Preschoolers

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Award-Winning Children's book — Lil' Loteria: A Lil' Libros Bilingual Bingo Game
Award-Winning Children's book — Kibby the Space Dog?

Kibby the Space Dog?
Written by Andrea Cassell; Illustrated by Melanie Regier; Edited by NA

Kibby is an adorable, miniature labradoodle that experiences something we all experience at one point in our lives…rejection.

When Kibby has to wear the “cone of shame” due to stitches, children are reluctant to get near him and other dogs ignore him. He is an unhappy dog and really dislikes wearing the cone and its effect on his once joyful life.

Along his journey to recovery, Kibby discovers things that will inspire children to accept who they are and accept others who are different. He learns the importance of not judging others for the way they look.

Kibby’s real life experience inspired this beautifully illustrated picture book, which communicates to children that it’s okay to be different. Author and special education teacher Andrea Cassell hopes that children will celebrate similarities in each other, rather than focus on the differences.

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons

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Kibby Gets a Little Sister!
Written by Andrea Cassell; Illustrated by Melanie Regier Koop

Sometimes it can be challenging when a new baby joins the family.

Such is the case for Kibby, a miniature labradoodle who is enjoying his status as the only dog until his mom brings home a little sister—Olive.

Things get off to a rough start for Kibby, who does not like his routine spoiled. Worse than that, Kibby starts to wonder if his mom and dad don’t like him anymore.

A trip to Doggy Day Care changes everything. Kibby notices that Olive doesn’t know how to play and that elicits his sympathy. He teaches her how to join in and soon discovers that it’s fun to play together.

Kibby and Olive illustrate the challenges, experiences, and rewards that a family may encounter when a new baby enters the picture. For Kibby, there was a period of adjustment, but once again, life is wonderful!

Children’s Picture Books:
Family Life

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Award-Winning Children's book — Kibby Gets a Little Sister!
Award-Winning Children's book — I Can Swing Forever CD

I Can Swing Forever CD

If there were an official anthem to represent the pure joys of childhood, “I Can Swing Forever,“ the opening title track would be it! This debut children’s CD by Tracy Newman (RUN ALONG HOME RECORDS) is an ode to motherhood. From gently active playtime to sleep-inducing bedtime songs, this mix of original and traditional songs is timeless. A great bonding tool for parents, grandparents, older siblings and young boys and girls alike, this beautifully curated collection shows the keen understanding and appreciation of young children. And, so it should. Born straight from Tracy’s years of entertaining kids at her daughter’s school, to singing her to sleep every night for years, these songs provide gentle guidance infused with warmth and humor. Each song has an illustration created by her daughter Charlotte.

Audio Experiences:
Preschoolers

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Custom Clothing Stamp

This personalized clothing stamp labels all your kids’ tag-less garments with just one quick and easy press. The stamp is preloaded with black ink, which means there’s no mess and you never have to worry about a drying pad. Label that pile of clothes at record speed and you won’t have to worry about them getting lost again! 

Gear & Accessories:
Clothing

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Award-Winning Children's book — Custom Clothing Stamp
Award-Winning Children's book — Baby Probiotics

Baby Probiotics

Formulated with 4 widely studies probiotic strains, including Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Baby Probiotics helps to build a strong foundation for baby with friendly bacteria to support digestive health, immune system and healthy skin. Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, the No.1 most studied probiotic strain, is clinically proven to help reduce occasional diarrhea and digestive upset by maintaining balance of bacteria in the gut. Adds with 400 IU Vitamin D3 to enhance calcium absorption and guarantee 4 billion CFU active cultures of probiotics at time of use. Baby Probiotics is flavorless powder that is free of sugar, preservatives, artificial flavor and colors.

Personal Use Products (Skin Care, Health Care, etc.):
Babies

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Baby Calcium+D3

All-in-one formula for baby to build strong and healthy bones and teeth. Each softgel contains 100 mg Algae Aquamin® Calcium, a plant-based natural calcium with studies that indicate 2 times better absorption when compared to calcium sourced from rock. The formula also contains 2 standardized minerals: Magnesium to relieve constipation; Zinc for brain development, and absorption boosting vitamin D3. Easy-to-take twist-off softgels allow parents to easily squeeze the calcium into foods or drinks. Baby Calcium+D3 do not contain any preservative and artificial flavor.

Personal Use Products (Skin Care, Health Care, etc.):
Babies

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Award-Winning Children's book — Baby Calcium+D3
Award-Winning Children's book — Baby Algae DHA

Baby Algae DHA

One softgel daily provides 100mg algae DHA to support baby’s healthy brain and eye development. We use Life’sDHA, a recognized and sustainable vegetarian source of DHA produced from algae. You can trust our products to provide a pure and safe solution when it comes to nutrition, as the DHA has been grown and fermented in a closed and controlled environment. Easy-to-take twist-off softgels allow parents to easily squeeze the DHA into foods or drinks. Baby Algae DHA do not contain any preservative, artificial flavor and color.

Personal Use Products (Skin Care, Health Care, etc.):
Babies

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Bookful

Bookful is the leading AR library for children, using Augmented Reality and 3D animations to bring books to life for children ages 3-9. Bookful makes reading more fun, exciting and helps readers gain a better understanding of the book’s content. Parents, teachers and children love how Bookful turns kids’ screen time into an active learning experience. Through books, educational activities and games, Bookful instils in children a strong passion for reading. The library of books includes well-known titles such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, DK Children’s Encyclopedia, Hey Ho to Mars We’ll Go, Clark the Shark and many more.

Educational Products:
Ages 5 to 8

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Award-Winning Children's book — Bookful
Award-Winning Children's book — Rockit

Rockit

Does your little one wake up as soon as the stroller stops moving? Enter The Rockit! It will keep rocking so you don’t have to! Created to help parents on the go, this handy must-have accessory keeps babies moving and snoozing. Simply attach to your stroller with our universal bracket, push the button, and adjust the speed to gently rock your baby, just like you would by hand. Scientific tests show the vibration level closely mimics the normal hand rocking of a stroller and the subtle yet soothing movement is gentler than a stroll around the block.

Gear & Accessories:
Media, Electronics & Accessories

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