The Best Bet
Of course every parent would like to plant, nurture, harvest, cook, and lovingly purée every mouthful of food for their babies. The impracticalities of that plan, however, are pretty self-evident. Fortunately, a new line of certified organic baby food called Happy Baby achieves the goal without the complications. Each tray contains twelve frozen cubes of complementary mushes: peas and carrots, squash and apple, or sweet potatoes and pear. The trays are compact and travel easily, which means even during weekend jaunts Junior gets a good meal ($4.99 at Gourmet Garage, 117 Seventh Ave., at 10th St., 212-699-5980).
For the Devoted Gardener
The ergonomically designed water wand has an adjustable nine-speed spray head and lengthens a hose’s reach by eighteen inches, so you can spread the love to those harder-to-reach hostas ($12.95 at Garber Hardware, 710 Greenwich St., nr. Charles St.; 212-929-3030).
A Simplified Beach Bag
This fabric bag has all the right qualities for a seaside tote: It’s lightweight, reversible, and easy to spot from a distance ($95 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St.; 212-223-3569).
Cool Euro Talc
Thanks to its essential oils, Bortotalco absorbs moisture and deodorizes better than most. Sprinkle between the sheets, as the Italians do ($8 at C.O. Bigelow Chemists, 414 Sixth Ave., nr. 10th St.;212-473-7324)
For Space-Challenged Dinner Parties
Most collapsible tables resemble nothing so much as dorm furniture. This zinc-and-steel table seats six and folds away for underbed storage ($1,795 by Bobo Intriguing Objects at ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway, at 19th St.; 212-473-3000).
One-Stop Shopping for Outdoor Entertainment
The Atlantic Terminal Target has everything you need for a successful block party or rooftop BBQ, from a bamboo tiki bar to game gear like this badminton set ($29.99; 139 Flatbush Ave., at Atlantic Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 718-290-1109).