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Mommy Must-Haves

MINI contributing editor Jennifer McCurry shares ideas for little somethings every mom will love.

BY September 20, 2022

Take It Outside

If your children revel in the outdoors as much as mine, invest in this Outdoor Activity Center by Wood Designs. The nontoxic acetylated wood frame is weather resistant, so it won’t warp or rot. Removable compartments offer ample storage for toys and the durable tabletop can withstand roughhousing.

outdoor activity center toy by wood designs
(Photo Courtesy Wood Designs)



Lilly Pulitzer’s shift dresses have been a staple in summertime wardrobes since the brand’s  1959 debut. The Mommy and Me collection includes Palm Beach-inspired prints for littles, crafted with machine-washable poplin, perfect for Florida temps. Stock up at the Lilly store at Waterside Shops or at C. Orrico on Third Street South.

Mommy and Me matching dresses
(Photo Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer)


Splish Splash

Minnow is one of my favorite brands for children’s clothing—especially swimwear. I love their sweet, understated designs. The swim trunks fit perfectly, hitting right above the knee for unobstructed play. And, though the brand is California-based, their styles feel very Old Florida (fittingly, they photographed the Spring 2021 collection at The Gasparilla Inn & Club on Boca Grande). I love the Boys’ Palm Green Boardie with pockets (pictured).

Kid bathing suits by Minnow
(Photo Courtesy Minnow,)


Sitting Pretty

For newborns to toddlers, this Italian-made, multifunctional Peg Perego Siesta Highchair has nine height positions, five reclining seat options and an adjustable footrest. The compact design is sleek with juicy colors like orange, lime and raspberry (my favorites). It’s portable, easy-to-clean (with a dishwasher safe tray line) and made to last, so the $329 price tag is well worth it.

Siesta Hi Chair for infants and toddlers
(Photo Courtesy Peg Perego)


Play Things   

For a screen-free, imagination-enriching playtime, reach for Magna-Tiles Magnets. The primary-colored, translucent shapes are STEM-approved—encouraging problem-solving and team-building skills. My twins received their first set when they were 3; now they build entire villages together. Parents, rest assured, these safe and durable products are made from nontoxic paints and BPA- and latex-free plastic. 

Non toxic, BPA and latex free kids toy
(Photo Courtesy Magna-Tiles)

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