v. Spending hours researching gear and toys online, only to become more freaked out and confused than when you began (see also: WebMD syndrome).
If this defines your buying habits, head to Leoleno in Winnetka. The new shop whittles down the overwhelming world of kids’ goods into a few favorites from each category, including strollers, bedding, games, and furniture.
Owner and mom Catharina Maerklin looks to her Euro upbringing when stocking simple yet imagination-stirring playthings like wooden puzzles and blocks and cardboard playhouses. When it comes to big purchases, options are both durable and sleekly designed (Teutonia car seats, Leander cribs, Likeabike balance bikes).
We love how Maerklin provides gentle, honest advice to customers about what has worked for her family. Of course, you can also tap into the wisdom of new-mom friends by attending one of the frequent story hours, music classes, or parenting talks.
Consider it time well spent.
Leoleno, 976 Green Bay Road, at Merrill Street, Winnetka (847-446-1100 or leoleno.com).
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Parents’ Night Out
What: Drop off the kids (18 mos. and older) for ballet and hip-hop lessons, crafts, and music.
Why: Walk to Turquoise Restaurant for date night.
When: Fri., 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Baby Take a Bow, 2223 W. Roscoe St., at Bell St. Reservations (required) to 773-904-7377 or firstname.lastname@example.org. First child, $45; siblings, $20.
Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies
What: The tyke-friendly, local band lays down everything from swing to rock to samba in a live gig.
Why: Tons of call-and-response fun.
When: Sun. Doors, 11 a.m.; show, noon.
Where: Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., at Hoyne Ave. (773-281-4444). Tickets online at ticketweb.com. Adults and children, $7.
The PJ Library
What: Expand kidlet’s bookshelf by signing up to receive a free, age-appropriate Jewish CD or book in the mail each month.
Why: You can never have enough bedtime stories.
When: The next jammie jam.
Where: Online at juf.org.
Photo: Courtesy of Leoleno