Brillant German know how, but not yet available to the US market. The Rocky crib is piece of furniture with long term usability, as it adapts to the growth and needs of an active child. At first it is both a cradle for baby, and a rocking-chair for parents, combined into one. As the child grows the cradle can be rotated 180° and later has the capability if turning into a child’s bed. Using the bedrail there is a boundary for even greater safety.

We find so many wonderful products around the world, but importing them is often difficult as they do not always meet US standards.

Next September is another opportunity for us to discover great new products for kids at the Kind + Jugend 2012 show in Cologne, Germany.

For more German Know How, you can know how to bake up these traditional German Kipferil cookies in your own kitchen.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vanilla-infused granulated sugar
  1. Using a food processor, pulse together flour, almonds, 1/4 cup of vanilla-infused sugar, and the salt. Add butter and vanilla extract and pulse just until the mixture comes together like bread crumbs, about 30 seconds. Turn out and press dough into a ball. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Shape 1 tbsp worth of dough into crescent shape, tapering ends slightly.
  3. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake about 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool on racks for about 10 minutes.
  4. Place remaining vanilla sugar in shallow dish. Turn crescents in the sugar to coat. Allow to cool completely on racks.

Makes about 50 cookies.