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Bug off

This is the time of year when parents start to get nervous about mosquitoes. The media starts talking about scary, mosquito-borne illnesses, and suddenly every time you hear that high-pitched whine in your ear, it’s a life-or-death mission to find and eviscerate the perpetrator. Despite the hype, most mosquito bites are harmless. But they’re itchy and annoying no matter what, ... Read More »

Mini-ABC Wrap Up

Last week, I made a quick trip to Louisville, KY to take a look at the ABC Kids Spring Conference. This is the second year that ABC, who produces the massive juvenile industry show each Fall, has mounted this event. It’s a small show, especially compared to the behemoth in Las Vegas, but it’s only for specialty retailers who have ... Read More »

Glass, you’ve never looked better

I’m not a mother. But as the writer for Magic Beans, it’s my job to think like one. And despite not having kids, there are several products we sell that I absolutely love. My new favorite? The Glass Beverage Bottle from Lifefactory. This adult bottle is made by the same people who brought us the popular Babylife Weego, a wonderful ... Read More »

A stroller hang-up

If storage space is tight, finding a place to keep your stroller can be frustrating. Metrotots has come to the rescue with the StrollAway, a new hook which hangs on the back of a door and keeps your folded stroller aloft and out of the way. What’s great is the sturdy, forked design of the hook, which can accommodate a ... Read More »

Baby Sitter Redux

Just weeks after my hubby declared our unwavering adoration for the Baby Bjorn Baby Sitter 1-2-3, they went and redesigned it. The overhaul includes a name change – the seat will now be called the Babysitter Balance. Structurally, the changes are (thankfully) minimal. The basic design of the seat hasn’t changed. But they have replaced the mechanism that controls the ... Read More »

Sneak Peek at the Phil & Teds Dash

Today we had a visit from a couple of representatives from Regal-Lager, the US distributor of Phil & Teds, as well as the new US representative for Phil & Teds, who works directly for the New Zealand outfit. We were pleased as punch when they told us they were bringing us a Dash to play with. As it turns out, ... Read More »

Go Gaga Slide Bag Makes a Splash

The diaper bag I liked so much at the ABC show in Las Vegas has landed in our stores, and it’s getting a very warm reception. The Slide Bag is a messenger-style diaper bag that offers parents a variety of innovative features to make this one of the most flexible, functional (and almost certainly the most comfortable) diaper bags on ... Read More »

ubi changes everything

This easily the most brilliant thing I saw during my first day of the show, and I’ll be really surprised if I see something that trumps it over the next three days. The ubi is billed as a modern changing table, but it’s more than that. It’s really a design innovation that will set parents free from the concept of ... Read More »

Boon offers a sneak peek

We’re still just about 10 days away from the ABC show, but the Boon website is already showing off a panoply of new products. There’s a whole new layette line, a range of feeding accessories and… jewelry? I’m in love with the beautiful sterling silver bracelet designs – modern, whimsical and alternately geometric or undulating pieces that are perfectly sized ... Read More »

Half pipes with half pints?

I was at the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) yesterday in NYC. As always, it’s such a cool show. But there was a prototype on display that was just radical. The Roller Buggy, designed by Austrian Valentin Vodev, is part skateboard, part stroller. Just pull out the board from under the chassis and it becomes a scooter.  Fun for parents, ... Read More »