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Hauck: the sound of music

Upon arriving at the show, our first stop was the Hauck booth. We were drawn in partly by the shiny rows of strollers, partly by the long entryway into the booth that was lined with cartons of gleaming green apples and partly by the amazing bar that took up about half of their exhibit space. It was pretty sweet. Oh, ... Read More »

This teddy isn’t for hugging

Even though we took an infant CPR course when I was pregnant for the first time, like most parents, the thought of using any of those skills scares me to death. In a pinch, I can’t imagine I could reliably recall the critical details I learned that day almost five years ago. So, while it’s tempting to chuckle at the ... Read More »

Smaller, Lighter, Micralite

In the emerging hybrid category, no stroller has been able to offer the versatility and handling typical of the hybrids while still keeping the weight down under 17 lbs. Now, the arrival of the Micralite will change that. The Micralite is a popular stroller brand in the UK, and now it is going to be distributed here by Eurobaby. It’s ... Read More »

A new breed of stroller

Strollers have been the big story at the ABC Show, where we’ve seen an amazing array of new and interesting concepts, many of them populating a new category of strollers, which I’ll call the Hybrid (you heard it here first, folks). These hybrid strollers are a cross between an all-terrain stroller and a city stroller. Riding unabashedly on the coattails ... Read More »

A Techno for all seasons

Maclaren is introducing the new Techno XLR model stroller. This is the ultimate Techno – all the best features of the Maclaren flagship model, AND it takes many infant car seat models, too. It’s crazy late and I’m falling asleep as I type. Plus, the pictures I took of the XLR didn’t come out too well. I will give more ... Read More »

Fleurville shows off a high chair

And in the next chapter of diaper bag companies thinking outside the box, check out the new Calla Chair from Fleurville. Designed by Yves Behar, the Calla Chair was formally launched at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in June, but it’s making a rare public appearance here in Vegas. The prototype looks very interesting. It’s certainly a new perspective on ... Read More »

Skip Hop introduces plastic essentials

Skip Hop is releasing a new line of baby-oriented housewares, including a bottle drying rack (Splash), a diaper caddy (Toolbox) and a multi-tiered, carousel-type shelf for baby food jars (Chow, pictured). These sculptural pieces are like everything else from Skip Hop – creative, modern and incredibly useful. They come in several different colors and will be available later this month. Read More »

Orbit update

I had a chance to stop by the Orbit booth and check out the newest product developments from their team. As usual, I was impressed. They showed a fantastic stroller seat that fits onto the Orbit frame. It’s a roomy, fully-featured seat with a generous hood and a very plush, comfortable seat. The stroller has a reversible seat pad; one ... Read More »

Yummy Danish!

Two popular and sought-after Dutch stroller brands will both be making their American debut in the coming months. The Mutsy is a line of high-end strollers with several parent-friendly features. The 4Rider looks a bit like the bugaboo. It includes a stroller seat and a bassinet, and the handling is quite nice. There are two versions, one more lightweight with ... Read More »

Robeez acquired by Stride Rite

In a move that makes perfect sense, Stride Rite last week acquired Robeez Footwear for a purchase price of $27.5 million dollars in cash. Since 1996, Robeez has seen steady and strong growth, and has come to essentially dominate the category of prewalker footwear for infants and toddlers. Sandra Wilson, founder of Robeez, will stay with the company as a ... Read More »