Thursday , 24 April 2014

Category Archives: Travels & Trade Shows

Toy Fair 2013 – Day 1

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It’s hard to believe, but I’m in New York for my 10th Toy Fair. Which sounds like a lot, until you discover Toy Fair is celebrating its 110th birthday this year. Also, a lot of other retailers I know have been attending this show since before I was born. Even after all this time, I’m still a relative newbie around ... Read More »

The Bugaboo you don’t know

Eli and I recently spent two days in Amsterdam, where we had the privilege of visiting the Bugaboo headquarters. The purpose of the meeting was to see some new products and lend our feedback. And while I wish I could talk about that, I signed a non-disclosure agreement, and violating it would be a heck of a way to repay ... Read More »

Toy Fair Top 10

This year was my seventh time at Toy Fair, and finally I’m starting to feel like it’s a manageable task. My strategy this year was to start upstairs and go aisle by aisle. I was thorough and slow, but I finished it in two and a half days. The lower level is smaller and went much faster. I was able ... Read More »

Toy Fair 2010 – Days 1 and 2

It’s after midnight, and I should be asleep. The battery on my computer isn’t going to last long, and if I go find the power cable, I’ll probably wake up the baby, who’s sleeping in my room (that’s a whole other story). So I’ll keep it mercifully brief. Toy Fair 2010 is in full swing and as always, there’s lots ... Read More »

I used to be a soda bottle

Mary Meyer plush toys introduced a new line of stuffed animals at Toy Fair, “Fuzz that Wuzz”, constructed entirely of materials recycled from old soda bottles. The concept is timely, as eco-chic is most certainly hot in the toy industry right now. The fuzz is not as soft as some other fleece plush, but it is soft enough to be ... Read More »

Fabulous Freedom: Freestyle

Pumping sucks. Pun intended. But seriously, it does. For as easy and convenient as breastfeeding is, pumping is complicated and, well, inconvenient. I’ve always been in awe of women who are master pumpers. I have one friend whose sons both refused to breastfeed, and she pumped exclusively for nine months with each of them. Amazing. I am not a master ... Read More »

Clek got back

I’m a huge fan of the Clek Olli booster seat, a fabulous option for on-the-go families. The simplicity and ease-of-use has made it a hit with parents, while the fun colors make it cool for the kids. My daughter loves her pink camouflage version. The only downside of the Olli is the lack of a back, which makes it less ... Read More »

Road Test: Mountain Buggy Swift

I can’t remember the last time Mountain Buggy came out with an entirely new stroller, but at this year’s ABC Show, their new Swift was one of our favorite introductions. For years we’ve been waiting for Mountain Buggy to modify their compact Breeze stroller to offer a swiveling front wheel, and now the wait is over. The Swift is basically ... 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 »

Uppa Baby goes 3-in-one

We had a chance to preview the new Uppa Vista model here at ABC, and there are some very exciting developments. For the stroller itself, Uppa has made some nice improvements. The harness features a new easy-adjust design, the basket has a softer spring to make access easier, and the weight capacity for the stroller seat has been upgraded to ... Read More »