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How to travel WITHOUT the kids, and stay in touch

We’ve written a lot over the years about traveling WITH the kids – regulations on what gear you can bring, best practices for flying with a baby, and the perennial issue of how to keep restless kids entertained while squished into a small space. But we haven’t yet tackled what to do if the kids AREN’T coming along. First things first: who’s ... Read More »

Remote control toy roundup: fun for all ages!

remote control drone

We’ve never embraced the orthodoxy that electronic toys can’t be educational or beneficial for kids. If a toy encourages kids to use their imagination, we’re all in favor, and remote control toys give kids a great jumping-off point for creative scenarios (and the invention of obstacle courses). Plus, RC toys encourage kids to run around outside, they help kids to ... Read More »

Nuna vs. Nuna: the Tavo Stroller vs. the Mixx Stroller

If you follow the world of baby gear, by now you’ve probably heard of Nuna, the Dutch brand who first made waves in the US with their Leaf Floating Baby Lounger and subsequently followed up with one of the lightest, safest infant car seats on the market, the Nuna Pipa. Their initial strollers were great in their own right but didn’t ... Read More »

The hospital nursery: a thing of the past?

In the final months of pregnancy, sleep can be hard to come by, so by the time your baby makes his debut, you’re ready for a good hearty nap. Since your baby is most alert during the first hour or two after birth, that’s the best time to plop him onto your chest and give breastfeeding a try, and then ... Read More »

Coming soon: the Bugaboo Buffalo Classic+ Stroller!

Get more info about the Bugaboo Buffalo Classic+ Stroller here! The words “elegant” and “rugged” don’t usually go together: tough products that are built to last tend to emphasize function over form, practicality over style. However, Bugaboo does nothing by half-measures, so when they built the Bugaboo Buffalo, the stroller best suited to absolutely all terrains (including snowy Boston sidewalks), ... Read More »

Drool Baby Expo Recap: The Best Drool Yet!

Did you make it to this year’s Drool Baby Expo? Since its debut in 2011, Drool has been the #1 event for expectant parents in New England, and it gets bigger every year, with more exhibitors, more attendees, more giveaways, and more fun!  Every spring, at Drool Baby Expo, you can: Enjoy interactive demos of the best products from all ... Read More »

Lightweight stroller comparison: the new 2016 Maclaren Quest vs. the 2016 Babyzen YoYo Stroller

If you and your family are active travellers, having a lightweight stroller is beneficial in so many ways. Having the right lightweight for the right travel situation can make your trip so much fun: for instance, the BabyZen YoYo+ Stroller fits into the overhead compartment on a plane, so as long as it’s allowed by your airline, it requires no checking ... Read More »

Marpac sound machines: white noise for better sleep!

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Adjusting to sleeping in a new place is seldom easy. For instance, I just moved from the busier environs of one Boston neighborhood to a sleepier suburb, and discovered that with zero traffic on my street or nearby, it was disturbingly silent at night. (If you’re living in a rural area you’re already used to this, but hey, I’m a ... Read More »

Baby’s on the way! What to pack in your hospital bag

As if the prospect of becoming a parent is not scary and challenging enough, there is so much preparation to do before your baby arrives! There are so many checklists, i.e. the baby registry, baby proofing the home, what to do and what not to do, and finally, what to pack in your hospital bag so you’re ready when that big moment ... Read More »

What should I pack for lunch for my kids on Passover?

If you are celebrating Passover, I hope you had marvelous Seders. We had two wonderful celebrations with family and friends, sang beautiful songs, drank delicious wine, and ate tremendous food. Our kids were more engaged than ever at the Seders, and retold the story of the Exodus beautifully. At our house, lots of work goes into preparing for Passover: we ... Read More »