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Sneak Picco at Recaro

At Recaro’s booth, we were ushered into a small private room to get a quick preview of their new infant car seat, the Picco, set to debut in April. The seat itself is still in a fairly early stage of design, but the side impact protection system looks fantastic. The base is very unique looking and includes a rebound bar. ... Read More »

Baby Jogger downsizes

Evaluating new products isn’t usually straightforward. It’s very rare that I’ll see something and know immediately whether or not it will succeed, but when I feel that sense of certainty, I always follow my gut. On the last day of the show, I finally got around to the Baby Jogger booth. I wasn’t expecting anything earth-shattering, but lo and behold ... Read More »

Mutsy Slider

The Mutsy strollers have been very well received during their first year in the US. We’ve had good success with the 4-Rider model, a hybrid with four pneumatic tires (two large in the rear, two smaller in the front). The front air-filled tires make this stroller unusual and give it a very smooth ride. They also make the frame a ... Read More »

Home again

I’m back at home, reunited with my kids and trying to recharge. This show is always so exhausting. Last year, I was home for less than 24 hours before continuing on to Cologne for the Kind + Jugend show. This year, I’m not making the trip. The memories of last year’s European adventure are still pretty fresh, and there’s definitely ... Read More »

Day 3, a brush with greatness

I’ve had a TiVo for longer than almost anyone I know. Seriously. I think I got my first one in 2000. Each week I use it to capture our favorite shows so we can watch them here and there late at night. Sometimes my husband and I have different tastes when it comes to selection. He likes 24. I like ... Read More »

Skyrocketing Orbit

The Orbit Infant System is already popular with parents, but with the imminent release of their toddler car seat, I think we ain’t seen nothing yet. After a long wait, I have finally laid eyes on the new convertible car seat designed to fit into the Orbit Infant System. And while this design is not nearly as revolutionary or iconic ... Read More »

Gone Gaga for Good

I have this friend of a friend. She went to business school, where she developed a plan to start a business designing clever products for parents. After graduation, she followed her dream and got down to work. I met her a couple of times, and while I was very impressed with her, I wasn’t sure she could pull it off. ... Read More »

Everyone’s a winner…

So sorry. I have shirked my blog responsibilities in favor of blackjack. The good news is, we won $50. The bad news is, I’ll have to try to wake up early to post about all the great things I saw today. Wish me luck. Good night. Read More »

Fussy baby? Put away the car keys.

When you’re bleary-eyed in the middle of the night with an inconsolable, shrieking newborn, you’ll do practically anything to soothe the savage beast. Conventional wisdom has it that colicky babies often calm down with a ride in the car, or, in a pinch, strapped into a carseat on top of a running clothes dryer. Something about those vibrations help fussy ... 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 »