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To bee or not to bee?

This is the question that Bugaboo enthusiasts will be asking themselves soon. Today, Bugaboo unveiled their most compact Bugaboo stroller, the Bee. Like the other Bugaboo models, the Bee has a nice suspension system, and the seat can turn to face towards or away from the pusher. Unlike its siblings, the Bee is not a “hybrid” stroller, as all four ... Read More »

JPMA Round-up, Day 1

Trade shows are always exhausting, no matter how big or small they are. So although my eyelids are closing against my will, I’ll give a quick recap of the first day. This is actually the very last show JPMA will do, as they are essentially merging with the more popular ABC Children’s Expo which takes place every September in Las ... Read More »

Reporting from JPMA

I’ve just arrived in Orlando for the last JPMA show, set to begin in just a few hours. As always, I’ll have nightly reports and pictures to share. Stay tuned, and if anyone has any specific questions or feedback you’d like me to share on your behalf, you can send me an e-mail or leave a comment. You can find ... Read More »

What’s a Matrouschka?

The new Mountain Buggy Limited Edition strollers have arrived. We’ve got lots of the retro-cool Fifties pattern, and a few of the funky Matrouschka. Both designs come in both single and double models. Mountain Buggy USA has only made 120 of each double and 100 of each single model, so these might be hard to find. Personally, I am in ... Read More »

How’s your poker face?

At Toy Fair, we picked up a sample of Spy Alley, a game that is not new, but we’d heard great things about it. The reputation is well-deserved – I thought it was a really nice game. Very well thought out and unique, fun to play and appealing to a wide age range. Although it is rated for ages 8 ... Read More »

Strategery in Phoenix

I’m back from my vacation – thanks for bearing with me while I took a break from writing. While we were kicking back in Phoenix, I took the opportunity to do some toy testing with my kids and my family. We are big time game players, a trait that seems to be genetically hardwired, so when my extended family gets ... Read More »

Diaper Duty

These days, diaper bags have a lot of pockets, but even so, I still often have to dig to find exactly what I’m looking for. When I saw the Diaper Bag Organizer set from ORE Originals, I thought it was a pretty bright idea. Basically, it’s a set of four zippered cotton/mesh pouches, each color coded and labeled. There’s one ... Read More »

Say it with a French accent

The newest game from Blue Orange has just arrived. It’s Froggy Boogie, a memory game for ages 4 and up. The idea is simple – move the baby frogs around the lily pads without being seen by the adult frogs in the middle of the pond. Here’s where the game gets a bit bizarre: the memory component of the game ... Read More »

A true story…

We’ve just arrived in Phoenix for a family vacation, and I reserved a rental car, along with a booster seat. I did not need to reserve a convertible seat for my younger daughter, since we were bringing our Radian on the plane. When I reserved the booster seat, I asked the agent to please ask the local office to call ... Read More »

Hours and hours of fun

Just in time for April Fool’s Day, here’s a site any parent could love. By way of Goodyblog.com, I came across the new Warning Label Generator. Choose your icons and enter your text, then click a button and you’ve got yourself a genuine warning label ready for printing and, if you’re so inclined, lamination. Have fun. Read More »