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Strollers for all seasons

At this JPMA show, Maclaren has a few surprises up their sleeve. They’re introducing a line of skincare products, they’ve developed two new stroller models inspired by the seasons of the year, AND people are running around their booth dressed in kilts. It’s all a bit unusual, but that is a good thing for this normally traditional brand. Of note ... Read More »

Recognize that silhouette?

I breastfed both of my girls exclusively, and neither of them would ever take a bottle. It wasn’t for lack of trying, though. I always wondered if I might have had better luck with something that was shaped more convincingly like the original source. I had seen the Breastbottle Nurser in catalogs, but I was skeptical so I never gave ... Read More »

Day 2 – Curse of the Mommy?

I’m finding this show to be small but spirited. There are lots of interesting products and people, and the manageable size makes it easy to stop and get into conversations without feeling rushed. Unfortunately, it was a bad day for my cellphone. First, I left it in the JJ Cole booth after I decided to test out their new Logic ... Read More »

Click goes Clek

Every year, the JPMA show holds a competition for Innovation Awards. These prestigious prizes are given to products in ten categories. This year, the car seat award went to the new Olli booster seat from Clek. This backless booster offers a rigid latch attachment system that anchors the seat into the car as an added measure of protection (you still ... Read More »

Britax introduces Diplomat seat

Today Britax introduced a new car seat, the Diplomat, a smaller version of the Boulevard. Just as the Boulevard has similar proportions to the Marathon, but includes side impact prodection, the Diplomat is similar in size to the Roundabout, and includes a scaled-down version of the side-impact protection cushion. My question is, would you buy the Diplomat instead of the ... Read More »

Have wheels, will travel

Get this: the Trunki is a hard suitcase on wheels that doubles as a ride-on toy. And if that weren’t cool enough, there’s a strap you can use to tow weary tots through the airport. It’s brilliant, plain and simple. And when they come in to our store, I will be the very first on line to buy one. Two, ... Read More »

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 »