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Gearing up for Toy Fair

Sorry for the silence. We’re getting ready for our annual trip to the American International Toy Fair, one of the highlights of the year. We will be posting extensive show coverage on the blog. We are bringing a large group of Toy Scouts to New York, and we’ll hopefully have several different perspectives each day, as well as lots of ... Read More »

2007 Mountain Buggies are here

The 2007 Mountain Buggies have arrived. The big story is color, and not much else. There are a couple of minor improvements, most significantly double-backed fabric to reduce wear and tear. But the most substantial change is the introduction of a limited edition series, a designer series, and the upgraded Urban Elite series. For the Limited Edition series, there are ... Read More »

Baby Go Round

When it comes to encouraging a baby to partake in tummy time, anything goes. Most babies really hate being stuck on their bellies, but it’s really important to help them develop all the muscles they’ll need to sit and crawl. So there are dozens of good products on the market designed to make tummy time more palatable, and therefore more ... Read More »

Stacks & Slots

The new Dado Cubes set from Fat Brain Toys offers a sophisticated spin on stacking construction toys. Dado comes with 10 plastic nesting cubes that feature interlocking slots. You can organize them in millions of combinations to create complex and beautiful structures, and the blocks are touted as beneficial for visual-spatial learning. They are really fun – when we opened ... Read More »

Itzbeen a good idea

The new Itzbeen baby timer has arrived. This clever little device was invented by Greg Sheldon, an engineer turned stay-at-home dad who found that he and his wife were constantly struggling to remember how much time had elapsed between feedings, diaper changes, naps, medication doses, etc. So he created a computer program to track all of these mundane but essential ... Read More »

Snug as a Bug

When it comes to transitioning a toddler into a bed, there’s one thing every parent dreads – the fall. It’s pretty much inevitable, after basically an entire existence spent sleeping behind bars (so to speak), that a child will fall out of bed at least once or twice in the beginning. For some kids who are deep and/or active sleepers, ... Read More »

Tantrum cuts trip short

The Boston Globe covered an interesting story. Apparently, AirTran booted a family after their 3-year old threw a temper tantrum and refused to sit in her seat before the flight took off. The parents asked if the child could sit in a lap, but the flight attendants wouldn’t allow it. Instead, they removed them from the plane. I can actually ... Read More »

Catch a Burp?

Both of my girls experienced some serious reflux during infancy. To put it delicately, we did a lot of laundry in those early months. So when I saw the Burp Catcher, I was really excited on behalf of all the mothers like me who live in fear of the inevitable apocalyptic burp that soaks everything within a 5 foot radius. ... Read More »

Well what do you know?

Here’s some interesting breaking news. Consumer Union, the nonprofit organization that publishes Consumer Reports has issued a statement this afternoon withdrawing their report on infant car seats. They will be doing some further side-impact testing and then revising their report accordingly. They are working with NHTSA to evaluate their testing processes. Read their statement here. Read More »

Casting doubts on Consumer Reports

In the week or so that has passed since the Today Show broke the story about the car seat test results to be published in the upcoming issue of Consumer Reports, our little industry has been in something of a tailspin. Car seat manufacturers have rushed to defend their products and their testing processes, while retailers like us have tried ... Read More »