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A Deflexion by any other name

Last year’s popular holiday game, Deflexion, is back for 2006 but with a new name. For reasons I may never completely understand, they’ve renamed it Khet. According to a press release on the game’s website, they rebranded the game based on feedback from customers and retailers, and Khet is an Egyptian word for flame or fire. Okaaaay. Makes sense, sort ... Read More »

Stokke + Dwell = Swell?

Dwell Baby’s new line of bedding for the Stokke crib has just arrived, and – no surprise – it’s really gorgeous. There’s no lack of good options these days for Stokke’s signature oval-shaped crib. Even the bedding that Stokke is producing is really amazing. I think it’s very forward-thinking of Stokke to actively pursue partnerships with bedding powerhouses like Dwell. ... Read More »

The Tipping Point

So, the Micralite at the airport. A great feature? The stroller is free standing when folded. This is a huge plus when you’d prefer not to lay the stroller down on a filthy floor or sidewalk. Security was a breeze. The Micralite folds clean, almost to the dimensions of an umbrella stroller. To fold, you simply push down a lever ... Read More »

Building with trees

I picked Tree Blocks as one of my favorite finds this past year at Toy Fair. Now, they’ve finally arrived. We’re carrying a 21-piece set, a 36-piece set and two types of treehouses. The blocks are extremely unique. They are hand-cut from real branches in precise 2cm length increments, with wider 2cm pieces that can serve as bridges or platforms. ... Read More »

Dramatic Safety Lesson on YouTube

Kyle David Miller was just 3 years old when he was killed in a car accident in May of 2005. He was buckled into a belt-positioning booster seat, but his seatbelt failed and he was ejected from the car. His parents learned a painful lesson in car seat safety, and they have created a beautiful, poignant and powerful video designed ... Read More »

No, it’s not a tissue box.

Check this out. It’s a disposable potty. It’s basically a small cardboard box with a hole in the top and a hygenic liner inside. It’s primitive, but it will do the trick in a pinch. As I see it, there’s no reason not to keep one or two in the trunk of the car. The best part is that a ... Read More »

The search engine is rolling into the station

Here’s a quandary. Your company produces an iconic children’s toy beloved by generations. But lately, it seems like everyone is knocking off your product, and sales have slowed. How do you update your product for the 21st century, to keep it fresh and relevant for today’s kids? Well, if you’re Brio, you take a huge risk. You move away from ... Read More »

At First Sight

Do you remember how it was at the beginning? You were struck by their looks, or perhaps their charm. You thought to yourself, Now here’s something interesting. And then, face to face, the charm and beauty feel quirky. And you’re left uncertain. Perhaps you fell too quickly? (It’s happened before.) Or perhaps you’re just nervous at the prospect of something ... Read More »

First steps made easier

Any parent who has cheered on a new toddler surely remembers the weeks leading up to those first tentative steps. Chances are, you spent a lot of time hunched over, walking behind your baby as she grasped tight to your index fingers and tottered all around. Sound familiar? If you haven’t been through it yet, trust me when I tell ... Read More »

Running hot and cold

The new Digital Bath Spout Cover with Built-in Digital Thermometer (yes, that’s the product name; it’s trademarked) from 4 Moms is one of my most highly anticipated new arrivals for 2006. When I saw a demonstration of the product at the JPMA show in May, I was extremely impressed. But they were showing a prototype, and I found it hard ... Read More »