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Big skin problems for little babies

For the most severe skin problems, Mustela is now offering their Dermo-Pediatric line. At first, these superstrength formulas were only available at independent pharmacies and apothecaries, but now they have expanded their distribution to include a number of specialty baby stores. I was particularly interested in this line because of the Stelatopia products, designed to combat Eczema. Both of my ... Read More »

Rocking your world

This product makes me laugh. The Dream Mover is a moving platform that will gently rock just about anything – your baby’s stroller, car seat, cradle, bouncy seat. I thought it was sort of silly at first. But suddenly, I was transported back to my last night in the hospital after delivering my younger daughter. She was fussy, so the ... Read More »

New arrivals

This past week, we’ve received a few of the items I’ve previewed here. They are now in stock, and also should be available on our website. Here’s a list, with links to the previous posts. Micralite Strollers – Could this lightweight hybrid be a silver bullet for parents who really, really only want one stroller? We think so. Strollometer – ... Read More »

What (not) to wear

In my children’s little universe, independence is treasured beyond almost anything else. I see the evolution in sharp focus now, with a toddler who wants to do everything “by mysewf”, and a pre-kindergartener who confidently tried to make herself an ice cream sundae last week (complete with microwaving the ice cream to soften it for scooping). Getting dressed each morning ... Read More »

Xplory in depth

The most fascinating part of our whole journey was our excursion to the manufacturing facility that produces the Xplory stroller for Stokke. The first item on our agenda was a presentation that summarized the product development cycle for the Xplory. The stroller launched in 2003, but the project was initiated way back in 1998, when Stokke made the decision to ... Read More »

My homecoming…

…did not go exactly as I had planned. The day after I got home, I developed a high fever, chills, body ache. To make a long story short, it turns out I have pneumonia. I’ve spent the last few days pretty much down and out. Today I’m in bed, but mostly just resting. You can imagine my poor husband’s disbelief, ... Read More »

Heading Home

I’m about to go pack my bags; tomorrow I leave Oslo and go home. I’m looking forward to getting back to real life, my family, my kids. But this has been a tremendous experience. Today, we toured Oslo, visiting the Viking Museum, the magnificent Gustav Vigeland sculpture park, and having lunch with Peter Opsevik, designer of the Tripp Trapp chair. ... Read More »

Last tidbits from Kind+Jugend

We’re almost done with this whole topic. I have a couple of other newsflashes, none that really needed a dedicated post. Bugaboo is introducing an all-weather wheel package that will offer replacement tires for the front swiveling wheels. These small, pneumatic tires will not swivel, but they will offer much better performance in the snow. They pop on and off ... Read More »

Saving the best for last?

Of all the major vendors I’ve covered from the Kind+Jugend show, I still haven’t talked about Stokke. We saved their booth for last, mostly because it was so incredibly crowded each time we tried to go in. They were on the lower level of the show, which was a lot quieter than the upper level. Most booths were empty or ... Read More »

Land of the Moose

No, not Canada. Oslo is apparently a haven for moose (haven’t seen any yet, though). This very moose-friendly city has even constructed elaborate bridges especially for the moose population, in order to minimize the occurance of traffic accidents involving these hefty beasts. But enough about the moose. We arrived in Oslo today, and it’s a very different city from Cologne. ... Read More »