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Polly Pocket Recall

Mattel recently announced a recall of several Polly Pocket sets that used tiny embedded magnets to attach the clothing and accessories to the dolls. Apparently, these magnets can fall out and be swallowed or even aspirated. As with the last major issue involving magnets, the true risk isn’t with swallowing one magnet. The real trouble starts if a child swallows ... Read More »

The Little Stroller that Could

We are living in one of the first neighborhoods in Jerusalem built outside of the Old City walls. The streets are a labyrinth of stone and stairs. Narrow lanes force pedestrians to hug the walls as cars pass. Jagged walkways lead from one to the other in surprising turns and steps. The Micralite is handling like a local. The back ... Read More »

Keeping Baby’s Legs Warm

Sure, maybe legwarmers were an 80’s fad best left to the pop-culture history books. But for babies and little kids, they’re a very practical way to keep warm on cold days. You don’t need to be a Flashdance fan to think these are cute, either. Baby Legs has introduced a whole line of mini-sized legwarmers in very hip patterns. Believe ... Read More »

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 »