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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 »

The little stroller that could

A big trend at both recent baby shows was this stroller design – it was everywhere. There were two variations, one with two handlebars and one with a single handlebar. Interestingly, the single handlebar version seems to be more maneuverable and easier to push one-handed than the two handlebar one. The seat reclines a bit, and the shape of the ... Read More »

Travelogue

Tonight I discovered that my hotel has free wireless internet in the lobby. This was handy, since I’ve been buying internet access in 30 minute intervals and then racing maniacally to get everything done before my time runs out. So I’ve been enjoying relaxing in the lobby and doing some housekeeping. Tomorrow, we leave for Norway. I’ve really enjoyed Cologne. ... Read More »

Object of desire

This new stroller, the Joolz, caught a lot of people’s attention. It’s an interesting cross between the bugaboo and the Stokke Xplory. The visual design elements are similar to the bugaboo, but it has a higher seat and an adjustable footrest, like the Xplory. It’s very cool looking and handles nicely. The prototypes were very heavy, which the company recognizes ... Read More »