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And speaking of safety…

At many booths, we’ve approached the staff to ask about product availability in the US, and we keep hearing the same story: “Our product can’t meet the safety standards there.” Evidently it’s a miracle that all these European children survive infancy. And based on the number of bikers whizzing around this city without helmets, it’s also a miracle they survive ... Read More »

Hi Ho Quinny

Once we had established our legitimacy, we had full access to this booth. I am not familiar enough with the Quinny line to really know the difference between old and new, but it seems like the color palette has had an update. Interestingly, the new Quinny colors are very similar to the 2006 Maclaren lineup, with red, lime, pink, black, ... Read More »

Hauck: the sound of music

Upon arriving at the show, our first stop was the Hauck booth. We were drawn in partly by the shiny rows of strollers, partly by the long entryway into the booth that was lined with cartons of gleaming green apples and partly by the amazing bar that took up about half of their exhibit space. It was pretty sweet. Oh, ... Read More »

Sweet Cologne

After arriving on Friday morning and checking into our hotel, Isaac and I took the subway over to the Koelnmesse, (aka convention center). Not surprisingly, the Koelnmesse is an impressive place. It is enormous and the entry areas have stark white interiors and soaring ceilings. Unlike the shows I’ve seen in the US, we do not receive badges to wear, ... Read More »

Kind + Jugend Day One

We arrived in Cologne this morning after an exhausting red-eye flight from Newark, NJ. We checked into our hotel and then high-tailed it to the show, where we were dazzled by the structural complexity of each booth, the array of products on display, and the alchohol that was being dispersed to those in attendence. Let’s just say it was a ... Read More »

Leaving on a jetplane

I’m at the airport awaiting my flight to Cologne after a teary farewell to my husband and kids. I still can’t believe I’m going to be away from them for a whole week. But I’m somewhat comforted by all the Euro-chic baby gear I’ll get to see. I’ve got my camera and I’m looking forward to posting photos and other ... Read More »

This teddy isn’t for hugging

Even though we took an infant CPR course when I was pregnant for the first time, like most parents, the thought of using any of those skills scares me to death. In a pinch, I can’t imagine I could reliably recall the critical details I learned that day almost five years ago. So, while it’s tempting to chuckle at the ... Read More »

Smaller, Lighter, Micralite

In the emerging hybrid category, no stroller has been able to offer the versatility and handling typical of the hybrids while still keeping the weight down under 17 lbs. Now, the arrival of the Micralite will change that. The Micralite is a popular stroller brand in the UK, and now it is going to be distributed here by Eurobaby. It’s ... Read More »

Running on empty

I have a lot more to share, but once again my eyes are drooping. Not since college have I tried to subsist on such a small amount of sleep. Yes, even during those chaotic early days with my newborn daughters I managed to get more sleep than this. But here in Vegas, with no kids to keep us on schedule, ... Read More »

A new breed of stroller

Strollers have been the big story at the ABC Show, where we’ve seen an amazing array of new and interesting concepts, many of them populating a new category of strollers, which I’ll call the Hybrid (you heard it here first, folks). These hybrid strollers are a cross between an all-terrain stroller and a city stroller. Riding unabashedly on the coattails ... Read More »