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Skip Hop introduces plastic essentials

Skip Hop is releasing a new line of baby-oriented housewares, including a bottle drying rack (Splash), a diaper caddy (Toolbox) and a multi-tiered, carousel-type shelf for baby food jars (Chow, pictured). These sculptural pieces are like everything else from Skip Hop – creative, modern and incredibly useful. They come in several different colors and will be available later this month. Read More »

Orbit update

I had a chance to stop by the Orbit booth and check out the newest product developments from their team. As usual, I was impressed. They showed a fantastic stroller seat that fits onto the Orbit frame. It’s a roomy, fully-featured seat with a generous hood and a very plush, comfortable seat. The stroller has a reversible seat pad; one ... Read More »

Yummy Danish!

Two popular and sought-after Dutch stroller brands will both be making their American debut in the coming months. The Mutsy is a line of high-end strollers with several parent-friendly features. The 4Rider looks a bit like the bugaboo. It includes a stroller seat and a bassinet, and the handling is quite nice. There are two versions, one more lightweight with ... Read More »

Robeez acquired by Stride Rite

In a move that makes perfect sense, Stride Rite last week acquired Robeez Footwear for a purchase price of $27.5 million dollars in cash. Since 1996, Robeez has seen steady and strong growth, and has come to essentially dominate the category of prewalker footwear for infants and toddlers. Sandra Wilson, founder of Robeez, will stay with the company as a ... Read More »

Viva Las Vegas

Greetings from Sin City, where I’m going on 20 hours without sleep. The ABC Show this year is extremely impressive, with a dazzling array of new and interesting products. There’s a lot to see, and even more to digest, by way of trends and patterns. There are so many interesting looking strollers coming to the market, I’m really not sure ... Read More »

O Yikes, another diaper bag?

It’s true, there are a lot of diaper bags out there. And with so many options, shelf space in our store has become quite limited, forcing us to be very selective when it comes to bringing new styles on board. But when we stumbled upon the new O Yikes bags at the JPMA show this past May, we took the ... Read More »

Rub a dub dub – design for the tub

Thanks to Boon, the creative engine behind the Frog Pod and the Potty Bench, your nightly bath time experience can be further enhanced with a whimsical collection of bathtub toys. The set includes 15 colorful, amorphous foam appliqués that stick to the wall and tub when they’re wet, two mini-scrubbies, and three balls. It’s unusual to find bath toys that ... Read More »

Here comes Stokke

I just received a newsletter from Stokke with a sneak preview of their new products to be introduced at the ABC show. With their permission, I am sharing the highlights with you here. The Xplory We’ve asked for it. You’ve asked for it. And now, they’ve delivered. Car seat adaptors are now available for the Xplory, one for Graco and ... Read More »

When the ante goes up up up and away

Parenting a four-year-old offers a host of challenges that, as it turns out, we’re fairly unequipped to handle. Case in point: My husband took my older daughter, Audrey shopping for clothing. In order to secure her cooperation in the fitting room, he promised her a sparkly pair of fairy wings she had spotted. Later that night, after she tried to ... Read More »

Seeing stars?

If you’re a regular reader here, you may have noticed the little stars that have recently appeared beneath each post. We’re testing out some new features on the blog, and this was a nifty one. Basically, you can rate each posting with a single click. If you like the post a lot, and you think it’s a five-star job, point ... Read More »