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Giddy-up, Saddlebags

I’m sure everyone is very tired of listening to me extoll the virtues of the folks at Skip Hop. But they’ve done it again. They’ve designed another elegant storage solution for stroller-pushing parents that is destined for greatness. The new Saddlebag is just what it sounds like – a saddlebag for a stroller. Using a clever, patent-pending velcro strap system, ... Read More »

What’s hot? Flying monkeys, of course.

What do you get when you cross a stuffed monkey with a slingshot and add some good sound effects? Evidently a hit. The new Flingshot Monkey from California Creations is flying off shelves across the country (pun intented), and kids are hooked. We’ve jumped on the bandwagon and stocked up on these creative novelties. Basically, you stick your fingers into ... Read More »

A-list contest ends today

We’ve had a lot of fun with the CBS A-list contest over the past month, and before they hid the voting results a couple of weeks ago, we were leading by a slim margin. But today is the last day of voting, so if you haven’t already logged a vote, please take a moment and do so. Clicking here will ... Read More »

Hey, we’re (almost) famous!

Check out the new issue of US Weekly, with Tori Spelling on the cover, and you’ll find a great spread on page 82 about celebrity strollers. We’re very excited to be listed as sources for both the Orbit Infant System and the new Silver Cross Micro v2. They also mention the Stokke Xplory, which apparently Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ... Read More »

Do you know a happy camper?

If you’ve just sent off a kid to sleepaway camp for the summer, chances are you’ll also be sending off a care package or two (or three…) in the next couple of months. We just launched a new section of mbeans.com where parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends can quickly and easily send a food-free care package to any camp ... Read More »

My backyard friends: The Backyardigans

If you haven’t heard of them already, chances are you will soon. The Backyardigans are slowly taking the preschool world by storm, and for good reason. I’m not a big fan of putting my kids in front of the TV, but my 4-year old seems to really need the downtime every now and then, so I concede. A couple of ... Read More »

Do I really need a booster seat?

I normally go to sleep while Sheri stays up way too late blogging, but tonight I get to spill the beans. Thanks, Sheri. A number of different events occurred recently that caused me to take a deeper interest in the importance of booster seats: I just took a 40-hour child safety seat course that talked a lot about boosters, a ... Read More »

Wipe out: Wicked smart sunscreens

Slathering sunscreen on my squirming children is one of my least favorite rites of summer. Fortunately, this year there are some fantastic new products that have parents everywhere breathing sighs of relief. First, if you’ve watched any TV lately, you’ve probably seen ads for all three of the new continuous spray sunscreen brands. Neutrogena, Banana Boat and Coppertone have all ... Read More »

Bouncing balls to new heights: Ogo Sport

One of our favorite new products from Toy Fair has just come in. The Ogo is like a cross between a frisbee and a trampoline. The outer ring is inflatable, while the inside is a strong, elastic membrane. There are several ways to play with the Ogo. You can toss it like a disk, or, with a pair, you can ... Read More »

Silver Cross makes a stylish entrance

Back in May, I posted about the legendary stroller brand, Silver Cross, and their imminent return to the US market. Today I was invited to attend a very posh launch party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, where I had the opportunity to review the full line of strollers and speak with some of the executives from London Bridge ... Read More »