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The World at Your Fingertips: New Puzzles from Geotoys

I’m a little bit of a map fanatic, following in my father’s footsteps. Growing up, while other kids were postering their bedrooms with images of teen celebrities and rock bands, I was busy covering my walls with maps of everything from Mongolia to Massachusetts. As a younger kid, I had some puzzles that became maps when completed, and they always ... Read More »

Tweak’ms Sunglasses

Leave it to a mom. When her son’s sunglasses kept breaking, Tracey Rotman got tired of trying to wrangle those teeny tiny screws. She decided there had to be a better, safer way to construct sunglasses for kids. Her solution is very clever, and the sunglasses are practically indestructable (and cute, too). We brought these in about a week ago, ... Read More »

Teaching kids to be compassionate…

I think of myself as a fairly compassionate person. I have my moments (doesn’t everyone?), but for the most part this is true. I’m not embarking on a defense of my own behavior here. I’m looking through a more insightful lens. I’m not sure my daughters are learning from my good example. This past weekend, my 2-year old, laughing maniacally, ... Read More »

Rock a Bye, Baby: Bassinets by Cariboo

Deciding where your newborn will sleep isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Parents plan, but babies don’t always get the memo. My mother bought me a beautiful cradle when I was expecting my first baby. And yet, my newborn, only hours old, decided that she would only sleep for any length of time if she was lying on top ... Read More »

Fun Workbooks? Is there any such thing?

In the brave new world of Baby Einstein, many parents are always on the lookout for ways to make their kids smarter. The Kumon method, founded in Japan 50 years ago, has slowly gained solid footing as the world’s largest supplemental education provider. With over 1500 centers in the US and Canada, Kumon is a popular choice for parents looking ... Read More »

Diggin’ the new Wobble Deck

Adding an electronic component to a classic toy can be a gamble. Sometimes it puts the kibosh on the inherent play value of the toy, while sometimes, as in this case, it sends the fun quotient through the roof. This past holiday season, we discovered wooden balance boards made by a local company, Challenge & Fun. These beautifully-constructed boards encourage ... Read More »

Try angles?

For the legions of fans out there who love Blokus, meet the newest member of the family. Blokus Trigon is a challenging, triangular variation on the original theme. For those who don’t already know Blokus, I’ll give a brief introduction. Blokus is a simple-yet-addictive strategy game that has enjoyed explosive popularity over the past few years. It is one of ... Read More »

Pillow talk

If you’re looking for a breastfeeding pillow, good luck. There’s no lack of options; on the contrary, you’re more likely to be overwheled by the sheer number of choices on the market. And every woman is different, so if you ask around, you’ll hear a dozen different opinions on the matter. So I don’t usually slow down when I see ... Read More »

Flying Carpets and Modular Play Tables – Oh my!

Today, we visited the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. The place was just oozing coolness, from the fabulous people to the fabulous furniture. We were in town for the weekend, and we were curious to see what we might find. With just two hours to explore, we made quick work of the show, but we did turn ... Read More »

Infant car seat wins for American Inventor

American Inventor, the new reality series produced by Simon Cowell for ABC, wrapped up this past week. Interestingly enough, the winning invention was an infant car seat. The Anecia Survival Capsule was invented by Janusz Liberkowski after his daughter Annette (nicknamed Anecia) was killed in a car accident. It is a spherical infant car seat that can be opened or ... Read More »