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Silver Cross returns

After a sudden and unannounced withdrawal from the US market in 2005, Silver Cross is starting over. Hopefully this is good news. The new distributor, London Bridge Partners, is affiliated with Infantino, a well-run company that currently specializes in toys and some limited baby gear. They seem to have their act together, with a nice catalog and a well-organized product ... Read More »

Orbit almost landing…

We had a chance to check in with our friends at Orbit Baby today and play with the actual production samples of the Orbit Infant System. All I can say is it’s really going to be worth the wait. We’re told that we should have stock to sell by the end of June or first week of July. The final ... Read More »

Fit to be a parent

Finding time for exercise is particularly challenging for busy parents. There’s a big trend towards bringing along baby, with stroller exercise classes sprouting up all over the country. So I was psyched when I saw the new Strollometer, a very cool device that attaches to your stroller and tracks a variety of fitness-related data. Using magnets and wireless transmissions, it ... Read More »

The happiest place on Earth…

Where else but Orlando can you spend a week alternating between Disney World and the annual JPMA show scoping out the newest baby gear and accessories? This is the second year that the JPMA show has made its home in Orlando, and I have to admit that I really look forward to this trip. We brought the kids down, we’re ... Read More »

Getting ugly

Gamewright, makers of the bestselling Rat-a-tat Cat game (among others), has recently released a new card game based on the explosively popular Uglydolls. I was dubious about a game that was designed around a gaggle of fleecy monstrosities, but after playing it, I think it’s probably Gamewright’s best new game for 2006. It’s a frenetic, fast-moving game that relies on ... Read More »

Jane Powertwin Update

The Jane Powertwin is generating a frenzy of interest, so I thought I would post an update. Originally we were told to expect the Powertwin by the end of April, but now the US distributor is promising that we will have it before the end of June. From what I’ve been told, there was a problem with the fabric on ... Read More »

Double the kids, double the bag

Almost from the moment they first hit the shelves, Skip Hop bags have been a smash hit. The Duo was their first design, and it was compact, stylish, and it ingeniously clipped onto the back of a stroller. Most parents loved it, but for parents who had more than one diaper-wearing kid, it wasn’t big enough. “Make it bigger,” they ... Read More »

Coo Tipping and Ringgz

(It’s all French to me) The 2006 games from Blue Orange have just arrived, and there are some great new additions to their popular line of wooden games. If you aren’t familiar with Blue Orange, you should check out Gobblet, which was their first breakout hit. It’s a strategy game that is similar to Tic Tac Toe, but much more ... Read More »

How do you spell relief? HOTSLINGS!

We just got back from nearly 10 days in the Southwest, and ironically, I forgot to bring a sling. Like clockwork, my two-year-old refused to walk or sit in a stroller for the first three days we were away. In desperation, I contacted my friends at Hotslings and bought (by overnight delivery) a stunning, reversible sling that was an absolute ... Read More »

DIY Jr.

For aspiring handy types, there’s a new line of constructable kids furniture that’s designed to provide plenty of gratification in exchange for relatively little effort. These new kits, by imadethat, come with wood pieces, sandpaper, simple tools and plenty of paint. The components are sturdy, and the finished product will be a source of pride for many years to come. ... Read More »