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Now scoot – and be safe about it.

Who could forget those ubiquitous little scooters that were so popular a few years back? It seemed like they were a passing fad, but this year, as soon as the snow started to melt, we saw a big uptick in demand for scooters. It seemed like everyone was looking for them. We took the hint, and ordered some Razor scooters, ... Read More »

Tripp Trappin’ over the ocean

Until now, the beloved Stokke Kinderzeat has endured a split personality disorder. In the United States, it is known as the Kinderzeat, but in practically every other country on Earth, it is the Tripp Trapp chair. Why did the US market require new nomenclature? I’m not sure what the logic was at the time, but in the interest of consistency, ... Read More »

Sorry for the silent treatment

It’s unprecedented since I started this blog, but I’m embarrassed that it’s been more than a week since I posted. Things have been really hectic with the holiday, and we were actually out of town on a family vacation, doing lots of first-hand product testing. I’ll have plenty of details to share, and the dry spell should be over (or ... Read More »

2006 Valco Runabout

Last week our staff had the pleasure of meeting with a gentleman from Valco who gave us a preview of their new 2006 Runabout stroller, which we have since received. While he was here, we had the opportunity to assemble the stroller, push it around, and ask a lot of questions. I was very impressed with what I saw! Valco ... Read More »

Counting on it?

New from Winning Moves, Beat the Count is a simple yet addictive new card game that leverages both luck and skill on the path to victory. Players flip their cards over into a central discard pile, and count aloud the number of cards they have played, starting at 1 on each turn. Each card is numbered from 1-10, and as ... Read More »

New Kate Spade Quest is here

And it’s really cute. The new Kate Spade Twilight features a very modern snail icon (there’s a joke in there, somewhere) on a quilted navy background, accented with white piping. The hood is lined with a green interior. Structurally, it’s identical to the other Quest strollers, but it feels very special. This year, Maclaren is extending the Kate Spade collection ... Read More »

Strolli – whee!

As proof that parents are eager to find ways to extend the life of their strollers and adapt them to fit a growing family, products like the Buggy Board and Kiddy Board (wheeled boards that attach to the back of a stroller) are extremely popular. As well, the Phil and Ted’s e3 (a single all-terrain stroller that offers a second ... Read More »

Putumayo Concert Tour

To celebrate the release of their newest album, Reggae Playgroud, Putumayo Kids is sponsoring a concert tour featuring Asheba, a Trinidadian children’s performer. There will be two Boston-area performances, one on April 7th at the Boston Children’s Museum (6:15 and 7:15pm, tickets are first come, first served) and another on April 8th at Barefoot Books in Cambridge (their April calendar ... Read More »

Bibs a la luxe

We’ve just received our first shipment of Mally Bibs, a new line of leather bibs from Canada. They will remind you a bit of Robeez shoes, but they are designed for the other end of your baby. The bibs are thick and the leather is washable and extremely stain resistant. One side sports a cute applique design while the other ... Read More »

What’s Nest?

Nest is a Massachusetts-based company that integrates clean, modern and kid-friendly designs with organic and sustainable materials. Sounds good, right? That’s why we’re pretty excited to be carrying their new line of kids’ furnishings. This husband and wife team have designed several pieces that are both visually appealing and very functional. I loved their toy cube, which is a compact ... Read More »