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We’re hooked!

This is one of the most oft-requested products we’ve never been able to find. Parents are dying to find a way to hook bags onto their strollers. On a Maclaren, or other two-handled model, it’s easy. But on any stroller with a single bar, it’s impossible. There are a couple of options out there, but nothing that seemed heavy-duty enough ... Read More »

The (un)friendly skies

I don’t usually use this blog as a platform for my own personal rants, but I wanted to share this experience and get some feedback. We flew home from Orlando today, and poor weather in Boston delayed our flight by nearly two hours. If you’ve got small children, you know that airport delays are especially difficult. Most parents, like myself, ... Read More »

Powder Puff, girls?

Over the past few years, baby powder has fallen from grace. Formerly hailed as a cure-all for a vareity of baby skin irritations, concerns surfaced about the safety of inhaling talc, now considered to be a carcinogen in the same cateogry as asbestos. As this scary news spread, anxious parents simply abandoned powder altogether, regardless of whether or not it ... Read More »

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 »