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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 »

Name that tune?

International Playthings, distributor of the popular Calico Critters, is having a songwriting contest. Kids are invited to try their hand at creating a Calico Critters anthem by composing new lyrics to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Entry forms are available for download at their website. Completed entries can be dropped off in our store or mailed directly to ... Read More »

This little Piggy stayed clean

The Piggy Platter is a new placemat for babies and kids. It was designed by a mom trying to avoid the sticky mess left over from breakfast oatmeal. There are a couple of nice innovations here. First, the surface of the mat is clear, so you can put funny pictures, flashcards or other stimulating graphics underneath. There’s a no-slip rubber ... Read More »

New features on our website

We just launched two cool new features on our website. The Stroller Matchmaker is a form that asks a series of detailed questions about parents’ lifestyle, habits and tastes. That form is submitted to us and is reviewed by one of our Stroller Matchmakers. Then, we send a list of tailored recommendations for strollers. The turnaround time is listed as ... Read More »

Safety concerns and lawsuits with Magnetix construction toy

While this is not an official recall, it’s a pretty scary story. Magnetix (which we have never carried in our store) is being blamed for the death of a 22-month old boy and the serious illnesses of two other young boys, all of whom live in Washington state. Apparently, the small magnets became dislodged from the plastic toy and each ... Read More »

A bib for the ages

Although it isn’t new, the Crumb Chum is worthy of praise, so here it comes. There are a lot of bibs out there, but the Crumb Chum is the most wearable and most effective bib I’ve ever used. The coverage is incredible – it’s somewhat like wearing a smock – and the fabric is very thin and light, so it ... Read More »

Life’s a picnic

This summer’s must-have backyard accessory for the pint-size set. Science and Nature‘s new kid-size picnic table is completely adorable, and kids will dig the cheerful graphics and the working umbrella. I checked it out at the Boston Gift Show yesterday, where they had one assembled. The price is so great, I was curious about the quality. It was about what ... Read More »

Second time around

My younger child celebrated her second birthday today. I think it’s a bit hard to find the right tone for this particular age. The first birthday is always more for the parents than for the baby. By the second one, the child can understand that something special is happening, but still doesn’t have any expectations for the day. By three, ... Read More »