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Bring on the Brio

When we decided to buy a large Brio train set this holiday season, it wasn’t triggered by any great sense of nostalgia. Day in and day out, we watch children interacting with the Brio train table in our play area, and we’ve seen firsthand how enticing it is for kids in a surprisingly broad age range. So, we moved our ... Read More »

Britax kicks it up a notch

There are a lot of nice things to be said for Britax car seats. From a safety perspective, they are widely praised for their (relatively) simple and very solid design; a properly installed Britax seat feels, literally, like a rock. Comfort-wise, children are always very content. But aside from those most critical elements, Britax has also carved another niche with ... Read More »

What’s your story?

When Renee Whitcombe was pregnant with her second child, she looked high and low for a book to prepare her daughter for the impending new arrival. I know that she didn’t find much, because I embarked on the same search and came up mostly empty-handed. From her post-partum hospital bed, Renee conceived of a book that parents could personalize for ... Read More »

Make room for Maclaren

No, it isn’t a newfangled shopping cart. This is Maclaren’s brand new entry into the thriving market for car seat-carrying stroller frames. These popular wheeled frames are designed to secure an infant car seat, so you can enjoy the benefits of a travel system without needing to suffer the often dire shortcomings of travel system strollers once your child has ... Read More »

Driven to distraction

When I had my first baby, I dreaded car trips like nothing else. Especially if I was driving. It felt like I was transporting a ticking time bomb, and if she exploded into tears, I was assured of a near nervous breakdown (or collision). I would desperately try to soothe her from the front seat while keeping an eye on ... Read More »

Bad hair days?

Handling my kids’ hair seems to be a neverending adventure. In the beginning, it was just fuzz. Those were the days, let me tell you. Now, I have to practically wrestle my preschooler to the ground (or bribe her shamelessly) in order to brush her hair, while her little sister cries inconsolably until she gets her turn. I’m reminded of ... Read More »

Kangaroo Korner is back!

Last month, we reported that Kangaroo Korner, makers of our best-selling adjustable fleece pouches, was putting their wholesale division on hold. Now, I’m delighted to update that status. We have them back in stock, in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Fortunately, it was a quick hiatus. These pouches are incredibly comfortable to wear, well made and easy to ... Read More »

Flash of Brilliance

I’ve never been a huge fan of flash cards. I can remember receiving them as a kid, and feeling a bit like I’d just been given a lump of coal (or whatever the Jewish equivalent… a stale bagel?). But a lot of parents ask for them, and so I set off to find some really good ones. When I first ... Read More »


Back in October, when we first received JJ Cole’s Essentials Changing Pad & Tote, I talked about an emerging trend in diaper bag downsizing (flashback here). Now, Skip-Hop has released their own mini-tote, the Pronto. In general, I love everything from Skip-Hop. Their designs are so practical and down-to-earth without ever sacrificing good looks. The Pronto is just as good ... Read More »

Hidden Talents?

People call me all the time looking for paint-by-number activities. When we opened, my husband (and business partner) was coming off of four years teaching art and art history to high school students, and he encouraged me to avoid paint-by-number activities in favor of more open-ended artistic endeavors. When I first saw Sentosphere Artistics (not recently – we’ve had these ... Read More »