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Swaddle SO easy

If you’ve had a baby and stayed in a hospital, chances are you’ve marveled at the nurses’ aptitude for swaddling. Babies usually spend the first days of their lives wrapped up tight, courtesy of the nurses. Then, you get home and despite having paid attention to frequent demonstrations (in the midst of post-partum haziness), you discover that swaddling is quite ... Read More »

Got Sparkle?

Little girls and makeup. It can be a touchy subject, and I’m not about to debate any side of the issue. Fact is, many little girls are fascinated with cosmetics; even my three-year-old asks for a turn with my lip gloss. Some parents are concerned about letting young children wear any sort of makeup, while others are more relaxed about ... Read More »

Mountain Buggy update

The sale will begin today. Reduced prices will be on our website by this afternoon. I also got pricing for the 2006 Urban Single ($429) and Urban Double ($659). Right now, we are well stocked with all colors, except red singles. Read More »

Too much of a good thing= very good deals

2005 was a very good year for Mountain Buggy. In spite of a minor recall, we’ve seen the popularity of these all-terrain strollers soar. The success is well-deserved. The strollers are sturdy, well-constructed and phenomenally smooth to handle. In an effort to meet the incredible demand, Mountain Buggy ended the year slightly overstocked. Better than the alternative, for sure, and ... Read More »

Mail call

I’m a big fan of Melissa & Doug toys. Even before I had the store, I always gravitated to their puzzles, activity toys, magnets, etc. Over the past several years, this great company has enjoyed explosive growth by employing unconventionally friendly business practices and carving a solid niche in the market. Their products have a sort of paradoxical combination of ... Read More »

Rock Star Baby

I want to open with a disclaimer. We do not sell the bugaboo strollers. Many people assume that we choose not to carry them because we don’t like them. This is not true. At this time, there are apparently too many other retailers in our area. We hope to someday offer this line, but in the meantime we remain admirers ... Read More »

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 »