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The fairest of them all

Sorry for the relative quiet here this week. We’ve been in high gear preparing for our annual pilgrimage to the American International Toy Fair in New York City. I will be reporting live each night with my find-of-the-day and other impressions from this mammoth industry show, which officially kicks off this Sunday morning. Read More »

“Thanks” for the Grammy

Sadly, our beloved Ralph’s World did not win the Grammy yesterday for best children’s album, losing out to a compilation of songs from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood (stiff competition). But, another favorite of mine, Marlo Thomas, did walk away with the prize for “Thanks and Giving All Year Long”, her worthwhile (and long-awaited) follow-up to the venerable 1972 classic, “Free to ... Read More »

2006 Mountain Buggy line is here

We’ve received our first shipment of 2006 Mountain Buggy strollers. We have Urban singles and doubles, and I believe all colors are in stock, at least for the moment. They look beautiful, and the improvements are really nice. Read More »

Bib-bity Bobbity Boo – it’s an instant bib

My mom discovered Kipiis (www.kipiis.com) long before we owned our store. She saw them in a magazine and thought they were the ultimate grandparent accessory. She was right, though parents love them, too. Compact, durable and effective, Kipiis can turn practically anything into a bib, anytime, anywhere. It’s one of my favorite diaper bag essentials. Reminiscent of the metal clips ... Read More »

Cogno-tivity

When I first saw some of the promotional materials for the new Cogno games, I didn’t think they could actually be fun. It’s really hard to make a good educational science board game that kids actually want to play. But I’ve been keeping an eye on it for a couple of months and after watching it rack up countless awards ... Read More »

Teether recall

The following has been pasted from The First Years website, thefirstyears.com: ====================== Liquid-Filled Teether Recall The First Years is dedicated to providing parents with safe, high-quality products. In line with this mission, we have issued a voluntary recall of six liquid-filled teethers sold between July 2005 and January 2006 due to possible bacterial contamination. The liquid inside the teethers may ... Read More »

New Phil and Ted’s colors are in

Although the Phil and Ted’s e3 doesn’t have any real design changes for 2006, they are offering four new colors, available immediately. There’s orange, black, sand and lime green. If our website is showing these are out of stock, it’s just that we haven’t finished receiving them – I have seen them and I know they are physically here. If ... Read More »

Time’s up

A couple of months ago, my 3-year old wanted to learn to tell time. I’m actually ashamed to say that I thought it would be easy. She’s a smart little girl (really – I’m not just saying it because I’m her mother), and I thought it would be a pretty basic concept. First, I sat her down with my watch, ... Read More »

2006 Mountain Buggy Colors

We’re holding our breath waiting for our first shipment of 2006 Mountain Buggy strollers, due this week (we hope). Today, we received images of the whole 2006 lineup, which are already in place on our website. Follow this link to check them out. I’m particularly excited about the new Cabana color. I don’t think the photos do it justice. Those ... Read More »

New moms – Oprah needs your help

Oprah Winfrey is planning an upcoming show about baby gifts. Or maybe she’s planning another mega baby shower? In any case, she’s asking new moms to submit information about the best and worst gifts they received. It’s listed in the “Be on Oprah” section, so who knows? Click here for more information. Read More »