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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 »

Pronto!

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 »

Zippy arrives amidst baseless concerns

We received our first shipment of 2006 Inglesina Zippy strollers today. Aside from color, there aren’t many changes to the 2006 version, but these strollers are the first to capitalize on the new partnership between Inglesina and Compass, a relatively new car seat manufacturer. The Compass infant car seat will come in fabrics that coordinate with some of the Zippy ... Read More »

Ralph’s World nominated for a Grammy

When my first daughter was about 9 months old, I was desperate to find some great music we could both enjoy listening to. When she was very young, I could depend on anything with a strong beat to soothe her (I still remember the look of shock on a friend’s face when my baby started wailing in the backseat and ... Read More »

Prada. Gucci. Fleurville?

Fleurville has made a name for itself by designing chic, durable bags that were conceived, designed and assembled to be as functional as possible. From the venerable Mothership to the hip Sling Tote to the ingenious Escape Pod, Fleurville has been a leading innovator in the category. Now, with their new Luxe bag, they are attempting to expand their brand ... Read More »