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But what do kids really want?

In this week’s New York Times Style Magazine, Patricia Marx interviewed a number of children and asked what they want for Christmas or Hanukkah. The answers ranged from the predictable to the hilarious. If you have a chance, check it out. Read More »

Balancing Act

I don’t think I need to say much about this item. The first time I saw a picture of the Labyrinth Balance Board in a catalog, I got pretty excited about it. It took me a while to track it down, and finally, as it turned out, the company that makes it, Challenge & Fun, is actually located in Massachusetts. ... Read More »

Trick out your diaper bag

When disposable diapers come out of their packaging, they are lovely – smooth, clean and so flat. But after a day or two knocking around in your diaper bag they undergo an unpleasant transformation into fuzzy, puffy, wrinkled wads. It’s just inevitable, and it never seems to matter which appropriately-sized pocket you use to store them. So a smart mom ... Read More »

Are you game?

Although video games have become enormously popular with kids (an understatement, I know), board games are still a strong category, especially among families looking for quality together-time activities. Testament to this is the games section at Toy Fair each year, with several aisles teeming with passionate, small companies often hawking a single product. Even on a professional level, it’s relatively ... Read More »

Buff, baby

I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a fan of “Survivor” (there are millions of us out there – just not anyone I know). If you’ve never seen it, all you need to know is this: contestants are given color-coded Buffs to identify which tribe they are on. I’d never heard of a Buff until I started watching Survivor, ... Read More »

A train table with legs

After much consideration, we’ve finally received our first shipment of Nilo activity tables. I’ve been debating this product line for a very long time, but after hearing so many great things about it, I took the plunge. We are carrying both the larger Multi-Activity Table and the 1/2 size Block Table. The Multi-Activity table is the same size as a ... Read More »

Spoondoggle

When my first was starting to eat solids, I bought myself this Baby Bjorn Plate and Spoon set. The plate is nice, but the spoons are extraordinary. They are perfectly sized for small hands, and the spoon is deep enough to actually pick up food, unlike many other toddler spoons. They are truly the best spoons I’ve ever used, but ... Read More »

Calling all sugarplum fairies

Yesterday morning, the Today Show featured the Musical Nutcracker Dress by Acting Out, and right on time, the UPS truck rolled up with our first shipment. When I first heard about musical dress-up I was very wary. Dress up is one of the most open-ended, creative play activities, and I wasn’t sure that adding music could really improve the experience. ... Read More »

Why I love Mustela Wipes

When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I was freelancing as a writer, working on a catalog for a posh epothecary on Newbury Street. This was my introduction to Mustela, and by the time Audrey was born, I was an avid fan. I particularly loved the wipes, which are thick and soft with a very gentle fragrance. As it ... Read More »

Scrabble for Capitalists

Last week, a customer came in and asked if we carried a game called Buy Word. She was shocked that we’d never heard of this game, which was recently named Game of the Year by Games Magazine. We never want to be out of the loop, so I did some research and eventually ordered this game, which has won so ... Read More »