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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 »

2006 Stroller Alert! (speaking of Maclaren)

Today we received our first 2006 strollers – 4 new Maclaren Techno XT colors, Citrus Lime, Tangerine, Sky Blue and Storm Grey. They are all available on our website. Yes, that means the 2005 stock will go on sale, probably tomorrow. Check back for details.Also, we had an update from Mountian Buggy that the 2006 strollers will ship near the ... Read More »

A tower of Babal

What’s so fun about a little foam ball embedded in a bigger foam ball? Wait and see. From the designer who created the popular Bilibo, Babal is another abstract toy concept, designed to stretch little imaginations and redefine the boundaries of play. Alex Hochstrasser is a Swiss designer who did extensive research into children’s playtime behavior. He was most inspired ... Read More »

Pretty in Pink

The Maclaren Volo has been a bit hard to come by these days. This best-selling entry-level Maclaren is a popular model, thanks to its featherweight size, its sharp styling and its outstanding handling. Last December, Maclaren had plenty of Volos – too many, actually. This year I guess they overcompensated, so we haven’t received Volos since the end of the ... Read More »

Fun for each night

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is celebrated each December, right around the same time as Christmas. Coincidentally, there is a tradition of giving gifts on each of the holiday’s eight nights, although this tradition almost certainly came about from a desire to keep children from feeling left out during the Christmas season. In fact, the real tradition is to ... Read More »

Radian Car Seat Debuts

We’ve just received our first shipment of the new Radian car seat, a convertible seat designed for children from 5-65 lbs. and up to 49″. There are many good reasons to be wary of a brand new car seat design, and I spent a lot of time with this seat before I agreed to carry it. But I really liked ... Read More »

A magical DVD concept

Philosophically, many parents differ when it comes to babies and TV. I have friends on both sides of the issue, and I’ve always taken a middle-of-the-road stance myself. When I was a stay-at-home mom, having a half-hour to check my e-mail, cook dinner or read a magazine was a wonderful luxury, and if Baby Einstein could facilitate that, great. But ... Read More »

Weighing in…

One of the greatest sources of anxiety for any new mother is her baby’s weight gain. Anyone who has been through it can attest to that. I always found it amazing how personally invested I was in fattening up my kids. When my baby gained weight, I was flooded with joy and an acute sense of accomplishment, and when she ... Read More »

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 »