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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 »

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 »