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Geuther ’round

In this brave new world of design-conscious parents, European wooden high chairs have become a ubiquitous presence. Whether it’s the clean zigzag of the Stokke Kinderzeat or the elegant curves of the Svan chair, these attractive seats offer the added appeal of longevity. Both will adjust to accommodate children or adults, using a simple allen wrench to move the seat ... Read More »

Mechanically inclined?

This is probably one of the most unique toy concepts I’ve come across in a while. Each Automoblox car comes apart into pieces, and if you have more than one car, you can rebuild the pieces to make new cars. The parts are big and chunky enough to be handled by a preschooler, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to ... Read More »

7am Enfant

It was about a year ago that I trailed a woman two blocks down Broadway in Manhattan so I could read the label on her stroller bunting. That was my first encounter with 7am Enfant, and it was worth the effort. These yummy buntings are more like miniature sleeping bags. They are beautiful, chic and very warm. The company had ... Read More »

In with the new

Welcome to the newest iteration of spillingthebeans.net. After a few months of practice, we’ve made some changes that should make our site more flexible and user-friendly. If you’ve been a regular visitor, you’ll notice that we’re minimizing. We used to have two blogs, one for toys and one for baby. Now there’s just one blog, but every posting is carefully ... Read More »

Swaddle SO easy

If you’ve had a baby and stayed in a hospital, chances are you’ve marveled at the nurses’ aptitude for swaddling. Babies usually spend the first days of their lives wrapped up tight, courtesy of the nurses. Then, you get home and despite having paid attention to frequent demonstrations (in the midst of post-partum haziness), you discover that swaddling is quite ... Read More »

Got Sparkle?

Little girls and makeup. It can be a touchy subject, and I’m not about to debate any side of the issue. Fact is, many little girls are fascinated with cosmetics; even my three-year-old asks for a turn with my lip gloss. Some parents are concerned about letting young children wear any sort of makeup, while others are more relaxed about ... Read More »

Mountain Buggy update

The sale will begin today. Reduced prices will be on our website by this afternoon. I also got pricing for the 2006 Urban Single ($429) and Urban Double ($659). Right now, we are well stocked with all colors, except red singles. Read More »

Too much of a good thing= very good deals

2005 was a very good year for Mountain Buggy. In spite of a minor recall, we’ve seen the popularity of these all-terrain strollers soar. The success is well-deserved. The strollers are sturdy, well-constructed and phenomenally smooth to handle. In an effort to meet the incredible demand, Mountain Buggy ended the year slightly overstocked. Better than the alternative, for sure, and ... Read More »

Mail call

I’m a big fan of Melissa & Doug toys. Even before I had the store, I always gravitated to their puzzles, activity toys, magnets, etc. Over the past several years, this great company has enjoyed explosive growth by employing unconventionally friendly business practices and carving a solid niche in the market. Their products have a sort of paradoxical combination of ... Read More »

Rock Star Baby

I want to open with a disclaimer. We do not sell the bugaboo strollers. Many people assume that we choose not to carry them because we don’t like them. This is not true. At this time, there are apparently too many other retailers in our area. We hope to someday offer this line, but in the meantime we remain admirers ... Read More »