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Hit one out of the park

With all the mayhem surrounding the release of the XBox 360, it’s nice to see an interactive, indoor baseball game where the most complex technology is a spring-loaded mechanism that propels the batter. The Franklin Park Stadium Baseball Game, by Franklin Sports, feels a bit like a relic, but that’s partly why it is so appealing. Players can employ a ... Read More »

Rody makes it to Newsweek’s Tip Sheet

Amen, sister. The current issue of Newsweek features the Rody on their Tip Sheet for great toys for this holiday season. This inflatable rubber horse is a personal favorite of mine, not to mention my kids, and it is one of my top recommendations for kids between the ages of 1 and 4 (Newsweek says 2, probably because it can ... Read More »

Equal Opportunity for Toddlers

Keeping warm on a cold day is never easy, but parents get to worry about it twice over, once for themselves and once for their kids. There are a lot of products on the market designed to keep babies warm in their strollers and/or car seats, but most of these are sized to fit babies and young toddlers, leaving older ... Read More »

Who is Penelope Peapod?

I get a lot of mail about new products. And I try really hard to look at everything I get, since I always want to have the new, great thing, whatever it may be. But a product has to be pretty interesting to catch my attention. When I opened the mailing about Penelope Peapod, I was out the door to ... Read More »

Daddy doesn’t need a diaper bag anymore

The new Dad Gear Diaper Vest has finally arrived. This was one of my favorite items at the ABC Show in Las Vegas, where I dragged my dubious husband a half-mile through the convention center to try it on. But he loved it, and I think he won’t be alone. Dad Gear is a brand new company, but the Diaper ... Read More »

Special of the week – Cardboard boxes?

Yesterday, the National Toy Hall of Fame announced its newest inductee – the cardboard box. The box, along with other 2005 inductees, Candy Land and the Jack-in-the-Box, will take its place alongside such classic toys like Lego, Frisbee, Raggedy Ann, Barbie, Silly Putty and 26 others. I’m sure parents everywhere are cheering for this choice, which seems to be especially ... Read More »

Speaking of spiders

While I am not personally a fan of spiders, this new remote-control tarantula is pretty outstanding. We spotted this fuzzy arachnoid at a small shop in Woodstock, VT a few weeks ago, and I was so impressed I ordered them the very next day. All eight legs move in an incredibly realistic (and creepy) pattern, and the remote is simple ... Read More »

Hot Slings for Cold Days

For about a year now, we’ve been fortunate to be a reseller for the fabulous Kangaroo Korner fleece pouches. I am an avid fan of these, both for their comfort and their ease of use, so I was really sad when I found out that their availability would be extremely limited this winter. My understanding is that business has been ... Read More »

Go Spidey Go

Slot car racing has historically been a hobby reserved for teenagers and adults. The sets are typically expensive, and are purchased and developed over time, as various components are added to tweak and improve the track setup. Last year, industry-leader Carrera introduced the GO!!! series, an all-in-one racing set for ages 8 and up. Everything you need is included in ... Read More »

A devilishly good diaper bag

When Dante Pauwels first offered to send me a sample of her Dante Beatrix diaper bags, I wasn’t sure what to expect. We already had a lot of diaper bags in the store, and I didn’t think we needed any more. But when the sample arrived, I desperately wanted to keep it. It was so chic and beautiful, filled with ... Read More »