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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 »

Scoot like a Scandinavian

This is one set of wheels that is sure to turn heads. The new Svan Scooter is a pretty unique new product from those Swedish masterminds who developed the Svan High Chair. Sculpted from a single piece of bent birch wood, the Svan Scooter is sort of like a Bilibo on wheels. The indistinguishable form opens the door for all ... Read More »

Built for babies!

No, you’re not imagining it. Babies are really in right now. There are so many smart, new products on the market designed to make life easier (and more chic) for parents. Take, for example, the new baby line from Built NY, a company that made a splash with their BYOBag, a neoprene bag perfectly sized for a wine bottle (or ... Read More »

A whole new dimension

This is one holiday item that’s getting a lot of attention this year. We just got our shipment of Zocker’s 3D Pool Table, and although I haven’t personally had a chance to play just yet, it looks great. It’s basically a billiards game, but in three dimensions instead of… well, one. Players begin on the top level and compete to ... Read More »

Under Wraps

There are lots of ways to wear your baby, from the sleek and popular Baby Bjorn to a range of lesser-known slings, pouches and wraps. Styles run the gamut, from earth mother to hot mama, but any way you wear your baby, you’ll enjoy many benefits, including (but not limited to) precious bonding time and free hands. I have personally ... Read More »