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A new way to play with food

Considering a toy kitchen for your preschooler this holiday? Here’s an interesting alternative. The Push Cart Mini Mart from Alex is a really neat (albeit large) make-believe prop that is sure to inspire hours of creative play. Modeled after classic marketplace pushcarts, this kid-scale version has plenty of shelving to merchandise all sorts of wares, as well as chalkboard surfaces, ... Read More »

The newest essential

Way back in 2002, when I had my first daughter, the diaper bag renaissance was still about a year away. My well-meaning husband bought me a Kate Spade diaper bag that unbelievably had no pockets, and my well-meaning mother bought me a Graco diaper bag in the campy French Bears pattern (to match my travel system). The outlook was pretty ... Read More »

Kickin’ it up a notch

As if remote control cars weren’t fun enough, Kid Galaxy has really upped the ante with their new soccer game, Kick It. Two soccer cleats are controlled by separate remote controls, and the object is to kick the ball into your opponent’s goal, marked by the nifty little orange cones. You don’t need me to tell you why this is ... Read More »

Double the fun

Well, well, well. Look who just joined the party. After seeing a steady rise in popularity with the e3 single buggy, we’ve just received our first shipment of the new e3 Twin. The body style is reminiscent of the Mountain Buggy Urban Double or the Valco Twin Runabout, with two front swivel wheels. It pushes beautifully and looks sharp, with ... Read More »

Just add light

The first time we went to Toy Fair, in February of 2004, we were pretty new to the industry. The ink had barely dried on our lease, and our store wasn’t slated to open for another 4 months. We were walking around the Javitz center in a daze, completely overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds. So many toys, so ... Read More »

Nest-ing

As urban parents embrace the new trend towards high-design baby gear, the bar keeps getting raised. The newest kid on the block? Mozzee’s NEST, a minimalist, convertable high chair that is easy to use, easy to clean and pretty easy on the eyes, too. This was the intent, as it turns out. Designed by Australian architect Sally Dominguez, the NEST ... Read More »

Teepee Couture

These playful, gorgeous play tents are one of my favorite recommendations for this year’s holiday season. OK, yes. I know, not everyone can afford to spend upwards of $300 on a child’s gift, but if you can, this is what you should buy. Here’s why: 1. Play value. The possibilities are practically unlimited, and we guarantee it will keep kids ... Read More »

Grand Paws

Last winter, we had so many people ask us for good, baby-sized mittens, so when I passed by the Bear Hands booth at the ABC Show in Las Vegas I got pretty excited. I may have even jumped up and down – it’s possible. These mittens are absolutely awesome – the perfect blend of fun and functional. We’ve had them ... Read More »

Raising a Ruckus

We see a lot of card games in our line of work. There are classics, like Go Fish, Old Maid and Uno. Intellectual favorites, like Set. Blockbuster (relative) newcomers, like Apples to Apples, and undiscovered gems, like Perpetual Commotion. The common key to success among all these titles is simplicity. Great card games are created around an idea that is ... Read More »

Even when they’re eating?

Maybe kids shouldn’t play with their food, but this new line encourages infants and toddlers to explore and interact with their serving pieces. Always Learning is an acclaimed line of baby feeding products from the U.K. that has finally made it’s way to our side of the ocean. Each product is designed to engage little eaters through inventive use of ... Read More »