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Freezing your Bjorn off?

As temperatures continue to drop here in New England, we’re coming to grips with the notion that winter is upon us. One consequence of the cooler weather is bulky outerwear, and cramming a bundled-up baby into a Baby Bjorn is not fun for anyone involved. But necessity is the mother of invention, which explains why a local mom invented an ... Read More »

Goobi Goobi Goo

OK, yes. Magnetic construction toys are everywhere. There are so many different brands, each with its own unique angle that it’s gotten to be a hard category to shop. When I first saw the Goobi line, I was really skeptical. I dismissed it as another “me too” product. But the smart saleswoman had brought samples and after a half hour ... Read More »

Travel Advisory: GoGo Kidz

Flying with little babies is pretty easy. Take the infant car seat and a wheeled carrier frame and you’re good to go. But once the baby has outgrown the infant seat, airline travel gets bleaker and parents become pack mules. The car seat is a big problem. It’s big and heavy and you don’t really have any place to put ... Read More »

Marble Madness

Marbles have been around for a long time. Stone marbles dating back 5000 years were uncovered in the ancient tomb of an Egyptian child, while archeological evidence supports the popularity of marbles in both ancient Rome and in Mexico. It’s safe to say that marbles are one of the oldest playthings in the world, and they continue to engage and ... Read More »

Let it shine

This isn’t quite as hot off the presses as some of the other products I’ve covered, but I’m a huge fan, so I thought I’d spread the love. The Light Night is a completely unique design that is wireless, rechargable and incredibly durable. Let it charge on the included base all day, and it will shine all night long, night ... Read More »

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 »