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Author Archives: Sheri

Boom Chickyboom

There’s a reason why they don’t let kids into Toy Fair. They’d touch everything, knock things over and make a mess. Fortunately for me, they don’t discriminate against clumsy adults with similar tendencies. I arrived at the Blue Orange booth this morning, fresh as a daisy. The first thing I saw was Chickyboom, a new game. If I had been ... Read More »

P’kolino enters the world of easels

The Melissa & Doug easel has been our best-seller for the past several years, combining funcitonality and value to win market share. But prices have slowly crept up as manufacturing costs have increased worldwide, and this easel which was once a steal at $49.99 increased to $59.99 last year, and will be more of a special occasion purchase in 2009 ... Read More »

Skip Hop Debuts Bags for Kids

I love Skip Hop diaper bags for their comfortable designs, great features and excellent value.  Now my kids can share in the fun. Skip Hop has designed three kids’ backpacks, called Zoo Packs. Inspired by animals, the backpacks look great and have a smart, insulated pocket right in front for snacks or lunches. The best part is the price point, ... Read More »

Toy Fair Day One

This year at Toy Fair is a little different than the years before. This is the first year I’ve had to juggle the demands of the show with the demands of a baby who is still exclusively breasftfeeding (minus a couple of well-aimed spoonsful of rice cereal a day). Toy Fair has a stringent “No kids allowed” policy that extends ... Read More »

New Lillebaby EveryWear Carrier review

If you’re shopping for a new baby carrier, you’ll find a lot of different options. You can wear your baby on your front, on your back, or on your hip. You can wear him upright or cradled. He can face in or face out. Most of the time, a carrier is limited to one or two of these different configurations. ... Read More »

Mountain Buggy not bankrupt – yet.

Rumors are swirling about the fate of Mountain Buggy, the New Zealand-based stroller manufacturer, with some saying the company has gone bankrupt. This is not the case, as far as I have been told. The company went into receivership last week. This means that the company will be reorganized and marketed for sale. Understanding that the Mountain Buggy’s good name ... Read More »

New babies = quiet blog

January is always a hectic month for us – 2009 toy catalogs come pouring into the office, we do inventory, strategy meetings, annual performance reviews and get the kids back into the swing of things at school. So when my husband’s sister had a baby girl on January 15, the last-minute escape to Chicago just compounded the chaotic fun. It ... Read More »

Phil & Teds Dash is back

After a very rocky start, the Dash stroller is back in stores (including ours). Preliminary reports are very good, and in spite of it all, the Dash remains my favorite of the four Phil & Teds models. There have been no substantial changes to the Dash aside from resolving the key issues that caused the recall. So, you can read ... Read More »

Bib-away, give-away

Ah, the bib. So small but so important. Bebe Au Lait has a revolutionary new design that I love. It’s a reversible bib with a magnetic closure, and there are two large surfaces that overlap when the bib is closed. The beauty is, if one side gets dirty, there are three other clean surfaces to choose from (two on each ... Read More »

Tweet, tweet

I’ve joined the wonderful world of Twitter. If you’ve never heard of it, Twitter is an interesting online service that allows users to post regular updates using 140 characters or less. You can choose to “follow” other users and see their “tweets.” It’s a lot of fun, and there are some very interesting people who use it. You can check ... Read More »