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Author Archives: Sheri

Elevating the high chair

If you could graph the trend in high chairs, it would look something like the trajectory of a yo-yo. A generation ago, everything was wood. Then came plastic. Over the past few years, a new breed of sleek European wooden chairs became so popular, they practically obliterated the plastic chairs (around here, anyway). But now the pendulum is swinging the ... Read More »

Britax Decathlon Recalled

My hair is going gray this week, I swear it. A customer gave us a heads-up today that Britax has issued a voluntary recall of the Decathlon. I’m wondering why, in the flurry of e-mails that I’ve received from Britax over the past few days regarding other matters, this wasn’t even mentioned, but perhaps I’m just a bit oversensitive right ... Read More »

Clek is here!

I loved this booster when I saw it at the JPMA show, and we’ve finally received our first shipment. Now that I’ve had a chance to spend some time with it, I’m particularly impressed with the padding on the seat. It is very thick and amazingly comfortable (I sat on it myself). I think it’s an ideal solution for carpoolers, ... Read More »

Kaboost!

There are a lot of new high chair concepts out there (and I’ve got a detailed review of these in the works), but I love this simple idea that solves the table-height problem at its most basic level. Kids are too short to reach the table, so why not just give the chair a boost? The Kaboost fits onto almost ... Read More »

How Mao? Try Quao.

Fourteen summers ago, I came home from a teen tour obsessed with a card game I had learned — Mao. If you aren’t familiar with this diabolically fun game, Mao has no rules. Or at least, none that can be explained. But in this day and age, you can find everything on the internet, including a detailed explanation of Mao ... Read More »

Good Mourning

My husband lost his grandfather this week, the last of the eight grandparents we had between us. He was 88 years old. He survived Auschwitz alongside his brother, then emigrated to the USA where he married, became a father, a grandfather and eventually a great grandfather. He was a warm, bright and funny man who enjoyed lively conversations on a ... Read More »

Mattel recall expanded, the drama builds

Mattel has recalled another 9 million toys, and the owner of the factory in China responsible for the lead paint recall has committed suicide. One die-cast licensed Cars toy was found to have dangerous levels of lead paint, but the majority of the toys in this recall are actually magnetic toys. The tiny magnets may inadvertently release from the toys, ... Read More »

All in the wrist

In the beginning, we stuffed diapers into diaper bags, and just dealt with it when they got all puffy and pilled. We tossed our wipes case into the abyss, and then had to grope around to find it while our babies wailed in distress on the changing table. Then, Diapees and Wipees came along, with a clever cloth pouch that ... Read More »

Como is a-coming

I just got an e-mail that the Midnight Desert and Beige Como seats from Recaro should be shipping out to us next week. Cobalt and Blush are still in transit and are scheduled to ship in the beginning of September. No update on the Signo for now. As soon as I hear, I’ll pass it along. I know a lot ... Read More »

Daytrippin’ with Maclaren

Today, I spent the day visiting the US headquarters of Maclaren in Norwalk, CT. We were invited for a sneak preview of the 2008 product line, which will be shown at the ABC Show next month in Las Vegas. It was a great opportunity to see the new products away from the hullabaloo of the trade show, and it was ... Read More »