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Author Archives: Sheri

Cybex Aton is back!

Two weeks ago I broke the news that Cybex was going to cease distribution of car seats in the United States. Well, guess what? After reading blog posts like  Jamie Grayson’s and even mine, Cybex reconsidered this decision. The Aton will continue to be available through their distributor, Regal Lager. Some colors are out of stock at the moment, but Regal Lager ... Read More »

JPMA Innovation Awards 2011

Eli and I were absolutely honored and delighted to serve on the judging panel for the JPMA Innovation Awards again this year. It’s no secret I’m something of a baby gear geek, so I’d jump at any opportunity to spend an afternoon testing out the most interesting new products coming to market. We looked at over 60 products on Thursday. ... Read More »

10 Questions for Laurie Berkner

We are getting geared up for the Life is good Festival this weekend, and if you’re going to be there, chances are you’re excited to see Laurie Berkner perform. I remember the first time I saw her in concert, at First Night 2004 in Boston. I was a mom of one, pregnant with my second daughter, and writing a business ... Read More »

Cybex Aton is going away

…And not on a vacation. It’s being deported. Earlier this week, Regal Lager informed us that they will no longer be distributing Cybex car seats in the United States. This came as quite a shock, since the new Cybex Aton car seat was one of the most exciting new product releases of 2011. When I first wrote about the debut ... Read More »

10 common car seat mistakes

Z in his car seat

Car seats are among the most complicated pieces of gear most parents will encounter – probably more complicated than you think, so be prepared! Here’s a list of 10 mistakes a lot of parents make. If anything sounds familiar to you, don’t feel bad: I’ve been guilty of at least 7/10 of the things on this list over the years. ... Read More »

5 things to look for in a convertible car seat

Britax Boulevard Silver Birch

Making the transition from an infant seat to a convertible car seat can be tough for parents who’ve grown very attached to the portability of a bucket-style infant seat. But when a baby starts to get close to the height or weight limit of his infant seat, there’s no two ways about it – it’s time to make the switch. ... Read More »

It’s a Play-A-Thon!

Last year, we were very fortunate to be a part of the Life is good Festival. The event was extraordinary – amazingly well-organized, packed with great musical acts and other activities, and generally brimming with joy and optimism. We are counting down the days until this year’s Festival, coming up later this month on September 24th and 25th. These festivals, ... Read More »

11 things exhibitors can do to make the ABC Show a success

The annual ABC Kids Expo, the biggest juvenile products trade show in the US,  is right around the corner. This year, unbelievably enough, will be my 8th trip to ABC. Every year, I look forward to exploring this gargantuan trade show packed with baby products, and trying to find the next big thing(s). But year after year, some vendors make ... Read More »

The empty nest

When I moved into my college dorm room almost exactly 16 years ago, my parents needed to get a babysitter for the day to take care of my youngest sister, who was then just 2 years old. I papered the walls of my room with pictures of her, an adorable toddler with corkscrew curls and huge brown eyes. This past ... Read More »

Hello Diono

Diono RXT Car Seats

When Sunshine Kids (manufacturer of the outstanding Radian car seat) called us a few weeks ago and asked to set up a meeting, they mentioned they had some big news. But we still weren’t completely prepared for what awaited us. After 12 years as Sunshine Kids Juvenile Products, effective today the company will now be known as Diono (dee-OH-no). Why ... Read More »