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Fit to be a parent

Finding time for exercise is particularly challenging for busy parents. There’s a big trend towards bringing along baby, with stroller exercise classes sprouting up all over the country. So I was psyched when I saw the new Strollometer, a very cool device that attaches to your stroller and tracks a variety of fitness-related data. Using magnets and wireless transmissions, it ... Read More »

Tripp Trappin’ over the ocean

Until now, the beloved Stokke Kinderzeat has endured a split personality disorder. In the United States, it is known as the Kinderzeat, but in practically every other country on Earth, it is the Tripp Trapp chair. Why did the US market require new nomenclature? I’m not sure what the logic was at the time, but in the interest of consistency, ... Read More »

Graco thinks big

The new SafeSeat from Graco has arrived, and although it’s been a very quiet product launch, this is one of the most important new arrivals of 2006. Until now, parents have generally accepted that they will need a minimum of three car seats to get from infancy through childhood. Even under the new standards, infant car seats can accommodate babies ... Read More »

It’s smart, but is it a buggy?

Check out the new Smart Buggy from Phil and Ted’s, and you’ll discover a sort of cross between a stroller and hand truck. We spent a good amount of time puzzling over one on Friday, and IMHO this is a very innovative concept, but it may still need to work out some kinks before it’s a true success. The good: ... Read More »

Geuther ’round

In this brave new world of design-conscious parents, European wooden high chairs have become a ubiquitous presence. Whether it’s the clean zigzag of the Stokke Kinderzeat or the elegant curves of the Svan chair, these attractive seats offer the added appeal of longevity. Both will adjust to accommodate children or adults, using a simple allen wrench to move the seat ... Read More »

Swaddle SO easy

If you’ve had a baby and stayed in a hospital, chances are you’ve marveled at the nurses’ aptitude for swaddling. Babies usually spend the first days of their lives wrapped up tight, courtesy of the nurses. Then, you get home and despite having paid attention to frequent demonstrations (in the midst of post-partum haziness), you discover that swaddling is quite ... Read More »

Rock Star Baby

I want to open with a disclaimer. We do not sell the bugaboo strollers. Many people assume that we choose not to carry them because we don’t like them. This is not true. At this time, there are apparently too many other retailers in our area. We hope to someday offer this line, but in the meantime we remain admirers ... Read More »

Make room for Maclaren

No, it isn’t a newfangled shopping cart. This is Maclaren’s brand new entry into the thriving market for car seat-carrying stroller frames. These popular wheeled frames are designed to secure an infant car seat, so you can enjoy the benefits of a travel system without needing to suffer the often dire shortcomings of travel system strollers once your child has ... Read More »

Pronto!

Back in October, when we first received JJ Cole’s Essentials Changing Pad & Tote, I talked about an emerging trend in diaper bag downsizing (flashback here). Now, Skip-Hop has released their own mini-tote, the Pronto. In general, I love everything from Skip-Hop. Their designs are so practical and down-to-earth without ever sacrificing good looks. The Pronto is just as good ... Read More »

Radian Car Seat Debuts

We’ve just received our first shipment of the new Radian car seat, a convertible seat designed for children from 5-65 lbs. and up to 49″. There are many good reasons to be wary of a brand new car seat design, and I spent a lot of time with this seat before I agreed to carry it. But I really liked ... Read More »