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Baby Bjorn lightens up

Baby Bjorn introduced two new products at the ABC show, a new carrier and a travel crib. The carrier is called Synergy, aptly named since it’s basically a cross between the popular Active carrier and the lightweight Air carrier. This was an excellent decision. The Active carrier has been a parent favorite because of its upgraded lumbar support system, which ... Read More »

Sneak Picco at Recaro

At Recaro’s booth, we were ushered into a small private room to get a quick preview of their new infant car seat, the Picco, set to debut in April. The seat itself is still in a fairly early stage of design, but the side impact protection system looks fantastic. The base is very unique looking and includes a rebound bar. ... Read More »

Baby Jogger downsizes

Evaluating new products isn’t usually straightforward. It’s very rare that I’ll see something and know immediately whether or not it will succeed, but when I feel that sense of certainty, I always follow my gut. On the last day of the show, I finally got around to the Baby Jogger booth. I wasn’t expecting anything earth-shattering, but lo and behold ... Read More »

Mutsy Slider

The Mutsy strollers have been very well received during their first year in the US. We’ve had good success with the 4-Rider model, a hybrid with four pneumatic tires (two large in the rear, two smaller in the front). The front air-filled tires make this stroller unusual and give it a very smooth ride. They also make the frame a ... Read More »

Gone Gaga for Good

I have this friend of a friend. She went to business school, where she developed a plan to start a business designing clever products for parents. After graduation, she followed her dream and got down to work. I met her a couple of times, and while I was very impressed with her, I wasn’t sure she could pull it off. ... Read More »

Fussy baby? Put away the car keys.

When you’re bleary-eyed in the middle of the night with an inconsolable, shrieking newborn, you’ll do practically anything to soothe the savage beast. Conventional wisdom has it that colicky babies often calm down with a ride in the car, or, in a pinch, strapped into a carseat on top of a running clothes dryer. Something about those vibrations help fussy ... Read More »

ubi changes everything

This easily the most brilliant thing I saw during my first day of the show, and I’ll be really surprised if I see something that trumps it over the next three days. The ubi is billed as a modern changing table, but it’s more than that. It’s really a design innovation that will set parents free from the concept of ... Read More »

How d’you Doomoo?

I’ve been a huge fan conceptually of the Doomoo chair since I first heard of it more than two years ago. Maybe it’s sentimental. I bought a similiar, adult size chair from a European furniture store in a fit of entitlement when my first pregnancy went overdue. Ambling around downtown Boston, hugely rotund and completely miserable, I sat on the ... Read More »

Phil & Ted & Ted & Ted & Ted

I know how many of you are waiting for an update on the Phil & Teds situation, so I made sure to hit that booth today to get the details. I have no photos to share – they were incredibly vigilant about that. What I found was a bit strange. I’m not sure I understand the logic, but I’ll present ... Read More »

Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby

My kids were both die-hard lactivists. They were born that way. They simply didn’t believe in bottles. Personally, life would have been a lot easier if they hadn’t been quite so militant, but at the time, my lifestyle more or less accommodated round-the-clock nursing, so I didn’t push back too hard. I did try a half dozen different kinds of ... Read More »

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