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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 »

Move over, alphabet

When I was growing up, my family had a summer home on Cape Cod. The house had a dining room, but there was plenty of room to eat in the kitchen. So the dining room instead served as a playroom for my (much) younger sister. The centerpiece of the room was a set of interlocking foam tiles with cut-out letters ... Read More »

Zapps are here!

Our first shipment of Quinny Zapp strollers just arrived. We’ve got one in our office, and we’re playing with it extensively today. Initial impressions are very good – it folds down nearly to the size of an umbrella, and it handles really beautifully, even with the modified design (two wheels in front versus one). Downsides include the teeny tiny basket, ... Read More »

A must-have calendar for mom

My own mother is a devoted fan of Sandra Boynton’s “Mom’s Family Calendar”, and though the illustrations are irresistible, it’s the clever layout of this calendar that makes her hunt it down year after year. Instead of the traditional grid layout, this calendar looks more like a chart. There’s a column for each family member (up to five total), and ... Read More »

Radian in living color

When the Radian 80 car seat came out, the color selection was almost comical. There was Manhattan, which was mostly gray, and Supercool, which was entirely gray. But there’s good news for Radian fans who also like colors. They’ve just come out with two new fabric options, Princess and Monaco. Princess (pictured) is obviously geared towards little girls. It is ... Read More »

Britax Regent Product “Update”

I just received an announcement from Britax that they will be offering a free product update kit for all Regent car seats manufactured between November 10, 2005 and June 18, 2007. This kit will “enhance the performance” of the Regent seat. Clearly this is not a recall, but Britax is strongly encouraging consumers to utilize this kit, and is also ... Read More »

Furniture forays

After three years of carrying exclusively Stokke nursery furniture, Magic Beans is branching out. After extensive research, we decided to bring in ducduc, a New York-based line of modern nursery furniture. This was not an easy decision. We’ve been pretty well spoiled by Stokke’s ironclad quality control and quick shipping schedule. If we were going to bring in another option ... Read More »

Just a phone call away

Thanks to grannyg for this tip: There’s a really cool new service for expectant parents. SnappyBaby will deliver news of a new birth via phone and e-mail for you. From what I can see, it seems really simple (they say it’s so easy even a husband can do it. Ouch.) – you call and record a message with all the ... Read More »

Ready, Set, Safeguard

Safeguard is a relatively new name in the car seat industry, as far as the public is concerned. But in reality, IMMI, Safeguard’s parent company, has been manufacturing components for several major car seat brands for two decades. A couple of years ago, IMMI developed some new technology — a ratcheting LATCH mechanism that made installation a breeze. As the ... Read More »

Quinny Newsflash

Good news and bad news. The good news is that Dorel has made some nice improvements to the US version of the Zapp. They’ve adjusted some of the functional design and they’ve added (drumroll, please) a storage basket. The bad news is they’ve decided to increase the retail price to $239.99. From what I can understand, the price increase will ... Read More »

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