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Bugaboo Bee Video

We got a lot of great feedback from our video about the Lillebaby Everywear, and we had fun making it too. So we’re branching out. This week, we did one about the Bugaboo Bee. We love the Bugaboo Bee stroller, but over and over again we hear that people have trouble figuring out how to turn around the seat. I ... Read More »

From crying out loud to peacefully sleeping.

Maybe you’ve been there: you’re on your way home from a trip out of town, while the baby screams tirelessly in the back seat. It’s going to be a long ride home. Or, when your baby goes down for a nap or you put him to bed at night, and he just can’t settle down, crying while the minutes feel ... Read More »

Will it fit?

Cheers to Lascal, makers of the Buggy Board (the ingenious wheeled board that attaches to a stroller to make room for a standing passenger) for putting together an exhaustive study of how the Buggy Board fits just about any stroller in existence. Check out their amazing website which shows exactly how to attach the Buggy Board to each model, and ... 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 »

Tweak’ms Sunglasses

Leave it to a mom. When her son’s sunglasses kept breaking, Tracey Rotman got tired of trying to wrangle those teeny tiny screws. She decided there had to be a better, safer way to construct sunglasses for kids. Her solution is very clever, and the sunglasses are practically indestructable (and cute, too). We brought these in about a week ago, ... Read More »

Rest, Relaxation and Field Testing

After a grueling holiday season, we were ready for some quality time with the kids. We had plenty of frequent flier miles and a wide window of time in January. I started researching (or as my husband calls it, obsessing). I found Tripadvisor.com, which was both completely invaluable and endlessly frustrating. There are literally millions of traveler reviews that cover ... Read More »

Bad hair days?

Handling my kids’ hair seems to be a neverending adventure. In the beginning, it was just fuzz. Those were the days, let me tell you. Now, I have to practically wrestle my preschooler to the ground (or bribe her shamelessly) in order to brush her hair, while her little sister cries inconsolably until she gets her turn. I’m reminded of ... Read More »

Travel Advisory: GoGo Kidz

Flying with little babies is pretty easy. Take the infant car seat and a wheeled carrier frame and you’re good to go. But once the baby has outgrown the infant seat, airline travel gets bleaker and parents become pack mules. The car seat is a big problem. It’s big and heavy and you don’t really have any place to put ... Read More »

Spare me!

Baby Sparewear is a personal favorite of mine; I’ve loved it from the first moment I saw it, literally. It’s an extra outfit that you keep in your diaper bag in case of a diaper disaster, juice box explosion or other catastrophic outfit incident. The three-piece set includes a pair of pants, a short-sleeve t-shirt and a long-sleeve t-shirt.Now, if ... Read More »