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Bib-away, give-away

Ah, the bib. So small but so important. Bebe Au Lait has a revolutionary new design that I love. It’s a reversible bib with a magnetic closure, and there are two large surfaces that overlap when the bib is closed. The beauty is, if one side gets dirty, there are three other clean surfaces to choose from (two on each ... Read More »

Tweet, tweet

I’ve joined the wonderful world of Twitter. If you’ve never heard of it, Twitter is an interesting online service that allows users to post regular updates using 140 characters or less. You can choose to “follow” other users and see their “tweets.” It’s a lot of fun, and there are some very interesting people who use it. You can check ... Read More »

Four Wheel Buzz Debuts

We’ve just received the new, four-wheel version of the Quinny Buzz. So now, if you’ve been paying attention, your question is probably, “what’s the difference between 3 wheels and 4?” Sometimes a wheel is just a wheel. Word on the street is, this is an aesthetic decision. The Quinny Buzz 3  is still available. The newest Buzz 4 does have ... Read More »

What a way to ring in the new year…

I just saw this great news – the legislature in Massachusetts today approved a bill that will protect a woman’s right to breastfeed in public. We had talked about this quite a bit after my Amtrak debacle, and I know that many of you took up our call to reach out to your local representatives. Many, many people worked hard ... Read More »

Quadrilla for my kids (and me)

On the 6th night of Chanukah, my parents gave my 4-year-old daughter a Quadrilla set. These elegant wooden marble runs come with a variety of tracks and connectors to design unlimited configurations. Although I have played with the display sets on many occasions, Friday night was my first opportunity to actually build with Quadrilla. We spread out all the pieces ... Read More »

What we’re giving…

People are always emailing me asking what we’re giving our own kids for the holidays. This year, they each sat down with a copy of our new catalog (did you get one?) and a marker and circled the things they wanted. Well, in the case of my 4-year old, she also circled a few things she already has (but evidently ... Read More »

Phil & Teds Dash Recalled

If you’ve been following this story here, you won’t be shocked to hear that the CPSC has formally announced the recall of the Phil & Teds Dash strollers. You can read the bulletin here. Why am I not surprised? Because the strollers were folding involuntarily, often loaded with children. Thankfully no one got hurt, but sheesh. This was just another ... Read More »

Britax Frontier Voluntary Recall

We got word today that Britax has issued a voluntary recall for some of its Frontier car seats.  All Frontiers manufactured between April 1, 2008 and September 14, 2008 are affected.  Frontiers in the Sahara color are affected if they were manufactured between April 1, 2008 and September 17, 2008. Britax has determined that after repeated adjustment of the harness ... Read More »

healthytoys.org releases testing results for toys

There’s a great new resource for parents who want to check on the level of toxic chemicals found in their children’s toys. Healthytoys.org today released testing results for 1500 popular toys using an XRF handheld scanner to screen for lead, cadmium, chlorine, arsenic, bromine and mercury. The pressure from parents and the media has led to some great changes in ... Read More »

Mountain Buggy Swift is here

And I am first in line to get one. After watching my sister push hers around for a few months, I am head over heels in love with the newest member of the Mountain Buggy family. To see my review, click here. To get one for yourself, click here.   Read More »