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Goodnight Sleep Trainer

This interesting product comes via 4Moms. Based on cry-it-out sleep training methods (like Ferber), this gadget tracks how long the baby is crying, tells you how often to go in to check and soothe, and then tracks how long the baby is sleeping. You can use a USB port to upload the data to a secure website. I need one ... Read More »

Chicco 360 Rotating Hook-On Chair

Check out the new 360 Rotating Hook-on Chair from Chicco – it’s a hook-on chair for countertops and tables that solves the ergonomic challenge of trying to feed a baby who is facing the wrong direction. Nicely done, Chicco. Read More »

Day 1 recap

My eyes are closing against my will. I’m uploading videos and photos as we speak. But I need to go to bed if I’m going to have a prayer of functioning tomorrow. I’m glad I came – this is a nice, intimate show with plenty of opportunities to network and brainstorm with other retailers and manufacturers. There are some interesting ... Read More »

A car seat – for pregnant moms

If you’ve been pregnant, you surely remember how, as you got bigger, it was more and more difficult to find a comfortable position for your seatbelt. I remember feeling squeamish about the pressure right at the base of my abdomen, worrying if the baby would be OK if there was an accident. Apparently, it is a risk. The Tummy Shield ... Read More »

We’re goin’ to Kentucky

I’m in Louisville, KY for the first ever ABC Spring Educational Conference (and mini trade show). We spent our evening on a riverboat cruise, catching up with old friends in the industry, and meeting some new ones. Many of our favorite vendors are here, and while it sounds like there may not be too much new or earth-shattering, there are ... Read More »

Boom Chickyboom

There’s a reason why they don’t let kids into Toy Fair. They’d touch everything, knock things over and make a mess. Fortunately for me, they don’t discriminate against clumsy adults with similar tendencies. I arrived at the Blue Orange booth this morning, fresh as a daisy. The first thing I saw was Chickyboom, a new game. If I had been ... Read More »

P’kolino enters the world of easels

The Melissa & Doug easel has been our best-seller for the past several years, combining funcitonality and value to win market share. But prices have slowly crept up as manufacturing costs have increased worldwide, and this easel which was once a steal at $49.99 increased to $59.99 last year, and will be more of a special occasion purchase in 2009 ... Read More »

Skip Hop Debuts Bags for Kids

I love Skip Hop diaper bags for their comfortable designs, great features and excellent value.  Now my kids can share in the fun. Skip Hop has designed three kids’ backpacks, called Zoo Packs. Inspired by animals, the backpacks look great and have a smart, insulated pocket right in front for snacks or lunches. The best part is the price point, ... Read More »

Toy Fair Day One

This year at Toy Fair is a little different than the years before. This is the first year I’ve had to juggle the demands of the show with the demands of a baby who is still exclusively breasftfeeding (minus a couple of well-aimed spoonsful of rice cereal a day). Toy Fair has a stringent “No kids allowed” policy that extends ... Read More »

Fabulous Freedom: Freestyle

Pumping sucks. Pun intended. But seriously, it does. For as easy and convenient as breastfeeding is, pumping is complicated and, well, inconvenient. I’ve always been in awe of women who are master pumpers. I have one friend whose sons both refused to breastfeed, and she pumped exclusively for nine months with each of them. Amazing. I am not a master ... Read More »

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