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Category Archives: Travels & Trade Shows

Road Test: Mountain Buggy Swift

I can’t remember the last time Mountain Buggy came out with an entirely new stroller, but at this year’s ABC Show, their new Swift was one of our favorite introductions. For years we’ve been waiting for Mountain Buggy to modify their compact Breeze stroller to offer a swiveling front wheel, and now the wait is over. The Swift is basically ... Read More »

Baby Sitter Redux

Just weeks after my hubby declared our unwavering adoration for the Baby Bjorn Baby Sitter 1-2-3, they went and redesigned it. The overhaul includes a name change – the seat will now be called the Babysitter Balance. Structurally, the changes are (thankfully) minimal. The basic design of the seat hasn’t changed. But they have replaced the mechanism that controls the ... Read More »

Uppa Baby goes 3-in-one

We had a chance to preview the new Uppa Vista model here at ABC, and there are some very exciting developments. For the stroller itself, Uppa has made some nice improvements. The harness features a new easy-adjust design, the basket has a softer spring to make access easier, and the weight capacity for the stroller seat has been upgraded to ... Read More »

Effortless PhD?

It was impossible to walk by the booth for the PhD Pocket Disc at ASTRA without stopping. First of all, the colorful display was arresting. And there were discs flying all over the place. So we stopped and we played a quick game of catch. We were sold immediately. The PhD is a crocheted disc that flies surprisingly well. The ... Read More »

Mini Micro G-Bike

This little, bitty training bike is perfect for helping kids get the hang of balancing on two wheels. It seems like stability bikes are all the rage right now, especially with so many experts advocating that the key to teaching kids to ride a bike is to lose the pedals – not to add training wheels. There are a lot ... Read More »

Days in Toyland

I just came back from the ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailers Association) conference, which took place at the new MGM Foxwoods resort in Connecticut. It was a really nice experience. I’d never gone to this show before, but since it was so close to home this year, we made the trip. I really enjoyed it. We found some great new ... Read More »

Swinxs Set

If you’re wondering what the founder of Bugaboo is up to these days, the answer may surprise you. I bumped into Eduard Zanen at Toy Fair this year, where he was promoting a new toy concept that he is developing in the Netherlands. Swinxs aims to be an unvideo game – an interactive gaming console that keeps kids away from ... Read More »

Got fear? Get Shrunks.

The Shrunks is a new line of toys designed to help kids address their nighttime fears. The company takes an interesting approach to this, with a line of soft plush toys that represent the most common kids’ fears and also a line of tools to help kids feel more secure at night. The tools include a bullhorn and whistle for ... Read More »

The Circus makes a comeback

During my tour of the Playmobil booth at Toy Fair, I was nearly apoplectic with joy when I saw that they have redesigned and resurrected one of my all-time favorite Playmobil themes – the Circus. When we were little, my parents bought us the complete set with the big top tent, the horses, the elephants, the tightrope walkers, the whole ... Read More »

A whole new dimension for Set

I became a fan of the game Set during my senior year of high school when our college guidance counselors kept it on hand for distracting stressed-out students during free periods. Long after our letters had come, we still hung out in their basement office, playing that addictive game. If you’ve never played, Set is a wonderful game for children ... Read More »