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Category Archives: Travels & Trade Shows

One heck of a cardboard box

Making environmentally friendly toys has become a priority for a lot of toymakers, but one is taking that to a whole new level. Cardboard Design has come out with a line of sturdy, foldable cardboard play environments that are beautifully done and incredibly kind to the planet. My favorite is probably the Lemonade stand, coming later this year, but even ... Read More »

Sprig Toys

In the green department, Sprig Toys had one of the most interesting concepts. Their eco-friendly toy vehicles are kid-powered, meaning that the physical act of playing with the trucks provides enough power to activiate engaging sounds and lights. I saw a few different companies doing something similar – making toys with all the same bells and whistles as battery-operated toys ... Read More »

Toy Fair Day 1

I had to tear myself away from my new nephew to head down to New York for Toy Fair. It wasn’t easy, but it would have been much harder had my sister still been pregnant. So I’m counting my blessings and enjoying the trip. This year, predictably, there are a few major themes at the show. First, safety. More than ... Read More »

Skip Hop Props

OK, yes, several weeks have passed since the ABC show, and I’m still playing catch up. I’m carrying around a Stokke tote bag filled with press kits and catalogs and notes on a bunch of vendors and items I still haven’t gotten to. It’s frustrating, but I’m chipping away. Today, I’m tackling Skip Hop. Famous now for their simple yet ... Read More »

Swaddle down under

Swaddling saved my sanity with my second child, so it is a topic near and dear to my heart. For months, the only way she would fall asleep was if we swaddled her up tight, straightjacket style, and literally jumped up and down with her in our arms. By the time she outgrew swaddling, I was an expert. I could ... Read More »

Maclaren to offer lifetime warranty*

*No, it’s true. Maclaren is preparing to launch a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects in their strollers. All you have to do is register your stroller online within a certain timeframe after the date of purchase. To be perfectly clear, this will not cover issues due to wear and tear from regular use and abuse. All the same, it is ... Read More »

Monterey on the way

Sunshine Kids unveiled their follow-up product to the incredibly successful Radian car seat, a belt-positioning booster seat called Monterey. This is the first booster that is truly designed for a 100 pound child, with adjustments that will perfectly suit the proportions of smaller children as well. As compared to the Britax Monarch, the Monterey seat is 1.5″ deeper and the ... Read More »

Baby Bjorn lightens up

Baby Bjorn introduced two new products at the ABC show, a new carrier and a travel crib. The carrier is called Synergy, aptly named since it’s basically a cross between the popular Active carrier and the lightweight Air carrier. This was an excellent decision. The Active carrier has been a parent favorite because of its upgraded lumbar support system, which ... Read More »

Sneak Picco at Recaro

At Recaro’s booth, we were ushered into a small private room to get a quick preview of their new infant car seat, the Picco, set to debut in April. The seat itself is still in a fairly early stage of design, but the side impact protection system looks fantastic. The base is very unique looking and includes a rebound bar. ... Read More »