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Category Archives: Travels & Trade Shows

Baby Jogger downsizes

Evaluating new products isn’t usually straightforward. It’s very rare that I’ll see something and know immediately whether or not it will succeed, but when I feel that sense of certainty, I always follow my gut. On the last day of the show, I finally got around to the Baby Jogger booth. I wasn’t expecting anything earth-shattering, but lo and behold ... Read More »

Mutsy Slider

The Mutsy strollers have been very well received during their first year in the US. We’ve had good success with the 4-Rider model, a hybrid with four pneumatic tires (two large in the rear, two smaller in the front). The front air-filled tires make this stroller unusual and give it a very smooth ride. They also make the frame a ... Read More »

Home again

I’m back at home, reunited with my kids and trying to recharge. This show is always so exhausting. Last year, I was home for less than 24 hours before continuing on to Cologne for the Kind + Jugend show. This year, I’m not making the trip. The memories of last year’s European adventure are still pretty fresh, and there’s definitely ... Read More »

Day 3, a brush with greatness

I’ve had a TiVo for longer than almost anyone I know. Seriously. I think I got my first one in 2000. Each week I use it to capture our favorite shows so we can watch them here and there late at night. Sometimes my husband and I have different tastes when it comes to selection. He likes 24. I like ... Read More »

Gone Gaga for Good

I have this friend of a friend. She went to business school, where she developed a plan to start a business designing clever products for parents. After graduation, she followed her dream and got down to work. I met her a couple of times, and while I was very impressed with her, I wasn’t sure she could pull it off. ... Read More »

Everyone’s a winner…

So sorry. I have shirked my blog responsibilities in favor of blackjack. The good news is, we won $50. The bad news is, I’ll have to try to wake up early to post about all the great things I saw today. Wish me luck. Good night. Read More »

Fussy baby? Put away the car keys.

When you’re bleary-eyed in the middle of the night with an inconsolable, shrieking newborn, you’ll do practically anything to soothe the savage beast. Conventional wisdom has it that colicky babies often calm down with a ride in the car, or, in a pinch, strapped into a carseat on top of a running clothes dryer. Something about those vibrations help fussy ... Read More »

ubi changes everything

This easily the most brilliant thing I saw during my first day of the show, and I’ll be really surprised if I see something that trumps it over the next three days. The ubi is billed as a modern changing table, but it’s more than that. It’s really a design innovation that will set parents free from the concept of ... Read More »

How d’you Doomoo?

I’ve been a huge fan conceptually of the Doomoo chair since I first heard of it more than two years ago. Maybe it’s sentimental. I bought a similiar, adult size chair from a European furniture store in a fit of entitlement when my first pregnancy went overdue. Ambling around downtown Boston, hugely rotund and completely miserable, I sat on the ... Read More »

Phil & Ted & Ted & Ted & Ted

I know how many of you are waiting for an update on the Phil & Teds situation, so I made sure to hit that booth today to get the details. I have no photos to share – they were incredibly vigilant about that. What I found was a bit strange. I’m not sure I understand the logic, but I’ll present ... Read More »