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Category Archives: Travels & Trade Shows

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 »

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 »