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Category Archives: Travels & Trade Shows

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 »

ABC Show – Day 1

I have a lot to cover, and I’m not sure how long I can keep my eyes open and be coherent. I will do my best. The show is, as expected, enormous and utterly overwhelming. But with quantity, fortunately, comes quality. I got through roughly 1/3 of the show today, and had plenty to get excited about. Major themes so ... Read More »

Jet lag is a beautiful thing

We arrived in Vegas late last night. Although I didn’t get to sleep until almost 4am Eastern time, I still popped out of bed, fresh as a daisy at 5am Pacific (or 8am Eastern). Let’s see how long I can keep up this schedule… I’m testing out blogging by e-mail so that I can send pictures and quickie updates from ... Read More »

GT stands for Good Thinking?

Everyone has been waiting and wondering what’s happening with Phil and Ted’s. At the ABC show in September, they showed a very early concept of a new version of their popular e3 stroller. Last month, they debuted the Sport, an updated version of the e3 that offered some nice improvements, but not a substantial change to the design. Now, at ... Read More »

Home again

I’m back in Boston. The last day of the show was quiet, but I had a chance to get some really good information about a bunch of new products, including the new Phil and Ted’s stroller, new Recaro car seats, a hammock for babies, and a really neat new invention to make kids eating ice cream cones a much cleaner ... Read More »

Strollers for all seasons

At this JPMA show, Maclaren has a few surprises up their sleeve. They’re introducing a line of skincare products, they’ve developed two new stroller models inspired by the seasons of the year, AND people are running around their booth dressed in kilts. It’s all a bit unusual, but that is a good thing for this normally traditional brand. Of note ... Read More »

Recognize that silhouette?

I breastfed both of my girls exclusively, and neither of them would ever take a bottle. It wasn’t for lack of trying, though. I always wondered if I might have had better luck with something that was shaped more convincingly like the original source. I had seen the Breastbottle Nurser in catalogs, but I was skeptical so I never gave ... Read More »

Day 2 – Curse of the Mommy?

I’m finding this show to be small but spirited. There are lots of interesting products and people, and the manageable size makes it easy to stop and get into conversations without feeling rushed. Unfortunately, it was a bad day for my cellphone. First, I left it in the JJ Cole booth after I decided to test out their new Logic ... Read More »

Click goes Clek

Every year, the JPMA show holds a competition for Innovation Awards. These prestigious prizes are given to products in ten categories. This year, the car seat award went to the new Olli booster seat from Clek. This backless booster offers a rigid latch attachment system that anchors the seat into the car as an added measure of protection (you still ... Read More »

Britax introduces Diplomat seat

Today Britax introduced a new car seat, the Diplomat, a smaller version of the Boulevard. Just as the Boulevard has similar proportions to the Marathon, but includes side impact prodection, the Diplomat is similar in size to the Roundabout, and includes a scaled-down version of the side-impact protection cushion. My question is, would you buy the Diplomat instead of the ... Read More »