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phil&teds announces new Explorer buggy

The phil&teds Sport – the granddaddy of the in-line stroller revolution – has been discontinued and will be replaced by the new phil&teds Explorer, which is expected to arrive in stores within the next few weeks. Six years ago, we were one of just a handful of retailers in the USA who carried the phil&teds stroller. Back then there was ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 25 – Baby Jogger City Select stroller

From the very first moment I saw an advertisement for it, I knew the Baby Jogger City Select stroller was going to be an inevitable success. The double stroller market has seen more fluctuation than any other category over the past few years, as the proverbial pendulum made a broad but definitive swung from side-by-side all-terrain models like the Mountain ... Read More »

Tripp Trapp in purple

Stokke has just announced the new release of the Tripp Trapp chair in purple this fall. The new color will replace the yellow Tripp Trapp, which has been discontinued. Stock will be limited on the yellow, and the purple color will be ready after September 1. We are taking preorders for the purple Tripp Trapp chair now. They also announced ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 24 – Peg Perego Tatamia High Chair

I love a product that multitasks, and the Peg Perego Tatamia does just that. It transforms from a high chair into a swing. A high chair is an essential piece of gear once a baby is sitting up and eating solid foods, but most models are useless until that point. The Tatamia makes itself relevant right from the start with ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 23 – Monte Luca Glider

We’ve been in the market for some new furniture, and Eli and I agree that sitting in a prospective chair is just as essential as, well, test-driving a stroller. So we’ve been sitting in lots of chairs. I’ve learned about optimal seat depth and back height. I’ve learned about different arm shapes and cushion fills. We’ve sat in contemporary chairs ... Read More »

Pancakes for all occasions

One day last week, my older daughter took a marker and added some new birthdays to our family calendar. Apparently July is a busy month for her stuffed animals, and she wanted to make sure that Zip (7/15), Marshalina (7/27) and Flip (8/7) each got the celebration she deserved. On Zip’s birthday — a Thursday — I came downstairs to ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 22 – Nook Pebble Mattress

The success of a new product is determined by three things. First, the quality of the product itself, second, the strength of the marketing behind the product, and third, the price. When a product has intrinsic excellence, strong marketing, and a rational price it’s practically unstoppable. With two out of three, it might have a fighting chance. And even a ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 21 – Orbit Stroller Travel System G2

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you already know about the warm and fuzzy feelings I have for Orbit Baby. And sure, a lot of that is because the people behind the company are amazing, talented, kind and fun. But I don’t plug their product because they are my friends. It’s the other way around — the ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 20 – Kettler Trike and Melissa & Doug Giraffe

We have two great prizes for Toy Tuesday. First, we’re giving away a top-of-the-line tricycle, the Kettler Air Navigator. This trike is a force to be reckoned with on the playground. It comes with a push-bar, a seat belt and an adjustable frame that helps it grow with your child. There’s a free-wheeling system that lets your toddlers legs simply ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 19 – Bugaboo Bee Plus 2010

I’m going to admit something. I was wrong about the Bugaboo Bee. When I first saw the Bee, I thought the Bugaboo folks had lost their collective minds. It might have been the “most compact Bugaboo stroller”, but that didn’t make it compact enough to sneak into the coveted lightweight stroller category. No, it was decidedly mid-size, an unpopular, neither-here-nor-there ... Read More »

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