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Forbidden Island: Keeping Your Friends Close

Although the illustrations on the game board are gorgeous, the true beauty of Forbidden Island by Gamewright is its focus on cooperation. Too many times, I’ve sat down with a group of friends to play a board game expecting a fun evening full of laughs just to have it devolve into childish taunting and name-calling. Players can finally come together ... Read More »

10 years

In the summer of 1985, I went to day camp and rode the bus every day with a quiet, soft-spoken boy from the neighborhood. He was exceedingly kind, and I… well, I wasn’t. On Wild West day, I relished the role of outlaw (even more than usual), and managed to trick that sweet boy into giving me all the candy ... Read More »

Maternity ward (part 1)

Exactly a week ago, my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Around eight months ago, she and I were en route to IKEA when she gave me the good news. A week later I was back at IKEA to return some things from my trip the week before and my sister in law called me with news. She ... Read More »

Pebble Mattress leaves no stone unturned

I get to see a lot of interesting product concepts in this job. But the new Pebble Mattress from Nook Sleep Systems completely stopped me in my tracks. It isn’t so much a mattress as a total reimagining of the infant sleep environment. Aesthetically, it is stunning. The asymmetry of the pebble shapes and the vivid colors of the mattresses ... Read More »

Baby Bjorn debuts new Comfort Carrier

8 years ago my daughter was a newborn and the Baby Bjorn was the “It” baby carrier, a staple on just about every baby registry (mine included). I used it and I liked it, but I wished for more support, and in warm weather, both my daughter and I would sweat bullets. My feedback wasn’t unique, and over the past ... Read More »

10 Best iPhone Apps for Babies

Exclusive offer today from Magic Beans! Email specialoffer@mbeans.com to claim yours. Act now! Yes, I know. I have a whole store filled with toys, so why is my toddler playing with my iPhone? It’s worse than that. When I upgraded last year to the new iPhone 3Gs, my son actually inherited a (deactivated) iPhone of his own. But that thing ... Read More »

Stokke Xplory 2010 prelaunch

The Stokke Xplory always gets mixed reactions from parents in our stores. The design is unconventional, and the price point is on the high end. No stroller is going to appeal to everyone, but I’ve always thought that the Xplory gets overlooked a little too often. When Zev was born, I got one as a gift from my friends at ... Read More »

Peg Perego Tatamia High Chair

We’ve got a reputation here for being pretty picky about baby gear, and high chairs are no exception to the rule. For a new high chair to make it into our stores, it needs to be innovative. It’s been a few years since we had a Peg Perego high chair in the mix. When last we saw the Prima Pappa, ... Read More »

The Bugaboo you don’t know

Eli and I recently spent two days in Amsterdam, where we had the privilege of visiting the Bugaboo headquarters. The purpose of the meeting was to see some new products and lend our feedback. And while I wish I could talk about that, I signed a non-disclosure agreement, and violating it would be a heck of a way to repay ... Read More »

Flexibath Tub

I have a whole new perspective on bath time after I saw the BABIES movie last night, and watched a mother in Namibia bathe her baby by licking his face. Here in the USA, we bathe our babies from a copious supply of clean water. And we buy really big plastic tubs to bathe them in. Most baby bathtubs take ... Read More »

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