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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 »

The sound of Mom

My mom sent me a link to a fascinating story on CNN.com yesterday – a scientific research study has just proven that young girls are comforted by the sound of their mother’s voice. And yes, OK, that does sound like they’re stating the obvious, but the researchers compared the response of girls who had physical contact with their moms after ... Read More »

Step 2 Recall – Push Around Buggy and Whisper Ride Buggy

Step 2 has just recalled 2.5 million Push Around Buggy and Whisper Ride Buggy ride-ons. This is a recall to repair, which means that Step 2 has devised a solution that will eliminate the safety hazard, and they will send parents a repair kit at no charge. What’s the problem? The yellow pin that holds the parent handle in place ... Read More »

Mini-ABC Wrap Up

Last week, I made a quick trip to Louisville, KY to take a look at the ABC Kids Spring Conference. This is the second year that ABC, who produces the massive juvenile industry show each Fall, has mounted this event. It’s a small show, especially compared to the behemoth in Las Vegas, but it’s only for specialty retailers who have ... Read More »

Babies on the big screen

This Wednesday night, I’m co-hosting a special screening of Babies, the new documentary film released last week to very strong reviews. Babies follows four babies, each born in a different part of the world, throughout their first year of life, from birth to first steps, contrasting the different cultural approaches to raising children. Join me for a private, pre-film reception ... Read More »

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day for mothers. Which also means it’s a day for flowers. For sleeping late. For breakfast in bed or brunch (or both). For greeting cards. For macaroni necklaces. For snuggles and kisses. But more than anything else, it’s really a day for reflecting on your journey, and why you signed up for it. Motherhood is a ... Read More »

Plane and not so simple

Sorry for the relative silence around here lately. I’ve been traveling up a storm. I went to Amsterdam for two days last week, where we were invited by Bugaboo to visit their headquarters, and tomorrow I’m off to Kentucky for the day to check out the ABC Kids Spring Conference. By tomorrow night, I’ll have logged six airplane flights in ... Read More »

Glass, you’ve never looked better

I’m not a mother. But as the writer for Magic Beans, it’s my job to think like one. And despite not having kids, there are several products we sell that I absolutely love. My new favorite? The Glass Beverage Bottle from Lifefactory. This adult bottle is made by the same people who brought us the popular Babylife Weego, a wonderful ... Read More »

The Door

In the middle of everything else that is hectic in our lives, we’re also doing some work on our house. Which means that in addition to obsessively researching baby gear and toys, I’m also a newly minted expert in tiles, faucets and countertop surfaces. The biggest challenge is actually my kids’ rooms, though. By now, I understand the parameters. Kids’ ... Read More »

Consumer Reports vs. Valco

Last week, Consumer Reports published a report calling the Valco Trimode stroller a “Safety Risk.” I have a history of skepticism with regards to similar claims Consumer Reports has made about other products, but in this case they appear to have done a little more homework. The issue here is the bumper bar. There is an ASTM voluntary standard that ... Read More »

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