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Bugaboo Bee Video

We got a lot of great feedback from our video about the Lillebaby Everywear, and we had fun making it too. So we’re branching out. This week, we did one about the Bugaboo Bee. We love the Bugaboo Bee stroller, but over and over again we hear that people have trouble figuring out how to turn around the seat. I ... Read More »

Sunshine Kids Radian car seats on sale thru 3/15

If you’ve been thinking about transitioning to the next-stage car seat or upgrading your current seat, now’s a great time. For the next 15 days, three of my favorite car seats are on sale at mbeans.com. The Radian 65 and Radian 80 are convertible car seats that fold in half for travel. They are heavy, due to the steel alloy ... Read More »

Lillebaby Everywear Carrier: Help is here

Based on feedback about the instructions included with the Lillebaby Everywear Carrier, we created a video that should help clarify. This video addresses the most confusing part of the carrier – adjusting the “saddle” between the wide and narrow settings. As a reminder, the wide setting is good for older babies and toddlers who are facing inward or riding on ... Read More »

Economic stimulus reaches Bugaboo Frog

Starting March 1, the Bugaboo Frog will drop in price to an all-time low of $629. The Bugaboo Frog is the model that started the hybrid stroller revolution and broke the ice on the luxury baby gear market. It holds an important place in the history of baby gear, from both a design and cultural standpoint, and it also happens ... Read More »

I used to be a soda bottle

Mary Meyer plush toys introduced a new line of stuffed animals at Toy Fair, “Fuzz that Wuzz”, constructed entirely of materials recycled from old soda bottles. The concept is timely, as eco-chic is most certainly hot in the toy industry right now. The fuzz is not as soft as some other fleece plush, but it is soft enough to be ... Read More »

Boom Chickyboom

There’s a reason why they don’t let kids into Toy Fair. They’d touch everything, knock things over and make a mess. Fortunately for me, they don’t discriminate against clumsy adults with similar tendencies. I arrived at the Blue Orange booth this morning, fresh as a daisy. The first thing I saw was Chickyboom, a new game. If I had been ... Read More »

P’kolino enters the world of easels

The Melissa & Doug easel has been our best-seller for the past several years, combining funcitonality and value to win market share. But prices have slowly crept up as manufacturing costs have increased worldwide, and this easel which was once a steal at $49.99 increased to $59.99 last year, and will be more of a special occasion purchase in 2009 ... Read More »

Skip Hop Debuts Bags for Kids

I love Skip Hop diaper bags for their comfortable designs, great features and excellent value.  Now my kids can share in the fun. Skip Hop has designed three kids’ backpacks, called Zoo Packs. Inspired by animals, the backpacks look great and have a smart, insulated pocket right in front for snacks or lunches. The best part is the price point, ... Read More »

Toy Fair Day One

This year at Toy Fair is a little different than the years before. This is the first year I’ve had to juggle the demands of the show with the demands of a baby who is still exclusively breasftfeeding (minus a couple of well-aimed spoonsful of rice cereal a day). Toy Fair has a stringent “No kids allowed” policy that extends ... Read More »

New Lillebaby EveryWear Carrier review

If you’re shopping for a new baby carrier, you’ll find a lot of different options. You can wear your baby on your front, on your back, or on your hip. You can wear him upright or cradled. He can face in or face out. Most of the time, a carrier is limited to one or two of these different configurations. ... Read More »