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Mountain Buggy not bankrupt – yet.

Rumors are swirling about the fate of Mountain Buggy, the New Zealand-based stroller manufacturer, with some saying the company has gone bankrupt. This is not the case, as far as I have been told. The company went into receivership last week. This means that the company will be reorganized and marketed for sale. Understanding that the Mountain Buggy’s good name ... Read More »

New babies = quiet blog

January is always a hectic month for us – 2009 toy catalogs come pouring into the office, we do inventory, strategy meetings, annual performance reviews and get the kids back into the swing of things at school. So when my husband’s sister had a baby girl on January 15, the last-minute escape to Chicago just compounded the chaotic fun. It ... Read More »

Phil & Teds Dash is back

After a very rocky start, the Dash stroller is back in stores (including ours). Preliminary reports are very good, and in spite of it all, the Dash remains my favorite of the four Phil & Teds models. There have been no substantial changes to the Dash aside from resolving the key issues that caused the recall. So, you can read ... Read More »

Bib-away, give-away

Ah, the bib. So small but so important. Bebe Au Lait has a revolutionary new design that I love. It’s a reversible bib with a magnetic closure, and there are two large surfaces that overlap when the bib is closed. The beauty is, if one side gets dirty, there are three other clean surfaces to choose from (two on each ... Read More »

Tweet, tweet

I’ve joined the wonderful world of Twitter. If you’ve never heard of it, Twitter is an interesting online service that allows users to post regular updates using 140 characters or less. You can choose to “follow” other users and see their “tweets.” It’s a lot of fun, and there are some very interesting people who use it. You can check ... Read More »

Orbit Update: Toddler Stroller Available

The Orbit Pannier Bags are in stock and available. Read all about them here. More importantly, Orbit has decided to bundle the stroller seat and the Orbit frame to make the Orbit Toddler Stroller. This is a great way to get into the Orbit system if you missed out when your baby was a newborn, particularly if you plan to ... Read More »

Four Wheel Buzz Debuts

We’ve just received the new, four-wheel version of the Quinny Buzz. So now, if you’ve been paying attention, your question is probably, “what’s the difference between 3 wheels and 4?” Sometimes a wheel is just a wheel. Word on the street is, this is an aesthetic decision. The Quinny Buzz 3¬† is still available. The newest Buzz 4 does have ... Read More »

What a way to ring in the new year…

I just saw this great news – the legislature in Massachusetts today approved a bill that will protect a woman’s right to breastfeed in public. We had talked about this quite a bit after my Amtrak debacle, and I know that many of you took up our call to reach out to your local representatives. Many, many people worked hard ... Read More »

Quadrilla for my kids (and me)

On the 6th night of Chanukah, my parents gave my 4-year-old daughter a Quadrilla set. These elegant wooden marble runs come with a variety of tracks and connectors to design unlimited configurations. Although I have played with the display sets on many occasions, Friday night was my first opportunity to actually build with Quadrilla. We spread out all the pieces ... Read More »

What we’re giving…

People are always emailing me asking what we’re giving our own kids for the holidays. This year, they each sat down with a copy of our new catalog (did you get one?) and a marker and circled the things they wanted. Well, in the case of my 4-year old, she also circled a few things she already has (but evidently ... Read More »