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Clek got back

I’m a huge fan of the Clek Olli booster seat, a fabulous option for on-the-go families. The simplicity and ease-of-use has made it a hit with parents, while the fun colors make it cool for the kids. My daughter loves her pink camouflage version. The only downside of the Olli is the lack of a back, which makes it less ... Read More »

Road Test: Mountain Buggy Swift

I can’t remember the last time Mountain Buggy came out with an entirely new stroller, but at this year’s ABC Show, their new Swift was one of our favorite introductions. For years we’ve been waiting for Mountain Buggy to modify their compact Breeze stroller to offer a swiveling front wheel, and now the wait is over. The Swift is basically ... Read More »

Baby Sitter Redux

Just weeks after my hubby declared our unwavering adoration for the Baby Bjorn Baby Sitter 1-2-3, they went and redesigned it. The overhaul includes a name change – the seat will now be called the Babysitter Balance. Structurally, the changes are (thankfully) minimal. The basic design of the seat hasn’t changed. But they have replaced the mechanism that controls the ... Read More »

Uppa Baby goes 3-in-one

We had a chance to preview the new Uppa Vista model here at ABC, and there are some very exciting developments. For the stroller itself, Uppa has made some nice improvements. The harness features a new easy-adjust design, the basket has a softer spring to make access easier, and the weight capacity for the stroller seat has been upgraded to ... Read More »

Total recall?

Sometimes these days it can feel that way!  Why do bad things always seem to happen in threes??  With the recall of the Sport and older Phil and Teds models, not to mention the issues that have surfaced with the Dash, we threw our hands up in despair after receiving word that Haba, a renowned maker of many popular wooden ... Read More »

Everything hinges upon it…

In reference to Sheri’s post from yesterday, I wanted to provide some additional information about the recall involving the Phil & Teds Sport Buggy V1, e3 Buggy, and e3 Twin strollers.  Regal-Lager, the U.S. distributor of Phil & Teds products, has issued what they’re calling a “recall to repair” for those stroller models. Unlike many issues that can prompt a ... Read More »

Phil & Teds halts sales of Dash stroller

Last week we were asked to suspend sales of the Phil & Teds Dash stroller. We weren’t taken completely off guard – just a few days before, we’d shipped a Dash to a family friend of ours in New York, and got an interesting phone call from her. Apparently the stroller had spontaneously started to fold when she bumped down ... Read More »

Vegas (with) baby

I am at the 2008 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas with my new little sidekick. Zev and I have been moving at a tortoise’s pace through the show, walking, sitting, nursing, napping (him, not me), chatting (me, not him) and occasionally visiting a booth. The show is gargantuan. There’s no other way to describe it. And if I thought ... Read More »

Explore the world of Wedgits!

We’ve always loved Wedgits, the fabulous geometry toy from Imagability. There’s something compelling about the sleek shapes and angles that makes it difficult for even an adult to put them down after taking a moment to explore. For kids, these unique, imagination-charged building blocks offer lots of creative possibilties that also help them sharpen their spatial reasoning skills. Imagability offers ... Read More »

The Circus is back in town

This is my 14th summer with Sheri’s family in Cape Cod. There are a lot of indications of the time that has passed these many summers – we’re not teenagers anymore. We’re married, we have kids of our own. And Sheri’s littlest sister, just a baby that first summer, is 15 now. In those early years, Sheri’s parents collected some ... Read More »