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Happy Blogiversary! Win a Tripp Trapp!

Today, Spillingthebeans is 3 years old! The past year has been a blur, but we’ve got a lot to show for it. Two new stores, one new kid and somewhat less posting than usual because of it all. Sigh.  As is now traditional, we do a great giveaway to mark the Blogiversary. Today, we spent part of our day with ... Read More »

Busted for Breastfeeding on Amtrak

This is the sort of thing I read about in newspapers, but isn’t supposed to happen to me. But it did. A couple of weeks ago, after spending Rosh Hashanah in New York, we decided to travel back to Boston on the Acela train. Zev doesn’t love long car rides, and he’s got a great set of lungs, so we ... Read More »

Speaking of Orbit: Road Test I

For the past ten weeks, I’ve been conducting an elaborate road test of the Orbit Infant System. Or, more specifically, I’ve been using it with Zev. I’ve been a fan of the Orbit since its debut, but my enthusiasm for the product was largely theoretical. Using the product has given me a host of new insight, and I have to ... Read More »

A busy few weeks

Between juggling three kids, celebrating an avalanche of Jewish holidays, and solving medical mysteries, October has been a very hectic month. I have so much ground to cover, I don’t even know where to begin, but I will start with a personal update. I’ve mentioned that I was having health problems throughout my pregnancy, which fortunately were not directly related ... Read More »

Fabulous Freedom: Freestyle

Pumping sucks. Pun intended. But seriously, it does. For as easy and convenient as breastfeeding is, pumping is complicated and, well, inconvenient. I’ve always been in awe of women who are master pumpers. I have one friend whose sons both refused to breastfeed, and she pumped exclusively for nine months with each of them. Amazing. I am not a master ... Read More »

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 »

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