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A Good Gag

When someone from Daily Candy contacted me last week to ask about my new favorite toy for Spring, I didn’t hesitate. We just received a shipment of one of the best things I found at Toy Fair – a new game called Capture the Gag. Capture the Gag is a hide-and-seek game that comes with two Gags, quirky creatures that ... Read More »

Good Vibe?

I spent a few hours today at the Boston Baby Faire, and I finally had a chance to play with the Vibe and formulate a concrete opinion about it. Here are my thoughts. There is no such thing as a perfect stroller; this is a universal truth. Parents are always making choices and sacrificing certain features in favor of others ... Read More »

Go Gaga Slide Bag Makes a Splash

The diaper bag I liked so much at the ABC show in Las Vegas has landed in our stores, and it’s getting a very warm reception. The Slide Bag is a messenger-style diaper bag that offers parents a variety of innovative features to make this one of the most flexible, functional (and almost certainly the most comfortable) diaper bags on ... Read More »

Fighting colds

OK, this is a little off-topic for me, but I feel like I’ve discovered this amazing secret, and I need to share it with all the other parents who are subjected to the same plethora of germs that plague me and my kids all winter long. I used to get sick three or four times a season, sneezing, coughing, and ... Read More »

Orbit Toddler Seat is en route!

We just received shipping confirmation and tracking information from Orbit Baby! Our Toddler Car Seats have shipped and will arrive near the end of next week. I know it’s been a long time coming, but I’m so excited that they are finally here. Or almost. Read More »

Phil & Teds Vibe arrives, but…

We received our first shipment of the Phil & Teds Vibe stroller. After being somewhat less than thrilled with the prototype we saw in Las Vegas, we ordered just a very small number to try. We do have floor models in all three stores, so if you’re curious about them, and you’re in the area, please come down and take ... Read More »

Mountain Buggy Rebrands

In the face of growing competition, Mountain Buggy is roaring back with a whole new brand identity. Over the past two years, they’ve been doing extensive market research throughout the USA. Now, armed with an excellent idea of who their customers are, and what they’re thinking about, they’re ready to reestablish themselves as the premier choice for parents with an ... Read More »

Swinxs Set

If you’re wondering what the founder of Bugaboo is up to these days, the answer may surprise you. I bumped into Eduard Zanen at Toy Fair this year, where he was promoting a new toy concept that he is developing in the Netherlands. Swinxs aims to be an unvideo game – an interactive gaming console that keeps kids away from ... Read More »

Adventures in Gender Prediction

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on a quest to test out a litany of gender prediction techniques, both scientific and unscientific, in preparation for my 18-week ultrasound. We knew that we would try to find out the baby’s gender if we could, and I thought it would be interesting to assess which methods proved accurate and which did ... Read More »

Got fear? Get Shrunks.

The Shrunks is a new line of toys designed to help kids address their nighttime fears. The company takes an interesting approach to this, with a line of soft plush toys that represent the most common kids’ fears and also a line of tools to help kids feel more secure at night. The tools include a bullhorn and whistle for ... Read More »