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Small World Toys is back!

After a very rough patch, which included a bankruptcy filing, I was pleased to learn that Small World Toys is getting back on track and should actually have product available for 2008. Small World Toys is not exactly a household name, but if you’ve shopped in a local specialty toy store, you’ve probably seen their products – Ryan’s Room, Tolo, ... Read More »

HiLo and behold!

You may recall that we found this clever new high chair at the ICFF show in the Spring. We were wowed by the simple genius of the concept, and the graceful execution. We are delighted that the chair is now in stock. Basically, the HiLo chair has two seats, one designed for babies (Hi) and one designed for children (Lo). ... Read More »

Maclaren activates Lifetime Warranty today

Starting today, customers who purchase 2008 Maclaren strollers will be eligible to upgrade their basic warranty to a Sovereign Lifetime Warranty by simply registering their strollers online within 45 days of purchase. This is a “limited time” offer, but I don’t know exactly what that means. The Sovereign Lifetime Warranty will cover any manufacturer’s defect to the stroller for the ... Read More »

A view in the womb

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a woman whose company recently opened an elective 3D-4D ultrasound, Goldenview Ultrasound, just down the street from our store in Brookline. She was interested in doing some marketing together, since our businesses both see a lot of pregnant women. I was very hesitant. Common sense (and my Bradley Birth teacher from my ... Read More »

Happy New Year!

I watched Back to the Future last night for the first time in at least a couple of decades, and at the end, when Doc Brown travels 30 years into the future, it was jarring to realize that he was going to 2015. Which is only 7 years away. Which means 23 years have passed since 1985. Yikes. For what ... Read More »

i’Coo Targo on YouTube

Check out this video demonstration of a new stroller from i’coo, the German company responsible for the i’coo Pico, which was a nice stroller but never really took off here in the USA. The new Targo looks a lot like several other hybrid style strollers on the market, but it has a couple of innovative features. I love the height ... Read More »

Do you miss me?

I miss you all, too.  But don’t worry, the holidays are almost over, and I’ll be able to resume my normal writing schedule. Just bear with me a few more days… And happy holidays! Read More »

Orbit Toddler Car Seat

When Orbit Baby was launched, they promised to reinvent the travel system from top to bottom, and they also promised to extend the concept of the travel system beyond the common boundaries of the infant car seat. With the Orbit Infant System, they effectively fulfilled promise #1. The system has been a great success, with rave reviews from parents and ... Read More »

Boppy Slipcover Recall

Boppy is voluntarily recalling 38,000 of their Luxe slipcovers due to zipper problems that can manifest in two different ways. First, apparently the zipper pull can break, causing a choking hazard, and second, some of the zippers were found to have lead paint, which could obviously lead to problems if a baby were to teethe on the zipper. Click here ... Read More »