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Maclaren to offer lifetime warranty*

*No, it’s true. Maclaren is preparing to launch a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects in their strollers. All you have to do is register your stroller online within a certain timeframe after the date of purchase. To be perfectly clear, this will not cover issues due to wear and tear from regular use and abuse. All the same, it is ... Read More »

Monterey on the way

Sunshine Kids unveiled their follow-up product to the incredibly successful Radian car seat, a belt-positioning booster seat called Monterey. This is the first booster that is truly designed for a 100 pound child, with adjustments that will perfectly suit the proportions of smaller children as well. As compared to the Britax Monarch, the Monterey seat is 1.5″ deeper and the ... Read More »

New beginnings

Sorry for the lapse. We were celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. 5768 will be an exciting year all around, for a number of reasons. First, if you haven’t already heard, we are opening two new stores this fall, both in the Boston area. Our Hingham store will open in October, while our Wellesley store will open in November. ... Read More »

Baby Bjorn lightens up

Baby Bjorn introduced two new products at the ABC show, a new carrier and a travel crib. The carrier is called Synergy, aptly named since it’s basically a cross between the popular Active carrier and the lightweight Air carrier. This was an excellent decision. The Active carrier has been a parent favorite because of its upgraded lumbar support system, which ... Read More »

Sneak Picco at Recaro

At Recaro’s booth, we were ushered into a small private room to get a quick preview of their new infant car seat, the Picco, set to debut in April. The seat itself is still in a fairly early stage of design, but the side impact protection system looks fantastic. The base is very unique looking and includes a rebound bar. ... Read More »

Baby Jogger downsizes

Evaluating new products isn’t usually straightforward. It’s very rare that I’ll see something and know immediately whether or not it will succeed, but when I feel that sense of certainty, I always follow my gut. On the last day of the show, I finally got around to the Baby Jogger booth. I wasn’t expecting anything earth-shattering, but lo and behold ... Read More »

Mutsy Slider

The Mutsy strollers have been very well received during their first year in the US. We’ve had good success with the 4-Rider model, a hybrid with four pneumatic tires (two large in the rear, two smaller in the front). The front air-filled tires make this stroller unusual and give it a very smooth ride. They also make the frame a ... Read More »

Home again

I’m back at home, reunited with my kids and trying to recharge. This show is always so exhausting. Last year, I was home for less than 24 hours before continuing on to Cologne for the Kind + Jugend show. This year, I’m not making the trip. The memories of last year’s European adventure are still pretty fresh, and there’s definitely ... Read More »

Day 3, a brush with greatness

I’ve had a TiVo for longer than almost anyone I know. Seriously. I think I got my first one in 2000. Each week I use it to capture our favorite shows so we can watch them here and there late at night. Sometimes my husband and I have different tastes when it comes to selection. He likes 24. I like ... Read More »