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Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby

My kids were both die-hard lactivists. They were born that way. They simply didn’t believe in bottles. Personally, life would have been a lot easier if they hadn’t been quite so militant, but at the time, my lifestyle more or less accommodated round-the-clock nursing, so I didn’t push back too hard. I did try a half dozen different kinds of ... Read More »

Maxi Cosi delayed… for some.

The Maxi Cosi Mico infant seat, which is compatible with the Quinny Zapp and the Buzz, is already a hot commodity, thanks in part to a production problem that has dramatically reduced the availability of the seat during the first weeks of the US launch. Apparently, a supplier of a key component failed to deliver the correct number of parts, ... Read More »

Peek a who?

Babywearing offers many, many benefits for both the baby and the caregiver, but climate control isn’t one of them. When it’s very warm, wearing a baby can be a hot, sweaty affair for everyone involved. When it’s cold, it’s a constant struggle to fit the carrier over a winter coat and keep small extremities warm. But I got a postcard ... Read More »

Will it fit?

Cheers to Lascal, makers of the Buggy Board (the ingenious wheeled board that attaches to a stroller to make room for a standing passenger) for putting together an exhaustive study of how the Buggy Board fits just about any stroller in existence. Check out their amazing website which shows exactly how to attach the Buggy Board to each model, and ... Read More »

Boon offers a sneak peek

We’re still just about 10 days away from the ABC show, but the Boon website is already showing off a panoply of new products. There’s a whole new layette line, a range of feeding accessories and… jewelry? I’m in love with the beautiful sterling silver bracelet designs – modern, whimsical and alternately geometric or undulating pieces that are perfectly sized ... Read More »

Elevating the high chair

If you could graph the trend in high chairs, it would look something like the trajectory of a yo-yo. A generation ago, everything was wood. Then came plastic. Over the past few years, a new breed of sleek European wooden chairs became so popular, they practically obliterated the plastic chairs (around here, anyway). But now the pendulum is swinging the ... Read More »

Britax Decathlon Recalled

My hair is going gray this week, I swear it. A customer gave us a heads-up today that Britax has issued a voluntary recall of the Decathlon. I’m wondering why, in the flurry of e-mails that I’ve received from Britax over the past few days regarding other matters, this wasn’t even mentioned, but perhaps I’m just a bit oversensitive right ... Read More »

Clek is here!

I loved this booster when I saw it at the JPMA show, and we’ve finally received our first shipment. Now that I’ve had a chance to spend some time with it, I’m particularly impressed with the padding on the seat. It is very thick and amazingly comfortable (I sat on it myself). I think it’s an ideal solution for carpoolers, ... Read More »

Kaboost!

There are a lot of new high chair concepts out there (and I’ve got a detailed review of these in the works), but I love this simple idea that solves the table-height problem at its most basic level. Kids are too short to reach the table, so why not just give the chair a boost? The Kaboost fits onto almost ... Read More »

How Mao? Try Quao.

Fourteen summers ago, I came home from a teen tour obsessed with a card game I had learned — Mao. If you aren’t familiar with this diabolically fun game, Mao has no rules. Or at least, none that can be explained. But in this day and age, you can find everything on the internet, including a detailed explanation of Mao ... Read More »