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Happy Mother’s Day

I hope all the moms out there had a good day. I did. My kids were so excited and very cute, shouting “happy mother’s day” in the manner of effusive New Years Eve revelers. I got to sleep late, I had a protein smoothie brought to me in bed, and I even got that pedicure I’d been dreaming of. In ... Read More »

Supersize them

Pipe cleaners have been a craft-time favorite for generations, but Brain Noodles take the fun to a whole new proportion. These are basically very chunky pipe cleaners, so they’re easy for kids of all age to handle and manipulate. I liked them at Toy Fair, but it was the samples I brought back to my kids that sealed the deal. ... Read More »

Recaro: In with the new

When I was in Cologne in September for the Kind + Jugend show, I was struck by the size of the Recaro booth. It was enormous. In a show filled with big, impressive booths, this one was particularly formidable. They had so many different kinds of seats, it was dizzying. But in the US, their line is a fraction of ... Read More »

Ty Girlz are here

I mentioned at Toy Fair that a lot of toy companies have been, ahem, inspired by the immense success of Webkinz to create their own plush toys with online tie-ins. How does the old adage go? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Well, I’m sure Ganz (the company behind Webkinz) isn’t exactly enjoying the compliment. But Webkinz have been ... Read More »

Like clean clothes?

This is one of those products that’s just parent-powered simple genius. If you’ve ever watched a kid eat an ice cream cone or popsicle, you’ve almost certainly cringed as the drips and dribbles traveled along chins, arms, fingers and, ultimately, onto nice, crisp clean clothing. No amount of diligent attention with baby wipes can prevent the mess that inevitably prevails. ... Read More »

Quinny update

I just received a revised availability timeline from Quinny, and since I know a lot of people are watching this, I thought I’d share it right away. The Buzz and Dreami (the bassinet for the Buzz) are on time to arrive in the US on May 10. I expect we’ll have them in our store within a week after that. ... Read More »

Hey, where’s my paycheck?

Guess what, moms? All that cooking, cleaning, driving, diaper changing, nose-wiping, hugging, kissing and playing has a value. According to today’s Boston Globe, the work done by an average stay-at-home mother is valued at $138,000/year. For those of us who work another job by day and do mommy-duty in the mornings, evenings and weekends, if we commanded a salary for ... Read More »

The Erupting Volcano Cake

Update 5/3/2017:┬áThe Best Birthday Gifts for Kids of All Ages We threw a birthday party for my older daughter this past weekend – she just turned 5. Since she’s on a science kick, we decided to make a theme of it. We hired Mad Science to come and entertain the kids, we came up with a melee of easy scientific ... Read More »

GT stands for Good Thinking?

Everyone has been waiting and wondering what’s happening with Phil and Ted’s. At the ABC show in September, they showed a very early concept of a new version of their popular e3 stroller. Last month, they debuted the Sport, an updated version of the e3 that offered some nice improvements, but not a substantial change to the design. Now, at ... Read More »

Twice as warm

OK, yes, the weather is getting warmer and no one wants to think about cold-weather stroller accessories right now, but I thought 7AM Enfant had a pretty nice new product at JPMA. The new Duo is just what it sounds like – a 7AM built for two. It’s not a sleeping bag, it’s just a warm blanket that can be ... Read More »