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Five minute rule?

I’ll confess I’m the kind of mother who loves the five second rule. OK, I’m hiding behind my kids. I’m the kind of person who loves the five second rule. I’m a klutz and my kids got the gene. Between us all, if I had to throw away all the food I ever dropped on the floor, I could feed ... Read More »

Got opinions?

Some friends of mine at Continuum, a design and research firm, are conducting interviews at their West Newton offices with mothers who are either due between now and August or have an infant 7 months or younger. It will be a 90 minute, one-on-one discussion about baby gear. Here’s the best part – respondents will receive a stipend for their ... Read More »

Recaro update

I just got a call from my representative at Recaro. We have pricing and projected availability information for the new seats, as follows: Vivo, MSRP $99, avaliable in June Vivo Lite, MSRP $89, available in June Como, MSRP $249, available in July Sigmo, MSRP $289, available in August As always with a new product, the availability dates are very much ... Read More »

M-o-m-m-y needs (free iced) c-o-f-f-e-e

(If you don’t get the above reference, that means you’ve never heard The Coffee Song by Ralph’s World. I suggest you download it from iTunes or buy the whole album – it’s one of my favorites.) This Thursday, the local ice cream chain JP Licks will be giving away free iced coffee at all their locations (there’s one across the ... Read More »

Evenflo recalls 450,000 infant seats

This news broke at the end of last week, and actually I wasn’t even going to write about it. I usually just cover recalls that effect merchandise we’ve sold in the store. But in this case, because the recall has such a broad impact, I’m going to make an exception, even though we have never carried this (or any) Evenflo ... Read More »

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 »

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