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Squishy towers

Edublocks have been a fixture in our store’s playscape since we first opened in 2004. The set of giant, foam Lego-style blocks are probably the only toy that has survived two years of unmitigated abuse at the hands of our littlest customers. But they are very expensive, and despite their popularity, we don’t sell too many of them. Now, I ... Read More »

In gear for the holidays

Oliblocks are one of the successful instances where art and play intersect. Designed by architect Daniel Oakley, the original blocks have been featured in a variety of venues, from museums to toys stores. Now, they just introduced Oligears, a set of 11 gears in various sizes that can interlock or connect magnetically. The pieces are beautiful, the quality is excellent, ... Read More »

Three’s a crowd

Tomorrow, the population of the United States is projected to cross the 300 million mark. Check out the neat population clock at the US Census Bureau website and if you have nothing better to do, watch as we cross this milestone at around 7:46am EST tomorrow morning. The 200 million mark was hit back in November of 1967, and the ... Read More »

Cold noses, warm toes

Here in Boston, the winters can be brutal. Small wonder then, that a local business is continuing to reinvent winterizing accessories for strollers and baby carriers. Brookspond only has two products, the Carrier Cover for the Baby Bjorn and the Buggy Blanket. Their designs have always been a cut above, with thoughtful, parent-centric innovations, but this year, beauty caught up ... Read More »

Incognito and Ugly

Uglydolls have been a sensation since they debuted in 2004. Why do so many folks gravitate towards these soft, charming and, yes, unattractive litte characters? I’m not sure, but I have one on my desk at work. Now, they’ve come out with a limited edition Secret Mission series of all-black Uglydolls. What they lack in vibrance, they make up for ... Read More »

New Techno Rocks

The new Maclaren Techno XLR is here. This is probably the most anticipated new stroller of the year. Why? Because Maclaren has taken their enormously popular Techno model and turned into a travel system. This Techno comes with a car seat adaptor that is almost identical to the one on the Easy Traveler, and can accommodate a variety of infant ... Read More »

Aging gracefully

This is the kind of “aha” product that makes you wish you’d thought of it first. How often do you find a half-full jar of baby food in the fridge and wonder how long it’s been sitting there. Instead of shaking, stirring, sniffing and reluctantly tasting the peas, now you can just refer to the handy little magnetized gizmo stuck ... Read More »

Big skin problems for little babies

For the most severe skin problems, Mustela is now offering their Dermo-Pediatric line. At first, these superstrength formulas were only available at independent pharmacies and apothecaries, but now they have expanded their distribution to include a number of specialty baby stores. I was particularly interested in this line because of the Stelatopia products, designed to combat Eczema. Both of my ... Read More »

Rocking your world

This product makes me laugh. The Dream Mover is a moving platform that will gently rock just about anything – your baby’s stroller, car seat, cradle, bouncy seat. I thought it was sort of silly at first. But suddenly, I was transported back to my last night in the hospital after delivering my younger daughter. She was fussy, so the ... Read More »

New arrivals

This past week, we’ve received a few of the items I’ve previewed here. They are now in stock, and also should be available on our website. Here’s a list, with links to the previous posts. Micralite Strollers – Could this lightweight hybrid be a silver bullet for parents who really, really only want one stroller? We think so. Strollometer – ... Read More »