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Casting doubts on Consumer Reports

In the week or so that has passed since the Today Show broke the story about the car seat test results to be published in the upcoming issue of Consumer Reports, our little industry has been in something of a tailspin. Car seat manufacturers have rushed to defend their products and their testing processes, while retailers like us have tried ... Read More »

Words at first sight

There’s a brand new reading game for the kindergarten set. Word Chase is the first effort from Beyond Learning, a new company founded by two accomplished teachers and backed by an impressive advisory panel. The game is designed for ages four and up and it teaches familiarity with “sight words” – the 25 most common words used in the English ... Read More »

Mutsy Double Seat Delayed

According to the US distributor for Mutsy, the arrival of their much-anticipated double seat has been delayed. This seat, which is currently available in Europe, offers two reclining stroller seats on a single frame. It’s no wonder people are excited about it, but due to variances in safety standards between Europe and the US, the folks at Mutsy will need ... Read More »

Rethinking the playground

Today’s New York Times featured a cover story about a new playground concept that will be tested in Lower Manhattan. The design was developed by David Rockwell who has made a name for himself creating more sophisticated “play” spaces, like the Mohegan Sun casino. This next-generation concept won’t feature traditional playground mainstays, like swings, slides and climbing structures. Instead, there ... Read More »

Off to the races

Miss me? Sorry for the dry spell. I’ll get back to the toys & gear in just a minute, but first some exciting news. I just came back from Orlando, where we inaugurated our newest Magic Beans initiative, Team Beans at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. I, along with my father-in-law and sister-in-law ran a half marathon, while my ... Read More »

Infant Car Seat Testing from Consumer Reports

Earlier in the day it was brought to my attention that the results of some extensive crash testing done by Consumer Reports was featured on the Today Show. I didn’t get to watch the show, but the information was very eye-opening, and important for parents and parents-to-be to know about and take into consideration. By current federal standards, an infant ... Read More »

Pure Genius for Plush

When it comes to organizing stuffed animals, I face vexing challenges from every possible angle. At home, my kids collect these soft friends and they pile up in fluffy heaps, consigned to bins, baskets or anything else that can possibly keep them out from underfoot. At the store, the issues are similar, but the quantities are immense and the gratification ... Read More »

It’s Raining It’s Pouring.

Here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful holiday season! For my family here in Jerusalem, Chanukah was celebrated in a city glowing with candles. Menorahs were kindled everywhere. Inside and outside, through windows and in courtyards, the nights were alight. And as the eighth-day of light came to a close, and as the last candle burned out, that’s when “they” came. ... Read More »

e3 Recall

The CPSC has today announced a recall of the Phil and Ted’s e3 Buggy. This is a voluntary recall due to an “abrasion hazard” to children when they are seated in the rear position of the toddler seat. A while back, I reported that Regal Lager, the US distributor for Phil and Ted’s was sending out free wheel guards to ... Read More »

Spoon Recall

BabySwede just announced a recall of the Baby Bjorn Feeding Spoon. Evidently, after extended use, the soft tip of the spoon can separate from the handle, creating a choking hazard. While there have been no reports of this defect in the United States, there have been 11 known instances of the problem worldwide. No injuries have been reported. Anyone who ... Read More »

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