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Sweet Cologne

After arriving on Friday morning and checking into our hotel, Isaac and I took the subway over to the Koelnmesse, (aka convention center). Not surprisingly, the Koelnmesse is an impressive place. It is enormous and the entry areas have stark white interiors and soaring ceilings. Unlike the shows I’ve seen in the US, we do not receive badges to wear, ... Read More »

Kind + Jugend Day One

We arrived in Cologne this morning after an exhausting red-eye flight from Newark, NJ. We checked into our hotel and then high-tailed it to the show, where we were dazzled by the structural complexity of each booth, the array of products on display, and the alchohol that was being dispersed to those in attendence. Let’s just say it was a ... Read More »

Leaving on a jetplane

I’m at the airport awaiting my flight to Cologne after a teary farewell to my husband and kids. I still can’t believe I’m going to be away from them for a whole week. But I’m somewhat comforted by all the Euro-chic baby gear I’ll get to see. I’ve got my camera and I’m looking forward to posting photos and other ... Read More »

This teddy isn’t for hugging

Even though we took an infant CPR course when I was pregnant for the first time, like most parents, the thought of using any of those skills scares me to death. In a pinch, I can’t imagine I could reliably recall the critical details I learned that day almost five years ago. So, while it’s tempting to chuckle at the ... Read More »

Smaller, Lighter, Micralite

In the emerging hybrid category, no stroller has been able to offer the versatility and handling typical of the hybrids while still keeping the weight down under 17 lbs. Now, the arrival of the Micralite will change that. The Micralite is a popular stroller brand in the UK, and now it is going to be distributed here by Eurobaby. It’s ... Read More »

Running on empty

I have a lot more to share, but once again my eyes are drooping. Not since college have I tried to subsist on such a small amount of sleep. Yes, even during those chaotic early days with my newborn daughters I managed to get more sleep than this. But here in Vegas, with no kids to keep us on schedule, ... Read More »

A new breed of stroller

Strollers have been the big story at the ABC Show, where we’ve seen an amazing array of new and interesting concepts, many of them populating a new category of strollers, which I’ll call the Hybrid (you heard it here first, folks). These hybrid strollers are a cross between an all-terrain stroller and a city stroller. Riding unabashedly on the coattails ... Read More »

A Techno for all seasons

Maclaren is introducing the new Techno XLR model stroller. This is the ultimate Techno – all the best features of the Maclaren flagship model, AND it takes many infant car seat models, too. It’s crazy late and I’m falling asleep as I type. Plus, the pictures I took of the XLR didn’t come out too well. I will give more ... Read More »

Fleurville shows off a high chair

And in the next chapter of diaper bag companies thinking outside the box, check out the new Calla Chair from Fleurville. Designed by Yves Behar, the Calla Chair was formally launched at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in June, but it’s making a rare public appearance here in Vegas. The prototype looks very interesting. It’s certainly a new perspective on ... Read More »

Skip Hop introduces plastic essentials

Skip Hop is releasing a new line of baby-oriented housewares, including a bottle drying rack (Splash), a diaper caddy (Toolbox) and a multi-tiered, carousel-type shelf for baby food jars (Chow, pictured). These sculptural pieces are like everything else from Skip Hop – creative, modern and incredibly useful. They come in several different colors and will be available later this month. Read More »