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On August 24th, Jumpstart is trying to set a world record for the largest shared reading experience ever. The chosen title? That evergreen classic, The Little Engine that Could. To participate with your children, go to www.readfortherecord.org and register to read. There will be events all over the country on that day, including a great looking celebration at the Boston ... Read More »

What they don’t know about women

It’s ironic, but if you’re looking for a great new diaper bag for women, check out the new line from DadGear. Bolstered by popular demand, the designers who developed the outstanding Diaper Vest and Artist Series Messenger Bag have turned their attention to Mom. The result is DaisyGear, a line of messenger bags with all the same great features as ... Read More »

Abby Cadabby Joins Sesame Street

There’s a new muppet on Sesame Street, and naturally there’s an uproar to herald her arrival. Abby Cadabby is the first female muppet to join the cast in 13 years, and unlike any of the other muppets on the show, Abby is a girly girl. She’s pink with fluffy pigtails, dainty fairy wings and a “training wand” that she uses ... Read More »

Tax Free and Lights Out

A big, huge thank you to anyone who visited us this past weekend. The crowds of the Tax Free weekend would have been challenging enough, but right around the time we opened for business on Saturday, the power went out throughout the Coolidge Corner area. We lost our phones, our computers, our cash registers and our credit card processing, but ... Read More »

Bench Coach: A new potty from Boon

The brand new Potty Bench from Boon is the second innovative product released by this young and imaginative company. Following in the footsteps of the hit bathtub organizer, the Frog Pod, the Potty Bench was designed to be a functional, whimsical and contemporary affair. The designers at Boon have put a lot of thought into this product, and it shows. ... Read More »

Dinner Theater

When someone first showed me Dinner Games, from FamilyTimeFun Games, I was very skeptical. Why would parents need a little box of suggested activities to keep kids engaged during dinner? I found a curmudgeon blossoming within me: why, when I was a kid, we just sat at the dinner table and talked. We didn’t need fancy games. Then, my four-year-old ... Read More »

Lego on and on

The appeal of Lego is so broad, it’s staggering. This one company produces plastic bricks (or variations on that theme), and manages to successfully attract customers ranging from infants to adults. Until recently, though, the older Lego customer was usually a die-hard Lego enthusiast, one who loved the challenge and satisfaction of assembling the models and displaying the finished product. ... Read More »

Who ever heard of a stroller mechanic?

Lots of people, now. The Boston Herald did a very cute profile about Dave, our warehouse manager and de facto stroller mechanic. To read the article, follow this link. Also, stay tuned. In the wake of this article, a crew from the local Fox affiliate spent some time interviewing Dave and filming him at work today. Looks like we’ll be ... Read More »

Shake it up, spell it out

Rattled is a new game from Educational Insights, the same company responsible for Blokus, a perennial bestseller. Rattled is a word game that offers a creative twist on a familiar theme. Shake the wand, and a random set of 8 scrambled letters appears. Then, two players (or teams) compete to find the longest word that can be made using those ... Read More »

It sucks when your baby has a cold.

Literally. There’s a brand new nasal aspirator from Bebesounds that offers battery-powered suction. This product would be hysterically funny if it weren’t so downright innovative. There’s nothing more awful and frustrating than trying to pin down a writhing, miserable and congested baby to stick a rubber bulb up her nose and suck out its overflowing contents. If you haven’t been ... Read More »

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