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2006 Valco Runabout

Last week our staff had the pleasure of meeting with a gentleman from Valco who gave us a preview of their new 2006 Runabout stroller, which we have since received. While he was here, we had the opportunity to assemble the stroller, push it around, and ask a lot of questions. I was very impressed with what I saw! Valco ... Read More »

Counting on it?

New from Winning Moves, Beat the Count is a simple yet addictive new card game that leverages both luck and skill on the path to victory. Players flip their cards over into a central discard pile, and count aloud the number of cards they have played, starting at 1 on each turn. Each card is numbered from 1-10, and as ... Read More »

New Kate Spade Quest is here

And it’s really cute. The new Kate Spade Twilight features a very modern snail icon (there’s a joke in there, somewhere) on a quilted navy background, accented with white piping. The hood is lined with a green interior. Structurally, it’s identical to the other Quest strollers, but it feels very special. This year, Maclaren is extending the Kate Spade collection ... Read More »

Strolli – whee!

As proof that parents are eager to find ways to extend the life of their strollers and adapt them to fit a growing family, products like the Buggy Board and Kiddy Board (wheeled boards that attach to the back of a stroller) are extremely popular. As well, the Phil and Ted’s e3 (a single all-terrain stroller that offers a second ... Read More »

Putumayo Concert Tour

To celebrate the release of their newest album, Reggae Playgroud, Putumayo Kids is sponsoring a concert tour featuring Asheba, a Trinidadian children’s performer. There will be two Boston-area performances, one on April 7th at the Boston Children’s Museum (6:15 and 7:15pm, tickets are first come, first served) and another on April 8th at Barefoot Books in Cambridge (their April calendar ... Read More »

Bibs a la luxe

We’ve just received our first shipment of Mally Bibs, a new line of leather bibs from Canada. They will remind you a bit of Robeez shoes, but they are designed for the other end of your baby. The bibs are thick and the leather is washable and extremely stain resistant. One side sports a cute applique design while the other ... Read More »

What’s Nest?

Nest is a Massachusetts-based company that integrates clean, modern and kid-friendly designs with organic and sustainable materials. Sounds good, right? That’s why we’re pretty excited to be carrying their new line of kids’ furnishings. This husband and wife team have designed several pieces that are both visually appealing and very functional. I loved their toy cube, which is a compact ... Read More »

Name that tune?

International Playthings, distributor of the popular Calico Critters, is having a songwriting contest. Kids are invited to try their hand at creating a Calico Critters anthem by composing new lyrics to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Entry forms are available for download at their website. Completed entries can be dropped off in our store or mailed directly to ... Read More »

This little Piggy stayed clean

The Piggy Platter is a new placemat for babies and kids. It was designed by a mom trying to avoid the sticky mess left over from breakfast oatmeal. There are a couple of nice innovations here. First, the surface of the mat is clear, so you can put funny pictures, flashcards or other stimulating graphics underneath. There’s a no-slip rubber ... Read More »

New features on our website

We just launched two cool new features on our website. The Stroller Matchmaker is a form that asks a series of detailed questions about parents’ lifestyle, habits and tastes. That form is submitted to us and is reviewed by one of our Stroller Matchmakers. Then, we send a list of tailored recommendations for strollers. The turnaround time is listed as ... Read More »