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If you’re wondering why it’s so quiet around here, it’s because I’m out of town. We’re wrapping up our first ever family-of-four vacation, enjoying some sun, beach and relaxation. I’ll have lots of observations and interesting insights on family travel to share when I get home tomorrow. Read More »

Really useful jewelry

When there’s a newborn in the picture, life tends to be pretty fuzzy. Parents are usually sleep deprived, and the sameness of the routine causes the hours and days to blend together. This state of mind is directly at odds with your pediatrician’s desire that you keep meticulous records of how often your baby is eating. You consider yourself very ... Read More »

Do you know Wikki Stix?

If you don’t, you should. Wikki Stix are a lifesaver for parents who are hoping to keep kids quietly engaged for any period of time. They are basically a strand of yarn coated in a non-toxic, food-grade wax similar to what you’d find on a shiny red apple. The yarn is flexible, and the wax is sticky enough to bond ... Read More »

Building a fast car

Lego has just released their new Ferrari sets, featuring several models of the famous luxury cars. The completed product is beautiful and amazingly realistic by Lego standards. Car lovers, young or old, will drool over the 1:17 scale model of the new 430 Spider (pictured), which was just launched at the Geneva car show in March of 2005. The Lego ... Read More »

Fine Dining. Kids welcome?

We recently took a family outing to the New England Aquarium. We spiraled up the big tank, held some starfish and retreated from the crowds in favor of finding some lunch. We ended up at Sel de la Terre, a sibling of Frank McClelland’s superb Back Bay institution, L’espalier. I had heard rumors that children are permitted, but as it ... Read More »

Geuther ’round

In this brave new world of design-conscious parents, European wooden high chairs have become a ubiquitous presence. Whether it’s the clean zigzag of the Stokke Kinderzeat or the elegant curves of the Svan chair, these attractive seats offer the added appeal of longevity. Both will adjust to accommodate children or adults, using a simple allen wrench to move the seat ... Read More »

Mechanically inclined?

This is probably one of the most unique toy concepts I’ve come across in a while. Each Automoblox car comes apart into pieces, and if you have more than one car, you can rebuild the pieces to make new cars. The parts are big and chunky enough to be handled by a preschooler, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to ... Read More »

7am Enfant

It was about a year ago that I trailed a woman two blocks down Broadway in Manhattan so I could read the label on her stroller bunting. That was my first encounter with 7am Enfant, and it was worth the effort. These yummy buntings are more like miniature sleeping bags. They are beautiful, chic and very warm. The company had ... Read More »

In with the new

Welcome to the newest iteration of spillingthebeans.net. After a few months of practice, we’ve made some changes that should make our site more flexible and user-friendly. If you’ve been a regular visitor, you’ll notice that we’re minimizing. We used to have two blogs, one for toys and one for baby. Now there’s just one blog, but every posting is carefully ... Read More »

Swaddle SO easy

If you’ve had a baby and stayed in a hospital, chances are you’ve marveled at the nurses’ aptitude for swaddling. Babies usually spend the first days of their lives wrapped up tight, courtesy of the nurses. Then, you get home and despite having paid attention to frequent demonstrations (in the midst of post-partum haziness), you discover that swaddling is quite ... Read More »

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