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Coolidge Corner Theatre Kids Shows: Saturday, Oct. 1

Coolidge Corner Theatre Kids Shows are starting up again and they’re kicking off the season with a show by Mr. G! Mister G Performance @ 10:30 am Recommended for ages 2 and up. Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) has a Masters in Elementary Education from Smith College, a BA in English from Amherst College, and over twenty years experience as an ... Read More »

JPMA Innovation Awards 2011

Eli and I were absolutely honored and delighted to serve on the judging panel for the JPMA Innovation Awards again this year. It’s no secret I’m something of a baby gear geek, so I’d jump at any opportunity to spend an afternoon testing out the most interesting new products coming to market. We looked at over 60 products on Thursday. ... Read More »

Meet the Playmaker: An interview with Steve Gross

This weekend’s Life is good festival will be a blast, but don’t forget: this is also an event benefiting one of our favorite charities, the Life is good Kids Foundation, which executes the Playmakers Initiative. Playmakers provides training, resources, and support to professionals who work with kids who are dealing with life-threatening challenges such as violence, illness, and extreme poverty. ... Read More »

10 Questions for Laurie Berkner

We are getting geared up for the Life is good Festival this weekend, and if you’re going to be there, chances are you’re excited to see Laurie Berkner perform. I remember the first time I saw her in concert, at First Night 2004 in Boston. I was a mom of one, pregnant with my second daughter, and writing a business ... Read More »

Cybex Aton is going away

…And not on a vacation. It’s being deported. Earlier this week, Regal Lager informed us that they will no longer be distributing Cybex car seats in the United States. This came as quite a shock, since the new Cybex Aton car seat was one of the most exciting new product releases of 2011. When I first wrote about the debut ... Read More »

The Perfect Nursery: Q&A with interior designer Rachel Reider

Your baby’s room should be a soothing, restful place for you as well as your child. We asked interior designer Rachel Reider for tips on creating a peaceful space for sleeping, nursing, diapering, and growing. Q: What’s the first step in the nursery room design process? I would recommend going through magazines and catalogs and pulling images of spaces you ... Read More »

10 common car seat mistakes

Z in his car seat

Car seats are among the most complicated pieces of gear most parents will encounter – probably more complicated than you think, so be prepared! Here’s a list of 10 mistakes a lot of parents make. If anything sounds familiar to you, don’t feel bad: I’ve been guilty of at least 7/10 of the things on this list over the years. ... Read More »

5 things to look for in a convertible car seat

Britax Boulevard Silver Birch

Making the transition from an infant seat to a convertible car seat can be tough for parents who’ve grown very attached to the portability of a bucket-style infant seat. But when a baby starts to get close to the height or weight limit of his infant seat, there’s no two ways about it – it’s time to make the switch. ... Read More »

It’s a Play-A-Thon!

Last year, we were very fortunate to be a part of the Life is good Festival. The event was extraordinary – amazingly well-organized, packed with great musical acts and other activities, and generally brimming with joy and optimism. We are counting down the days until this year’s Festival, coming up later this month on September 24th and 25th. These festivals, ... Read More »

11 things exhibitors can do to make the ABC Show a success

The annual ABC Kids Expo, the biggest juvenile products trade show in the US,  is right around the corner. This year, unbelievably enough, will be my 8th trip to ABC. Every year, I look forward to exploring this gargantuan trade show packed with baby products, and trying to find the next big thing(s). But year after year, some vendors make ... Read More »