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Day 26: Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light

There are never enough hours in the day, especially when your family is traveling. So many things to see, so many rides to go on, so many pictures to take! So you don’t want to waste time assembling the things you need, like, for instance, a travel crib. Enter today’s giveaway, the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light, a Magic Beans ... Read More »

Day 25: BOB Revolution SE 2011

Strollers, like people, have characters to them. The name BOB is an abbreviation for “Beast Of Burden,” and while there are now many variations on the original BOB stroller, they all are designed to be reliable helpers and friends to the family. Today’s giveaway, the BOB Revolution SE 2011, is a big favorite because of its adaptable functions. It’s a ... Read More »

Day 24: Valco Astro High Chair

Valco Astro High Chair

When space is at a premium, a high chair can be a bit of a glutton for square footage. At mealtimes, there’s no getting around it (sometimes literally), but in between meals, wouldn’t it be nice if it could just disappear? The Valco Astro High Chair comes about as close as it can — without involving a magic wand. The ... Read More »

Day 23: Go Gaga Prize Package

When babies first begin speaking, a lot of their vocalizations involve repeated syllables – “mama” and “dada,”  of course, but also other phrases that sound similar, like goo-goo and ga-ga. (This is also why, during the 2008 election, Youtube was full of videos of babies saying “Obama” – it just rolls off the infant tongue.) As such, Go Gaga is ... Read More »

Road trips with kids

On Wednesday, I was invited to represent the Chevy Queen of the Road blog and do a segment on Fox 25 about traveling with kids. As a mom of 3 who frequently hits the road for weekends on the Cape, I didn’t have to think too hard about what I wanted to say. Here are the key pieces of advice I ... Read More »

Day 22: Bumbleride Indie Movement Edition Stroller in Fog

The new Movement Edition of the Bumbleride Indie Stroller adds outdoorsy touches to the well-loved all-terrain jogger: water-resistant sport fabrics, and SPF 45 sun protection in the canopy, so that weather conditions don’t have to break your stride. We also love the subtle and classy color schemes of these strollers: the Jet stroller is a businesslike black, and the Fog ... Read More »

Choosing a sunblock: tips from MD Moms

Today’s guest blog on sun safety comes from MD Moms, a company that makes some of our favorite skin care products. They’re moms, board-certified pediatricians, and well versed in sun protection. Here are some helpful hints to keep your kids safe while having some summer fun! With summer in full swing, we’ve been fielding questions about sun safety in our ... Read More »

Sun Safety Tips for Parents from the Skin Cancer Foundation

Today’s guest blog comes from the Skin Cancer Foundation, the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. For more information, visit www.SkinCancer.org. Summer is here, and children are spending lots of time ... Read More »

Day 21: OXO Tot Sprout High Chair

specialty baby stores OXO Sprout Orange

Because I just recently wrote a detailed blog post about the OXO Sprout High Chair, I decided that I would share a recipe from my friends at OXO. At the Drool Baby Expo in May, they did a great seminar on cooking for kids. They had several tasty ideas, but this one stood out to me for its simplicity and ... Read More »

Day 20: Bugaboo Donkey Duo Stroller

Bugaboo Donkey in Sand/Off White

If there was one product I really wanted to have in this year’s giveaway, the Bugaboo Donkey was IT. In fact, if there were to be a product of the year for 2011, the Bugaboo Donkey should be IT. First, they revolutionized the concept of the double stroller and took it to a whole new level. Then, they marketed it ... Read More »