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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 »

Day 19: Lillebaby Nordic Carrier & Beaba Babycook Prize Pack

Today’s prize package includes five items from Scandinavian Child, the distributors of European brands including Beaba and Lillebaby. Four products from French manufacturer Beaba form a comprehensive baby-feeding kit: – The Beaba Babycook is the only appliance you’ll need to create nutritious homemade food for your baby: it steams, purees, and defrosts. All you need to add is some fresh ... Read More »

Day 18: Britax Frontier SICT

Over the past few years, a lot more attention has been paid to protecting children from side-impact collisions. Research has shown that 30% of fatalities in passenger cars are from side-impact. These kinds of crashes are particularly dangerous because there isn’t much car between the passengers and the encroaching vehicle. Front and back collisions have the benefit of the crumple ... Read More »

The 1000th post

This is a milestone, for sure. When we started this blog in 2005, the word “blog” was still an emerging part of the public vocabulary. In fact, Merriam-Webster named “blog” the “Word of the Year” in 2004. Back then, blogging was mostly for techies, pundits and voyeurs. It’s been almost six years since Isaac (my sister’s husband and the Magic ... Read More »

Day 17: WOW! Baby Basket

What makes you say “wow”? A beautiful sunset? A circus act? A kid who just learned to ride a bike?  Wow is such a flexible word, an exclamation used to convey astonishment, admiration, excitement, pleasure. It’s appropriate for such a range of occasions. “You found a leaf? Wow!” or “You’re pregnant with twins? Wow!” A few years ago, when we ... Read More »

Day 16: Kettler Air Navigator Tricycle & Hatley Rain Gear Pack

Contrary to popular rumor, the motto “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” is not the official Postal Service creed. But the motto inscribed on the James Farley Post Office in New York City is nevertheless taken pretty seriously by many letter carriers, like Richard Doherty ... Read More »