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New Britax convertible car seats coming soon

At the end of August, Britax is preparing to launch their most significant overhaul of their car seat line in… well… maybe forever. Britax is a company that is totally obsessed with car seat safety. A few years ago, research started coming out that revealed head injury to be the leading cause of death for children in automobile accidents. Britax ... Read More »

Maclaren introduces redesigned frame

Maclaren is currently rolling out (haha) a “next generation” stroller frame with a redesigned hinge mechanism. The new design features a circular pivoting hinge and totally eliminates any risk of pinching during folding and unfolding. My sources at Maclaren USA tell me this new hinge has been in the works for several years and is a logical design evolution, not ... Read More »

Nap Nanny Recall

In my recap of the ABC Spring Show in Louisville this past May, I mentioned the Nap Nanny, a baby recliner that has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Today, the Nap Nanny was recalled because a 4-month old baby suffocated when she was strapped into a Nap Nanny that had been put into a crib. The baby rolled ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 26 – Stokke Tripp Trapp chair

There’s not a lot to say about the Stokke Tripp Trapp that hasn’t already been said in one way or another on this site. So in honor of today’s Stokke Tripp Trapp giveaway, I present the following: Top 10 Reasons Why You Need a Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair 10. The design is timeless and chic; having one around your table ... Read More »

phil&teds announces new Explorer buggy

The phil&teds Sport – the granddaddy of the in-line stroller revolution – has been discontinued and will be replaced by the new phil&teds Explorer, which is expected to arrive in stores within the next few weeks. Six years ago, we were one of just a handful of retailers in the USA who carried the phil&teds stroller. Back then there was ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 25 – Baby Jogger City Select stroller

From the very first moment I saw an advertisement for it, I knew the Baby Jogger City Select stroller was going to be an inevitable success. The double stroller market has seen more fluctuation than any other category over the past few years, as the proverbial pendulum made a broad but definitive swung from side-by-side all-terrain models like the Mountain ... Read More »

Tripp Trapp in purple

Stokke has just announced the new release of the Tripp Trapp chair in purple this fall. The new color will replace the yellow Tripp Trapp, which has been discontinued. Stock will be limited on the yellow, and the purple color will be ready after September 1. We are taking preorders for the purple Tripp Trapp chair now. They also announced ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 24 – Peg Perego Tatamia High Chair

I love a product that multitasks, and the Peg Perego Tatamia does just that. It transforms from a high chair into a swing. A high chair is an essential piece of gear once a baby is sitting up and eating solid foods, but most models are useless until that point. The Tatamia makes itself relevant right from the start with ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 23 – Monte Luca Glider

We’ve been in the market for some new furniture, and Eli and I agree that sitting in a prospective chair is just as essential as, well, test-driving a stroller. So we’ve been sitting in lots of chairs. I’ve learned about optimal seat depth and back height. I’ve learned about different arm shapes and cushion fills. We’ve sat in contemporary chairs ... Read More »

Pancakes for all occasions

One day last week, my older daughter took a marker and added some new birthdays to our family calendar. Apparently July is a busy month for her stuffed animals, and she wanted to make sure that Zip (7/15), Marshalina (7/27) and Flip (8/7) each got the celebration she deserved. On Zip’s birthday — a Thursday — I came downstairs to ... Read More »