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Spilling the Beans

  • September 9, 2007

    Gone Gaga for Good

    I have this friend of a friend. She went to business school, where she developed a plan to start a business designing clever products for parents. After graduation, she followed her dream and got down to work. I met her...

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  • June 12, 2007

    Good Logic

    When JJ Cole first showed me their Essentials Bag a few years back, I had one question: Where’s the changing pad? There wasn’t one. What was the logic? I can’t remember exactly how they rationalized it, but it made no...

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  • First steps made easier
    November 10, 2006

    First steps made easier

    Any parent who has cheered on a new toddler surely remembers the weeks leading up to those first tentative steps. Chances are, you spent a lot of time hunched over, walking behind your baby as she grasped tight to your...

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  • Running hot and cold
    November 8, 2006

    Running hot and cold

    The new Digital Bath Spout Cover with Built-in Digital Thermometer (yes, that’s the product name; it’s trademarked) from 4 Moms is one of my most highly anticipated new arrivals for 2006. When I saw a demonstration of the product at...

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  • October 11, 2006

    Aging gracefully

    This is the kind of “aha” product that makes you wish you’d thought of it first. How often do you find a half-full jar of baby food in the fridge and wonder how long it’s been sitting there. Instead of...

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  • May 14, 2006

    What else would you do with an old billboard?

    Those creative guys at Dad Gear have put some old, recycled billboards to great use. They’ve hired professional artists to crop interesting and compelling sections of printed vinyl, then they’ve turned them into the front flap of their signature messenger...

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  • Double the kids, double the bag
    April 28, 2006

    Double the kids, double the bag

    Almost from the moment they first hit the shelves, Skip Hop bags have been a smash hit. The Duo was their first design, and it was compact, stylish, and it ingeniously clipped onto the back of a stroller. Most parents...

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  • November 20, 2005

    Daddy doesn’t need a diaper bag anymore

    The new Dad Gear Diaper Vest has finally arrived. This was one of my favorite items at the ABC Show in Las Vegas, where I dragged my dubious husband a half-mile through the convention center to try it on. But...

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