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The Environmental Working Group released a report this week stating that drinking water in 25 of 35 cities tested contains the carcinogen hexavalent chromium (a.k.a. the Erin Brockovich chemical) above the safe level (as proposed by t…

This Should Put An End To All the Crib Recalls.

After more drop-side crib recalls than we can count, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has finally outlawed them altogether. Effective in June, it will be illegal to manufacture, sell, or resell cribs that don’t have fixed sides.…

Best of 2010

It’s that time of year again—when booze and presents (er, egg nog and time with family) becomes way more tempting than seeking out cool new finds for babies and tots. So we’re signing off to celebrate the holidays. Warmest wishes to all . . . we’…

If Only West Elm Would Knock This Off.

It’s, um, a tad pricey—and that’s before shipping—but the AAKKOSET (Finnish for alphabet) shelf is one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen for a kid’s room. 15,092 euros (yes, that's a whole lotta dollars) at kayiwa.fi.

Let Them Eat Peanuts.

This week a panel sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases issued the first clinical guidelines for diagnosing food allergies. Turns out medical history alone isn’t enough reason to keep your kid away fro…

Honeysuckle is the New Turquoise.

Pantone has just announced its 2011 Color of the Year (drumroll, please): Honeysuckle (a.k.a. Hot Pink). Read about the inspiration for the new "It" color, and see how it looks as paint, on bridesmaids' dresses—even on the new Visa ca…

This Bib Might Actually Keep Your Kid Clean.

With up-to-the-neck and over-the-shoulder coverage, the new two-layer bib from The Green Creation ($8.99) is pretty effective—not to mention made with organic cotton. Note: not for babes who conk out on the bottle, since taking it off…

Elf Hats Are Considerably Cooler Than Santa Hats.

The sweet (and sophisticated, in a baby-and-toddler kind of way) fall/winter collection from new line Mabo includes a tweed jumper ($65) and skirt ($45), streamlined drawstring pants ($35), and the best “Elf” hat ($20) we’ve ever seen…

Pushing An Empty Stroller Is Ridiculous, But Inevitable.

"I want to walk, mommy." The new Hold On Handles from Greater Than One Kids are way more stylish (and less socially questionable) than toddler leashes, and easily attach to a stroller, belt loop, or wrist. $19.99 for a single handle; …

The First Years American Red Cross Cabinet Swing Locks have been recalled for failing to prevent access. (In other words, they don't work.) The company is offering consumers $5 coupons toward the purchase of another Learning Curve pro…