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Snow Day Activity: Cook Something Together!

Licking the spoon is a key childhood ritual, of course.

Thankfully, unlike last year, a snow day is novel in 2016 – but that doesn’t mean that after the kids have built a snowman and gotten all rosy-cheeked from running around outside, they won’t get bored. There’s no lack of good suggestions for how to keep them busy and away from screens, but today, let’s talk about one of my ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy fourth birthday!

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Age four is an exciting year: kids at this age are on the runway to kindergarten, and they’re bursting with energy and creativity. They’re refining their social skills, learning to play games and share, and using their imagination to play out realistic and fanciful scenarios. If you’re shopping for your own four-year-old’s birthday, you probably already know what birthday gifts ... Read More »

Come to DROOL BABY EXPO in Boston on April 7!

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GET TICKETS   DROOL BABY EXPO APRIL 7, 2016 At the WESTIN WATERFRONT HOTEL in Boston   It’s that time again: we’re celebrating springtime in Boston with an extraordinary baby expo! Drool is a fun, upscale shopping event for expectant and new parents, with all of the best baby brands in one room. Since its debut in 2011, our epic baby ... Read More »

New baby gear: the best of 2016

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As the head buyer at Magic Beans (and a mom, too), my job is to not only seek out the most innovative new baby products, but also the ones that will truly make your life easier. These top picks also feature modern, up-to-date style and a luxurious feel that we think you’ll love.   Clek Foonf, Clek Fllo, and Clek ... Read More »

Single strollers: the best of 2016 at Magic Beans

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This year’s top recommendations start with the obvious: we’re still huge fans of the UPPAbaby Vista Stroller, which has the same wonderful intuitive design and terrific features as last year. I’ll also always recommend that Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Stroller, which is still the most durable, multi-faceted baby stroller out there. We’ve done tons of reviews of both on Spilling the ... Read More »

A quick history of teddy bears. Plus: say hi to Steiff!

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Over the years, there have been many famous teddy bears in pop culture, and they’re not going away anytime soon (although with variations like the movie Ted, about a grown man and his favorite childhood pal, they’re perhaps a little different than you remembered).  Maybe Winnie the Pooh was your favorite, or Paddington or Corduroy. You certainly can’t forget the ... Read More »

How to create the perfect baby registry: tips from a registry concierge

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Diana Toma, the manager at Magic Beans Brookline, has been helping families compose their baby registries for years. As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about our staff’s dream registries, here are some inside tips from Diana for finding the items you need and enticing your loved ones to purchase them. Buy for different stages. There are some areas of baby development ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy third birthday!

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At the age of three, your child’s favorite play activities almost all involve pretending: immersing herself in a delightful fantasy world. Don’t worry, she knows it isn’t real even if she insists that it is (in one study, 40% of children interviewed about their imaginary friends spontaneously told the researcher that their imaginary friend was just pretend); it’s all part ... Read More »

Double Feature: 2016’s Best Double Strollers

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First off: congratulations! Whether you’re expecting number two, or you have twins on the way, your family is expanding. There’s a lot of things to think about. One of the most important pieces of parenting gear you’ll want in your tool belt of tricks is a solid double stroller. Even if you didn’t rely heavily on your primary stroller with ... Read More »