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Monte Knows Best: The Monte Como Glider is the perfect nursing chair

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It’s no surprise that Monte Designs is sweeping the baby furniture world. Every piece of their furniture is sustainably crafted in Canada, and their nursing chairs are phenomenal! My personal favorite is the Monte Como Glider. I’ve almost fallen asleep in it multiple times… during work… oops! I’m telling you, you will never get sick of this chair. Monte makes ... Read More »

Choosing an inline double stroller: the UPPAbaby Vista 2015 vs. the Baby Jogger City Select (Reviews/Ratings/Pricing)

Although you have so much more parenting expertise now, figuring out what double stroller to get can be just as tricky as picking out a stroller for your first. It’s very much like the difference about planning for your first kid vs. your second. When you have your first child, you’re choosing the stroller that you’ll want while you’re learning the ... Read More »

The Best Double Strollers: Eli’s Top Picks

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You’re a pro now! Unlike the first time you purchased a stroller, you are now an experienced parent. So finding the best double stroller should be much easier, and much less daunting. Still, there are a few factors to consider before you buy. The first consideration is your lifestyle. If you live in an urban environment where you can just ... Read More »

#playwithyourtoys on Instagram to win!

As we know from the basics of child development, “Play is the work of the child”: kids pick up all of their physical, social, intellectual, and emotional skills by playing, and toys are the tools. But that sounds a little dreary, doesn’t it? Play shouldn’t feel like work, and the best kind of work, even if you’re an adult, is play! ... Read More »

Green Toys: Better for kids, better for the environment!

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Kids put things in their mouth. It’s completely normal behavior, since it’s part of how they discover and expand their world, but it can get kind of gross. The amount of times I fished a pebble out of my niece’s six-month-old mouth would be concerning if she wasn’t the happy, healthy, and too-smart-for-her-own-good eight-year-old that she is today. And while ... Read More »

How Is Lost Sleep Affecting Your Child?

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Sleep: it’s important! A lot of us don’t get as much as we’d like, and waking up hour after hour to console your infant can create an awful sleep deficit. Growing kids suffer that much more from a deficit in sleep – according to NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, losing 15 minutes of sleep can lower a child’s performance ... Read More »

Vote for Magic Beans in the Cribsie Awards!

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Awards, accolades, glowing reviews: we’ve won them all over the years, including oodles of Best of Boston awards, Boston A-list awards, and more. We’ve had that “you like us, you really like us!” moment again and again, and it never stops being awesome. We’re just so honored every time we hear that someone appreciates what we do! The ultimate reviewers ... Read More »

Preschools: What are they for, and when should kids start?

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By Cecilia Matson, MA, Child Development and Parenting Specialist Galoop – Child Development Classes for Babies and Toddlers and Expert Advice for Caregivers Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA www.galoopclasses.com facebook.com/GaloopClasses   Preschool and two-year-old programs are a hot topic among parents at my classes, so I wanted to weigh in. I’ll try and summarize my thoughts based on the latest research ... Read More »