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How do you install a car seat in a taxicab?

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If you’re not going to hold your baby in your arms while riding in your own car, you’re certainly not going to do it while zooming around New York City in a yellow cab. Cabs in some states are legally exempt from car seat laws that apply to regular cars, but it doesn’t matter – your kid isn’t safe without ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy fifth birthday!

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This is an exciting year: it’s time to start kindergarten! Your five-year-old is ready to start school full-time, and that means spending a lot of time with other kids. Which is fine by them: they’re eager to make friends, and play and pretend together. So today’s guide to birthday gifts focuses on toys for kids to enjoy with friends and siblings. ... Read More »

New brand: Little Unicorn swaddling blankets & more!

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Little Unicorn is a brand that generates some serious enthusiasm (and perhaps a touch of exaggeration): upon discovering their gorgeous fabric patterns, mom-to-be Catherine wrote on their Facebook page, “I need to remortgage my house and order the entire floral contents of your website and have it shipped to me here in England. That is possible right?” I know that feeling ... Read More »

Meet the Austlen Entourage Stroller! A Q&A with creator Leslie Stiba

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  The brand-new Austlen Baby Entourage Stroller was one of our very favorite finds at the ABC Kids Expo in 2015: this extraordinary piece of baby-toting equipment is made to transform, grow, and travel with your family in ways that we’ve never seen before (and we’ve seen a LOT of strollers). To introduce her Entourage, we’ve brought in Austlen Baby founder ... Read More »

Snow Day Activity: Cook Something Together!

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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 »