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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 »

Infant car seats: the best of 2016 at Magic Beans

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When asked to write about the best infant car seats of 2016, the first brand that popped to mind immediately was Nuna. The Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat has not only dominated our infant car seats sales in 2015, but has changed the game for all infant car seats. It’s light (only 7.7 pounds), it’s narrow, it’s so easy to install ... Read More »

The Nuna Mixx vs. the UPPAbaby Cruz: City vs. Suburbs

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Move over Cruz – there’s a new mid-size, easy in-and-out of the car stroller. It’s the Nuna Mixx. Nuna has been in the US for just a few years now (read Sheri’s introduction to the company back in 2013 here), but they’ve already made a huge impression. Their infant car seat, the Nuna Pipa, has tons of buzz and has ... Read More »

Doona vs. Chicco Keyfit + Caddy: which infant travel system is right for you?

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By now, you’ve heard of the Doona Infant Car Seat, the most innovative transportation system on the market. It’s a car seat with wheels! It’s the Transformer of the baby world! This super-cool, brand-new-to-the-US product performs all the functions of a travel system, without a separate frame. That doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily your top choice, though, which is why, ... 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 »

Object permanence: the purpose behind the peek-a-boo!

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The phrase “object permanence” was thrown around a lot when I first started working at Magic Beans a year and a half ago – “Oh, this toy? It’s perfect, it helps kids understand object permanence.” Cue puzzled faces! Object permanence is a key early developmental skill that babies typically pick up in their first year – but what does it ... Read More »