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Author Archives: Chelsea Abbott

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


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?

chicco vs doona

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!


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!


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 »