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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 »

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 »

The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy second birthday!

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Play is how kids learn, and at age 2, kids are starting to explore how the world works through imaginative play. They’ll create silly and fun scenarios with play animals, action figures, costumes, toy cars and toy trucks, and other props, and they’ll love imitating what you do, including feeding a baby, or driving a car. (They’ll also develop their ... Read More »

The 5 OTHER best baby stores in Connecticut!

Stocking up for a baby on the way in Connecticut? Obviously, your best bet is Magic Beans Fairfield (and it’s a quick trip for families in New York City too): our experts will help you find the perfect stroller, test-drive baby carriers, and compose your baby registry, and you’ll find what you need and love what you buy! However, we’re big ... Read More »

Meet the new BabyZen YoYo+: good things come in small packages!

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PREORDER THE 2016 BABYZEN YOYO+ COMPLETE (with newborn pack) – Coming February 2016 PREORDER THE 2016 BABYZEN YOYO+ 6+ STROLLER  – Coming February 2016 PREORDER THE 2016 BABYZEN YOYO+ NEWBORN PACK – Coming February 2016   World travel with a baby is tough – but really, if you’re the kind of family that travels all the time anyway, you know that ... Read More »