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“Please have hot hubby read the instruction manual”: babywearing tips for beginners

soft-structured carrier whoops

It seems unlikely, judging from the picture of new dad Ryan Reynolds carrying his daughter James in a soft-structured carrier, that she stayed in this position very long:   It just doesn’t look very comfortable, does it? Luckily, if a baby is uncomfortable, they’ll make sure you know about it, so we’re guessing this incorrect carry lasted just long enough ... Read More »

How old is too old for a stroller?

If there’s anything we know about toddlers and preschoolers, it’s that they’re quite opinionated about what they wish to be doing and how. So when this mom asked the community at BabyCenter at what age you should transition your kid out of using a stroller, many moms answered with some variation on, “My kid won’t sit in one – he’s ... Read More »

Parents come up with the best ideas: customize your Chewbeads teethers!

cute baby with chewbeads teethers

Have you tried Chewbeads yet? These adorable, hip, bold-and-bright necklaces and bracelets double as accessories for Mom and teethers to entertain your baby, and they’re made with safe, soft silicone that’s easy to clean. Obviously we love ‘em. But it gets even better! Our eagle-eyed baby gear experts are always on the prowl for cool ideas, and Alayna at our Boston store reported to ... Read More »

31 Days of Giveaways: celebrate our anniversary with a giveaway every day in July!

magic beans front

Every year since our fifth anniversary in 2009, we’ve been celebrating another year of Magic Beans with an entire month of giveaways.  And we’re not talking about little prizes, either:  this is some primo gear! Strollers, toys, cribs, nursing chairs, car seats, skin care items, bike helmets, scooters – everything you’ve been craving for your kiddos will be on the ... Read More »

Summer reading lists are WAY cooler than they used to be!

KidsReading

Teachers call it the “summer slide”: three months without reinforcement can cause kids to forget key reading skills they picked up over the course of the school year. That’s why summer reading is so important, and you want to do everything you can to encourage kids to pick up a book every chance they get! The key is to ensure ... Read More »

The possibilities of playtime: 40 years of Playmobil

playmobil knight sets

For over 40 years, the diminutive, smiling people of Playmobil have been inspiring children’s imaginative adventures. In memory of company founder Horst Brandstaetter, who passed away last week, here’s a whirlwind tour through Playmobil sets both old and new. Designer Hans Beck considered the figurines to be the most important part of the Playmobil formula. From Wikipedia: “Beck spent three ... Read More »

What’s the difference between dolls and action figures?

This vintage G.I. Joe has a terrific hipster beard.

The word “doll” is weirdly fraught for a very straightforward concept: Dictionary.com defines a doll as “a small figure representing a baby or other human being, especially for use as a child’s toy.” Which is to say that while not every doll is an action figure, every action figure is, by definition, a doll. But while I was reading about a new truck-and-action-figure playset from Learning Resources, I found myself wondering: what makes a ... Read More »