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Work-at-home parenting: the best of both worlds?

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It’s a hectic time here at Magic Beans! Our corporate office, formerly tucked into a cozy little office building in Coolidge Corner, is moving to new and more spacious digs in our warehouse, but while the buildout is being finalized, the Magic Beans Creative Team is working from our respective homes. So while I haven’t got any toddlers underfoot (just ... Read More »

Animal Planet is featuring a different kind of “labor day”

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We don’t know why it took the television industry so long to figure out that there are millions of viewers who just want to watch adorable animals cavorting, but now that they’ve gotten the message, Animal Planet is constantly coming up with new ways to make us go “awww.” Their latest contribution to our addiction to cuteness is one that ... Read More »

Gift Guide: The Best Presents for a Boy’s Second Birthday

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A two-year-old child is a tiny explorer, with boundless curiosity and energy, and endless questions. His language skills and physical coordination are clicking into place, and so is his creativity, with an expanding interest in pretend-play. He’ll love scribbling with chunky crayons, vrooming toy cars along the floor, stacking and sorting, running and kicking, making music, and squishing play-dough. A ... Read More »

#BritaxGameChanger: Jamie Grayson weighs in on the new Britax ClickTight Convertible Car Seats

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When you need some good, solid expert information on baby gear, you come to Magic Beans. When Magic Beans needs some good, solid expert information on baby gear, we go to Jamie Grayson, also known as TheBabyGuyNYC . Here’s Jamie’s take on the new Britax ClickTight Convertible Car Seats, which have a radical new seatbelt installation method, making it easier ... Read More »

New this fall: Galoop Child Development Classes at Magic Beans Brookline!

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When Isis Parenting closed this past January, we wanted to make sure we were part of the effort to keep their fantastic classes and experts in circulation, and we’re delighted to be presenting Cecilia Matson’s Galoop classes at Magic Beans Brookline, starting this September! Register for Galoop classes here! Cecilia has 20 years of experience working with young children and ... Read More »

“Frozen” treats: DIY crafts and baking projects to thrill your little Frozen fan!

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Since its blockbuster debut in December 2013, Disney’s Frozen has succeeded far beyond any previous sampling of Disney magic. This musical tale of a lonely Snow Queen and her devoted sister is officially the most successful animated movie ever, putting it just behind Avatar, Titanic, The Avengers, and one of the Harry Potter installments as the biggest grossing film of ... Read More »

Britax ClickTight Convertible Car Seats make installation easy

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Car seats! When they’re tough to install, they can make you want to shake your fist at the sky in frustration. Every car seat is a little different, and every car is a little different too – and vehicle manufacturers just don’t seem to be putting in much effort to make their design work well for baby safety seats. So ... Read More »