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What basic life skills do kids need to know? Chores & more

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While sometimes we wish they’d stay babies forever, eventually babies become kids, and kids become adults, and adults need to know how to take care of themselves. Every family has their own approach for teaching kids basic life skills: some parents have no problem taking care of all of the household business themselves, figuring that the kids should “be allowed ... Read More »

Maritime merriment! Toys from under the sea

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It’s possible that your part of the US (or the world) isn’t currently sweltering under a heat wave, but for most of us: baby, it’s hot outside! It’s the perfect time for kids to invent seafaring fantasies  with some ocean-going plush pals and other toys and figurines. In this toy roundup, we’ll be exploring a variety of toys that come ... Read More »

VIDEO: the NEW Nuna Rava Convertible Car Seat vs. the Clek Foonf

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It’s not always easy to compare the very top-of-the-line gear in our selection: the differences between, say, two Bugaboo strollers, can be pretty subtle. (Do you want the stroller that handles rough terrain by reversing the handlebar, or the one that handles rough terrain with very large tires? Think carefully!) Comparing the new Nuna Rava Convertible Car Seat with the Clek ... Read More »

Why do kids ask so many questions? (And: some answers!)

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While, contrary to common memes, the average 4-year-old probably does NOT ask 437 questions every day (it’s mathematically impossible), there’s a reason why people believe this myth: because toddlers and preschoolers can be absolutely relentless in their curiosity. It makes perfect sense that someone who’s quite new to the world wants to know as much as they can about it. ... Read More »

VIDEO: How to fit a Nutcase Baby Nutty Helmet!

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Here at Magic Beans, we’re absolutely uncompromising about safety: if a kid is playing on something on wheels, they’re wearing a helmet! And our very favorite helmets come from Nutcase. They’re engineered with incredible care for optimal protection for little noggins, and, importantly, they’re both comfortable and cute, so your little adventurer will cooperate and wear hers when it’s needed. ... Read More »

Yet another Bugaboo debut! The Bugaboo Donkey Weekender Special Edition Stroller

SIGN UP FOR INFO ON THE BUGABOO DONKEY WEEKENDER SPECIAL EDITION STROLLER  Designer Yves Saint Laurent once said, “I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal and simplicity.” Nobody actually knows exactly who invented blue denim (although there are many theories), but one way or another, designers have taken constant inspiration from ... Read More »

NEW: The Nuna Rava Convertible Car Seat

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AVAILABLE NOW!   Rarely does a product come around that changes a category, but the Nuna RAVA Convertible Car Seat has just blown us away. A couple of years ago, Britax came out with their Clicktight system, which finally made car seats easier to install with a seat belt as opposed to LATCH (Lower Anchor and Tether for Children). Nuna has ... Read More »

Introducing the Nuna Aace Belt-Positioning Booster Seat

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ORDER THE NUNA AACE BELT-POSITIONING BOOSTER SEAT It’s a pretty epic day for us here at Magic Beans: along with the debut of the Nuna Rava Convertible Car Seat, we’re unveiling the Nuna Aace Booster Seat as well! Like the Rava, and like the rest of the Nuna collection, the Aace takes a product that every parent needs and makes it ... Read More »

An introduction to baby sign language

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Babies have two natural means of communication: body language, and crying. As you can see from this list of newborn behavioral cues, a lot of baby communication looks pretty much identical – is he crying because he’s hungry, or because he’s tired, or because his diaper is wet, or because he’s craving a snuggle, or because he’s got colic, or because ... Read More »