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Getting creative with Halloween costumes


Sometimes kids are VERY sure what they want to be for Halloween. Others, not so much. Either way, you’ve got a little less than a month to help them create the right look for this VERY important evening, and we’ve got some great options in our selection! The simplest route is to go with one of our all-in-one dress-up sets, ... Read More »

Will your kids like the music you like? Maybe… maybe not

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I’m pretty sure that Babble writer Kirk Pynchon is exaggerating JUST A LITTLE when he describes the objections of his kids to, say, Prince, or Duran Duran, or Paula Abdul. Or maybe it’s just that I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying Prince because I, like Pynchon, and most of my age cohort, have hit the age of “taste freeze.” It’s no ... Read More »

VIDEO: Bugaboo vs. Bugaboo! The Buffalo vs. the Cameleon

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  When you think of the sleek modern look of a Bugaboo, you’re probably not picturing one of these glamorous runway models of the stroller world hoofing it through backwoods trails or slogging through city slush. But along with those famous looks, Bugaboo strollers are engineered for performance, and the Bugaboo Buffalo and Bugaboo Cameleon are both designed to handle every terrain ... Read More »

New and neutral: stylish and understated new colors from Ergobaby and Orbit Baby!

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One of the things we love about Ergobaby carriers is that they’re dad-friendly. Yes, there’s the fact that these baby carriers are top-quality, comfortable, and designed to adjust for a perfect fit, inspiring rave reviews like this: “In my mind, the Ergo is simply the best made and most comfortable baby carrier on the market, and it isn’t even remotely close. If you ... Read More »

What is colic, and what can you do about it?


Some babies seldom cry, and enjoy a good nursing session, have a hearty burp, and drift off into blissful, milky sleep. Others… don’t. When Mary Widdicks had her second baby, who was one of the above “easy babies,” she was surprised at the difference – her firstborn would wail ceaselessly for hours every night, leaving her feeling like an incompetent ... Read More »

The best presents for a kid turning 5: birthday gift guide

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How do you choose the best present for a five-year-old? Asking them is a good start: by this age, they have a pretty good idea of what they like. While kids at this age enjoy a range of activities, there’s probably a category of toy that’s a surefire hit. As Magic Beans co-owner Sheri Gurock wrote in Parents Magazine a few years ... Read More »

Moms are moms to everyone: animal adoptive mamas!

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  Ordinarily, when a cat sees a smaller animal, their relationship is decidedly unfriendly: predator versus prey, no questions asked. Under those circumstances, a baby squirrel is nothing more than a tasty morsel. But apparently motherhood has a way of changing everyone, which is how you wind up with fascinating mixed families like this. Other unlikely pairings between moms and adoptive ... Read More »