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How do you get a free breast pump? Talk to Acelleron at Drool Baby Expo on April 7!

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DROOL BABY EXPO APRIL 7, 2016, 3PM-9PM Everyone loves free stuff, and babies are pretty expensive, so it was thrilling for parents all over the country to hear that the Affordable Care Act would require insurers to cover your breast pump and lactation counseling. But there’s the rub: you’re still dealing with private insurers, and that inevitably means headaches. In ... Read More »

The 5 OTHER best specialty baby stores in America!

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When you’re selecting a stroller, there’s no substitute for a test-drive: you can research and order a stroller sight-unseen and you’ll probably like it, but if you want to find your truly perfect match, visiting our baby stores, standing behind a stroller, and seeing how it feels to wheel is the key to discovering buggy love. Likewise, there are a zillion other ... Read More »

Drool Baby Expo is almost here: meet the locals!

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  DROOL BABY EXPO APRIL 7, 2016 3PM – 9PM GET TICKETS NOW At Magic Beans, we specialize in equipping you with all of the products that make your parenting journey easier, and hopefully more fun, too. At Drool Baby Expo, you can see all of these products in one place, try them out, chat with their creators, and do ... Read More »

The best toys for birthday presents for kids of all ages

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Our blog tends to lean heavily towards our baby gear selection, and there’s a reason for that: it takes a bit more contemplation to choose a stroller (a larger investment on a product you’ll use every day) than it does to choose a toy for any kid. And if you’re shopping for your own kid, it’s not hard to choose which ... Read More »

After Isis Parenting: baby classes & more in Boston

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It’s been a bit over two years since Isis Parenting suddenly closed their doors, leaving parents and businesses in Boston, Georgia, and Texas scrambling to fill in the gap. Isis was a legendary support system for pregnant moms and new parents: as Dawn Murray of Hingham told the Boston Globe, “I took a childbirth class there. I took a breast-feeding ... Read More »

We love the Beco Ring Sling! A baby carrier review

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Ring slings have been around for quite some time, but we haven’t carried one for a while, until we recently picked up the Beco Ring Sling! I’m super excited about it, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites for a few reasons: It’s easy to use It’s travel friendly It’s suitable for use from birth It has a reasonable ... Read More »

VIDEO: The 2016 BabyZen YoYo 0+ vs. the 2015 BabyZen YoYo

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Flying just isn’t much fun: between frequent delays, shrinking seats, and other passengers being inconsiderate, it’s tough enough to fly on your own. Add a smaller passenger into the mix, and you have to worry about keeping them happy, keeping them from annoying other passengers*, and even weird hassles from the TSA**. Having the right baby gear won’t eliminate all of these ... Read More »

Why do kids have tantrums, and what should you do about it?

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As unpleasant as they are, tantrums are a completely normal part of early childhood: according to the Supernanny website, one in five 2-year-olds may have two or more tantrums a day. (Yikes!) It’s a common behavior among kids ages 1-3, and can still occur for a few more years afterwards.  It makes sense: your child’s physical and intellectual skills are ... Read More »