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Author Archives: Dana

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

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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 »

New baby classes at Magic Beans Brookline!

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Just how great is Brookline, MA? Actually, it may objectively be the best: neighborhood analyst Niche crunched some serious data and named Brookline the best suburban community in the entire COUNTRY. Brookline is famous for safe streets, gorgeous houses, great schools, and easy access to all of the fun of the city, and you’ll have a hard time finding a ... Read More »

The best toys for birthday gifts: our blog editor’s picks!

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Is it just me, or have toys gotten so much cooler since we were kids? Sure, we have fond memories of our favorite licensed characters from Saturday morning TV shows, but the level of detail, quality, and clever design that goes into today’s toys is just mindblowing. Since I’ve been in the toy biz for over ten years now, I ... Read More »

Eli reviews the new Orbit O2 jogging stroller!

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Orbit Baby strollers are a major favorite among our gang of Stroller Geeks, due to their versatility and clever, practical design. So we’ve been bursting with excitement for the last year waiting to get our paws on the Orbit O2 Jogging Stroller, which takes all of that terrific attention to detail and applies it to the world of running. The Orbit ... Read More »

Cambridge families: connect with local businesses, win a gift card!

One of the joys of city living is the convenience of having everything right at arm’s reach: you can walk out of your front door and find hundreds of businesses offering hundreds of options for food, entertainment, and every service you could need or imagine. Huron Village, where our Cambridge store is located, is one of the quieter nooks of ... Read More »

New for fall: classes at Magic Beans Wellesley!

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In the earliest months of your baby’s life, classes are more about you than your child: not only can you learn key skills that will help you feel confident about this whole brand-new business of parenting, but it also helps you combat new-mommy cabin fever. And perhaps most importantly of all: it’s the perfect way to meet other new parents who ... Read More »