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The best city strollers for urban parents

The city has it all: museums and theatres, symphonies and ballets, breathtaking skylines, mass transit, awesome restaurants, and so much more. Plus, with crime rates dropping, more and more families are choosing to stay in the city instead of migrating out to the burbs when they have kids. We maintain – through our experiences and those related to us by ... Read More »

Critter crafts! Make plush, paper, and porcelain animal pals

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Nearly all children find animals fascinating – even babies are delighted by furry and feathery friends, and more than a third of the average baby’s first words are animal names. And babies love learning to make animal noises, which also happens to be great for their cognitive and verbal development. (Animal noises never stop being fun either! The entire family will ... Read More »

Do you need a bassinet? Pros and cons

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While the classic heirloom bassinet may not be up to modern safety standards,* there’s something incredibly charming about the picture of a baby sleeping in her own infant-sized nest. Whether you’re going with the traditional wicker look or going sleek and modern (our preference), bassinets are just gorgeous. But are they necessary? The number one reason in our view to get a ... Read More »

Introducing the new Nuna Jett Collection! New styles for the Mixx & Pipa

nuna jett collection travel system

Here at Magic Beans, we’ve always favored really clean, modern style in our baby gear, typified by Bugaboo and Clek – brands with a look that’s minimal but unmistakably theirs. Nuna has always done a great job designing baby products with an understated but unique look: for instance, nothing else on earth looks like a Nuna Leaf Floating Baby Lounger! So ... Read More »

VIDEO: Bloxels video game creator review!

As you’ve probably noted from past blogs, we’ve never accepted the orthodoxy against screens or electronic toys: screen time is sort of inevitable for any modern kid, and the right iPhone app can be a total lifesaver if you desperately need to keep a toddler entertained. And anyone who has ever watched a little Minecraft fan at work knows that electronic games ... Read More »