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Author Archives: Dana

Breastfeeding basics: the necessities for nursing

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For something that’s natural, breastfeeding doesn’t come easily for everyone. For starters, it takes most moms and babies a while to get the hang of it; 92 percent of new moms surveyed at UC Davis Medical Center three days after giving birth said they were having problems breastfeeding. Add in difficulties with latching, supply issues, and other individual problems, and ... Read More »

Meet Stephanie Giustino, New Manager at Magic Beans Fairfield!

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All good things must come to an end, and we recently had to say goodbye to our well-loved Magic Beans Fairfield management team, Lauren and Kyle Mellino. But they’re leaving your favorite local toy and baby gear store in good hands: here’s an intro to Stephanie Giustino, the newest member of the Magic Beans family!  Q: Tell me a bit ... Read More »

How much baby clothing do you need? An introduction to layette


One of the universal delights of a new baby on the way is all of the teeny, adorable outfits: sweet little baby hats, miniature baby booties, darling little footies, and itty-bitty bodysuits. The only problem is, all of your relatives and other loved ones are also thinking precisely the same thing: “Oh boy! I get to buy CUTE TINY CLOTHES!” ... Read More »

VIDEO: 2016 Bugaboo Donkey Stroller Review

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When revisiting the Bugaboo Donkey Stroller, it’s useful to look back at our initial impressions. We knew to expect the best from Bugaboo, who always find a unique, next-level engineering solution for every stroller contingency, but what would their double do differently? It turned out that the Bugaboo Donkey was the first and only single-to-double stroller to add a seat ... Read More »

Have more educational fun with Melissa & Doug!

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One of the things that I love about Melissa & Doug toys for young children is that many items come with a list of “Extension Activities” that work educational content into playtime, helping kids to pick up crucial skills organically. For instance, for the longtime favorite Melissa & Doug Grocery Store / Lemonade Stand, they suggest the following: Have the ... Read More »

NEW: OXO Transitions Soft Spout Sippy Cup Set!

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Given that the bottle or your breast have been his sole source of food for the entirety of his short life, your child may look at you like you’ve got three heads if you try to get him to test out a sippy cup. Pediatricians recommend teaching your baby to use a sippy cup starting between 6 and 9 months, ... Read More »

VIDEO: 2016 UPPAbaby Vista Stroller vs. 2016 Bugaboo Cameleon


It’s summer in the city, and it’s time to introduce your new arrival to the sights and sounds of the bustling world around her. If your stroller is your primary vehicle with baby on board, some crucial features will help to keep your child comfortable and make your long walks more enjoyable, and the 2016 UPPAbaby Vista Stroller and the ... Read More »

Baby photography: tips and tricks

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Chances are, you’re already lining up an expert to take some professional portraits of your baby when he arrives on the scene (and you can find some terrific Boston-area ones in this roundup from our recent Drool Baby Expo). But those are only a few of the precious moments that will absolutely need capturing in the years ahead: that sweet ... Read More »