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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 »

Get ready to rock: the Nuna Leaf Wind is here!!!

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We’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the Nuna Leaf Wind Accessory since last year’s ABC Kids Expo: this handy little device puts the finishing touches on one of our favorite baby rockers, and it’s finally here! BUY THE NUNA LEAF WIND ACCESSORY HERE The Nuna Leaf Floating Baby Lounger and Nuna Leaf Curv are designed to sway gently for over two minutes ... Read More »

Aden & Anais introduces their new layette collection!

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SHOP ADEN + ANAIS LAYETTE Muslin fabric has a certain magic quality to it: blankets and clothing made from muslin start out simply soft, but then they move on to become something even more special. Blogger Julie Kieras describes this phenomenon at Happy Strong Home: “I love how the more I use these blankets and wash them, the softer and ... Read More »

5 Baby shower gift shopping tips for beginners


Here at Magic Beans, we usually focus on the needs of parents, but we have another important audience: the friends and families of the expectant, many of whom don’t have our own children. I’ve been in the baby biz for close to ten years, so I’ve got the vocabulary down, but if someone you love is expecting and all of ... Read More »

Aden + Anais + The Laundress = clean + fresh + happy


I discovered The Laundress several years ago while hunting for an all-natural laundry detergent I could use for hand-washing, too. I tried it and I was hooked. Their laundry detergents are wonderful: they are formulated to be gentle on fabrics, and take no prisoners when it comes to dirt. They are free of toxins, biodegradable, and scented with natural essential ... Read More »

Nuna crosses the pond


In April of 2010, Eli and I were very lucky to be invited to Amsterdam to visit the Bugaboo headquarters and get a sneak peek at the Donkey stroller. While we were there, we took the opportunity to visit an amazing, enormous baby store, Kid Factory, where I got my first look at Nuna. It wasn’t a brand I’d never ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 28 – 4moms mamaRoo

My personal experience with swings amounts to this: you get a swing, you spend half a day assembling it, and then your baby refuses to sit in it. Most of the time I tell expectant parents not to register for one – some babies like them and some don’t. If you’ve got a baby who needs a swing, you’ll know ... Read More »