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Category Archives: Newborn Essentials

5 Baby shower gift shopping tips for beginners

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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

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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

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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 »

Giveaways Day 9 – Baby Bjorn Prize Package

Today’s giveaway is a prize package – a trio of fabulous products from Baby Bjorn that includes the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light, the Baby Bjorn Babysitter Balance, and the brand new Baby Bjorn Comfort Carrier. Over the years, I’ve sung the praises of all three of these products, and with the exception of the Comfort Carrier, these items have ... Read More »

Pebble Mattress leaves no stone unturned

I get to see a lot of interesting product concepts in this job. But the new Pebble Mattress from Nook Sleep Systems completely stopped me in my tracks. It isn’t so much a mattress as a total reimagining of the infant sleep environment. Aesthetically, it is stunning. The asymmetry of the pebble shapes and the vivid colors of the mattresses ... Read More »