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Work-at-home parenting: the best of both worlds?

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It’s a hectic time here at Magic Beans! Our corporate office, formerly tucked into a cozy little office building in Coolidge Corner, is moving to new and more spacious digs in our warehouse, but while the buildout is being finalized, the Magic Beans Creative Team is working from our respective homes. So while I haven’t got any toddlers underfoot (just ... Read More »

Gearing up for the grandkids

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I’m a long way off from experiencing it for myself, but I’ve heard it’s pretty amazing to be a grandparent. You get to have fun with the kids, and then give them back to their parents when they’re tired, cranky, or hungry. It’s a great arrangement (I’m sure right now my parents and in-laws are reading this and thinking about ... Read More »

Sharing the love – your Labor Day advice

This past Labor Day we asked you all to give us your personal “Labor Day” advice. We were inundated with great responses and it took a while to figure out the best way to compile it all. Eventually, we decided to organize the tips by the three stages of labor – before, during and after. Before: What to pack: iPod ... Read More »

Mom to mom: Preparing for baby

This week on Facebook, we asked people what they wished they had known when they were expecting their first baby. We were amazed by the great tips you guys shared. I have compiled some of them into a list (with some editorial license). Enjoy! When it comes to baby gear, you usually do get what you pay for. Invest in ... Read More »

Maclaren introduces redesigned frame

Maclaren is currently rolling out (haha) a “next generation” stroller frame with a redesigned hinge mechanism. The new design features a circular pivoting hinge and totally eliminates any risk of pinching during folding and unfolding. My sources at Maclaren USA tell me this new hinge has been in the works for several years and is a logical design evolution, not ... Read More »

10 Best iPhone Apps for Babies

Yes, I know. I have a whole store filled with toys, so why is my toddler playing with my iPhone? It’s worse than that. When I upgraded last year to the new iPhone 3Gs, my son actually inherited a (deactivated) iPhone of his own. But that thing has been a life saver, and I’m not embarrassed to admit it. I’ve ... Read More »

Mini-ABC Wrap Up

Last week, I made a quick trip to Louisville, KY to take a look at the ABC Kids Spring Conference. This is the second year that ABC, who produces the massive juvenile industry show each Fall, has mounted this event. It’s a small show, especially compared to the behemoth in Las Vegas, but it’s only for specialty retailers who have ... Read More »

Consumer Reports vs. Valco

Last week, Consumer Reports published a report calling the Valco Trimode stroller a “Safety Risk.” I have a history of skepticism with regards to similar claims Consumer Reports has made about other products, but in this case they appear to have done a little more homework. The issue here is the bumper bar. There is an ASTM voluntary standard that ... Read More »

Bugaboo partners with (RED)

Earlier this summer, our account manager at Bugaboo asked to come to Boston to meet with us to deliver some exciting news in person. Must be a new stroller, we guessed. A double? We were hopeful – even more so when we had to sign a non-disclosure agreement before the meeting started – but she had something else to discuss. ... Read More »

Orbit gets thumbs-up from NHTSA

We just received a letter from Joseph Hei, CEO and Co-founder of Orbit Baby. After last week’s debacle with Consumer Reports, Orbit went straight to the NHTSA and asked them to test the seat. Small wonder, it passed with flying colors. Consumer Reports continued to defend their testing, but public opinion online has been widespread in favor of Orbit Baby ... Read More »