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Category Archives: Baby

Baby naming trends for 2014: winners, losers, and Netflix!

The top baby names according to Babycenter are out, and there are few surprises: most of these names have been holding strong for a few years now. (If you have a kindergartener, there are probably five Isabellas in her class!) Let’s have a drum roll for the most popular names for babies born this year: 10 most popular girl names ... Read More »

Get into gear! Cold-weather essentials for winter babies

Ask a dozen mothers, and you’ll get a dozen different answers: what season is the best or the worst to have a new baby? A lot of new moms worry about being cooped up with the baby when the weather is lousy during the winter (and it’s possible that Seasonal Affective Disorder might put you at a greater risk of ... Read More »

A cool infographic: “How to build a human”!

Just a quick treat for our expectant readers today: this beautiful spiraling animation shows the progression of fetal development from the embryonic stage to birth. I haven’t been able to stop staring at it for a good twenty minutes, and I hope you enjoy it too! See more of artist Eleanor Lutz’s work at her webpage, Tabletop Whale! Read More »

2014 Holiday/Christmas Gift Guide: Best toys for babies

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Baby’s first year is an exciting and precipitous one: he starts out tiny and completely helpless, unable to control anything aside from eating and crying. Over these 12 months, he begins to learn to grip and grab, how to roll, sit, crawl, stand, and toddle. He also learns to understand some words, and may be saying his first simple words. ... Read More »

Brand spotlight: Let’s talk about Stokke!

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Here at Magic Beans, we only stock the best items from the top baby brands – but we also know that not every product is the right fit for the lifestyle of every family. That’s why it’s essential for our staff to know every product on our shelves and in our showrooms inside-out, and training on both new and old ... Read More »

Air travel with babies: Cecilia’s tips for a peaceful flight

By Cecilia Matson, MA, Child Development and Parenting Specialist Galoop – Child Development Classes for Babies and Toddlers and Expert Advice for Caregivers Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA Let’s start with the worst case scenario: when my first child was 18 months old she cried for almost an entire plane trip across the Atlantic. Our desperate seat mates suggested ... Read More »