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Lightweight stroller comparison: the new 2016 Maclaren Quest vs. the 2016 Babyzen YoYo Stroller

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If you and your family are active travellers, having a lightweight stroller is beneficial in so many ways. Having the right lightweight for the right travel situation can make your trip so much fun: for instance, the BabyZen YoYo+ Stroller fits into the overhead compartment on a plane, so as long as it’s allowed by your airline, it requires no checking ... Read More »

Marpac sound machines: white noise for better sleep!

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Adjusting to sleeping in a new place is seldom easy. For instance, I just moved from the busier environs of one Boston neighborhood to a sleepier suburb, and discovered that with zero traffic on my street or nearby, it was disturbingly silent at night. (If you’re living in a rural area you’re already used to this, but hey, I’m a ... Read More »

Baby’s on the way! What to pack in your hospital bag

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As if the prospect of becoming a parent is not scary and challenging enough, there is so much preparation to do before your baby arrives! There are so many checklists, i.e. the baby registry, baby proofing the home, what to do and what not to do, and finally, what to pack in your hospital bag so you’re ready when that big moment ... Read More »

Oeuf is GREENGUARD certified! Also: what is GREENGUARD certification, anyway?

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If you’re shopping for nursery furniture, you’ve probably seen the GREENGUARD logo around quite a bit – manufacturers know that conscientious parents are worried about how chemicals in their home might affect their kids, and are stepping up to raise standards and reassure consumers. Today, we learned that Oeuf, one of our longtime favorite nursery furniture manufacturers, has achieved GREENGUARD ... Read More »

Umbrella stroller comparison: the Maclaren Volo vs. the UPPAbaby G-Lite

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Small, light umbrella strollers make quick and easy tasks just a little bit easier, whether you’re running to the grocery store or walking to your nearest Magic Beans. Usually equipped with smaller wheels and under-seat storage, umbrella strollers have an overall compact footprint, allowing for a lighter weight stroller, ideal for travelling and carrying. If you’re ready to do away with ... Read More »

New Ergobaby Adapt Carrier: no insert needed!

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New babies need a tremendous amount of stuff: the odds and ends and bits and bobs flooding into your house even before your baby makes their first appearance can be overwhelming. So while for some parents, adding an insert to their Ergobaby carrier was no big deal, for others, it just seemed like one more extra piece to manage. That’s ... Read More »

Another Stokke debut: the 2016 Stokke MyCarrier Baby Carrier!

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2016 has been an exciting year for Stokke so far, and the fun isn’t over: on May 1, you can get the newest version of the well-loved Stokke MyCarrier! The “Holy Grail of baby carriers” was already winning accolades for its thoroughly adjustable design, created to ensure that parents of varying sizes can enjoy carrying their baby in comfort; reviewers also loved ... Read More »

When is it time to move your child to a booster seat?

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There are a lot of people asking lately if and when they can safely move their little one out of their convertible car seat and into a booster seat (using the car’s lap belt instead of a 5-point harness). It’s a hard question to answer because it really is one big gray area. As long as your child is still ... Read More »

A guide to air travel with babies: regulations, gear & more

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At Magic Beans Boston, at the Prudential Center in Back Bay, our proximity to countless hotels in the area and a shuttle bus to and from the Logan Airport mean that we get a lot of questions about air travel with a little one in tow. Unfortunately, there is no quick, easy, and foolproof answer, but hopefully this blog can answer some ... Read More »