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chelsea and family

New blogger here! My name is Chelsea Seresin and I am a sales associate at the Magic Beans location in Fairfield, CT. I am married to my wonderful husband, Patrick, and together we have our son, Charlie (2), and our two fur babies. I have a passion for car seat safety and baby wearing. I am currently finishing my BA ... Read More »

Skip*Hop Zoo Luggage is fun on wheels

Some toys for the trip

When I first saw the prototype for the Skip*Hop Zoo Luggage at Toy Fair, I’m pretty sure I actually squealed. It’s really hard to find nice, kid-scale luggage, and traveling tots love having their own suitcase to tow around. You can always count on the folks at Skip*Hop to spot a parent problem and figure out a clever solution. Their Zoo ... Read More »

Painless potty training: readiness and chocolate

My two-and-a-half year old decided he was ready to be potty trained a few weeks ago. First he was curious to try the toilet, and would go on occasion. Then he started waking up in the mornings with a dry diaper. One morning, I convinced him to wear underpants to school, and that was basically that. He was “ready.” I’d ... Read More »

Day 9 – The Learning Tower

When you’re 3 feet tall, the world can seem like a pretty big place. The Learning Tower brings kids into the action, so they can reach the countertops and interact with adults at eye-level. Ideal for fostering a love of cooking from a very early age, The Learning Tower is typically billed as a sturdy kitchen step-stool. But that understates ... Read More »

Britax car seat sale: 4/26-5/9

If you’ve been looking for a new car seat, this is a great time to get one – select Britax car seats are on sale, now through May 9th. Save $50 on each model. Britax car seats have long been a Magic Beans favorite, with their great safety ratings, excellent side-impact protection, and plush fabrics. Britax offers a number of ... Read More »

Chase those clouds away with rain gear from Hatley

April showers bring May flowers, but until they do, we’ve been looking for a smart way to help keep those raindrops at bay.  We’ve recently added a line of kids’ rain gear from Hatley to our selection – we’re impressed by it, and we think you will be, too! The raincoats, rain boots, and umbrellas from Hatley are as practical ... Read More »


There are a lot of new high chair concepts out there (and I’ve got a detailed review of these in the works), but I love this simple idea that solves the table-height problem at its most basic level. Kids are too short to reach the table, so why not just give the chair a boost? The Kaboost fits onto almost ... Read More »

MP3 101

Peapod Toys is showing an MP3 player designed for babies and toddlers. It’s a simple, durable design that will allow even very young babies to learn to control their music. The player holds about two hours worth of music and will play for more than 40 hours on a single AA battery. The speakers were nothing special (though it was ... Read More »

Snug as a Bug

When it comes to transitioning a toddler into a bed, there’s one thing every parent dreads – the fall. It’s pretty much inevitable, after basically an entire existence spent sleeping behind bars (so to speak), that a child will fall out of bed at least once or twice in the beginning. For some kids who are deep and/or active sleepers, ... Read More »

Queasy does it

Three Lollies, the company behind the popular Preggie Pops, has recently developed a line of nausea-fighting lollipops for kids, Queasy Pops. They come in an assortment of flavors, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Natural Cola, Green Apple, Sour Raspberry, Sour Lemon and Papaya. The pops are all-natural, and the recipes are formulated with essential oils and flavors that have a proven track record ... Read More »