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Your baby longs to be close to you… in a Moby Wrap!

Your baby, being rather new to the world, has a short list of priorities. She’d like to be fed regularly, and even sooner than “ASAP”. She’d like to stay warm and dry. And most of all, she longs to be close to you (or another big warm person). Snuggling up close to a heartbeat keeps her happy, calm, and dozy. ... Read More »

Khet: An Update on Chess, With Lasers!

When you were a child, how did you picture the year 2011? The TV series Lost in Space suggested that we’d be traveling in space with robots by 1997, not to mention the colonies on the moon and creepy Artificial Intelligence made popular in 2001: A Space Odyssey. By now we should at least be surrounded by Jetson-style flying cars, right? The reality ... Read More »

Chewbeads to the rescue

My mother’s jewelry has always mesmerized me. As a baby, even the simplest earrings or rings made my eyes sparkle. A few years back, my mom confessed that while she loves me very much, this girlhood fascination of mine was nothing short of a nuisance. She’d lovingly hold me in her arms and I, in turn, would tug at her ... Read More »

Confessions of a Toy Copywriter – and a Cool Giveaway

For almost a year now, I’ve had a bit of an obsession. Can I trust you with my secret? OK, I love Sticky Mosaics by Orb Factory. There, I said it. As a writer for Magic Beans, I get to play with all the toys I want. I stack blocks, deal cards, enjoy craft projects, play with teeny animal figurines, ... Read More »

5th Blogiversary Giveaway

In honor of the 5th “blogiversary” of Spilling the Beans, we’re giving away a Stokke Tripp Trapp chair in purple – their newest color. If you’ve been reading my blog for the past five years, you probably know that the Tripp Trapp is one of my all-time favorite products. I don’t think any other baby product offers the same combination ... Read More »

Preparing for Labor Day

When I was pregnant for the first time, Eli and I took an amazing class in the Bradley method of childbirth. Our teacher hosted a class reunion for all her students every year on Labor Day. Get it? Labor Day? Labor? I’d never thought of it that way before, but I loved it. Labor Day isn’t exactly fraught with meaning ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 31 – Playmobil Furnished School Building

Last year, we gave away a Playmobil Pyramid at the end of the 31 Days of Giveaways, and that item went on to be one of the most in-demand products of the 2009 holiday season. We’re curious if history will repeat itself with the Furnished School Building. Playmobil has certainly upped their game with this beautifully detailed play set. The ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 30 – Taga Bike and Stroller

I haven't done a blog post about the Taga Bike & Stroller yet, mostly because I've been waiting until we actually had some to sell. Every shipment has sold out before it even came in. It's a good problem to have. I first heard about the Taga in July of 2008, right before they showed their product for the first ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 26 – Stokke Tripp Trapp chair

There’s not a lot to say about the Stokke Tripp Trapp that hasn’t already been said in one way or another on this site. So in honor of today’s Stokke Tripp Trapp giveaway, I present the following: Top 10 Reasons Why You Need a Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair 10. The design is timeless and chic; having one around your table ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 25 – Baby Jogger City Select stroller

From the very first moment I saw an advertisement for it, I knew the Baby Jogger City Select stroller was going to be an inevitable success. The double stroller market has seen more fluctuation than any other category over the past few years, as the proverbial pendulum made a broad but definitive swung from side-by-side all-terrain models like the Mountain ... Read More »