Predicting popular products can be tough: toy crazes, in particular, ebb and flow according to the whims of tiny trendspotters, and what was yesterday’s biggest hit can be today’s biggest flop. (Unless, of course, it’s the movie Frozen, in which case the craze lasts forever. Not that we’re complaining.)
Parents, however, have cooler heads, so before they decide that they absolutely must have, say, a Bugaboo Donkey or an Orbit Baby G3 Travel System, they ask around. What do other parents think of a particular premium stroller model? What does it do aside from looking cool? Will it adapt as the baby grows, or as the family grows? What convenience features, comfort features, and other cool bells and whistles does it have?
Today’s roundup of products was collected to demonstrate for you just how much you can save at our stores for Tax Free Weekend, utilizing the most popular products on the Magic Beans website, with one item from each basic category where you might expect to spend a lot of money. Massachusetts sales tax is 6.25% – not a big deal on, say, a $20 toy, but it stacks up to quite a bit on higher-ticket items, making this a great weekend to get baby essentials that will weigh more heavily on your bank account.
You’ll note that, because your fellow parents are sensible sorts who enjoy style and luxury but insist on practical function and design as well, most of these top-sellers adapt to the needs of growing kids, extending their use for years beyond what you would expect. Because our customers are very, very smart shoppers!
UPPAbaby Vista Stroller, $729.99
The reigning queen of the Boston streets is both elegant and practical, allowing you to stroll with your child from birth up through the toddler years, and add an additional seat when the next child comes along.
TAX FREE WEEKEND SAVINGS: $45.62
THE INFANT CAR SEAT
Cybex Aton Q Infant Car Seat, $349.95
Not only is the Cybex Aton Q an extraordinary, futuristic-looking car seat, but it’s as high-tech as seats on the market right now get: the Linear Side-Impact Protection system, load leg, height-adjustable no-rethread headrest, flat positioning, and easy installation provide the ultimate reassurance on the go. Also, this car seat can ride high on your Vista stroller with infant car seat adapters.
TAX FREE WEEKEND SAVINGS: $21.87
THE CONVERTIBLE CAR SEAT
Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat, $279.99
When your baby outgrows his infant car seat, it’s time to shift to the next level of protection with a convertible car seat. The Chicco NextFit is hugely popular because of the incredibly cool Super Cinch LATCH System, which takes all of the guesswork, yanking, and swearing out of car seat installation, using integrated pulleys.
TAX FREE WEEKEND SAVINGS: $17.50
Stokke Sleepi Crib, $799.99
This simple egg-shaped crib is the perfect first nest for your new hatchling, made with solid cultivated beech wood and featuring a mattress that can lower as your child grows. You can also convert your Sleepi Crib into a toddler bed, and expand it further into a Junior Bed with a conversion kit, sold separately.
TAX FREE WEEKEND SAVINGS: $50
THE HIGH CHAIR
Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair, $249.00
What else could we possibly choose for this category? This perennial bestseller has among the longest lifetimes of any product we sell, expanding to fit kids from 6 months old all the way up to adulthood. Add the Baby Set, Cushion Set, or trays to further customize it for your kid!
TAX FREE WEEKEND SAVINGS: $15.56
Add that all up, and your total tax-free weekend savings are: $150.55. Which is almost enough to buy one of our hottest must-have products right now: the Ergobaby 360 Four-Position Baby Carrier!
Or, pick up some of the extras and accessories that add convenience to all of these products: the UPPAbaby Maxi-Cosi Adapters ($29.99) allow your Cybex car seat to ride on your stroller. The UPPAbaby Rumble Seat ($99.99) lets a second child ride, or the UPPAbaby Piggyback Ride-Along Board ($89.99) lets proud big sisters and brothers ride along. Add a Baby Set to your Tripp Trapp ($69), and you’ve still got enough left over to treat a surprised preschooler to her first scooter, the ultra-popular Micro Mini-Kick ($79.99)!
Shopping at Magic Beans is always fun – and saving is even more fun. So we hope you’ll join us for Tax Free Weekend! And don’t forget – we’re taking pre-orders by phone at 617-383-8274 or in person at all five Massachusetts Magic Beans locations.