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VIDEO: 2016 Bugaboo Donkey Stroller Review

When revisiting the Bugaboo Donkey Stroller, it’s useful to look back at our initial impressions. We knew to expect the best from Bugaboo, who always find a unique, next-level engineering solution for every stroller contingency, but what would their double do differently? It turned out that the Bugaboo Donkey was the first and only single-to-double stroller to add a seat ... Read More »

Have more educational fun with Melissa & Doug!

melissa & doug band in a box

One of the things that I love about Melissa & Doug toys for young children is that many items come with a list of “Extension Activities” that work educational content into playtime, helping kids to pick up crucial skills organically. For instance, for the longtime favorite Melissa & Doug Grocery Store / Lemonade Stand, they suggest the following: Have the ... Read More »

NEW: OXO Transitions Soft Spout Sippy Cup Set!

Given that the bottle or your breast have been his sole source of food for the entirety of his short life, your child may look at you like you’ve got three heads if you try to get him to test out a sippy cup. Pediatricians recommend teaching your baby to use a sippy cup starting between 6 and 9 months, ... Read More »

VIDEO: 2016 UPPAbaby Vista Stroller vs. 2016 Bugaboo Cameleon

Update 6/8/2017: UPPAbaby Vista 2017 vs Bugaboo Cameleon 2017 Shop all Bugaboo and UPPAbaby at Magic Beans It’s summer in the city, and it’s time to introduce your new arrival to the sights and sounds of the bustling world around her. If your stroller is your primary vehicle with baby on board, some crucial features will help to keep your ... Read More »

Baby photography: tips and tricks

baby photography sleeping

Chances are, you’re already lining up an expert to take some professional portraits of your baby when he arrives on the scene (and you can find some terrific Boston-area ones in this roundup from our recent Drool Baby Expo). But those are only a few of the precious moments that will absolutely need capturing in the years ahead: that sweet ... Read More »

Arts & Crafts At Magic Beans: Not Just For Kids!

arts & crafts kits for grownups

Though Magic Beans is primarily for the little beans, getting creative is loads of fun for grownups too! The arts & crafts kits in this roundup would be amazing additions and/or gifts for showers, weddings, bachelorette/bachelor parties, and so much more. My first selection for big kids to enjoy is the Melissa and Doug Design Your Own Bracelets Kit. In this ... Read More »

Sunscreen review: Acure SPF 30 Sunscreen – Continuous Spray

  Pale parents, I feel your pain! Not only do you have to carefully safeguard your little ones from sunburn, but your own skin requires daily vigilance. As someone who turns bright red in less than half an hour of noontime sunshine, I’ve had two choices for most of my life: slather myself in gross, greasy drugstore sunscreen, or stay ... Read More »