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Sun safety basics for babies

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It’s a little yucky to think of the human skin as an organ, but it’s true: our largest organ performs a ton of functions that are necessary for human health, forming our “first line of defense” against any outside force that might harm the body. It’s a protective barrier against bacteria and viruses; it regulates our body temperature; it helps us ... Read More »

The best of the best nursing chairs: Dutailier vs. Monte Glider / Rocker Comparison / Review

Here at Magic Beans, we settle for nothing less than the best, which is why we carry nursing chairs, gliders, and rockers from two of the most extraordinary nursery furniture brands on the market: Monte Design and Dutailier. Both Monte and Dutailier are Canadian furniture companies who really take pride in their products, and you can tell how much care goes ... Read More »

VIDEO: Introducing the incredibly compact Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller!

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Exclusive offer today from Magic Beans! Email specialoffer@mbeans.com to claim yours. Act now! PRE-ORDER THE CITY TOUR STROLLER HERE AVAILABLE OCTOBER 2016 The size of a stroller when folded can make all of the difference for how it fits into your lifestyle, and as we’ve noted in our many reviews of the BabyZen YoYo Stroller, that goes double when you’re traveling ... Read More »

New Britax car seats & travel systems: Solstice Grey!

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With the yearly ABC Kids Spring Show comes even more new baby gear announcements! And it’s no surprise that a lot of these gear items are coming in one particular color – grey is everywhere in 2016, and given that grey is such a popular color for cars, and Britax is one of the top names in car seats, it’s no surprise ... Read More »

COMING SOON from Britax: the Boulevard Clicktight ARB Convertible Car Seat

Because we haven't got an image of the ARB on a Boulevard yet, this is the same rebound bar on a Britax Marathon.

  Explaining why we’re so excited about the upcoming Britax Boulevard Clicktight ARB Convertible Car Seat (available this June!) requires some in-depth car seat geekery – but we’re fine with that, because if there’s anything we love, it’s nerding out about car seats. Before I get started, though, here’s the short version of this blog: It will provide superb protection that’s compatible with ... Read More »

A new look for Diono convertible car seats in 2016 / 2017!

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Today has been a big year for style upgrades from our favorite brands! As you may have noticed, everyone’s unveiling new collections in sleek modern grey, and as we mentioned when we were talking about designing a nursery with grey as a foundation, combining brights and neutrals is SO in. The new Diono 2016/2017 convertible car seat collection builds on current ... Read More »

Our favorite baby developmental toys for little smarties

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The number one goal when your baby comes along is to have them come out healthy, but we all want our kids to be brilliant, too. Each sensory developmental baby toy in this roundup will nurture their little minds and bodies, and will make your baby/toddler squeal with delight as they learn and have fun. My first pick is the ... Read More »

How to travel WITHOUT the kids, and stay in touch

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We’ve written a lot over the years about traveling WITH the kids – regulations on what gear you can bring, best practices for flying with a baby, and the perennial issue of how to keep restless kids entertained while squished into a small space. But we haven’t yet tackled what to do if the kids AREN’T coming along. First things first: who’s ... Read More »

Remote control toy roundup: fun for all ages!

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We’ve never embraced the orthodoxy that electronic toys can’t be educational or beneficial for kids. If a toy encourages kids to use their imagination, we’re all in favor, and remote control toys give kids a great jumping-off point for creative scenarios (and the invention of obstacle courses). Plus, RC toys encourage kids to run around outside, they help kids to ... Read More »