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Umbrella stroller comparison: the Maclaren Volo vs. the UPPAbaby G-Lite

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Small, light umbrella strollers make quick and easy tasks just a little bit easier, whether you’re running to the grocery store or walking to your nearest Magic Beans. Usually equipped with smaller wheels and under-seat storage, umbrella strollers have an overall compact footprint, allowing for a lighter weight stroller, ideal for travelling and carrying. If you’re ready to do away with ... Read More »

New Ergobaby Adapt Carrier: no insert needed!

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New babies need a tremendous amount of stuff: the odds and ends and bits and bobs flooding into your house even before your baby makes their first appearance can be overwhelming. So while for some parents, adding an insert to their Ergobaby carrier was no big deal, for others, it just seemed like one more extra piece to manage. That’s ... Read More »

Another Stokke debut: the 2016 Stokke MyCarrier Baby Carrier!

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2016 has been an exciting year for Stokke so far, and the fun isn’t over: on May 1, you can get the newest version of the well-loved Stokke MyCarrier! The “Holy Grail of baby carriers” was already winning accolades for its thoroughly adjustable design, created to ensure that parents of varying sizes can enjoy carrying their baby in comfort; reviewers also loved ... Read More »

Boston families: smart activities for kids during April vacation

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It’s easy to forget if you’ve been living here for a while that Boston is a pretty unique and special place to live: it’s small and a bit provincial as cities go, but the cultural and historical institutions here are second to none.  Colleges and universities? We’ve got a few. Museums and art galleries? We have those too. Historical sites? ... Read More »

When is it time to move your child to a booster seat?

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There are a lot of people asking lately if and when they can safely move their little one out of their convertible car seat and into a booster seat (using the car’s lap belt instead of a 5-point harness). It’s a hard question to answer because it really is one big gray area. As long as your child is still ... Read More »

A guide to air travel with babies: regulations, gear & more

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At Magic Beans Boston, at the Prudential Center in Back Bay, our proximity to countless hotels in the area and a shuttle bus to and from the Logan Airport mean that we get a lot of questions about air travel with a little one in tow. Unfortunately, there is no quick, easy, and foolproof answer, but hopefully this blog can answer some ... Read More »