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Drool Baby Expo Recap: The Best Drool Yet!

Did you make it to this year’s Drool Baby Expo? Since its debut in 2011, Drool has been the #1 event for expectant parents in New England, and it gets bigger every year, with more exhibitors, more attendees, more giveaways, and more fun!  Every spring, at Drool Baby Expo, you can: Enjoy interactive demos of the best products from all ... Read More »

Lightweight stroller comparison: the new 2016 Maclaren Quest vs. the 2016 Babyzen YoYo Stroller

If you and your family are active travellers, having a lightweight stroller is beneficial in so many ways. Having the right lightweight for the right travel situation can make your trip so much fun: for instance, the BabyZen YoYo+ Stroller fits into the overhead compartment on a plane, so as long as it’s allowed by your airline, it requires no checking ... Read More »

Marpac sound machines: white noise for better sleep!

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Adjusting to sleeping in a new place is seldom easy. For instance, I just moved from the busier environs of one Boston neighborhood to a sleepier suburb, and discovered that with zero traffic on my street or nearby, it was disturbingly silent at night. (If you’re living in a rural area you’re already used to this, but hey, I’m a ... Read More »

Baby’s on the way! What to pack in your hospital bag

As if the prospect of becoming a parent is not scary and challenging enough, there is so much preparation to do before your baby arrives! There are so many checklists, i.e. the baby registry, baby proofing the home, what to do and what not to do, and finally, what to pack in your hospital bag so you’re ready when that big moment ... Read More »

What should I pack for lunch for my kids on Passover?

If you are celebrating Passover, I hope you had marvelous Seders. We had two wonderful celebrations with family and friends, sang beautiful songs, drank delicious wine, and ate tremendous food. Our kids were more engaged than ever at the Seders, and retold the story of the Exodus beautifully. At our house, lots of work goes into preparing for Passover: we ... Read More »

Oeuf is GREENGUARD certified! Also: what is GREENGUARD certification, anyway?

If you’re shopping for nursery furniture, you’ve probably seen the GREENGUARD logo around quite a bit – manufacturers know that conscientious parents are worried about how chemicals in their home might affect their kids, and are stepping up to raise standards and reassure consumers. Today, we learned that Oeuf, one of our longtime favorite nursery furniture manufacturers, has achieved GREENGUARD ... Read More »

The homework debate: are kids getting too much?

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Homework has transformed quite a bit since we were kids: on the one hand, kindergarteners, who are now expected to sit in desks and do academic work (!!!) are now also expected to do daily work at home as well. On the other hand, homework is also sometimes optional: writer Elizabeth Flora Ross asked her daughter’s first-grade teacher to let her ... Read More »

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

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 »