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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?

homework child

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

Update 5/2/2017: Umbrella Stroller Comparison 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 ... Read More »

New Ergobaby Adapt Carrier: no insert needed!

ergobaby adapt carrier baby carrier lifestyle

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!

stokke mycarrier baby carrier 2016

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

activities for kids child painting

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?

  Shop the latest and greatest booster seats at Magic Beans!  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 ... Read More »