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We love the Beco Ring Sling! A baby carrier review

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Ring slings have been around for quite some time, but we haven’t carried one for a while, until we recently picked up the Beco Ring Sling! I’m super excited about it, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites for a few reasons: It’s easy to use It’s travel friendly It’s suitable for use from birth It has a reasonable ... Read More »

Meet one of our favorite infant toys: the NogginStik!

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The amount of infant toys out in the market can be overwhelming, especially for new parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends looking for that special gift for the new bundle of joy! That is why I always recommend the NogginStik Rattle Clutching Toy. It is a multi-activity baby toy that encourages brain development – plus, it’s absolutely adorable. At first ... Read More »

VIDEO: The 2016 BabyZen YoYo 0+ vs. the 2015 BabyZen YoYo

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Flying just isn’t much fun: between frequent delays, shrinking seats, and other passengers being inconsiderate, it’s tough enough to fly on your own. Add a smaller passenger into the mix, and you have to worry about keeping them happy, keeping them from annoying other passengers*, and even weird hassles from the TSA**. Having the right baby gear won’t eliminate all of these ... Read More »

Why do kids have tantrums, and what should you do about it?

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As unpleasant as they are, tantrums are a completely normal part of early childhood: according to the Supernanny website, one in five 2-year-olds may have two or more tantrums a day. (Yikes!) It’s a common behavior among kids ages 1-3, and can still occur for a few more years afterwards.  It makes sense: your child’s physical and intellectual skills are ... Read More »

Play with your food! The fun of food-themed toys

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As I mentioned in our Toy Fair trends blog entries, adorable food with faces is very in this year, and it’s no surprise: food is fascinating, and playing with it is fun, whether you’re exploring play food or the real thing! It could even be said that adults who enjoy cooking are just carrying on a more grown-up version of ... Read More »

The 5 OTHER best toy stores in America!

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: whether you’re shopping for baby gear, toys, or, for that matter, anything else, local is the way to go. Not only are local toy stores and other small businesses an important cornerstone for neighborhoods nationwide, but you just can’t get the kind of service from a big box store that you’ll get ... Read More »

Swaddling 101: why you need to swaddle your baby

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The transition period directly after birth is often referred to as the “fourth trimester”: a time in which all of the stimuli of the outside world can easily overwhelm your baby, and while her nervous system matures, she’ll be happiest with sensations that remind her of the womb. The well-loved “Happiest Baby on the Block” book by Harvey Karp, M.D. ... Read More »

We love Cybex! A review of the Cloud Q Infant Car Seat (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)

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Exclusive offer today from Magic Beans! Email specialoffer@mbeans.com to claim yours. Act now! Cybex has always been a fan favorite for Magic Beans staff, as a company with a mind for safety, engineering, and aesthetic. It’s rare that a company really focuses so intensely on all three of these, and the new, long-awaited Cybex Cloud Q Infant Car Seat reflects all of ... Read More »

VIDEO: The Baby Jogger City Mini GT vs. the Nuna Tavo Stroller

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The rule for strollers tends to be that baby strollers that weigh less have fewer features that you’ll want, for both your child’s comfort and your ease of use. Luckily, our favorite manufacturers do a better job every year at crafting strollers that work well and weigh less, and today’s video depicts two similar stroller models that fit a LOT ... Read More »