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Bananagrams Split

No, it’s not a stuffed banana. Bananagrams is a great new word game that’s sort of a takeoff on Scrabble. Players are “dealt” a predetermined number of letter tiles, and then each player uses his/her letters to create a personal assortment of intersecting words. As the letters dealt get used, more letters are taken from the pile, and when the ... Read More »

MySpace for Moms?

I found a great new website yesterday – mayasmom.com. It’s a web2.0 social networking site that’s geared towards parents (not just moms, actually), and it’s very well done. Easy to use and extremely rich with features. It’s new, but growing, and the community is amazingly warm and welcoming. With a bit more time, this could become an extraordinary resource. Check ... Read More »

The magic of Magna-Tiles

Magna-Tiles are not exactly new. In fact, they’ve been around for a while, and we’ve had them in the store since right before the holidays. But I’m starting to think they’re one of the best kept secrets in the world of toys. I’d heard rumblings about Magna-Tiles, but I wasn’t sure what the hoopla was all about. It’s a bunch ... Read More »

Why not call it the e4?

Finally, the much anticipated new model of the popular Phil & Ted’s e3 stroller is en route. But it’s not called the e3 anymore. Now, it’s called the Sport. There are some nice new features to this model, but it still looks quite a bit like its predecessor. The handlebar is adjustable via a pushbutton racheting mechanism, and has a ... Read More »

Speaking of fairies (and rockets, too)

One of my favorite new make believe toys is the Fancy Flutterpack from Cranium and its space-themed sibling, the Turbo Rocketpack. Both of these are designed to be worn on a child’s back, and both have a push button that sits on the shoulder strap. Push it and wings pop out of the pack. Pull a cord and they retract. ... Read More »

Bye Bye Binky

Tonight, my younger daughter finally gave up her beloved binky. Inspired by tips from other parents, we’d been talking about the impending visit of the Binky Fairy, who would collect her binkies and bring them to Binkyland, leaving gifts in their place. She’d been enthusiastic, but unwilling to commit. Today, we accidentally sent her to daycare without her binky for ... Read More »

A BOB I’d like to meet.

The new 2007 BOB Revolution strollers have been very popular. We’re having a hard time keeping up with demand. The most significant new feature is an extra 25 degrees of recline, which is a nice improvement. The stroller is recommended for 8 weeks and up, though it can be used with a newborn in conjunction with the optional infant car ... Read More »

Swinging Snug?

Whenever expectant parents ask me if they need to buy a swing, I always suggest they wait and see. Some babies really crave the motion while others don’t need it, and from my experience, if you’ve got one of the former, you’ll know it soon enough. Plus, swings eat up a ton of floor space. I had a swing in ... Read More »

Wow is back!

When we first opened Magic Beans, one of my favorite toy brands for infants and toddlers was Wow. We had a bunch of samples in our play area, and not only did the kids adore them, but they also stood up very well to the daily abuse. I had a collection of them at home, as well, and to this ... Read More »