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At First Sight

Do you remember how it was at the beginning? You were struck by their looks, or perhaps their charm. You thought to yourself, Now here’s something interesting. And then, face to face, the charm and beauty feel quirky. And you’re left uncertain. Perhaps you fell too quickly? (It’s happened before.) Or perhaps you’re just nervous at the prospect of something ... Read More »

First steps made easier

Any parent who has cheered on a new toddler surely remembers the weeks leading up to those first tentative steps. Chances are, you spent a lot of time hunched over, walking behind your baby as she grasped tight to your index fingers and tottered all around. Sound familiar? If you haven’t been through it yet, trust me when I tell ... Read More »

Running hot and cold

The new Digital Bath Spout Cover with Built-in Digital Thermometer (yes, that’s the product name; it’s trademarked) from 4 Moms is one of my most highly anticipated new arrivals for 2006. When I saw a demonstration of the product at the JPMA show in May, I was extremely impressed. But they were showing a prototype, and I found it hard ... Read More »

Any Glamour Moms out there?

There’s a writer from Glamour, Renatt Brodsky, who is working on a health feature about how women’s bodies change post-pregnancy, and how it impacts their lives and relationships. She’s looking for colorful, honest and surprising stories that relate to her topic, from any number of different angles. If you’d like to share your story, you can e-mail her at Rengirl111@gmail.com ... Read More »

Ralph is back – finally!

For almost a year, since Ralph’s World signed on with Disney, his recordings have been a seriously endangered species. For reasons I still don’t completely understand, Disney didn’t rerelease his existing CDs, and his previous label stopped producing them. So we haven’t been able to perpetuate our Ralph addiction for quite some time. Now, Disney has just released a really ... Read More »

Masha Meets Micralite

As you may have already noticed, we’re welcoming a new contributor to Spillingthebeans. Masha has been a Magic Beans customer for a while, and in advance of her upcoming trip, she came to us for advice on which stroller to bring. She had such a way with words, we asked if she’d be interested in doing an extended testdrive with ... Read More »

Yeah, But What Stroller Would Mary Use?

From rock stars to rabbis, a circuitious route has brought me, Mommy Masha to the Magic Beans family. I’m looking forward to bringing you news from overseas. I’m leaving for a two and a half month stay in Jerusalem and I’m seriously sweating which stroller to take. Advice from family and friends has made it all the more confusing. “Must ... Read More »

Mutsy is here!

We received our first shipment of Mutsy strollers today. I’ve written about the Mutsy a couple of times already, so I won’t bore you with too many details. We are carrying the 4Rider model, which is the sleekest of the Mutsy frames, with 2 large pneumatic tires in the rear and 2 small pneumatic tires in the front. It handles ... Read More »

Starck meets Maclaren

Philippe Stark is one of the most notable designers of our time, known for reinterpreting mundane objects and transforming them into striking forms that offer aesthetics without compromising (and, in fact, often enhancing) utility. Now he has taken the umbrella stroller back to the drawing board, offering a fresh take on the popular Maclaren Volo. His swooping frame is all ... Read More »

Wow, baby

We’ve just launched a new feature on our website, and I’d love to get some feedback. Basically, it’s an express baby basket builder, where you can select and send a really impressive baby gift very quickly and easily. We’ve had a lot of really positive reactions from busy parents and also corporate gift givers, but I’d love to hear other ... Read More »