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Svan Baby Bouncer Launched at Magic Beans

Last night, we were very excited to host the global launch of the new Svan Baby Bouncer at Magic Beans. This is a product that has been a labor of love for all our friends at Scandinavian Child, the US distributors for Svan, and we were so thrilled to be able to help them celebrate its long-awaited debut. Brenda Berg, ... Read More »

Jane Powertwins are here!

The long-awaited Jane Powertwins have finally arrived in our warehouse. We’ve already presold many of them, but if you are interested in checking it out, stop by the store. I had a chance to play with one, and I liked it a lot. On our official warehouse scale, the stroller surprised us. According to everything we’d read, it was supposed ... Read More »

A real, live virtual stuffed pet

In 1975, the Pet Rock was the hottest holiday item on the shelves. For just $4, you got a rock, a carrying case and a training manual. Yes, a rock. Americans snapped up more than 1,000,000 of these geological novelties in just a few months. Next, in November of 1996 Bandai launched the first edition of the Tamagotchi, a small ... Read More »

Giggle Gear, aptly named

Earlier this year, a company called Big Boing sold off it’s small collection of unique products to two different companies. Alex purchased their bath toys, and Cranium purchased their make-believe toys. This small acquisition for Cranium was the first signal that they were looking to branch out of the game category. Now, Cranium is on a roll, releasing 10 new ... Read More »

The Summertime Baby (Bjorn) Blues

It’s summer, which is mostly good news. But if you’re toting around a newborn in a Baby Bjorn, chances are you’re driving yourself nuts about the sun. Infants younger than 6 months are not able to wear sunscreen, so keeping little babies from catching too many rays can be maddeningly difficult. Short of staying in the shade all the time, ... Read More »

Valco’s Buggster – Off the beaten path (sort of)

Magic Beans is one of a few stores across the country to be debuting the new Buggster stroller from Valco. This is a very unique stroller concept, and Valco decided to try a limited introduction in order to test the market prior to a full launch. We recently received our first shipment of this stroller and tonight, we were fortunate ... Read More »

Baby Jogger joins the team

After a lot of careful consideration, thoughtful feedback from parents and thorough demonstrations, we decided to add Baby Jogger to our selection of active-lifestyle strollers. The City series is very similar to the Mountain Buggy Urbans and the Valco Runabouts, but they offer a folding mechanism that rivals the Inglesina Zippy for its incredible simplicity. In the crook of the ... Read More »

Warning: Hexabits are addictive

One day, a salesperson sat down at my desk and pulled out a plastic baggie filled with small, flexible hexagon-shaped pieces that interlocked. A new construction toy. I don’t think I paid attention to another word he said. I was totally captivated by my creative efforts, and I was reluctant to return his sample an hour later. Now Hexabits have ... Read More »

Zip-up dee doo-dads

When it comes to organizing the playroom, the smaller toys are usually the hardest to conquer. But now, along comes a new product that not only provides a natural storage space for small pieces, but also enhances playtime by converting into colorful, themed playmats. ZipBins use a series of zippers to transform from storage box to playmat in virtually no ... Read More »

Sidewalk sale preview

This weekend is our famous annual sidewalk sale, when we unload all of our floor model, old and refurbished strollers. We’ve got some amazing deals this year, and in addition to strollers, we’re also selling off some car seats, high chairs and tricycles. There are other great deals, too, on diaper bags, gear and lots of toys. So if you’re ... Read More »