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VIDEO: The best stroller travel systems of 2016

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The noise and motion of a car provides a sleep environment that many infants enjoy, perhaps even a little too much: a study claimed that the average British family drove 1,322 miles in a year to get their baby to sleep!* Regardless of how you got the baby to sleep, after he’s dropped off, the LAST thing you want to ... Read More »

We’re mad for mélange! New Bugaboo Grey Mélange fabrics

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Here at Magic Beans, we have seen the value of Bugaboo as a brand: these strollers really stand the test of time. And their latest color theme is a timeless neutral that we just can’t stop talking about: not completely grey, subtle and sophisticated, Grey Mélange. Mélange: a French word meaning a mixture, a medley. Isn’t that what life is, in ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2017: happy seventh birthday!

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Your seven-year-old is a little smartie: she’s learning so many new facts and skills, and is always eager to learn more. She may be reading on her own for fun already, and she’s able to plan and build impressive structures and complete complex crafts. Her friends are super important to her, but solo playtime is important too. And she’s got plenty of opinions ... Read More »

How to massage your baby (and the benefits of baby massage)

Babies are born with all of their senses, but it takes time for these senses to develop and “make sense.” For instance, your average newborn can only focus on items about as close to her as your face (8-10 inches), and it will take her time to understand exactly what she’s looking at. She’s also born with fully developed hearing, ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy sixth birthday!

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Approaching their sixth birthday, kids are tremendously creative, and have no problem deftly merging fantasy and reality with inventive results. At GreatSchools.org, in an article on child development at age 6, a girl named Jenny explains her theory about how a frog got into a small backyard pond: “The frog, desperate for water, asked Mr. Jack Rabbit, who is a ... Read More »

Why circle time is so important for child development

This article came from our friends at My Gym, a chain of children’s fitness centers dedicated to making fitness fun! They offer classes for everyone from babies up to tweens, and our local parents can check out locations in Boston, Newton, Framingham, Norwell, and much more – find your nearest location here. Naturally, with this kind of mission, child development knowhow ... Read More »

The best toys of 2016: our buyers’ picks from Toy Fair

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Now that we’ve examined the hottest trends of this year’s Toy Fair, let’s get down to specifics: which products impressed our buying team? Most of these terrific toys will be appearing on our shelves over the course of the year, so keep an eye out!   Jill Hegstad, Head Buyer Kano Computer Kit Kids can make their very own computer ... Read More »