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The 5 OTHER best toy stores in Connecticut!

magic beans fairfield toy store interior

Toy stores in southern Connecticut have really stepped up their game since my childhood down there in the ‘80s!*  Of course, the number one spot for toys today is Magic Beans, nestled into the cute downtown shopping district in Fairfield (and a stone’s throw from the Metro-North stop, making it an easy trip for our fans in New York City): ... Read More »

Baby skin conditions, and baby skin care products

There’s nothing like the smell of a new baby, or the delicate softness of their skin – there isn’t an adult alive who can resist the urge to snuggle them! But, much like every other aspect of your baby, that lovely skin requires a certain amount of vigilance and upkeep. Baby skin is thinner than adult skin, has less pigment, and ... Read More »

VIDEO: Why you should start a Baby Registry with Magic Beans

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve got some BIG changes coming in the new year (and congrats, by the way)! Adding a new baby to the family transforms your life in a million different ways, some predictable, some surprising. And for every task ahead, there are hundreds of helpful products to choose from, which can make shopping for your ... Read More »

Get your last minute gifts at Magic Beans!

It’s finally Christmas Eve, and while all of the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, we know that there are still last-minute preparations to be done. If those preparations involve gifts, we’ve got ‘em, and Santa’s most enthusiastic elves are on hand to ensure that even if you’re shopping at the very last minute possible, every toy you ... Read More »

UPDATE: Those AREN’T the most popular baby names after all!

I’m so confused, you guys – last week, Babycenter announced the most popular names of 2015, and now Nameberry has released not one, but TWO completely different lists. Just what in the heck is going on here? To review: last Wednesday, we reported on the top names from Babycenter, which all seemed pretty on the mark: GIRLS Sophia Emma Olivia ... Read More »

Games and puzzles: Highlights from our Holiday Gift Guide

Puzzling over last-minute gifts? We may have a suggestion… or two… or ten… or more! The Games & Puzzles  section of our Holiday Gift Guide is loaded with a variety of jigsaw puzzles, logic puzzles, and head-to-head challenges to delight the entire family – and even some cooperative games too! Here’s a small sampling of terrific gifts that tend to ... Read More »

Baby & Toddler Toys: Highlights from our Holiday Gift Guide

Unlike shopping for older kids, shopping for babies and toddlers comes with one built-in problem: they can’t TELL you what they want. Luckily, as long as you select a gift for the right developmental stage, they’ll almost certainly enjoy it (and will learn key skills through play, as well). Here’s a brief cheat sheet to what to get for the ... Read More »

LEGO Star Wars and more: the best gifts with bricks!

Is there anything we can really say about the furor around Star Wars: The Force Awakens that hasn’t been said? The early reviews say it lives up to the hype – and even if it didn’t, nothing could possibly stop the marketing juggernaut that makes Star Wars toys some of the hottest gifts this year. And even without a new Star ... Read More »