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Hexbugs: a Magic Beans top toy pick! Nanos, Aquabots, and more

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While imagination doesn’t run on batteries, it doesn’t follow at all that a toy that runs on batteries can’t stimulate creativity. Take, for instance, the basic Hexbug Nano V2 Robot: in many ways, this little guy functions like a very small and simple family pet (minus the need to feed it or clean up after it). The cleverly designed motor ... Read More »

How to hold a baby, plus newborn soothing techniques

Every new baby has exactly the same basic needs for food, comfort, cleanliness, and attention, but babies are also wonderfully complex little individuals, with moods and preferences. While you’re not going to know exactly what those preferences are until you meet the little guy or gal (and isn’t that going to be awesome when it happens?), it pays to review ... Read More »

New baby toys and baby gifts at Magic Beans

  Playing is learning for children, and begins with your baby’s first grab for her first rattle. As she explores her baby toys (and your lap, and your face, and the living room floor), the world slowly but steadily comes into focus: sights and sounds begin to coalesce into meaning, sensory information becomes coherent, and she begins to understand how ... Read More »

The 2017 Bugaboo Buffalo Stroller: new faux leather accents!

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PLACE YOUR PRE-ORDER FOR THE BUGABOO BUFFALO STROLLER 2017 While the majority of your baby stroller use is going to take place outdoors, some strollers are more outdoorsy than others. Some strollers are meant for a particular sort of habitat – for instance, your umbrella stroller will do better in a store or a mall than in the playground – ... Read More »

Introducing the 2017 Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Stroller with Faux Leather Accents!

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PLACE YOUR PRE-ORDER FOR THE BUGABOO CAMELEON 3 STROLLER 2017 The first is still the best: Bugaboo was the brand that invented modular, multifunctional luxury strollers, transforming an entire industry. Based on the stroller that Max Barenbrug debuted at his graduation for the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the first Bugaboo stroller raised everyone’s expectations, and Bugaboo has been steadily raising ... Read More »

The best jogging strollers of 2016: BOB, Bumbleride, & Thule

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Jogging with a stroller isn’t for everyone, but for parents who love to jog, the hours spent on the road with your child can provide priceless relaxation and bonding along with the exercise. Hungry Runner Girl at Women’s Running writes: “Want to know what some of my fondest memories are? They happened back in the good ol’ days, when I ... Read More »

Puzzles for all ages: preschool puzzles, jigsaw puzzles & more!

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There’s a reason why every preschool has stacks and stacks of chunky wooden puzzles: piecing a puzzle together is beneficial for your child’s growing body and mind in so many ways. Determining which shapes and colors match and joining them together to create a coherent whole enhances the following skills for young kids: Hand-eye coordination Fine motor skills Gross motor ... Read More »

The “quantity quandary”: how many kids should you have?


Your sense of the ideal family size is probably based in your own upbringing, and often depends on whether your family arrangement worked well for you or not. For instance, if you were happy being raised in a large family, like Jeannie Ralston, writing for, you might want to furnish your kids with an upbringing just like your own. ... Read More »