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How old is too old for toys? (Spoiler: there’s no such thing!)

In an era in which thousands of action figures are clearly manufactured just for grown-ups, adults film loving tributes to their toy collections, thousands of adults get gussied up in their finest superhero duds for comic and anime conventions, and Lego Master Builder is a real paid job, who could imagine that playtime was just for kids? As geek culture continues to ... Read More »

Boredom at 30,000 Feet: How to keep kids entertained on a plane!

kid with airplane

It takes about 8 hours to fly from Boston to San Diego. This doesn’t include showing up to the terminal at 5am with all your stuff in tow, getting through security, waiting patiently through the twenty minute delay to board the plane, and sitting through the layover in Newark or Houston. That’s a long time, and it’s trying on even the most ... Read More »

What to do when your kid won’t stay in bed

toddler won't stay in bed

Sleep expert Amy Lage calls it “Jack-in-the-Box Syndrome”: the phenomenon wherein your little angel, who has had his bath, heard his favorite story, and tucked in beside his favorite nightlight, emerges again and again and again. He needs another glass of water, he needs to go potty again, there is definitely a monster under the bed, and oooh, what are ... Read More »

Eleven years of extraordinary

  It’s our birthday! Celebrate Magic Beans with our annual birthday sale: 7% off almost everything in all of our stores and on our website! And now: a very special word from Sheri. It’s a beautiful summer day, and we are somewhere in the middle of Connecticut. We are together in the car, on our way to pick up our eldest after ... Read More »

Spotlight on: the Kiinde Kozii Breast Milk & Bottle Warmer Gift Set 

Included in the set: the Kozii, 20 Twist Pouches, 8 direct pump adapters, 1 storage bag organizer, 2 Squeeze Bottles, and 2 Slow Flow Nipples   First, a little bit about the company! Kiinde has been around for a couple years now (their first Drool Baby Expo experience was my first Drool experience, back in 2013). The founders are MIT-trained engineers who describe themselves as ... Read More »

Is your child ready for a booster seat?

clek oobr booster seat

The transition from a car seat with a harness to a big-kid booster seat is a momentous one, and there are a few important factors to remember before you make the switch. Obviously, you’ll want to make sure the seat fits in your car (we can help you with that!), and that your child fits the height and weight requirements, ... Read More »

“Please have hot hubby read the instruction manual”: babywearing tips for beginners

soft-structured carrier whoops

It seems unlikely, judging from the picture of new dad Ryan Reynolds carrying his daughter James in a soft-structured carrier, that she stayed in this position very long:   It just doesn’t look very comfortable, does it? Luckily, if a baby is uncomfortable, they’ll make sure you know about it, so we’re guessing this incorrect carry lasted just long enough ... Read More »

Potty Training Part 3: Leaving the House!

By Cecilia Matson, MA, Child Development Expert and Stacey Jackson Flammia, MLA, Adult Learning and Development Specialist Galoop – Child Development Classes for Babies and Toddlers and Expert Advice for Caregivers Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA www.galoopclasses.com facebook.com/GaloopClasses   In our first two blogs about potty training we talked about how to recognize the signs of readiness and the basics of helping ... Read More »