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Practical tips for reading readiness, based in science!

The benefits of reading to kids from infancy onwards are obvious: they learn vocabulary, they enjoy the pictures, and they love spending the time bonding with you! But Professor Daniel T. Willingham of the University of Virginia warns parents not to fret too much about teaching kids the alphabet, or starting very early with reading instruction. In an interview with ... Read More »

New colors and more updates from Jané! Stroller style from Spain

Jané will be appearing at the Drool Baby Expo on May 13! At Drool, you’ll have a rare opportunity to push a Rider, a Trider, or a Nanuq, talk to brand representatives about why these strollers are amazing, and compare your favorite head-to-head with other brands. Learn more about Drool and get your tickets today at www.droolbabyexpo.com! Every stroller that ... Read More »

UPPAbaby Vista Stroller vs. UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)

Update 4/24/2017: The UPPAbaby Vista vs. UPPAbaby Cruz UPPAbaby will be at our upcoming Drool Baby Expo, New England’s ultimate baby shopping event, on May 15! Don’t miss it – learn more and buy tickets at www.droolbabyexpo.com. If you’re in the market for the perfect day-to-day stroller, you’ve probably heard of UPPAbaby. UPPAbaby is an American brand out of Hingham, ... Read More »

Magic Beans Fun Size Picks: Top Five Musical Toys

Hey everyone – it’s Kelsey again, with the scoop from Magic Beans Fun Size, in NYC! As you may remember from my last blog, our store is located in the lobby at Kidville in the Upper East Side, and we sell a handpicked selection of the best-of-the-best toys for ages 0-5. As with any other Magic Beans store, along with our amazing selection, ... Read More »

Just for fun: this baby has the most fascinating friends!

Julia and Jason Heckathorn of Fauquier County, Virginia, already had a kangaroo named Boomeroo and an anteater named Captain Noche Cuervo, when their family simultaneously gained two new members! Their pet sloth, Daisy, arrived on the scene only days after their daughter Alia was born, and the two are now the best of pals, snuggling and playing together (and often ... Read More »

New Britax Frontier Clicktight Colors this April! Plus: see Britax at Drool!

Britax will be at the Drool Baby Expo on May 15! Learn more here and get your tickets today!  We love Britax Clicktight car seats – and apparently, so do you, since they’ve been selling like hotcakes! The reviewers at CarSeatBlog.com are also big fans, and they really love the Britax Frontier Clicktight Harness-2-Booster. They recognize the importance of keeping kids riding ... Read More »

Ever notice that the ABC Song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

This fairly obvious fact didn’t occur to me until this morning, I was mulling over the origin of the “ABC Song,” and found numerous articles pointing out that the melody is the same! In the Telegraph, writer Sebastian Doggart reports that “Baa-Baa Black Sheep” and “What A Wonderful World” follow the same pattern, and that he annoyed his three-year-old son by ... Read More »