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How to swaddle a baby: an expert demonstration from Magic Beans

Swaddling your baby is the easiest way to improve the quality and duration of your newborn baby’s sleep, and we offer a wide variety of swaddling blankets, so you can experiment with what your baby likes and find out what works for you. The classic square swaddle is the most popular, though, and while it does take a little practice to get ... Read More »

Magic Beans Fun-Size Picks: Top Five Educational Toys

Hi everyone! I’m the head Toy Expert at Magic Beans – Fun Size, Manhattan’s new source for the best of the best playthings for ages 0-5. I’m a veteran Magic Beans employee, with years of experience in our Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline stores, so I’m bringing a ton of product knowledge to the scene – when you come to our ... Read More »

Helping kids with coughs and colds: find some relief on our shelves

It’s the sneeziest of seasons, and unfortunately, kids aren’t exempt from the common cold and flu germs going around. Worse yet, over-the-counter cold remedies aren’t safe for kids under age 4, and may not be effective, really, for kids of any age. So instead of faux grape or cherry syrups in a bottle (and those always tasted nasty anyway, didn’t ... Read More »

Should you try cloth diapers? A mom weighs in

During my pregnancy, I went back and forth with my husband over whether or not we should use cloth diapers or disposable diapers. My husband, who had never changed a diaper in his life, didn’t really care what type of diaper we used, so he left that choice up to me. I decided to register for disposables, since I didn’t ... Read More »

Toy Fair 2015 Highlight: Play Visions Sands Alive! Neon Frenzy

While our buying team attends Toy Fair to scout out our product selection for the year, I attend, mostly, to get hands-on time with our products that I don’t usually get working in our office. We’ve been big fans of Sands Alive from Play Visions since its release, but our head buyer sent me specifically to see the recently-released Sands Alive! Neon ... Read More »

Toy Fair 2015: Trendspotting at the show!

Toy Fair 2015, the biggest industry event of the year, is still roaring, but I’ve returned to snowy Boston for our first report back! After I’ve had a chance to confer with our buying team, we’ll be letting you know what fantastic new toys you can expect on our shelves, but for today, I’m going to concentrate on trends I ... Read More »

Snow day sanity savers! Toys that keep kids busy for hours

When snow days are only an occasional thing, they’re pure magic, with playtime in the snow, hot chocolate, and maybe a little extra TV (so Mom can take a breather from keeping everyone busy). While I don’t remember this from my own childhood, apparently modern kids have a few “magic spells” that they’ll try to execute to make a snow ... Read More »