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Best Double Strollers (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)

You’re a pro now! Unlike the first time you purchased a stroller, you are now an experienced parent. So finding the best double stroller should be much easier, and much less daunting. Still, there are a few factors to consider before you buy. The first consideration is your lifestyle. If you live in an urban environment where you can just ... Read More »

#playwithyourtoys on Instagram to win!

As we know from the basics of child development, “Play is the work of the child”: kids pick up all of their physical, social, intellectual, and emotional skills by playing, and toys are the tools. But that sounds a little dreary, doesn’t it? Play shouldn’t feel like work, and the best kind of work, even if you’re an adult, is play! ... Read More »

7 parenting hacks

New blogger here! My name is Chelsea Seresin and I am a sales associate at the Magic Beans location in Fairfield, CT. I am married to my wonderful husband, Patrick, and together we have our son, Charlie (2), and our two fur babies. I have a passion for car seat safety and baby wearing. I am currently finishing my BA ... Read More »

Green Toys: Better for kids, better for the environment!

Kids put things in their mouth. It’s completely normal behavior, since it’s part of how they discover and expand their world, but it can get kind of gross. The amount of times I fished a pebble out of my niece’s six-month-old mouth would be concerning if she wasn’t the happy, healthy, and too-smart-for-her-own-good eight-year-old that she is today. And while ... Read More »

How Is Lost Sleep Affecting Your Child?

Sleep: it’s important! A lot of us don’t get as much as we’d like, and waking up hour after hour to console your infant can create an awful sleep deficit. Growing kids suffer that much more from a deficit in sleep – according to NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, losing 15 minutes of sleep can lower a child’s performance ... Read More »

Vote for Magic Beans in the Cribsie Awards!

Awards, accolades, glowing reviews: we’ve won them all over the years, including oodles of Best of Boston awards, Boston A-list awards, and more. We’ve had that “you like us, you really like us!” moment again and again, and it never stops being awesome. We’re just so honored every time we hear that someone appreciates what we do! The ultimate reviewers ... Read More »

Preschools: What are they for, and when should kids start?

By Cecilia Matson, MA, Child Development and Parenting Specialist Galoop – Child Development Classes for Babies and Toddlers and Expert Advice for Caregivers Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA www.galoopclasses.com facebook.com/GaloopClasses   Preschool and two-year-old programs are a hot topic among parents at my classes, so I wanted to weigh in. I’ll try and summarize my thoughts based on the latest research ... Read More »

Car Seat Installation: Some Basics for Parenting Newbies

While we can’t install your car seat for you (we used to, but ran into some insurance issues), making every aspect of your journey as a new parent easier is our number one priority. So, here are a few resources and tips we hope will help! Before we get started, the most important thing to remember is that CORRECT INSTALLATION ... Read More »