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Too many acronyms: making sense of LATCH regulations


Really, we promise it doesn’t take an encyclopedic knowledge of car seat technology to keep your baby safe in the car. And in any case, we’re here to do the research so you don’t have to. So if you’re bewildered by the alphabet soup of NHTSA, LATCH, JPMA, AAP, don’t worry: we’ll break it down for you! And the new ... Read More »

Fairfield Grand Opening Spotlight: Viacord


Medical technology is not our specialty; products for kids and babies are. But Viacord is a different sort of partner in our ongoing project of serving families. Not only has Magic Beans partnered with Viacord for events for years now, but our company’s owners have banked their own child’s cord blood with Viacord. So it’s a little more personal: they’re ... Read More »

Fairfield Grand Opening Spotlight: Baby Jogger


It can be a bit confusing: despite the name, not every Baby Jogger stroller is meant for running. And the phrase “baby jogger” is used extremely loosely – for instance, this friendly dad is running with a Schwinn, and this mom is running with a Mountain Buggy. So, what makes a Baby Jogger a Baby Jogger? The name is, in ... Read More »

Fairfield Grand Opening Spotlight: Beco Baby


No doubt you’re familiar with the cliché of the inventor declaring “Eureka!”* But, did you know that it originated with Archimedes? According to Wikipedia: “He reportedly proclaimed “Eureka!” when he stepped into a bath and noticed that the water level rose—he suddenly understood that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his ... Read More »

Fairfield Grand Opening Spotlight: Magnificent Baby


No matter how perfectly you perform every single function of baby care, there is no way, absolutely no way, to avoid at least some crying. A normal baby cries at changes of temperature, cries when she’s hungry, cries when she’s wet, cries when the wind blows the wrong way. It’s just what babies do. And an infant will almost certainly ... Read More »

Fairfield Grand Opening Spotlight: Bloom Baby


Are you planning the design for your nursery? Then whether you realize it or not, in your studies, you’ve seen quite a bit of Bloom Baby. Their gorgeous eco-friendly cribs have a way of popping up in stylish nurseries everywhere, from SoHo lofts to Tori Spelling’s house. The archives at our friends Project Nursery’s page are studded with Bloom cribs, ... Read More »

Fairfield Grand Opening Spotlight: Chicco

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How do you know when an item is popular? You might read about it in the news – for instance, we all first discovered that Bugaboo strollers were popular among celebrities through the media (and then they became popular with everyone else). You might see one in the home of every parent you know: in France, if the statistics are ... Read More »

Fairfield Grand Opening Spotlight: Bugaboo


Everywhere you look, there’s Bugaboo! This Dutch-based brand invaded the UK in 2001 and the US in 2003, and now, absolutely everywhere you go, you’ll see at least one Bugaboo Donkey, Bugaboo Bee, Bugaboo Buffalo, or Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller confidently navigating over cobblestones, through turnstiles, over bridges, along subway platforms, up wooded trails and down high-rise escalators. (And this weekend’s ... Read More »

Fairfield Grand Opening Spotlight: Britax / B.O.B.


Becoming a trusted name in baby gear is an incremental process, built up car seat by car seat, stroller by stroller. Britax’s stellar reputation has slowly stacked up through car seats sold, through word of mouth, and, most importantly, through kids protected. As the years go by and Britax car seats roll steadily off of our shelves, we find more ... Read More »