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A Q&A with the inventor of the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit

The Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit is getting great buzz from parents who praise how it helps their babies get to sleep and stay asleep. However, since it’s designed for a very particular stage of baby sleep, it can take some explaining. So we went straight to the source: here’s our Q&A with mom inventor Maureen Howard!   Q: How does the ... Read More »

Magic Beans is a Tween

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!  If I said that it seems like yesterday that we first opened our doors to Magic Beans in Brookline, I’d be lying. So much has happened in the past twelve years for us personally and professionally. On July 7 ... Read More »

Baby monitors: audio vs. video?

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In this modern day and age, where everything is integrated and technology is reaching new bounds every day, there are high-tech options for everything. You can get a fridge with wi-fi connectivity, you can ask your phone the quickest way to get to your friend Martha’s house, or you can use that same phone to play music in your car ... Read More »

Bugaboo Beauty: the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Elements Special Edition Stroller

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  SIGN UP FOR INFO ON THE BUGABOO CAMELEON 3 ELEMENTS SPECIAL EDITION STROLLER AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2016 With over 10 years of experience in the baby biz, I’ve seen some extraordinary-looking strollers. So it’s not insignificant when I tell you that the new Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Elements Special Edition Stroller is honestly the prettiest baby stroller I’ve ever seen. Our entire Stroller ... Read More »

Celebrate our birthday with Nuna giveaways all month long!

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Small mom n’ pop shops like Magic Beans are naturally sentimental about our beginnings: our company was born with little fanfare and fingers crossed in July of 2004, and we’ve made a point of honoring how we started out every year since. So in 2009, we started a tradition of lavishing our fans with freebies all month long, and that ... Read More »

Gardening toys and crafts for kids at Magic Beans

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Here at Magic Beans, we take gardening super seriously…super seriously fun! Learning how to care for growing plants is so important for children of all ages. It teaches kids where food comes from, encourages them to expand their palate, and teaches responsibility, a tool that will carry your little bean through life. In today’s roundup, we have carefully selected a ... Read More »

VIDEO: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Stroller vs. City Tour Stroller

As with any term used to describe a baby stroller, “lightweight” is relative. We divvy up the weight categories of the strollers in our assortment accordingly: Ultra light: Less than 11 pounds Very light: 11-15 pounds Light: 16-20 pounds Medium: 21-15 pounds Med-Heavy: 26-30 pounds Heavy: 31-35 pounds Very heavy: 35 pounds & up By these standards, the Baby Jogger ... Read More »

Breastfeeding basics: the necessities for nursing

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For something that’s natural, breastfeeding doesn’t come easily for everyone. For starters, it takes most moms and babies a while to get the hang of it; 92 percent of new moms surveyed at UC Davis Medical Center three days after giving birth said they were having problems breastfeeding. Add in difficulties with latching, supply issues, and other individual problems, and ... Read More »

Meet Stephanie Giustino, New Manager at Magic Beans Fairfield!

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All good things must come to an end, and we recently had to say goodbye to our well-loved Magic Beans Fairfield management team, Lauren and Kyle Mellino. But they’re leaving your favorite local toy and baby gear store in good hands: here’s an intro to Stephanie Giustino, the newest member of the Magic Beans family!  Q: Tell me a bit ... Read More »

How much baby clothing do you need? An introduction to layette

One of the universal delights of a new baby on the way is all of the teeny, adorable outfits: sweet little baby hats, miniature baby booties, darling little footies, and itty-bitty bodysuits. The only problem is, all of your relatives and other loved ones are also thinking precisely the same thing: “Oh boy! I get to buy CUTE TINY CLOTHES!” ... Read More »