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Day 10: phil&ted’s Nest

Everyone has their own sleep styles, patterns, and positions. In the US and Europe, we mostly sleep in elevated beds with blankets and pillows. In Japan, about half of the population sleeps in a Western-style bed, while the rest sleep on flat futons on the floor. Various hunter-gatherer societies sleep either on leaves, on thin mats, or on the bare ... Read More »

Day 9: Quinny Zapp Xtra & Travel Bag

There’s something about the letter “z” that makes a word dynamic and quirky. Like “Zapp,” a thoroughly appropriate name for the Quinny stroller we’re giving away today. This 19-pound stroller is made to zoom and zigzag around the city with a minimum of fuss: reviewers praise its ability to negotiate small spaces, and it’s amazingly easy to push. Whether you ... Read More »

Day 8: Melissa & Doug Costumes

This past fall, we did a photo shoot. One of the things we photographed was the Melissa & Doug Cooks Corner Kitchen, as seen in this picture: A few months after the photo shoot, we found a box of leftover items, including these lightly-used chef costumes. Ordinarily, I would’ve just donated them, but my son had been a little obsessed ... Read More »

Day 7: Birthday Bonanza

Clek Oobr Booster Seat

For as long as we’ve been doing our 31 Days of Giveaways, we’ve done something special on the 7th day of the month. This year, we’re giving away 3 items that have a special place in the past, present and future of Magic Beans. Let me explain. Maclaren Volo When we were first starting Magic Beans, we ended up in ... Read More »

Lucky 7’s

This year, on 7/7, Magic Beans will celebrate 7 years in business. If milestones could function like slot machines, we’d be golden. But we feel so lucky, even without a jackpot. We’re lucky because we get to work with an amazing group of passionate, loyal, intelligent, creative people who really care about our company. We’re lucky because working together is something ... Read More »

Day 6: UPPAbaby Vista Stroller

To introduce today’s giveaway, we thought we’d go back to last year and revisit the Berndt family. Why? Well, they won the UPPAbaby Vista stroller during the 2010 31 Days of Giveaways.   Winning this prize couldn’t have come at a better time for Luke and Carolyn Berndt, who were pushing their 6-month-old baby a mile each way to daycare ... Read More »

Day 5: Boon Flair High Chair

If we didn’t know how practical and functional the Boon Flair High Chair is, we would still be ooohing and aaahing over its appearance. So shiny, so modern, and look at those yummy colors! But like any product from Boon Inc., the Flair combines delightful form with down-to-earth function. The unusual, graceful pedestal contains a pneumatic lift that makes adjusting ... Read More »

Day 4: Recaro ProRIDE Convertible Car Seat

Just how comfortable is a Recaro car seat? They have a fine worldwide reputation for safety and comfort, it’s true, and the plushy fabric on the Recaro ProRIDE Convertible Car Seat feels wonderful. The seat’s CoolMesh Air Ventilation insert keeps things breezy on hot days, and of course, we all feel more comfortable knowing that the baby is safe: the ... Read More »

Day 3: Perfect Picnic Pair

Growing up in New York City, picnics were a rare event. But when they happened, oh my goodness. Once a year, Wave Hill, a local public garden, would allow picnicking, weather permitting. On the years when the weather permitted, my mom would cook up a storm. We’d watch the sun set over the Hudson River and feast on salads, sandwiches ... Read More »

Day 2: Deuter Kid Comfort I Carrier

Hiking with babies is a great way to get exercise, bond with your child, and introduce them to nature. With a light beginner’s pack like the Deuter Kid Comfort I, you can burn off some cabin fever with your baby on board: it has plenty of storage for diapers, snacks, bottles, and water, and plenty of padding to keep you ... Read More »