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Be a pal: practical gifts for new moms

baby gift

When someone you love celebrates a momentous occasion, the first instinct may be to run out and get a card and some flowers. There are also tons of keepsakes and knickknacks out there for new parents, but since our mission is to make parents’ lives easier, I decided to zero in on the essentials for today.   A nice hot ... Read More »

4 Realistic tips on maximizing your sleep as a new parent


“Sleep when the baby sleeps” is a common cliché repeated to new parents, which tends to induce guffaws from folks who are in the thick of it. Newborns need to be fed every two to three hours, which precludes a good night’s sleep for brand-new parents (especially breastfeeding moms), and newborn sleep cycles are unpredictable. And then there are the ... Read More »

5 things to consider when choosing an infant car seat

Orbit G2 Infant Car Seat - Ruby

We don’t want to make the job of selecting a car seat even tougher, but in the last few years, car seat technology has taken a giant leap, which gives you even more factors to consider! Read about some cool newer seats here. 1. Is it easy to use? Every expectant parent asks the same question when shopping for infant ... Read More »

Role Models


Kids learn about the world by watching the adults around them, and they love to put their observations into action (even when you wish they wouldn’t). That means it’s important to set a good example for your children with everyday kindness and generosity, and by including them in the activities you enjoy the most. Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role ... Read More »

Pampering, preparation, and parfaits: Magic Beans presents Bellies, Babies & Brunch on Sunday, July 14


Treat yourself to a sumptuous brunch and a fun crash course on all things baby-related with Magic Beans! We hope you’ll join us for Bellies, Babies & Brunch, an informational event for moms at all stages of pregnancy (and of course, your partners and/or friends and/or relatives). Here’s what the expectant can expect: The brunch: Enjoy a sumptuous buffet from ... Read More »

Get your car seat checked. Start here.


The story of how I became a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) starts long before I owned a baby store. I was a new mother and I was trying really hard to chill out. Babies are so small, so fragile. It’s easy to let fear drive you to irrational behavior, especially during the early months. I didn’t want to be ... Read More »

10 common car seat mistakes

Z in his car seat

Car seats are among the most complicated pieces of gear most parents will encounter – probably more complicated than you think, so be prepared! Here’s a list of 10 mistakes a lot of parents make. If anything sounds familiar to you, don’t feel bad: I’ve been guilty of at least 7/10 of the things on this list over the years. ... Read More »

5 things to look for in a convertible car seat

Britax Boulevard Silver Birch

Making the transition from an infant seat to a convertible car seat can be tough for parents who’ve grown very attached to the portability of a bucket-style infant seat. But when a baby starts to get close to the height or weight limit of his infant seat, there’s no two ways about it – it’s time to make the switch. ... Read More »

Road trips with kids


On Wednesday, I was invited to represent the Chevy Queen of the Road blog and do a segment on Fox 25 about traveling with kids. As a mom of 3 who frequently hits the road for weekends on the Cape, I didn’t have to think too hard about what I wanted to say. Here are the key pieces of advice I ... Read More »