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Do you need a bassinet? Pros and cons

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While the classic heirloom bassinet may not be up to modern safety standards,* there’s something incredibly charming about the picture of a baby sleeping in her own infant-sized nest. Whether you’re going with the traditional wicker look or going sleek and modern (our preference), bassinets are just gorgeous. But are they necessary? The number one reason in our view to get a ... Read More »

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 »

The science is in: early bedtimes are better!

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: both our personal experience and loads of research show that early bedtimes are better for babies and kids. So we’re definitely fans of this article from Melinda Wenner Moyer at Slate, who is a strict adherent to early bedtimes. A summary of Moyer’s arguments: Her kids seem to be getting more ... Read More »

Marpac sound machines: white noise for better sleep!

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Adjusting to sleeping in a new place is seldom easy. For instance, I just moved from the busier environs of one Boston neighborhood to a sleepier suburb, and discovered that with zero traffic on my street or nearby, it was disturbingly silent at night. (If you’re living in a rural area you’re already used to this, but hey, I’m a ... Read More »

Swaddling 101: why you need to swaddle your baby

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The transition period directly after birth is often referred to as the “fourth trimester”: a time in which all of the stimuli of the outside world can easily overwhelm your baby, and while her nervous system matures, she’ll be happiest with sensations that remind her of the womb. The well-loved “Happiest Baby on the Block” book by Harvey Karp, M.D. ... Read More »

What is colic, and what can you do about it?


Some babies seldom cry, and enjoy a good nursing session, have a hearty burp, and drift off into blissful, milky sleep. Others… don’t. When Mary Widdicks had her second baby, who was one of the above “easy babies,” she was surprised at the difference – her firstborn would wail ceaselessly for hours every night, leaving her feeling like an incompetent ... Read More »

Why are newborn babies fussy at night?

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Over the past eleven years in the business, I’ve mainly given advice about baby gear: what stroller to buy? How do you tie your baby wrap? How do you create the perfect registry? But besides being a baby gear aficionado, I am also a father of three, so I have parenting advice to give, too. For instance: how do you ... Read More »

10 Ways to Pass the Time When Baby Keeps You Up At Night


By about 6 months of age, my daughter Reese was a champion sleeper, giving my husband and I up to 11 hours per night to relax and recharge. Sadly, sleep regressions are a thing, and when those pesky molars decided to make an appearance when Reese hit her 15th month, everything changed. That got me thinking back to how I ... Read More »

How to swaddle a baby: an expert demonstration from Magic Beans


Swaddling your baby is the easiest way to improve the quality and duration of your newborn baby’s sleep, and we offer a wide variety of swaddling blankets, so you can experiment with what your baby likes and find out what works for you. The classic square swaddle is the most popular, though, and while it does take a little practice to get ... Read More »