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Author Archives: Dana

New brand: Little Unicorn swaddling blankets & more!

Little Unicorn is a brand that generates some serious enthusiasm (and perhaps a touch of exaggeration): upon discovering their gorgeous fabric patterns, mom-to-be Catherine wrote on their Facebook page, “I need to remortgage my house and order the entire floral contents of your website and have it shipped to me here in England. That is possible right?” I know that feeling ... Read More »

Meet the Austlen Entourage Stroller! A Q&A with creator Leslie Stiba

  The brand-new Austlen Baby Entourage Stroller was one of our very favorite finds at the ABC Kids Expo in 2015: this extraordinary piece of baby-toting equipment is made to transform, grow, and travel with your family in ways that we’ve never seen before (and we’ve seen a LOT of strollers). To introduce her Entourage, we’ve brought in Austlen Baby founder ... Read More »

Snow Day Activity: Cook Something Together!

Thankfully, unlike last year, a snow day is novel in 2016 – but that doesn’t mean that after the kids have built a snowman and gotten all rosy-cheeked from running around outside, they won’t get bored. There’s no lack of good suggestions for how to keep them busy and away from screens, but today, let’s talk about one of my ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2017: happy fourth birthday!

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Age four is an exciting year: kids at this age are on the runway to kindergarten, and they’re bursting with energy and creativity. They’re refining their social skills, learning to play games and share, and using their imagination to play out realistic and fanciful scenarios. If you’re shopping for your own four-year-old’s birthday, you probably already know what birthday gifts ... Read More »

Come to DROOL BABY EXPO in Boston on April 7!

GET TICKETS   DROOL BABY EXPO APRIL 7, 2016 At the WESTIN WATERFRONT HOTEL in Boston   It’s that time again: we’re celebrating springtime in Boston with an extraordinary baby expo! Drool is a fun, upscale shopping event for expectant and new parents, with all of the best baby brands in one room. Since its debut in 2011, our epic baby ... Read More »

How to create the perfect baby registry: tips from a registry concierge

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Diana Toma, the manager at Magic Beans Brookline, has been helping families compose their baby registries for years. As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about our staff’s dream registries, here are some inside tips from Diana for finding the items you need and enticing your loved ones to purchase them. Buy for different stages. There are some areas of baby development ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2017: happy third birthday!

At the age of three, your child’s favorite play activities almost all involve pretending: immersing herself in a delightful fantasy world. Don’t worry, she knows it isn’t real even if she insists that it is (in one study, 40% of children interviewed about their imaginary friends spontaneously told the researcher that their imaginary friend was just pretend); it’s all part ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy second birthday!

Play is how kids learn, and at age 2, kids are starting to explore how the world works through imaginative play. They’ll create silly and fun scenarios with play animals, action figures, costumes, toy cars and toy trucks, and other props, and they’ll love imitating what you do, including feeding a baby, or driving a car. (They’ll also develop their ... Read More »

The 5 OTHER best baby stores in Connecticut!

Stocking up for a baby on the way in Connecticut? Obviously, your best bet is Magic Beans Fairfield (and it’s a quick trip for families in New York City too): our experts will help you find the perfect stroller, test-drive baby carriers, and compose your baby registry, and you’ll find what you need and love what you buy! However, we’re big ... Read More »