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What to do when your kid won’t stay in bed

toddler won't stay in bed

Sleep expert Amy Lage calls it “Jack-in-the-Box Syndrome”: the phenomenon wherein your little angel, who has had his bath, heard his favorite story, and tucked in beside his favorite nightlight, emerges again and again and again. He needs another glass of water, he needs to go potty again, there is definitely a monster under the bed, and oooh, what are ... Read More »

Spotlight on: the Kiinde Kozii Breast Milk & Bottle Warmer Gift Set 

Included in the set: the Kozii, 20 Twist Pouches, 8 direct pump adapters, 1 storage bag organizer, 2 Squeeze Bottles, and 2 Slow Flow Nipples   First, a little bit about the company! Kiinde has been around for a couple years now (their first Drool Baby Expo experience was my first Drool experience, back in 2013). The founders are MIT-trained engineers who describe themselves as ... Read More »

“Please have hot hubby read the instruction manual”: babywearing tips for beginners

soft-structured carrier whoops

It seems unlikely, judging from the picture of new dad Ryan Reynolds carrying his daughter James in a soft-structured carrier, that she stayed in this position very long:   It just doesn’t look very comfortable, does it? Luckily, if a baby is uncomfortable, they’ll make sure you know about it, so we’re guessing this incorrect carry lasted just long enough ... Read More »

How old is too old for a stroller?

If there’s anything we know about toddlers and preschoolers, it’s that they’re quite opinionated about what they wish to be doing and how. So when this mom asked the community at BabyCenter at what age you should transition your kid out of using a stroller, many moms answered with some variation on, “My kid won’t sit in one – he’s ... Read More »

Parents come up with the best ideas: customize your Chewbeads teethers!

cute baby with chewbeads teethers

Have you tried Chewbeads yet? These adorable, hip, bold-and-bright necklaces and bracelets double as accessories for Mom and teethers to entertain your baby, and they’re made with safe, soft silicone that’s easy to clean. Obviously we love ‘em. But it gets even better! Our eagle-eyed baby gear experts are always on the prowl for cool ideas, and Alayna at our Boston store reported to ... Read More »

31 Days of Giveaways: celebrate our anniversary with a giveaway every day in July!

Every year since our fifth anniversary in 2009, we’ve been celebrating another year of Magic Beans with an entire month of giveaways.  And we’re not talking about little prizes, either:  this is some primo gear! Strollers, toys, cribs, nursing chairs, car seats, skin care items, bike helmets, scooters – everything you’ve been craving for your kiddos will be on the ... Read More »

Summer reading lists are WAY cooler than they used to be!

Teachers call it the “summer slide”: three months without reinforcement can cause kids to forget key reading skills they picked up over the course of the school year. That’s why summer reading is so important, and you want to do everything you can to encourage kids to pick up a book every chance they get! The key is to ensure ... Read More »