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Author Archives: Sheri

Play with your food

Looking for a way to get your kids to stay at the dinner table a little longer? The Food Face Dinner Plate should do the trick. Using the same artwork as the classic “Dapper Dan” magnetic toy (remember him, from back before Game Boy, when we could be entertained by making moustaches out of metal shavings and a magnetic stylus?), ... Read More »

11 products to watch for in 2011

Out with the old, in with the new. Here are 11 noteworthy baby products scheduled to debut in 2011. Bugaboo Donkey – the long-awaited Bugaboo expandable double stroller should make it’s highly anticipated debut this spring. We’re expecting big demand and short supply. Mountain Buggy Duet – the narrowest side-by-side double stroller is coming soon from Mountain Buggy. At just ... Read More »

Resolved

I’m old enough to know this: A New Year’s resolution is only as good as its follow-through. It’s easy to make a list on January 1st of all the things you’d like to change in the upcoming year. Sticking with the plan is much harder. When I heard about the Blog Dare, I loved the idea, but had serious doubts ... Read More »

Twenty and Ten: the best new kids’ products from 2010

Happy New Year! Inspired by other year-end roundups, I decided to do one of my own. Here are my picks for the twenty best new baby gear items and the ten best new toys from 2010. Enjoy! Baby Gear Grass by Boon – a drying rack that’s beautiful, whimsical and utterly functional. Mamaroo by 4Moms – a soup-to-nuts overhaul of ... Read More »

Kindness, overflowing

On Wednesday, I got a strange email from a woman in LA claiming to represent Yahoo!. She asked if they could come into one of our stores on Thursday and spend $6,000 paying for people’s purchases, up to $150 per person. We were pretty sure it was some sort of weird hoax, but I called them anyway. The woman assured ... Read More »

The most fun bath toy EVER

After watching the Yookidoo Stack n’ Spray Tub Fountain in action at our magalog photo shoot, I was really excited to bring the sample home for my 2-year-old son. Since that day, it has become his absolute favorite bath toy, eclipsing a full bin of other options. I have to admit, I love it too, if only for the belly ... Read More »

Belgian foam playmat ban – should you be worried?

Yesterday, Belgium announced  a new ban on foam puzzle mats, due to the presence of formamides, a type of chemical used to soften the foam for the mats. These chemicals are byproducts of the manufacturing process and residues can be left behind on the foam. For a country to immediately outlaw the sale of a product indicates a fairly serious ... Read More »

In Happyland

Life is apparently much more fun on Mars. At least, if alien abodes are anything like the new Happyland Martian Moonhouse from ELC USA imagines them to be. This plastic playhouse is packed with wild and whimsical features, including two rocket ship vehicles, a rooftop landing pad, and a garage directly below a trapdoor that deposits the members of the alien ... Read More »

Do you Tegu?

Last night was the second night of Chanukah, and we gave our kids a 52-piece Tegu Block set. These blocks are a new arrival here at Magic Beans, and they’re addictive. They are wooden blocks embedded with magnets. The magnets are fully encased and powerful enough to support the weight of the wood without being so strong as to make ... Read More »

5 products that make me thankful

This time of year, we’re supposed to count our blessings. For me, it is a very, very long list — too long for a blog post, certainly. Instead, I decided to focus on five products I’m thankful for as a mom, which is a much shorter list and seems more appropriate for this particular venue. 1. Xplory stroller Now that ... Read More »