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Author Archives: Sheri

Ready, Set, Safeguard

Safeguard is a relatively new name in the car seat industry, as far as the public is concerned. But in reality, IMMI, Safeguard’s parent company, has been manufacturing components for several major car seat brands for two decades. A couple of years ago, IMMI developed some new technology — a ratcheting LATCH mechanism that made installation a breeze. As the ... Read More »

Older = Wiser

Just found this tidbit on Boston.com. Apparently, a group of Norwegian scientists conducted a massive study about birth order and IQ, and guess what they discovered? Older children are smarter than their younger siblings by an average of 2.3 IQ points. According to the study, the cause is nurture, not nature (parents less distracted, perhaps?). There’s some debate about how ... Read More »

Quinny Newsflash

Good news and bad news. The good news is that Dorel has made some nice improvements to the US version of the Zapp. They’ve adjusted some of the functional design and they’ve added (drumroll, please) a storage basket. The bad news is they’ve decided to increase the retail price to $239.99. From what I can understand, the price increase will ... Read More »

White Volo is here

The newest Volo color has arrived, the chic white model that we saw at the JPMA show. Unwilling to gamble much on this unusual color combination, we ordered just a few, so they are only available in the store right now. The white stroller comes with a black seat pad and a black canopy. It’s very cool, if you’re into ... Read More »

Hey, that’s not my baby!

Check out this crazy story on CNN – apparently a mom near Chicago has been receiving a live video feed from inside the space shuttle Atlantis — on her baby monitor. She has a Summer Infant brand video monitor that has two channels, and one is broadcasting her baby, as expected. The other, for some bizarre reason, is broadcasting a ... Read More »

Thomas Wooden Railway Recall

Oh my goodness. I’ve seen a few recalls since we started Magic Beans, but this one isn’t doing good things for my blood pressure. Apparently, one of the manufacturers in China who make the Thomas Wooden Railway products for RC2 has been using lead-based paint on the products. This is a voluntary recall and it affects 1.5 million units worldwide. ... Read More »

Fleet of Foot?

If you live in the area, don’t miss Brookline’s annual Flag Day 5k road race this coming Sunday morning (June 17). Magic Beans is a race sponsor and in fact, my nutty husband has issued the following challenge: any Team Beans runner who beats his time will receive $5 in store credit for every 30 seconds they finish ahead of ... Read More »

Good Logic

When JJ Cole first showed me their Essentials Bag a few years back, I had one question: Where’s the changing pad? There wasn’t one. What was the logic? I can’t remember exactly how they rationalized it, but it made no sense to me. I liked the small footprint of the bag, and the skateboard-chic sling design, but how could they ... Read More »

Room to Groove Giveaway!

On Saturday June 16 (one week from today) at 10:30am, don’t miss Room to Groove, a family concert in Boston featuring children’s artists including Elizabeth Mitchell and David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band. Sponsored by WBOS and Boston Common Magazine, Room to Groove is a fundraiser for one of my favorite local organizations, Room to Grow. This promises ... Read More »