Need help? Advice?

(866) 600-BEAN (2326)

10-6 EST, m-f

  • Baby Gear
  • Toys
  • Surprises
Free Shipping $49+ & Free Gift Wrap Too!
You are here:
  • Home
  • Blog
  • News and Information Archives - Page 3 of 6 - Spilling the Beans - Magic Beans

Category Archives: News and Information

Breaking news: Phil & Teds and Regal-Lager to split up

This was hardly a surprise, after a steady stream of recalls and other issues, but today, Regal-Lager announced that they will cease to distribute Phil & Teds in the United States, effective May 1, 2009. In a graciously-worded press release, both companies praise one another and wish each other the best of luck. I can only imagine the stress, both ... Read More »

Breastfeeding in public – you can help.

Many of you have emailed me after reading my Amtrak story to ask whether there are laws in Massachusetts that protect women breastfeeding in public. As it turns out, there are not. But there is legislation in progress. From what I can see, the bill that passed through the Senate (S 2438) offers broader protection than the one that went ... Read More »

Busted for Breastfeeding on Amtrak

This is the sort of thing I read about in newspapers, but isn’t supposed to happen to me. But it did. A couple of weeks ago, after spending Rosh Hashanah in New York, we decided to travel back to Boston on the Acela train. Zev doesn’t love long car rides, and he’s got a great set of lungs, so we ... Read More »

What’s the deal with BPA?

Yesterday, I received a statement from the JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association), the well-respected organization that, among many other functions, sets safety standards for many of the most common baby products on the market. In this statement, the JPMA continues to deny the risk of using baby bottles produced with BPA (bisphenol A). The media has been having a field ... Read More »

Mountain Buggy Rebrands

In the face of growing competition, Mountain Buggy is roaring back with a whole new brand identity. Over the past two years, they’ve been doing extensive market research throughout the USA. Now, armed with an excellent idea of who their customers are, and what they’re thinking about, they’re ready to reestablish themselves as the premier choice for parents with an ... Read More »

The Birth Book & Blog

On my recent vacation, I read a book called “Birth: The Surprising History of How We are Born” by Tina Cassidy. I thought it was phenomenal – really well-researched, and the presentation was so engaging that it was as hard to put down as any good fiction I’ve read lately. I would highly recommend it, if you’re curious about the ... Read More »

A view in the womb

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a woman whose company recently opened an elective 3D-4D ultrasound, Goldenview Ultrasound, just down the street from our store in Brookline. She was interested in doing some marketing together, since our businesses both see a lot of pregnant women. I was very hesitant. Common sense (and my Bradley Birth teacher from my ... Read More »

Finding Sitters Fast

This is a hoot. I’m a member of SitterCity.com, a site that helps parents find babysitters. I’ve had very good luck, actually, but now SitterCity has come up with a new way for parents to scope out the sitter situation. On Wednesday October 3rd, SitterCity is offering a free SpeedSitting event in Boston at Faneiul Hall. What is SpeedSitting, you ... Read More »

Maxi Cosi delayed… for some.

The Maxi Cosi Mico infant seat, which is compatible with the Quinny Zapp and the Buzz, is already a hot commodity, thanks in part to a production problem that has dramatically reduced the availability of the seat during the first weeks of the US launch. Apparently, a supplier of a key component failed to deliver the correct number of parts, ... Read More »

Dramatic Safety Lesson on YouTube

Kyle David Miller was just 3 years old when he was killed in a car accident in May of 2005. He was buckled into a belt-positioning booster seat, but his seatbelt failed and he was ejected from the car. His parents learned a painful lesson in car seat safety, and they have created a beautiful, poignant and powerful video designed ... Read More »