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What is Hypnobirthing? An interview with childbirth educator Cynthia Overgard of Hypnobirthing of CT

As part of our wonderful new slate of classes at Magic Beans stores, we’re presenting “Three Things that Will Determine the Outcome of Your Birth,” a talk by childbirth educator and HypnoBirthing instructor Cynthia Overgard, on November 4. HypnoBirthing is just one of many great approaches you can choose for your child’s birth, but we love how respectful and empowering ... Read More »

Positive Discipline for toddlers

Want to learn more about child development and have fun with your baby? Cecilia’s Galoop classes for babies ages 5-11 months are held every Friday at Magic Beans Brookline! There will be a free demo class on October 24, and a new session will start from October 31-December 12. Learn more about classes and services at Magic Beans here, and ... Read More »

Second-hand baby gear: dos, don’ts, and… diapers?

As purveyors of the very best in new baby gear, obviously we would prefer if you purchased every item you need for your baby with us. However, babies are notorious for their effect on your budget, and you’ve got college to save for besides! So we did some research to see what’s safe to buy used, what isn’t, and what’s ... Read More »

 The best of the best baby strollers: Should you buy a Bugaboo Cameleon or a 2015 UPPAbaby Vista? (reviews/ratings/prices)

Shop all Bugaboo and UPPAbaby at Magic Beans Update 5/1/2017: UPPAbaby Vista vs Bugaboo Cameleon 2017 Given that the Bugaboo Cameleon and the UPPAbaby Vista are two of our most popular baby strollers, I’ve been wanting to write a blog post comparing them for months: it just makes sense. They’re both beautifully designed, highly-functional, and perfect for urban parents. But ... Read More »

Do pacifiers suck? Pros and cons of pacifier use

Sucking is a newborn’s first survival skill, along with crying, and it’s one of her earliest reflexes. Insert a finger, a pacifier, or a nipple in her mouth and she’ll start sucking, and if she’s having a bad time of it, this will calm her down. Heidi Murkoff of What to Expect writes, “Popping a binky into your baby’s mouth ... Read More »

Zutano Cozie Fleece snowsuits: a mom’s review

Making baby clothes cute is easy; making it both cute AND practical is a little tougher, and Zutano does a great job with their Cozie Fleece collection, which is coming into Magic Beans stores and mbeans.com this Fall! I received some Zutano clothing as a gift for my daughter, Reese, when she was born last Fall. Their Elf Snowsuit was ... Read More »

New for 2015: the 4Moms Mamaroo Baby Bouncer does even MORE!

Updated 4/20/2017: Baby Bouncer Comparison Updated: The 2016 4Moms Mamaroo vs Nuna Leaf with Wind The key to soothing a baby is motion, motion, motion: rocking, bouncing, swaying (or perhaps even driving). Each baby likes something a little different in terms of motion and speed, and sometimes they can be quite eccentric about it, like ThriftyNiftyMom’s daughter Zellene: “Unlike my ... Read More »

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