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Day 27 – Orbit Infant System

I’ve already written at length about the Orbit Infant System, as I’ve been using it with Zev for 11 months now. As I write this, I’ve just returned from our 14th airplane trip with the Orbit, and accordingly can attest at length to its suitability for travel. But there’s another story to tell about Orbit Baby that goes all the ... Read More »

Clek Oobr booster seat almost here

When the Clek Olli booster seat came out, it changed the world a little bit for parents of school-age children. The simplicity and appealing design made it so easy to transport a carload of kids without any arguments about being too old for a car seat. Now, Clek is kicking it up a notch with the Clek Oobr Booster Seat, ... Read More »

Day 23 – Stokke Tripp Trapp

In the general course of having three children, I get to use a lot of our products on a daily basis. But the Tripp Trapp is undoubtedly the one we use the most. It is very possibly my favorite product in the store. Most of what there is to say about this product has already been said on this blog. ... Read More »

Day 22 – Britax Advocate CS

In March 2004, I was a little busy. We’d signed the lease on the store, started the build-out, and I was working on establishing accounts with all our key vendors. The store was due to open in July, and I was right on schedule. Which was good, because I was also nine months pregnant. During the business plan phase, I’d ... Read More »

Day 21 – Monte Luca Glider

This is a story that’s taken me almost 11 months to tell, mostly because the humiliation has just recently worn off. Almost. At the ABC Kids Expo this past September, I was in rough shape. I was barely 4 weeks post-partum and terribly sick with what we would later discover was Crohn’s Disease. I could barely walk around the vast ... Read More »

Day 20 – Uppa Baby Vista Stroller

We have a saying here at Magic Beans. “You can’t just wake up one morning and decide to design a stroller.” We’re all in favor of parent-entrepreneurs who see an opportunity to improve on a product, or create something entirely new to fill a void, but when it comes to strollers, we’re very wary. Strollers are complicated. Or at least, ... Read More »

Day 17 – Go Gaga Slide Diaper Bag

To get the full story behind our relationship with Go Gaga and founder Jill Cartwright, you’ll have to go back to a post I wrote almost two years ago. At that time, the Slide was little more than a great idea. Jill was at the very beginning of her adventure. Now, two years later, I’m so proud of her success. ... Read More »

Day 16 – Valco Trimode Stroller

Way back, at the very beginning of Magic Beans, before the store was even open, I was working out of my kitchen. One day, the phone rang, and the voice on the other end asked if I’d ever considered trying Valco strollers in my store. I knew two things right off the bat. One, he had no idea he was ... Read More »

Day 15 – Britax Chaperone

There’s a lot to love about the new Chaperone car seat from Britax. Mostly, I’m just glad it exists. Britax has had a very hard time getting traction in the infant car seat category. For a while, they were really fixated on having a proprietary travel system, and it’s refreshing to see that they’ve finally designed a seat that they ... Read More »

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