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Sneak preview: Orbit Stroller Pannier

I love my Orbit Infant System, but its biggest challenge is storage space. The cargo pod will hold a few essentials, but if you’re doing any serious shopping, you might be out of luck. But not anymore. Orbit has designed a pannier attachment for the stroller frame that is just as smart as you’d expect it to be. It is ... Read More »

mbeans.com 2.0 is live!

After more than a year in the making, our new website went live late last night. Please go and check it out and send along your feedback. We are so excited. And a little tired too. Kudos to our amazing web team and our incredible partners at A Far Site Better. Read More »

Motrin Melee

The blogosphere is abuzz today with angry moms. The target of the smackdown is an advertisement for Motrin posted on the company’s website, purportedly to kick off a new ad campaign. The ad was intended to breezily poke fun at the aches and pains associated with babywearing. Unfortunately, the only ones feeling aches and pains today are the folks at ... Read More »

The best diapers you’ve never heard of…

At the very beginning, during those first blurry weeks after birth, wet diapers are a breastfeeding mother’s best friend. They are the most reliable signal that your baby is getting enough to eat. But with the effectiveness of today’s disposable diapers, it can be really hard to tell whether a diaper is wet. I remember touching, sniffing, weighing, and still ... Read More »

Here Come the Hammocks

What’s the latest trend in the “everything old is new again” department? Baby hammocks. At this year’s ABC show, three different companies were showing hammock models: the Hushamok, which has been available for about three months, the Miyo, which has just arrived, and the Amby Motion Bed, which has been around for a while. Putting babies in hammocks to sleep ... Read More »

Welcome home, Mrs. Goodbee

As part of a project called Bloggers Give Back, I was sent a new product to review – a Mrs. Goodbee dollhouse (I’ll get to that in a minute). I was also sent an identical dollhouse to give away to a family in need, with the instruction that my kids should be involved in both the product testing and the ... Read More »

Is magic beans the Best Baby Boutique?

Survey says maybe. Out of more than 1000 nominations, Magic Beans was selected one of 20 finalists for The Cradle’s America’s Best Baby Boutique Contest. Wow! We’re honored. Click here to vote, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $1000 shopping spree at the finalist boutique of your choice (Oh! Oh! Us! Us!). Read More »

Happy Blogiversary! Win a Tripp Trapp!

Today, Spillingthebeans is 3 years old! The past year has been a blur, but we’ve got a lot to show for it. Two new stores, one new kid and somewhat less posting than usual because of it all. Sigh.  As is now traditional, we do a great giveaway to mark the Blogiversary. Today, we spent part of our day with ... 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 »

Speaking of Orbit: Road Test I

For the past ten weeks, I’ve been conducting an elaborate road test of the Orbit Infant System. Or, more specifically, I’ve been using it with Zev. I’ve been a fan of the Orbit since its debut, but my enthusiasm for the product was largely theoretical. Using the product has given me a host of new insight, and I have to ... Read More »