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5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss Drool – and a giveaway, too!

In just eight days, Magic Beans will be presenting the second annual Drool Baby Expo in Boston. Drool is a one-night extravaganza for parents, featuring many of the best brands in the baby biz. It’s a rare opportunity to interact one-on-one with the people behind the products, get in-depth demonstrations, and have great conversations. If you’re pregnant, a newly-minted parent, or shopping for a loved one with a new baby, here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss this event:

1. The brands
Drool isn’t just an anonymous expo produced by a big corporation. It’s a Magic Beans project, through and through. We handpick the vendors with as much care as we give to the product selection in our stores. We aim to fill the room with the best, most trusted names in the industry, like Britax, Ergo Baby, BOB, Orbit Baby, Viacord, Bugaboo, Baby Jogger, Skip*Hop, phil&teds, Maclaren, and many others. We bring in the most interesting new products out there, like Sage Spoonfuls, Babyhome, Wean Green, Nested Bean and Blooming Bath. We go out and we find the most useful local services for parents, like Boston Baby Beginnings, Boston Baby Nurse, and Healthy Habits Kitchen. We invite mom-owned small business to come and showcase their wares, like Betty Barettes, Kaya’s Kloset, and Tiny Hanger. We ask our favorite non-profits to join us and share their wisdom, like Children’s Hospital, Room to Grow and JF&CS. We get our favorite cupcake bakery (Party Favors!) and frozen yogurt purveyor (Pinkberry!) to come and treat you.

2. The deals
Many of the manufacturers exhibiting at Drool have also come up with a very special, one-night-only deal for guests at Drool. There will be products on sale that night that are NEVER on sale. We can’t say any more. You’ll just have to come and see for yourself.

3. The gift bags
Last year, these were legendary. The VIP gift package was so immense that it took three whole bags to contain all the goodies. We’re planning a little better this year (hello, bigger bags), but the bags are no less amazing. Both the standard and the VIP bags will be filled with useful products, gift certificates, and valuable coupons.

4. The raffle
Drool is all about interacting with brands and learning about products. To that end, we have a unique system for rewarding you for your time and attention. When you register, you’ll receive a special-edition Itzy Ritzy Snack Bag. Hang on to this – you’ll need it! As you circulate through the different tables, you’ll collect beans from each of the vendors as a reward for various activities. At the end of the evening, you’ll get to weigh your beans and exchange them for raffle tickets (lots of them). Then, take your tickets and shop our raffle table. Each item has its own container, and you are free to distribute the tickets however you’d like – put all your tickets in for one special item, or spread them around among many things that appeal to you. After the event, we’ll draw winners – you do not need to be present to win.

5. The fun
In addition to meeting the 75 great brands represented at Drool, you can grab a chair massage or a mini-manicure, courtesy of our friends at Bella Sante. You can do some real, live social networking with other Boston-area parents. You can hang out with our friend Jamie Grayson (AKA The Baby Guy) and get his advice on baby gear. I’ll be there too (hopefully not running around like a headless chicken), and I’d love to meet you. In fact, our entire staff of gear gurus will be on-site that night to help guide you and answer any questions you might have.

Tickets for Drool are on sale now. They’re just $35 for a single ticket and $20 for a companion ticket (admits a second person, but does not include a gift bag). The standard gift bag alone is valued at over $125 right now, so this is a great deal.

We’re giving away a great prize, too. One winner will get a VIP ticket  AND a Britax B-Agile stroller. Enter now via the Rafflecopter below.

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  1. I want to check out the new version of the Uppababy Vista, Skip Hop diaper bags, and I’m hoping you’ll have Beco baby carriers, because I’ve never seen one of those up close.

  2. excited to see all of the new products at drool – but really the boon glo!

  3. Excited about it all… want to see the oxo highchair and the other options as I’m in the market

  4. Love, love, love! You had me a mini chair massage!

  5. Went to the store today and just found out about this amazing event. Wish I’d known sooner. Looking forward to learning more about Boston Baby Nurse and Tiny Hangar.

  6. Id love to see the blooming bath, products from Skip Hop and all if the new strollers!

  7. uppababy, baby jogger, phil&teds hoping to find a double stroller I love!!

  8. Betsey Weintraub

    Feeding products…make your own baby food.

  9. Thanks for the chance!! Would love a new stroller!

  10. would be psyched to see the Bugaboo Donkey (as a mother of twins)!

  11. I’d love to see products for slightly older babies, as well as more feeding products.

  12. Babyproofing!

  13. all of the strollers…

  14. New double strollers. I’m in the market for one.

  15. I’m really interested in getting an Ergo and would love to try one out!

  16. excited to see UppaBaby…need to start thinking about adding a second seat.

  17. Drool was fun last year, but a little overwhelming as I’d just found out I was pregnant and didn’t know where to start. So excited to attend again now that my little bean is 4 mos. old! I’d love to see a variety of front carriers, especially slings (alternatives to Baby Bjorn and Ergobaby). Just heard about the Baby Nari Hip Hugger…

  18. Cant wait for this years expo! I have a 22 month old and a 3 day old. It great to see all the great products that can make life easier, and more comfortable.

  19. I’d love to see cloth diapering products. Strollers are also fun : )

  20. want to see more baby carrier options for hub. would also like to see the new uppababy products.

  21. I can’t wait to see what new products have come out since my last baby – baby carriers, strollers, feeding, I’m just excited for everything!

  22. Nested Bean and Sage Spoonfuls both sound awesome!

  23. I would love to attend this event! Looks like so much fun (a night out!) and informative too!

  24. Can’t wait to compare the Valco Zee and Snap and see what the Baby Guy is talking about 😉

  25. dahlia topolosky

    I would love a city mini 2012 stroller!

  26. i’m sending the grandparents, as I live in Colorado, but they loved it last year & the will have the it list from me to research or buy 🙂

  27. I’m excited to see the Uppababy and Stokke presentations!

  28. Fingers crossed! I’m searching for stroller accessories and a daddy friendly carrier–hope I can find them there! Looks like a great event!

  29. want to see the new strollers and the high chairs

  30. everything! it was all so great last year!!! 🙂

  31. I’d love a new stroller– we’ve put so many miles on the one we bought 5 years ago that I worry that it will fall apart while we’re on a walk!

  32. New Britax carseats and the Blooming Bath!

  33. Love, Love, Love our “City Mini Baby Jogger” (5 yrs old) and can’t wait to see the newest version for my toddler.

  34. I just want to see all that is new. My oldest is 11 and many of my baby things are almost 12 years old.

  35. Definitely Orbit & Ergo!!

  36. Courtney Groce

    I love skip hop and love to see what new gems they have coming out next!!

  37. Looking to learn about the new products for entertaining my little daredevil

  38. I would love to see new bath and feeding products!

  39. Id love to see strollers and options for slings

  40. I’m so excited to see Skip Hop and Britax this year at Drool, Also excited to buy some things for my baby girl from Magic Bean while I’m there.

  41. Can’t wait to see what’s new when it comes to baby carriers!

  42. Sounds like a fun moms night out.

  43. Sounds like a great event. I’d LOVE to go with a few of my new mom friends! I’d be most excited to check out the Ergo carriers and also the Britax products. I’ve heard wonderful reviews of the B-Agile and would love one for my little guy! Hope to see you there!!!!

  44. Interested in learning more about products for 4 months and up – especially things to do with beginning eating.

  45. Looks like fun 🙂

  46. i can’t wait to see just about EVERYTHING at the expo – but mostly looking forward to seeing new products for snack carrying/sippy cups, etc

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