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Babies on the big screen

This Wednesday night, I’m co-hosting a special screening of Babies, the new documentary film released last week to very strong reviews. Babies follows four babies, each born in a different part of the world, throughout their first year of life, from birth to first steps, contrasting the different cultural approaches to raising children. Join me for a private, pre-film reception ... Read More »

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day for mothers. Which also means it’s a day for flowers. For sleeping late. For breakfast in bed or brunch (or both). For greeting cards. For macaroni necklaces. For snuggles and kisses. But more than anything else, it’s really a day for reflecting on your journey, and why you signed up for it. Motherhood is a ... Read More »

Plane and not so simple

Sorry for the relative silence around here lately. I’ve been traveling up a storm. I went to Amsterdam for two days last week, where we were invited by Bugaboo to visit their headquarters, and tomorrow I’m off to Kentucky for the day to check out the ABC Kids Spring Conference. By tomorrow night, I’ll have logged six airplane flights in ... Read More »

Glass, you’ve never looked better

I’m not a mother. But as the writer for Magic Beans, it’s my job to think like one. And despite not having kids, there are several products we sell that I absolutely love. My new favorite? The Glass Beverage Bottle from Lifefactory. This adult bottle is made by the same people who brought us the popular Babylife Weego, a wonderful ... Read More »

The Door

In the middle of everything else that is hectic in our lives, we’re also doing some work on our house. Which means that in addition to obsessively researching baby gear and toys, I’m also a newly minted expert in tiles, faucets and countertop surfaces. The biggest challenge is actually my kids’ rooms, though. By now, I understand the parameters. Kids’ ... Read More »

Consumer Reports vs. Valco

Last week, Consumer Reports published a report calling the Valco Trimode stroller a “Safety Risk.” I have a history of skepticism with regards to similar claims Consumer Reports has made about other products, but in this case they appear to have done a little more homework. The issue here is the bumper bar. There is an ASTM voluntary standard that ... Read More »

On losing a pet

What follows is a departure from my usual subject matter. But writing about it made me feel better, so I thought I’d share. It was almost exactly 12 years ago that I managed to secure off-campus housing for my senior year of college. Seeing as how the landlord was dog-friendly, getting a dog was an inevitable next step. I loved ... Read More »

5 interesting things about breastfeeding a toddler

My son recently turned 19 months old, and I have a confession to make. I’m still breastfeeding. This is the longest I’ve gone with any of my kids, and he shows no sign of losing interest. So he’s not ready to stop, and truthfully, I’m not either. But I’m amazed by how the experience has changed recently. Here are 5 ... Read More »

Magic Madness is upon us

For a few years, we’ve had a traditional March Madness bracket competition in our office. We have a few avid sports fans in the company and they get really into their “brackets.” Last year, we wondered if there was a way to create a tournament that mirrored the bracket-style fun of March Madness but, instead of basketball teams competing, we’d ... Read More »

Slings shot?

The CPSC is apparently preparing to issue a warning to parents regarding the use of slings with infants, according to numerous media sources. Inez Tenenbaum, head of the CPSC, addressed the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association yesterday and broke the news, saying “We know of too many deaths in these slings and we now know the hazard scenarios for very small ... Read More »