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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 »

Bugaboo Bee Plus and minus

Check out the newest Bugaboo Bee model, the Bee5 2017!  When we first caught a glimpse of this new evolution of the Bugaboo Bee stroller, Bugaboo was calling it the Bugaboo Bee Plus. Now, they’re referring to it simply as the Bugaboo Bee 2010, maybe because “B+” underpromises the “A+” improvements made to the stroller between the last version and ... Read More »

Toy Fair Top 10

This year was my seventh time at Toy Fair, and finally I’m starting to feel like it’s a manageable task. My strategy this year was to start upstairs and go aisle by aisle. I was thorough and slow, but I finished it in two and a half days. The lower level is smaller and went much faster. I was able ... Read More »

Orbit G2 available for preview and preorder

We’re big Orbit Baby fans around here, so we were psyched when Orbit invited us to participate in the pre-launch of their new G2 Infant System and Stroller. Our Brookline and Wellesley stores are among the first stores in the whole country to have an actual G2 available for demonstrations and test-drives, and our web site is now accepting pre-orders. ... Read More »

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