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An introduction to baby sign language

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Babies have two natural means of communication: body language, and crying. As you can see from this list of newborn behavioral cues, a lot of baby communication looks pretty much identical – is he crying because he’s hungry, or because he’s tired, or because his diaper is wet, or because he’s craving a snuggle, or because he’s got colic, or because ... Read More »

New toys at Magic Beans: Magna-Tiles, Keva Connect, Floof & more

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Summer is birthday party season! The highest birthrates are during July, August, and September, so even though school may be out, your kid will be attending lots of classmates’ parties. (And, your kid might even have a special birthday of their own coming up soon, too.) So it’s a good idea to know what new toys are arriving during this ... Read More »

Get more sleep with the Zazu Sam Sleep Trainer!

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Little kids are notorious early risers: toddlers are known to wake naturally at 6am or even earlier, and when they’re up, they want attention! By age 3, your child may be able to read a digital clock, but the concept of time is probably still a bit hazy to her. So a clock that illustrates what time it is in ... Read More »

A Q&A with the inventor of the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit

The Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit is getting great buzz from parents who praise how it helps their babies get to sleep and stay asleep. However, since it’s designed for a very particular stage of baby sleep, it can take some explaining. So we went straight to the source: here’s our Q&A with mom inventor Maureen Howard!   Q: How does the ... Read More »

Magic Beans is a Tween

It’s our birthday! Celebrate Magic Beans with our annual birthday sale: 7% off almost everything in all of our stores and on our website!  If I said that it seems like yesterday that we first opened our doors to Magic Beans in Brookline, I’d be lying. So much has happened in the past twelve years for us personally and professionally. On July 7 ... Read More »

Baby monitors: audio vs. video?

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In this modern day and age, where everything is integrated and technology is reaching new bounds every day, there are high-tech options for everything. You can get a fridge with wi-fi connectivity, you can ask your phone the quickest way to get to your friend Martha’s house, or you can use that same phone to play music in your car ... Read More »

Bugaboo Beauty: the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Elements Special Edition Stroller

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Shop all Bugaboo at Magic Beans With over 10 years of experience in the baby biz, I’ve seen some extraordinary-looking strollers. So it’s not insignificant when I tell you that the new Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Elements Special Edition Stroller is honestly the prettiest baby stroller I’ve ever seen. Our entire Stroller Matchmaking team was oohing and aahing over this thing the night ... Read More »

Celebrate our birthday with Nuna giveaways all month long!

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Small mom n’ pop shops like Magic Beans are naturally sentimental about our beginnings: our company was born with little fanfare and fingers crossed in July of 2004, and we’ve made a point of honoring how we started out every year since. So in 2009, we started a tradition of lavishing our fans with freebies all month long, and that ... Read More »

Gardening toys and crafts for kids at Magic Beans

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Here at Magic Beans, we take gardening super seriously…super seriously fun! Learning how to care for growing plants is so important for children of all ages. It teaches kids where food comes from, encourages them to expand their palate, and teaches responsibility, a tool that will carry your little bean through life. In today’s roundup, we have carefully selected a ... Read More »

VIDEO: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Stroller vs. City Tour Stroller

As with any term used to describe a baby stroller, “lightweight” is relative. We divvy up the weight categories of the strollers in our assortment accordingly: Ultra light: Less than 11 pounds Very light: 11-15 pounds Light: 16-20 pounds Medium: 21-15 pounds Med-Heavy: 26-30 pounds Heavy: 31-35 pounds Very heavy: 35 pounds & up By these standards, the Baby Jogger ... Read More »