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Day 12 – Mountain Buggy Swift

Today’s 31 Days of Giveaways prize is the Mountain Buggy Swift. Smaller and narrower than most 3-wheel all-terrain strollers, the Swift preserves the nimble handling that is the hallmark of the Mountain Buggy brand. My sister and brother-in-law were the first consumers in the US to own the Swift, and they’ve been using it for 10 months (read about their ... Read More »

Day 11 – Hotsling, Aden + Anais Wraps, & Boppy

For today’s giveaway, we put together three of my all-time favorite products for new babies: a Hotsling, a package of Aiden + Anais blankets, and a Boppy pillow. My expertise with slings goes way back to my first daughter, when my first sling was puffy blue cotton number festooned with bright yellow moons. There was so much fabric, it took ... Read More »

Day 10 – Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock

Our Day 10 giveaway is the Teach Me Time alarm clock for kids. This was one of my love-at-first-sight products, and so I wasn’t surprised to find a detailed review in the archives. To read all about it, view that post. Otherwise, take my word for it – you want one. Enter to win. Read More »

Radian car seat proves its metal

Last week, a parking garage in Atlanta partially collapsed, destroying nearly 40 of the 1600 cars parked in the garage. One of these cars belonged to Sarah Maglione, a mom from Atlanta. Her SUV was parked on the second level of the garage, with her Radian 65 car seat installed in the back passenger seat. When they pulled her car ... Read More »

Day 9 – The Learning Tower

When you’re 3 feet tall, the world can seem like a pretty big place. The Learning Tower brings kids into the action, so they can reach the countertops and interact with adults at eye-level. Ideal for fostering a love of cooking from a very early age, The Learning Tower is typically billed as a sturdy kitchen step-stool. But that understates ... Read More »

Day 8 – Naturepedic No-Compromise Organic Crib Mattress

Organic mattresses are the newest trend for eco-conscious, natural-minded parents. And this is great news, since mattresses are notorious for harboring all kinds of icky chemicals. But many of the die-hard organic mattresses eschew all non-organic substances, leaving them one spectacular diaper blow-out away from permanent damage. Naturepedic takes a more practical approach in their No-Compromise crib mattress. The insides ... Read More »

Birthday Blitz

Happy 5th birthday, Magic Beans. Today, for the 7th day of our 31 Days of Giveaways celebration, we’re going overboard. Instead of giving away just one item, we’re giving away 8. Why 8 and not 5? After all, it is our 5th birthday. But we couldn’t choose just 5, so we decided to screw the symbolism; the more the merrier. ... Read More »

Remembering the first 5 years

It’s crazy to think that tomorrow, 5 years will have passed since the humid Wednesday night in July when, after months of preparation, we quietly opened the doors to our new store on Harvard Street in Brookline. I still remember the anxiety – like we were throwing a party, but wasn’t sure if anyone would come. We turned up the ... Read More »

Day 6 – Radian XT Car Seat

The first time I saw a Radian car seat demonstration was in the parking lot behind our store in Brookline. Russ Berger, one of the owners of Sunshine Kids had come to show it to us, way back in 2005. It was a cold and drizzly day, and if I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t overly enthusiastic. I thought the ... Read More »

Day 5 – Okiedog Fropper

When the Fropper made its debut last year, it was an instant hit – and why wouldn’t it be? It combines two activities toddlers love most – bouncing and rolling. The sturdy, wide handlebars provide plenty of leverage for bobbing up and down on the springy, bi-level seat, while the smooth-riding wheels glide along the floor without leaving marks. A ... Read More »

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