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Day 25 – Wishbone Bike

The Wishbone Bike from Skip Hop is my new favorite recommendation for someone looking to buy a really special gift for a 1-year old. This beautiful bike begins life as a three-wheeled foot-trike (meaning there aren’t any pedals, kids push with their feet to make it go). Then, as they get older, you can convert it first into a two-wheeled ... Read More »

Clek Oobr booster seat almost here

When the Clek Olli booster seat came out, it changed the world a little bit for parents of school-age children. The simplicity and appealing design made it so easy to transport a carload of kids without any arguments about being too old for a car seat. Now, Clek is kicking it up a notch with the Clek Oobr Booster Seat, ... Read More »

Day 23 – Stokke Tripp Trapp

In the general course of having three children, I get to use a lot of our products on a daily basis. But the Tripp Trapp is undoubtedly the one we use the most. It is very possibly my favorite product in the store. Most of what there is to say about this product has already been said on this blog. ... Read More »

Day 22 – Britax Advocate CS

In March 2004, I was a little busy. We’d signed the lease on the store, started the build-out, and I was working on establishing accounts with all our key vendors. The store was due to open in July, and I was right on schedule. Which was good, because I was also nine months pregnant. During the business plan phase, I’d ... Read More »

Day 21 – Monte Luca Glider

This is a story that’s taken me almost 11 months to tell, mostly because the humiliation has just recently worn off. Almost. At the ABC Kids Expo this past September, I was in rough shape. I was barely 4 weeks post-partum and terribly sick with what we would later discover was Crohn’s Disease. I could barely walk around the vast ... Read More »

Day 20 – Uppa Baby Vista Stroller

We have a saying here at Magic Beans. “You can’t just wake up one morning and decide to design a stroller.” We’re all in favor of parent-entrepreneurs who see an opportunity to improve on a product, or create something entirely new to fill a void, but when it comes to strollers, we’re very wary. Strollers are complicated. Or at least, ... Read More »

Day 19 – Tiny Love Gift Pack

Life as a new mom is never an easy adjustment. It certainly wasn’t for me. I had a difficult delivery, a long healing process, and even though a baby who didn’t ever want to be put down. She wasn’t a fussy baby and she was a good eater and decent sleeper, so I never felt like I could legitimately complain, ... Read More »

Day 18 – Melissa & Doug Art Easel with Companion Set

I am an enormous fan of Melissa & Doug. Most parents are probably familiar with their products, as you’ll find them on the shelves of virtually any store that caters to kids. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to get to know Melissa, Doug and their amazing team. They are, of hundreds of amazing companies we work with, the ... Read More »

Day 17 – Go Gaga Slide Diaper Bag

To get the full story behind our relationship with Go Gaga and founder Jill Cartwright, you’ll have to go back to a post I wrote almost two years ago. At that time, the Slide was little more than a great idea. Jill was at the very beginning of her adventure. Now, two years later, I’m so proud of her success. ... Read More »

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