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New Magic Beans gift registry goes live!

Magic Beans is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new gift registry!  We’re excited about the upgrade and all of the conveniences it will bring.  Some of the new features include: Real-time editing and updating, allowing you to add items and make changes easily anytime you like. Customizable settings, letting you choose your registry color scheme, add a ... Read More »

Astro-nomic winner

Congratulations to Sandee T. who won our drawing for the Valco Astro high chair. We use random.org to generate our winners for giveaways, so we’re always curious to see who takes home the prize. We were tickled to learn that Sandee isn’t only a local, but she’s also one of the women behind Perfecting Expecting, a baby planning service in ... Read More »

Magic Madness

Here’s something fun: inspired by the bracketed basketball tournaments, we decided to create a our own competition. We’re crowning the #1 best kids’ product. We’re into week 2, the semi-finals, and every vote counts. In week 1, the Britax Marathon edged out two best-sellers – the Bumbo Babysitter and the Stokke Tripp Trapp chair, and Blokus beat Bananagrams by a ... Read More »

L’oved Baby = good karma

This is a story of paying it forward. This past September, I was in Las Vegas for the ABC Show with a 5-week old infant. I was seriously ill with,  I would later learn, Crohn’s Disease. I was trudging through the convention center, completely miserable and exhausted, trying to take care of both myself and my baby while still seeing ... Read More »

phil&teds acquires Mountain Buggy

In a grand Kiwi stroller marriage, phil&teds has successfully acquired Mountain Buggy. The press release we received via fax this morning stresses that this is not a “takeover” but rather an opportunity to create a dynamic new synergybetween the two New Zealand-based brands. Mountain Buggy currently runs a manufacturing facility in New Zealand, a key reason for the outstanding quality ... Read More »

Valco Astro-nomic giveaway

Valco Baby has just introduced the right high chair at the right price at the right time. The Astro High Chair is a simple, lightweight, folding high chair that’s an amazing value at $150. A little while ago, we had a visit from Shalom New, the head of Valco Baby in the USA. He brought his only sample of the ... Read More »

Bugaboo Bee Video

We got a lot of great feedback from our video about the Lillebaby Everywear, and we had fun making it too. So we’re branching out. This week, we did one about the Bugaboo Bee. We love the Bugaboo Bee stroller, but over and over again we hear that people have trouble figuring out how to turn around the seat. I ... Read More »

Sunshine Kids Radian car seats on sale thru 3/15

If you’ve been thinking about transitioning to the next-stage car seat or upgrading your current seat, now’s a great time. For the next 15 days, three of my favorite car seats are on sale at mbeans.com. The Radian 65 and Radian 80 are convertible car seats that fold in half for travel. They are heavy, due to the steel alloy ... Read More »

Lillebaby Everywear Carrier: Help is here

Based on feedback about the instructions included with the Lillebaby Everywear Carrier, we created a video that should help clarify. This video addresses the most confusing part of the carrier – adjusting the “saddle” between the wide and narrow settings. As a reminder, the wide setting is good for older babies and toddlers who are facing inward or riding on ... Read More »

Economic stimulus reaches Bugaboo Frog

Starting March 1, the Bugaboo Frog will drop in price to an all-time low of $629. The Bugaboo Frog is the model that started the hybrid stroller revolution and broke the ice on the luxury baby gear market. It holds an important place in the history of baby gear, from both a design and cultural standpoint, and it also happens ... Read More »

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