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Mountain Buggy Swift is here

And I am first in line to get one. After watching my sister push hers around for a few months, I am head over heels in love with the newest member of the Mountain Buggy family. To see my review, click here. To get one for yourself, click here.   Read More »

Breaking news: Phil & Teds and Regal-Lager to split up

This was hardly a surprise, after a steady stream of recalls and other issues, but today, Regal-Lager announced that they will cease to distribute Phil & Teds in the United States, effective May 1, 2009. In a graciously-worded press release, both companies praise one another and wish each other the best of luck. I can only imagine the stress, both ... Read More »

Sneak preview: Orbit Stroller Pannier

I love my Orbit Infant System, but its biggest challenge is storage space. The cargo pod will hold a few essentials, but if you’re doing any serious shopping, you might be out of luck. But not anymore. Orbit has designed a pannier attachment for the stroller frame that is just as smart as you’d expect it to be. It is ... Read More »

mbeans.com 2.0 is live!

After more than a year in the making, our new website went live late last night. Please go and check it out and send along your feedback. We are so excited. And a little tired too. Kudos to our amazing web team and our incredible partners at A Far Site Better. Read More »

Motrin Melee

The blogosphere is abuzz today with angry moms. The target of the smackdown is an advertisement for Motrin posted on the company’s website, purportedly to kick off a new ad campaign. The ad was intended to breezily poke fun at the aches and pains associated with babywearing. Unfortunately, the only ones feeling aches and pains today are the folks at ... Read More »

The best diapers you’ve never heard of…

At the very beginning, during those first blurry weeks after birth, wet diapers are a breastfeeding mother’s best friend. They are the most reliable signal that your baby is getting enough to eat. But with the effectiveness of today’s disposable diapers, it can be really hard to tell whether a diaper is wet. I remember touching, sniffing, weighing, and still ... Read More »

Here Come the Hammocks

What’s the latest trend in the “everything old is new again” department? Baby hammocks. At this year’s ABC show, three different companies were showing hammock models: the Hushamok, which has been available for about three months, the Miyo, which has just arrived, and the Amby Motion Bed, which has been around for a while. Putting babies in hammocks to sleep ... Read More »

Welcome home, Mrs. Goodbee

As part of a project called Bloggers Give Back, I was sent a new product to review – a Mrs. Goodbee dollhouse (I’ll get to that in a minute). I was also sent an identical dollhouse to give away to a family in need, with the instruction that my kids should be involved in both the product testing and the ... Read More »

Is magic beans the Best Baby Boutique?

Survey says maybe. Out of more than 1000 nominations, Magic Beans was selected one of 20 finalists for The Cradle’s America’s Best Baby Boutique Contest. Wow! We’re honored. Click here to vote, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $1000 shopping spree at the finalist boutique of your choice (Oh! Oh! Us! Us!). Read More »

Breastfeeding in public – you can help.

Many of you have emailed me after reading my Amtrak story to ask whether there are laws in Massachusetts that protect women breastfeeding in public. As it turns out, there are not. But there is legislation in progress. From what I can see, the bill that passed through the Senate (S 2438) offers broader protection than the one that went ... Read More »

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