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A-maze-ing

Let’s talk about marbles for a minute. Marbles are so simple, but they’ve been a cornerstone of playtime for centuries. Set them in motion and you’ve got hours of entertainment. There are countless types of marble run construction toys out there, and many different interpretations. The newest one is Q Ba Maze. This marble construction toy looks like a piece ... Read More »

Fit for a queen

Check out this cute story – the family lives right near my parents. Basically, this family of Belgian descent had their seventh consecutive daughter last month, qualifying their new baby for an obscure 140-year-old Belgian tradition that had her become the goddaughter of the queen. The royal family will pay for the child’s education and she will have twice yearly ... Read More »

Furniture forays

After three years of carrying exclusively Stokke nursery furniture, Magic Beans is branching out. After extensive research, we decided to bring in ducduc, a New York-based line of modern nursery furniture. This was not an easy decision. We’ve been pretty well spoiled by Stokke’s ironclad quality control and quick shipping schedule. If we were going to bring in another option ... Read More »

Just a phone call away

Thanks to grannyg for this tip: There’s a really cool new service for expectant parents. SnappyBaby will deliver news of a new birth via phone and e-mail for you. From what I can see, it seems really simple (they say it’s so easy even a husband can do it. Ouch.) – you call and record a message with all the ... Read More »

A hard day’s work

Sorry for the quiet around here. We’ve been moving the Magic Beans warehouse this week, and let me tell you, that’s been an adventure. We purchased used shelving for the new warehouse, and it arrived in a patently filthy condition. In all our planning and coordination for the move, we had not accounted for 600 shelves that would each need ... Read More »

Ready, Set, Safeguard

Safeguard is a relatively new name in the car seat industry, as far as the public is concerned. But in reality, IMMI, Safeguard’s parent company, has been manufacturing components for several major car seat brands for two decades. A couple of years ago, IMMI developed some new technology — a ratcheting LATCH mechanism that made installation a breeze. As the ... Read More »

Older = Wiser

Just found this tidbit on Boston.com. Apparently, a group of Norwegian scientists conducted a massive study about birth order and IQ, and guess what they discovered? Older children are smarter than their younger siblings by an average of 2.3 IQ points. According to the study, the cause is nurture, not nature (parents less distracted, perhaps?). There’s some debate about how ... Read More »

Quinny Newsflash

Good news and bad news. The good news is that Dorel has made some nice improvements to the US version of the Zapp. They’ve adjusted some of the functional design and they’ve added (drumroll, please) a storage basket. The bad news is they’ve decided to increase the retail price to $239.99. From what I can understand, the price increase will ... Read More »

White Volo is here

The newest Volo color has arrived, the chic white model that we saw at the JPMA show. Unwilling to gamble much on this unusual color combination, we ordered just a few, so they are only available in the store right now. The white stroller comes with a black seat pad and a black canopy. It’s very cool, if you’re into ... Read More »

Hey, that’s not my baby!

Check out this crazy story on CNN – apparently a mom near Chicago has been receiving a live video feed from inside the space shuttle Atlantis — on her baby monitor. She has a Summer Infant brand video monitor that has two channels, and one is broadcasting her baby, as expected. The other, for some bizarre reason, is broadcasting a ... Read More »