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A new twist on an old idea

The Bink Link is a clever rendition of the classic pacifier clip. The solid wood designs are all contemporary and fresh, but my favorites are the faux Candy Necklace and the Peas & Carrots. The attachment system is designed to fit practically any pacifier, including the Mam and Soothie models. Bink Link is a parent-run company, and they’ve got a ... Read More »

Feeding the hungry

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m grocery shopping with my eldest, a precocious 5 year old. She’s been a peach through and through and we’ve had a nice time together browsing the aisles. At the checkout, she spies a candy bar and picks it up, glancing up and me hopefully. “Put it back,” I tell her. She smiles coquettishly. “No.” “You ... Read More »

Cleaning up on the run

Check this out: When we found these Towtab Towel Tablets at the Boston Gift Show, we were enthralled. These little “pills” expand when wet to become an 8″ x 11″ towel. Even though this is not specifically a juvenile item, we thought it held a lot of promise for parents. Imagine if, instead of toting around wipes, you just keep ... Read More »

Get out the vote!

Last year, with your help, Magic Beans was the winner of Boston’s A-List award for best children’s gift store. We were both flattered and delighted to receive this honor. Now, the A-List voting for 2007 is on, through June 1. Help us keep our title by clicking here and casting your vote. Thanks so much! Read More »

Speaking of Foogo…

I just heard about a great blog, Z Recommends, that recently did a comprehensive comparison of insulated sippy cups. The article is great – really in depth and informative. Check it out here. I was really impressed with their content overall, and I also, via Z Recommends, discovered another great blog, parenthacks.com. This blog, inspired by other “hack” resources (hack ... Read More »

One car seat to go…

The past ten days have left my family a bit travel weary. We’ve been to Chicago, New York and now today, back to Boston. My sister-in-law got married last night, and we’ve been celebrating with her and getting my girls ready for their supporting roles as flower girls (they were superb – more on that later). After the debacle with ... Read More »

Sticking together

Ever since I became a parent, and up to this day, Tiny Love remains one of my very favorite infant toy companies. I will never forget the day when, shortly after coming home from the hospital with my first, my husband set up the Tiny Love mobile we received as a baby gift. As my daughter lay on her back ... Read More »

HiLo High Chair in action

Check out this video I captured of the new HiLo high chair from Age, due to arrive on the market some time next year. This innovative chair actually has two seats, one for younger babies and one for older children. And, welll… I could try to explain it but just watch the video. A picture is worth a thousand words ... Read More »

Half pipes with half pints?

I was at the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) yesterday in NYC. As always, it’s such a cool show. But there was a prototype on display that was just radical. The Roller Buggy, designed by Austrian Valentin Vodev, is part skateboard, part stroller. Just pull out the board from under the chassis and it becomes a scooter.  Fun for parents, ... Read More »

Foogo be doo wop wop

There are a lot of insulated sippy cups out there, but if you’ve ever tried them, you’ve discovered that they don’t actually keep drinks cold. This inadequacy did not escape the experts at Thermos, the folks who live and die by beverage insulation. So they built a better sippy cup. The new Foogo cup from Thermos is leak proof, durable, ... Read More »

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