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Tax Free and Lights Out

A big, huge thank you to anyone who visited us this past weekend. The crowds of the Tax Free weekend would have been challenging enough, but right around the time we opened for business on Saturday, the power went out throughout the Coolidge Corner area. We lost our phones, our computers, our cash registers and our credit card processing, but ... Read More »

Bench Coach: A new potty from Boon

The brand new Potty Bench from Boon is the second innovative product released by this young and imaginative company. Following in the footsteps of the hit bathtub organizer, the Frog Pod, the Potty Bench was designed to be a functional, whimsical and contemporary affair. The designers at Boon have put a lot of thought into this product, and it shows. ... Read More »

Dinner Theater

When someone first showed me Dinner Games, from FamilyTimeFun Games, I was very skeptical. Why would parents need a little box of suggested activities to keep kids engaged during dinner? I found a curmudgeon blossoming within me: why, when I was a kid, we just sat at the dinner table and talked. We didn’t need fancy games. Then, my four-year-old ... Read More »

Lego on and on

The appeal of Lego is so broad, it’s staggering. This one company produces plastic bricks (or variations on that theme), and manages to successfully attract customers ranging from infants to adults. Until recently, though, the older Lego customer was usually a die-hard Lego enthusiast, one who loved the challenge and satisfaction of assembling the models and displaying the finished product. ... Read More »

Who ever heard of a stroller mechanic?

Lots of people, now. The Boston Herald did a very cute profile about Dave, our warehouse manager and de facto stroller mechanic. To read the article, follow this link. Also, stay tuned. In the wake of this article, a crew from the local Fox affiliate spent some time interviewing Dave and filming him at work today. Looks like we’ll be ... Read More »

Shake it up, spell it out

Rattled is a new game from Educational Insights, the same company responsible for Blokus, a perennial bestseller. Rattled is a word game that offers a creative twist on a familiar theme. Shake the wand, and a random set of 8 scrambled letters appears. Then, two players (or teams) compete to find the longest word that can be made using those ... Read More »

It sucks when your baby has a cold.

Literally. There’s a brand new nasal aspirator from Bebesounds that offers battery-powered suction. This product would be hysterically funny if it weren’t so downright innovative. There’s nothing more awful and frustrating than trying to pin down a writhing, miserable and congested baby to stick a rubber bulb up her nose and suck out its overflowing contents. If you haven’t been ... Read More »

Building a Rainbow Connection

Sure, I know it isn’t easy being green, but do my kids? As it is, when Kermit’s old standard comes on the car CD player, my two-year-old delightedly claps her hands and shrieks, “Yay! Ernie’s song!” Well, technically, yes, sort of. And wow, good ear. But no, not quite. When we were kids, the Muppets were at their heyday. The ... Read More »

Svan Baby Bouncer Launched at Magic Beans

Last night, we were very excited to host the global launch of the new Svan Baby Bouncer at Magic Beans. This is a product that has been a labor of love for all our friends at Scandinavian Child, the US distributors for Svan, and we were so thrilled to be able to help them celebrate its long-awaited debut. Brenda Berg, ... Read More »

Jane Powertwins are here!

The long-awaited Jane Powertwins have finally arrived in our warehouse. We’ve already presold many of them, but if you are interested in checking it out, stop by the store. I had a chance to play with one, and I liked it a lot. On our official warehouse scale, the stroller surprised us. According to everything we’d read, it was supposed ... Read More »