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Baby’s on the way! What to pack in your hospital bag

As if the prospect of becoming a parent is not scary and challenging enough, there is so much preparation to do before your baby arrives! There are so many checklists, i.e. the baby registry, baby proofing the home, what to do and what not to do, and finally, what to pack in your hospital bag so you’re ready when that big moment ... Read More »

What should I pack for lunch for my kids on Passover?

If you are celebrating Passover, I hope you had marvelous Seders. We had two wonderful celebrations with family and friends, sang beautiful songs, drank delicious wine, and ate tremendous food. Our kids were more engaged than ever at the Seders, and retold the story of the Exodus beautifully. At our house, lots of work goes into preparing for Passover: we ... Read More »

Oeuf is GREENGUARD certified! Also: what is GREENGUARD certification, anyway?

If you’re shopping for nursery furniture, you’ve probably seen the GREENGUARD logo around quite a bit – manufacturers know that conscientious parents are worried about how chemicals in their home might affect their kids, and are stepping up to raise standards and reassure consumers. Today, we learned that Oeuf, one of our longtime favorite nursery furniture manufacturers, has achieved GREENGUARD ... Read More »

The homework debate: are kids getting too much?

homework child

Homework has transformed quite a bit since we were kids: on the one hand, kindergarteners, who are now expected to sit in desks and do academic work (!!!) are now also expected to do daily work at home as well. On the other hand, homework is also sometimes optional: writer Elizabeth Flora Ross asked her daughter’s first-grade teacher to let her ... Read More »

Umbrella stroller comparison: the Maclaren Volo vs. the UPPAbaby G-Lite

Update 5/2/2017: Umbrella Stroller Comparison Small, light umbrella strollers make quick and easy tasks just a little bit easier, whether you’re running to the grocery store or walking to your nearest Magic Beans. Usually equipped with smaller wheels and under-seat storage, umbrella strollers have an overall compact footprint, allowing for a lighter weight stroller, ideal for travelling and carrying. If you’re ... Read More »

New Ergobaby Adapt Carrier: no insert needed!

ergobaby adapt carrier baby carrier lifestyle

New babies need a tremendous amount of stuff: the odds and ends and bits and bobs flooding into your house even before your baby makes their first appearance can be overwhelming. So while for some parents, adding an insert to their Ergobaby carrier was no big deal, for others, it just seemed like one more extra piece to manage. That’s ... Read More »

Another Stokke debut: the 2016 Stokke MyCarrier Baby Carrier!

stokke mycarrier baby carrier 2016

Shop all Stokke at Magic Beans 2016 has been an exciting year for Stokke so far, and the fun isn’t over: on May 1, you can get the newest version of the well-loved Stokke MyCarrier! The “Holy Grail of baby carriers” was already winning accolades for its thoroughly adjustable design, created to ensure that parents of varying sizes can enjoy carrying ... Read More »

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