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Quid Pro Quo

This past week, on the Magic Beans Facebook page, we asked people what funny sayings they’d learned from their fathers. We had lots of great responses, but one stood out to me. An old friend of mine (and Eli’s) from high school responded with “Quid pro quo.” This struck me because “quid pro quo” is something Eli talks about a ... Read More »

Bike helmets: a no-brainer

I don’t usually get preachy here, but this is important, so bear with me a for a minute. Last week, my friend stopped by to take the kids out for a bike ride – his son is close friends with my oldest daughter. I was appalled to see that, while his son was outfitted in a helmet, my friend was ... Read More »

OXO Tot Sprout High Chair debuts

We’ve just received our first shipment of the new Sprout High Chair from OXO Tot, and there’s a lot to love about this chair. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of the Stokke Tripp Trapp chair. And while the Sprout doesn’t quite measure up to the iconic simplicity of the ... Read More »

Acknowledgements

For anyone who was at the Seaport Hotel on Tuesday night, hopefully you experienced the same thing I did — the beginning of something really special. The event exceeded all my expectations in almost every dimension. All of the vendors put so much time and thought into their displays — the room looked so amazing, and packed with interesting things ... Read More »

Memorial Day Memories

When I think of Memorial Day, I think of grills, sunny days, and burgers. I also remember all the fun I had  running around with my friends in the grass as a child. Whether or not you’re a parent, kids always seem to be a big part of Memorial Day fun. So we thought we’d round up some of the ... Read More »

Drool Sponsor Spotlight: in praise of Britax.

When our own Eli Gurock visited the Britax factory, every employee he met had the same thing to say about working for Britax: “Our job is protecting children. We keep children safe. That’s what we do.” It’s the Britax mantra: they keep children safe. And they take pride in doing it well. We asked some of our Facebook fans why ... Read More »

You should come to Drool! And here’s why.

We’re less than a week away from the Drool Baby Expo, and excitement is at a fever pitch here at the Magic Beans headquarters. We’ve been working with our sponsors for over a  month to make sure this event is unforgettable. Here are 10 things you should know about Drool (and why you shouldn’t miss it): We have 64 exhibitors ... Read More »

Orbit in living color

When I walked by the Orbit booth at the recent ABC Spring Conference in Ft. Worth, I didn’t even recognize it. Why? The colors threw me, I’ll admit. Orbit Baby has always had a very conservative palette — until now. The new Color Packs will be an optional accessory for the Orbit Stroller G2. They’ll come in nine fruity colors, ... Read More »

Painless potty training: readiness and chocolate

My two-and-a-half year old decided he was ready to be potty trained a few weeks ago. First he was curious to try the toilet, and would go on occasion. Then he started waking up in the mornings with a dry diaper. One morning, I convinced him to wear underpants to school, and that was basically that. He was “ready.” I’d ... Read More »