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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 »

Why the Cybex Aton changes everything

OK, fine. It won’t change everything. But it’s going to have a huge impact on the infant car seat market. And it’s going to make the lives of countless parents much, much easier. So that counts for something, if not everything. We’ve been keeping a close eye on the Cybex Aton since we first saw it more than two years ... Read More »

Ruined?

I had a lovely Mother’s Day on Sunday. I slept in, had breakfast brought to me in bed, got cards, flowers and gifts. We spent the early afternoon at the SoWa Open Market and then we broke out the two-wheelers and spent the late afternoon getting the girls ready for summer biking. In the evening, we visited friends for a ... Read More »

What’s really up with the metoo seat?

On Friday, late in the afternoon, I saw a news release from the CPSC that was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. Even the headline was unusual: “Consumers Urged To Stop Using phil&teds USA Clip-on Chairs Due To Serious Dangers Posed To Children.” What was this? A recall? A warning? Were ALL metoo chairs affected by this? But the headline ... Read More »

Celebrating Sesame Street In Stories, Song… and Video!

If you’re under the age of 45 or so, then your earliest memories of television probably include some images, songs, and characters from Sesame Street. The Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) stated their goal in creating the show was to “master the addictive qualities of television and do something good with them,” and they succeeded: millions of kids learned their letters ... Read More »

MBTA in Boston considering ban on (unfolded) strollers

Update: It’s no surprise that the moms and dads of Boston would go up in arms over this. The MBTA is now saying they’ll try some other tactics for dealing with this issue. The Boston Globe reported yesterday that the information that came out around this was “vague”, “open-ended” and “imprecise” and the MBTA was not actually considering such a ... Read More »

Bugaboo Bee looks good in denim

I’ve noticed something recently. Whenever I meet other parents who, like me, own a Bugaboo Bee, before any words are exchanged, there’s always the same knowing look, a glance that says, “Yes, this stroller is amazing – why don’t more people know about it?” It’s easy to miss the Bee. In general, mid-size strollers are not a very popular category ... Read More »

Drool Baby Expo is coming

Here’s an interesting fact: having a baby is the most demanding consumer research project most people will ever confront. The number of product categories and  the relatively short time frame lead to a marathon of information gathering that begins with the pink line on the pregnancy test and continues well into toddlerhood. We hear it from expectant parents over and ... Read More »

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