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Find the best in Baby Gear at Magic Beans
Find the best in Baby Gear at Magic Beans

Spilling the Beans

  • February 25, 2008

    Got fear? Get Shrunks.

    The Shrunks is a new line of toys designed to help kids address their nighttime fears. The company takes an interesting approach to this, with a line of soft plush toys that represent the most common kids’ fears and also...

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  • January 11, 2008

    Yookidoo who?

    International Playthings is introducing a new line of infant/toddler toys called Yookidoo. From what I’ve been told, the toys are designed in Israel and produced in China, but a quick Google search turned up no references outside of International Playthings....

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  • Nilo gets a face lift
    December 11, 2007

    Nilo gets a face lift

    Nilo tables have long been admired by parents for their sturdy, solid wood construction, and the wide expanse of play space, perfect for wooden trains, blocks, games, Lego, craft activities or anything else a kid could dream up. But for...

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  • July 30, 2007

    Move over, alphabet

    When I was growing up, my family had a summer home on Cape Cod. The house had a dining room, but there was plenty of room to eat in the kitchen. So the dining room instead served as a playroom...

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  • March 21, 2007

    Thingamababy on the Boon Animal Bag

    Thingamabay, a great dad-blog that I follow (it seems to be a mutual thing), recently posted a review of the Animal Bag from Boon. He has some great before and after pictures – check it out. The post Thingamababy on...

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  • February 22, 2007

    Wow is back!

    When we first opened Magic Beans, one of my favorite toy brands for infants and toddlers was Wow. We had a bunch of samples in our play area, and not only did the kids adore them, but they also stood...

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  • Playing Circus
    December 27, 2006

    Playing Circus

    Manhattan Toy, famous for such bestselling classics as the Whoozit and Groovy Girls, has just released a line of toys inspired by Cirque du Soleil. As you might expect, they are colorful, whimsical, bizarrely named and, in some cases, wired...

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  • October 24, 2006

    Squishy towers

    Edublocks have been a fixture in our store’s playscape since we first opened in 2004. The set of giant, foam Lego-style blocks are probably the only toy that has survived two years of unmitigated abuse at the hands of our...

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  • September 29, 2006

    What (not) to wear

    In my children’s little universe, independence is treasured beyond almost anything else. I see the evolution in sharp focus now, with a toddler who wants to do everything “by mysewf”, and a pre-kindergartener who confidently tried to make herself an...

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