Penny Wise

Posted on December 18, 2009. Filed under: Business Review, Review |

When I saw today’s topic for the best of 2009 blog challenge, I really did not need to think about this one.  Anyone who has a baby knows where a “mom-to-be” spends most of her time…and most of her money.  I won’t even name names since I hold my head down in shame.
Yet where I spent most of my money wisely was a great store in the Massachusetts area called Magic Beans.  Magic Beans is a store that sells high quality toys for all age levels. All the toys are evaluated so every toy on the shelf is safe and inspires creative interactions. Magic Beans also sells baby gear like cribs, mattresses, baby carriers and car seats.  Regardless of what you are looking for, it is the ‘best of the best’ at each price point.
For me, that was the best part of being an first time expectant mom.  Knowing that when you walked through their doors, local parents had carefully selected what they were selling.  Even if a toy or baby item was recalled, the owners were on it.  It was a great feeling to know that Magic Beans has your back at every step of the parenting way.
Now as a new mom to a baby boy, anytime I need a new item on my “Mommy journey”, I immediately think of Magic Beans.  I will check to see if they carry the item and what they have to say about it.  Magic Beans has the best descriptions of items they sell.
For example – one of the first items I bought from Magic Beans was a Chicco Keyfit 30 Car Seat.  Here is the description of the car seat from a leading chain (please note that I am not endorsing the Chicco Keyfit 30):
“The Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat is designed for safety, comfort and convenience. With its removable newborn insert, the KeyFit 30 Car Seat accommodates babies from 4 to 30 pounds. The thickly cushioned seat includes a 5-point safety harness and is lined with energy-absorbing foam for increased safety and comfort. The base’s spring-assisted level foot, 2 precision bubble levels and Center-Pull LATCH adjustment allow quick and correct installation from either side of your vehicle and give you confidence that your child is safely secured in your vehicle.”
And here is the description of the same car seat from Magic Beans:
“Magic Beans is proud to carry the popular Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat. Like the name implies, the Keyfit holds infants up to 30 pounds or up to 33 inches in length. Since your petite passenger will be rear facing until he’s one year old and at least 20 pounds, the Chicco Keyfit is a smart investment. Best of all, it’s an amazingly light seat, weighing in at just 9 pounds.

With all the worries parenthood throws at you, don’t spend time fretting over the safety of the baby gear you depend on. The Chicco Keyfit’s energy-absorbing EPS foam liner offers additional side-impact protection. Apadded insert lines the car seat and supports an infant’s body and head. The 5-point harness is simple to adjust and easy to secure, and the base is complete with a bubble-style level guide on each side, making installation a cinch.

The Chicco Keyfit boasts a full, multi-position canopy to provide maximum protection from the elements. Parents will love the ergonomically designed handle that makes it more comfortable to carry your little bundle, whether it be from the car to the house, or toting him through the grocery store. The Chicco Keyfit car seat leads the pack as one of our favorites because it’s so user-friendly, safe, and long lasting.

Features and Benefits:
Accommodates kids weighing up to 30 pounds and 33 inches
5-point harness with one-pull adjustment
Compatible with Cortina and C1 strollers
Weighs about 9 pounds – Lightweight design
Centrally located tightening strap – Allows you to easily secure seat in place
Spring-loaded leveling foot
Liquid level indicators to insure correct installation and placement of base
Angled base fits into seat more securely, increasing safety
Full hood – Protects your child from the elements
Height adjustable platform
Soft infant insert for kids weighing 4 to 11 pounds – Keeps young babies supported
Sealed underside protects car seats and keeps debris out
Double bubble-level guides – Indicates proper position”

See what I mean?

Seriously, if you are in the area, stop by one of their four store locations. Don’t live near here? No worries, they have a great website. They also have free gift wrapping and free shipping on orders over $100 – at all times!! No gimmicks. Their customer service is top notch too- they even have a stroller quiz to help you find the stroller that is right for you.

Hands down, I am lucky to have heard about this store and to live close by. I am even more honored to have briefly met the owners along the way – real people. That is why Magic Beans is the place I wisely spent my money in 2009 and will be honored to do so in 2010 too!

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