NY Now Summer 2014 Baby + Child Best New Product Awards

The finalists and winners from the NY Now home + lifestyle market in the Baby + Child category are:

BEST OF MARKET:
Lucy Company (Scottsdale, AZ) for its Nursery Closet Organizers, which give parents the ability to section clothing by age and size, starting with new-born and ending at 2T, keeping nursery closets neat, stylish and functional.”

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TOY:
“Winner: nhocchi™ (New York, NY) for its Pop up House Fort, which is portable, packable, easy to set up and hangs for easy storage. The toy is handmade and hand embroidered with 100% cotton.

Pop Up House Fort
Finalist: Odette Williams Design Inc (New York, NY) for its Kids Apron Set.
Kids Apron Set Odette Williams Design
Finalist: HABA® USA (Skaneateles, NY) for its Mini Monsters Stacking Game.”

Mini Monsters Stacking Game Haba

DÉCOR:
“Winner: PlanToys® (Union City, CA) for its Table + Chair, which has a sleek bent wood design  with two compartments for storage, sturdy support and a desk top that toddlers can draw on with chalk. The set includes a table and one chair.

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Finalist: Cloud B® (Gardena, CA) for its Cosmic UFO.

Cosmic UFO
Finalist: EFL Sales Co. representing Albetta, Fiona Walker England and Merino Kids (Brooklyn, NY) for its Fiona Walker England Wool Felt Animal Heads.”

Fiona Walker Wool Felt Animal Heads

GEAR:
“Winner: Innobaby LLC (Barrington, IL) for its Teethin’ Smart ez grip Fruit Teethers, which help babies soothe swollen gums. The flexible petal design base reaches all parts of the mouth for a thorough and gentle gum massage, with a unique shape and texture that stimulates the sensory nerves for improved oral development and speech. It has ventilated breathing holes, is non-toxic and is available in grape, strawberry, and citrus designs.

Innovavy ez grip Fruit Teethers
Finalist: nini and pumpkin LLC (Los Gatos, CA) for its Moon Cocoon.

Finalist: raplapla (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) for its Night owl”

Many of these products are super new and won’t be out or on websites anytime soon, but you will want to keep your eye our for them!

Twilight Buddies

Cloud B might be most famous for the Sleep Sheep and Twilight Turtle (which we have and love to give as gifts!), but if your little one doesn’t love turtles, there are other adorable options!  We saw some of the Twilight Buddies last year at ABC Kids Expo, and here are a few of the ones that have come out…

Twilight Buddies

Fox, Pig, Hippo, Sheep, and my favorite (as a Floridian) the Alligator.

Twighlight Buddies Alligator

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Tegu FUTURE

Sometime you find new products in real-life, as in before you see them on a blog or website.  Today at Target was one of those days.

Tegu at Target

Has anyone else spotted the Tegu FUTURE sets?  They had the Magbot and Robo at my Target, but there is also a little Circuit Racer set as well as a large Magnetron Solar Station. $18-$90

Tegu FUTURE sets

Keep an eye out!

14 Aug 2014, 10:32pm
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Ferm Living Autumn/Winter 2014

Ferm Living has got lots of goodies for the kids coming out very shortly.  I look forward to their new collection a couple times a year and they have yet to disappoint.  Before you start your next redecorating project, take a look at the Autumn Winter 2014 Kids Collection!

KIDS Ferm Living A/W 2014

I’m linking to the company page for now, but the collection will soon be available on Clever Spaces, Ferm Living’s official retail partner for the US & Canada.

From the new kids line I spy a Cloud Lamp and Billy Bear Cushion.

Ferm Living A:W bedding and more

The Native Wallpaper is on trend and to die for, and check out the Fox Lamp!

Ferm Living A:W 2014

New kids bedding patterns include Mountain Tops and Teepee Bedding.

Ferm Living A:W 2014 bedding etc

The Mountian Tops pattern is also a Wallpaper and Billy Bear comes as a wall hanging as well.

Ferm Living A:W 2014 wallpaper etc

The Native Cushion gets you the pattern without the commitment of wallpaper and goes well with the awesome Arrow Cushion as well.

Ferm Living A:W 2014 pillow

I also want to be sure you get a look at Mr. Inka Snake in gray, in case the colorful Mr. Snake doesn’t work for you.

Gray Snake

Lots of mix and match options.  I can’t wait!

New Color for the Honest 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

The Honest 4-in-1 Crib has been out of stock for a while, but not only is it now back, but they’ve added a new color (in addition to the original gray)!

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A great modern crib, a great price, two color choices, converts to a toddler and full bed AND they’ll give a crib to a family in need.  Do you need any more reasons to buy?

The Honest 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

I love this White / Washed Natural combination.  $400

Honest Dresser "White / Washed Natural" finish

The matching Dresser with Changer Top is $430.  Gotta love this collaboration between The Honest Company and Babyletto!

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Tree Hopper Toys

Lest we’ve gone too far into furniture and gear lately, here are some fun gift ideas from a new favorite of ours, Tree Hooper Toys
Tree Hopper Toys

Match Stacks are canisters of wooden disks that are a durable memory and matching game.  With 11 different themed sets, you can pick your child’s favorite.  $20
Match Stacks from Tree Hopper Toys

Whoa-Bots are my favorite little acrobatic blocks.  These are just adorable.
Whoa-Bots

Tree Hopper Toys also makes four sets of wooden Puzzled Blocks (yup, spelled that right). $25
Puzzled Blocks

You can order these on their website or find a local retailer.

Mima Strollers and High Chair

Since their US debut at the ABC Kids Expo in 2013, Mima has really taken the baby gear market by storm.  With a style that is part space pod and part luxury car interior Mima is becoming the new “it” brand for stylish urban moms.

Mima’s current US product line includes three strollers, the Xari, the Kobi and the Bo, and the Mima Moon high chair.

The Xari looks sleek with its leatherette fabric and high sitting position.  It transforms easily from bassinet to seat and is easy to fold and unfold.  The stroller starts at $1200.

Mima Xari

You can learn more about it in the Mima Xari Demo Video on youtube.

If it’s not cool enough for you as it is, the Black and White limited edition Xari should push it over the top!  Right on trend, the black and white edition is pretty hard to get your hands on.  In Canada, try here.  Ask your local retailer about it.

Mima Xari black and white ltd

The Kobi is Mima’s double stroller.  With the same high-end look as the Xari, it can be configured as a buggy, a single forward facing stroller, a rear facing stroller, or a double with any combination of seats and bassinet.

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The Kobi starts at $1350.

Mima’s lightweight stroller is the Bo.  Mima’s leatherette fabric elevates the look of this 15.5 pound stroller.

Mima Bo

It starts at $300.

Finally, the Mima Moon is one of the hottest looking new high chairs out there right now.  A seat pad, tray and booster are included and the Moon comes in six colors.

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It retails for $500.

Roh Crib Now in White and Alto Collection

Spot on Square‘s popular Roh crib is now available in white with acrylic.  Previously it was a two tone piece with walnut and acrylic on the front, walnut or walnut and acrylic on the back and white on the sides.  Now you can choose a simpler, cleaner look with just white and acrylic.  Shall we call it the fish tank of cribs?  Seriously, it’s gorgeous though. ($1700-$2100 and expected to ship October 2014)

Roh Crib-White-2 Sided Acrylic-Front

I MAY be using this crib in our next nursery board.  Follow along on Pinterest as that inspiration develops.

Then, we’ve been waiting for the Alto Collection since ABC Kids Expo 2013.  The Alto Crib ($1790) is a beautiful, modern white crib with chrome legs and your choice of translucent end panels.

Alto Crib with Options

Pair the crib with an Alto Dresser or CredenzaAlto-Crib-Dresser-3Q-Lifestyle Alto-Credenza-Red-Front-Lifestyle

The matching bookshelf is a work of art as well.  Keep it up, Spot on Square!

Back to School 2014: Backpack Picks

Having just spent the past 2 days finding the right backpack for my almost Kindergartener, I already miss the days of the toddler backpack. The kids aren’t as picky, they don’t have to carry too much, and the options are so fun!

When you’re shopping for a toddler or preschool backpack, please pay close attention to the dimensions of the bag. Keep in mind that many are too small to hold a lunchbox. For example, I purchased a Mini Kanken when my youngest was two. It was just the right size for him but just barely fit a lunchbox. After one year I upgraded to the regular size. He still uses the Mini one for trips to the park etc… where he only needs to carry snacks and water. The same will be true for most of the toddler sized backpacks. Just FYI.

Cool Toddler Kids Preschool Backpacks

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From Ore’ Originals Sugarbooger line, the Zippee! Back Packs are simple, small and durable. The Pencil Zippee! is the coolest design, but I also like the Ruler. There are a number of other Zippee! designs and matching lunch totes are available.  $28

Herschel Bags are the coolest choice of the year and the Settlement Kids model is the one for your preschoolers. $40 I also really love the versions they made for J. Crews crewcuts.  $55

The Kane bag from State Bags is the perfect option for do-gooding preschoolers.  For each Kane sold, State Bags hand-delivers one of their backpack to an American child in need.  The Garfield is another good preschool option. $55

Milkdot’s Top Kat backpacks are simply super. Available in 4 colors, buy one when you find one because they are in limited supply. Solid lunch totes can be purchased to match. $40

Cute Toddler Kids Preschool Backpacks

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Designed by Michelle Romo, the Teacher’s Pet Backpacks are as cute as it gets.  The designs include the Panda, Lion, Elephant, Fox and Bunny. These are available exclusively at The Land of Nod. $29

Skip Hop Zoo Packs are the classic little kid backpack. With a huge selection of animals in the “zoo”, everyone in your class could have a different Zoo Pack. My nephew has the Hippo and my niece has the Penguin! $20

MIBO backpacks are a little harder to find, but if you’re interested in having something more unique, they’re well worth the effort.  Animal designs include penguin, tiger, cat, dog, rabbit, gorilla, polar bears, rhino, squirrel, fox, lion and giraffe.  $49

From Beatrix New York, both the little kid backpacks ($42) and the big kid backpacks (shown $52) are small enough for preschoolers. The lunchboxes and cozy-cans are cute add-ons.

Classic Toddler Kids Preschool Backpacks

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You can’t think of backpacks without thinking of L.L. Bean, and their smallest school pack is the Junior Original. You can find this bag in solid colors or patterned like the shark print shown.  $25

I already mentioned the Fjallraven Kanken Mini Daypack. $55 This boxy little bag is sturdy (unless your child is dragging it along the pavement!) and is a neutral enough style that adults can carry it around as well. If the mini is too small, get the regular size.

If you want their backpack to last a long time, the Jansport Superbreak is a great option. This bag will be a large for the smallest toddlers but by pre-K it will work. They’ll be able to use the bag until it falls apart or they just want something different.  $35

Kelty is another classic name in backpacks and the Kelty Minnow is the one for the tots. Pick orange, green or blue.  $40

Crazy Toddler Kids Preschool Backpacks

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The Crocband™ Backpack 2.0 is made of the famous crocs material.  It’s durable, can be personalized with Jibbitz and you can even get shoes to match.  $30

MadPax come in all sizes and lots of funky forms, but the halfpack is the smaller size for kids. $48 Nibblers (shown) are insulated and best for carrying lunch.  $32

I’ve been tempted to get at JumpFromPaper bag but I’m not a fan of the type of attention a bold accessory like that would attract. Not specifically designed for kids, the Spaceman is a fun and funky bag. $140 Imitations abound.

The Lego Brick Backpack is harder to find (unless you’re at the gift shop at Legoland).  $60

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4 Aug 2014, 10:59pm
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Lego Research Institute

Stash this away for when your girls are older or just keep it for yourself!  Lego is working to include more female figures in their minifigure universe, and the Lego Research Institute features a female paleontologist, astronomer and chemist. $20

From the Lego Ideas platform, this set of three mini scenes adds diversity to any Lego collection!

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lego science minifigures

These Lego Ideas sets aren’t around forever so put these away for your future scientists.

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