Coming Soon: Doona Infant Car Seat / Stroller at ABC Kids Expo 2014

I don’t understand why parents insist on carrying infant car seats around. They’re heavy, and when you add a baby, it’s just not a great way to tote around your little one. When not wearing baby or if your infant has fallen asleep in the car, a stroller base that accepts a car seat is a no brainer… but what if your car seat turned into the stroller? That’s the magic of Doona.  The infant car seat that converts into a stroller is coming this December.

Doona car seat

As a car seat, the Doona snaps right into its base, but once you remove it, popping it into stroller form is as easy as opening a basic stroller.

Doona

Doona has also designed diaper bags especially to maximize the functionality of your Doona.

Doona with diaper bag attached

There’s a bag made to hang from the handle and one made to fit perfectly across the back.

Doona Doona diaper bags  Doona Diaper bags

While I wouldn’t use a Doona as my only stroller, it’s a great solution for the little errands where you might otherwise resort to just carrying around the car seat.

The Doona Infant Seat accommodates babies from 4 to 35 lbs and up to 32 inches. It will retail for about $350.

Modern Crib Options at ABC Kids Expo 2014

There’s no denying that more traditional nursery furniture companies now have at least a modern style or two in their line, so I’m always sure to wander into the booths of brands that I wouldn’t typically visit at ABC Kids Expo.  Here what I found.

First, Bivona is manufacturing nice modern cribs under a couple brand names.  Most notably, we have their cribs for Fisher-Price!

Fisher Price Soho Island Crib

The Soho Island Crib is a simple two-tone crib that retails for approximately $300.

Fisher Price Soho Island Cribs

They also have the Fisher-Price Riley Island Crib which retails for just about $250.

Fisher Price Riley Island Crib

From Bivona’s Ti Amo brand, the Moderna Crib is a really nice style.  It comes in the colors shown or all whie.

Ti Amo Moderna Collection Crib

Delta Children has a few great modern collections and is working on more. This Manhattan 3-in-1 Crib is a great gray option. It’s reminicient of the Oeuf’s Sparrow crib but the legs are quite different and it retails for $250.

Delta Manhattan

Delta’s Urban 4-in-1 Crib ‘n’ Changer is a simple and space saving model for about $225.

Delta Urban

Their Hazel collection is the newest and my favorite.  No price info on this one yet.

Delta Hazel

I also really like the toy box they had along side the display.

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Kolcraft showed this Scanda collection which is by far the best looking thing I’ve ever seen from Kolcraft.  In fact, we’ve never had the opportunity to mention them here on the blog ever before!

Kolcraft Scanda

Finally, from Romina Furniture, which is usually a little frilly for our taste, this new New York collection is really exciting.  I like the thin legs and the way you can customize the color and texture of the side panels.  This is a crib that has lots of potential.

Romina Furniture from the New York Collection

Hope I didn’t miss anything!

Coming Soon: Babymoov Debuts at ABC Kids Expo 2014

Most of my visits at ABC Kids Expo are to my favorite brands to discover what’s new, but now and again there’s a new brand on the show floor and I get to learn about their entire lineup of products. Babymoov was one such visit and they sure do have a variety of different baby products. This European brand launched in the US at the Expo and I’m happy to introduce you to them.

The first product that really caught my attention was the Swoon Motion.  Another option in the modern electronic baby swing arena is more than welcome. This product isn’t available just yet, but we’ll keep an eye out for it.

babymoov swoon motion

babymoov swoon motion

The Swoon Up bouncer is another product to keep an eye out for in the future. It’s a unique bouncer because it’s higher than usual– thus removing the temptation we’ve all had to put the bouncer on top of a table.

babymoov swoon up

babymoov swoon up

In addition to it’s flagship Nutribaby baby food maker, some of the first products we can actually expect to see here in the US from babymoov are their humidifiers. There’s a regular humidifier as well as a Digital Humidifier, which keeps the air in a room at a set level.

babymoov humidifiers

The Up & Go Booster Seat is a compact and easy to carry travel booster with a three point harness and featuring adjustable height.

babymoov Up & Go Booster Seat

I also spent some time admiring the extensive range of diaper bag models from babymoov. There was a lot here to love and I hope we start seeing some of these soon.

babymoov diaper bags

Finally, though I didn’t get a photo of it, their new baby moitor won the JPMA Innovation Award in the Parent’s Pick category. The Baby Camera 0 Emission is the first and only video baby monitior with no electromagnetic wave emissions. (coming March 2015)

It will be interesting to see how babymoov catches on here.

Coming Soon: What’s New from Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2014

My visit with Skip Hop is always a highlight of my trip to the ABC Kids Expo.

This year, the most exciting new debut from Skip Hop is their Zoo Pals Rain Gear.  With matching umbrellas ($15) and raincoats ($30), your toddlers can take their favorite zoo pal even further. Monkey, Ladybug and Owl lovers are in luck this time around.

Skip Hop Rain Gear

Skip Hop’s Playspot playmat is reaching a new level of style and sophistication with this Triangle Tiles set. With the same cushy comfort for playtime, the zig zag design blends into your home’s decor.

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A few fun new toys are being added to Skip Hop’s line like the Roll-Around Rattles, Click Clack Hedgehog and Bandana Buddies.

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The Zoo Line is also expanding its mealtime accessories with a 4-piece Zoo Lunch Kit, Insulated Food Jar, and Zoo Snack Cup. They are all ridiculously cute.

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These Zoo Packs and Lunchies will be limited editions for the holidays, so if you love them, please snatch them up asap. I’m really digging the Polar Bear.

Skip Hop Limited Edition Holiday Zoo Packs

The Moby bath range now has a tub stopper. It’s a very comprehensive set now!

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The owl nightlight and projecting mobile are on their way. These are actually really stylish little electronic accessories and I think they’ll be big hits.

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Finally, for it’s 10 year anniversary, Skip Hop’s Duo Signature diaper bag is relaunching with new and improved features like tote handles and a smart phone pocket. Just think, we didn’t have smart phones 10 years ago!

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The Special Edition Duos are also really cute bags.

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Great job, Skip Hop (and thanks for the cupcake)!

Coming Soon: What’s New from Dutailier at ABC Kids Expo 2014

Dutailier is a fun new staple in the Modern Child section of the ABC Kids Expo. Since their modern furniture debut in 2011, I’ve been looking forward to seeing their annual displays.

This year Dutailier featured four new gliders for your modern nursery. First is the Capuccino shown here with a Melon Crib.

Dutailier Capuccino Glider with Melon Crib

Here’s the Capuccino in another color…

Dutailier Capuccino Glider

Next is the Urban 770. It’s a compact model.

Dutailier Urban 770 glider gray Dutailier Urban 770 glider

Next there’s the Urban 775 shown here in a Biscotti nursery.

Dutailier Biscotti Nursery with Urban GliderDutailier Urban 775 glider

Then they’ve got the Alsace Glider, shown here with the Pomelo collection.

Dutailier Pomelo Crib and Dresser with Alsace GliderDutailier Alsace Glider

Finally, I liked this idea here of the headboard cover for the Melon bed.

Dutailier Melon Bed with new headboard cover

So who did their nursery with Dutailier? I want photos!

Coming Soon: What’s New from 3 Sprouts at ABC Kids Expo 2014

You know I always love to keep you up to date on 3 Sprouts, so you’ve got to take a look at the new offerings shown at ABC Kids Expo 2014.

3 Sprouts booth at ABC Kids Expo 2014

First, and most excitingly, a new product! Lunchboxes!! These insulated lunchboxes are cute as can be with a silver background. There are six lunchbox animals to start.

3 Sprouts lunchboxes

Two new bath caddies are the snail and lizard? iguana? chameleon?

3 Sprouts caddies

Two new storage bins are the snake and the rhino.

3 Sprouts storage bins

And the shark and polar bear are the newest (and cutest!) bath storage pieces.

3 sprouts bath storage

Coming Soon: What’s New from Ubbi at ABC Kids Expo 2014

Ubbi, famous for its modern, colorful steel diaper pail is expanding its line of products. We checked out their entire range at the ABC Kids Expo 2014.

With a total now of 12 diaper pail colors, you can have the perfect pail to blend into your nursery decor. FYI, orange is exclusive to giggle and the red is exclusive to Target.

Ubbi Diaper Pails

Coming soon is Ubbi’s new Diaper Caddy. This sleek convenient design will be available in 4 colors and includes space for diapers, wipes, small necessities and even a changing mat. With a handle, you can take this wherever is convenient for you to change the baby.

Ubbi changing station

Going beyond diapering to potty training, Ubbi’s 3-in-1 potty is a well thought out design that has you covered throughout toddler training. The 3-in-1 is a potty, toilet trainer and step stool, all with a colorful non-skid edge.

Ubbi Diaper Pails and Potty

You will also be able to buy the toilet trainer, and step stool separately as well as a hook for hanging the training seat.

Ubbi Potty Seat

Finally, Ubbi is expanding into the feeding arena of baby products. The first and only item on display to introduce the new line is the tweat snack container.

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With an intro this cute, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the collection will look like.

What’s New from MDB at the ABC Kids Expo 2014

As usual, the MDB Family of brands had a really busy booth at ABC Kids Expo 2014. With brands like Babyletto, Nursery Works, and Ubabub there’s always a lot to see at MDB.

First we have Nursery Works. With four crib designs in its collection, this display was a show stopper. I introduced you to their new cribs a few weeks ago, but it was wonderful to see them in person.

Nursery Works Cribs

First is the Highlight Crib with the neon yellow metal base.

Highlight Crib Nursery Works

Next is the Halo Crib with the 24 karat gold square base.

Nursery Works Halo Crib

The Contour Crib is really spectacular and the design converts beautifully from bassinet to crib. I wish they had shown it in bassinet form as well, but they did have the mattress to illustrate the size and the pieces that come with the crib.

Nursery Works Contour Crib

The Empire Rockers are shown here in some new and limited edition fabrics.

Nursery Works Empire Rockers

There are also some fun limited edition fabrics for the Sleepytime Rocker. I’d personally vote for some colorful solids, but you can always order custom upholstery.

Nursery Works Rockers

On the Babyletto side, the new Gelato collection features a simple design with colorful leg options. Choose Cool Mint or Spring Yellow.Babyletto Gelato
Leg Colors Babyletto

Here you can also see one of Babyletto’s new gliders. The Trapeze will be available in this gray or cream.DSC_0373

This mid-century style Scoot collection is versatile and will suit many different nursery styles.

Babyletto Scoot

The Lolly Collection will be available in this gray color in addition to the original white.Babyletto Lolly

Babyletto’s new Bento glider is small and simple model.

Babyletto Glider

I like the way the new Bingo Collection incorporates color as well as storage.

Babyletto Bingo

There will be three new bedding patterns added to Babyletto’s line up. I particularly like the tulips and the aztec style design.

Babyletto New Bedding Collections
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We got a preview of this rocking chair last year, but this year it’s being shown with a new storage piece with a neon accent.

Babyletto Bedding and rocker

And the Lemonade Playset isn’t new, but how cute does it look with all the colors?

Lemonade Playset Babyletto

Finally, from the DaVinci brand, the Jenny Lind Crib is coming out it Lagoon.

DaVinci Jenny Lind in Lagoon
Such a great color.

2014 JMPA Innovation Awards at ABC Kids Expo

As part of the festivities at the 2014 ABC Kids Expo, the JPMA announced its 2014 Innovation Award winners.

Judges Pick Award: Cloud Q Infant car seat from CYBEX
With safety and quality comparable to the Cybex Aton 2 and Aton Q, the innovative Cloud Q can recline completely when used on a stroller.  (coming early 2015)

Cloud Q Infanct Car Seat from CYBEX

Parent’s Pick Award: Baby Camera 0 Emission by Babymoov
The first and only video baby monitior with no electromagnetic wave emissions. (coming March 2015)

Feeding/Bathing/Changing category: Wow Baby Spill Free 360 Cup by Wow Gear, LLC

Wow Baby Spill Free Cup

Safety category: Buddy Tag by Le Vise Products

Buddy Tag

Child restraint category: Doona Car Seat by Simple Parenting

Doona Car Seat

Nursery category: Duux Bluetooth Baby Protector with Lullabies and Nightlight by Duux

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Play/entertainment category: SoapSox

SoapSox

Infant/parent care category: Love to Dream 50/50 Transition by Regal Lager, Inc.

Love to Dream 50/50 Transition

On-the-go category: Chicco LullaGo Bassinet by Chicco USA (*less than $100*)

Chicco LullaGo Bassinet

Carriers category: Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier

Ergobaby 4D Stretch Baby Wrap

Stroller category: UPPAbaby Vista Stroller

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Congratulations to all the winners.

Coming Soon: What’s New from Monte at ABC Kids Expo 2014

In the drool-worthy category at the ABC Kids Expo 2014 is the Rockwell Bassinet featuring a walnut base and sleek chrome frame.

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A variation on the Ninna Nanna Bassinet, the Rockwell Bassinet is an even more spectacularly modern design.

Monte Bassinets

In the glider section, two limited edition gliders make up the Wool and Walnut collection.  Here’s a sleek Vola Glider in the wool and walnut combination.

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This Luca Glider is shown in Oatmeal Wool with a solid walnut base.

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The Joya Rocker looks amazing with a new sand fabric and natural maple base.

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Finally, I’m excited they’re adding a new color to their Cubino selection.  It’s been a while so I was happy to see this new yellow version.  Cute, right?! (photo via montedesign on instagram)

Yellow Monte Cubino

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