coming soon! shopping guide: ABCKids baby gear diaper bag stroller
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I looked for the perfect, reasonably priced, lightweight stroller for years, and now that I don’t need it anymore, I finally found the one I’ve always wanted (and lots more) at Mamas & Papas.
The Armadillo is an award winning stroller that is big on function but folds up small. I’m a fan, but now with the Armadillo Flip that can go forward or rear facing, I am 100% sold!
The Armadillo City is even lighter (about 15 lbs) and extra slim. This is the lightweight no-nonsense version.
The Special Edition Mamas & Papas strollers really caught my eye as well. This Urbo2 is a limited edition with a great triangle print.
The Mamas & Papas Signature Edition features a cute doodle fabric and a fun yellow handle.
The Special Edition Donna Wilson strollers aren’t new, but they’re still among my favorites. You can get an Urbo2 or Mylo2. Scroll down to see the matching diaper bag and you can purchase a matching toy as well!
This is another chic fabric coming out for the Urbo2– gotta love the tweed, and look out for other color options.
I’m glad they’ve got a new neutral color for the Baby Bud Booster Seat…
…and their Babyplay 4-in-1 Tummy Time Play & Explore Playmat was one of my favorite infant playmats at the show.
There are plenty of cute diaper bags from Mamas & Papas including ones that match the special edition strollers, but my favorites are the solid bags that unfortunately aren’t in the photo.
Overall, a great showing from Mamas & Papas.
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The toy booths are fun stops for me at the ABC Kids Expo. Here are my favorite toy finds from the show.
Janod has been in the US for a couple years now and their ever growing selection is almost enough to make me want to open my own toy shop! Their Story Express Sets are part playset and part train set– ready for imaginative play. The I Wood toddler puzzles are great on many levels. I also love their magnetic play sets and the squirrel tree is a fun ramp toy and adorable as decor as well!
Kid o is a fun and colorful modern toy brand and I enjoyed seeing all their new products. I’m happy to see musical toys like the Tambourine. The Marble Maze is a new take on the party favor toy, and I can see myself playing with this thing for hours. The cute little bunny, frog and cat are bubble blowers, and the bottom photo shows their Moluk toys.
Plan Toys keeps getting a larger place in my toy loving heart. Their new products just keep expanding an already incredible brand. How cute is the new Ride-On Pony? Their new rattles like the Bunny Rattle are fantastic. I love their wooden bath toys– especially the new Activity Boat, and I’m excited to finally have a photo of their award winning table and chair set!
I showed you Tegu’s Future sets earlier, and they had the entire collection at their booth. Tegu is getting more and more colorful and interested in creating new opportunities for creation and imagination. We might be seeing more collections like the Future sets in the future (heh).
There are always new fun designs coming from cloud b, but how cute is Charley the Chameleon?!
Finn and Emma have a few new toy collections coming out and I’m crazy about these sailors! We’ll post about these again when they come out.
Too much fun!
There were not a whole lot of new innovations in the world of baby bathing products at the ABC Kids Expo this year, but here’s the best of what WAS new and different this year…
Boon probably has the most modern collection of bathing products and a great variety of bath toys. They have a number of new products for 2015. First is the Soak tub. If the Naked doesn’t work for you, then you might be interested in Soak. Its innovation is the mesh base that works for a newborn in one position and when flipped around, works better for older babies.
A number of new toys will make bath time more fun. Sadly, my boys have moved on to showers. They’re missing out on these great new choices from boon! Cast is a cute fishing game.
Marco is a little diver.
And Pipes stick to the wall and have water flow from one to another. I’D play with those!
Finally, the Frog Pod is being updated with a wider, less detailed design.
Stokke has the Flexibath under its umbrella of products and now you can get it in more colors.
Prince Lionheart is coming out with some bath grips and this tic tac toe game should be fun.
Did I miss anything?
As is becoming their annual tradition, 4moms had an Apple-style presentation at ABC Kids Expo to demonstrate and share their new styles and features. There were no new products ready to show this year (no news yet about the car seat or Origami Go), but I hope they’re working on some fun innovations behind the scenes.
What they DID announce this year was the fact that they’ve made the Breeze 6 pounds lighter. As its weight is my #1 issue with the easy-to-use Breeze, this is great news.
They also demonstrated the mamaRoo updates for 2015.
They just keep perfecting this already amazing product. The display screen is larger and the look is a little more streamlined, but most importantly, there’s now an app to control your mamaRoo remotely from your phone or tablet!
If you can delay your MamaRoo purchase until January, do it!
coming soon! shopping guide: ABCKids backpack diaper bag
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We just recently published our 2014 back to school backpack picks, but I’ve already found some front runners for next year’s backpack roundup.
First I’m excited about SoYoung‘s new designs.
One of my #1 things I look for in a kids backpack is where to put the lunchbox, and I love that some of SoYoung’s toddler bag lunchboxes can clip to the outside of the backpack if it’s too full inside.
They have several lunchbox styles like the regular lunch box (I love the sea designs),
This year they’ve also added their own sweat proof ice packs. I’m going to need some of these for our SoYoung lunchbox! You can never have too many ice packs.
I’m really excited about us being able to get our hands on these lovely kids bags from Lassig. I hope to see these around the US before next school year begins. My favorites are on the top left.
Finally, JJ Cole has really created a great toddler backpack. So many of them are too small to carry a folder for schoolwork but these are designed to be just large enough without being too big to carry independently.
Some of the designs are a little too cartoony, but I really like the rocket and your child might have a favorite as well.
I also noticed that the backpack diaper bag is one of the hottest trends across almost all diaper bag brands. They’re so practical and now there are tons of attractive choices. Why have we resisted for so long?
coming soon! shopping guide: ABCKids nursery decor pillows storage
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After furniture, my favorite booths at the ABC Kids Expo are full of decor pieces and design inspiration. These were my seven favorite decor booths and the great new products from some really cool and fun brands.
First were the adorable soft goods from blabla.
I’m crazy about the new Sun Pillow and the Flower Pillow. These are already available on blabla’s website.
Their two newest dolls are Marigold the Flower and Bluebelle the Flower, and they also had some fresh bedding patterns for preview.
Manny & Simon is another great source for modern decor and toys and their booth was fantastic.
I’m especially excited about their new line of banks.
The mini vehicle collections are sweet…
… and the Police Car is the latest edition to their line of push toy vehicles.
Finally, I think their new wooden teethers are going to be a huge hit.
Pearhead has a great selection of personal gifts items like frames and photo albums, but I thought their new line of photo milestone accessories is crazy cute.
My favorites were the Photo Prop Talk Bubble…
… and the Age Block Sets. These are fun to use and make great gifts.
You can find these earth-friendly organic products on their website or at some great shops throughout North America.
There were lots of exciting new products from Wee Gallery including these incredible Merino Baby Blankets,
and ceramic dining pieces.
We’ve recently become fans of Lucy Darling and I was excited to take a look at their product lines in person.
From the art prints to the monthly photo stickers and closet dividers, everything is as sweet as can be.
Last but not least, it was fun to see Petit Pehr‘s collection and new designs.
I’m in love with the adorable character pillows…
… and the new bug bins are adorable.
So many great designs for your storage needs.
There is no shortage of great new decor accessories for the modern nursery going into 2015! It’s always exciting.
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.
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 has also designed diaper bags especially to maximize the functionality of your Doona.
There’s a bag made to hang from the handle and one made to fit perfectly across the back.
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.
coming soon! shopping guide: ABCKids crib nursery furniture
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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!
The Soho Island Crib is a simple two-tone crib that retails for approximately $300.
They also have the Fisher-Price Riley Island Crib which retails for just about $250.
From Bivona’s Ti Amo brand, the Moderna Crib is a really nice style. It comes in the colors shown or all whie.
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’s Urban 4-in-1 Crib ‘n’ Changer is a simple and space saving model for about $225.
Their Hazel collection is the newest and my favorite. No price info on this one yet.
I also really like the toy box they had along side the display.
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!
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.
Hope I didn’t miss anything!
coming soon! shopping guide: ABCKids baby gear booster bouncer
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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.
The unique feature of the Swoon Motion is its motion sense start. If baby wakes up and starts squirming, the motion will turn back on.
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.
The seat of the bouncer also rotates around 360 degrees.
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. They should retail for about $60 and $100.
The Up & Go Booster Seat is a compact and easy to carry travel booster with a three point harness and featuring adjustable height.
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.
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! shopping guide: ABCKids baby gear backpack feeding mobile nightlight toys
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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’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.
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.
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!
The Special Edition Duos are also really cute bags.
Great job, Skip Hop (and thanks for the cupcake)!