Bath Finds at ABC Kids Expo 2014

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.

Boon soak baby bath

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.

boon bath toys

Marco is a little diver.

boon bath toys

And Pipes stick to the wall and have water flow from one to another. I’D play with those!

boon bath toys

Finally, the Frog Pod is being updated with a wider, less detailed design.

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Stokke has the Flexibath under its umbrella of products and now you can get it in more colors.

Stokke Flexibath

Prince Lionheart is coming out with some bath grips and this tic tac toe game should be fun.

Prince Lionheart bath accessories toys

Kid o has a variety of great modern bath toys, and this Plui cloud will be a great addition.

kid o plui

Did I miss anything?

4moms at ABC Kids Expo 2014

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.

2015 mamaRoo from 4moms

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!

Backpacks: Diaper Bag Trend and Back to School 2015 Preview from the ABC Kids Expo 2014

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.

SoYoung booth

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.

SoYoung Backpack and lunchbox

They have several lunchbox styles like the regular lunch box (I love the sea designs),

SoYoung lunchboxes

cooler bags and the upright toddler lunchboxes.

SoYoung lunchboxes

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.

SoYoung ice packs

Milkdot is bound to get a slot or two on our back-to-school roundup next year. I especially like the bags on the right, and the Kawaii Pac mini backpacks are adorable.

milkdot booth

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.

Lassig Kids Bags

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.

JJ Cole toddler backpacks and lunchboxes

Some of the designs are a little too cartoony, but I really like the rocket and your child might have a favorite as well.

JJ Cole Toddler Backpacks

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?

Diaper Bag Backpacks

Clockwise from the top left: Companion Backpack from TWELVElittle, Madison from Perry Mackin, Be Right Back Platinum Petals from Ju Ju Be, and a backpack from babymoov.

Decor Favorites at the ABC Kids Expo 2014

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.

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I’m crazy about the new Sun Pillow and the Flower Pillow. These are already available on blabla’s website.

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Their two newest dolls are Marigold the Flower and Bluebelle the Flower, and they also had some fresh bedding patterns for preview.

blabla bedding

Manny & Simon is another great source for modern decor and toys and their booth was fantastic.

Manny & Simon booth

I’m especially excited about their new line of banks.

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The mini vehicle collections are sweet…

Manny & Simon cars

… and the Police Car is the latest edition to their line of push toy vehicles.

Manny & Simon police cars

Finally, I think their new wooden teethers are going to be a huge hit.

manny & simon teethers

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.

Pearhead photo milestones

My favorites were the Photo Prop Talk Bubble

Pearhead firsts chalkboard

… and the Age Block Sets. These are fun to use and make great gifts.

pearhead calendar milestone blocks

Pearhead also makes the cutest banks. Check out the wooden piggy bank with the bow!

pearhead banks

We visited with rouxroo last year, but their products are now available for purchase. There are decor pieces like the small canvases as well as great bold blankets, toys and accessories.

rouxroo

You can find these earth-friendly organic products on their website or at some great shops throughout North America.

rouxroo balls

There were lots of exciting new products from Wee Gallery including these incredible Merino Baby Blankets,

Wee Gallery Merino Baby Blankets

posters,

Wee Gallery

and ceramic dining pieces.

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We’ve recently become fans of Lucy Darling and I was excited to take a look at their product lines in person.

Lucy Darling

From the art prints to the monthly photo stickers and closet dividers, everything is as sweet as can be.

Lucy Darline gallery Lucy Darling prints and stickers

Last but not least, it was fun to see Petit Pehr‘s collection and new designs.

Petit Pehr

I’m in love with the adorable character pillows…

Petit Pehr

… and the new bug bins are adorable.

Petit Pehr

So many great designs for your storage needs.

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There is no shortage of great new decor accessories for the modern nursery going into 2015!  It’s always exciting.

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

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.

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

The seat of the bouncer also rotates around 360 degrees.

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. They should retail for about $60 and $100.

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

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