Ten Hanukkah Titles for Tots

There’s still time to add some Hanukkah book titles into your little one’s library. These are my picks— with “My First Menorah” being my choice as the best first Hanukkah book.

Hanukkah Library

Chanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael J. Rosen- $7
My First Menorah by Salina Yoon- $7
Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale by Eric A. Kimmel- $13
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Hanukkah by Roger Priddy- $5
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins: 25th Anniversary Edition by Eric A. Kimmel- $14
Maccabee!: The Story of Hanukkah by Tilda Balsley- $6.60
The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler- $15
The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah by Martha Seif Simpson- $14
Hanukkah Haiku by Harriet Ziefert- $17
The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket- $10

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New Colors from Spot on Square

I liked the original patterned panels on the Alto Crib from Spot on Square, but these colorful translucent panels really get my brain buzzing. So pretty. This is a great way to add a modern pop of color to your nursery!

acrylic color panels on the Alto Crib from Spot on Square

In addition, you can now get the Eicho Collection in gray in addition to white.

Eicho Collection in gray

Now don’t mind me, I’ll just be putting an Eicho Twin Bed on my new home wish list. I have an almost 10 year old who could use an upgrade!

Mod Mom Ride-On Storage Boxes

New from Mod Mom Furniture, the 3-in-1 Mod Car, Mod Airplane and Mod Truck are the most fun storage unit we’ve ever laid eyes on.

Ride-On Storage Box Mod Mom Furniture

Designed by Barry Parsons and Greg Philips and handmade in Ohio, these fun storage boxes make a great holiday gift! $389

17 Nov 2015, 11:04pm
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myBlockhead from Tegu

Stocking stuffer alert! Get started with Tegu or give the kids a new reason to pull out their set of Tegu blocks with a custom myBlockhead.

myblockhead from Tegu

Pick the eye color, leg colors and cube design for your child’s own little Tegu character.

Add one (or a few) to your Tegu collection today!

Fab Furniture at ABC Kids Expo 2015

As we wrap up our ABC Kids Expo coverage, there are a few new modern furniture collections that I want to be sure that you see.

From Newport Cottages, if you really want to go full on with the Mid-Century modern details, the Skylar collection is your dream come true.

Newport Cottages Skylar at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Dutailier had its new Caramel nursery collection on display. They’re just getting sweeter and sweeter, aren’t they? (collection name joke)

Dutailier Caramel Collection at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Finally, another Spanish nursery brand was testing the US waters at ABC Kids. I loved both cribs from Bresole, the Nubol and the Juvi and the rocker was a prototype they’re working on, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for that beauty. As is, it was a little small. I’m 5′ 5″ and the seat seemed a little petite for me.

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Aren’t you excited about all the nursery possibilities?!

What’s New from Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Skip Hop is a must-see at the ABC Kids Expo and their big showstopper this year was the Uplift Baby Bouncer.

Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

It’s a comfortable, modern baby lounger with the unique height adjusting feature. It adjusts from regular floor height up to sofa level to let you more easily interact with baby wherever you’re most comfortable. Coming in the spring/summer 2016.

Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Skip Hop’s Arch Activity Gym has lots of cool features like a sound activated dancing fox and a secret pocket for your phone behind the mirror where you can take photos or videos of baby playing!

Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

You can already find these new baby toys for sale…

Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

… as well as these Take-along Kids Nightlights.

Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

There are also a number of great new bath toys that are part of the zoo collection.

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Finally, these High Line Totes are a chic new bags that will join an already wonderfully diverse diaper bag lineup.

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Keep an eye out for all the new stuff!

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Terrific Toys from the ABC Kids Expo 2015

When I’m looking for a break from all the baby gear and strollers at the ABC Kids Expo, I go searching for a little fun in the form of toys.

First I was excited to come across the new line of toys from Monroe Workshop. Their collection includes mini robot horses, a robot monkey and this Robot Monkey Rocking Horse.

Monroe Workshop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

You’ll also want to take note of their incredible Haverhill Rocker. I would have loved to bring one of these home with me!

Monroe Workshop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Manny & Simon always has something new to show and this year it was these vehicles with peg people. They’ve had vehicles before, but with the people, there’s an added level of play value.

Manny & Simon at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Green Toys is also featuring more vehicles with figures including these Sport Boats and the Dumper, Mixer and Scooper.

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They’re also bringing back their stacking block set but with a new color combination.

Green Toys at ABC Kids Expo 2015

One of my favorite modern toy brands is Plan Toys and they always have lots of new toys on display.

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I particularly love the little Piggy Banks,

Plan Toys at ABC Kids Expo

bird houses and bird feeders.

Plan Toys at ABC Kids Expo

There are lots of new bath toys like these little sailboats with polar creatures,

Plan Toys at ABC Kids Expo

and the pirate boat.

Plan Toys at ABC Kids Expo

And their newest dollhouse is this Creative Play House.

Plan Toys at ABC Kids Expo

Look for these new toys for your holiday gift giving!

Stylish and Special New Strollers (and Car Seats) at ABC Kids Expo 2015

The number and variety of stroller brands, models and features presented on the floor of the ABC Kids Expo is always overwhelming, but there are so many new things that you’re going to love in the world of modern strollers for 2015 and 2016.

I was surprised when I saw OXO had come out with a stroller, but the parents at OXO strive to solve the most annoying parenting problems, so I knew this was worth taking a look at.

OXO Cubby

I liked how even folded and standing up vertically, the handle doesn’t touch the ground, and true to its name, the Cubby has plenty of nifty pockets that make it almost like a diaper bag on wheels. There are two versions of this stroller– the Cubby ($300) and Cubby Plus ($400). Coming in 2016.

OXO Cubby

I was really excited to see this colorful booth on the show floor. Did you know that you can find Cosatto strollers in the US now? You can find the Supa Stroller in lots of colorful patterns like Hipstar and my favorite– Flamingo Fling!

Colorful Cosatto Strollers

Colorful Cosatto Strollers

There was lots of excitement at Quinny, and it wasn’t just about the fancy new jogging stroller (coming next spring).

Quinny Jogger

Quinny and Maxi-Cosi are making strides to have the most fashionable strollers and car seats, and their latest collaboration is with the fashionable Rachel Zoe. Her collection will include a Quinny Moodd as well as Pria 85 and Mico Max 30 car seats.

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The Watercolor Maxi-Cosi should be available to accompany you on winter travel to tropical destinations.

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For something a little more subtle, but extremely elegant, consider the Sweater Knit collection. This collection should ship any day now to keep your baby looking cozy this fall.

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Quinny’s Bold Block Moodd and Buzz with matching Maxi-Cosi car seats are fantastically fashion forward and come in this bold red combo or a more tonal cream and gray .

Quinny Stroller

If you still haven’t found the special edition beauty you love, how about Star by Edward van Vliet? No excuse for plain boring strollers any more!

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There’s nothing boring about Clek‘s new Tokidoki space pattern…

Clek Tokidoshi Space

… but if that’s too much, the Capri blue color is a beautiful new shade.

Clek New Blue

Also worthy of mention is their seat protector accessory. Might as well get the Clek one when you buy your seat.

Clek Seat Protector

Even Mountain Buggy is embracing the fashion stroller trend and introduced the Cosmopolitan Luxury Geo Stroller.


Mamas & Papas always has beautiful strollers but this year they really outdid themselves. The Rose gold frame on the Urbo2 looks really luxurious.

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The new Donna Wilson bear print is ridiculously cute.


And finally, the peacock feather pattern of the new Liberty collaboration is one of the most stunning things you’ve ever seen on a stroller.


If you’re unlucky enough not to need another stroller, at least grab the diaper bag!


Stokke’s strollers are keeping up with the fun fashion trends and there are more combinations and colors to choose from than ever.

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One of the most talked about strollers in Vegas this year was the Entourage stroller from Austlen Baby Co. The winner of the 2015 Best In Show in the JPMA Innovation Awards, this revolutionary stroller has all the storage you could ever want from a stroller and is super versatile with over 30 different configurations.


It’s a single stroller, a double, a twin, a travel, a shopping cart… you really need to take a look at this thing.


Another attention getting new (to the US at least) brand is Greentom. These strollers are very lightweight and made of recycled plastic!


Finally, I really enjoyed getting to learn about gb child and learning about their diverse lines of strollers, car seats and travel systems.

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By far the most stunning was their Pockit, which holds the record as the world’s smallest folding stroller. It’s really impressive and I hope I get a chance to play with one! Check out my video of the demo on Instagram.

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2015 JPMA Innovation Awards at the ABC Kids Expo 2015

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association honors the most exciting new products in the juvenile industry each year and the winners are chosen and announced at the ABC Kids Expo. The following were the winners for 2015…

In the Feeding/Bathing/Changing Category, the winner was the Happy Mat by ezpz. “The Happy Mat is a revolutionary game changer for mealtime with kids. It is a placemat and plate in one that suctions to the table, which means that it captures kids’ messes and doesn’t allow for tipped bowls or plates.”

The Happy Mat by ezpz

In the Safety Category, the winner was  The Owlet Baby Monitor by Owlet Baby Care, Inc. “This is the only monitor that uses hospital technology—pulse oximetry—and can truly alert parents if their baby stops breathing.”

The Owlet Baby Monitor by Owlet Baby Care, Inc

In the Child Restraint Category, the winner was Evenflo Advanced Sensor Safe Embrace DLX Infant Car Seat. “This infant car seat offers technology aimed to prevent child vehicular heatstroke. Upon arrival at your destination, the Evenflo SensorSafe™ Technology will generate a series of tones, reminding you that your baby is present in the vehicle.”

Evenflo Advanced Sensor Safe Embrace DLX Infant Car Seat

In the Nursery Category, the winner was the Newton Crib Mattress. “Newton is the only 100% breathable, washable, recyclable crib mattress. Independent testing ranked Newton highest in safety compared to leading competitors.”

In the Play/Entertainment Category, the winner was the SpinAgain by Fat Brain Toys. “It’s a stacking toy with a spin! SpinAgain is the first ever stacking and twirling toy!”


In the Infant/Parent Care Category, the winner was ErgoBaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow. “The Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow is uniquely designed with curved contouring to help position baby in an ideal tummy-to-tummy position that offers lasting support to nurse comfortably.”

In the On The Go Category, the winner was Travel Humidifier by Crane. “Crane’s Travel Humidifier allows you to bring relieving humidity anywhere you and your family travel. This humidifier has a power adapter for USB or standard A/C outlets, plugging directly into your computer, your car or right into any wall.”

Travel Humidifier by Crane

In the Carriers Category, the winner was The Mountain Buggy Juno. “Juno transitions seamlessly from newborn to toddler, providing a hands free, hands through connection.”

The Mountain Buggy Juno

In the Stroller Category, the winner was Babyzen Yoyo + by BabyZen USA. “The Babyzen Yoyo+ is the urban stroller for parents on the move – folds to carry on size, yet is solid and strong as any other stroller.”

 Babyzen Yoyo + by BabyZen USA

The 2015 Best In Show winner was The Entourage by Austlen Baby Co. “The Entourage stroller features the most versatility and storage capacity on the market, accommodating up to 150 pounds of combined weight.”

 The Entourage by Austlen Baby Co

And finally, the 2015 Parent’s Pick Award winner was  The Owlet Baby Monitor by Owlet Baby Care Inc.

Congratulations to all the winners!

17 Oct 2015, 10:36pm
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MonoChrome Bobbin from Three Pears

In case you haven’t seen, or have forgotten about the Bobbin activity center from Three Pears, I urge you to take a look at this beautiful modern alternative to the usual plastic nonsense. We’re mentioning it today because now it’s even more modern in MonoChrome!

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There really is not another activity center on the market right now that I can recommend. It’s currently about $480 USD. Keep in mind that the price on the site is listed in Canadian dollars.

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