23 Sep 2014, 9:19pm
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ABC Kids Expo 2014: Thanks for Reading!

Hope I didn’t miss anything!  But I’ve been home for almost two weeks now, so it’s time for the show coverage to come to an end.

That's a wrap!

And now back to our regularly scheduled posting! Well, it’s not actually “scheduled”. I post things fresh as I write them in an effort to bring you the latest information as soon as possible all year long, not just during our trade show coverage.

Bedding Finds at ABC Kids Expo 2014

You can start looking forward to two beautiful new bedding collections from Oilo.  The top is a floral inspired modern light pink shade and the dark gray is called Finn.

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From Nook Sleep, more toddler and twin bedding options will be available soon and the newest mattress color is a not too dark navy.

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For a limited time, the changer will be available in this trend gray color they’re calling Misty.

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And you can accessorize your Nook with these colorful pillows.

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Finally, Stokke has teamed up with Aden + Anais to bring you super soft bedding for your Stokke Sleepi!

Aden + Anais bedding for the Stokke Sleepi

The Latest Gear and Accessories from ABC Kids Expo 2014

There’s a ton of baby gear on the show floor at the ABC Kids Expo and here’s the best of what I saw.

The Travel products from KidCo are no-nonsense, do what they need to do products, that work at home, while camping, or while traveling. The new items in the travel collection are the DreamPod Portable Bassinet ($150) and the TravelPod Portable Play Yard ($170). KidCo also added a lighter weight “Plus” model of the GoPod and updated the PeaPod as well.

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Diaper Dekor diaper pails were getting larger (classic, plus and xl), but now they’re coming out with a smaller mini version for those who don’t prefer to store dirty diapers for very long.

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For a limited time, this Dots by Karin BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft will be available exclusively at Kohls.com.  If you want to go all in on the black and white for baby, you don’t want to miss this one.

Dots by Karin BABYBJORN 2014 Limited Edition

Babyhome is coming out with another version of their Dream bassinet. The Dream Air has sides that unzip for ventilation and visibility. This type of mesh on travel sleepers and bassinets for air flow and ventilation was a huge trend across the board at the expo.

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Regal Lager‘s newest brand, Qdos, has some great modern baby gate options including a transparent acrylic gate. I’d suffer a few hand prints on that thing rather than use a clunky unsightly gate, but that’s just me. Qdos is a whole line of safety products and I look forward to seeing the rest of the line when they launch.

Qdos gates

In case there aren’t enough color options for your Maxi-Cosi Mico car seat, soon you’ll be able to customize your seat when you order it. It’s a great car seat to begin with and now buying your Mico has never been more fun.

Maxi-Cosi infant seats

There are all kinds of fancy special edition strollers out there with fun or fashionable fabrics and finishes, but this iCoo stroller is the first I’ve seen with a copper frame.

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I got to check out Stokke’s Trailz, their heavy-duty all-terrain stroller.  $1300

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The Scoot is the compact Stokke stroller.  I love that it it forward or rear facing and has an upright seating position.  $600

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Check out all the accessories for the Stokke strollers. And the Stroller Style Kit Seat Print (center with Beige Cubes) makes one super stylish stroller!

Stokke Strollers

Fisher Price seems to be heading in a good direction with this Comfort Curve Bouncer.

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Nuna showed the Mixx stroller and the full sized Tavo stroller.

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The new Wind attachment for the Leaf keeps the seat rocking automatically.

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And here’s a new changing tray top for the Sena.

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There was plenty of new stuff and many brands I didn’t even get to! For more baby gear and stroller coverage from the Expo, check out Growing Your Baby, Spilling the Beans, Baby Chic 101 and Baby Gizmo.  It’s no wonder they had good coverage because I saw them all over the place!

Feeding Finds at ABC Kids Expo 2014

Everyone would love to find the perfect infant and toddler feeding solution, but there’s not one single line that is perfect for everyone. Just like we all eat different foods, there are different feeding products that work for each family. Maybe this new crop of feeding products contains the perfect product for you.

First from Puj, this Filla kids cup is actually really perfect for MY family. I let my boys get their own cups and water whenever they like, but somehow two boys manage to use about a dozen cups a day! With a Puj Filla, they might actually use a cup more than once! With this type of great thinking, I hope Puj continues to grow beyond the bath and starts to expand more into the kitchen!

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I’d never heard of jj rabbit before so I consider this one of my great finds from the ABC Kids Expo 2014. Starting with the adorable eco-friendly Cuppies with hidden animals inside, the line also includes plates, utensils and bibs. These are really awesome.

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Re-Play is another great eco-friendly brand of recycled kids feeding products. Available in a range of bright colors, their product range is comprehensive enough to be all you need at home.

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Re Play

Another new product I’m REALLY excited about is the Straw Top from Silikids. They’ve already had the Siliskin Top that turns your glass into a sippy cup, but now you’ll be able to cover almost any cup and turn it into a straw cup. These are great for home and for when you’re on the go. You’ll be able to use these for years.

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Wean Green has always been a favorite of ours (and not just because they advertise with us), but I think these starter sets like the Kitchen Set and the Baby Feeding Starter Set are a great way for people to get started with Ween Green. Great idea!

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I’ve admired the silicone placemats from modern-twist and while they now have some new placemat designs

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… what’s really fun are their new silicone cups and covered bowls. These go with their baby bibs and placemats and are soft and cute.

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Kid Basix is expanding beyond their safe steel cups and sippies.

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Soon they’ll have steel food containers as well as some fun dishware for kids.

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Zo-li has a reasonably complete set of feeding products, but I did find myself admiring the Snip ceramic food scissors. We usually use a pizza cutter, but this would be great for so much more. Why did I never think of these?

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Boon‘s 2015 additions include this new Nosh container. Looks so space-age, no?

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On the feeding gear side, Babyhome is phasing out the Eat high chair and will be replacing it with the very similar Taste. The upgrades are to how easy the tray is to remove. Coming in December, the Taste will retail for $170.

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The Childwood Evolu high chair is one of those European designs that is usually out of reach. I was excited to see Childhome showing at the ABC Kids Expo. I hope this means we’ll be seeing them domestically in the near future. Fingers crossed!

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Delta showed a high chair that actually looks cool too! The 5-in-1 High Chair (needs a better name) is also a kids chair and booster. It’s a prototype that they really should move forward with– hopefully keeping this great stylish design.

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So who’s ready for a snack?!

Coming Soon: What’s New from Mamas & Papas at ABC Kids Expo 2014

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!

Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip

The Armadillo City is even lighter (about 15 lbs) and extra slim. This is the lightweight no-nonsense version.

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The Special Edition Mamas & Papas strollers really caught my eye as well. This Urbo2 is a limited edition with a great triangle print.

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The Mamas & Papas Signature Edition features a cute doodle fabric and a fun yellow handle.

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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!

Mamas & Papas Donna Wilson Urbo2 and Mylo2

This is another chic fabric coming out for the Urbo2– gotta love the tweed, and look out for other color options.

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I’m glad they’ve got a new neutral color for the Baby Bud Booster Seat

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…and their Babyplay 4-in-1 Tummy Time Play & Explore Playmat was one of my favorite infant playmats at the show.

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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.

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Overall, a great showing from Mamas & Papas.

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Toy Finds at ABC Kids Expo 2014

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!

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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.

Kid o at abc kids expo 2014

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!

Plan Toys at abc kids expo 2014

Green Toys showed their latest products like the Seacopter, Helicopter, Stove Top and Train. The more the merrier!

Green Toys at abc kids expo 2014

I usually show Petit Collage as a decor brand, but their toy collection has exploded. There are now plenty of puzzles, craft kits, wooden toys, and pop-out playsets.

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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).

Tegu toys at abc kids expo 2014

There are always new fun designs coming from cloud b, but how cute is Charley the Chameleon?!

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Finn + 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.

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Prince Lionheart’s Wheely Bug has a new Panda cover, but the Hedgehog is still super cute. They’re also getting into sleep enhancing plush toys like the Slumber Bear and the new rabbit.

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Too much fun!

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.

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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.

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Marco is a little diver.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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cooler bags and the upright toddler lunchboxes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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

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

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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.

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My favorites were the Photo Prop Talk Bubble

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

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

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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.

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

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

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posters,

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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.

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

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

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I’m in love with the adorable character pillows…

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… and the new bug bins are adorable.

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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.

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