What is the Best Travel Crib? 2015 Cribsies

We’re continuing this week reviewing our favorite categories in the Cribsies. The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products and it’s the last week to vote. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected, but you can still pick your favorite as the best for 2015.

Under the Gear category, be sure to vote for the “Simplest Bed For Traveling Tykes“.

Cribsies Travel Cribs

Nuna Sena
BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light
Joovy Room2 Portable Playard
4moms breeze
Guava GoCrib Adventure Crib (sold out/discontinued) but try… Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard
Parentlab JourneyBee Portable Crib

So, which travel crib are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?

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What is the Best Bouncer? 2015 Cribsies

We’re continuing this week reviewing our favorite categories in the Cribsies. The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products and it’s the last week to vote. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected, but you can still pick your favorite as the best for 2015.

Under the Nursery category, be sure to vote for the “Quickest Way To Calm A Baby“.

Cribsies Bouncers

The nominees are:
4moms Mamaroo Bouncer
BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft
Nuna Leaf
Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer
Bloom Coco
4moms Rockaroo

My least favorite is the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer. I think their Comfort Curve Bouncer would be a prettier choice.

 Fisher Price Comfort Curve Bouncer
So, which bouncer are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?

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What is the Best Bassinet? 2015 Cribsies

We’re spending this week talking about our favorite categories in the Cribsies since it’s the last week to vote. The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected and there’s still time to pick your favorites as the best for 2015.

Under the Nursery category, be sure to vote for the “Most Convenient Way To Be Close“.

Cribsies Bassinets

The nominees are:
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet
Chicco Lullago Travel Crib
Baby Home Dream Portable Cot
Monte Ninna Nanna
Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper (They don’t seem to specify any particular model but my favorite is the Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet)

If it were up to me, I’d add the Babybjorn Cradle to the list.

Babybjorn Cradle

So, which bassinet are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?

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What is the Best Bathtub for Baby? 2015 Cribsies

We’re going to spend this week talking about our favorite categories in the Cribsies since it’s the last week to vote. Founded by StrollerTraffic.com, the Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected and there’s still time to select your favorites as the best for 2015.

My first favorite award in the Nursery category is “Easiest Infant Tub“.

Cribsies Bath Tubs

The nominees are:
Puj Tub – Soft Infant Bath
Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub
Blooming Bath
Flexibath
Fisher-Price Bath Center, Rainforest or Fisher-Price Bath Tub, Rainforest Friends (not sure since the name says one thing and the photo shows another.
4Moms Infant Tub

My least favorite is the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bath.  I think their 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub would be a better choice.

Sling n Seat Tub

So, which baby bath are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?

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BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Dots

Black and white baby gear– actually, baby everything– is totally on trend. We previewed Baby Bjorn’s Balance Bouncer in this Dots pattern at the ABC Kids Expo this past fall, but you can now order this lovely piece of baby gear exclusively from Kohl’s.

BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft - Dots

I never thought of buying baby gear at Kohl’s but here’s a good reason to start. $200

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Wee Workout Baby Gym

Congratulations to The Land of Nod on the addition of these lovely baby play gyms / activity centers to their collection of baby toys. These are a great gift option or registry addition!

The Wee Workout Baby Gym comes in natural

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… and gray. There are 3 themed sets of rattles (animals, cars or food) that go with the gym, or you can purchase just the frame and add your own toys.

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The Wee Workout Baby Gym is $99 with toys or $79 without. Additional rattle sets are $34.

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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.

KidCo Plus

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.

Nuna

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!

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.

Mamas & Papas

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

Special Edition for Mamas & Papas

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

Mamas & Papas Signature Edition

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.

Mamas & Papas

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.

Mamas & Papas diaper bags

Overall, a great showing from Mamas & Papas.

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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!

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.

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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.

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