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 is $99 with toys or $79 without. Additional rattle sets are $34.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I got to check out Stokke’s Trailz, their heavy-duty all-terrain stroller. $1300
The Scoot is the compact Stokke stroller. I love that it it forward or rear facing and has an upright seating position. $600
Fisher Price seems to be heading in a good direction with this Comfort Curve Bouncer.
Nuna showed the Mixx stroller and the full sized Tavo stroller.
The new Wind attachment for the Leaf keeps the seat rocking automatically.
And here’s a new changing tray top for the Sena.
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!
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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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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!
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.
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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.
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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)!
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Ubbi, famous for its modern, colorful steel diaper pail is expanding its line of products. We checked out their entire range at the ABC Kids Expo 2014.
Coming soon is Ubbi’s new Diaper Caddy. This sleek convenient design will be available in 4 colors and includes space for diapers, wipes, small necessities and even a changing mat. With a handle, you can take this wherever is convenient for you to change the baby.
Going beyond diapering to potty training, Ubbi’s 3-in-1 potty is a well thought out design that has you covered throughout toddler training. The 3-in-1 is a potty, toilet trainer and step stool, all with a colorful non-skid edge.
Finally, Ubbi is expanding into the feeding arena of baby products. The first and only item on display to introduce the new line is the tweat snack container.
With an intro this cute, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the collection will look like.
As part of the festivities at the 2014 ABC Kids Expo, the JPMA announced its 2014 Innovation Award winners.
Judges Pick Award: Cloud Q Infant car seat from CYBEX
With safety and quality comparable to the Cybex Aton 2 and Aton Q, the innovative Cloud Q can recline completely when used on a stroller. (coming early 2015)
Parent’s Pick Award: Baby Camera 0 Emission by Babymoov
The first and only video baby monitior with no electromagnetic wave emissions. (coming March 2015)
Feeding/Bathing/Changing category: Wow Baby Spill Free 360 Cup by Wow Gear, LLC
Safety category: Buddy Tag by Le Vise Products
Child restraint category: Doona Car Seat by Simple Parenting
Nursery category: Duux Bluetooth Baby Protector with Lullabies and Nightlight by Duux
Play/entertainment category: SoapSox
Infant/parent care category: Love to Dream 50/50 Transition by Regal Lager, Inc.
On-the-go category: Chicco LullaGo Bassinet by Chicco USA (*less than $100*)
Carriers category: Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier
Stroller category: UPPAbaby Vista Stroller
Congratulations to all the winners.
Since their US debut at the ABC Kids Expo in 2013, Mima has really taken the baby gear market by storm. With a style that is part space pod and part luxury car interior Mima is becoming the new “it” brand for stylish urban moms.
Mima’s current US product line includes three strollers, the Xari, the Kobi and the Bo, and the Mima Moon high chair.
The Xari looks sleek with its leatherette fabric and high sitting position. It transforms easily from bassinet to seat and is easy to fold and unfold. The stroller starts at $1200.
You can learn more about it in the Mima Xari Demo Video on youtube.
If it’s not cool enough for you as it is, the Black and White limited edition Xari should push it over the top! Right on trend, the black and white edition is pretty hard to get your hands on. In Canada, try here. Ask your local retailer about it.
The Kobi is Mima’s double stroller. With the same high-end look as the Xari, it can be configured as a buggy, a single forward facing stroller, a rear facing stroller, or a double with any combination of seats and bassinet.
The Kobi starts at $1350.
Mima’s lightweight stroller is the Bo. Mima’s leatherette fabric elevates the look of this 15.5 pound stroller.
It starts at $300.
Finally, the Mima Moon is one of the hottest looking new high chairs out there right now. A seat pad, tray and booster are included and the Moon comes in six colors.
It retails for $500.