The choices for modern baby activity centers are really slim. I think that in the past I’ve only recommended two others, so a third option is entirely welcome.
An activity center is one of those giant pieces of baby gear that is completely optional, but for some families, a safe and engaging place to put an active infant (4m+) can be really useful.
The Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center (really long name!) features a 360-degree rotating seat and colorful, easy to reach toys. The foot platform can be adjusted to the right height, removed for toddlers and the activity center transforms to a play table when baby has outgrown it.
Retails for $120. You can find it right now at Babies R Us.
You may know we don’t generally post about car seats because style and modern looks are not the point. Safety should be by far your number one priority in car seat selection and there are blogs devoted to helping you choose the best car seats. Read Car Seat Blog or The Car Seat Lady for general car seat safety info and recommendations, but I’m going to show you something where modern technology is making safety fun and easy.
From the baby gear tech experts at 4moms, the Self-Installing Car Seat installs itself correctly by auto-leveling and auto-tensioning. Proper installation is verified each time the carrier is connected to the base. Be sure that you’re doing it right every time.
Self-Installing Car Seat retails for $500 and is expected to ship September 19th.
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I have to applaud Fisher Price for recruiting Jonathan Adler to bring some much needed style to their brand and Jonathan Adler for really working his magic for Fisher Price. The first items to come from this partnership are the baby gear and toys, which are available now for pre-order from buybuy BABY.
First you have the Deluxe Bouncer. $120
Or you can choose the Deluxe Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. $150
The Deluxe High Chair can also function as a booster. $200
The Deluxe Umbrella Stroller features the same stylish fabric. $180
I think my favorite item thus far is the Sensory Gym. $120
And the Projection Mobile is a fun and functional piece with classic Jonathan Adler motifs! $80
More items will be released in the fall.
The 4 moms High Chair is finally here– literally. After previewing the high chair at the ABC Kids Expo months ago, one recently arrived on my doorstep (ah, the perils of being a blogger) and of course I had to try it out!
Opening the giant box was the toughest part of the high chair assembly. Basically you snap the seat onto the legs and screw them together with the included hardware and tool. This photo of the chair in my kitchen was taken less than ten minutes after I opened the box. Beautiful, no?
The best part of the high chair is what makes it unique. The 4moms High Chair uses magnets both in the tray latches and on the tray top. You can easily attach the tray with one hand and the magnets guide and lock it in place. The tray top is also magnetic and is perfect to use with the magnetic 4moms bowls and plates.
The chair also features an adjustable 5-point harness and the tray can be installed in three different positions as your children grow. There are also three different height options. The sleek seat is easy to clean with the removable foam insert and a dishwasher-safe tray liner.
The 4moms High Chair is available in three color combinations including black/grey, white/grey and white/green, and retails for $300. It comes with one bowl and lid. Additional plates, bowls and utensils are sold separately.
Where perfectly practical meets pretty, you’ve got BABYBJÖRN’s Watercolor Collection.
Inspired by the ocean, BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Balance comes in Great Blue, Ice Blue and Turquoise. The Travel Crib Light comes in Great Blue. It’s such a breath of fresh air in the world of baby gear. The collection will only be available until September 2016 so keep that in mind.
Download the corresponding coloring book and enjoy!
We’re excited for this all new modern bouncer to debut here in the US. From BabyBjorn, the Bouncer Mini is more streamlined than the classic BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance. It can be used in an upright or reclining position and comes in Silver or Light Pink.
Check it out…
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We’ve already covered your registry basics for your newborns and what to register for to equip the nursery, so the final list for you to consider for your baby registry is the travel gear. Travel can mean everything from a trip out to the grocery store or a trip around the world. These are all the things you may need to get around safely and comfortably with your little one in order of importance.
Your first basic travel necessity whether you’re going out to the park or a cross-country flight is a diaper bag. Even if you’re going to carry your baby in your arms or if they’re already walking, you’ll need a way to hold the diapers, wipes, pacifiers, snacks, change of clothes etc… All those little things that you and your child rely on are going to have to come with you when you leave the house. You may find one bag that works for you for all occasions, you may discover that you need different sized bags for trips of varying lengths of time, or you may even want diaper bags to coordinate with whatever outfit you’re wearing. At a minimum, you’ll need one. At our house I had one and my husband had his own. This worked perfectly for us but you’ll figure out what works for you. Babylist has a great guide, How to Choose a Diaper Bag, that can help you get started.
Pictured: Skip Hop Duo Special Edition Diaper Bag
The next thing I highly recommend you have with you when you leave the house is a baby carrier. You can’t always carry baby in your arms– sometimes you just need your hands free– and not every baby will be content to sit in their car seat or stroller all the time. A carrier keeps baby moving with you while being an easy way for you to get around and still keep them close and secure. We don’t cover carriers here on the blog because it’s not just about what they look like and which is the most modern, it’s about finding the carrier that’s most comfortable and easy for you to use. Babylist has their list of The Best Baby Carriers of 2015, which is a great place to start your search for the perfect carrier. You may want a few different styles for different occasions or to better accommodate your child as they grow.
Pictured: Boba 4G Baby Carrier
The next item to be sure to have on your registry is the all-important stroller. I put this after a carrier, but whenever you’re on the move and want a break from carrying your little one– after all, they might get too heavy for you before they start walking– you’re going to want a stroller. Choosing your stroller might be one of the most difficult registry choices you’ll have to make. You have to consider the features you need that will support your lifestyle, the way you travel, where you go, how many children you have, etc.. Sometimes covering all your needs requires more than one stroller. We had one that worked perfectly well for us for both our children, but then I’m the only person I know who only had just one stroller, so that may be something to think about. Of course, Babylist has a guide for The Best Strollers of 2015 that includes a lot of advice about what to look for in your ideal stroller(s) and some parent favorites.
Pictured: Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller
If your travels take you away overnight or even if you’re staying at someone else’s house through naptime, I highly recommend a travel crib. There are so many great travel cribs that are easy to set up, easy to transport, and can become baby’s safe and comfortable home away from home. Babylist’s guide to The Best Playards of 2015 includes most of my favorite travel cribs. Just pick the one that you like best!
Pictured: BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light
Once you’ve got the travel basics, there are tons of additional accessories and items that might make your trips easier. Babylist’s Ultimate Stroller Accessories Guide can give you an idea of what else is out there for travel, and you can decide what you think you might need. Remember that less is more, especially when it comes to traveling and packing, so don’t just buy everything on the list. Carefully pick what makes sense for the traveling that you do. If you’re going to walk around in the rain, by all means, get a rain cover for your stroller. We picked up a cup holder to add to our stroller because it was easier than carrying our own drinks around.
So in order of importance, these are the items that will make traveling with baby a breeze…
Don’t forget, no matter what travel gear you choose, you can add it to your Babylist Registry! Get started creating your perfect registry with their Diaper Bag, Carrier, Stroller, Playard and Stroller Accessories guides.
Thanks to Babylist for sponsoring this informative series. I hope we’ve helped you prioritize what you really need for baby and helped you create the perfect modern baby registry! For your complete registry list, refer back to our newborn registry basics and our list of registry basics for the nursery.
I already love the Nuna Leaf on its own, but with these new added accessories, you can have all the features you could possibly want in a baby lounger.
The Leaf rocks for several minutes with a little push, but many people wished it would continue to sway on its own. Enter Wind. This little device snaps on and gives a little push every few minutes. $100
I have to say I love a toy bar on a baby seat. Some of my favorite moments with my newborns were watching them start to reach for the toys on their bouncer. It was amazing to watch as those neurons connected. The Nuna Leaf Toy Bar is an attractive addition to the Leaf. $40