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.
coming soon! shopping guide: ABCKids baby gear booster bouncer
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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.
coming soon! shopping guide: ABCKids baby gear backpack feeding mobile nightlight toys
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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)!
coming soon! shopping guide: ABCKids baby gear diaper pail potty
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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.
Congratulations to Katie from Puj on the arrival of sweet little Liberty!
This makes it a great day to let you know about Puj’s new Infant Gift Set, which includes a Puj Tub, Nubs and my favorite, the Hug towel for $85. This is really gift perfection.
In honor of Liberty’s birth, you can get 10% off and free shipping until Friday, 11/14 with code: LIBERTYFAITH10.
And if you’re past the newborn stage, take a look at the Big Hug. It’s my favorite product that I haven’t told you about yet and my 4 year old is obsessed with his. In fact, my son was very upset last night because his Big Hug was in the laundry and he had to make do with an ordinary towel.
I love that he can use it on his own, dry himself off and then hang it on a hook by its rubber tab. This has been life-changing! The name “Big Hug” really describes this towel perfectly. All the kids have to do is hang the hood on their heads, tuck their hands in and give themselves a hug. Presto! They’re wrapped up and cozy.
We’ve been using the Big Hug for 8 months straight now and it still looks as good as new.
By way of disclosure, I was lucky to be a Big Hug product tester so I received one from Puj to review. But really I just wanted to be one of the first to have one! I would have bought it anyway.
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In addition to the bath items from Skip Hop, I noticed a few other cool bath items on the floor at the ABC Kids Expo 2013.
Brica debuted a whole new bath line with a complete range of products.
… and Super Spout Cover with Rinse Cup, you can enjoy a matching set of all the baby bath necessities from Brica.
For all you fans of the Blooming Bath, they’re introducing a new green color flower…
… some washcloth accessories, and this monster version.
OXO showed a new bath toy bin…
… as well as this simple but useful toilet seat cover. I would have preferred this over the Diego printed seat we used!
Boon‘s bath toys are always among my favorites and these new ones are great additions. There’s the Ray drain cover, some 3D foam shapes, Fleet stack-and-pour boats and a foam puzzle.
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With a great deal of pomp and circumstance, 4moms debuted three new items at ABC Kids Expo 2013. Most of the photos from their special presentation were pretty crummy, so instead of in-person photos, I’m going to introduce the new products an appropriate level of pageantry. I think these videos will do the trick…
Meet the 4moms rockaRoo…
Next, check out the 4moms origami mini…
And last but not least, the 4moms infant car seat. The seat that installs itself!
Thoughts? Is the infant car seat too good to be true?