With a little help from our sponsor Babyli.st, over the next few months we’re going to be helping you out with your baby registry. I think a baby bouncer / lounger / rocker (whatever you want to call it) is a great place to start. When you bring baby home, you’ll probably discover that you need a place to put him or her down safely. One of my jobs is keeping track of the best baby seats on the market, and these are my top 10 choices for 2013.
1- Nuna Leaf- $220
The Leaf is really cool because in addition to its beautiful design, it has a gentle swaying motion that requires just a little push to get it moving for several minutes. This is the one that would make it onto my baby registry this year.
3- Bloom Coco Stylewood and Plexistyle Loungers- $195
The Coco loungers are hands down the most beautiful baby loungers. These are the #1 choice for style. You can chose wood or plexiglass frames and the seat covers come in a variety of colors.
4- 4Moms Mamaroo- $240
The Mamaroo is the ultimate baby gear gadget. The seat features special rocking motions to appease the most finicky baby.
5- Maclaren Universal Rocker- $105
The Universal Rocker from Maclaren is lightweight and easy to transport. This is a great one to take along for travelling.
6- Baby Home Onfour Bouncer- $150
The Onfour comes in 8 great colors. It is lightweight and easy to travel with. Its unique feature is the front wheels which make it easy to move while baby is strapped inside.
7- Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper- $100
The 3-in-1 Rocker Napper easily converts from a rocker to a little bassinet in case baby falls asleep while in their seat. This is a great multi-tasker.
8- Apollo Bouncer from mamas & papas- $100
The Apollo Bouncer is among the least expensive but features a fun and modern design. Music book insert plays lullabies and can be removed and used separately.
9- Chicco I-Feel Rocker- $100
The I-Feel Rocker has a stylish design with curved wood pieces. The seat is a simple rocker with mobile but folds flat for storage.
10- Peg-Perego Sdraietta Melodia Bouncer- $220
The Sdraietta Melodia is hard to pronounce but easy to use. It can rock or be placed in stationary mode. It features a removable sun canopy and colorful toy bar.
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The Culla Belly Co-Sleeper has been a popular search on BuyModernBaby ever since I first posted about it in 2011. The transition from design to final product has been a challenge, and I had already given up on ever seeing these available until our newest advertiser, Elm Baby, contacted me and let me know that they now carry the Culla Belly Co-Sleeper in their online boutique. They have a personal relationship with the designers and distribute it directly from them.
Designed by Andrea Garuti and Manuela Busetti, one side of the bassinet unzips to open up onto the parents’ bed. The wooden base is secured under the mattress of the bed. The final design doesn’t have all the style of the initial concept, but this is frequently what happens in the transition from idea to reality.
The co-sleeper is available in seven colors: red, blue, green, orange, light blue, cream, and pink.
The Culla Belly retails for $600 and the stand is an additional $290.
I haven’t seen these in person, so I can’t tell you too much about them, but if you’ve been desperate for a more modern co-sleeper, this is what you’ve been waiting for. If you’ve gotten a look at a Culla Belly Co-Sleeper or if you own one, please comment and let us know your thoughts!
Buy Modern Baby is excited to announce that not only do we cover the best designed gear and nursery furniture for your mini-modernist, but in addition to our stroller guide, we are now also reviewing and highlighting the sleekest, most stylish, and sophisticated stroller options to complete your modern lifestyle.
We are pleased to introduce our first stroller review: The Quinny Zapp Xtra with Folding Seat.
Quinny was kind enough to send us a Zapp Xtra with folding seat to review in person. The stroller has been tested over a period of two months, over which my son has grown from a content 11-month-old to a now walking, curious, adventurous 13-month-old. We have put this stroller to the test! It has been used during a week-long vacation in Florida, over cobblestone pathways, wooden boardwalks, neighborhood walks, zoo outings, mall shopping, road tripping, and pushing around the house to encourage napping. I feel that we have given it a true, comprehensive review.
The Quinny Zapp Xtra with Folding Seat is a full size stroller with an incredibly compact fold. When used with the included infant car seat adapters, the stroller transforms into a complete travel system for use from birth to 50 pounds. Without an infant car seat, the stroller is useable from six months to 50 pounds.
The Quinny Zapp looks really smart. Strangers often made comments about the beautiful color (Natural Mavis) and the Quinny logo in bright pops of neon yellow. People commented about the clean design and its upscale appearance. I kind of felt like a celebrity, which, I admit, is pretty nice when you are just running errands with your child in tow. It is a very attractive stroller – Quinny has an amazing sense of design and it certainly shows.
The shoulder straps are padded, comfortable, and ridiculously easy to adjust (just push and pull through the back of the seat). The seat bed is definitely roomy enough for my son to move around, squirm, kick, stretch, and recline using the footrest.
There are two recline options, and they certainly have come in handy allowing my son to nap, and even to carry shopping items while I wore my son in his baby carrier.
The sunshade is large and is very sturdy, with a small window strip to peek in on your child. The wheels handle well on many different terrain types, as said above, over brick driveways, a trip to the zoo, on a boardwalk by the river, and on city sidewalks. It is easy to turn with one hand when the wheels are unlocked and also a smooth ride when wheels are locked straight. The handlebars easily hold my small, lightweight, travel diaper bag. The handlebar height is a little shorter than my husband and I are used to, since we are both tall, 6’4” and 5’10” respectively. The brake is simple to use—just step on one footpad to lock and step on the other to unlock. This brake is PERFECT for wearing sandals and flip flops. The lack of brake bar or brake lever also ensures that you will never kick it while walking or engage the brake when pulling the stroller backward up stairs. The storage basket is a bit smaller than other full size strollers, but that is to be expected with the stroller’s small size, light weight and compact fold. Easy tradeoff.
The option to have your child face forward or face you is wonderful for bonding and reducing stimulation. The process to change the seat from forward facing to parent facing was a little cumbersome for me as the frame seemed to expand slightly when the seat was removed, just enough to have to press it together with both hands to lock in place.
This is a ONE-HANDED, four-step fold which is super easy. Make sure the parking brake is applied and the seat is in forward facing position. Push the release button labeled 1, then push the release button labeled 2 and fold the handlebars forward. Fold the seat forward by squeezing the seat recline button and collapsing it on top of itself. Press down on the gray pedal with your foot and push towards the front of the stroller. Wrap the transport straps around the frame to fasten. Voila!
The fold is extremely compact and the stroller barely took up any space in a Subaru during a 12-hour road trip in our fully loaded trunk, which included a travel crib and a 70 pound dog. Folded, the stroller is very small, light, and the carrying strap makes it simple to hold with one hand.
Additional stroller accessories include a travel tote, parasol, footmuff, WeatherShield, and cup holder. Seat adapters for the Maxi-Cosi Mico or Prezi infant car seats are included.
The Quinny Zapp Xtra Stroller with Folding Seat is available in three color choices, Natural Mavis, Rebel Red, and Rocking Black and retails for $349. Find your favorite color available here.
Although Quinny provided us with the Zapp Xtra with Folding Seat Stroller to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Some affiliate links included.
We had a rough time over winter vacation with much of the family being sick. There were even a couple nights when I wanted to sleep with a humidifier in the room, but my little one needed it more.
Humidifiers are one of those funny items that every family with kids should have, but you kinda just go grab one when you need it. The first time we needed one, I just ran over to Target and grabbed the nicest one they had that day. If you plan ahead, you can do a little better and get something you might actually like.
Here are my top 10 modern humidifier picks for those of you interested in being prepared…
1- Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier- $50 (5 color choices)
2- Stadler Form ANTON Ultrasonic Humidifier- $140 (4 color choices)
3- PlusMinusZero Humidifier Version 3- $330
4- Stadler Form FRED Steam Humidifier- $130 (5 color choices)
5- Nearmore Hybrid Aroma Humidifier- $150 (in ivory or green)
6- Stadler Form OSKAR Evaporative Humidifier- $150 (in black or white)
7- Chimney Humidifier by Takeshi Ishiguro- $200
8- Mood Ultrasonic and Hybric Humidifiers- $130 or $190 (3 colors of each)
9- ICHIRIN Aroma Mist Humidifier- $170
10- Middle Colors Humidifier- $120-180 depending on size (LOTS of colors to choose from)
I also can’t help but love the Adorable Humidifiers from Crane.
We got the penguin one from Target and used it until something in it broke. Then the next time I had to run and grab one from Target (the store is VERY close to the house), I picked up the Blue Drop humidifier. One of my kids came up with the brilliant idea of putting the penguin head on the Drop body and it works perfectly!
It’s not too late to get a great humidifier for the dry air this winter!
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coming soon!: ABCKids baby gear bassinet playard travel
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Unlike many other bloggers, I was never a fan of the Go Crib from Guava Family. The only time we’ve mentioned it on the blog is when it was a “Best Alternative To A Crib” 2012 Cribsie Award Finalist. The inflatable rails seemed unnecessarily bulky to me.
I was happy to find their newest travel cribs at ABC Kids Expo 2012 are very different. Coming soon, we have their Lotus Crib and Lotus Bassinet.
I don’t have availability dates or price info on these yet, but I’ll update the post when I find out! In the meantime, take a look at their video to get a better idea how these products work.
Tell me, did you like the Go Crib, or is the Lotus more your style?
After spending many pregnant months researching strollers, we finally settled on the UPPAbaby VISTA ($699) for our son because of it’s sleek look, solid reviews including reviews stating that the company offers wonderful customer service, and the ability to add a jump seat if baby number two becomes a reality. It has been a great stroller for us, and as it can hold up to 50 pounds, it will work for us for years to come.
UPPAbaby recently debuted the MESA, their new infant car seat, at ABC Kids Expo 2012.
I love the clean modern look of the car seat and the new SMARTSECURE™ System is very appealing. According to UPPAbaby, “this unique technology utilizes a tightness indicator and self-retracting mini LATCH connectors to facilitate quick, accurate, and easy installation.”
It doesn’t require an adapter for the VISTA or CRUZ strollers, something you currently have to purchase regardless of which type of car seat you have.
A couple of features I love:
- A hideaway SPF 50+canopy for sun protection.
- Finished bottom to protect car upholstery which eliminates the need for seat protectors. Seat protectors can be a problem for safe car seat installation.
- One-push stroller release on the carry handle for a smooth transfer.
The UPPAbaby MESA (http://uppababy.com/products/product.php?id=272 )will be available beginning in March 2013. It will retail for $280 and come in four styles: DREW (tangerine), SEBBY (teal), LINDSEY (wheat), and JAKE (black).
coming soon!: ABCKids baby gear bouncer high chair seating stroller
I fell in love with Nuna’s Leaf bouncer when I first spotted it on Babyology in 2010, but I didn’t share it with you because as you know, we only talk about things that are easily available in the US. When I recently learned that the incredibly stylish brand is entering the US market, I couldn’t wait to let you know, because that’s big news in my world!
Nuna’s sleek, ultramodern products from The Netherlands made their debut at ABC Kids Expo 2012, and will hit our shores January 2013. You’ll be able to preorder the first three products shortly.
The first of the three products that will be available early next year is the Leaf bouncer. Retailing for $229, this beautiful bouncer gently rocks baby to sleep for more than two minutes after just a single push without the use of any electrical power.
It will be available in the three colors shown above. They had an adult version at the show so I can attest to how comfortable and soothing the Leaf is.
This will be going on our baby seating guide for sure.
Nuna will also be bringing their Sena Portable crib to the US. It is available in Safari and Navy and in a regular ($220) and mini ($160) size. The Sena features a one-hand fold and can fold with the bassinet insert in place.
The last product coming in January is the Zaaz high chair that grows with your child. It will retail for $260.
Later in the year we can look forward to Nuna’s Pepp stroller as well as their Pipa infant seat and we’ll keep you up to date on that news.
This debut was definitely one of the highlights of the Expo for me this year.
I’ve been delinquent about adding Chicco’s I-Feel Rocker to our list of modern baby loungers and bouncers, but it deserves a spot in the collection. Its wooden rocking base and mobile arm combined with the nice color combinations have earned Chicco its first mention in the BuyModernBaby product guides.
The seat also features an MP3 player hookup, LED display and several pre-recorded sounds for $120. You can purchase it from our amazon affiliate if you are so inclined.
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I can’t believe I haven’t revisited the Breeze playard from 4 moms since last September! You’ll have to forgive my lack of attention to this deserving product, but now is actually a great time to bring it up because the Breeze now available for pre-order! If you are currently expecting and can wait until October, you are going to want- no, NEED- one of these! The Breeze is the easiest playard ever. I’ve never recommended a pack-n-play because I had one and while I used it because it’s what I had, it was ugly, awkward and I never did get the hang of opening and closing the thing.
The Breeze is just another example of why I’m envious of all you who are having babies at this point in time! How much easier would their babyhood have been if I had a Breeze when my boys were born instead?!
It’s really just as simple as it looks. I’ve tried it myself. It comes with the bassinet insert (shown below) as well as a travel bag and portable changing pad all for $300.
If you want to be among the first to get your hands on this gift to parenthood, you’re going to have to order now. Their initial pre-order production is already sold out and is expected to shop in mid-October. Orders going forward are being filled on a first-come basis.
I really wanted go to the New York International Gift Fair this summer, but this year the fair began on my 10 year wedding anniversary and then continued into my children’s first week of school. Talk about bad timing!
I do want to share the results of the Best New Product Awards at NYIGF Baby & Child because its a nice bunch of items. The winners are recognized for their innovation, design and style.
The judges in the Baby & Child division were: Joanna Dreifus, MyMomShops.com; Joann Fallon, Baby & Kids/Giftware News; Lynda M. Johnson, KidsStyleSource.com; Caroline Kennedy, Playthings; Jane Kitchen, Kids Today; Nancy Lombardi, Toys & Family Entertainment; Leesa Valentino, TheGiggleGuide.com; and Angela Velasquez, Earnshaw’s.
The summer 2012 winners and finalists in the relevant categories are:
Box Play for Kids® Box Play for Kids Stickers- eco friendly stickers made of 100 percent recycled paper that turn old boxes into new toys
* Winner *: PlanToys, Inc. Play House- a three-story rubberwood and PlanWood doll house with a handle to carry and a rooftop that becomes a garden
Finalist: Fat Brain Toy Co. Tobbles Neo stacking toy
Finalist: Juratoys US Corp Magnetibook Crazy Face
* Winner *: HABA® USA Teepee Play Tent- a portable personal space for little explorers to take exciting and creative adventures
Finalist: Magicforest, LTD Fly With Me Hot Air Balloon Music Box
Finalist: Milk Moon Kids Growth Charts