Here’s a Kickstarter you don’t want to miss! Just a few more hours to go to support this one and get a Less Mess Happy Mat for $25, two for $45 or five for $110.
What’s so amazing about these? The Happy Mat features sturdy silicone, a cute design, it’s dishwasher safe, but most importantly, it suctions to the table so no dumping or spilling!
Watch the video on their Kickstarter page to get the whole idea! I really wish we had these when my kids were little!
Everyone would love to find the perfect infant and toddler feeding solution, but there’s not one single line that is perfect for everyone. Just like we all eat different foods, there are different feeding products that work for each family. Maybe this new crop of feeding products contains the perfect product for you.
First from Puj, this Filla kids cup is actually really perfect for MY family. I let my boys get their own cups and water whenever they like, but somehow two boys manage to use about a dozen cups a day! With a Puj Filla, they might actually use a cup more than once! With this type of great thinking, I hope Puj continues to grow beyond the bath and starts to expand more into the kitchen!
I’d never heard of jj rabbit before so I consider this one of my great finds from the ABC Kids Expo 2014. Starting with the adorable eco-friendly Cuppies with hidden animals inside, the line also includes plates, utensils and bibs. These are really awesome.
Re-Play is another great eco-friendly brand of recycled kids feeding products. Available in a range of bright colors, their product range is comprehensive enough to be all you need at home.
Another new product I’m REALLY excited about is the Straw Top from Silikids. They’ve already had the Siliskin Top that turns your glass into a sippy cup, but now you’ll be able to cover almost any cup and turn it into a straw cup. These are great for home and for when you’re on the go. You’ll be able to use these for years.
Wean Green has always been a favorite of ours (and not just because they advertise with us), but I think these starter sets like the Kitchen Set and the Baby Feeding Starter Set are a great way for people to get started with Ween Green. Great idea!
I’ve admired the silicone placemats from modern-twist and while they now have some new placemat designs…
… what’s really fun are their new silicone cups and covered bowls. These go with their baby bibs and placemats and are soft and cute.
Kid Basix is expanding beyond their safe steel cups and sippies.
Soon they’ll have steel food containers as well as some fun dishware for kids.
Zo-li has a reasonably complete set of feeding products, but I did find myself admiring the Snip ceramic food scissors. We usually use a pizza cutter, but this would be great for so much more. Why did I never think of these?
Boon‘s 2015 additions include this new Nosh container. Looks so space-age, no?
On the feeding gear side, Babyhome is phasing out the Eat high chair and will be replacing it with the very similar Taste. The upgrades are to how easy the tray is to remove. Coming in December, the Taste will retail for $170.
The Childwood Evolu high chair is one of those European designs that is usually out of reach. I was excited to see Childhome showing at the ABC Kids Expo. I hope this means we’ll be seeing them domestically in the near future. Fingers crossed!
Delta showed a high chair that actually looks cool too! The 5-in-1 High Chair (needs a better name) is also a kids chair and booster. It’s a prototype that they really should move forward with– hopefully keeping this great stylish design.
So who’s ready for a snack?!
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)!
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.
shopping guide: black and white feeding high chair modern kids dining
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We’ve started exploring the black and white trend for nurseries, but it works in any room of the home. This clean modern dining room from alebesso.com features a stokke tripp trapp in black. I imagined setting the table in this space and added a little fun for the child at the table. I couldn’t help myself with the pandas. There were just too many great panda items. Believe me when I say I restrained myself! But the plates and place mat are simple and classic and can be used for the whole family beyond the toddler years.
To complete the table setting, I’ve added…
Utensil: Panda Fork Set- $9
Placemat: Chilewich Jet Black Rectangular Bamboo Placemat 0025-BAMB-JETB- $15
Plate: Kate Spade New York Melamine Dinner Plate- $20
Cup: Panda Bear Kids Water Bottle- $11
Bib: Panda Baby Bib- $17
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If you haven’t seen or heard of the Lollacup already, you should definitely check it out. It’s cute, playful, and receives rave reviews from many (including Shark Tank), so it was only a matter of time before Lollaland expanded on that success and launched more feeding options. It is always nice to have more options in the attractive mealtime category! New from Lollaland is the Mealtime Set.
Included in the Mealtime Set is a plate, bowl, and dipping cup. It looks to be the perfect size, too. I know my son would love that for the mustard he’s obsessed with currently.
Simple details rule the roost here. The Lollaland chick is featured subtly on the plate and the dipping cup. The bowl features the Lollaland logo along the rim. Attractive, pleasing to the eye, and complimentary for any table.
All materials are made and packaged in the USA, BPA-free and phthalate-free, easily stackable, and top-rack dishwasher safe. The shapes are both fun and educational.
The packaging is beautiful, if I may say so for tablewear, and would make a lovely gift for an infant or toddler. The Lollaland Mealtime Set is available in Spring or Summer colors for $20. The Lollacup is available in black, pink, blue, orange, red, or green for $13 a piece.
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We introduced them earlier this year, but Re-Play has a few new items in their collection of recycled children’s tableware. A photo of their colorful booth was one of my most liked photos from the Expo on Instagram, so Re-Play is definitely a brand you should take a look at.
I was introduced to the extremely clever line of products from b.box and you should particularly take a look at these travel bibs! The dirty side of the bib and the flexible soft spoon zip right up into the bib when you’re done. With the brilliant design and cute patterns, you’re going to want a couple of these in your diaper bags at all times.
Silikids is significantly expanding it’s product line. Where they used to only have their special silicone covers for drinking glasses, now they have a much more complete feeding system that includes a snack bag, bib, bowl, sippy cup, sippy cup top, spoon, and my very favorite– the silimap placemat.
The new Silikids products will be available in December.
OXO debuted the Seedling High Chair. This new high chair will be coming out in December and should retail for about $150 ($100 less than their Sprout High Chair). While the Seedling is a really nice looking high chair, I’m not sure there’s anything that special about this seat other than its lower price.
I think their new bib is a good addition to their feeding collection though. This is another bib that folds up to trap the mess.
So are you looking forward to any of these new products?
shopping guide: back to school backpack bedding diaper bags feeding strollers
In case you want your stroller to look like your great-grandmother’s favorite armchair, Maclaren’s Cath Kidston Spray Flower Quest Buggy is back. $335
Nothing against Cath Kidston, I just prefer her modern vintage English style in smaller doses…
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And now please excuse me as I redecorate my son’s bedroom to suit that penguin bedding!