Feeding Finds at the ABC Kids Expo 2015

In addition to the new 4moms high chair, there were some other items worth mentioning in the world of baby feeding.

The jj rabbit booth is always so cute, and I couldn’t help but admire their new siliMATs. They’re the perfect backdrop for all their adorable children’s dishware including the new aniBOWLS.

jj rabbit at ABC Kids Expo 2015jj rabbit bowls at ABC Kids Expo 2015

In the highchair world, OXO’s Sprout High Chair has gray and white frames in addition to the current walnut and birch…

OXO Sprout at ABC Kids Expo

… and Stokke’s Tripp Trapp will be available in two new colors as well.

New Stokke tripp trapp colors at ABC Kids Expo 2015

From Boon, you can look forward to the new Bento lunch box…

Boon new products at ABC Kids Expo 2015

… as well as the Forb Mini dish brush.

Boon at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Boon’s straw cup tops and sippy cup tops are also available right now.

Boon at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Baby Bjorn is adding a rounded fork to their baby spoon.

Baby Bjorn Fork at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Silikids developed the perfect silicone cup to go with their straw tops. You can purchase the cup as a set with top and straw.

Silikids at ABC Kids Expo 2015

4moms High Chair at ABC Kids Expo 2015

We have high expectations for 4moms, and when they debut a new product, we expect to be impressed. But what could be so impressive about a new high chair? Magnets!

4moms high chair at ABC Kids Expo

One of the trickiest parts of a high chair is removing the tray, right? If you’ve ever tried to teach your parents how to get your child out of their high chair, you know what I’m talking about. But the 4moms high chair is so easy, you can remove the tray with one hand.

4moms high chair at ABC Kids Expo

The chair is extremely easy to clean and the foam insert can be removed and washed in the sink. The tray liner comes off and can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

4moms high chair at ABC Kids Expo

The tray top is also magnetic and their high chair comes with a bowl that sticks to the tray. Other magnetic dishes will also be available for purchase.

4moms high chair at ABC Kids Expo

The 4moms high chair also features 3 height settings, 3 tray positions, a 5-point harness than can be changed to a 3-point harness and it will retail for a reasonable $300. Look for it in early 2016!

24 Sep 2015, 9:44pm
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Cute Culinary Creatures by My Natural Eco Feeding Collection

While we wait for our little boy to be born in October, we have been spending time decorating the room our preschooler will eventually share with his baby brother. Their space revolves around camping, canoeing, and nature. When Esther told me about the new My Natural Eco Feeding Collection, I knew it was something I wanted to both own AND share with you all. Let’s take a peek!


The pieces are created using corn, potato, and sugar cane starches, and the entire collection is free of BPA, phthalates, PVC, and Latex. The Safety & Health page is detailed and explains everything a parent wants to know about giving their child something safe for mealtime.

A modern Fox, Deer, Owl, and Raccoon are displayed in a on each uniquely shaped bowl and plate. Little anti-slip feet create a fun visual of the animals’ feet, while keeping the feeding-friendly plate in place. Both bowls and plates are designed with a contoured front-edge lip and an anti-topple structure, with the plate geared towards more developed eaters.

my natural eco feeding bowls
The chunky, bistro-style spoon and forks are perfect for little hands learning to self-feed. With rounded tips on the fork, I would feel safe letting my infant explore his plate with these versus other, more pointed options on the market. I’m already adding the Raccoon set and blue utensils to my baby list!

Now, where would we put these adorable creatures on our table? On the Eco Place Mat, of course!

my natural eco feeding
I am dying over the green forest landscape and how fun the place setting looks on this clever layout. This would even be a great mat for using modeling dough or creating animal crafts. I see many uses for this piece.


What do you think? I am excited about this new collection! Which animal would you like to see setting on your forested placemat?

29 Jun 2015, 1:52pm
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Introducing New Brand: Nenu

There is an exciting new company entering the juvenile product market. Welcome, Nenu!


Nenu creates thoughtful and simple products for you and your family. We like their clean aesthetic and modern color choices (Sky and Watermelon) that suit both boys and girls.


Founded by family friends seeking well-designed, safe, and functional products for their babies, Nenu set out to develop products completely designed, manufactured, sourced, and packaged in the USA.


Nenu Spoons and Teether Bugs are FDA-rated, medical-grade materials which are free of phthalates, latex, vinyl, and BPA products. The Spoon is not your ordinary baby spoon. The spoon depression is designed with a ramp so that the food collects in the front, decreasing changes of spills and messes.


It is simple for infant and toddler use.


Nenu was generous enough to send me samples of their new line, Spoon and Teether Bug, for my thoughts in person, so let’s take a look! I was immediately impressed by the sleek, modern packaging design and mature choice of colors. It’s often hard to find shades of red and blue that seem gender neutral, but they made excellent decisions on both, in my opinion. The Spring 2015 Catalog was fun to browse through for a glimpse inside the design process and to get a sneak peek at some new products (hopefully!) coming soon.


The Teether Bug makes helping a teething infant look easy. The flexible loop is easy to grasp with tiny fingers, and little bumps on each leg will help soothe baby’s sore gums. If you have more than one Teether Bug, they can be stacked and played with beyond the teething years. My three-year-old immediately grabbed it and set it off on bug-escue rescue missions.


The Spoon has little leg rests so that you can set it on the table if baby prefers to feed himself or if you want to prop the spoon on the edge of the plate without having it roll over. The narrow handle of the Spoon creates an easy finger-like size for infants and toddlers to grasp. As you can tell from the photo, the Spoon is not flexible like the Teether Bug. You can see my thumb applying pressure and there is no give. If you’ve ever given your infant a flexible spoon for use (food flinging all over), you know how much more helpful this firm design can be for eating and clean-up.


It’s not every day that a product line launches that impresses me so much in terms of design, function, packaging, and my scrutinizing in-person impressions, but Nenu has proven itself worthy of our strong recommendation. Also worthy of a mention is the fact that they donate to the charities Water for Life and No Kid Left Hungry to help provide children with food and water. I love supporting a generous company.

If you would like to try Nenu’s new Spoon and Teether Bug out for yourself or as a shower gift, they are offering BuyModernBaby readers a discount code for purchase until July 2 — this Thursday!

This expires Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

I hope you enjoy this new brand as much as I do!

Baby Bibs from Make My Day

BPA free silicone bibs with a pocket AND they’re super cute… check, check, and check! Make My Day makes some of the cutest dishwasher safe bibs.  These make amazing baby shower or first birthday gifts. Here are a few of my favorites…


Pearls bib

Lookin Dapper

tux bi b

Little Genius

bow tie bib

and coming June 15th, keep an eye out for Round-Em-Up

sheriff bib

On Fire

fireman bib

and more!

19 Mar 2015, 7:39pm
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Hungry Mats from doiy

These clever place mat and plate combos are sure to make mealtime infinitely more fun. New from doiy, the sets come in three designs; Tiger, Pig and Panda.


I’ll update this post when we can order these domestically in the US.


23 Feb 2015, 10:35pm
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Fun with Food

Even easier than cutting their food up with cookie cutters or shaping it in Japanese bento molds, these plates and dishes really are worth it for that bit of joy and fun that they add to mealtime.

My favorite is Dinner Winner from Fred and Friends. It’s a board game with a treat as a prize at the end. $20

Dinner Winner from Fred and Friends

Also from Fred and Friends, the Food Face dinner plate featured endless creative possibilities! $16 Fred and Friends Food Face dinner plate

The customized Dress Up Plates from Little Me have cookie cutter shapes for the clothes so you can really go all out with the mealtime prep. Customize a boy or girl. These make amazing gifts!

Customized Dress Up Plates from Little Me

The Transportation plates by Bogusław Śliwiński are another fun surface on which to play with your food. $17

boguslaw sliwinski besign ceramic plate

From Constructive Eating, this plate isn’t as fancy, but the utensils really amp up the fun factor. $33

Constructive Eating

I can vouch for the fact that fun dishes make memories in childhood. We had the boy and girl set of these stacking dishes when I was little.

boy stacking dishes

Nowadays, you can delight your kids with these stacking sets from Wee Gallery. $40

Wee Gallery stacking ceramic dishes

So, why settle for regular, boring dishware?

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10 Feb 2015, 1:10pm
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Tray Dinner Sets from DOIY

I’ve been waiting for the new designs to come out before sharing these with you, but now that you’ve got a selection to choose from, get shopping! These Tray Dinner Sets from DOIY will impress even the pickiest eaters and their parents as well. I LOVE these.

The Landscape Set is the original.

Landscape" Melamine Kids Dinner 7-piece Set

Now DOIY has added the Princess Castle

"Princess Castle" Melamine Kids Dinner 7-piece Set
and Space Set.

"Space" Melamine Kids Dinner 7-piece Set
They are currently available via our Amazon affiliate for about $35.

What is the Best High Chair? 2015 Cribsies

We’re continuing this week reviewing our favorite categories in the Cribsies. The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products and it’s the last week to vote. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected, but you can still pick your favorite as the best for 2015.

Under the Gear category, be sure to vote for the “Hippest High Chair“. I know that “hippest” high chair doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” high chair, but if you’re going to live with something at your table for a couple years, it might as well be at least a little “hip”.

Cribsies high chairs

The nominees are:
Stokke Tripp Trapp
Bloom Fresco
Peg Perego Siesta Highchair
Joovy Nook Highchair
Nuna Zaaz
OXO Tot Sprout Chair

If I could add one to the list I think it would be the Boon Flair Pedestal Highchair.

Boon Flair High Chair

Oh, and what about the Mima Moon? It’s pretty hip…

mima moon high chair

So, which high chair are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?

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What Tablewear is Best for Toddlers? 2015 Cribsies

Sometimes I think we don’t spend enough time sharing all the fun things for feeding your toddlers, so the next Cribsies category I want to share is “Top Tablewear For Toddlers.” The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products and it’s the last week to vote. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected, but you can still pick your favorite as the best for 2015.

Cribsies Top Tablewear

The nominees are:

Under the Mealtime category, be sure to vote for your favorite as “Top Tablewear For Toddlers.” Are there any others you love that didn’t make the list? We never did get super fancy with the kids tablewear. A few sets of whatever Ikea was offering at the time suited us fine and we’re still using some of it, even if it’s just for Lego sorting!

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