The Latest Gear and Accessories from ABC Kids Expo 2014

There’s a ton of baby gear on the show floor at the ABC Kids Expo and here’s the best of what I saw.

The Travel products from KidCo are no-nonsense, do what they need to do products, that work at home, while camping, or while traveling. The new items in the travel collection are the DreamPod Portable Bassinet ($150) and the TravelPod Portable Play Yard ($170). KidCo also added a lighter weight “Plus” model of the GoPod and updated the PeaPod as well.

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Diaper Dekor diaper pails were getting larger (classic, plus and xl), but now they’re coming out with a smaller mini version for those who don’t prefer to store dirty diapers for very long.

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For a limited time, this Dots by Karin BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft will be available exclusively at Kohls.com.  If you want to go all in on the black and white for baby, you don’t want to miss this one.

Dots by Karin BABYBJORN 2014 Limited Edition

Babyhome is coming out with another version of their Dream bassinet. The Dream Air has sides that unzip for ventilation and visibility. This type of mesh on travel sleepers and bassinets for air flow and ventilation was a huge trend across the board at the expo.

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Regal Lager‘s newest brand, Qdos, has some great modern baby gate options including a transparent acrylic gate. I’d suffer a few hand prints on that thing rather than use a clunky unsightly gate, but that’s just me. Qdos is a whole line of safety products and I look forward to seeing the rest of the line when they launch.

Qdos gates

In case there aren’t enough color options for your Maxi-Cosi Mico car seat, soon you’ll be able to customize your seat when you order it. It’s a great car seat to begin with and now buying your Mico has never been more fun.

Maxi-Cosi infant seats

There are all kinds of fancy special edition strollers out there with fun or fashionable fabrics and finishes, but this iCoo stroller is the first I’ve seen with a copper frame.

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I got to check out Stokke’s Trailz, their heavy-duty all-terrain stroller.  $1300

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The Scoot is the compact Stokke stroller.  I love that it it forward or rear facing and has an upright seating position.  $600

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Check out all the accessories for the Stokke strollers. And the Stroller Style Kit Seat Print (center with Beige Cubes) makes one super stylish stroller!

Stokke Strollers

Fisher Price seems to be heading in a good direction with this Comfort Curve Bouncer.

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Nuna showed the Mixx stroller and the full sized Tavo stroller.

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The new Wind attachment for the Leaf keeps the seat rocking automatically.

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And here’s a new changing tray top for the Sena.

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There was plenty of new stuff and many brands I didn’t even get to! For more baby gear and stroller coverage from the Expo, check out Growing Your Baby, Spilling the Beans, Baby Chic 101 and Baby Gizmo.  It’s no wonder they had good coverage because I saw them all over the place!

Coming Soon: What’s New from Bugaboo at ABC Kids Expo 2014

There was lots of excitement going on at Bugaboo this year. The often imitated brand that revolutionized the modern stroller market, Bugaboo continues to forge ahead with both design and engineering.

On the design side, I’m going crazy for the first special edition stroller of Bugaboo’s three-year collaboration with Diesel. This first collection is the Bugaboo Cameleon3 by Diesel.

Bugaboo Diesel Cameleon

This military-inspired stroller comes complete with a dark green chassis, green canvas, faux leather handlebar and tons of distinctive details.

Bugaboo Diesel

This will be available in stores in November 2014. The stroller will retail for $1300. Camouflage footmuff, seat liner, parasol and mosquito net will also be available as additional accessories.

The next notable new product at Bugaboo was the Bugaboo Stand. Use your Bugaboo carriage as a bassinet or your Bugaboo seat as a high chair.

Bugaboo Stand  Bugaboo Stand Rear

The Bugaboo Stand weighs less than 6 pounds and folds easily into a shoulder carrying bag.

Bugaboo Stand carrying case

The stand is compatible with the Bugaboo Cameleon3, Bugaboo Buffalo, and Bugaboo Donkey using the required set of adapters. Expect to see the Bugaboo Stand in Spring 2015 for $130.

The really big announcement of the show was the Bugaboo Runner.

Bugaboo Runner

In a special evening event, Bugaboo presented the jogging extension that works for (almost) any Bugaboo model you buy or own. Just click your seat onto the specially designed chassis and you’re ready to run. This eliminates the need to purchase a separate jogging stroller. You can jog with your child front or rear facing.

Bugaboo Runner

The Bugaboo Runner will be available in the US starting in Spring 2015 and the jogging extension will retail for $425. You will also be able to purchase the complete runner (chassis, seat and seat adaptors) for $755.

continue for more of what’s new from Bugaboo!

Kenson Quinny Yezz and Zapp Xtra

Quinny has never held back with color when it comes to their bright strollers– especially in their Moodd design collaboration with pop artist icon Romero Britto. This year, Quinny showed off their latest bold collaboration with Belgian artist Kenson that resulted in these designs for the Yezz and Zapp Xtra.

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These strollers are edgy, funky, fresh, and fun.

The Quinny Yezz Special Edition Kenson Collection is a giggle exclusive and retails for $330.

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Check out the detail on the seat. The white fabric would probably show dirt easily, but this is a stroller design that could handle some wear and tear and still look great.

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The Kenson Limited Edition Zapp Xtra retails for $375.

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I love the splashes of green on the wheels, the hood, shoulder straps, and foot rest.

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If you missed our review of the Quinny Zapp Xtra, check it out here!

What do you think of this design collaboration?

Jané: Spain’s Leading Stroller Brand at ABC Kids Expo 2013

We are excited to share a new stroller option with you. Jané, Spain’s leading stroller brand, is relaunching in the US and they debuted the North American product lineup at the ABC Kids Expo. Let’s take a look!

The Nanuq is an umbrella stroller with large diameter wheels, adjustable backrest, kickstand for storage, and carrying handle. Accessories included are the hood, cup holder, foot rest, and rain cover.

Adjustable handles make this stroller stand out, as well as the patented “ball joint” system, allowing it to fold to 12% of its height when standing. The Nanuq retails at $299 and is available in colors Aqua blue, Shadow grey, and Cosmos red.

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The Rider has a sleek profile as Jane’s top of the range stroller. The aluminum chassis ensures a lightweight frame, and the adjustable rear suspension make it a quick and easy ride to push. The height of the stroller also makes it useful for using as a highchair when dining on-the-go.

The fabric available on the navy blue Rider is patterned with playful, sketches of fish. I love how compact the canopy shade is when in the up position. The seat can be adjusted to face forward or turn around so the child is parent-facing. The basket looks easily accessible and the fold of the stroller gets down to 30% of its size, as shown in the bottom right photo. The Rider retails at $750 and is available in Shadow grey, Blue, and Sand.

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Trider Extreme is Jané’s stroller made for those who are looking for all-terrain capability and a stylish, elegant appearance. The larger wheels give it stability and maneuverability on both rough terrain and smooth concrete. Long length suspension and an adjustable shock absorber ensure baby’s maximum comfort. While I am not a fan of the writing on the foot rests, I am really loving the ruggedly sophisticated look. The Trider Extreme retails at $790 and is available in the Deep red and Azzure blue shown above.

The Jané Powertwin Pro double stroller is an all-terrain stroller with a two-position, rear wheel suspension for a smooth ride, including a front wheel disc brake system. Each seat has its own adjustable backrest and canopy. The Powertwin Pro will be available soon.

All of the Jané canopies are water-repellant, made from breathable fabric, and include anti-Uva, Uvb, Upf 50+ sun protection.

These are some good looking strollers, so we look forward to getting to know Jané!

Coming Soon: New from 4moms

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?

Coming Soon: New from Babyhome at ABC Kids Expo 2013

Babyhome has become a very popular nursery and baby gear brand since its US debut at the ABC Kids Expo in 2011.

This year brings another beautiful special version of their Dream travel cot.  The Dream Premium is made from natural micro-perforated leather with a polished black aluminum frame.  This looks really posh and carries the $1200 price tag to match.

I’m ALWAYS excited to add another modern option to my list of baby bouncers and loungers so the new Wave Bounce Chair is a great find this year.  Made from laminated wood, the Wave will be available in several frame and cushion combinations and should retail for about $180.

The Babyhome Emotion stroller is coming out in a few new colors– Aqua, Cloud and Coral and some new accessories like a cup holder and diaper bag will make this lightweight stroller ever more versatile.

The bassinet, high chair and bed rail will also feature new colors and the bed rail with built in light (Side Light) is on the horizon.

Finally, the so-ro mini cradle is now part of Babyhome and is a real stand-out in their product line.  I’m glad that Babyhome has taken on this beautiful product and hopefully they can give it the distribution and attention that it deserves!

So-Ro Cradle Babyhome Bassinet

Coming Soon: Mima Debuts in the US at ABC Kids Expo 2013

Everyone gets excited when a sleek European brand crosses the Atlantic, and this year that brand is Mima.  The Dutch brand has only been around since 2009, but with its sleek, high-end look, it’s getting everyone’s attention.

The Kobi is a versatile single, double or twin stroller that starts at $1300.  It’s available now with tons of color options and accessories.

The Xari is a $1200 stroller that is only available as a single… but a beautiful single.

What do you think of the special edition plaid versions?

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Mima’s lightweight stroller is called Bo.  This one should be out in January and retail for $350.

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Mima’s Moon transforms from newborn lounger to high chair to junior chair and features multiple recline positions as well as easy height adjustment.  This sleek modern high chair will retail for about $450 and should be available in January.

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Mima Moon high chair

Mima Moon high chair

I’ll be very interested to see how Mima catches on in North America.

20 Sep 2013, 12:41pm
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Andy Warhol + Bugaboo Part Two: Happy Bugs and So Many Stars

Are we sick of these special Bugaboo collections yet?  No?  Me neither… especially when they are as gorgeous as these.  With their second installment of the Andy Warhol + Bugaboo collaboration, Bugaboo and the Andy Warhol Foundation are knocking it out of the park with these lust worthy tailored fabric sets and sun canopies.

The Bugaboo Happy Bugs Collection is a colorful and kid friendly pattern.

Bugaboo Happy Bugs Andy Warhol

So Many Stars is so perfect.  I adore this simply sweet pattern.

Bugaboo So Many Stars Andy Warhol

Both collections will be released in November 2013.  Happy Bugs is available as a Bugaboo Tailored Fabric Set for the Bugaboo Cameleon3 and the Bugaboo Donkey, and as a Bugaboo Sun Canopy for the Bugaboo Bee and the Bugaboo Donkey duo extension set.  So Many Stars is only available as a Cameleon3 Tailored Fabric Set and Bugaboo will offer an exclusive “So” book for children as a gift with this set.  In the US, So Many Stars will only be available at select Nordstrom locations.

Cat Kidston Maclaren Quest

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

Cath Kidston Maclaren Quest

Nothing against Cath Kidston, I just prefer her modern vintage English style in smaller doses…

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Clockwise from top left:

Garage Kids Mini Backpack- $26
Penguin Double Duvet Set- $90
Puppies and Kittens Nursery Set- $20
Kew Sprig Kids Backpack- $42

Cath Kidston Changing Bags Diaper Bags

Posy Zip Changing Bag- $120
Spot Changing Bag- $105
Spot Zig Changing Bag
- $120
Cowboy Changing Bag- $100

And now please excuse me as I redecorate my son’s bedroom to suit that penguin bedding!

12 Aug 2013, 3:03pm
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Bugaboo Buffalo

It’s finally time to mention the Bugaboo Buffalo.  The all-terrain stroller from Bugaboo takes this luxury stroller further than its ever done before.

With a robust design, larger storage areas, one piece folding (!!!!) this is really the Bugaboo I’VE been waiting for.

It’s been available in Europe since March, but the US release date has finally been announced– get your Bugaboo Buffalo starting September 1st!  I’ll update here when I get the price information.

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