Fri-yay! Giveaway

We introduced the 4moms bounceRoo a couple weeks ago but we’re going to have a little fun this week and share one with one of our readers!

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The bounceRoo is the only bouncer with unique vibration modes and intensity settings to help calm and soothe babies. The lightweight, portable and compact design is battery-operated and easy to collapse, making it easy to move around the house or take on-the-go. It comes with a toy mobile with three reversible toys, an easy-to-remove, machine washable seat fabric and a 20-minute automatic vibration shut off feature.

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According to 4moms CEO Rob Daley, “The bounceRoo is a dramatic improvement over the traditional bouncer – the unique vibration modes offer parents a better way to soothe their baby and the sleek design is something they will be excited to have in their home.”

I would have been much more excited to have this than the $30 cartoony wire seat that we made do with! Our giveaway winner will be a bit more fortunate than myself.

4moms bounceRoo

You can enter to win a bounceRoo plush of your choice (retail value $119.99) from 4moms via the rafflecopter app below. Note: this sweepstakes is open to US resident over the age of 18 only. It starts right now and ends August 28th, 2015 at noon EST. Good luck!

What is the Best Bouncer? 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 Nursery category, be sure to vote for the “Quickest Way To Calm A Baby“.

Cribsies Bouncers

The nominees are:
4moms Mamaroo Bouncer
BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft
Nuna Leaf
Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer
Bloom Coco
4moms Rockaroo

My least favorite is the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer. I think their Comfort Curve Bouncer would be a prettier choice.

 Fisher Price Comfort Curve Bouncer
So, which bouncer are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?

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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.

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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: Babymoov Debuts at ABC Kids Expo 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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The seat of the bouncer also rotates around 360 degrees.

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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.

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The Up & Go Booster Seat is a compact and easy to carry travel booster with a three point harness and featuring adjustable height.

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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.

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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.

Stokke Steps: Seating System from Bouncer to High Chair to Child Seat

Stokke Steps is the first (at least that I know of!) bouncer and high chair combination.

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I love this as you need the high chair just at the time when your child is getting too big for their bouncer, and like everything else Stokke, its Scandinavian design looks beautiful in the modern home.

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Stokke’s Tripp Trapp high chair is a design classic, and this multifunctional marvel is the first product worthy of swaying your attention away from the original.

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You can see more photos on Stokke’s Steps board on Pinterest.

Stokke Steps should be available in the US in March. Suggested retail for the Bouncer is $199 and the High Chair Solution which grows with the child from 6 months is $450.  While it seems efficient gear-wise, buying a Tripp Trapp (about $370 even with tray and baby set as accessories) and a bouncer separately looks like the more affordable way to go.  What do you think?

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

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