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ABC Kids Expo 2018 Recap!
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This week, Grady, Jordan, Jennifer, and Jamie hopped on an airplane and headed to Las Vegas, Nevada for the ABC Kids Expo! This is a wonderful time to get a sneak peek at the latest products and give them a test drive. We’ve compiled some of our favorite products… check out our Top 12 below along with some honorable mentions.
1. Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor
Jordan: I was really excited to head to the Nanit booth. I’ve heard so much about this high tech baby monitor but I had to see it in action. My very first impression was how sleek and small the monitor itself is. It’s really crazy that something this small is able to provide so much valuable information and insight for parents. What I really love about this system is how easily it integrates with your phone. When I’ve talked to parents, I always hear about how they wish things were just simpler to use while providing the same piece of mind. I like how you can invite family members into the platform and how the video service doesn’t stop even if the internet goes down. This monitor is seriously so cool!
2. Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One
Jamie: If you’re looking for a carrier that’s easy to get on and comfortable, you have to check out the Baby Carrier One from Baby Bjorn. First off, the colors they offer are a gorgeous series of neutrals, which are always on trend. The mesh fabric just looks super breathable for both parent and baby. I really liked how easy it was to fit the straps on – even if you’re doing it by yourself, it’s incredibly manageable. Watch the video – it really only took a matter of seconds to get on!
3. Doona car seat
Jamie: Okay, now this one is cool. I always hear parents talk about how bulky all of their baby products can be – you’ve got the trunk full with the stroller and you still have to deal with the carseat. With the Doona car seat, it’s a car seat that literally turns into a stroller – it an be used as a car seat, stroller, and infant seat. It’s a gorgeous design with safety in mind. It also comes with the base so you don’t have to purchase any extras. I appreciate how Doona created this with a lot of thought behind it, especially how the handles are adjustable so the older siblings can push as well. It’s suitable for children who weigh between 4-35 pounds. Plus, it honestly rolls better than my carry on luggage! Speaking of luggage, this car seat is also aircraft approved so you can just wheel it onto the plane and place it in the overhead bin. Nice!
4. Owlet Smart Sock
Grady: Owlet is one of those companies that I’ve always heard just such good things about. It was so lovely to meet them in person and learn a little more about the Smart Sock, which tracks your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels. What I love the most about this product is the lit base. If your baby’s oxygen and heart rate levels are normal, it shines green. This is such an easy way to provide peace of mind because with just one quick glance, you’ll know baby is okay.
5. Cloud B Sweet Dreamz On The Go Owl Sound Soother
Jamie: This is a must have if you’ve got a fussy baby on your hands. This sound soother has a nice variety of sounds, including mimicking mom’s heartbeat. I also love that it has an audio sensor that can detect when baby is making noise because it will automatically start making soothing sounds. MAGIC! Plus, it can be clipped onto the stroller or car seat – we love our on-the-go products and this is a must have!
6. Finn + Emma Macrame Play Gym
Jordan: Holy gorgeousness. This play gym not only serves a wonderful purpose for baby, but it’s also incredibly pretty – you won’t want to put this away when guests come over! I really love how Finn + Emma uses only the best organic materials. This play gym gives a total relaxed vibe and comes in three finishes so there is an option for everyone! You should definitely check out their entire macrame collection – it’s beautifully made.
7. Innobaby Spot Rainbow
Jennifer: These are adorable! The silicone is super soft and you can even wash it in the dishwasher. I love how this also helps children learn the colors in the rainbow. It’s just such an easy way to wash baby and give a gentle massage during bathtime. These also make the perfect baby shower gift!
8. Handcraft Potty Training Kit
Jennifer: This is a must have if you’re about to start your potty training journey! I love how Handcraft uses positive affirmation to help toddlers on this important step. This kit has everything you need, from a getting started book for the parents to an adorable stuffed hippo to help your toddler feel like they aren’t alone. Highly recommended! Plus, they started a website as a resource for parents who are going through the potty training stage, check it out at Potty Genius!
9. Covered Goods 4-in-1 Cover
Grady: These covers are the perfect gift for the new parent in your life. I really love how you’re essentially getting 4 things in one – a trendy scarf, nursing cover, car seat cover, and grocery cart cover. Their latest buttery smooth fabric is so soft too – you won’t want to stop wearing it. The patterns are fun yet versatile and at this price point, feel free to stock up!
10. Pediped shoes
Jordan: Pediped’s selections are such a great value for the price. I really loved how durable these shoes are even at the baby level! They’ve got a variety of shoes that feature all of our favorite trends – sparkles, animal print, two tone colors, and slippers.
11. Go Sili products
Jamie: Silicone is definitely having a moment right now and I love the new Go Sili selections! They’re launching brand new marble pieces for mom which I’m pretty excited about. I also love their environment-friendly silicone straws – at $1.50 each, you can’t go wrong. I love how thoughtful they are in the designs and are perfect for parents on-the-go.
12. Itzy Ritzy Boss Backpack
Jordan: I. Love. This. Backpack! Not only does it look good on the outside, but it’s going to hold EVERYTHING on the inside. It comes with 2 stroller clips (wow) and 17 pockets (double wow)! If you’re the kind of parent who thrives in organization, this is the backpack for you. I really love the rubber bottom – if you have to put your bag down in a public space, the rubber bottom allows you to open up the compartments without having everything spill out. I also appreciate the “parent pocket” – it’s a felt pocket right on the top where you can stash your sunglasses or keys with ease. Itzy Ritzy has some REALLY cute stuff – do check them out!
And a few other brands we loved…
Jennifer: Milk Street is a relatively new brand but I think you all are going to love it. I was so impressed by the quality of their baby furniture – some of it was so cute that I wanted to put it on my apartment! Milk Street nails the tiny details that will make every nursery complete.
Grady: I always look forward to seeing Little Unicorn’s latest patterns. I really love how whimsical and creative they can be. For example, they are releasing a dinosaur themed swaddle collection that I think all Jurassic Park fans will appreciate. The material is super soft too and your little one will love being cozy in these.
Jamie: If you want a stroller that is on trend and makes you feel like a million bucks, Mima is the one to check out. I was blown away by the quality of a Mima stroller. Plus, they allow so many options for customization. I personally loved the blue denim color way but I know a few of you will love this gold/fur one as well!
Jordan: If you’re a big sports family or know of one, you must check out the selections from Michaelson Entertainment. From “My First Team-Board-Book” to sports team themed ABC books, these are an easy way to prepare your little one to be your team’s #1 fan.
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