Nothing gives me a case of "baby fever" like touching, testing, and trying amazing baby gear. Well, except for maybe watching newborn-wearing mamas touching, testing, and trying amazing baby gear. (Ooph! My uterus!)
Last weekend, I hit Pier 92 to attend the New York Baby Show—and check out some of the latest, greatest, and coolest items for moms and babes. And, boy, did I get nostalgic for those early days of mommyhood!
Mind you, my kids are still very young. I have an almost-four-year-old son and a 17-month-old daughter, who is still very much a baby. She’s in the 15 percentile for size, and she's just barely walking (rest assured, her pediatrician, PTs, and I are on top it!), and, so, I still need and use lots of carriers, car seats, strollers, and all sorts of gadgets, gizmos, and gear. Nevertheless, I rode the elevator up to the show with three moms in matching Ergo-carriers with itty-bitty snoozing infants—so, all I can say is “Squeal! Babies!”
Before I walked the floor, I visited my friends in the Momtrends Blogger Lounge. I did a fun lettering craft with fellow influencers, indulged in a quick chair massage, and scoped out the scene from above. (I should’ve brought my kids—The Nanny League was providing free childcare for children of bloggers, and it looked like all those littles were having a blast!)
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Downstairs, it was a bumpin' crowd (literally, there were baby bumps every where). With was so much to do and see—from panel discussions, lectures, lesson, kiddie music classes, face painting—I didn't know where to start. So I made my way over to the the all-terrain stroller test track. A stroller is an investment—you should be able to try it before you buy it—on all sorts of even, uneven, inclining, declining, cobbled, and textured grounds. And that’s just what parents got to do at the New York Baby Show! This little girl even tested out her precious doll’s baby stroller.
As far as the products—it was like my own person version of Candy Land! ("Welcome to Baby Land!") I spotted some beloved and trusted brands and was introduced to a few new, up-and-coming, and totally nifty companies and items. It's hard to narrow things down to my absolute favorite finds, but there were definitely a few stand-out items that made big impressions. Here are three of my "Best of Baby Show" picks:
We’ve written about this magical machine before, but it truly warrants another shout-out. It’s that amazing. Tired mamas need not stress about properly measuring, mixing, and making bottles for Baby, thanks to this advanced device. It makes the ideal bottle for Baby using sterile pods. Just pop one in the machine, press the button, and you’ll have the perfect bottle in a matter of seconds—the right temp, the right size, and the right nutrition, catered to your child’s age. The composition of the formula actually evolves as Baby’s needs change.
4moms High Chair
This brand is known for its cutting edge, sleek, and chic designs. And their new high chair is no exception. It’s modern, simple, and clean. The real brilliance behind this product is the magnetic tray that pops on and off in a pinch. The coordinating plates and bowls are even magnetic—so gone are the days of Baby throwing his oatmeal across the room.
Traveling with a baby is no easy task. And bringing your giant stroller isn’t always the ideal. That’s why we’re so excited about the gb PockIt. It literally folds up so small—it can fit in the overhead of a plane OR in your diaper bag. Yes, a stroller than can fit in your diaper bag. Pretty incredible—right? Welcome to 2016, friends! And welcome to the Baby Show!
Mark your calendars, and join us there next year (May 20 – 21, 2017). But, be warned, Baby Fever is inevitable!
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