You guys! It’s been a full month since I have been at the ABC Kids Expo and I am just now getting up my second post about the show! I had planned to have this up a few weeks ago, but this deployment and my half marathon training just kicked my butt in September! However, even 4 weeks later I am still super excited about some of the products I saw!!
I can’t believe this was my 4th ABC Kids Expo! In some ways I like to compare it to childbirth. The days leading up are filled with nervous energy and lots of last minute preparations. Then the big day arrives and it’s a lot of walking, pacing, and welcoming new gear into the baby/kid world. For four days you walk the floor trying to soak in every single thing, and there is never enough time to do it all. During the event you wonder how you forgot that it was super exhausting, and then when it’s over you are ready to do it all over again!
Each year I go in with a few goals in mind. I try to keep my focus on the age range in my blog and of my readers. This was my first ABC Expo where I wasn’t really focused on breastfeeding/maternity gear as I’m not pregnant or nursing and neither are any of my contributors, but you can check out my “Breast in Show” from last years expo if you are.
This year I tried to find fun toys for kids, as well as check out what’s new in strollers and car seats. Of course I kept my eyes open for babywearing must haves!
Overall, it was a great show. We will have a few fun round ups from ABC coming at you over the next week including Best in “back to school”, “art/crafts” and “toys”! I met so many amazing companies and saw a lot of really cute stuff. This list is what I thought really stood out from the crowds as far as new, must have, and innovative products!
ABCKids14 10 Best In Show!
- Motorola MBP33HD Digital Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Internet Viewing
Coming in January of 2015 this baby monitor does what no other monitor on the market can! It gives parents the ability to see baby on the parent unit as well as on your phone/computer. It has so many other great features like picture/picture capability (so you can see multiple rooms at once), in app video recording, and pan/tilt/zoom abilities. It will start at $229.99
- lillebaby Carry On Toddler Carriers & Teething drool pads!
It’s no secret that I have a serious crush on lillebaby. Big things are in the works for them! The biggest buzz being around the new Carry On toddler carriers! There will be 2 types available very soon! The Airflow Toddler Carry On carrier will be available starting in November and the Woven version will be available some time in early 2015. Baby D got to try on one of the sample ‘prototype’ woven carriers and it was HEAVENLY. I’m so glad I’ve held out from buying any other toddler carrier – this version has everything we know and love from lillebaby plus a few new extras such as dual adjusting straps, and a huge front pocket! The toddler Carry On will accommodate around 50lbs. It’s isn’t so much the weight limit that is changing, but more so the seat is wider and the back is taller to keep toddlers close and comfortable longer!
The other product that stood out to me from lillebaby was their new drool pads. Since I first met the lillebaby team in 2013 they have been talking about redesigning their drool pads. I for one think they nailed it by providing babywearers a product that is unique to the market. The drool pads and bibs both have silicone teethers attached so now instead of soaking our strap, baby can actually have something that will help ease the teething pain!
- Swizz-Style Stadler Form IONIC Silver Cube.
I’ve seen a lot of humidifiers in my day. I’ve also owned several since becoming a mom in 2009. Each year I pledge to never leave water in my humidifier, and each year I fail and have the task of scraping off hard water or replacing them. Stadler Form may have forever solved this issue for parents. Using a their unique IONIC silver cube you can finally keep your humidifier clean and hygienic – even when you forget to change the water. Pair this with one of their smartly designed humidifiers and you have a winning combination in function and style! Or you can simply use the cube with your current favorite brand of humidifier as it works with most brands on the market!
- Armadillo Flip
You may remember I fell in love last year with the debut of the Mamas & Papas Armadillo. Well, they did it again. Everything I loved from Armadillo they used added everything that was missing into the Armadillo Flip. I could explain it, but watching my video might be easier!
- Shugabebe Breastfeeding Pillow
I’ve seen and used a lot of breastfeeding pillows in my day, and while I wasn’t going to keep my eyes open for breastfeeding and maternity items this show, the Shugabebe was unmissable in my opinion! Finally the nursing pillow has been re-invented, and not just a different version of everything else on the market. While it’s a bit pricy, I can tell you it is worth the price. I sat down with it at the show and thought to myself “This is what I tried to do with 12 throw pillows smashed all over me!” It’s the right height, the right support, and it’s really cute!
- Puj cups
Coming in early 2015 the Puj filla is something every parent will want in their home! My son is 5, and he goes through at least 3 cups if not more daily. Mostly because he puts them in the sink after every use and they get dirty. Each Puj cup is made with a friendly loop that hangs from a corresponding Nub. And since the Nubs adhere to any smooth surface using 3M adhesive and leave no permanent damage you can hang these right from your fridge, allowing your child to get a drink without the help of a parent. The cup is made from silicone and food-safe non-leaching polypropylene and is dishwasher safe. They will be available in early 2015 and as soon as they are they will be in my home!
- The Britax “Game Changers”
One of the leaders in the car seat market has just changed the game when it comes to installing car seats. Finally the sweat free install I first showed you in the Britax Frontier is now available in 3 convertible car seats: The Marathon, The Boulevard, and The Advocate. I’m so excited about this change. I love our Frontier and I can not wait to share a review one on of these convertible seats as well. Check out the click tight technology in action!
- The Little Linen Company Airwrap Bumpers
Launching this December, The Little Linen Company has a new line of safe crib liners called Airwrap. The breathable four peace system allows a really tight fit as well as for air to flow through to lower CO2 levels. I can’t wait for these to launch, I’ve never seen anything like them with fashion to boot!
- Bubber from Waba Fun
From the makers of Kinetic Sand comes Bubber! Bubber is the lightest weight molding compound of the market! It’s insanely fun to play with (I spent a good 30-40 minutes doing just that at the ABC show), makes crisp lines, molds into anything you can dream to make, NEVER dries out, and is gluten free! Kids of all ages will love Bubber!
- Cybex Cloud Q
The Cybex Cloud Q was actually the JPMA’s winner for Best In Show at the ABC Kids Expo 2014 and with good reason! It is the first car seat to come to the US market that actually reclines flat when not in use as a car seat. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because kiddy debuted a similar seat last year, but they have not been able to make the transition into the US market yet. So why is it important that a seat can recline? When baby isn’t riding in the car it is important for their little airways that they aren’t curled up. Laying flat allows them to get the most oxygen to their body. Parents can now recline the seat when it’s not installed in the car. (NOTE: It will not snap into the base or allow a belt to be thread for installation in a car when it is in recline mode.)
There were so many amazing products at the show, to narrow it down to 10 was nearly impossible. I easily could do another list of 10 of my favorites! Instead of that, I will be sharing with you our list for BEST IN SCHOOL, and BEST IN PLAY so stay tuned!!
Check out more posts from this and past ABC Kids Expos!
Which of these 10 products has you the most interested in learning more?
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