The ABC Baby Show this year — GAH, what a blast! As many of you know, I finally got to meet Amy Morrison (Pregnant Chicken) in the flesh. She reaffirmed her status as my #1 prospective sister-wife (let’s face it: the harder my kids get, the better Utah looks). We also got to hang with Natalie’s crew with BabyList and Whitney Morrison of Rookie Moms (Whitney did her own Top 10, which shows you how many amazing things there were); and although we never played craps or took Chicken to Olive Garden for her American dream meal, we had a great time together.
Chicken and I collaborated to bring you our 10 top favourite (that gratuitous “u” is for Amy) products from the show (and believe me, with the plethora of amazing new products, this was no easy decision). After many nights of arm wrestling, haggling, and playing rock, paper, scissors, we finally narrowed it down to 10.
And best of all (wait for it)… (wait for it)… we are giving away each Top 10 item over the next week (what? That’s impossible!). I know, I know, we ARE the coolest people ever. Shucks. No seriously, we wanted to blow your minds with amazing goodies. Kinda like Oprah did on her “Favorite Things” episode, but kid-related and not nearly as generous.
Check my Facebook page each day starting tomorrow (Monday) to see which prize is up for grabs – oooooh, I’m getting all tingly just thinking about it (and I’m going to be SERIOUSLY jealous of the winner of #10. Just sayin).
So without further ado (ahem) — the envelopes, please.
How much would I give to avoid driving all around town to find the right pair of shoes for my child? A FREAKIN LOT. Now, you can accurately measure your child’s foot right at home and order shoes online with the confidence they will actually fit. You can also use the Squatchi as a keepsake to track your child’s changing size over the years. A genius idea from a mom-entrepreneur, what did you expect? You can find them for around $19 on Amazon. – Meg
Products that help parents through difficult transitions deserve a special place on the shelf. If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me, “How do I transition my baby off the swaddle? He won’t sleep without it, help!”… I’d be rich. The Convertible Swaddler from Woombie has arm holes that can be opened or closed to assist in the “swaddle weaning” process. Heck, get a little crazy and leave one arm out and one arm in; I won’t tell anyone. They run about $28 on Amazon. – Meg
There are two things I love about this Babywarma wetsuit. One, it keeps babies warm when they’re in the water – babies are notorious for getting cold as soon as they get in water because they aren’t great at regulating their body temperature. Two, I love that this wetsuit opens flat so you’re not struggling to pull a wet bathing suit over those delicious ham hock legs. I also love that it’s made with soft, thick neoprene, which is that extra line of defense from a swim diaper poo escape – I never want to be the one responsible for a pool “fouling”. I guess that’s three things I love: warm baby, easy ham hock release, and extra fouling protection. Bring on the swim class! They come in three sizes and are $29.99 on Amazon. – Amy
Cloud B toys have already earned MVP category in my house with the Twilight Turtle (original) and the Sleep Sheep. New this year is the Twilight Turtle “Tunes”, which has built-in speakers that connect to a Bluetooth device of your choosing (iPhone, iPad, etc.). With the “T3”, you can play your child’s favorite lullabies and keep scary monsters away with the light of the stars — all at the same time. I love multi-taskers!
$52, available at www.cloudb.com, as well as at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Red Envelope. – Meg
Ergo Baby Wrap (available February 2014)
At first glance, Ergo’s new baby wrap looks like your standard wrap but it’s got some really sweet features that set it apart. It’s designed for babies 6.6 to 31 pounds and holds your baby in an ergonomic position (no crotch dangling) (<<—DRINK! – Meg) but the thing I loved most about it was the fabric. The material is made from this premium, strong 4D fabric that stretches and springs back in both directions so you don’t get that slow sag throughout the day from your baby’s weight. It can also be used as a prenatal and postnatal belly band and folds into its attached pocket.
It’s not available until February 2014 but Meg and I are all about bringing you the sneak peeks because we’re broads on the cutting edge (pftt, you already knew that though). It will retail for $79 once it comes out. – Amy
Ubimed has come out with this ingenious crib device called, Lifenest, that helps prevent flat head syndrome (Plagiocephaly). It’s like a little hammock that essentially suspends your baby while they sleep on their back to relieve the pressure on the back of their heads normally caused by lying directly on a mattress. Logic would dictate that this would also help reduce the risk of SIDS – the mesh that it’s made from provides constant airflow – but that’s a medical claim that needs to be substantiated with a lot of research and money before that claim can be made here so that’s not my “official” statement. Sells for $99.99. – Amy
Babies are adorable to counter balance how disgusting they can be. Rice cereal, mushed banana, barf, poop, everything ends up on your high chair. So one of my biggest pet peeves is high chairs you can’t wash. This is why I love this Eat High Chair from Babyhome because it’s crazy light, folds down to almost nothing, has a removable tray to scoot it up to a table, and you can remove and wash the cover. Can I get a hell yeah? Around $149 to buy. – Amy
As of mid-2017, Babyhome is no longer available in the US – all of their inventory went back to Spain. That said, we are leaving this review up (for now) as you may still be able to locate a few pieces in store or online. Yes, we are sad about this too!
Graco invented the first baby swing and has continued to innovate since. The space-saving Graco Elite Gliding Swing offers baby the sensation of gently rocking in mom’s glider – PLUS, the functionality of a stand-alone bouncer, which pops off the glider and can easily be carried from place to place at your convenience. Graco hit a home run with this one – w00t! Retails for $179.99, only at BRU [this is a correction from yesterday, sorry!!]. – Meg
The new Summer Fuze stroller knocked my socks off at the baby show by offering all the features of a luxury stroller at an attainable price. With this stroller, baby can rear-face (i.e. face mom) or face out, has a 3-position recline for the tiniest of babes, comes WITH a car seat adapter (what? that never happens), has a large, accessible basket, adjustable handlebar, a cup holder, folds easily, and rides like a dream. Essentially, they thought of everything a mom could want, and put it into this stroller. Bravo!!! $299 on Amazon. – Meg
Oh phil&teds, you always make me so happy with your badass strollers and making me feel like I want to be “on the go”. Not only does the Navigator have 26 riding options (including a rear-facing function), it has a hands-free auto stop safety brake. Sort of like when you let go of a lawn mower and it cuts the power, this stroller stops dead if you let go of it, fall, slip, wipe out, whatever. I love that the technology that stops us from cutting off our feet is now being applied to our children not rolling into traffic. Makes sense, non?
Retail is $499.99 and the second seat (if you need it) is $149.99. – Amy
So there you have it, from me and my fine feathered friend from Canada. Now, get in the game and win some of this stuff. Go on, get!