If you follow me on social you’ll know that I recently spent the day in NYC attending Babypalooza 2018. This event is always one of my favorites, and an amazing opportunity to not only see the latest and greatest baby products, but to talk to the amazing people who have brought these innovative products to life! Of course, one of the best parts is being able to come back here and share with you my favorite products from the event – the ones that I think will be parenting game-changers this year! If you’re expecting, parenting young children or looking for the perfect baby shower gift – you’re going to love this list!
The day started out with a very early train ride into NYC for the Armitron: Time To Find Your Voice panel which was, as always, insanely inspiring. Filled with female influencers, entrepreneurs and key decision makers at some of the top family brands who spoke mainly about the changing digital media scene and the importance of finding – and staying true – to your authentic voice (something I hope I have always done over the last 8 years of blogging!) this panel always leaves me feeling uplifted and optimistic about the direction that digital media is taking. I always come away with new personal goals for myself, and a feeling of excitement for the growth and changes the next year will bring!
After the panel I spent a few hours mixing and mingling with both popular and up & coming baby brands, learning about their products and the inspiration behind them. The one similarity that really resonated with me throughout the show was this – almost all of these products were created by parents! Moms and Dads who faced a challenge in their own parenting journey and found a way to solve it – and then went on to bring that solution to the market for other parents. This in itself is so inspiring to me, and speaks so much to the similarities we all face in our parenting years. We all want the best for our children and we’re always working on improving – whether it’s a state of mind or an innovative new product – in the end we all just want things to be even better for our kids tomorrow.
Here are just some of my favorite products from Babypalooza 2018 – if you follow me on instagram and facebook you’ll see me posting a bit more about why I love these products, including some video from the event and beyond – so be sure to check that out after the list!
nanobébé – This award winning baby feeding system is a perfect companion for breastfeeding moms! I wish these bottles were around when I was first nursing my youngest – nanobébé bottles are designed to preserve the nutrients in breast milk through their unique shape, which allows stored breast milk to cool faster (reducing bacterial growth) and warm more quickly at feeding time. This allows parents to avoid heating bottles to temperatures that destroy precious nutrients. These bottles also stack, which makes it easy to store breast milk, and their unique breast-like shape is comforting and natural to baby! Each bottle includes a breast pump adapter that works with most breast pumps, making it simple to pump, store and feed while ensuring that your baby is receiving the most nutritional benefit from each bottle! The nanobébé line includes bottles, breast milks storage bags, warmers and accessories! | Amazon.com, Bottles Start at $10.99
PopYum – For formula feeding families, PopYum is solving a problem we are all familiar with – mixing fresh formula in less than ideal conditions. If you’ve ever stumbled to the kitchen at 2am and promptly forgot how many scoops you’ve just put into a fresh bottle, or if you’ve ever juggled tiny containers of pre-measured formula on the way to day care – you are going to LOVE this bottle. With PopYum bottles you store fresh water and powdered formula cleanly and securely in separate compartments in one bottle. When it’s feeding time you can simply press a button to release the formula and shake to mix! PopYum’s unique design gives you a perfectly mixed bottle of formula with just one hand. No more counting scoops while balancing a screaming infant, no more dozens of tiny containers and bottles to lug to Grandma’s house or daycare – this system is so compact and exactly what we’ve needed to simplify mixing bottles! You can even mix up a bottle in the car and feed baby without having to risk powdered formula finding it’s way into the nooks and crannies of your back seat! | Pre-order on PopYum.com, Bottles starts at $12.99
WithThanks – This one is all about Mom and Dad. WithThanks is a service that hand writes and mails personalized thank you notes for you. That means everyone receives a lovely, personal thanks and you don’t have to lift a pen! Perfect for busy parents after baby showers, birthday parties and christenings – this time saving service is worth it’s weight in gold. Personally, I plan to make this my go-to baby shower gift! I think it’s a lovely surprise to offer the parents-to-be a chance to focus on the millions of other tasks at hand and know that their Thanks is still being communicated in a beautiful way! | WithThanksNotes.com, Notes starts at $5 each with large order discounts
COTZ – This healthier mineral sunscreen collection keeps babies and children save from UVA and UVB rays without the harsh environmentally damaging chemicals and scents. I love mineral sunscreen not only for the health benefits, but because it seems to be easier on my kid’s sensitive skin. COTZ Silky Foam may be my favorite product – the foam application is easier to apply without the harmful respiratory impact of spray sunscreens! | CotzSkincare.com, Products starting at $7.00
pedipedi – Award winning baby and children’s footwear designed to be the next best thing to bare feet! These adorable and stylish baby and children’s shoes are healthier for growing feet, offering the proper support and padding that growing feet need. I loved seeing the huge range of styles at Babypalooza! And with sizes newborn-6 these will make perfect baby shower gifts (who doesn’t LOVE newborn shoes!!) and a great foot-healthy option for my older kids as well! | pedipedi.com
Little Green – A line of skin and hair for babies and children that offers safe, gentle and pure ingredients. I love their soothing balm stick personally – it’s great for chapped baby faces as we go through drooly, teething phases and their lice guard shampoos and gel are a go-to for my school age kids. At Babypalooza I learned Little Green has a very comprehensive line of products for children – including gift sets, perfect for parents-to-be! | LittleGreenCares.com
Baby Brezza – A bottle designed with busy parents in mind (and all parents are bust parents!), the Baby Brezza bottle has only two parts making it so simple to clean and assemble – saving parents time and frustration! Baby Brezza bottles also bost a TruFlo Anti Colic System, wide breast like nippeles and are, of course, BPA free! | BabyBrezza.com, Bottles start at $8.99
Aquaphor – A name most of us are familiar with, Aquaphor was at Babypalooza showcasing their baby products. From ointments to diaper cream to baby wash & shampoo, I always make sure to stock up on Aquaphor before the winter time as it’s my favorite product for preventing chapped skin and lips during the winter cold! | Available at Amazon.com and major retailers
Caribu – My kids have grandparents, aunts and uncles spread all over the country and maintaining those relationships for my kids is so important to me. I love Caribu because it takes video calling to the next level (and let’s be honest – it’s hard to keep a three year old’s attention during a Facetime chat). With Caribu fiends and family can read with children through an interactive video call. Caribu offers a selection of picture books and activities that allow two people to interact together on screen no matter how far apart they are! You can even gift a subscription to a child in your life. Works on Apple and Android devices! | Caribu.co, $21 for a three month subscription
Highlights Hello – I was super excited to see this because I gift Highglights magazines to every kid I know. My own kids receive their age appropriate subscriptions and it’s one of my go to “gifts that keep on giving” birthday gifts. Now it can be a baby shower gift as well! The Highlights Hello magazine is a yearly subscription that encourages quality time for baby and caregiver. Packed with colorful images, stories and fun activities, Hightlights Hello is visually engaging for baby while helping parents support oh-so-important early literacy and language development. I can’t wait to start gifting this one! | Highlights.com, One Year Subscription $40.00
Newton Baby – This peace of mind crib mattress is fully breathable and washable, creating a safer sleep environment for babies. Transitioning to a crib is hard and nerve wracking for so many of us. And what do you do when baby begins to roll and refuses to sleep safely on their back? The breathable Newton Crib Mattress showed that a baby gets 97% more air when sleeping on a Newton mattress vs. a traditional crib mattress in independent tests. And it is so very comfortable and soft! Newton is also completely hypoallergenic, free of off-gassing and completely washable! The outer shell can go in the washing machine, and the mattress core can be cleaned in the shower or tub! I need to get one for my son – even though he’s almost two this mattress also works in a toddler sized bed and I love the idea of being able to clean in so easily during the potty training years! | NewtonBaby.com, Standard mattress $299.99
Nosiboo – Nosiboo is taking on the common cold with their Nosiboo Pro, an electric nasal aspirator that removes mucus quickly and effortlessly, resulting in a more comfortable baby! The Nosiboo is designed to look fun and kid friendly, alleviating children’s apprehension and is perfect for colds or allergies. Don’t want an electric aspirator? Check out the Nosiboo Eco – a humal powered nasal aspirator that’s perfect for on the go (I keep one in my diaper bag and love how handy it is for sudden allergies and colds when we’re traveling!). | Amazon.com, Starting at $15.00
Lacti-Cups – Another breastfeeding tool I wish I had when nursing my son! If you’ve ever felt like crying as you toss out nursing pads soaked with breast milk, you’re going to love what one mom created to save those precious ounces. Lacti-cups are places into your bra like a nursing pad, but instead of soaking up breast milk to be tossed out, it collects your breast milk, which can then be refrigerated or frozen to use later on. Lacti-Cups support pumping moms by catching letdown milk and reducing the supplementing the pumped milk supply. | Lacti-Cups.com, $18.99 for a set of 2
The Mane Choice – A multi cultural hair and body care brand that helps achieve healthy hair and skin by infusing their products with vitamins and essential nutrients, their children’s line offers shampoos, body wash, moisturizer and more in amazing kid-friendly scents like Orange and Strawberry Medley! | Themanechoice.com, products starts at $10.99
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