Learning all that you need to know is challenging enough for first-time moms, and when you add in all the baby gear purchase decisions, the task seems nearly impossible. There are so many options, new technology, and it can be difficult to decipher which products are the top of the line, the safest, most advanced...the list goes on and on.
Enter: The New York Baby Show. Everything you need to make baby-life easier was all under one roof, held at Pier 94 in midtown Manhattan. Featuring over 200 brands from all around the world showcasing their latest inventions and technology, keynote speakers, entertainment for the kids, a play area, classes, and even a stroller testing track. There was definitely something for everyone.
5000 guests visited the show over two-days where new and expectant parents were able to explore a mix of top products, services, view demos, and attend seminars from some of the top names in the industry, including Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby On The Block.
So what were the top must-haves in baby gear?
Doona Car Seat $499The Doona Car Seat and stroller-in-one caught my eye immediately because I hadn’t seen anything else like it. It’s compact size, functionality, and sleek design makes it the perfect stroller for city living or when you want to travel light. The car seat can be taken in a taxi or car service and locks in place with the car’s existing seatbelt, so need to take the base with you. It also fits onto an airplane seat making travel simple. And even with it’s compact size, the back of the stroller is taller than average car seats, allowing it to accommodate babies up to 35 pounds or 32” tall, whichever the baby reaches first.Its design made an impressive first impression but the safety features really got my attention. The Doona is a rear facing only car seat and features a memory foam headrest that provides side impact protection, an infant insert that should be used up until the baby is eleven pounds, EPS foam lining on the back which provides an extra layer of protection, and the handlebar adjusts to rest against the back seat acting as an anti-rebound feature in case of an accident. A line of accessories are also available if you want to add a little more to it such as a rain/wind protector, snap on storage, sun shade, among other options.Being the only car seat with mobility features and an integrated stroller system, it’s at the top of my list of items for parents to invest in.
Halo Bassinet Swivel Sleeper $199.99+If you’re debating whether to have your newborn baby sleep in a co-sleeper or in his/her own crib, this may be the perfect solution. The Halo Bassinet is the only one that rotates a full 360 degrees so the baby can be as close to you as possible while still sleeping safely. The ability to bring the baby close to you makes so many things easier, from breast feeding to getting in and out of bed yourself.
Halo SleepSack Swaddle $28.95The Halo SleepSack Swaddle is a three-way swaddle that adjusts to your baby’s sleep style: arms tucked in to reduce startle reflex, hands-to-face for self-soothing, and either one or both arms out for an easy transition from swaddling. The swaddle can be used over regular sleepwear to replace loose blankets for safer sleeping conditions and features an inverted zipper for easy diaper changes.
More than 1500 hospitals, reaching nearly half of all newborn babies yearly across the U.S. use the Halo SleepSack Swaddle in the well-baby nursery and NICU to model a safe, blanket-free alternative for parents.
My 1st Years Personalized Baby GiftsPersonalized baby items can transform your baby's room into a pinterest-worthy nursery that moms everywhere will swoon over. My 1st Years personalizes everything big and small: clothes and footwear, silver keepsakes, teddy bears, toys, blankets, storage solutions, and almost anything else you can think of. With Father’s Day around the corner, their daddy and me collection make for the perfect gifts.
Even John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's daughter Luna rocks My 1st Years apparel, how adorable!
b.box Bowl and Straw $14
Not just your average baby bowl, the b.box bowl and straw can be used as a regular bowl but also comes with a snack insert that creates a barrier so babies can put their hand inside to retrieve snacks but can’t dump the contents of the bowl all over the place. Mothers everywhere will love this feature, less cleaning up to do, more food for your baby to actually eat, and fun for your baby to use.
MonBaby Smart Button $99
Of all the new parents I've talked to, there is one concern I heard from every single one: in the beginning their biggest worry is whether the baby is still breathing while asleep. This is something that had never even crossed my mind before but I can imagine how scary it must be to bring a new baby home with little to no experience with newborns.
This is where MonBaby, a smart breathing movement monitor that snaps onto any article of a child's clothing, comes into play. The MonBaby Smart Button tracks your baby's breathing movements and sleep position and sends alerts directly to an app on your smartphone to give you peace of mind and keep your baby safe.
On top of all this baby goodness, The Baby Show also does good, benefiting two charities: Good+ Foundation and Cookies For Cancer. Founded by Jessica Seinfeld, Good Plus Foundation is a nonprofit organization that partners with a national network of leading programs to break the cycle of family poverty through the power of donated child products and life-changing family services. Cookies For Cancer raises funds for pediatric cancer research by supporting grassroots fundraising events.
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