The 2018 New York Baby Show (Sponsored) (Guest)

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Okay, okay. I don’t exactly have a baby anymore–Phoenix is walking, talking and even potty training! That’s why I reached out to my friend Whitney and her lovely family to stop by the New York Baby Show. They’re perfectly adorable and were in the market for all the latest and greatest baby must-haves for their eight-month-old daughter.

Buyer’s remorse? It happens to the best of us, especially for new parents. You have that rabbit hole of the internet, your parents, your friends and even strangers giving you advice on how to raise your child. As a first time mom, I usually second guess if I have bought the right car seat, if there’s a better way to get her to sleep or if the food my baby is eating is the healthiest. This year’s New York Baby Show was the best place to get the scoop on the in’s and out’s of baby gear.

Right after I gave birth, my nurse introduced me to the swaddle. It seemed it was an instant sleeping pill to my baby that ended becoming an essential tool in providing comfort and stability in her sleeping schedule. Unfortunately, as she got older, swaddles started to be lose their effectiveness. She became more cognizant of her lack of mobility, and developed the ability to eventually break out of multiple variations of wraps. At the NYBS, I stumbled upon a company called Love To Dream. Their company manufactured apparel customized to recreate the positive attributes of swaddling while stripping away the negatives that hinder its effectiveness.

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Their “Swaddle Up Swaddlers” were created to help the baby fall asleep with their arms up rather than pressed upon their bodies, eliminating the trapped feeling that makes babies and toddlers uncomfortable. The added touch is the removable wings on the arms that allow for the baby or toddler to either touch their face or do whatever self-soothing technique they need to do to help them either get to sleep or stay asleep.

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Speaking of sleep, automatic rockers are a mother’s dream.  Sometimes, newborns just want to be rocked, and it can be mentally and physically taxing to do so for extended periods of time.  Being an owner of an older model of mamaRoo, I was excited to see 4moms at the expo displaying their newest model of their bouncer/swing. The mamaRoo4 has a new Bluetooth feature where you can control the five unique motions and speeds, sound and volume from your smart device without disturbing your baby. Talk about amazing! They also featured their highchairs and pack’n’plays, which had an awesome one-push open and close feature.

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I have always wanted to prepare my own baby’s food, and I must admit, although it was rewarding at first it can become difficult when you’re trying to balance work, family, and time for yourself. I’ve found it extremely helpful to have a few snacks and easily prepared foods handy that my little crawler not only loves, but also helps her develop her pincer grasp. Finding a snack the she enjoyed was trial and error, so it was a real relief when we finally came upon an organic food brand called Plum Organics. Their line of Organic Fruit and Vegetable Puree Pouches, Flavored Puffed Snacks and various snack bars helped fuse fun time with snack time. With their easy prep and fun shapes, I’ve found occupying my little one’s time for just a few moments a little bit easier (which is really all we can ask for!)

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Most parents dread meal time for various reasons but an extremely common reason is when your child picks up the bowl and tosses the food on themselves and everything else in the splash zone. I’m so grateful to the good people over at Stay n’ Eat. They have helped to revolutionize feeding time with their “All in One” plate! Their flagship plate is “slip-, tip- and flip- resistant” while featuring a reversible design with a sloped surface side to reduce food from getting soggy. It is also designed for self-feeding with its “e-z load sidewall” and that same border helps reduce messes. Definitely a must for messy eaters!

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What comes in must come out, and dealing with the latter isn’t always enjoyable (to put it lightly). While walking the aisles of the New York Baby Show I saw many different variations of very popular diaper pails, so I was curious to see what kind of advancements had been made to this baby necessity. Ubbi’s colorful and sleek pails would match any nursery design, with their full range of different stainless steel colors. They provided the basic functionality of the diaper disposals that I was already familiar with, but I was looking for something truly different.

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That is where a family owned company Prince Lionheart comes in to play. Their all new Twist’R Diaper Disposal System has a fresh take on a classic nursery item. Their easy Drop and Step diaper process makes it so you don’t have to bend, kneel, cut or tie anything. The extremely helpful Ambassador showed us how easy it was to simply drop the diaper into the top opening that auto shuts, sealing in smells before they can escape. Then all you do is step on the pedal in the front of the pail to activate a turning mechanism that seals each diaper at the bottom of the bag. It holds 35 diapers with an easily detachable bag that you simply pop out of its slot and replace by popping another one in. The bags themselves are self-tying, which I found refreshing, as touching soiled diaper residue is not high on my want-to-do list.

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One of the biggest areas of the NYBS was its travel and safety exhibits and of course there was a plethora of strollers on display. I personally enjoy the Doona Brand Strollers, seeing as they are the most functionally logical “all-in-one’s” I have ever seen or experienced.  Seeing as most hospitals require a car seat in order to take a newborn child home, this Doona was a godsend in its ability to be small and light enough to be carried in traditional car seat fashion, while seamlessly and easily transforming into a fully functional stroller.  I was excited to see they were at the NYBS, so I visited their booth when it was less crowded. The Doona is best for families “on the go” and is definitely a fully integrated mobility solution. There was even a big test track that simulated real life obstacles like street grate, gravel and bumps, which of course the Doona passed with flying colors! Many other ways of transporting your little one were available as well but the Moby Fit Baby Carrier caught my eye.

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Moby is a pretty well known company, known for their baby wraps and carriers. The coolest thing Moby had on display this year was their brand new, customer inspired, Moby Fit.  This carrier was special in a way that it fused the classic Moby wraps with modern ordinary carriers that most people are accustomed to seeing.  The large padding at the base of the carrier acts as a very comfortable brace for the weight of the little one and makes it a lot easier to take longer trips. This was definitely my choice for most improved product of the whole afternoon, seeing as they took their customers feedback and flawlessly showed it in their latest product.

This year’s New York Baby Show was a definite hit! It offered you the chance to explore hundreds of top brands and new innovative products for your baby’s needs. There were also classes and seminars with top advisors in their respective fields with opportunities to interact with them to gain clarity on a variety of issues. They were extremely successful in creating an atmosphere that would be comfortable for families with everything from Mom and Dad Lounges to Family Photo Op Stations and the 40 Foot RV Pumpspotting Pump Suite. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the vendor’s promotional raffles and giveaways–definitely the cherry on top!

New York Baby Show 2018

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So it’s that time of year again! If you’re an expecting parent and you’re anywhere in the greater NYC area, the @NewYorkBabyShow is the place to get the inside scoop on all the coolest gear for your little ones. You’d be shocked at how techy the baby gear can get–there’s new innovations in bottle design, space-age fabric for carriers, car seats that talk to you via a smartphone app, and strollers that charge your phone.

The 2018 New York Baby Show, on May 19 & 20 at Pier 94 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 8th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood. We are giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show. Keep scrolling for details!

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We have ten tickets to give away to the first ten readers to visit this link! After that, if you’d still like to go but you missed the giveaway, don’t worry–babydroppings readers can still score 50% off their tickets by clicking here. The normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual, so that means you and your family could go for just $15!!!

Sign up soon, as this event tends to be jam-packed and you want to get your spot! Come and say hi to all the vendors, companies, experts and our writer, Whitney, who will be there with her little one at the #NYBSBloggerLounge. And whether it’s your first year or you’re a New York Baby Show veteran, comment below: what are you most looking forward to about this year’s event!

Diana

Image courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles.

I’m a mom now, so I could start this letter by saying how I have three little girls and how it’s so important for girls to see powerful female characters and all that. But even though that’s important, that’s not what I want to say. This letter is from me. 

Growing up I knew about Wonder Woman. I just didn’t really care about Wonder Woman. She was beautiful and awesome, but constantly overshadowed by characters like Batman and Superman. She didn’t really seem to have her own thing going on–if I ever saw her, it was as a member of the Justice League, a pretty chauffeur in an invisible jet. She never saved the day. She wasn’t a crunch player. She wasn’t an MVP. She was a token female and I figured she had to be dating someone or they wouldn’t have let her in. The original live action Wonder Woman from the 1974 film, Lynda Carter, was pretty awesome, but she still didn’t inspire me. She was so dainty. Lynda Carter was unbelievably refined and beautiful, and I had skinned knees and oversized Pokémon t-shirts. Unfortunately, she just seemed like another standard of femaleness that I wouldn’t hit. 

A couple nights ago I went to see the new Wonder Woman film with my husband, and I remember thinking on the way to the theatre that I could have waited to see it on demand. I wasn’t into the idea of a Wonder Woman movie because I didn’t need to see any more watered down sex symbols on the big screen. I had seen the posters and the ads, and Gal Gadot was freaking hot. That wasn’t a good sign. Sure, she looked the part for the Princess of Themyscira, but what hot woman in Hollywood ever gets to play a meaningful role, especially in a superhero movie?

I was blown away. 

Wonder Woman was amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Diana was tough, hard headed, spoiled, compassionate, loving, sarcastic, and completely unimpressed with herself and her own beauty. DC casted a gorgeous woman and left it at that. They let her breathe on the screen and become three-dimensional. The phenomenal (and female) director of this movie, Patty Jenkins, allowed Diana a real experience. She made no apologies (a lesson I need to learn), struggled with her belief in men but never her belief in herself, cooed over babies, had sex on the first date, and set clear boundaries with the men and women around her. Diana was a woman. Honestly, her fighting style was straight up badass, but that wasn’t what made me get all excited and teary-eyed during this film. I loved the fact that Wonder Woman was humble without being self-deprecating, that she apologized when it was appropriate but not constantly, and she did whatever she needed or wanted to do without waiting for permission. 

Thank you, Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot, for being beautiful, humble, and for doing what you needed to do without waiting for permission. Thank you DC, for allowing Wonder Woman to be the best you’ve ever made, for allowing her to be better than Batman and Superman and the entire Justice League (because this was the best DC superhero movie I’ve ever seen). Thank you to all the Wonder Womans that ran at the glass ceiling before to set the tone for this film to exist. And thank you for allowing her to just be Diana. You have given millions of women permission to just be themselves, too. 

Happy Freakin’ Mother’s Day

Sunday was Mother’s Day, and I had no expectations. My husband and I have been arguing, money has been tight, and the schedule has been packed. I felt that there was no point in getting my hopes up that “it would be my day.” Being that my kid isn’t even two, I doubted I’d even get so much recognition as a macaroni necklace.

Mother’s Day is hard for all moms. It sucks to have people tell you that it’s all about you, when really, as soon as they say “Happy Mother’s Day” and throw their last-minute, everything-else-was-sold-out gift at you, they’re off the hook and it’s back to the same grind that you do every freaking day. It’s especially hard when your own mom isn’t around anymore. For the last nine years, Mother’s Day has been more about what I didn’t have than what I did.

We now have half a kitchen (renovations are mostly complete but we ran out of money for appliances) so we decided to invite a couple of friends over to celebrate the day with us, and that was hands down the best thing that we could have done. Ladies, your mom tribe is everything. We spent the day laughing and drinking sangria, and ate a fabulous homemade brunch. It was the first time I felt like I had anything to celebrate.

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I’m writing this to say: if your Mother’s Day sucked, that’s okay. It’s not fair, and I wish it wasn’t the case, but it’s okay. Most of this whole motherhood thing sucks, and even on Mother’s Day, we’ve still gotta be on call. But try to find a moment of celebration anywhere, where you are happy to be alive and trudging through this amazing, exhausting journey with amazing, exhausted women who get it. And be thankful it’s on a Sunday and day-drinking is totally okay.

I love you and you’re doing great.

((The spa deals are still going until the end of May)).

Sleeping Through The Night: The SNOO Smart Bassinet (review)

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Baby Sori is snug and well-rested!

Last week (March 2nd-March 9th) was National Sleep Awareness Week (not that we, as parents, need to be any more aware of the sleep that we are or are not getting). In honor of Sleep Awareness Week, I asked a good friend of mine, Qeyiana, who recently gave birth to her second child, if she would test out the SNOO Smart Bassinet, designed by renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp, the patron saint behind the book The Happiest Baby On The Block. Continue reading

The Truth About Self-Care

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“And this teeny slice of the pie is Mommy’s free time.”

It’s been quite some time since I posted. Valerie and I optimistically took on this self-care challenge at the beginning of this year, hoping to lead by example and help parents (especially moms) everywhere learn how to prioritize their own health and well-being. I was so excited. I’ve been burning myself out trying to juggle school, the (multiple) sites I write for, my full-time job, my part-time job, planning an overseas trip, my kitchen renovation, and of course, my toddler.

In one organization that I’m affiliated with, they say that when you make a new commitment to something, what will inevitably start to happen in your life is that you will see all the things that no longer fit with who you want to be. It’s not that things are so wrong, it’s just that you’re seeing them in the light of the new determination that you’ve made. Continue reading

You Can’t Afford NOT To Go

Go on and take that bubble bath, already! Self care challenge #babydroppings
Go on and take that bubble bath, already!

Okay, folks. We’re almost one month into this self-care thing. How’s it going?

Yeah. I thought so. Me too.

It’s HARD to take care of yourself. It’s hard to prioritize your own care in a world that is constantly pulling on you in every direction. How can you afford to take the time to take care of yourself when you can barely hold it together at work? Continue reading

Starting the Self-Care Challenge 2017

#TimeForYOU2017I’m really excited about the Mommy R&R/babydroppings self-care challenge. I know that New Year’s resolutions can fall out of existence in just a day or two, but I think that this is a really important one for us to stick with. Most of us are leaving ourselves last, and the effects are piling up. 

I’ve started already, and I hope you have too! I’m sharing my plans for the month here, in the calendar. Be sure to let me and Val know what you’re doing to love yourself, too. Tag your posts #TimeForYOU2017 so we can follow along 🙂