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!

Make 2017 YOUR Year: Self-Care Daily Challenge

I’m obsessed with New Year’s. Being an extremely Type-A, high-strung perfectionist, I love any special day dedicated to making lists and making improvements in my daily life. But for many years in a row, my resolutions have all been about getting more done, getting stuff accomplished, and generally just a twelve-month long to-do list.
In my first full year of parenting, I’ve realized that the cliche is true–if mama’s not happy, no one’s happy. So this year I want to try to do something that I’ve never done before. Something much harder.  And I want you to do it too.

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Messy Memorable Moments with Bounty, the #QuickerPickerUpper #ad


Part of raising a family is embracing the mess of daily life.  I love kids, but I don’t love that part of motherhood quite so much.  I tend to be a bit of a germophobe, so I catch myself going through a lot of paper towels.  But so many of the things in life that are fun are a little (or a lot!) messy—first foods, first art projects and first birthdays!  So, Phoenix and I headed to Manhattan to celebrate her first birthday party with Bounty and mother and author Kristin Cavallari, where I knew they’d have my back when it came time for clean-up. Continue reading

Best Gifts to Give A One Year Old

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On September 10th, my tiny baby turned one year old, and quite frankly, I’m still in shock.  Because she’s not walking yet, I’ve been in denial, but the truth is plain to see—I no longer have a newborn, an infant, or a baby.  I am the parent of a toddler.

I was never really around younger kids growing up (I’m the youngest of my whole family) so I had no idea what in the world to plan for her birthday party, let alone how to answer the well-meaning but totally stupefying question of “what does she want?”  The only thing that she is truly, truly passionate about is food and empty water bottles.  I figured I should probably just ask around to find out “What’s the best gift you can give a one-year-old, and why?” Continue reading

Carriers, Strollers, and Wraps—Oh My! The 2016 New York Baby Show

Jamie Grayson, the Baby Gear Guy, gives the keynote address to a packed room.  Photo courtesy of MomTrends.
Jamie Grayson, the Baby Gear Guy, gives the keynote address to a packed room. Photo courtesy of MomTrends.

Last weekend, Pier 92 played host to thousands of new and expectant parents at the 2016 New York Baby Show. From strollers that fold down to the size of a laptop to a sleep monitor that clips right onto baby’s clothes, every possible product that a new parent could need was available to check out, sample and in some cases, take home that day. 

With so many options, it was nearly impossible to stop at every booth on the showroom floor, so I made sure to hit the biggest must-haves on our list. Phoenix just turned eight months old, which means that we’re about to give up our amazing infant car seat. So travel gear was a priority for us at this event, and these were by far our favorites:
 

The GB Pockit stroller. Photo courtesy of BabyGizmo.com.
The GB Pockit stroller. Photo courtesy of BabyGizmo.com.
 GB Pockit Stroller: Recently entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the smallest stroller ever, this lightweight lifesaver folds down small enough to fit into a tote bag and weighs only eleven pounds. Despite its small size, it has really durable wheels and a super sturdy frame. It’s a perfect second stroller and great for city life.    

Phoenix and I rocking a Pavo woven wrap. Photo courtesy of Kanji Photography.  babydroppings.com
Phoenix and I rocking a Pavo woven wrap. Photo courtesy of Kanji Photography.
   
An up-close shot of the Gotham print. Photo by babydroppings.com.
An up-close shot of the Gotham print. Photo by babydroppings.com.
 Pavo Gotham Wrap: My husband and I are avid babywearers, and since my daughter was born we’ve been rocking a stretchy wrap as our primary carrier. Well, the Pavo completely knocked our socks off. This woven wrap is made of amazingly high-quality fabric that is breathable enough for warm weather, while literally being strong enough to carry my eight month old, a toddler, or even two babies. It can be tied in dozens of different ways, and unlike our stretchy wrap, supports front, back or hip carrying. Plus, it’s just absolutely beautiful. 

 

Seimone, one of our MomTrends/New York Baby Show ticket giveaway winners, and her daughter, Ashley, trying on the new Baby Björn One carrier.  babydroppings.com
Seimone, one of our MomTrends/New York Baby Show ticket giveaway winners, and her daughter, Ashley, trying on the new Baby Björn One carrier.
 Baby Björn One: What can I say? We love our baby carriers. There are definitely times when I need a quick solution, and as much as I love wraps they do take some maneuvering. The Baby Björn is a classic soft-structured carrier that probably everyone has seen or heard of, but the new One carrier has been designed with several nifty features. Borrowing a page from wraps, it has improved knee-to-knee support, and supports a front or back carry. While it’s insanely comfortable, my favorite thing about it is that it’s infinitely adjustable. The ease of raising or lowering baby makes nursing while carrying super simple, and getting hit on and off is actually a snap (or three). 

There were dozens of other fantastic brands and cool baby gadgets, but these three were our absolute favorites. Now that you have the babydroppings Best in Show picks, tell us—which were your favorite products from the New York Baby Show, and what did you want to see more of?

The New Tommee Tippee Ultra Bottle

 Tommee Tippee Ultra provides the ultimate feeding experience.  
Last Thursday saw the release of the new Tommee Tippee Ultra, a bottle designed to be the only baby bottle parents will ever need. Engineered to be a perfect match for babies with latch issues, colic or who just prefer a breast, the Ultra bottle, as its name implies, seeks to provide the “ultimate feeding experience.”I have to admit, I thought bottles were bottles. That is, until I got pregnant and started putting my registry together. I was warned not to stock up on bottles, nipples or even pacifiers, because babies are notoriously picky about their feeding gear. I was told that’s doubly true for breastfed babies. 

Well, they were right. I lucked out and had a bottle at home that my baby was willing to take, but that was not always a guarantee. I realized quickly that if I was anywhere in sight, bottles weren’t happening. So I turned over bottle feeding to my husband. Then one day, while I was out, he called me to ask me to come home right away, because the baby was refusing to take a bottle at all. 

The Ultra bottle by Tommee Tippee is built with breastfeeding in mind, with its nipple capable of moving in multiple directions (not a trait that I realized my nipple has, but now that I’m considering it is surprisingly important). Although the nipple itself is a super soft silicone, it doesn’t collapse on itself like some bottles do. The nipple is also slightly angled, keeping it full of milk and reducing baby’s air intake (a must for colicky babies).

 Tommee Tippee Ultra provides the ultimate feeding experience.  
I also like the shape of the bottle, although the wider body does take a bit of getting used to if you generally handle a smaller bottle. The large surface area makes it possible for baby to hold the bottle on her own, which is always super cute!

If I had to choose just one bottle, especially for a nursing baby, this is probably your safest bet. Plus, the nipples are compatible with all other Tommee Tippee nipples, making it possible to swap for a faster flow as baby grows. Right now, the Tommee Tippee Ultra Bottle is available exclusively at Babies”R”Us. 

 Tommee Tippee Ultra provides the ultimate feeding experience.   
Tommee Tippee Ultra provides the ultimate feeding experience.  The release party, which was at Vosges Haut-Chocolat in SoHo (yum!) also featured some of the lines other new baby essentials, like their famous pacifiers, their diaper pail, and a super cool pump-and-store system. I would suggest that every baby company take a page out of Tommee Tippee’s book—shopping for baby goods should always be paired with chocolate and wine!

 Tommee Tippee Ultra provides the ultimate feeding experience.  
Which Tommee Tippee product is your baby must-have?

GIVEAWAY! New York Baby Show 2016

Win tickets to the 2016 New York Baby Show!

If you’re a expecting parent, you’re probably experiencing the extreme and abject terror that comes with preparing for a new baby. On one hand, you absolutely cannot wait for your little bundle to arrive. On the other hand, you hope they stay in there forever, because you haven’t got a clue what to do with them.

You’re not alone. Join thousands of new and expectant parents at the New York Baby Show, the tri-state area’s biggest baby event of the year. Here, you can strut the aisles in style, asking all your questions and scoring some pretty cool goodies, too.

The event is planned and hosted with parents in mind, so while there’s plenty of entertainment for the little ones, moms and dads have their own separate lounge areas too. There are spaces for feeding and changing, and even a cafe. In addition to the nearly 200 pregnancy, baby, toddler and family brands that will be in attendance, you and your baby can sign up for classes together. The New York Baby Show also boasts a stroller test track, where you can test out the top most road–err, sidewalk-worthy contenders.

Being a new mom myself, I love any chance to hear from other parents and try out some baby gear, and I’m totally committed to helping you get through parenthood with a bit of sanity and a lot of humor. That’s why babydroppings is giving away TEN tickets to the New York Baby Show, courtesy of MomTrends!  Plus, get 25% off any ticket with the code BabyDroppings25!

Click here to enter, and don’t forget to comment: why do YOU want to go to the New York Baby Show?

Well Rounded NY Presents “Tips By Trimester”

Standing room only at Seraphine Maternity Soho.
Last week, Well Rounded NY, a lifestyle site dedicated to helping New York City moms navigate pregnancy and parenthood, teamed up with Seraphine Maternity Soho to host “Tips By Trimester.” The pregnancy prep talk was designed to help expecting parents get familiar with the wide variety of resources and brands that are available to parents, and offer useful, immediately relevant advice in a fun and engaging way. Continue reading