With a preschooler, a toddler, and a new baby on the way, I am completely immersed in baby and toddler gear all of the time. I absolutely love learning about new baby and toddler products and can’t believe how much they have evolved ever since I had my oldest daughter, Harlan, four years ago. I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest in gear that will help make mine or my little one’s life easier, more comfortable, or more convenient.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas to attend the ABC Kids Show, the largest trade show for the juvenile products industry. The show gave me a firsthand look at some of the brand new baby and toddler products that will hit stores in 2014.
I was personally on the lookout for products for my new little guy on the way as well as things that Avery and Harlan can still use. I was amazed by many of the products that were featured at the show and had such a hard time narrowing down my favorites. While there are many innovative baby and toddler products that will be in stores in the new year, here are 20 that you will definitely want to keep an eye out for!
Oeuf Table and Chairs 1 of 20
Whether it's used for art, eating, or a tea party, this table and chairs set from Oeuf will have your little ones' creativity booming. The chairs, made of either birch or walnut, come in two different animal shapes (a bunny and bear) as well as general toddler chairs. One thing that made me fall in love with this set was the fabric stickers that let your child customize their set. The stickers can easily be removed and stuck again any way they like. The table will be sold separately and the chairs will be sold in a set of two.
Nuna Ivvi Stroller 2 of 20
If you are looking for a travel system that will grow with your child, then the Nuna ivvi is a great option. The stroller, which fits a newborn to a child up to 50 pounds, can be changed from forward- to rear-facing and even has a bassinet to attach for your infant. One of my favorite parts is the enormous storage underneath the stroller that even has a divider that allows you to separate your things from baby's things.
Nuna Mixx Stroller 3 of 20
The Nuna Mixx is another new travel system stroller that you will be able to use from birth to 50 pounds. The seat can be put both forward- and rear-facing depending on your baby's mood. I love that all of the liners on the seat of this stroller are easily removable to reveal a mesh liner that can be used during those warmer months. The seat fully reclines so that baby can sleep comfortably while on the go, too. It also folds flat for easy and convenient storage.
Always in View Baby Monitor 4 of 20
For any parent that drives with your little one in the car, you know how important it is to be able to see them while you are driving. This new baby car monitor from Infanttech Solutions is an innovative way to help you keep an eye on your little one while in the car. Rather than having to turn around to check on baby or try to get the perfect angle with the car mirrors, this wireless system makes it easy for parents to have their baby in view at all times. Simply attach the stuffed animal, which has a camera in it, to the backseat of the car and then attach the monitor to your windshield. It works both during the day and at night and has to be manually turned off after each use as an added safety feature to help parents remember that baby is in the car.
Mamas & Papas Sola2 5 of 20
Mamas & Papas is updating their Sola stroller in 2014 with the release of the Sola2. This lightweight and compact stroller weighs only 22 pounds and can fit baby from birth to 50 pounds. The stroller, which will come in a variety of colors, can be both forward- and rear-facing, and can also be used as a travel system.
Mamas & Papas Urbo2 6 of 20
One of Mamas & Papas most popular strollers is getting some updates for 2014. The Urbo2 is now slightly more off the ground than its original version and is completely inline, leaving nothing sticking out on the sides. The sun shade on the stroller now comes down slightly lower to protect baby and it comes with a built-in insect net for those long summer nights. This sleek stroller has 22 new changes from the original that all parents will love.
Mamas & Papas Mylo2 7 of 20
The second generation Mylo, the Mylo2 has a unique ergonomic soft-molded seat that can face toward mom and dad or out so that baby can see the world. The Mylo2 offers a one-handed fold, an integrated sun visor to keep baby in the shade, and a large shopping basket that unzips for easy access. It can also be used as a travel system which can accommodate baby from birth.
Born Free Grow with Me Stackable Cups 8 of 20
If your cabinets look anything like mine, you have a ton of sippy cups scattered everywhere and try to strategically stack them so that you have more room for other things in the cabinet. Once you open the door of the cabinet, though, everything comes crashing down in your face, right? Born Free has re-invented the sippy cup with their new Grow with Me Stackable Cups. These cups are guaranteed spill-proof and leak-proof. The interchangeable lids (which come in a variety of mouth pieces) can be removed and cups can be stacked for easy storage. They have added an "easy sip" rim that has threads on the inside to provide a smooth surface for drinking when cups are used without lids for older children. It's a genius idea that really lets these cups grow with your little one.
Born Free Soft & Clean Bibs 9 of 20
Born Free is venturing into the bib category early next year with these incredibly soft muslin and terry cloth bibs. The front of the bib is made of a soft muslin that makes it nice to wipe baby's face, while the other side is made of terry cloth for absorbing liquids and to help keep baby dry.
Boon Patch Drying Rack 10 of 20
I always love baby products that don't look like baby products — especially the ones that you have to have out all the time. I have the Boon Lawn that makes drying bottles and baby accessories both convenient and stylish. Boon is now releasing a more narrow version with the Patch. The Patch is perfect for small baby accessories and can easily go right above the sink on a window sill for easy drying.
Orbit Baby G3 Stroller 11 of 20
Orbit Baby is updating its popular stroller that will be completely customizable for all parents. Much like a car, the Orbit Baby G3 allows parents to choose their frame color, storage basket, seat color, and more. Orbit Baby has also updated the cup holders (from one to two) as well as improved the brake system. The fabric on both the toddler seat and the infant car seat is more breathable while still being green and earth-friendly, something that Orbit Baby prides itself on. If you have G2 accessories but would like to update your frame, all previous models will still be compatible with this new version.
Ergobaby 4 Position 360 Carrier 12 of 20
I've always loved my Ergobaby carrier and have used it with Avery since she was an infant, but I've also always wanted the option to carry her forward-facing. Well Ergobaby has now granted this wish so that baby can face forward in an ergonomic seated position! The new Ergobaby 4 Position 360 Carrier will let you carry your little one four different ways, including forward, towards you, on your back, and on your hip.
Ergobaby Wrap 13 of 20
I always loved carrying Avery in a wrap when she was an infant. It made that skin to skin contact feel so nice, and I was still able to do things around the house. Ergobaby will release their new Wrap which features a 4D stretch material that allows the wrap to fit comfortably for both mom and baby without becoming loose once mom ties it on her. I had a chance to feel the material of the wrap and loved how soft it was.
Graco Pack n’ Play Playard Smart Stations 14 of 20
Graco has really done a great job to make their Pack n' Play even more convenient for parents. The new Pack 'n Play Smart Stations has a portable changing station and travel bed that can be used in and out of the playard, so you can keep baby close, comfy, and clean no matter what room you're in. I love that parents are able to easily bring baby with them if they step out of the room for a second and don't want to leave baby alone.
Aden + Anais Australian Merino Wool Collection 15 of 20
This set is something that babies will dream of. Available in a swaddle blanket, dream blanket, sleeping bag, and a security blanket, this set is made of 100 percent Australian Merino Wool. The ombre finish comes in three colors and is quite possibly the softest thing that I have ever felt. If only they made this stuff in my size.
Britax Affinity Stroller 16 of 20
Britax is introducing an all-new stroller that will be completely customizable for parents. Choose from a silver, black, or white frame and six color packs for the seat and sun shade. The stroller has adjustable suspension and can be both forward- and rear-facing. It can also be used as a travel system or with a bassinet that will be sold separately. The sleek design allows for the stroller to be folded with the seat attached which is very convenient for parents on the go.
4moms rockaRoo 17 of 20
4moms has compleltly reinvented the baby swing. The new rockaRoo flips the swing on its head which rocks your baby like a rocking horse. This movement maximizes the sensation of motion for your baby. The rockaRoo has five speeds for baby's likeness and has a small and sleek design so that it doesn't take up much room around your house. It also allows you to plug in your MP3 player to play baby's favorite tunes.
4moms Infant Car Seat 18 of 20
4moms is changing the way that we look at infant car seats. Their new car seat automatically checks to make sure that it is installed correctly every single time you put the baby in. This is a game changer. Our child's safety is of upmost importance to us, as parents, and 4moms has helped ease some stress by taking some of the work away. With the push of a button, the car seat base will automatically check everything that needs to be correct on the installation of the car seat and let you know whether or not it is installed the way it should be.
4moms Origami Mini 19 of 20
Much like the original version, the Origami Mini has all of the cool technological features but is much lighter in weight. Weighing in at less than 16 pounds, the Origami Mini has a power fold and unfold as well as power generators that are onboard, allowing you to automatically charge the stroller while you are in motion. The seat reclines to three different positions and it can be used as a travel system allowing baby to ride from birth.
Summer Infant Baby Zoom Wifi Baby Monitor 20 of 20
I've been using the same video baby monitor from Summer Infant since my oldest daughter, Harlan, was born four years ago and it's still going strong. While Summer Infant has made many updates to their video baby monitors from years past, I am most excited about their newest monitors. The Baby Zoom baby monitor is a multi-platform system that allows for monitoring baby in your home and away from home. The monitor system has built in wifi allowing you to view your baby on smartphones, tablets and computers via a free app. It also includes a handheld monitor for use in your home. The camera allows you to pan, zoom, and scan the room and allows for up to four cameras to be added for your convenience. I also love that it allows for two-way communication so that you can speak to baby from your smart device or monitor and baby can speak back.
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