A couple weeks ago I was able to attend the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. ABC Kids is the largest juvenile-products trade show in North America. It’s nearly a million square feet of baby gear & children’s products, including lots of the new products that will be released over the coming months, so I was in heaven.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing some highlights & favorites from the show. (And over the next year I’ll keep you up-to-date on the hottest product releases!) I’m kicking things off today with the winners of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) Innovation Awards. The JPMA Innovation Awards highlight some of the most exciting new products in the industry. I love the winners this year!
Feeding/Bathing/Changing Category | The Happy Mat by ezpz
The Happy Mat is a one-piece silicone placemat & plate. It suctions to the table (like really suctions!) so your kids can’t throw their dish to the ground, and the mat portion catches all the mess making clean-up easy! The mat can be cleaned with warm soapy water or placed in the dishwasher. Available for purchase from Amazon.
Safety Category | The Owlet Baby Monitor by Owlet Baby Care, Inc.
The Owlet is a smartphone compatible baby monitor that uses pulse oximetry technology to alert parents if their baby stops breathing. Simply place the Smart Sock on your baby’s foot and you’ll be alerted if your child’s heart rate dips too low, rises too high, or if their oxygen level drops below a preset threshold. Available for purchase online from Owlet Care.
Child Restraint Category | Advanced Sensor Safe Embrace DLX Infant Car Seat by Evenflo
This infant car seat is equipped with technology that aims to prevent child vehicular heatstroke. When you arrive at your destination, the SensorSafe Technology will generate a series of tones to remind you that your baby is in the vehicle. The tones are activated through a smart chest clip and wireless receiver. Available for purchase from WalMart.
Nursery Category | Crib Mattress by Newton
The only 100% breathable, washable, and recyclable crib mattress. Newton’s core is made of 90% free air and 10% food grade polymer, and is wrapped in a breathable, three-dimensional fabric. The cover can be removed and machine washed and the mattress core can be washed with soap and water. And when you’re done with it, it’s completely recyclable! Available for purchase from Amazon.
Play/Entertainment Category | SpinAgain by Fat Brain Toys
This looks so fun! It’s the first ever twirling stacking toy. Kids drop the discs onto the threaded corkscrew pole and watch as they spin fast until they settle onto the base. Each disc is dual-colored, and create a rainbow when stacked from largest to smallest. Available for purchase from Amazon.
Infant/Parent Care Category | Natural Curve Nursing Pillow by ErgoBaby
This nursing pillow is uniquely designed with curved contouring to help position baby in an ideal tummy-to-tummy position that helps baby nurse comfortably. It allows mama to choose the right height and angle needed for successful nursing, and the thick, firm foam maintains shape for continued support. Available for purchase from Amazon.
On the Go Category | Travel Humidifier by Crane
This travel humidifier allows you to bring humidity with you anywhere you travel. It has a power adapter for USB or standard power outlets, plugging directly into your computer (yes!), car, or the wall. Comes with a tank (although it works with a standard sized cup too!), travel bag, & 2 spare filters. Available for purchase from Crane.
Carriers Category | The Juno Carrier by Mountain Buggy
The Juno is a multi functional carrier that transitions from newborn to toddler (infant insert included). It has four approved carrying modes including front facing in, front facing out, hip carrying, and back carrying. It has a hands through connection pouch, Okeo-Tex certified fabrics, two tailored storage pockets, protective hood, & more. Available for purchase from buybuy Baby.
Stroller Category | Yoyo+ by BabyZen
The Yoyo is the most compact, versatile, and lightweight stroller on the market. It folds up small enough to fit into the overhead compartment on a plane (!), can be folded & unfolded easily with one hand, and has 4-wheel suspension. The Yoyo+ (being released later this year) will allow you to use it with infants up to 6 months using the Infant Pack. There will also be adapters to make to make it compatible with Maxi-Cosi and Cybex infant car seats. Available late 2015. (Current Babyzen Yoyo pictured below.)
Best in Show | The Entourage by Austen Baby Co.
The Entourage features the most versatility and storage capacity on the market, accommodating 150 pounds of combined weight and featuring 30 configurations. Its patented frame expands to three positions, providing ample space for large items such as coolers, luggage, & beach gear. It also allows for multi-child configurations and has a front seat that accommodates children beginning at birth. Available early 2016.
And the Parent’s Pick Award, voted on by over 2000 parents across the country, went to the Owlet Baby Monitor.
Stay tuned for more from the ABC Kids Expo later this week. I’ll be sharing my personal favorites!
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