A couple of weeks ago I did what any determined and motivated mompreneuer would do in a moment of desperation (aka no reliable babysitters): I schlepped my two year old daughter and invention with me to exhibit at the JPMA baby show in Anaheim, California.
While I could go on and on about this experience, let me just summarize it for you: Toddler ate one million snacks and got way too much screen time, my product was a finalist in The Most Innovative Baby Products competition (YAY!) and, super fun, as an exhibitor I got to check out all of the new must-have products for us mamas coming to market.
If you are a freak about baby/kid products like I am (anything to make life easier and save some time, am I right?) you would have died at this show. Given our audience here (what’s up moms!), I thought I’d highlight some of the best products Maximara and I saw. While all of these may not be hot-off-the press new, they are pretty freaking awesome.
Here are the best baby products I found:
This product is great for us Texas moms. During the summer months, the backseat of a parked car can reach upwards of 200°F, which puts children entering the vehicle at risk for heatstroke. The Noggle, which directs air from the front vent directly to child, prevents sweaty, uncomfortable, and potentially dangerous car rides for children in the summer and keeps kids warmer and more comfortable during the winter months. Installing The Noggle is also a snap, as you can install it in less than 30 seconds with no tools required.
FizzWizz is a little tablet that packs an enormous cleaning punch. Just simply drop into a dirty baby bottle or sippy cup and with a little water and shaking, it comes out beautifully clean; no residue or odor left in the bottle. It’s basically the cleaning product you didn’t know you needed until you have it. They work great on Dr. Brown baby bottles! FizzWizz tablets and wipes are ideal for airplanes, hotels, cars, restaurants, and general use in and outside the home.
A soft and cuddly animal friend makes bath time fun…and helps get little ones clean, too. Built-in finger pockets allow for secure scrubbing, while a clever opening for liquid or bar soap makes sudsing up all the easier. Each character is designed to entertain your child while he or she is also getting clean.
The transition to solids should be a positive milestone, not a painful one. Introducing food is an adventure and the Dip’n spoon allows baby the feeding freedom to enjoy this new CHOO-able chapter! This spoon is so easy for beginners to grip purees within the food channels for maximum dipping. Flexible neck provides a critical pivot point to contour to all bowl shapes. Chew-friendly surface is ideal for teething.
This award-winning pacifier is great for the baby constantly throwing or dropping their pacifier. Every time this pacifier falls, the nipple pops back into its built-in protective silicone bubble. No need for a case. You can forget that 5 second rule with this pacifier.
Qdos Zero Screw Anti Tip Kit
Because we have all seen and heard those horror stories of dressers tipping over onto curious toddlers, anti-tip kits are a must in all homes. But if you moms (and dads) are anything like me and my husband, not super handy, anti-tip kits can be super daunting. Enter the zero screw, easy to use Qdos kit. Qdos products are designed for easy, frustration-free installation to make sure they are installed quickly and safely – the first time. Easy to use on a daily basis and mom approved!
For those of you with little ones, you know snap pajamas in the middle of the night during a diaper change are a nightmare. Enter ZippyJamz Baby Sleepers – the patented pajama that keeps your baby warm, covered and in a sleep state during diaper changes – everyone gets more & better sleep! Most importantly these pajamas cut diaper changing time in half, yes in half!
We recently moved into a new home and our daughter is lucky enough to get her own play room. As I was strategizing, yes strategizing, how to get the best use of the room I thought how great it would be if we could get activities or toys on the walls to eliminate dead space. My daughter and I stumbled across VertiPlay at the trade show and she couldn’t get enough of it. The best part is these VertiPlay toys can stick the firmly to the wall and you can peel them off safely and stick them back multiple times – no damage to your walls! More toys on the wall less clutter on the floor, is how I think of it.
IllumiPAD Illuminating Changing pad
So simple, yet so brilliant. The ILLUMIPAD® illuminates the “business end” of Baby – where you need it most — without the light ever reaching Baby’s eyes. Baby can sleep through the change (especially when using a warm wipe!), and when you’re done changing the diaper, you can use the glow of the LED light as a nightlight so you can lay baby back down to sleep. Super soft cover, silicone anti-pee shield, machine washable and dryable (is that even a word?), it’s the best of the best!
Nanobebe for the Breastmilk Bottle
Nanobebe is the first feeding bottle designed to protect breastmilk nutrients essential to your baby’s health. Thanks to its unique geometry and increased surface area, the bottle cools quickly, which reduces bacterial growth, and warms evenly, which prevents overheating. Its innovative shape allows babies to hold it on their own and self-feed at a much younger age. Using the nanobébé breast pump adaptor (sold separately), you can pump directly into it and then store it in the freezer or fridge. And it warms up 2-3 times faster than standard bottles, so you can promptly feed your crying baby.