At this point you’ve probably seen 10,000 different blog posts recommended to you on all forms of social media – all touting themselves as the best baby products of ABC, The Coolest Baby Products of 2015 and just about any other title to draw parents and parents-to-be in. The question is, who has the real deal? Well, if you’re asking us (or really anyone in the know) there’s not really any question at all. We’re the only one in the bunch whose team has expertise in retail, working directly with the consumers, hearing their preferences and complaints regularly, works hand in hand with the brands, assisting many of them to make the decisions for their lines and personally trying and testing the products with our own little ones. Yup, that’s why this is truly the only list that matters when it comes to baby gear and furniture.
So let’s talk what’s the best…the best in a lot of categories because simply rating a bunch of products that do completely different things against each other is quite silly.
Best Color Added To An Already Awesome Product
Nuna Pipa in Graphite. Everything is better in gray, especially when it comes to the leading car seat for parents looking for function and fashion! (Available now at www.NessaLeeBaby.com)
Best Looking NEW Furniture For The Modern Home
Nurseryworks Novella Crib. 1, We swoon over gold hardware. 2, It converts into a love seat and we LOVE innovation. 3. Look at it. Just...sigh....look at it!
Romina. Although Romina did not release any new styles at the show, they more than doubled their available finishes, adding everything you have dreamt about and didn’t even know was possible. Or maybe that was just us? Either way - Our team favorite? The artisan finishes with metallics.
Kyte Baby. Every time we would walk by this adorable infant clothing brand they’d offer us a sample washcloth. We weren’t greedy enough to take more than the one the first time, but we TOTALLY should have been. After feeling their fabric, I can’t imagine putting much else on a newborn. Buttery soft and absolutely adorable? Um...adult sizes please!
Most Innovative NEW Product
Primo Baby Charli Shower Chair. We know some of you are looking at this and saying, "Huh?" But we know that we cannot be the only parents who preferred showering their infant over using the bathtub! We've been told by so many mothers that not only does it save time, but space. Some households don't even have a bathtub or an extra large sink. With so many different features like a 5-point safety harness, and infant capabilities, this is will definitely be one of our favorite products coming out in 2016.
New Registry Must
ARC Instatemp Thermometer. No matter how many times our moms say, “Rectal is the way you always need to take their temperature”, We still have a phobia of sticking anything...ya know...THERE. We have squirmer babies and toddlers who aren't going to tolerate it. This thermometer gives you an accurate, quick, and non invasive reading with the simple push of a button! 1-2-3 easy! Isn't that what all moms want?
New Name You’ll Be Hearing
GoodBaby (GB). Good Baby has long been an internally well-known member of the baby industry because they produce strollers for some of the major brands. Last year, they launched a new division GB and are manufacturing their own goods for consumers under their brand. Be prepared to hear this name again and again because lots of new products will be entering the market in the next year. Their Pockit stroller was the social media hit of ABC, but there’s a lot more where that came from!
Comfiest New Furniture
Dutailier Relax System. Close your eyes and imagine putting your feet into the softest, comfiest slippers you own. Then think about that being a block of concrete compared to Dutailier’s new relax system. Cooling gels ease the ache on all of those tired parent muscles and the color options make it a must have nursery splurge.
Best Made In America
Castle Home just added tons of additional beautiful and luxurious fabrics to their catalog making it the most customizable nursery glider & recliner line on the market.
Great NEW holiday toy
Twin Houses Santa Monica Beach Play Mat. The colors are adorable, the concept is modern and it will bring countless hours of imaginative fun play.
New Playroom Must Have
Nook Sleep Stools. The bright vibrant colors and simple design have us going gaga over these new stools from our favorite mattress company. We love the fact that you can zip off the cover and wash it, just in case those playroom art projects go wrong.
New Diaper Bag Style
7AM Enfant Soho – At only $68 it’s a great registry item, but more important is the fact that both moms and dads will be happy to carry it. Available in Navy, Black, Cement and Kiwi. Who else is loving green right now?
Best New Décor
Petal Lane - This family owned company is not only the sweetest people you will ever meet, but their products make you want to run home and re-decorate your house. This is their first foray into the baby world and it is EXACTLY what this industry needed. The customization options are incredible and the magnets are innovative. Check out how Vanessa used it in the Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis inspired nursery for ABC.
Cutest Holiday Item
Santa Cam. So we get it, Christmas is over. But, no need to scramble next year. Get it and store it with your Christmas tree now. It’s like the modern version of Elf on the Shelf because really who wants to move the Elf around daily and then forget and have your kid freak out. Anyone else? This faux camera allows Santa to see into your home. Using the App you can send your child messages from the North Pole. Brilliant and fun!
Best NEW Specialty Exclusive
Brixy Haven Crib and Dresser in Chestnut. The Haven was pretty much the furniture of 2015, so to see a new finish added that is totally on point with changing trends is great.
New Designer’s Dream
Monte Jackson Rocker & Ottoman – This is the chair a designer wants you to fall in love with because people like me have 10,000 potential rooms dancing around in our heads when we look at it. An added bonus is that it’s incredibly comfortable. Minimalist style without sacrifice.
Most Likely To Be Chatted About At PTA
Austlen Entourage Stroller – Since returning from Vegas, We've personally been stopped 2x in public by people asking what we thought about the new “suitcase stroller” at ABC. This stroller has so many possibilities, but out of all of the configurations, what we really love about it is that it’s the first luxury sit and stand to hit the market. That makes it daily awesome for all parents of a toddler and baby.
Posh Play Mat – Posh Play Mats were always the go-to gift for people on our team because it’s a necessity. You will have playdates. You will go to the park. You will need a blanket or mat. Having one that looks good and is easily wipeable is a definite win. Now being able to personalize it makes it an even more thoughtful gift and also guarantees that all the other stylish mommies won’t sit on your mat when wandering back from the slide.
Best Diaper Bag Accessory
Oopsies and Uh Ohs Playmat. That’ right, we said play mat. Stick with us here. The company is new and their clothing is TDF (to die for). They do make a changing pad, but practicality and experience tells us the play mat is the better size. Since the fabric is the same, it’s an easy switch. It fill fit perfectly into any diaper bag after it folds into its pouch.
Best You Asked for it, You Got It
Halo Organic Mattress – Parents love the BassiNest, but wanted the option to add an organic mattress to it. The shape made it difficult to have one custom made. Now the company is offering an optional one. Thanks for hearing us, Halo!
Best Fusion Of Safety & Style
This is our shameless Foonf plug. We try to throw Foonfs in wherever we can in life. We realize that’s weird. However, we are mildly – or um, majorly, obsessed with the seat. Among our staff we have well over a dozen and many of us don't even have kids yet. They just released a new color called Capri for 2016. It’s a gorgeous blue that makes us think of Miami while New York is pretty chilly. Therefore, we am putting it on the list.
Projected Top Seller of 2016