This was my first year at ABC Kids Expo, the biggest exhibitor display of juvenile products in the entire world. It featured 3,000 booths and almost 1 million square feet of everything worth seeing in the world of baby and toddlerhood! Here are my five favorite picks from the show.
b.box is an Australian company that’s breathing fresh life into the world of on-the-go baby products. Their inventive line features modular snack packs, bottles with integrated formula compartments, a travel bib that folds into itself, mesh feeders and more. My favorite item from their selection was the aptly-named baby box. Touted as “the essential nappy wallet,” this foldable storage box has enough space for mom to fit some refillable wipes, a couple diapers and a changing mat. It’s everything you need for a trip to the grocery store – just toss it in your purse and go!
I rushed by the SaddleBaby booth twice before stopping to look up. “Is that a toddler on your head?!” The outdoorsy-looking inventor had been standing proudly all day with a dummy child strapped into a bright orange contraption wrapped around his shoulders. This dad-developed product was borne as all the best products are: out of necessity, when he got tired of toting his kid around on walks. The SaddleBaby is a hands-free shoulder carrier, brand new to the market, that lets parents tote toddlers and preschoolers up to 50 pounds.
I’ve long been a fan of Born Free’s BPA, PVC and Phthalate-free bottles and training cups, so I was happy to see that their newest Grow With Me Line features the same level of eco-consciousness in a big kid cup. These sippies are internally-threaded so parents can easily swap out lids based on their child’s development level, stack the cups when not in use and transition directly to a smooth drinking cup for older children.
Munchkin has a reputation for merging technology with childhood-friendly features, and their newest car organizer doesn’t disappoint. With a removable tablet-holder strapped to the headrest, this is one of the sleekest storage spaces we’ve seen.
What are your favorite kids’ products right now?