Best Baby Gear as seen at Big City Moms LA 2014

 

Bill Horn, Leslie Venokur, Risa Goldberg, Christina Holt and Scout Masterson. Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Big City Moms/AP Images

Bill Horn, Leslie Venokur, Risa Goldberg, Christina Holt and Scout Masterson. Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Big City Moms/AP Images

Quinn, my dear friend, and I packed up for another adventure at the Skirball Cultural Center with the amazing Big City Moms family and all the lovely expectant parents in Los Angeles. But it was more than just an adventure, it was a reunion with many friends, a great time meeting new faces, fun talking with parents-to-be about the latest and greatest and speaking as an expert panelist with my friends, The Guncles, Bill Horn and Scout Masterson.

Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Big City Moms/AP Images

Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Big City Moms/AP Images

Our seminar was a hit – I had one mom tell me we even had her husband engaged and listening! And although we could have stood up on that stage and talked for hours (literally) and about so many more of our favorites, we were given the (difficult) task of narrowing it down to our top 10. So in no particular order (or if you weren’t able to make it to the event) here are our top 10 picks for Best Baby Gear!

Photo by Shoots & Giggles Photography

Photo by Shoots & Giggles Photography

Lillebaby

  • 6-in-1 Baby Carrier: 6 Positions
  • Newborn (7lbs) – 45 pounds – NO infant insert needed
  • Eliminates that “Baby Wearing Gap”. The adjustable seat solves the babywearing gap from stage to stage within your baby’s personal growth and development.
  • Extremely Comfortable! We own and use this carrier so I can honestly say that the ergonomic position is comfortable for baby (and mom/dad) in every setting.

4moms breeze – and rockaRoo

  • The breeze is easy – it opens and closes in one step. Literally. I can move the breeze from room to room with extreme ease and it travels nicely in the included, fully-enclosed travel bag.
  • Comes fully equipped from birth – it comes complete with a travel bag, full-sized bassinet and separate bassinet mattress and leak-proof changing pad.
  • Moving it from room to room or from destination to destination? No problem!
  • Parents of all lifestyles love it because of the ease of use AND the sleek design.
  • A rocking seat that takes literally seconds to assemble, is super simple to operate, it’s not an eyesore, is as quiet as a mouse and the baby adores it? – gold.
  • This super lightweight swing is way more than your traditional swing. 4moms took a traditional swing and flipped it on its head, which maximizes the sensation for baby at baby’s head – where it matter most.
  • The flexible toy bar provides visual and tactile stimulation, but can easily swing out of the way when you need to get baby in and out.
  • With 5 speeds and the ability to connect your mp3 player (with the included mp3 player cord), baby will be soothed, happy and sleeping in no time.
  • It’s the little things… I really love the attached, discrete pocket on the back of the seat. It’s a perfect spot to store the AC adapter and mp3 cord while not in use, traveling or storing. I also love the shape of the toy balls, as they are easier for my son to manipulate.

L’oved Baby

  • You can’t forget about layette basics for baby!
  • L’ovedbaby Organic Cotton Basics Collection are GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton. GOTS ensures that their factory is both environmentally and socially responsible.
  • The sizes range from size newborn/preemie to 24months.
  • The collection comes in 8 beautiful solid colors and 5 striped colorways that all mix and match, which equates to lots of neutrals and options for both boys and girls.

Orbit G3

  • Play Matchmaker – Mix and match seats, bases and accessories. Choices- Pod/Basket, colors for frame, seat, canopy… customize to your liking VISUALLY before you buy.
  • What’s new for the G3 stroller frame and stroller seat:
  1. Improved maneuverability
  2. Sleek all-black base or sophisticated dark grey
  3. Simplified folding
  4. Plush grips with fold-friendly feature
  5. Soft, ventilated fabric
  6. Improved 5-point harness (no little escapees in this one!)
  • All G3 pieces are compatible with G2 line.
  • We’ve been using the G3 stroller frame and stroller seat since it came out and I’m highly impressed with the changes Orbit Baby has made for their G3 line. We have used the G2 infant car seat and G2 stroller since Quinn was born, so I know first had how convenient and helpful each little improvement really is.

Diaper Dude

  • Now dad doesn’t need to feel any embarrassment lugging around a lady-like diaper bag!
  • Diaper Dude makes a number of bags, including a line of bags with the logos of Major League Baseball teams. The camo is great because it’s also a little tongue and cheek for those dads that like that sort of thing. (Hey, it’s good enough for The Guncles!)
  • These bags make a great father’s day gift or baby shower gift. Why not bring something for dad too?!

Timi and Leslie Hannah Limited Edition Pastels Collection

  • All Timi and Leslie bags are vegan, faux leather and PVC-free.
  • I adore this line because everything is included! Function, Fashion and Features like… Cross-body strap, Changing pad with mesh pocket, Zippered bag, Insulated bottle tote, Stroller straps, Water-resistant lining/light colored to see contents of bag, Two exterior side pockets/6 interior, Attached key fob. See? You get everything you need in one purchase!

UPPAbaby G-LUXE

  • Truly an everything stroller – a car stroller, nap stroller and umbrella stroller combined.
  • The reclining seat with adjustable footrest allows for infants (and toddlers) to lounge or rest while on the go.
  • G-LUXE’s hand-level triggers make it easy to fold it with just your fingers. Once folded, G-LUXE stands on its own and out of the way. THIS IS HUGE! Especially when you’re trying to get out the door with a baby on your hip or get everything in the car – with a baby on your hip.
  • Extendable SPF 50+ sunshade to block those harmful rays while seated or reclined.
  • Stain and water-resistant fabric and removable seat pad – G-LUXE’s seat pad can be easily removed for washing away your child’s spills. (It’s Machine washable).
  • The lightweight aluminum frame  only weighs 13.4lbs total!
  • The stroller comes with an included cup holder for parents.

Stokke Tripp Trapp

  • Tripp Trapp adjusts to the size of your child, ensuring he or she is always at the perfect height to eat, play and interact, with his or her feet properly supported, at whatever age.
  • By around six months, your baby will be able to start sitting upright unaided. With the use of the Baby Set, which has a high back and rail support with an integrated crotch strap, the Tripp Trapp lets your baby sit securely and comfortably at the table with the entire family.
  • The intelligent, adjustable design allows freedom of movement with both depth- and height adjustable seat- and footplates. When adjusted correctly, your child is ensured a comfortable and ergonomically correct seating position at any age.
  • All of my children sit in a Tripp Trapp – yes, even the oldest at 11 year old.

Britax Frontier 90 ClickTight

  • This forward-facing seat is suitable from 2 years and 25lbs up to 90lbs, and in booster mode from 40-120 pounds.
  • We showed this particular seat to demonstrate the ClickTight technology as I have a feeling that Britax will eventually  integrate the ClickTight technology in all their convertible (and hopefully infant) seats as well. This technology is amazing.
  • The ClickTight Installation System allows parents to easily achieve a safe and secure installation using the vehicle safety belt throughout the life of the seat (in harness mode) without having to worry about the weight of their child.
  • True Side Impact Protection – provides deep side walls and a head restraint with energy-absorbing EPP foam to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion, and contain the head, neck and body of the child – keeping the child aligned in the event of a collision.
  • Base with SafeCell Technology – designed to keep child safe/secure in a crash by compressing and lowering the center of gravity/reducing the forward motion of the seat.

Summer Infant BabyZoom WiFi Video Monitor

  • An internet viewing system that also includes a dedicated in-home handheld monitor. Perfect for traveling parents, working parents, grandparents, checking-in on your pets, while out on date night… the sky is the limit!
  • Many of the internet monitors on the market include the camera only. It’s obviously still most important to be able to monitor your child when you’re at home and no one should be using their phone as an all day video monitor!
  • Bank level security with secure log in.
  • 3.5″ TOUCH screen with hi-res color display and night vision.
  • Expandable system. Able to monitor 2 cameras/2 rooms at one time.
Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Big City Moms/AP Images

Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Big City Moms/AP Images

What would you add to our list?

Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Big City Moms/AP Images

Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Big City Moms/AP Images

I’m Speaking at Big City Moms Los Angeles – Biggest Baby Shower 2014

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Biggest Baby Shower – Los Angeles
Tuesday, March 18 at 6:00 PM at The Skirball Cultural Center Guerin Pavilion

Curious about some of the latest and greatest baby gear for 2104? Every wondered what we personally use and love? Or how some of the gear and essentials out there are practical no matter what your lifestyle calls for? Be sure to register and attend Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Los Angeles on March 18th, 2014 and come hear me speak alongside my friends, The Guncles (Bill Horn and Scout Masterson) on everything you could ever need, want and maybe didn’t know about for your new baby! I promise there will be laughs, useful – and relatable – information and of course, prizes! Can’t wait to see you soon and be sure to come say hello!!

Check out the other expert panelists and amazing seminars here.

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Scout Masterson, Christina Holt and Beverly Mitchell
at Big City Moms Los Angeles 2013

ABOUT THE EVENT
The Biggest Baby Shower Ever is like no other baby shower you’ve ever seen. With over 100 of the best companies in the baby industry, it’s a one-stop shop to test out, touch, feel and get educated on everything you can possibly need for your growing family. Enjoy mingling with other expectant and new parents while you enjoy sweet treats, mocktails and more in an elegant setting. Past attendees of the event include celebrity parents Daphne Oz, Christy Turlington, Tory Johnson, Jessica Alba, Susan Lucci, Melissa Joan Hart, Soleil Moon Frye, Tiffani Thiessen, Giuliana Rancic, Tia Mowry, Hilaria Baldwin, James and Kimberly Van Der Beek, Beverley Mitchell, Kelly Rutherford, and more.

The event will take place on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at The Guerin Pavilion at the Skirball Cultural Center 6:00-9:30pm (Super Pass entry is at 5:30pm)
The event is coming up fast and is super popular amongst the expectant parents! Make sure you register here.

VENDORS
Over 100 different companies will be represented including baby gear, accessories, furniture, clothing, skin care, parenting services, retailers, and more. A full list of the exhibitors is available here.

GIFT BAGS AND MORE
Play games to win prizes including strollers, high chairs, diaper bags, car seats, bedding, bibs, clothing, decor and much more. Plus, everyone will go home with gift bags.

SEMINARS
Listen to leading experts on important topics ranging from sleep safety to healthy eating to navigating LA as a new mom. Special gifts and prizes will be given to all attendees of the seminars. For more information on the seminars click here.

FOOD
Pregnancy cravings have your taste buds in a frenzy? Enjoy lite bites and sweet treats. Plus, sip the Big City Moms signature mocktail that will have you yearning for more – long after your 4th trimester.

DIY Bouncy Ball Valentines For Kids: Valentine, You Make My Heart Bounce

This year, our school requested the kids supply “non-candy” valentines for their Valentine’s Day celebration. I for one am all for the no candy requests as my kids seemingly have sugar running through their veins at all times anyway. We’ve done the LEGO-themed valentines, sand toys and water toys in the past, so this year we turned to bouncy balls for the Kindergarten valentines.

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MATERIALS

  • Letter stamps or markers
  • Fun and regular scissors
  • Stapler
  • Bouncy balls
  • Treat bags
  • Paper

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Fill the treat bags with 1-3 bouncy balls.
  2. Cut the paper to the width of the treat bags and fold in half.
  3. Using fun scissors, cut the edges of the paper (optional).
  4. On one side of the folded paper write or stamp: Valentine, you make my heart bounce!
  5. On the other side of the folded paper write or stamp: Love, (your child’s name).
  6. Cover the top of the treat bag with the folded paper and staple closed.

 

NOTE: These would also make a great birthday party favor for a Circus-themed party. Just swap out the heart treat bags for plain treat bags (maybe add confetti with the bouncy balls, if you’re feeling brave) and write: Thanks for coming to my party! Hope you had a bouncing good time!

CAUTION: Bouncy balls are a choking hazard. Please only make these for/with elementary school-aged children.

Scooting By on a Gloomy So Cal Winter’s Day

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Stroller: Stokke Scoot
Stroller Liner: Stokke Genuine Sheepskin Lining
Hat: Baby Gap
Shoes: Ugg Bixbie

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Be sure to read our review of the Stokke Scoot and if you fancy the sheepskin lining,
be sure to grab one as they are very limited in quantity!

A Love Story: Quinn and the Origami Bassinet

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when you know it’s love… you just know.

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be still, my heart.

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how do I love thee? let me count the ways…

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The 4moms® origami® bassinet allows you to use your origami stroller from birth, and is appropriate for use until your baby starts to push up on their hands and knees (approximately 6 months).  Includes bassinet, sunshade, carry handle, foot muff and soft mattress.

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Within minutes I had the Origami stroller seat off of the stroller frame and the Origami Bassinet in place. Setting up the actual bassinet was easy – and it folds fairly flat for easy transport and storage. The soft mattress is very comfortable looking (Quinn didn’t complain), the foot muff provides added warmth and coverage for baby. The sunshade has a pop out visor for extra sun coverage and the carry handle locks into place, but has the ability to open seamlessly with a simple push of the two side buttons. Detaching the Origami Bassinet from the stroller frame is super simple and done with a pull lever at the bottom front of the bassinet (reminds me of how most infant car seats detach from the installed car seat base). Because of the built-in sturdy feet at the bottom of the bassinet, it can be used on its own without the stroller frame – around the house, at grandma’s and it is a perfect sleep spot for traveling!
The brand new Origami Bassinet is now available at shop4moms.com and retails for $150.


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