I recently had the privilege of attending the CBC Parenting Experience here in New York City. I met lots of different vendors and everyone was super welcoming and informative. Although some of the products I have encountered on the West Coast, many of them were new and intuitive. If I were still a daycare or preschool provider, (or perhaps I had four children instead of four felines) many of these products would come in handy!
Magnificent Baby is a line of clothing featuring magnetic closures. I thought this was an ingenious idea. When I taught preschool, many of my students could not yet button or zip their coats without help. Going outside with our little toddlers and crawling babies would have been quicker than a snap with magnetic clothing. Even older toddlers who haven’t yet developed the fine motor skills to snap or zip clothing could be independent with these very cool outfits.
Though magnificent baby features mainly items for babies, they do have some styles in sizing up to 4T.
Zarbee’s is a pediatrician developed vitamin supplement designed to give immune support. The theory behind Zarbee’s is that by using all natural products and supplementing common vitamin deficiencies, common colds can be prevented. What I thought was interesting about this line was that it featured elderberry- something I see around home in the Pacific Northwest a lot, but have not often seen it used in products.
As a teacher, I’m often sick with whatever popular bug the kids are sharing and I liked that Zarbee’s offers not only a chewy vitamin supplement for children, but one for adults as well. In fact, these supplements are made with all natural products they have vitamins and cough syrups for all ages.
When it comes to taking a daily vitamin, I am no better than a two year old, but the yummy gummy flavor of Zarbee’s makes taking a morning vitamin, a treat! I would just make sure to keep them on the top shelf so no little ones decide to treat themselves to the whole bottle when no one is looking.
When I worked abroad, we often gave our students a “fruit milk” in the mornings as a healthy snack to help promote digestion. Lifeway ProBugs reminds me a lot of this yogurt as it features many different probiotics. It is a whole milk kefir with a wide variety of fruity flavors. Interestingly enough, because of the probiotics in ProBugs, even those with lactose intolerance can eat this dairy product without any adverse effects. The handy containers that probugs come in are easy to pack for lunches or take on the go. And, they are definitely convenient and healthy enough that I would serve them for snack in my classroom!
I have to admit, I saw barkTHINS and I had a pang of homesickness. Over the summer, I spent a lot of time at Costco and while I was there, I sampled these… and sampled them again… and again… you get the picture.
Now I love milk chocolate covered peanuts and I’m not a huge fan of dark chocolate…but I can’t get enough of these! I love that they’re crunchy, and the dark chocolate is savory and smooth. The best part of is that the almonds are cut to be crisp, but not hard meaning they can be enjoyed by all ages.
They also have other flavors, such as pumpkin seed, mint, and peanut.
Summer infant and Born Free
I visited the MMC Summer Infant and Born Free booth which featured a lot of infant items. Here I learned about the 4 stages of swaddling. Apparently after a baby is born swaddling helps them to feel secure and sleep well. The first stage is designed to wrap snugly around the infant and emulate a feeling of security they had in the womb. The second, third, and fourth stages of swaddling clothes gradually become looser allowing the baby to easily transition to sleeping with a blanket over the period of a year.
Other cool Items they showcased included the Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool Bubbling Spa and Shower. The ultimate in baby bathing gear. It plugs right into the faucet of your bathtub- and voila! Instant baby bath.
They also had a Baby Zoom Wi-Fi Video and internet monitoring system. I thought this was nice for those who need that extra reassurance that everything is O.K. while baby is sleeping. This camera has bank-level security that allows you to access the Baby Zoom right from your own phone.
One word- YUM! I don’t have any kids of my own and as I’m currently recovering from graduate school I had no other option but to taste test these yummy cookies myself. These no-soy, no-milk, gluten free cookies do not taste like what you would imagine a healthy cookie to taste like. I actually had to hide them out of reach in the kitchen so I could stop eating them. These would make an awesome after-school snack for any young kid, and a much healthier option compared to a lot of typical sugary cookie brands (my homemade cookies included). If I go back to Kindergarten or Pre-K in the next year, I will definitely keep these on my radar. Heck, I’d buy them for myself if I didn’t feel strange eating tot food all day!
UPPAbaby is THE go to company for space age baby carrying goods. My family is prone to using primitive baby slinging equipment such as backpacks and booster car seats which I question the efficacy of. Looking at all the cool stuff at the UPPAbaby stand almost made me wish I had child just so I could play with all these nifty baby tools.
What I liked about UPPAbaby was the versatility and security of their product. Many of their products were built to be light, compact, and mobile. While they had a basic stroller without the whistles and bells, I have to say their featured strollers were amazing. The Vista in particular could hold one child and an infant or twins in virtually any layout you could dream of. It comes with a bassinet for an infant and a seat for a toddler (although you can purchase and additional seat for twins). Or if you’re a single child household, It could be used as a child grows from infant to toddler. (The bassinet is suitable from birth to 3 months, while stroller is suitable from 3 months up to 50 pounds.)
The other product that I found interesting was the MESA baby car seat. I really liked the security features of this car seat. Between the built in cushions and the easy-car-install this is the perfect safety mechanism for an infant. I would feel very secure driving around with a baby in this car seat not only because it fastens securely into the adult seat of the car, but also because the inside padding looks comfy and well fit for an infant.
I like that it can also be easily unhooked from the base that locks into the seat with a press of a button. It is made so you can transport a sleeping infant without waking them. This would be perfect for taking your child from the car to do shopping or drop them off at day care while you run your errands. (suitable for infants 4-35 pounds)
I am torn between which products to buy as a baby gift for my future niece or nephew. Fortunately, I still have a little time to think about it!