The overseas baby product envy continues! While stores here in the US are continuously stocking up on new products, few compare to what I'm eyeing oversees. Check out these five products that I hope make their way to the US in the near future!
Big brands are now focusing on baby! Kitchen gadget OXO is launching a children's line. It is the latest of a long line of lifestyle companies that have turned their focus to the small set manufacturing everything from sippy cups to diaper pails. Check out some of the other well-known names who have entered the kids' market.
Bethenny Frankel's beauty routine now includes an item off her daughter Bryn's changing table. At an event yesterday, the reality star said:
I am loving using Bryn's baby wipes. They are at the top of my list of mommy must-haves. Baby wipes are great for everything! For wiping baby's butts, as an eye makeup remover, to wipe the counter, to clean my hands at the airport – just everything. You know how when you're washing your face, you get makeup all over your white towels, then you can't get it off? That makes me crazy. So now, I use baby wipes.
Do you borrow your baby's products for beauty benefits?
It seems that every so often designers set their sights on a certain baby product and see how far they can push it into the future. The Mamaroo Bouncer ($200) is a tricked out baby seat that uses micro-robotics to move in five distinct motions – kangaroo, car ride, tree swing, ocean wave, and rock-a-bye – all created to simulate ways moms calm their tots. With five built-in nature sounds, as well as an MP3 player hookup, five distinct speeds and an LCD display screen, it looks (and acts) more like something out of the Jetsons than a product you'll find at your local baby emporium. Does the Mamaroo have you loosening your purse strings?
Before investing in products for baby, see how long they last. Many goods are designed for a limited stage of a child's development, and once that time is up, parents have to purchase something else. To save money, seek out products that serve multiple functions and grow with your tot. We've already identified six items designed to stay in the home for more than one year. Here are five more to add to the list.
There are high chairs, and then there are child chairs with flair! As baby product manufacturers move to more decor-friendly designs, mama finds herself wanting to swap out items she already has.
BabyBjörn, a brand known for its minimalist and functional design now offers a high chair. The sleek, black and white molded seat forgoes the typical fabric harness, using a foldable table (otherwise known as a tray) that locks into place to secure tots in the chair. The lack of harness makes it easy to wipe down and eliminates the cruddy fabric that just never seems clean. Unfortunately, like many products we envy from afar the seat is not available stateside yet, but if you are intrigued by the design, check out the similar Nano that is sold here.
I'm due at the end of August and have been working on my baby registry. I'm trying to ask all the moms I know for advice, but I'm still feeling overwhelmed. I'd love to hear everyone's list of their top five Items for baby. Is the Diaper Genie a must? Do you love a specific model baby carrier? Best breast pump? This mom-to-be-thanks you in advance!
British baby rides get ready to roll in the US! Fresh off our list of international baby products we wished we could buy, Mamas and Papas, announced plans to enter the American market in August. The family-owned and operated company, known for their stylish strollers, plush toys, and design-oriented baby products first caught our attention when Gwen Stefani pushed Kingston in one of their gold buggies a while back.
We were invited to a sneak peek of the line yesterday, and found it to be functional, unobtrusive and full of mom-friendly features. With nine strollers running from the traditional travel umbrella version to the hip, industrial-looking Urbo and the luxurious (yet easy to close) Mylo. The makers also offer an extremely comfortable-looking baby carrier and an array of bouncers, high chairs and rockers. Mamas and Papas founder Luisa Scachetti, and her daughter Amanda (one of the only female stroller designers in the world) was on hand to walk us through the products. When we asked what features they consider when designing a carriage, Luisa explained. She said:
It has to begin with safety. All our strollers are tested for six months before they reach the consumer so we understand every single environment our strollers will encounter. Comfort for baby is paramount and that is why all our strollers feature additional padding using the best fabrics. Style is always high on my design agenda. We review and improve our strollers every season.
To see the rest of the line, read more
Other countries give us baby product envy! The US has some amazing items, but we always want what we can't have and there are quite a few goodies that local companies have in other areas that we can't get here. After a visit from friends living overseas, I eyed some must haves that I'd love to add to my nursery! Here are six products on my wish list.
Mamas don't look like octopi, but with the amount of items we juggle, it would certainly be nice to have eight arms. We are multitaskers by nature, and a pumping session or going for a leisurely stroll would be made a whole lot more productive if we could cross another item off of our to-do lists simultaneously. While we can't give you an extra hand, we can provide you with seven products designed to keep your hands free. What you choose to do with them is up to you!