Are you constantly on the lookout for new baby gear? You're in luck, the biggest names in the baby gear business recently convened at the ABC Kids Expo to showcase their newest products, and we decided to round up our absolute favorites and must-haves from the show. Everything from brand new strollers to innovative bassinets and design-conscious safety products, here are 10 baby products you'll be glad to have in 2018.

1. UPPAbaby Travel Stroller. UPPAbaby is coming out with a super-compact travel stroller, and we’re really excited about it! The Minu Stroller is lightweight yet packed with features such as an easy-to-access basket, a deep seat recline, one-handed fold, pull-out sunshade protection and all-wheel suspension. But the best part, it can be used with the From Birth Kit, a cozy bassinet that folds with the stroller or the MESA Car Seat! It will be available in the spring of 2018 and will cost $399. For more information, click here.


2. Noni Noni crib. For those of you who fear the dreaded crib assembly, you’re in luck! The revolutionary no hardware crib from Noni Noni Kids can be put together in mere minutes. The Noni Crib comes in two sizes, a mini and a full size, which converts to a toddler bed. Even more exciting, this crib, which is made in the USA, is available for order now! Buy here, $750.

3. Halo Twin Bassinet. Finally, a bassinet for twins! Safely keep your little ones close to you and to each other with the Halo Bassinet Twin Sleeper. Breathable mesh walls not only help you feel closer but create a safe sleeping environment for baby. Like the original Halo bassinet, it conveniently nestles up to your bedside and rotates a complete 360 degrees, making nighttime feedings and quick checks on your babies easier. It will be available in early 2018 and will retail for $449.99. You can register for it here.

4. Nuna Demi Double Stroller. Nuna’s first double stroller is coming in 2018! The Demi grow can be used as a convertible stroller for a growing family or as a double stroller for twins. It features two equally sized toddler seats that hold up to 50 lbs and has 23 seat configurations. And the canopy includes Nuna’s signature dream drape for superior sun coverage. It will be available for pre-sale in early 2018 and will post $799.

5. Boon Bottles. Boon is entering the bottle game! Nursh, a silicon bottle that’s both dishwasher and microwave-safe, will be available spring 2018.

6. Veer cruiser. It’s a stroller, it’s a wagon, it’s a travel system, no it’s Veer the all-terrain cruiser. Combining the best of what a stroller and wagon offers, the Veer allows your family to truly adventure without any limitations. It’s compact, rugged and even holds a car seat, meaning this cruiser can accommodate children of multiple ages. Buy here, $599.

7. Nuk breast pump. A new hands-free, discrete and quiet pump has hit the market! The NUK Simply Natural Freemie Double Electric Breast Pump can be used under your clothes for pumping on the go when and wherever you need. The system includes collection cups and bottles, all for a low price point — such a win, win. Available February 2018 at Babies R Us for $299.99.

8. Bink child safety products. You can now child-proof your home with stylish (yes stylish) safety products. Bink makes modern child safety products that won’t cramp your style. On trend with modern baby gear, this product line is both well-designed and practical.

9. Beanko changing station. Diaper changes in your car are about to get a whole lot easier with the Beanko mobile changing station. This genius, compact changing station attaches to the seat of the car and provides a safe, flat pad for diaper changes. No more babies rolling towards the back of the seat! It can also be used as console for keeping everything organized as well as pouch for storing a tablet. Buy here, $99.99.

10. Cybex LEMO High Chair. Less is more when it comes to the new LEMO High Chair from Cybex. With it’s super sleek, multi-position design, this chair grows with baby from newborn to adolescence. A bouncer seat attaches to the high chair base for wee ones and converts to a chair that can be used for years to come. It will be available in 2018 and will cost $299.

Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:

Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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As mamas we want our babies to be safe, and that's what makes what happened to Glee actress Naya Rivera and her 4-year-old son Josey so heartbreaking. Late Wednesday night news broke that Rivera was missing and presumed drowned after her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found floating alone on a rented boat on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Eric Buschow said the mother and her preschooler were swimming near the boat Wednesday afternoon. Josey got back into the rented boat after the swim but his mother did not. The preschooler was later found by other boaters, sleeping alone in the boat. Rescuers were able to figure out who he was because Rivera's wallet and identification were on the boat.


Our hearts are breaking for Josey and his dad right now. So much is unknown about what happened on Lake Piru but one thing is crystal clear: Naya Rivera has always loved her son with all her heart.

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