We love a tried and true product that we can turn to baby after baby, and sometimes, after baby again. But with every season comes new innovation in safety, design and ease, and new baby products we just NEED to add to our registry.
Below are a few of the coolest products we saw at the ABC Kids Expo that will hit shelves in the coming months, and possibly, your nursery too.
The makers of the innovative DockATot are upping the ante with their new tech-enabled CloutTot. To the naked eye, the CloudTot looks like the same cozy baby docking station you’ve come to love for co-sleeping, rest-time, tummy time and more, the new version includes a baby awakening system, which alerts parents when no motion has been detected for 12 seconds, and a patent-pending capability to detect moisture within the bedding area, alerting parents when baby is wet. It’s also smart phone-connected, so parents can keep track of vital baby info, and can play re-recorded sounds and music to sooth baby. Available in spring 2017, $165-$290. Learn more here.
Project Nursery SmartBand
On the heels of its cool and beautiful baby monitor, Project Nursery is digging further into the tech world with the Parent + Baby SmartBand. Created in partnership with VOXX Accessories Corporation, the SmartBand schedules and tracks events for mom and baby, like breastfeeding and bottle feeding, pumping, pre- and post-natal vitamins, medications, diaper changes, and more. It’s great for pregnancy, since you can track fetal movements, hydration, weight, diet, exercise, and sleep, and once that baby stage is over, it can be used as an activity tracker for or dad. The best part? There’s “messages of encouragement” throughout the day to keep you happy and motivated. Available in February 2017, the parent + baby SmartBand will retail for $149.99 and will include three different colored wristbands – blush pink, white and black. Learn more here.
Babyletto Kiwi Glider Recliner with USB Electronic Control
If you’ve ever had your phone die while your baby is sleeping soundly in your arms in your glider/recliner, you’ll appreciate Babyletto’s innovative new chair. The Kiwi Glider Recliner has a USB Electronic Control that not only charges your phone while you’re cuddling with baby, but also quietly reclines or retracts so there’s no jarring, baby-waking movement. It’s got a smart wingback style and also offers a full 360-degree swivel motion and smooth back and forth motion. $599. Available in February 2017. Learn more here.
Bring a movie theater experience into your home with this cool new projector from Cinemood. Use a cloud connection or USB drive to load cartoons, movies, even family photos onto the big screen, or use Cinamood for lullabies, songs and audiobooks instead. Kid-proof cases and stands will win big with your little one, you know, just in case the oversized movie it’s projecting doesn’t. As if. $279, available in December. Learn more here.
Cybex YEMA Carrier
One of the coolest brands for city babies on the go is launching one of the coolest baby carriers we’ve seen yet. Cybex’s new YEMA baby carrier, part of its stylish platinum range, features a width adjustable seat to promote spread squat ergonomic positioning, and uses a draping effect to spread support strength evenly across the back of your baby. There’s three carrying positions (front, hip and back) so you can use the carrier till your little one reaches her toddler years. $199.95 - $309.95. Available Feb or March. Learn more here.
Nomi High Chair
The designer behind the classic Tripp Trapp high chair is bringing an innovative new baby seat to the U.S. market. Peter Opsvik’s Nomi platform will support your baby from birth through the teen years with one base that can be customized in a variety of different positions. From a cozy baby seat, to a safe, ergonomic high chair, to a unique, adjustable chair with an anti-tilt caster. $299. Available in the first quarter 2017. Learn more here.
Mountain Buggy Suitcase Carrier
For the well-traveled mom or dad, Mountain Buggy’s new suitcase-slash-stroller will be a major revelation. This 2-wheel, carry-on size luggage adapts to a ride-on for your toddler (up to 33 lbs.) with a simple twist of a dial. It’s got an easy-to-attach cushioned seat liner and an elasticized mesh pocket for your ticket or phone, and can transform quickly back into a suitcase when you board the plane. $99.99 Available in December. Learn more here.
Rookie Humans Crib Sheets
You can’t possibly imagine how many pictures you will take of your baby. With Rookie Humans, you’ve got a built-in backdrop. These imaginative and whimsical crib sheets are designed to frame your adorable little one and make your Instagram dreams come true. The limited-edition designs are hand-drawn by talented artists, and each is meant to tell a story, with your baby as the star. They’re also super-soft, made with 100% cotton sateen. $34.99. Available in December. Learn more here.