Cool Baby Gear Coming in 2017

Check out our sneak preview from the ABC Kids Expo.

Cool Baby Gear Coming in 2017

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.

We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!

A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.


A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.


A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.


A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.


A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.


A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.


A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.


A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.


An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.


A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.


And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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