Thank You!

Yes, we’re exhausted! But we hope that  all who came to the New York Baby Show this weekend had a wonderful time. For now, we’re just going to say, “Thank You!” But in the days ahead, we’re going to continue to post reflections, highlights, show photos, and announcements of raffle winners!11255850_823071227746383_5733633385608946548_n

We would also like to give a super special shout out and thanks to this year’s Presenting Sponsor Canon! You brought the fun and the education. You helped thousands of expectant and new families with your tips and tricks for capturing the magic moments of early childhood! Thank you so much for your participation and support! #BRINGIT

 


Innobaby Will Bring Innovative Feeding Solutions To The New York Baby Show

Inspired by the parenting challenges they faced with their own kids, two stay-at-home moms founded Innobaby, a company that specializes in high-quality infant and juvenile feeding products designed to make parents’ lives a little easier. What’s more, Innobaby will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 & 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Innobaby, we caught up with co-founder Jee Kim!

For parents who might be unfamiliar with Innobaby, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

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We specialize in infant and juvenile feeding products. All of our products are made in South Korea with high-quality materials and workmanship. Our product designs are created with parents in mind. We identify the problems and offer innovative solutions to make their lives a little easier.

You and Kristen founded Innobaby after you had both developed  your own products—what inspired you a) to develop your own baby products and b) to collaborate together on your own company?

Our kids inspired us!  We met through our husbands who were college roommates. After we had our children, we both became stay-at-home moms and started having frequent playdates.  We each had our own parenting challenges, and could not find a solution in the marketplace, so we collaborated and created our own products/company. We both have same work ethic and the drive to accomplish our goals, so we make a great team. It’s totally fun to be working with someone who can share the same passion and vision as I do. At the end of the day, the hard work pays off when we see our products on the streets or get  feedback from the parents saying how our products have made their lives a little easier.

Tell us about the process of developing and designing new solutions and products.

It’s teamwork!  We try to understand the needs first before we move forward.  Once the concept is born, we work out the details as a team.

What are some of Innobaby’s most popular/ newest products? 

Aquaheat!  It’s an instant food warmer and bottle warmer for on-the-go. You can warm food/milk in minutes anytime, anywhere, and  just when you  need it without electricity, battery, or fire! We anticipate this line to solve many parents’ on-the-go feeding challenges, especially for those parents who are challenged with food allergy.

What can parents expect next from Innobaby? And most immediately, what can they expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

From soothing teethers to a shiny bus-shaped dinner platter, we are all about innovation and quality.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the New York Baby Show this weekend!

To learn more about Innobaby, visit innobaby.com!


Arrive In Style To The NY Baby Show With Uber

uber_wordmarkWe’re thrilled to have partnered with Uber to provide new Uber users a free ride (up to $25) to or from the New York Baby Show this weekend (May 16 and 17).

Using Uber’s free iPhone/Android/Blackberry 7 app, you can request a pickup, and a car driven by a professional driver will show up in minutes. Your credit card is billed directly for your trip and there’s no need to tip, so you won’t need to carry cash. You can even see the car coming towards you on a map!

To get $25 off your ride to the New York Baby Show, just follow these simple steps:

1) Download the free Uber iPhone/Android/Blackberry 7 app (or sign up at get.uber.com/go/NYBABYSHOW25)

2) Enter your information in the Uber app and promo code NYBABYSHOW25 when you sign up.

3) Request a ride 5-15 minutes before you need one; $25 will be applied towards your first ride on uberX, UberBLACK, or UberSUV (excluding uberT).

Already an Uber user? Try uberFAMILY! To get uberFAMILY, follow these simple steps:

1) Open your Uber app

2) Enter the code NYBABYSHOWFAM to get your first upgrade free

3) Request ‘CAR SEAT’

4) Ride with your child safely buckled up in a car seat

Learn more at blog.uber.com/uberfamily.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes  thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual. Hope to see you there! Click HERE to purchase!

 


Dove Men+Care Will Support The NYC Dads Group At The New York Baby Show’s Dads’ Lounge

In addition to offering skin and hair care products designed specifically for men, Dove Men+Care is also devoted to celebrating and portraying real men and dads through their “Real Strength” Campaign. What’s more, Dove Men+Care will be supporting the Dads’ Lounge at the New York Baby Show on May 16 & 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond! DM+C_Updated_Logo

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Dove Men+Care, we caught up with their team!

For men who might be unfamiliar with Dove Men + Care, how would you describe the brand’s mission and core offerings?  

Since the launch of the brand in 2010, Dove Men+Care has been committed to celebrating and authentically portraying real men and dads. Dove Men+Care is the first range of products from Dove developed specially for men. Manufactured by Unilever, it is the #1 recommended body wash by dermatologists.  The Dove Men+Care portfolio includes bars, body washes, face care, anti-perspirant/deodorants, and hair care and styling. Dove Men+Care is available nationwide in food, drug, and mass outlet stores.

Can you tell us a little bit about your Real Strength campaign, and what “real strength” means in this context?

Dove Men+Care understands that masculine strength today is measured beyond traditional notions of power, affluence, and muscle.  Our 2014 Dove Men+Care ‘Care Makes a Man Stronger’ Research told us that 9 out of 10 men around the world see their caring side as a sign of strength, and the ‘Real Strength’ campaign celebrates the caring character of today’s men, recognizing how care makes them stronger. The ‘Real Strength’ campaign celebrates men who embrace their caring side, which is no longer antithetical to being strong, but is instead the hallmark of modern, well-rounded masculinity.

What differentiates Dove Men + Care from other men’s care products on the market?

Specifically designed for men’s needs, Dove Men+Care products offer caring formulas for healthy, strong skin and hair. Dove Men+Care wash & care products make hair stronger and more resilient while Dove Men+Care styling products were developed to offer style with strength and resilience Dove Men+Care Antiperspirants are tough on sweat, not on skin, for 48-hour protection with a non-irritant formula that includes 1/4 moisturizer technology that boosts the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Dove Men+Care Face Range products were created specifically for men, to improve the quality of their skin, and includes products that can be used in three easy steps: cleanse, shave, and finish.Dove Men+Care Body Washes and Bars provide hydration for healthier, stronger skin.

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show and at the Dads’ Lounge?

We are excited to be present at the Dads’ Lounge to support our partner, the NYC Dads Group, and to provide a space for dads/men that stop by the NY Baby Show. Dads can expect to receive samples of our latest Dove Men+Care product innovations to help them take care of their skin and care.

To learn more about Dove Men+Care, visit dovemencare.com!

 


Mixed Pears Will Bring Their Easy Mealtime Solution To The New York Baby Show

Mealtimes can be stressful for young families–the parents are tired and hungry, baby is crying, and there aren’t enough hands to hold and feed baby while cutting food down to size. Enter Mixed Pears’ BiteSizers scissors, which allow parents to quickly and easily cut food to the proper size for little ones. What’s more, Mixed Pears will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 & 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Mixed Pears, we caught up with co-founder Matt Davis!

For parents who might be unfamiliar with Mixed Pears, how would you describe your company’s mission and core offering, the BiteSizers Mealtime Scissors?

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Mixed Pears’ BiteSizers Scissors

Mixed Pears makes products that help you nurture children by embracing their natural curiosity. BiteSizers help parents share and introduce new foods to their kids in an easy and fast way. Babies are born with a natural curiosity. Introducing a wide range of flavors and textures at early stages makes the most of this encouraging exploration.

How do the Bitesizers address/ ameliorate some of the challenges of feeding young children?

When parents first start feeding their baby solid foods, they are often afraid of the risk of choking. As a result, often times parents choose to make a separate meal or purée anything and everything. BiteSizers provides a great alternative for babies that have reached the point where they can start to practice chewing and moving food around in their mouths.

According to Dr. JJ Levenstein, pediatrician and chef, when kids have texture to move around their mouths, it strengthens the tongue and muscles around the mouth, which enhances linguistic development. BiteSizers make it easy to cut food down to the right bite size. There’s even a handy Sizer Guide built in which provides an always-there reference showing how small 0.5” is–the size that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends.

Cutting food up not only provides benefits for oral muscle development, but also makes it easier to introduce a wider variety of flavors, especially those that the rest of the family is eating or already enjoys. Imagine: One meal shared with the whole family!

BiteSizers are not only for cutting up baby food. They cut faster than a knife and fork–even with only one hand. So when hungry toddlers come calling, getting finger food ready is a snap. And parents tell us that they’ll continue to cut up food with their BiteSizers until their child can do it themselves.

What inspired you to develop your own product?

Mealtime is tough enough when both parents are already hungry, tired, and irritable. Contending with a screaming, hungry baby that needs to be held and fed at the same time often means not having the two free hands required to use a knife and fork to cut food down to size. Add to that the fear of choking and, as new parents, we needed  a better, more precise method of cutting up food.

Food scissors were the answer–we could cut food right in the bowl, and they made it easier to control how big the pieces were. But regular kitchen shears were too big and heavy to use one-handed or carry around in a diaper bag, and they often had sharp tips not meant to be used in a bowl/plate. The smaller pairs we found were either too small for both of us to use, or not sharp enough to cut all types of foods.

We realized that what we were looking for didn’t exist yet. So we designed BiteSizers to do all that, and then went to the additional lengths to make sure they were safe to use with food–something very important to us as parents.

Where can parents buy Bitesizers scissors?

BiteSizers are available at mixedpears.com and on Amazon. In the coming months you’ll see them at local specialty retailers as well.

What’s next for Mixed Pears, and most immediately, what can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

We’re very excited for the show. We’ll have BiteSizers on hand for people to try out, and we’ll be doing giveaways throughout the show. We’re also offering a special price for people who stop by our booth.

We’re also looking forward to the coming year as BiteSizers show up in more places. We’ve got a great new product line launching this fall as well, so people can check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @mixedpears to be kept up to date on that.

To learn more about Mixed Pears, visit mixedpears.com!


Buy Your Ticket Now To Win Enter To Win Even More Amazing Giveaways From The New York Baby Show!

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With just a couple days to go until the 2015 New York Baby Show–on May 16 and 17, at Pier 92 in NYC–we’re excited to say that we’re on track to have the biggest and most varied and exciting Baby Show ever. And we have even more awesome giveaways that anyone who buys their ticket now (or has already purchased their tickets) is eligible to be entered to win! The newly announced giveaways include a massive array of products from baby carriers to strollers to diaper bags to cool gift baskets–read on for more details!

The New York Baby Show is coming up this weekend, on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, at Pier 92 in New York City.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of  family fun and support. The Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual. Use the code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount!

JUMP IN! Be one of the next ticket buyers and qualify to win any of the following special raffles:

*One winner will receive a Mamas and Papas Armadillo Flip XT stroller

*Two winners will receive a StrollAway from MetroTOTS

*Five winners will receive a Baby K’tan baby carrier (winners can choose fabric, color, and size)

*One winner will receive a Motorola MBP853 baby monitor

*One winner will receive a gift basket of Plum Organics’ most popular products

*One winner will receive Healthy Mama gift box with several different items, gift wrapped in a box.

*One winner will receive a Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment and Spray prize basket, valued at $200

*Four winners will receive a Bitybean baby carrier

*One winner will receive a Hansel & Gretel Bags diaper bag

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*One winner will receive a Baby Mum-Mum sample case that has four boxes of Baby Mum-Mums and two boxes of Toddler Mum-Mums

*One winner will receive an iAngel hipseat carrier from their popular Denim collection

*One winner will receive a 100-load box of Eco Nuts

*One winner will receive a pair of navy blue Apres Bebe postpartum leggings

*One winner will receive a Yummy Mitt teething mitt from Darlyng & Co

*One winner will receive a “Parents Night Out” gift basket from Date Night Now by Sitter City, including a bottle of wine, a voucher for a free night of babysitting using Date Night Now, and some gift cards for fun things to do in the city for a date

*One winner will receive a Just for Baby Gift Set, valued at $75, from Happy Family Brands

*One winner will receive a Honeyami a baby blanket of their choice (valued up to $56-77)

*One winner will receive a copy of Holistic Baby Acupressure System: 12 Acupressure Points for Pediatric Sleep Improvement and Wellness Support ($25 value) and a Holistic Baby in-home training ($225 value)

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*One winner will receive $100 worth of Woolino products

*One winner will receive a MinkeeBlue Candy Red Diaper Bag

*One winner will receive a $250 value of product of their choice from Tiny Love’s online store

*One winner will receive a gift basket from Greenpoint Brands that includes some of their most popular baby accessories along with their newest feeding line (a $200 value)

*One winner will win a play mat from Parklon

*Ten winners will receive a No Mo Nausea Band from No Mo Nausea

See at you at the New York Baby Show – click HERE to buy your ticket!


Essentia Water Will Share The Benefits Of Alkaline Water At The New York Baby Show

Essentia knows that water isn’t just water. Their alkaline 9.5 ph water is 88 percent more hydrating than regular tap water, and helps not only hydrate, but also to restore and balance the body. What’s more, Essentia will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show on May 16 & 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Essentia water, we caught up with their team!

For those who might not be familiar with Essentia, how would you describe your mission and core offerings? essentia

Essentia is 88 percent more hydrating; it’s the leading alkaline water with added electrolytes that can hydrate, restore and balance your body. Essentia is hydration perfected.

What differentiates Essentia from other bottled waters on the market?

What makes Essentia different is that we are the leading alkaline water. Essentia is created with the highest quality proprietary manufcturing process, creating a clean and smooth-tasting alkaline 9.5 ph water.

Hydrate: Ionization, better hydration & absorption

Restore: Electrolytes, body replenishment

Balance: Alkaline 9.5 ph, body balance

What are some of the benefits of electrolyte consumption and alkaline water? 

Electrolytes are great for restoring the body and giving the body those extra minerals. However, while we do have electrolytes, that is not our main focus with our water. We are an alkaline water, which is able to hydrate, restore and balance the body better. We are 88 percent more hydrating.

Where can consumers buy Essentia?

Consumers can find us in Whole Foods, Fairways, Duane Read,CVS, and many of the major retail locations. We are popping into more stores each day!

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

Parents can expect to meet our hydration patrol team at both the Essentia booth and the mommy blogger lounge. We will be educating parents about the benefits to drinking alkaline water and giving a sample of 12oz Essentia bottles to taste.

To learn more about Essentia, visit essentiawater.com!


Pavo Textiles Will Bring Their Artisanal Baby Wraps To The New York Baby Show

Babywearing provides many benefits–namely, allowing caregivers to become more attuned to baby’s needs–and a high-quality baby wrap can make a world of difference. Enter Pavo Textiles, a company dedicated to creating beautiful, American-made baby wraps that allow caregivers to keep their babies close. What’s more, Pavo Textiles will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show on May 16 & 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Pavo Textiles, we caught up with co-owner Jennifer Money.

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Pavo Textiles was founded on two main principles: First, a deep commitment to the production of heirloom quality American textiles and second, to designing a beautiful product that allows caregivers to keep their babies close and easily comforted. Our wraps are not just for wrapping babies; they are pieces of art in their own right. At Pavo Textiles, we are dedicated to producing artisanal baby wraps woven from the finest natural fibers available. Instead of outsourcing production to save on cost, we are dedicated to designing and producing textiles in the United States that embody the tradition and innovation of American weaving.

What sets Pavo Textiles’ wraps apart from other babywearing products for parents?

When we started Pavo, there were no other producers of baby wraps crafted in the United States. Manufacturing and finishing in the United States was and is important to us because we can easily go on-site to see our work in development, we can make quick changes which allow us to be nimble in the marketplace, we can color-correct lab dips and have fast turnaround for approvals, and we can teach and learn while building lasting relationships with our partners at the mills.

We get to know everyone on the floor who is working on our product in a more intimate way than when working with an overseas broker or manager, and conversely, they get to know us, which is equally important.  There is pride in the work when we show that we care about the person behind the machine.

Additionally, shipping is faster and less expensive, our carbon footprint is smaller, and we can be confident our factories are following federal EPA standards and fair labor practices (fought for by those in the textile industry over one hundred years ago).

We are incredibly grateful to be working exclusively with the Oriole Mill for the production of our Guild Line. Guild is woven in collaboration with the Oriole Mill; all designs are executed by Bethanne Knudson, curated by Pavo Textiles, and sewn by Libby O’Bryan at Sew Co.  Wraps woven at the Oriole Mill are of heirloom quality and are the best in the world.  Guild takes advantage of Bethanne’s extensive knowledge of weave structures in order to constantly push the envelop on what a woven wrap can be and what innovative properties it can offer.

What are the benefits of babywearing for both parents and babies?

Touch is one of the most basic human needs. Babywearing allows parents, grandparents, friends, uncles, aunts, and cousins to comfort and soothe their little ones easily and confidently. Studies have shown that babies who are worn cry less. Holding our babies close in a wrap or sling allows caregivers to become more in tune with their baby’s needs. Every time we respond to a baby’s need, whether she is hungry, bored, or tired, her trust in us is reinforced, which in turn builds our own confidence as caregivers.This relationship of trust and confidence cements the attachment between parent and baby and has been shown to be beneficial to mothers who are suffering from postpartum depression.

Babywearing just makes life easier. With both hands free, a parent can help an older child with homework, prep for dinner, run errands or take a leisurely walk to the park.

Tell us about the process of designing and sourcing your artisanal baby wraps.

We have each been wrapping for several years and have combined experience as well as strong preferences as to what we like to see in woven wraps.  We deliberately develop and choose wraps we appreciate the qualities of, we weave for the babywearers we are.  We have taken the humble cotton fiber and made it mighty and varied in its properties.

A wrap can take as long as 18 months or as quickly as 6 weeks to go into production. At the onset, things were much slower because we were still adding and subtracting from our recipe.  The more complex the weave, the longer it takes to hit production; the more simple and typical the weave, the more accelerated the process.

Nothing is safe from being inspiration, from the frost on the windows, to the steam from the kettle, to old wallpaper, to handmade textiles, to the stars in the sky.  We share a similar aesthetic and send each other references or half-sketched ideas to ponder.  Some ideas percolate for a year, some are born right away. The most important things are that it be authentic and that it happen together.

What’s next for Pavo Textiles, and what can consumers expect to discover at the Baby Show?

We have several wraps that will only be available to those attending the New York Baby Show; We have created a limited edition color story of some of our most popular designs.  Our ring slings, SSCs, and Mei Tais will launch in late summer/early fall 2015, but we will have many samples of them available at our booth. We also will have a hand-printed linen wrap debuting this summer, which will provide a lightweight and therefore cooler experience for warm weather wearing.  The fabric is woven in North Carolina and hand silkscreened in the last surviving print mill in the United States. We could not be more proud of the outcome.

To learn more about Pavo Textiles, visit pavotextiles.com!


Nordic Naturals Will Bring Their High-Quality Omega Oils To The New York Baby Show

Omega-3s are incredibly important nutrients before, during, and after pregnancy, both for moms and babies. No one knows this better than Nordic Naturals, who has been committed to delivering the world’s safest and most effective omega-3s for more than 20 years. What’s more, Nordic Naturals will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Nordic Naturals, we caught up with their team!

For those who might be unfamiliar with Nordic Naturals, how would you describe your mission and core offerings?

At Nordic Naturals, we believe that omega oils are essential to life. By correcting the global omega-3 deficiency, we give each generation what they need to grow healthy and strong. We distribute to over 35 countries, including more than 200 products in a variety of flavors and formulations for adults, kids, athletes, and pets.

What are some of the benefits of fish oil for pregnant women and kids?

Omega-3s are nutrients essential for optimal health, but that cannot be made by the body, and therefore must be obtained through diet or supplementation. A woman’s demand for omega-3s increases during pregnancy, as they are needed for the rapidly developing brain and eyes in prenatal and newborn children. Omega-3s also provide mood and nervous system support for new moms, who can remain deficient up to 12 months postpartum. International recommendations suggest that pregnant and nursing women consume 300–600 mg of omega-3 DHA every day.PrenatalDHAandBabysDHA

What sets Nordic Naturals products apart from other omega-3 supplements on the market?

Superior quality. For twenty years, Nordic Naturals has been committed to delivering the world’s safest, most effective omega-3s. We are the #1 fish oil in the United States because we never, ever, sacrifice the quality of our products.

What are some of your newest or most popular products?

Our newest product is Baby’s Vitamin D3, which features 400 I.U. vitamin D per drop, meeting the American Academy of Pediatrics’ daily recommendation. It’s also the official baby’s vitamin D of the American Pregnancy Association (APA). Our two bestsellers for moms and kids are Prenatal DHA, which is the official omega-3 of the APA, and Children’s DHA, the #1 children’s omega-3 in the U.S.

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What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

Come visit Nordic Naturals booth to learn why omega-3s are the most important nutrients before, during, and after pregnancy, both for moms and their babies. Also come find out about omega-3 research, pick up educational materials, and of course, try free samples!

To learn more about Nordic Naturals, visit nordicnaturals.com! 


Helping Parents And Babies Grow Together, Tiny Love Gears Up For The New York Baby Show

 Tiny Love is dedicated to creating products that support baby’s development from birth and fulfill parents’ genuine needs–and what’s more, they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Tiny Love, we caught up with their team!

For expectant and new parents who are unfamiliar with Tiny Love, how would you describe the company’s mission and core product offerings?Tiny200114N_072_a

Our mission is to “help parents and children grow together.” Our goal is to create products that support baby’s development from birth and offer smart solutions to parents’ genuine needs. Tiny Love products can be found in more than 50 countries worldwide, helping babies and parents enjoy quality moments together.

Many of your products, such as the award-winning Gymini Activity Series and your mobiles and crib toys, help enhance baby’s skills and development. Can you tell us about some of the research that helps inform these products’ design?

 We invest heavily on research throughout the entire development process. In addition, we consult with child development experts who truly understand baby’s physical and emotional growth. Our products offer features that appropriately stimulate baby’s development at each milestone.

What should new parents look for when they’re shopping for baby toys?  

Parents should look for products that meet or exceed the highest safety and quality standards. Toys that are versatile and offer extended use can also be a lifesaver!

What are some of your most popular and/or newest products?

 Our most popular products range from bouncer/rockers to mobiles to play-mats and toys.

Our Cozy Rocker-Napper is often picked as a favorite due to its versatility and ease of use. Its compact footprint allows it to be easily carried from room to room, while the 1-step recline allows for a simple transition from sitting to a peaceful rest. The protective canopy is cozy and cute.

Our Double-sided Crib Toy will be available in June, but it is already proven to be a favorite. This product can be used from birth as a crib or play yard soother or as toy. It can also be removed and used as a tummy time entertainer.

Our Dual-Motion Mobile will also be available in June. This mobile keeps baby entertained by playing peek-a-boo with her-a known favorite for infants! When the time comes to remove the toy arm, it can be used as a standalone piano box playing baby’s favorite tunes.

What’s next for Tiny Love, and most immediately, what can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

 Next for Tiny Love is to continue to innovate on all of our categories but especially in mobiles and gear. At the Baby Show, parents can discover a little bit of each of our categories. Since we’re sponsoring the play area, we’re focusing mostly on toys and play-mats, but if parent’s need a break, we will also have a few rocker/nappers and bouncers where baby can rest safely.

To learn more about Tiny Love, visit tinylove.com!


Insure A Safe And Healthy Home With Exclusive Testing Labs Inc. At The New York Baby Show

One of the biggest concerns for new and expectant parents is making sure that their home is a safe and healthy place for their little one. Exclusive Testing Labs Inc. has the ability to test for a variety of environmental hazards that can be present in the home–and what’s more, they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!1794573_690595184339775_723992593839053922_n

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Exclusive Testing Labs Inc., we caught up with marketing director Mary Snoek.

What makes Exclusive Testing Labs Inc. a great service for new and expectant parents?

One of the most important things to new and expectant parents is to make sure that their home is a safe and healthy home for their new baby. Exclusive Testing Labs Inc. has an ability to test for a wide variety of environmental hazards, such as lead paint, molds, asbestos, volatile organic compounds, and to test overall indoor air quality.

What are some of your most popular services?

Lead based paint hazard testing, mold testing, and indoor air quality testing are our most popular services. The more our society learns about the dangerous side effects of these hazards on new families, identification and eradication of hazards becomes paramount.

What sets Exclusive Testing Labs Inc. apart from other environmental inspection services on the market?

We have an unmatched ability to test for and abate/remediate/mitigate any type of environmental health hazard found within your home or work space. ETL has over 25 years of experience serving families and business in the five boroughs and Westchester County. Backed by superior service, fully trained, certified, and licensed inspectors, and state of the art technology; we can tackle an issue of any size.

What can parents expect to see from Exclusive Testing Labs Inc. at the New York Baby Show?

Our main goal, and reason for wanting to participate in the New York Baby Show, is to educate new and expectant parents. Every day our office fields calls from concerned parents, with lots of questions, about the health of their families. Lead paint poisoning, mold sicknesses, asbestos exposure, and all other environmental hazards can effect anyone, these dangers do not discriminate and can be present in any home.

To learn more about Exclusive Testing Labs Inc., visit exclusivelabs.com!

 


Buy Your Tickets To The New York Baby Show And Be Entered To Win A New Wave Of Fabulous Prizes

With just a week to go until the 2015 New York Baby Show–on May 16 and 17, at Pier 92 in NYC–we’re excited to say that we’re on track to have the biggest and most varied and exciting Baby Show ever. And we have a new round of awesome giveaways that  anyone who buys their ticket now is eligible for! The newly announced giveaways include a massive array of products from Lilly Gold, a Quinny Zapp stroller, a Safety 1st Step-And-Go travel system, a Babyhome bassinet, –read on for more details!

The New York Baby Show is coming up on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, at Pier 92 in New York City.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of  family fun and support. The Show welcomes  thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual. Use the code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount!

JUMP IN! Be one of the next ticket buyers and qualify to win any of the following special raffles:

*Two winners will receive a Lilly Gold Sit-n-Stroll (a $330 value), two winners will receive a Lilly Gold Zoomer (a $200 value), and another 10 winners will receive a Lilly Gold Zipper mesh car seat bag (a $30 value)

*A very cool Safety 1st Step and Go travel system (a $299 value)

*A fabulous Quinny Zapp Xtra stroller South Beach edition in pink or blue (a $350 value)

*A beautiful Babyhome Air bassinet (a $300 value)

*The wooden Height Right High Chair from Keekaroo (a $230 value)

*An amazing set of premium cloth diapers from Tidy Tots Diapers (a $1,150 value), that includes additional covers, diapers, and flushies

Here’s a more about this new batch of great giveaways!

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The Lilly Gold Zoomer

*The Sit-n-Stroll by Lilly Gold (a $330 value) is an international car seat, a stroller, and a booster seat, it can also be used when traveling by air.The Sit-n-Stroll is suitable for babies from newborn to children up to 40 pounds, and converts easily from car seat to stroller and back again.

The Lilly Gold Zoomer (a $200 value) is meant to work as portable wheels for your existing car seat—and it fits all car seats using a car seat’s LATCH and tether for a secure fit. Plus, independent rear breaks provide security while a telescoping handle offers comfort. Additionally, the Zoomer has a compact fold for easy travel—it fits in most overhead bins.

The Lilly Gold Zipper (a $30 value) is a multi-pocketed bag that attaches a car seat. The pocket holds enough supplies for  full day of travel including thermal pockets for perishables. It unattaches from the car seat in seconds if the little traveler is not going to sit in a car seat on the plane and can be brought aboard as a personal item for the child.

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The Safety 1st Step and Go

*The very cool Safety 1st Step and Go travel system is exclusively available at Babies”R”Us (a $299 value). Key features include an easy step-to-open foot pedal, a removable and machine washable seat pad, an extra-large canopy offering full sun coverage, a spacious storage basket, and more. Plus, it features the onBoard 35 infant car seat.

The Quinny Zapp Xtra Stroller

*Whatever you’ve got planned for the day, the Quinny Zapp Xtra stroller (in South Beach edition blue and pink colors) has your back! This from-birth buggy (a $350 value) reclines fully and can be adjusted to face two ways. Feel free to go anywhere, with all day flexibility for you and comfort for your child.

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The Babyhome Air

*The beautiful Babyhome Air bassinet (a $300 value) is a new bassinet model that stands out for its multiple, rigorous finishes. It comes with a practical changing pad which easily attaches to the bassinet via a zipper with a safety device. A practical mesh window is hidden under the fabric on the side which allows you to keep visual contact with your baby easily and without having to get near. The Air is appropriate for babies ages 0-6 months.

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The Height Right High Chair

*The wooden Height Right High Chair from Keekaroo (a $230 value) offers the safe and comfortable seat your child needs during mealtime. The adjustable wood high chair is ideal for children from 6 months to adults up 250 lbs. When used with the wooden tray, this system is JPMA certified to the highest ASTM standards for children up to 3 years. The Height Right High Chair also aids with proper seating posture.

tidy tots*The amazing premium set of cloth diapers from Tidy Tots Diapers (a $1,150 value), includes additional covers, diapers, and Flushies. The gift basket will include 10 covers, 20 no-folds, 20 boosters, and one Flushie all in newborn size; and 12 covers, 24 no-folds, 32 boosters, one Flushie, and one wet bag all in one-size. Tidy Tots specializes in environmentally-friendly cloth diaper products, as well as their special disposable insert called Flushies that snaps and locks into place.

See at you at the New York Baby Show – click HERE to buy your ticket!


Secure Your Family’s Financial Future With Northwestern Mutual At The New York Baby Show

It’s not always easy to think ahead when it comes to assessing long-term risks and meeting financial goals, but  a trusted partner like Northwestern Mutual can help you make decisions in order to secure your financial future–and what’s more, they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92 in NYC!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!northwestern mutual

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Northwestern Mutual, we caught up with financial advisor Paula Brancato!

How would you describe Northwestern Mutual’s mission and core offerings for new and expectant parents?

Northwestern Mutual is a Fortune 500, AAA-rated company and the 4th largest independent broker-dealer in America. My team at Park Avenue manages over $2 billion alone, and offers comprehensive financial planning, including savings plans for retirement and education and insurance for family protection. Many of our clients are young families and expectant parents, people of high character who seek to care for those who are close to them, as well as those in their communities who may need their help. We make sure our clients have what they need to continue to do great work without worry.

What advice would you give to new or expectant parents who are shopping around for a financial advisor? What should they look for in an advisor?

In addition to accreditations like a CFP, CLTC, MBA and other licenses, your planner should be someone who cares, wants to build a strong relationship, and will be there for the long haul working with all generations of your family. You should be their primary market.

What’s a common mistake that expectant or new parents make when it comes to planning for their family’s financial future?  

There are six common mistakes: Having no budget. Not saving enough. Not saving early enough. Not saving consistently enough. Underestimating the consequences of event risk, such as an illness, disability or premature death.  Not “parent-proofing” your plan! What happens if your parents need care?

What sets Northwestern Mutual apart from other wealth management/ financial planning providers on the market?

The founding vision for our company was to help people build for and secure their financial futures. Most colleges and universities do not have courses on personal finance. Few of us learn how to save, keep more of what we earn, or plan for life’s vagaries. The pressure for individuals to make appropriate investment, healthcare, and insurance choices is high, and options are often poor or overwhelming. Sometimes the solution is a product, but more often it’s a process. In this, my team and I excel, each day testing new ideas that help our clients get what they need faster, more accurately, and more openly.  Each of us makes a commitment to outperform at every level, from enhancing product to improving customer service. We believe, for instance, that your money should not be managed to a particular benchmark but, instead, to meet a particular goal or set of goals you’re trying to achieve. You don’t want to be able to do or not do something because your money is or is not available. That’s the tail wagging the dog. My team makes sure you have exactly what you need, when you need it with a strong degree of certainty, so you never have to worry about the markets.

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

Our approach is to work closely with each client, designing customized plans to achieve their goals.  As most of our clients with young families are in transition, we build in flexibility so we can comprehensively address each family’s changing needs and beliefs. We’ve been a participant, major advocate for and supporter of the New York Baby Show for the past four years, and expect to continue well into the future. This is a great part of our outreach into the local family community, and we will treat you all like family!

To learn more about Paula and Northwestern Mutual, visit www.paula-brancato.com!


Safety 1st Brings Their Innovative Products And National Parent Victory Tour To The New York Baby Show

From the launch of the iconic “Baby on Board” sign more than 30 years ago, Safety 1st has been a leader in creating innovative products that make the world safer and happier for our kids–and what’s more, they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles (including one from Safety 1st!)

To learn more about Safety 1st, we caught up with their team!

For someone unfamiliar with Safety 1st, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

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Safety 1st is driven by a single-minded focus on making the world a safer and happier place for our cherished little ones to grow up in–whether in their car seat on their first ride home, snuggled in a bassinet, or staying entertained in a bouncer. We have an unwavering commitment to child safety, innovation, quality, and value. It’s what parents look for from Safety 1st, and what we are proud to continuously deliver.

What differentiates Safety 1st’s strollers and car seats from others on the market?

Safety 1st prides itself on providing innovative products for parents and caregivers. The Step and Go Travel System is a first-of-its-kind stroller that features the only step-to-open design on the market, allowing for hands-free setup and easy, on-the-go travel.  In addition, the Safety 1st Step and Go is the only stroller to offer a machine-washable and dryer-safe stroller seat pad.

In addition to car seats and strollers, what are some of Safety 1st’s other popular products for keeping babies safe at home and on the go?

Safety 1st has a great home safety line that keeps little ones away from home hazards and makes it easier for parents to keep an eye on their on-the-go children. We make everything from baby gates to bed rails to outlet covers, doorknob covers, and more. Also, perhaps our most iconic product is the “Baby on Board” sign, which has been used by traveling parents for over 30 years.

Can you tell us a little bit about Safety 1st’s app, Baby Book?

The Baby Book app is a free app from Safety 1st that lets you capture your baby’s special moments in a digital baby book. You can fill your baby book with photos and memory notes and use tags to organize 1st milestones. The app also gives you access to customized tips and articles specific to your child’s age on topics such as car-seat safety and travel safety from the experts at Safety 1st! The app is free on iTunes and can be found here.

What can parents expect to see from Safety 1st at the New York Baby Show?

To celebrate the launch of the new Step and Go Stroller, Safety 1st is on a national Parent Victory Tour with its social media vending machine. The machine is stocked full of prizes for the on-the-go mom–you could win anything from EOS lip balm, to Babies R Us gift cards, and an iPad Mini. You never know what the machine will spit out, but everyone leaves with something. Visit the Safety 1st booth at New York Baby Show for a chance to win! #StepAndGoParent.

To learn more about Safety 1st, visit safetyfst.djgusa.com! 


With An Innovative Cord Blood Collection Method, Americord Gears Up For The New York Baby Show

One of the limits of cord blood banking has been that the number of stem cells preserved in a typical collection were sufficient to treat someone only up to about 65 lbs. However, with Americord’s groundbreaking collection method, Cord Blood 2.0, twice as many stem cells can be harvested for more treatment possibilities. What’s more, Americord will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Americord, we caught up with their team!americord

For someone unfamiliar with Americord, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Americord® is a leader in the advancement of umbilical cord blood, cord tissue, and placenta tissue banking. As a private bank, Americord® collects, processes, and stores stem cells for future medical or therapeutic use by the family who saves them. We are committed to pioneering the development of new cord blood banking technologies, including our innovative cord blood collection method, Cord Blood 2.0. Until now, a significant limitation of cord blood banking has been that the number of stem cells that are preserved in a typical cord blood collection are only sufficient to treat someone up to about 65 lbs. With Cord Blood 2.0, you collect up to twice as many stem cells and more stem cells means more treatment possibilities.

What should expectant parents know about cord blood banking and why it’s beneficial?

Cord blood is an easily accessible source of stem cells that is available only when your baby is born. It remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth. The type of stem cells that are recovered from the cord blood are called hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). HSCs can become any of the blood cells and cellular blood components in our bodies (such as white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, etc.) and they are currently being used to treat over 80 diseases.

What sets Americord apart from other cord blood banking services?

Cord Blood 2.0 is the most groundbreaking advancement in cord blood banking and available exclusively with Americord. For the first time, you can preserve up to twice the number of stem cells, making it possible for you to treat your child into adolescence and even adulthood. Americord also offers cord tissue and placenta tissue banking so that parents can store mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Cord tissue contains baby’s MSCs and placenta tissue contains MSCs that are a genetic match to mom, so that you can now bank on mom too!

Americord is the only bank to offer the ability to collect up to twice as many stem cells with Cord Blood 2.0. We are also one of the few banks to offer placenta tissue banking so that you can bank mom’s stem cells, too. Americord also includes 20 years of stem cell storage with every banking option. Cord Blood 2.0 banking is just $2,999, or $139 per month for 24 months, and both payment options include storage for 20 years! We are committed to providing the absolute highest quality banking at the best prices.

What can parents except to see from Americord at the New York Baby Show?

Americord is raffling off $1,000 gift cards for cord blood banking! Come by our display to register to win your gift card!

To learn more about Americord, visit americordblood.com! 


The French American School Of New York Will Discuss The Benefits Of A Bilingual Education At The New York Baby Show

At the French American School of New York (FASNY), children as young as 3 are brought to a bilingualism that is not only social–the competency to converse in two languages–but academic, meaning they can understand and incorporate concepts in both French and English. What’s more, FASNY will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!image1

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about FASNY, we caught up with their team!

For those unfamiliar with the French American School of New York, how would you describe the school’s philosophy and mission? And where are you located?

FASNY is an independent, coeducational day school serving more than 850 students from age 3 through grade 12. Located in Westchester County, NY, FASNY is accredited by the New York State Department of Education, the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the French Ministry of National Education, and the International Baccalaureate Organization. FASNY strives to educate, in a bilingual and multicultural environment, globally literate, lifelong learners who understand, contribute to, and thrive in an increasingly interdependent and connected world. FASNY holds its students to high standards of academic excellence, supports them in their personal development, and fosters a spirit of inquiry, service, and social responsibility to the environment and the global community.

FASNY offers non-French speakers two entry points into its multicultural community: in preschool ( ages 3-5), where the double language immersion program brings children to bilingualism, and in 11th grade, where the IB track is uniquely tailored to blend rising bilingual FASNY students, local non-French speakers, and qualified international students.

What do you think are the advantages of bilingualism for children? Why is it important to start learning a second language at an early age?

Advantages of bilingualism:

  • Enhanced mental flexibility
  • Enhanced problem-solving capability
  • Expanded linguistic ability
  • Enhanced learning capacity
  • Enhanced interpersonal ability
  • Reduced age-related mental diminishment

The Bilingual Edge:

  • Better thinkers, learners, problem-solvers, speakers
  • Bilingual students have superior focus and the ability to tune out distractions
  • Bilingual students score higher on IQ tests, SATS, and in non-language related areas like math and sciences

Why is it important..?

  • The best time to learn a second language (without difficulty or accent) is when the linguistic windows of super learning are wide open.
  • This allow us to learn at rates and capacities that can never be matched
  • Before the age of 6, the mind has a unique ability to acquire language
  • This flexibility or plasticity of the mind lasts from infancy up to the age of 12

Can you tell us a little bit about FASNY’s pre-school curriculum?

FASNY’s preschool accepts children as young as 3, and focuses on bringing them to a bilingualism that is not only social (being able to converse in two languages), but also academic–being able to understand and incorporate concepts in two languages and two cultures.

Our preschool places an emphasis on socialization and development of language skills. The program is designed to help students develop special relationships with other children as well as with adults. In the process, they establish independent identities and gain autonomy.

What would you say differentiates FASNY from other bilingual/ multicultural schools in the New York area?

FASNY’s bilingualism goes beyond language acquisition. All our preschool classes, capped at 16 students in Nursery, 18 students in Pre-K, and 20 students in Kindergarten, are taught daily by a native French-speaking teacher and a native English-speaking teacher, with the help of a teacher assistant. This ensures that the culture and traditions of both educational systems are conveyed with the language.

Our students progressively incorporate the thought systems of both the French and American educations, in subjects such as math, sciences, or argumentative reasoning in social studies or literature, for example. Once they reach a certain age, they are able to reason inductively (American system) and deductively (French system), and are accustomed to test formats as different as multiple-choice or long essay-writing. Because of the mental flexibility that this gives them, and of the strong work ethics developed at FASNY, our students are not only very attractive candidates to colleges and universities on both sides of the Atlantic, but they are also truly global citizens.

 What can parents expect to see from you at the Baby Show?

FASNY will bring various documentation regarding our bilingual program (School magazine, school profile, curriculum guides along with baby essentials you will love!) and a slideshow featuring events and activities on our preschool campus in Scarsdale.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet our high school students, parent representatives and members of our community.

Look out for us at booth 123!

To learn more about the French American School of New York, visit fasny.org!


Cryo-Cell International Will Share Their Cord Blood Banking Expertise At The New York Baby Show

The Cord Blood Field Educators at Cryo-Cell International are passionate and knowledgeable about the important benefits of storing your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue–and what’s more, Cryo-Cell International will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Cryo-Cell International, we caught up with their team!

For someone unfamiliar with Cryo-Cell International, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Cryo-Cell International offers two critical services: umbilical cord blood banking and umbilical cord tissue banking. Umbilical Cord blood is the blood that remains in the vein of the umbilical cord and placenta at the time of birth. Cord blood is rich in hematopoietic stem cells, which give rise to all the other blood cells and are the foundation of our bodies’ immune system. Umbilical cord tissue, able to be collected at the same time as umbilical cord blood, contains another type of stem cell called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Mesenchymal stem cells have many unique functions including the ability to inhibit inflammation following tissue damage, to secrete growth factors that aid in tissue repair, and to differentiate into many cell types including neural cells, bone cells, fat cells, and cartilage.

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Cryo-Cell International  processes and cryogenically preserves these umbilical cord blood and cord tissue cells for potential therapeutic use. Our mission is to provide our clients with the premier stem cell cryopreservation service and to support research and development initiatives for regenerative medicine.

What should new and expectant parents know about the practice of cord blood banking? What are the benefits?

Umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells that are already being used to treat close to 80 diseases including cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia and inherited metabolic disorders. Over 30,000 transplants worldwide have already been performed using stem cells from umbilical cord blood, and because stem cell technologies continue to evolve, the opportunities to utilize preserved cord blood are steadily increasing. Stem cells from your newborn’s cord blood can be used not only to safeguard that specific child’s future, but they can mostly likely be used to treat their siblings, parents, and other close relatives in the event that a disease manifests itself. Umbilical cord tissue-derived MSCs are increasingly being utilized in regenerative medicine for a wide range of conditions including heart and kidney disease, ALS, MS, Alzheimer’s, wound healing, and autoimmune diseases. Many clinical trials investigating additional conditions able to be treated with MSC’s are already underway. MSCs derived from umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue are a safe, easily collected, and readily available, source of stem cells.

What are the most popular services from Cryo-Cell International? What feedback do you get from customers?

Both of our services, umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue banking, are highly valued by our customers. Cord tissue is a newer process to have gained traction, but today, most parents choose to store both for the added protection doing so provides. Expectant parents value that the cord blood and cord tissue collected is guaranteed, processed, and stored at Cryo-Cell International’s highly accredited and registered facility. Over 500,000 parents from 87 countries have entrusted Cryo-Cell International with their baby’s cord blood and cord tissue stem cells. Our clients tell us that they look back on their decision to store their baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells as being incredibly low in cost in comparison to the peace of mind the decision comes with. We see this in a very tangible way with the very high number of our repeat clients.

What sets Cryo-Cell International apart from other cord blood banking services on the market?

Cryo-Cell International was the first cord blood bank to separate and store stem cells, the first cord blood bank to adopt the industry’s premium processing method, and the first and only private cord blood bank to be awarded FACT (the Foundation for the Accreditation for Cellular Therapy) accreditation for voluntarily adhering to the most stringent quality standards in the industry. Since inception, 100% of Cryo-Cell International’s clients’ specimens have been viable upon thaw and no other cord blood company can make that statement.

 We hear you have an informative brunch coming up?  What are the details? 

Each month in Greenwich CT ( express Metro from Grand Central) our field coordinator invites families to learn about cord blood and cord tissue preservation, while enjoying a delicious organic brunch at Le Pain  Quotidien.  Complimentary consults are also available at a time and day convenient for  expectant parents. For more information, email Marion Kalstein Welch at mwelch@cryo-cell.com

What can people expect from CryoCell at the New York Baby Show? 

Most importantly, families coming by our booth will be able to enroll immediately  on-site  with the  personal assistance of  a Cryo-Cell Coordinator, saving them the trouble of  filling out tedious paper work that many other companies require before enrolling. There is no fee to enroll.  Secondly, anyone registering with Cryo-Cell at the booth will receive special pricing with of saving of several hundreds of dollars. Expectant parents will be able to meet with a cord blood educator and  learn about  the current therapies for cord blood and cord tissue stem cells, and be entered in our monthly sweepstakes for a complimentary cord blood collection and banking.

To learn more about Cryo-Cell International, visit cryo-cell.com!


Health Mama Brings Pregnancy Wellness Products And Remedies To The New York Baby Show

With the goal of offering expectant mothers health and wellness products (including vitamins, heartburn relief, and more) that are safe as possible for pregnancy, Healthy Mama really put mom’s needs and well-being first. And what’s more, Health Mama will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Health Mama, we caught up with their team!

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For someone unfamiliar with Healthy Mama, how would you describe the brand’s mission and core offerings?

Healthy Mama brand was founded with a very clear mission – to provide the safest solutions to common pregnancy and nursing ailments that no one seems to tell you about (shame on them)! It’s amazing how many women suffer through their pregnancy not knowing there are safe options to both avoid and alleviate her ailments. We want to make every mama a Healthy Mama.

What are the most popular products or newest products from Healthy Mama?

That’s a tough question as all our products truly serve a purpose by alleviating an ailment or providing the best prenatal nutrition. The three that we have chosen to spotlight are Be Well Rounded, our premium prenatal vitamin, and DHA supplement kit–we absolutely love this item because our vitamins are dye free (Say no to FD&C Dyes!) are small in size (sometimes smaller is better), and contains a special iron blend that eliminates constipation, nausea, and gastric upset due to increased iron intake (hallelujah!) and the DHA supplement eliminates fish burps (adios!). Boost It Up!, which is our nutritionist developed caffeine free Protein energy drink which helps optimize energy, eliminates morning sickness with protein and ginger and hydrates with electrolytes all while tasting great. And last, but certainly not least, Tame The Flame! is an awesome option for mamas suffering heartburn or indigestion. These dye free tablets not only taste great (better than the leading competitor, so our mamas say) but also work quickly to extinguish the burn.

Tell us about your founder, Rachel Katz-Galatt, and how her own experience during pregnancy inspired the brand?

Rachel created Healthy Mama from her own real life experience during pregnancy when she had a few of those pesky ailments. She was extremely uncomfortable with constipation (it happens!) and called her OB-GYN but didn’t hear back from her. She went online and found all sorts of conflicting information which led her to her local pharmacy where she was sure the pharmacist would help. Wrong. She just spun her in circles. Feeling completely frustrated and confused she and her husband, David, scoured the aisles to try and find something that would make her feel better. She picked up every box and bottle she could find but nothing stated it was safe to take during pregnancy. Befuddled and bewildered but needing to, shall we say, get things moving, Rachel selected a remedy that was later deemed unsafe for use during pregnancy. In fact, the product was cited to cause pre-term labor. Rachel and David may not have found the right product that night, but they did stumble upon a big idea. In the midst of their sifting and searching, an exasperated David called out: “I can’t believe there is not a brand specifically for pregnant and nursing women!” Rachel looked up at him and the light bulb went off. There had to be a better way. It was there in that pharmacy that the Healthy Mama brand was conceived. No other mama had to experience that same plight again.

What sets Healthy Mama apart from other medical products and remedies on the market? What makes it so safe and specific to the needs of pregnant and nursing women?

There are a few things that set us apart from other products on the market. Firstly, each and every product is reviewed and approved for safety during pregnancy by major health organizations; American Pregnancy Association, healthywomen.org, OTIS (organization of Teratology Information Specialists) and our own medical advisory board to eliminate the confusion and worry and provide her peace of mind. Secondly, we are the first and only brand to provide her products for her ailments all on one shelf, eliminating the scavenger hunt and giving her the convenience she deserves. And last, but of course not least, we know that pregnant and nursing mamas are concerned about what they are ingesting and we create our products to eliminate ingredients that are not necessary such as fillers, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, gluten, and caffeine, while providing organic and Non-GMO products (whenever possible) and always made in the USA!

What can parents except to see from Healthy Mama at the New York Baby Show?

We are super-excited for this year’s New York Baby Show! We love speaking with our mamas and mamas to be and helping them navigate this crazy but amazing journey they’re experiencing. We have a few new items to share this year that we think our mamas will be very happy about. We just launched Nip The Nausea!, which are 100 percent organic morning sickness drops, at Walmart and they are selling extremely well. Also, we launched two delicious, 100 percent organic herbal teas at Target: Calm The Crazy! for pregnancy wellness, and Make the Milk! for Breastfeeding support. We hope they stop by for some free samples and good conversation.

To learn more, visit healthymamabrand.com!

 


Strollery Brings A Fresh Concept In Stroller Personalization To The New York Baby Show

DSC_7496If you’ve ever had to utilize a “stroller parking” area in a public place, you surely know the struggle of getting your popular stroller model confused with someone else’s! Jessica DiPaolo, the founder of Strollery–jewelry for your stroller–actually had her stroller taken by accident at an amusement park, which ultimately inspired her to form her company. Strollery offers cute, eye-catching, and inexpensive adornments to attach to your stroller to make it stand out–and what’s more, Strollery will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Strollery, we caught up with founder Jessica DiPaolo.

For someone unfamiliar with Strollery, how would you describe the company and its mission?

Strollery, also known as “jewelry for your stroller” is an inexpensive and fun way to help identify your baby stroller, especially in designated “stroller parking” areas. Because no one wants to leave valuable identifiable items in their baby stroller to prove it’s theirs, I decided to create Strollery. If you have ever visited a major theme park, aquarium, zoo, or festival and had to utilize their baby “stroller parking,” you will totally understand the need for this product. Lastly, because of Strollery’s adjustable band, it can also be used on other items such as luggage, diaper bags, book bags, bicycles, wheelchairs, and more!

What are the most popular products and/or the newest products from Strollery?

We have recently launched our product so each and every style is new! Our most popular at this moment in time are the animal prints and polka dots!

Strollery was inspired by a real incident of someone accidentally taking your stroller. Tell us about that!

Strollery, also known as “jewelry for your stroller,” was created by myself while on a family vacation to a major theme park. Having to constantly hunt down and locate my stroller that appeared to blend right in with all the rest, turned relaxation into frustration. Dealing with the heat and three children under the age of 5 was a challenge when I realized someone had accidentally walked off with my stroller. Having the same color, make, and model stroller as someone else is very common. Because no one wants to leave valuable identifiable items in their baby stroller to prove it’s theirs, I created an inexpensive and fun way to help identify your baby stroller, especially in designated “stroller parking” areas.

What makes Strollery a great pick for for urban parents?

Strollery is not only a cute and decorative way to express your personality but it is the perfect product to help identify your  stroller in a crowded sea of parked strollers. By simply strapping the product onto your stroller’s handle and adjusting the band, you will instantly be able to distinguish your stroller from all the rest. Each product is made of fun, bright colors and contains a reflector for that extra sparkle. These key elements will not only make your stroller unique but it will also keep anyone from accidentally walking off with the wrong stroller.

What can parents except to see from Strollery at the New York Baby Show?

Strollery will have a table set up to demonstrate and sell our products at the show.

To learn more, visit strollery.com!


US Planning Group Brings Great Financial Planning Strategies For Families To The New York Baby Show

Whatever your family’s financial situation and priorities may be, having goals and strategies for financial planning is essential–especially when you add children into your family equation. No one knows this better than US Planning Group–they work with clients on a personal level to help pave a road to successful financial planning. And what’s more, US Planning Group will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

Read on to learn more about US Planning Group!

052c11fWhat is US Planning Group’s core mission?

US Planning Group is an Independent Financial Planning and Wealth Management company. Free of the pressures and limits of offering only a select set of investment product choices. US Planning Group offers clients sound financial advice with the opportunity to invest in a wide range of products from a vast array of product manufacturers and financial institutions.

US Planning Group’s mission is to make clients’ lives better—to provide a value system of opportunities and choices. US Planning Group gets to know and understand you, your dreams and aspirations. Once US Planning Group establishes a sound relationship and understand what you want to accomplish, the team can begin planning the right solutions for you. US Planning Group offers a unique combination of exceptional knowledge, unmatched personal support and expert guidance for your personal strategies, measurable goals, and benchmarks to evaluate the results.

What are the most popular services from US Planning

US Planning Group offers a variety of services that analyze different areas of a client’s financial life. US Planning Group will conduct a thorough analysis of your financial situation that includes identifying your net worth, tax position, risk tolerance, financial objectives, and family and business circumstances.

US Planning Group’s service categories include wealth management, insurance, educational planning, estate planning, retirement planning, and tax planning.

What should new and expectant parents know about financial planning?

US Planning Group recognizes that everyone’s financial needs are different. US Planning Group works one-on-one with clients, developing customized plans that are designed to meet specific goals. US Planning Group helps you identify personal strategies, measurable goals, and a benchmark against which to evaluate results. The first step is getting to know you and understanding your dreams and aspirations. By learning who you are and where you want to go, US Planning Group can determine the best way to help you get there.

What makes US Planning Group a great pick for new parents?

US Planning Group is in the business of caring about our clients, their families, and businesses. No matter what your situation, your financial success requires careful planning and professional guidance. US Planning Group takes pride in taking you, your family, and your business through the major milestones in life by building, preserving, and endowing wealth, one client at a time.

US Planning Group’s associates will take the time to educate you thoroughly about our financial products and services. Because needs can change, US Planning Group remaisn in contact with you to monitor and re-evaluate your situation. If adjustments need to be made, US Planning Groupwill amend your plan to keep you on track in the pursuit of your goals.

To learn more, visit uspny.com!


Bria Body Brings A Three-Fold Focus On Postpartum Wellness To The New York Baby Show

With a focus on helping new mothers through the postpartum stage in a meaningful three-fold way (with emphasis on nutrition, fitness, and counseling), Bria Body is truly the first wellness service of its kind. And what’s more, Bria Body will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Bria Body, we caught up with founder Eva Lana.

Bria Body BackFor someone unfamiliar with Bria Body, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Bria Body is a new service – the first of its kind – that creates custom nutrition, fitness, and counseling programs for new mothers in the comfort and privacy of their own home. The Bria Body mission is to promote and enhance the health of “the New Mother” in pursuit of enhancing the health of all people. We believe that mothers are at the epicenter of all health. By helping postnatal mothers rehabilitate properly, Bria Body is doing its part to better the world mother by mother.

Bria Body is visionary in its approach as well. It fulfills unmet needs through its hands-on tri-disciplinary nutrition, fitness, and counseling services in the comfort of the mother’s home. Bria Body programs also instill life-long understandings and strategies for health behavior improvement through its educational and practical components.

What inspired you to start Bria Body?

The accumulation of my academic, professional, and personal experience in health care – from the lab bench to the clinic – demonstrated the profound effectiveness of an integrative approach to health, as opposed to the individual treatment of certain body systems. Over the years these experiences have led me to develop the tri-disciplinary integrative approach of Bria Body.

It wasn’t until my graduate schooling that I found a passion for using this approach to help maternal women in particular. This interest was then furthered when I learned that the health of the postnatal population is often ignored. For me, specializing in postnatal rehabilitation health is what drives me daily. I know that every day I work with a new mother I am helping someone who really benefits from my care who would not be helped otherwise.

I believe the foundational inspiration and experience of Bria Body is what makes it a service that people can feel good about utilizing; the service comes from the heart but is backed by the knowledge.

What are the most popular and/or newest services from Bria Body?

The proficiency of the Bria Body services as well as the services themselves are always improving and expanding. For instance, we recently added a Certified Yoga Instructor to the Bria Body team. She is offering private in-home yoga sessions in addition to the standard program of nutrition, fitness and counseling. We have also just accrued a number of experienced nannies, which mothers can request to take care of their child/children in order to help them manage and not stress during their Bria Body sessions.

What sets Bria Body apart from other postpartum wellness services for moms on the market?

Bria Body is the first and only service that integrates nutrition, fitness, and counseling, and furthermore, it is the only post-natal health concierge service providing help in the home. This is a key factor in proper postpartum aid given the typical dynamic of a new mother’s life.

Currently, no postpartum service like Bria Body exists, and while I am pleased with this as a founder, it upsets me as a woman. When I established Bria Body, I could not believe that there were no mother-focused services to help post-natal women rehabilitate properly. Other maternal services such as doulas and midwives exist; however, these services are used before Bria Body comes into play. Their focus is on easing the mother through labor, delivery and/or immediately postpartum while Bria Body programs begin any time after the first two weeks postpartum. Therefore, as it stands, there are no actual competitive services on the market. I do hope, for the sake of new mothers globally, that the mission behind Bria Body is spread in the years to come.

What can parents except to see from Bria Body at the New York Baby Show?

In honor of the annual New York Baby Show, Bria Body will be offering a number of special discount promotions for program packages including a 50 percent discount to the first five mothers who register! Parents will also be able to speak with more of the Bria Body team (in addition to myself), such as our marketing director Auge Reichenberg, yoga instructor Deena Atkinson, and COO Annie Orenstein – all of whom embody the passionate and warm nature that Bria Body services exude.

When stopping by the booth parents should also feel free to enjoy our healthy giveaways! We will be serving fresh cold lemonade and iced tea, plus some cute gifts for everyone! Hope to see you all there!

To learn more, visit briabody.com!


Mommy’s Toolbox Will Share Its Curated Baby Product Selection And Developmental Expertise At The New York Baby Show

New parents don’t have much excess time or energy to spend on rigorous research for every baby product. Enter Mommy’s Toolbox, a product subscription service that delivers samples of products for mom and baby, as well as important growth and development information,  right to your door! What’s more, Mommy’s Toolbox will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Mommy’s Toolbox, we caught up with their team!

For those unfamiliar with Mommy’s Toolbox, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

The mission of Mommy’s Toolbox is to provide parent(s) with affordable and timely resources/ product information that is tailored towards their baby’s milestones.

Mommy’s Toolbox is a monthly subscription of 4-5 samples for Mommy and baby filled with products and necessities delivered right to your door. This allows parents to ‘try before you buy.’

On our website, you’ll learn more about featured box products, in addition to expert recommendations regarding your little one’s development.

The best part of Mommy’s Toolbox is that it grows with you and your little one, up to your baby’s first birthday.Mommys-ToolBox_2

What kinds of goodies might one expect to find in a Toolbox?

Sample items that could be expected within a box are:

  • Nursing Aids
  • Diapers
  • Balms
  • Lotions
  • Wipes
  • Shampoos

We focus on the bare essential products that coincide with your baby’s milestone development at at reasonable price-point.

What was the inspiration behind Mommy’s Toolbox?

One of the biggest advantages of Mommy’s Toolbox is that it enables parents to decide what products work best for them and their babies, at a minimal cost.

Our goal is to help new parents experience products and brands that might otherwise be unfamiliar to them. Once a parent evaluates a product, they can spend their money on products that satisfy them, rather than wasting it on products that do not meet theirs or their baby’s needs.

Last year, I was pregnant around this time and didn’t realize how my world was going to turn upside-down. Little did I know that my day-to-day would never be the same.

I realize now how much I didn’t know during my pregnancy and the months that followed. The first three months were a whirlwind of developmental milestones, most of which was learned on the fly. I purchased multiple products that I thought would be useful, only to be disappointed. This led to unnecessary expenses and wasted time and energy (both of which new parents have little of).

This has motivated me to create a resource called Mommy’s ToolBox that focuses on helping pregnant women and new parents of children through 12 months, experientially discover preferred products and related content.  They will receive a monthly box with 4-5 samples tailored to meet their little one’s current development.

What sets Mommy’s Toolbox apart from other subscription box services on the market?

Our box sets us apart because other baby boxes include rattles, toys, and books at a higher price-point. Mommy’s toolbox will offer affordable personalized baby products, along with important growth and development information needed from pregnancy through 12 months.

To learn more about Mommy’s Toolbox, visit mommystoolbox.com!


Focused on Parent Empowerment, Childbirth And Parenting Class Provider Stork and Cradle Is Gearing Up For The New York Baby Show

There’s so much information flying around about childbirth and parenting that it can be difficult to cut through the noise and feel truly confident going into birth. No one knows this better than Tamara Hawkins, founder of Stork and Cradle, which provides childbirth and parenting preparation classes with the goal of “mentoring parents away from fear and into empowerment.” What’s more, Stork and Cradle will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Stork and Cradle, we caught up with founder Tamara Hawkins.

For parents who might be unfamiliar with Stork and Cradle, how would you describe your mission and core offerings? 

Stork and Cradle’s mission is  to mentor parents away from fear and  into empowerment. Our instructors are mothers who understand the anxiety around pain and the stories that float around about negative birth outcomes. Those stories range from unplanned emergency cesareans to babies fed formula outside of parents’ wishes. Our classes are geared to arm parents with tools to discuss and negotiate care, build a trusting relationship with nurses, doctors and delivery units and to focus on the solution and not the problem. When parents are solution-focused during birth and breastfeeding, it removes guilt and the “what-if” questions that lead to a loss of confidence.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background, and the origins of Stork and Cradle?

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Stork and Cradle founder Tamara Hawkins

I started Stork and Cradle in 2001 when I was a new labor and delivery nurse at NYU. I went into nursing to become a midwife. In my first year of college, I had the worst birth and was unsuccessful with breastfeeding.  It was my mission to help women have  enjoyable births and succeed in nursing. Sadly, I had already given birth, studied birth extensively, was teaching childbirth classes for a few years, and  witnessed hundreds of births, yet it wasn’t until I witnessed my first birth at the Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center that I truly felt birth was safe. Everything changed for me in the moment the baby’s head slid out and everyone in the room was calm. There was no commotion, bright lights, or fear.  Birth was safe and magical and it rocked my world.

I was teaching childbirth classes at a major medical center in NYC and the birth center but with two separate styles. I merged the two to offer parents non-judgemental information and help them challenge fears and thoughts that 1) their needs and desires weren’t important because the hospital was going to do whatever to them anyway, and 2) they had to fight. They were ready for battle, loaded with a birth plan. Giving parents tools to shed the defense, ask the right questions, and converse to empower themselves led to better births for my clients and healing of my own birth trauma.

While working at ESCBC I met a beautiful soul clothed as an IBCLC who mentored me into the profession of lactation consulting. I decided to pursue that and not midwifery. My passion was always making sure women felt they knew how to confidently breastfeed. 14 years later, I am a Family Nurse Practitioner with my own private lactation consultant practice. Stork and Cradle is now a partner with New York Presbyterian Hospital, and we accept nine different insurances so families can get specialized lactation care until mothers are satisfied with their infant’s feeding plan.

Why do you think it’s important for expectant parents to prepare for birth and breastfeeding in a class setting?

There is an abundant amount of information on the web, and it’s mostly generic. A class environment allows for conversations to decipher benefits and risks of medical options, practice pain coping techniques and labor rehearsals, and discuss birth realities versus theories. The bonding through shared experiences among other expectant mothers and fathers is another major benefit of group classes.  Many people, especially in NYC, have recently moved and are away from close family members. Finding people who may share  the same medical practice or due date is important for new mothers to not feel isolated once the baby is born. The creation of life-long friendships occur in prenatal group classes.

I always encourage parents to prepare for breastfeeding before the baby is born. Breastfeeding is a lot of work. Babies want to feed 8-12 times per 24 hours. Preparation is needed because most of our generation was not raised watching siblings or nieces and nephews eat at the breast. Breastfeeding is an art and it can also be technical. Skills are needed to get the baby latched well to the breast to avoid painful nipples and insufficient milk volumes. It is imperative that mothers learn the how-to of nursing before giving birth because afterwards she will be too tired, probably on percocets for one or more dosages and sore from the birth, or not able to get out of bed due to a cesarean. Hospital breastfeeding classes on the postpartum wards are not enough preparation, and I wish doctors would stop telling women not to take a prenatal class. I used to work at two medical centers teaching those same classes and they are great for refreshers and to ask questions, but not as the initial learning experience.  I am very proud Stork and Cradle accepts insurance for our prenatal breastfeeding classes. The more a mother knows about breastfeeding before the baby is born, the more likely she will have  a great outcome.

Can you tell us about some of the classes you offer for family members of expectant parents?

Beyond our top four classes–Childbirth, Baby Care and Safety, CPR and Breastfeeding–we also offer a Sibling and Grandparents class. The Sibling class is for children 3-7 years old. They learn safe touch and play for the new baby, how to handle their feelings once the baby comes home, and how to be a Super Sibling. The kids love it! We also have a grandparents class. So much has changed with parenting and  infant feeding. Many grandparents never breastfed or used an infant carrier, and believed babies get spoiled by being held. We discuss new evidence regarding baby care and have a refresher skill segment on  basic baby care. Parents love these classes. They feel more confident knowing they will be on the same page with the grandparent as they have heard it from the “expert.”

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

Of course we will raffle off classes. Clients who stop by our booth will get discount codes to use for class registrations. There will be CPR demos, and I will be available to answer breastfeeding questions.

To learn more about Stork & Cradle, visit storkandcradle.com!

 


NurturMe Will Bring Their Certified-Organic, Nutrient-Rich Baby Foods To The New York Baby Show

Little is more important to baby’s health than proper nutrition. Not only do you want to focus on natural foods that are responsibly sourced, but with greater nutritional bang for your buck, busy parents can ensure their kids are getting all of the nutrients they need. NurturMe provides such nutritionally rich, easy meals and snacks–and what’s more, they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about NurturMe, we caught up with marketing manager Jessica Kezar.QuinoaApple_Pouch_Front_rgb_1600px

For parents unfamiliar with NurturMe, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

NurturMe is the first and only family of certified-organic, dried fruit and veggie meals and snacks created to nourish healthy growth and overall wellness in little ones. Bursting with vital nutrients and fresh organic flavor, NuturMe’s quinoa infant cereals, dried NurturMeals baby food, and Yum-a-Roo’s toddler snacks help parents feed their children better from first bites to first steps, and everywhere in between.

What ages are your foods appropriate for?

NurturMe’s quinoa cereals and NurturMeals are suitable for babies ages 6+ months and our toddler snacks are for ages 12+ months.

What sets NurturMe products apart from other organic/ health-minded baby foods on the market?

NurturMe provides innovative and sustainable options for busy, modern parents to help ensure their children are getting the nutrition they need to live a yummy life– including the first 100 percent pure quinoa alternative to traditional rice cereals, dry pouch infant meals that can be mixed with breast milk or formula for added nutrients, and healthy toddler snacks that deliver two servings of fruit and veggies in each pouch.

What’s next for NurturMe, and most immediately, what can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

We are launching a quinoa puffed cracker this summer that is a good source of protein, easily dissolvable and has no added salts, sugars, or preservatives. Be sure to check out social media pages for retailers that will be carrying them! Parents can expect tons of samples at the New York Baby Show!

To learn more about NurturMe, visit nurturme.com!


Baby Gear Leasing Service UnaUna Gears Up For The New York Baby Show

It’s no secret that parenthood comes with lots of stuff–the stroller, the car seat, the crib…the list goes on. But what if you didn’t have to buy everything, and then have to figure out what to do with it once your child has outgrown it and it’s taking up valuable space in your apartment? Enter UnaUna, a baby gear leasing service for NYC families where customers pay for use, rather than ownership. What’s more, UnaUna will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about UnaUna, we caught up with their team!

For those who are unfamiliar with Una Una, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

UnaUna is a service for NYC families that saves them money and living space by leasing them their baby gear.  The point is that people are getting tired of ownership. So we allow people to pay for the use of baby gear rather than for ownership. Families can get the baby gear they need from UnaUna, while only paying for the time they need it.  Once they’re done with their gear, UnaUna takes it off their hands, hassle-free. Then we refurbish and sanitize it and then lease it out again as used gear. This process ensures that gear is always reused, unlike gear that people bought, which often ends up gathering dust in closets, or worse, rotting in landfills. Since our used gear is owned by us, we can make sure that it is professionally cleaned and repaired, and it’s in a much more reliably clean and functional condition than something bought on Craigslist or eBay. UnaUna’s ultimate mission is not just to help out parents.  It’s to help reduce the environmental impact of parenting by facilitating the reuse of baby products. We want to help you provide for your child today without sacrificing their tomorrow.

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  • Saving money: because you only pay for the time you need a product
  • Saving time/convenience: because you don’t have to store your outgrown stuff or try to sell it online
  • Not being stuck with your choices, because again, you don’t own it. We do!

What are some of the most popular items for parents to lease through your service?

We are planning to offer strollers, cribs, high chairs, bassinets, play pens, swings, and other nursery furniture.

Can you tell us about your process for insuring the quality of each product before it’s leased by another family?

All surfaces are manually cleaned and disinfected.  Upholstery is cleaned or replaced.  Broken or worn out components such as stroller tires are replaced.

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

Come meet us and learn our story!  We will be conducting a short survey for anyone willing to share their opinions with us, and in return we are giving away a free toy…

To learn more about UnaUna, visit unauna.com! 


SheaMoisture Brings Natural And Organic Skincare To The New York Baby Show

SMB RS Group-currentThe benefits of shea butter include the fact that its a lifesaver for dry skin and for little ones who may have eczema. SheaMoisture, by Sundial Creations, is a wonderful pick for parents seeking natural and certified organic skincare products that not only work wonders, but also give back to women in Ghana. And what’s more, SheaMoisture will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about SheaMoisture , we caught up with their team!

For someone unfamiliar with SheaMoisture, how would you describe the brands mission and core offerings?

Firmly committed to “A Better Way to Beautiful,” SheaMoisture products are made with natural and certified organic ingredients, not tested on animals, and do not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, petroleum, or DEA.

Shea Butter is central to all our products, and we proudly ethically source our shea butter from seven women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana and invest in over 2500 women entrepreneurs. When we invest in women’s shea butter cooperatives in Ghana, we don’t just buy their products–we help them develop self-sustaining businesses. An ethical wage premium is paid to these enterprising women, and we aid in monitoring practices to ensure that the efficiency, health, profitability, and quality of life is elevated for members of the co-ops. The women we work with in Ghana become our partners, not just our suppliers, and with their rise in income, they experience greater health, access to education and the benefits of financial freedom.

What are the most popular products or newest products from SheaMoisture?

SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea, Chamomile and Argan Oil Baby Collection continues to please customers looking for eczema therapy for their little ones. Shea butter is a staple ingredient in all of SheaMoisture’s formulations and bring moisture and hydration to even the driest skin.

What sets SheaMoisture apart from other skin care products?

SheaMoisture is first and foremost a family company, and is the legacy of our grandmother, Sofi Tucker. Grandma Sofi was widowed at 19, and to support her family, made and sold her handcrafted shea butter soaps, and other creations in Sierra Leone. Sofi became known as a healer who shared the power of shea and African black soap with families throughout the countryside, and her products were sought after. She handed down her recipes to grandson Richelieu Dennis, SheaMoisture founder and CEO, who incorporated four generations of her wisdom into his hair and skin care. Our collections continue to be made in culturally authentic ways, to preserve the efficacy, benefits, and rich history.

What do new and expectant parents typically enjoy most about SheaMoisture skin care products? What feedback do you get from customers?

Parents look to SheaMoisture for the natural, certified organic ingredients used in each product, in addition to the hydration they provide for both skin and hair.

What can parents except to see from SheaMoisture at the New York Baby Show?

Parents can look forward to meeting with the SheaMoisture team of educators and sampling our award winning baby care.

To learn more, visit sheamoisture.com!


With A New Line Of Baby And Toddler Apparel–And A Generous Giveaway–giggle Gears Up For The New York Baby Show

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A longtime NYC staple of adorable, practical, and unique clothing and gear for babies and toddlers, giggle is synonymous with the crossover between style and functionality when it comes to essentials for the youngest member of the family. And what’s more, giggle will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about giggle, we caught up with giggle, Inc. President and CEO Beth Guastella!

What are giggle’s core offerings?

With a commitment to creating a safe, happy, and stylish world for little ones, giggle offers a carefully curated product assortment ranging from nursery furniture and baby gear to clothing, toys, gifts, our own line, giggle Better Basics, and much more – making the transition to parenthood a whole lot easier (and a lot more fun!).  And in April of 2015, giggle [introduced] our own line of infant and toddler fashion apparel.

Notice any interesting trends in the nursery?

In 2015, we are inspired by the metallic nursery trend.  Parents are embracing both gold and silver accents as it fits into just about any nursery style.  You can see this trend in our SoHo and UES location with nurseries designed by the dynamic design team Sissy + Marley. There you can see glimmering stars, metallic accents, soft textures, and neutral shades, all of which create a magical nursery look.

Tell us more about the new apparel line at giggle. What can shoppers find in stores now and how have things been going since the April launch?

We are incredibly excited launch our first ever giggle STYLE collection, a line of baby apparel that is truly signature giggle. It’s full of all the fun, modern, colorful prints and patterns that shoppers love about giggle. The pieces have just come into stores in NYC, and we have everything from rompers and hats to fun matching sets. It’s been a fun journey to go beyond the giggle Better Basics layette, and we can’t wait to hear what our customers think.

In addition, we have taken an edited assortment of our giggle nursery and gift line to select Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com. Now, people can find our bedding and gifts all over the country.

What is your personal favorite item from the Better Basics line at giggle?

My favorite single piece from the new Style collection is the popsicle print dress. It just screams summer–and I think it has just right amount of fun to say giggle.

What can parents expect from giggle at the New York Baby Show? What are you most excited for?  

We are looking forward to having an expanded presence at the show this year and an opportunity to show our new nursery décor, furniture, giggle Better Basics and other giggle picks for new parents.

Giggle doing a very generous $500 giggle gift certificate giveaway at the March of Dimes booth at the Show. Tell us about what inspired you to do the giveaway with the March of Dimes?

March of Dimes believes in so much of what we do at giggle. Every child deserves to be healthy and happy. They are working tirelessly every day to make sure that babies have the best chance from the start.

What’s new at giggle for summer 2015? What can shoppers look forward to in terms of fun trends and hot new products?

Giggle has a big summer ahead. Beyond the new clothing line, shoppers will find our very popular swim line and a lot more design and decor items.  We started covering wallpaper this year with our collaboration with Sissy+Marley and we’re working on more design launched to come this summer. We are developing a line of baby care products that will be coming out in Spring 2016. We will also be carrying the truly innovative BabyZen Yoyo stroller!

To learn more, visit giggle.com!


GLAMSQUAD Brings Easy Beauty Services For Busy Moms To The New York Baby Show

11082539_825918954128778_1952461119317953380_nFor busy moms, often small luxuries like blowouts and manicures are the first things to be sacrificed in the interest of keeping up with a baby or child’s schedule and needs. However, now there’s really an app for making booking (and experiencing) beauty services so much easier. GLAMSQUAD is an app-based services that lets you book hair, makeup, and nail services, and then sends pros to your home or office (or wherever you may be) to get things taken care of in a quick and convenient way! And what’s more, GLAMSQUAD will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about GLAMSQUAD, we caught up with their team.

For someone unfamiliar with GLAMSQUAD, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

GLAMSQUAD is about making the process of getting ready easier for women. We offer hair styling, makeup, and, most recently, manicures and pedicures for women wherever convenient for them–their home, office, or even a hotel.

How do customers use GLAMSQUAD? Tell us about the app.

​The GLAMSQUAD app is free to download from the App store. After registering to become a user, with a few quick clicks you can easily book a hair, makeup, or nail appointment.

What are the most popular and/or newest services from GLAMSQUAD? 

GLAMSQUAD just launched a new Nails category in partnership with essie. We will now offer manicures and pedicures! A classic blowout is always a favorite of users too.

What sets GLAMSQUAD apart from beauty services? What makes it a great pick for busy moms?

At GLAMSQUAD we pride ourselves on the quality of our stylists, artists and technicians and each beauty professional undergoes an extensive training program and background check prior to joining the GLAMFAM. For busy moms, there’s no more having to figure out when the best time would be to go to a salon or how to fit in a quick mani. GLAMSQUAD is bringing quality beauty services to you. If you book hair, makeup, and nails, we are sending three beauty professionals to your home to ensure you’re transformed within 45 minutes to an hour.

What can parents except to see from GLAMSQUAD at the New York Baby Show?

GLAMSQUAD will be set up with hair, makeup, and nails so attendees of the New York Baby Show can experience all of GLAMSQUAD’s offerings in one place!

To learn more, visit glamsquad.com!


Vipose Will Bring Its Radiation-Detecting Smart Bracelet To The New York Baby Show

It’s hard for expectant moms to know when they’re putting themselves and their unborn babies at risk through exposure to dangerous electromagnetic radiation. Vipose is here to change that with the BabyGuard, a high-tech bracelet that alerts its wearer to electromagnetic radiation. What’s more, Vipose will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Vipose and the BabyGuard, we caught up with founder Karol Baginski.

For new parents unfamiliar with Vipose, how would you describe the company and its core offerings?

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The BabyGuard bracelet

We created the first wearable bracelet in the world, designed for moms and babies, that alerts the wearer to dangerous electromagnetic radiation. Over the last 20 years,  electrosmog has grown more than 100,000 times. We want to set an example and help people think about the dangers, making them more sensible, and avoiding what’s very harmful.

Can you tell us about BabyGuard? What makes this a great product for expectant moms?

BabyGuard is the first wearable in the world designed to detect harmful electromagnetic radiation. Using light and vibrations, it will alert you every time you are too close to a source of invisible harm, adding a sixth sense to your wrist. You’ll be able to spot invisible radiation and keep you and your baby at a safe distance from it. BabyGuard is a smart bracelet designed to alert expectant moms to dangerously high levels of electromagnetic radiation. This is particularly effective since in most cases standing at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) away from the source will reduce the wave intensity to a non-harmful level.

Once synced with the app, BabyGuard provides an overview of your day, so you can see your exposure levels and keep you and your baby safe. By keeping track of radiation exposure throughout your day, BabyGuard will give an overall assessment of how safe your home is, so you can make small changes to improve it if needed.

Other advantages and features include:

  • Wear it on your wrist
  • iOS and Android App
  • Fitness tracking
  • Radiation alerts
  • Safe Short – Range Lower-Power Bluetooth
  • 7-day battery life

Tell us about your app. How does it connect to and work with BabyGuard?

Our App is just a wonderfull combination of functionality and overall-view and Apple-like clarity. It tracks your movement and  shows you radiation exposure at a glance. Thanks to its built-in fitness tracker, BabyGuard also promotes a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy, encouraging expectant moms to set fitness goals, but also to monitor their activity to avoid fatigue.

What’s next for Vipose, and most immediately, what can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

Innovation–this is the world´s first bracelet of this kind. We are offering more health-control for pregnant women, and we plan to continue to support science and set another milestone in the fight against harmful electro-radiation.

To learn more about Vipose and the BabyGuard, visit kickstarter.com!


Looking For The Perfect Nanny? The Nanny League Is Here To Help As They Gear Up For The New York Baby Show

Finding the right nanny for your family is an incredibly important and often difficult process–and  the Nanny League, an elite placement agency dedicated to matching families with professional, college-educated nannies, is here to make finding a nanny as painless as possible. What’s more, the Nanny League will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about the Nanny League, we caught up with founder Lindsay Thomason.

For parents unfamiliar with the Nanny League, how would you describe your mission and core offerings?

The Nanny Leauge is an elite placement agency dedicated to matching high-profile families with professional nannies who are college educated, highly competent, creative, and nurturing individuals.

Can you tell us about your nanny selection and screening process, as well how you decide on family placement?

Through a trusted and personalized process, we will help you find the perfect nanny to fit your special family. We offer full-time nannies, part-time nannies, temporary nannies, newborn care specialists, tutors, and personal assistants. Ultimately, this is a matchmaking service. We are here to save the client time and match them only with the absolute best candidates who meet their specific needs (and who fit their personalities and overall dynamic of the household)! nanny

What sparked the idea to form the Nanny League?

I have 20 years experience working with children in multiple capacities. After working in the entertainment industry for three years, unfulfilled, I wanted to shift gears and pursue a career working with children. I took on a full-charge live-in nanny position for a high-profile family in the affluent Holmby Hills LA community. Here I took on a variety of roles: caregiver, teacher, chauffeur, personal shopper, party planner, photographer, assistant, and friend. Wanting to meld my collegiate background with my experience and love for children, the Nanny League was born. We now proudly serve the entire tri-state area, all of California and Seattle. We do recruit across the country, and are happy to help any family in need of a quality, college-educated nanny!

What advice would you give to parents who are starting to search for a nanny?

Call us!  We are here to do all of the hard work for you and help make this a seamless and painless process–310-893-9355.

What’s next for the Nanny League, and most immediately, what can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

We will be in the MomTrends Blogger Lounge at the New York Baby Show.

To learn more about the Nanny League, visit thenannyleague.com! 


The Mandell School Will Discuss And Demo Early Learning Programs At The New York Baby Show

The Mandell School believes that preschool is a “collaborative journey” not only for children, but also for parents, teachers, and the community–and the school is dedicated to providing a nurturing early learning environment for both kids and their families.  What’s more, the Mandell School will be  exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

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The Mandell School

To learn more about the Mandell School, we caught up with marketing and communications director Meghan Losche.

For those unfamiliar with the Mandell School, how would you describe the school’s philosophy and mission? And where are you located?

Preschool, at its most effective, is a collaborative journey of child, teacher, parent and the community. It facilitates the development of the social, emotional and cognitive foundations of a child’s understanding of themselves, their place in the world and how they can impact that world. Preschool is the first and purest form of a “learning environment” that many children will experience, and one in which discovery, discipline and empathy are our everyday tools.

Our Lower and Upper Schools (K-8) are located on the Upper West Side at 795 Columbus Avenue (between 98th and 99th Streets). We also have a a preschool location on the Upper West Side at 775 Columbus Avenue (between 97th and 98th Streets), as well as at Lincoln Square at 150 Amsterdam Avenue (between 66th and 67th Streets), and in the West Village at 160 Christopher Street (between Christopher and Washington Streets).

Can you tell us a little bit about your early learning programs and curriculum?  

For more than seven decades we have offered a balance of play, nurture, and structure to create a joyous and dynamic environment for discovery learning. Our schools support children’s need to investigate and play with a combination of cozy classrooms and open community centers.

The program is designed to foster self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as the mastery of early learning skills, investigative, and problem-solving techniques. It takes the children on a journey from the small, egocentric world of a two-year-old out into a vast exploration of the world in which they live.

The 2’s theme-based curriculum includes play, art projects, stories, and sensory experiences.  In the 3’s program, the emphasis is on independence, community, and collaborative learning.  Lastly, the 4’s program emphasizes social, emotional, and academic preparedness. Reading readiness, science, and math are integrated into the daily curriculum of the 3’s and 4’s programs. Music, library, and art are a part of all preschool programs. It is our goal to provide a strong academic foundation and instill a love of learning, so children are successful and confident as they continue their school experience.

What would you say differentiates the Mandell School from other private education options in NYC?  

Our curriculum, teachers, and facilities differentiates us from other private education options.

The Mandell Pre School Learning Circles curriculum is a fully integrated learning program in which children develop skills and knowledge of numeracy, literacy, social connectedness and moral character within the context of their thematic curriculum. Our curriculum is unique, inspiring our children’s imagination, and feeding their insatiable, natural curiosity. Focusing on developing the whole child, and celebrating his or her unique gifts, we guide the steps of development from the “me” of the Twos to the “we” of Pre K.

Our teachers are warm, passionate, and nurturing, applying best practices in early childhood education. Finding the balance between teacher-directed activities and self exploration, our teachers are committed to providing each child with meaningful, age-appropriate learning experiences. In partnership with families, they recognize each child as an individual and guide them to reach their full potential as learners, friends and valued members of our community.

Designed specifically for children, and influenced by its surrounding neighborhood, each school reflects Mandell’s commitment to providing a nurturing educational environment for our children and their families.

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

In addition to speaking with parents about all the Early Childhood options we offer, we are excited to offer demonstrations of our My Grown Up and Me program. This program is for ages 3-18 months.

To learn more about the Mandell School, visit mandellschool.org!


MetroTOTS Brings Their Signature Stroller Storage Solution To The New York Baby Show

After being told that storing her stroller in her building’s hallway was a fire hazard–and unwilling to sacrifice too much space in her small one-bedroom apartment, the founder of MetroTOTS knew she needed to take matters into her own hands and deivse a storage solution. Hence, the StrollAway, a specially designed hook to hang a folded stroller on, and MetroTOTS’ signature item, came to be. And what’s more, MetroTOTS and the StrollAway will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about MetroTOTS and the StrollAway, we caught up with their founder, Mary Ann Malone!

redstrollerThe StrollAway was inspired by your own experience having kids, correct? Tell us more!

The StrollAway story began when the manager of my West Village building told me that they had received a fire code violation because my sons’ stroller was parked in the hallway. Living in a one bedroom apartment, I was not willing to sacrifice one more inch of precious space to bulky baby gear. Thinking it would be easy to find, I set out to pick up some sort of hook to hang up my stroller…out of the way and preferably out of sight!

When I found that no such thing existed, I set out to create the solution to my space challenge. I thought that a hook the would go over a door would enable me to hang the stroller on the inside of a closet. After months of research, development and prototypes I finally had the right design.

How does the StrollAway work and why is it great for parents?

The StrollAway hangs easily (no installation!) over any standard width door and had a removable spacer for a perfect fit. The arms adjust to accommodate different angled handles, and will hold most any stroller model up to 40 lbs! To my knowledge this is the strongest over the door hanger on the market!

It’s funny really, as a former record company executive, I had no experience in the manufacturing and retail world…I wasn’t looking to become an inventor or entrepreneur…I really just wanted to make better use of the little space we had as a family.

What can parents except to see from MetroTOTS and the StrollSAway at the New York Baby Show?

What I love the most about the New York Baby Show is meeting all the New York families! In the four years that I’ve done the show, I have had many parents walk by and look at the StrollAway…when I start to explain they will often say: “You don’t have to explain…I totally get it..give me one!” It’s the unspoken understanding of New York families that, while we have the best of everything, we never have enough space!

I can’t wait to meet everyone! It’s going to be a great show!

To learn more, visit metrotots.com!


FIAF Brings French Language And Culture For Little Ones To The New York Baby Show

The French Institute Alliance Francais (FIAF) is NYC’s top organization for French language and culture–and integral to their mission are classes and programs for the youngest of Francophiles, starting as young as age 1. And what’s more, FIAF will be exhibiting, and offering demo classes, at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about FIAF, we caught up with their team.

IMG_6744_cSashaArutyunova2014For someone unfamiliar with FIAF, how would you describe the organization’s core mission and offerings?

FIAF is New York’s premier destination for all things French, offering the best of French language instruction along with cultural events. Our mission is to promote cross-cultural dialogue through innovative programs in education and the arts that explore the diversity and richness of French cultures.

What should new and expectant parents know about FIAF? What are the offerings for kids and babies?

Our à petits pas program introduces children ages 1-4 to French through hands-on activities like games, songs, dance, yoga, and arts-and-crafts projects. Classes are grouped by age and held Monday-Saturday at various times, and age 4 is a drop-off class. We also offer an à petits pas track for native French-speaking toddlers ages 2-4, who are already immersed in French through their parents or caregiver.

The FIAF Preschool is a French immersion program for toddlers ages 3 and 4, combining the best of French and American teaching methods. The preschool program is open to both beginners and bilingual children. Classes take place Monday-Friday at 8:30-11 am (for age 3) and 1-4 pm (for age 4).

Why do you feel it’s important to teach kids about other cultures and languages from a young age?

Overwhelmingly, studies show that the first few years of a child’s life is the best time to acquire a new language. Our goal is to offer children an immersive French experience, so that for the rest of their lives they have a strong foundation for French language skills and native-like pronunciation and intonation.

What sets FIAF apart from other language and culture organizations in the city?

Our programs for children are more than just a playgroup–they’re total immersion in the French language, with a structured, multi-sensory curriculum geared toward helping children develop according to their individual learning style. Additionally, FIAF’s depth of offerings outside of the classroom allows families to experience the best of French culture here in New York, from monthly FIAF Family Saturdays, CinéKids film screenings, or weekly story hours in the Haskell Library.

What can parents except to see from FIAF at the New York Baby Show?

We will be teaching a demo class from 2-3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, where families can get a taste of the FIAF experience. We’ll also more information available about our children’s programs, and FIAF’s Director of Preschool & Youth Programs, Anne Bellac, will be present to answer all of your questions.

To learn more, visit fiaf.org!


Bitybean Brings Their Amazingly Light-Weight Baby Carriers To The New York Baby Show

Filling a distinct niche in the baby wearing market, Bitybean offers a baby carrier that is not only ultra-lightweight, but is extremely quick-drying, ergonomically supportive for both parent and child, and offered in a variety of cool colors that appeal to moms and dads alike! And what’s more, Bitybean will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Bitybean, we caught up with their team.

IMG_0112For new and expectant parents who may not be familiar with Bitybean, please give us a brief overview of the company’s focus and the wonderful back-story of how the product was created.     

Bitybean is a Vermont-based company dedicated to giving parents the freedom to get outside and explore their world with their little one. We like to say Bitybean=Freedom, due to our weight and size we can fit into any bag or purse allowing parents to be ready for anything.

Bitybean originally sprouted in April of 2012 from an idea discussed on a couch in what is now our office headquarters on Ferry Road in Charlotte, VT. Doug Hartwell, who was at the time working in the defense industry, wanted to know why baby carriers and baby products had to be so big and bulky. He had just recently been stuck in the rain with his daughter without his big bulky carrier or stroller. He had to carry her, a bag of groceries, and an umbrella, and he could not figure out how to do it. There was definitely a market for on-the-go parents who wanted well designed, cleverly compact kids goods. So we debuted with our UltraCompact Baby Carrier. A baby carrier weighing only 8 oz., fitting in any bag or purse and good for babies/toddlers from 3 months to 40 lbs. We’ve won countless awards, beginning in 2012 with an Innovation Award from the Juvenile Products and Manufacturing Association, in 2013 a Best in Show from the New York Baby Show, 2014 brought us a coveted Cribsie Award, and just recently a Family Choice Award to name a few. We have also received glowing reviews from moms everywhere and Pregnancy Magazine.

Bitybean weighs only 8 oz. and it can safely support a  8-40 lb. child in the front or the back. Tell us how that works–is it all about materials, or is it also about design?     

Yes, it’s definitely about design, as well as materials. Doug being an avid hiker/backer brought many of the elements from the outdoor industry to our carrier. It works similar to a backpack and is worn lower than most other carriers on the market. We engineered a new baby carrier with multiple design improvements like anatomically curved shoulder straps, wide knee-to-knee support for baby, and even weight distribution between the parent’s shoulders and hips. We shaped the body to eliminate “angry red marks,” and added multiple features like a removable hood and fleece infant liner accessories. We did also select the latest materials. For example we use a 3D woven air-mesh fabric on the interior of the carrier, which wicks moisture away keeping parent and baby cool during the summer months and warm and cozy in the winter. This lightweight material, in combination with the rip-stop nylon exterior, allows for quick drying and is super lightweight, so parents can take it into the water and throw it into the washer to clean. We also use micro buckles and quick releasing straps so the carrier can easy be taken on and off and switched between Mom and Dad. Combining these two elements along with some others have allowed us to truly optimize our baby carrier.

What do you hear from your customers? Does your product being so light make them feel like they are somehow physically closer to their baby compared with other carriers? Or is it just less burdensome because of its lightness?   

Yes, our users do describe feeling physically closer to their baby, and a feeling of weightlessness with the carrier only weighing 8 oz. Other soft structured carriers can weigh as much as 3 lbs. Of course it is also much more convenient to pack. We really do fit in any diaper bag, backpack, or purse! Parents love to keep us right in their cars or diaper bags because they always know they have a carrier on hand for unexpected moments or changes of plan.

Beyond carrying capacity, is there anything important that your carrier cannot do that a heavier full-featured carrier can?

Bitybean’s UltraCompact baby carrier is the lightest and smallest soft-structured carrier on the market. It is ultra cool and moisture wicking keeping you and baby cool. An added bonus, you can take it in the water and the lightweight materials will not weigh you down. We are “super cool for beach and pool!”

At the New York Baby Show, Bitybean always sells like hot cakes. Is there still nothing else like you yet in the market? What can we expect from Bitybean at this year’s Baby Show?

There is nothing like us out there. Bitybean is doing something unique with our design approach; we are optimizing our design for on the go parents. We really listen to our moms/dads and consumers really resonate with that. (We have four children between us and have been there.) Also, we are rated for 40 lbs, so families can grow with us. Plus it is a “daddy cool” design that appeals to both parents. Moms really love it when Dads are wearing and it adds to their bonding with their baby. Our hot new red color will make its debut this year!

To learn more, visit bitybean.com!


Buggy Balance Brings Their Stroller Stability Solution To The New York Baby Show

As any parent knows, an unsteady stroller is one of the great frustrations of transporting young kids. After one too many cups of spilled baby food and coffee, parent Anna Novosyolok created the Buggy Balance, which adds balance and stability to an umbrella stroller. What’s more, Buggy Balance will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about the Buggy Balance, we caught up with their team!

Can you tell us a little bit about how the Buggy Balance works?

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The Buggy Balance

By attaching the Buggy Balance to the front legs of the stroller, right above the wheels, we achieve a simple counterbalance effect.  Because the distance from the rear wheels (the fulcrum point) to the front wheels is three times longer than the rear wheels to the handle bars, we also achieve a 3:1 weight ratio…so for every pound in front, we can hang 3 lbs in the back.  We experimented with various weights and found that 6 lbs of added weight to the stroller will achieve 15-18 lbs of counterbalance.  That’s a full diaper bag, groceries, and a cup of coffee.  We attach the Buggy Balance with Velcro straps (sourced locally here in New Jersey), so they’re easy on, easy off.

What differentiates the Buggy Balance from other stroller stability products on the market?

There are no other stroller stability products sold in the USA (at least none that we’ve been able to find)…But comparing to the one or two other products we’ve seen on the internet (sold mainly in the UK), our product takes into account not only function, but form.  We understand that a stroller has to look as good as it works.

What inspired the invention of the Buggy Balance—was there a particular moment or anecdote?

There wasn’t one event, per se, but simply a series of events that led to frustration.  Once our son became old enough for us to ditch the large-frame stroller and move on to an umbrella stroller for getting around town, the stroller would constantly tip over.  Several dozen cups of spilled baby food and coffee, grocery bags, and the right amount of yelling had us thinking.  

I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, so with some basic calculations, some help from a product designer, four Velcro straps, and KickStarter, Buggy Balance was born.  Since attaching our Buggy Balance to the stroller, we have not had a single tipover.

Where can families buy the Buggy Balance?

 At the moment, we sell exclusively on Amazon.  Simply search for Buggy Balance.

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

We’ll be at the show displaying the product and letting folks take Buggy Balance for a spin around the venue.  A few times during the day, we’ll have a contest to see if anyone’s diaper bag is able to tip over our demo stroller.  If it doesn’t, we’ll give them a free t-shirt.

To learn more about Buggy Balance, visit buggybalance.com!


Chicco Brings Top-Quality Baby Gear–Including Strollers, Car Seats, And Feeding Essentials–To The New York Baby Show

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A longstanding family-owned company, Chicco has stood the test of time when it comes to producing high-quality baby gear. Perhaps best known for their top-of-the-line strollers and car seats, they also offer a variety of great items for baby, including a feeding line that they released in the US recently–and what’s more, Chicco will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Chicco, we caught up with their team.

For new and expectant parents who are just first getting to know the stroller market, give us a brief overview of Chicco. For example, we had no idea that Chicco is the largest baby brand in all of your Europe!

Chicco is a family-owned company, and we have been manufacturing baby gear for more than 50 years. While we are known in the US for our baby gear, such as our No. 1-rated KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, we also have decades of experience in the feeding category, which we brought to the US last year with the launch of the NaturalFit Advanced Feeding & Soothing System. We also offer shoes and apparel, toys and a full line of baby year that includes top-rated playards, highchairs, car seats, and strollers.

Is it fair to say that your strollers and car seats are your core offerings in the US? What qualities are they known for? 

Most parents will learn of Chicco when they begin researching car seats and discover our No. 1-rated KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, which is a popular registry item for US parents. Safety, comfort, style, value, and convenience, are qualities that we apply to all of our baby gear.

At the moment, your home page features the Bravo Trio System, and the NextFit CX Convertible Car Seat. Are they the latest and the greatest products from Chicco? What are some of the qualities that distinguish them?  

The Chicco Bravo Trio System is our latest offering for parents looking for a products that can grow with their child. The Bravo Trio System offers the convenience of a full-featured stroller, while also seamlessly accepting the KeyFit Infant Car Seats in travel system mode and offering the unique benefit of easily converting into a frame carrier. The Bravo Trio System embodies all the qualities that characterize Chicco products: Great fashion and design, a solid price/performance ratio, and a host of smart features designed to make babies and parent happy–from expandable storage baskets in our KeyFit Caddy frame carrier, to reversible infant inserts and zip-off pads on our car seats.

We know that Chicco prides itself on its fabrics, design, and tailoring—or, in other words, its overall style. What colors are hot right now for strollers and car seats?  

Our assortment for 2015-2016 is shifting to grey as the most popular neutral color, both in the darker shades, as well as lighter tones. For bold color, we have identified blue and green as growing trends in baby gear.

In recent years, Chicco introduced its feeding gear in the US. What’s new there? 

Our NaturalFit Advanced Feeding System line continues to grow and we will be introducing new, gender-specific bottle and pacifier designs this summer.

What can readers expect from Chicco at the New York Baby Show? A focus on strollers and car seats, or other baby gear too?

We’ll have a sampling of products from all of our major lines. In addition to strollers and car seats, we’ll have highchairs, playards, bassinets, and a selection of our NaturalFit bottles. Please make sure you stop by our booth and ask for a demo. We’ll have a vehicle seat in the booth that makes it easy to see just how easy it is to install a Chicco car seat, and we can also answer any questions you may have about making the gear buying choices that are right for you.

To learn more, visit chiccoshop.com!


Baby Mum-Mum Brings Yummy Rice-Based Teething Biscuits To The New York Baby Show

Free from many of the top allergens, Baby Mum-Mums are a healthy, mess-free, and rice-based teething biscuit, developed specially for babies who are just starting to eat solids–and what’s more, MinkeeBlue will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Baby Mum-Mum, we caught up with their team!

For someone unfamiliar with Baby Mum-Mums, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Baby Mum-Mums are the No. 1 trusted, most popular teething biscuit in North America. We understand the importance of getting your child off to a healthy start. Containing all the goodness of Baby Mum-Mums, Toddler Mum-Mums, and Mum-Mum Snax provide the perfect on-the-go snack for busy families.

What make Baby Mum-Mums great for babies and little children? What are some of the nutritional facts?

Baby Mum-Mums are the original rice teething biscuit brand in North America, parent trusted for 25 years. Free of the top 10 most common allergens, Baby Mum-Mums also contain no salt, gluten, corn, or tapioca. When introducing grains, rice tops the list because it is a very low allergenic food.

What are the most popular and/or newest offerings from Baby Mum-Mums?

We are always coming up with new flavors including our latest, Baby Mum-Mum Organic Along with our Baby Mum-Mums, try Toddler Mum-Mums and Mum-Mum Snax! Toddler Mum-Mums are specifically designed for your child’s developing hands, mouth, and teeth. It has all the qualities you love about Baby Mum-Mums: No artificial flavors or ingredients and they are free from gluten, eggs, corn, and peanuts. Our Mum-Mum Snax are for your school-age child and they aren’t just parent approved, but kids love them too!

What sets Baby Mum-Mums apart from other snacks and baby food products on the market?

Many teething biscuits are made using processed wheat flour and they often contain common food allergens such as corn, wheat, nuts, milk, soy, or other artificial ingredients that a child does not need. This is why Baby Mum-Mums have always been made with rice: It’s highly digestible, flavorful on its own, and offers a consistency that dissolves easily, without making a mess!

What can parents except to see from Baby Mum-Mums at the New York Baby Show?

We will be sampling different flavors of Mum-Mums at the show. Stop by and try new flavors and learn more about Baby Mum-Mum.

To learn more, visit mummums.com!


92Y Will Share Parenting Expertise And Resources At The New York Baby Show

Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the 92nd Street Y is not only one of NYC’s leading cultural institutions, but an incredible resource for new parents and children through their Parenting Center and KidCentral programs and classes.  What’s more, 92Y will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show–coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about 92Y’s offerings for parents and children, we caught up with marketing manager Christy Wensley.

For those who might be unfamiliar with 92Y, can you tell us a little bit about your mission and core offerings?

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92Y’s KidCentral offers art, music, gymnastics, dance, swimming, and sports for children ages 2-18, as well as parent-and-me classes

The 92nd Street Y is where inspiration lives and exploration begins—with a diverse range of classes and programs that let everyone pursue what they love. With innovative, top-notch programs, events and concerts, plus more than 4,000 classes taught by today’s most talented professionals, 92Y has it all—for all ages and interests.

Can you tell us about some of the resources that you offer for parents and expecting families?

92Y’s Parenting Center is an amazing resource for new parents, with parenting classes, workshops, and drop-in get-togethers for new and expecting parents, classes for caregivers and their babies or toddlers, as well as year-long programs to help prepare young children for nursery school. Our programs are designed to help new moms and dads navigate the perplexities of parenting every step of the way—from pre-natal preparation to infant care to toddler development and beyond. As the first center of its kind in the nation, we established the model, and we continue to set the standard.

In addition to programs at the Parenting Center, including Bootcamp for Dads, New Parent Get-Togethers, Breastfeeding Workshops, Babies Together and Baby Massage for caregivers and their infants, 92Y offers Pre and Postnatal Yoga and CPR/First Aid. Find out more at 92Y.org/Parenting.

What kinds of classes and programming do you offer for babies and young children?

The Parenting Center is part of 92Y’s KidCentral program for children ages 0-18. In addition to all of the Parenting Center offerings for newborns to toddlers, we have Yoga for Mommy and Baby and our Learn to Swim program for babies and their parents. We also have art, music, dance, gymnastics, swimming and sports for children ages 2-18. And this summer, children ages 3-5 can create, dance, play and more in the new 92Y Summer Clubhouse. Visit 92Y.org/KidCentral for all classes for kids, teens and parents, too!

Is any of the 92Y’s programming/ content accessible to families who may not live in NYC?

Parents can visit 92Y.org/OnDemand for videos of our Parenting Conferences, including the 2014 conference dedicated to dads.

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

92Y Parenting Center director, Sally Tannen, will be part of the Baby Show’s Keynote Panel: “The Journey From Pregnancy To New Parenthood.” Parents can meet Sally, ask her questions and learn more about the Parenting Center at our table on Saturday morning before the panel.

Parents can visit our booth to learn more about all of our programs and receive special offers for Parenting Center classes and for the May Center for Health, Fitness and Sports membership. We’ll keep little ones entertained with crayons and coloring!

To learn more about 92Y, visit 92Y.org! 


MinkeeBlue Brings The Solution To “Handbag Overload” To The New York Baby Show

Most busy moms can definitely admit to suffering from a case of “handbag overload” in the interest of keeping her essentials (and baby gear) separated and organized. Now, thanks to MinkeeBlue, there’s a solution in a 2-in-1 diaper and tote bag options, making it so that moms can store their baby items in one part of the bag and their daily essentials in another–and what’s more, MinkeeBlue will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about MinkeeBlue, we caught up with founder Sherrill Mosee!

minkeeFor someone unfamiliar with MinkeeBlue, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

MinkeeBlue was founded on the principle that every woman deserves a handbag to be as versatile as she is, adapting to her changing role as a professional woman on the go. From the time she leaves home in the morning, she’s on a mission—traveling to daycare, to the office, to the gym, or to the airport; she desires to be organized and equipped with all necessities.

You founded MinkeeBlue to solve “overload bag syndrome.” Tell us what that term means to you.

“Handbag overload” refers to women carrying two or three bags to keep things separate and organized, i.e. lunch, purse essentials, laptop bag, or diaper bag

What are the most popular and/or newest products from MinkeeBlue?

MinkeeBlue Cobalt Blue is most popular among Moms, but Candy Red isn’t far behind.

What sets Minkee Blue’s bags apart from other diaper bags and totes? What makes it a great pick for busy mom?

MinkeeBlue features a 2-in-1 patent pending adjustable compartment panel. No need to carry a purse and diaper bag. The adjustable panel creates an upper and lower compartment when the panel is closed. Your purse essentials are stored in the upper compartment while separating baby items into the lower compartment. When the adjustable panel is in the open position, MinkeeBlue becomes a tote bag. MinkeeBlue is a stylish diaper bag that easily transitions to a great travel or work bag. In features an insulated insert bag that fits in the lower compartment, changing pad, and slip pocket for a laptop.

What can parents except to see from MinkeeBlue at the New York Baby Show?

Parents can expect to see a handbag demonstration showing the many functions and ways to use a MinkeeBlue.

To learn more, visit minkeeblue.com!


Allstate Insurance Will Help Families Achieve Peace Of Mind At The New York Baby Show

When planning for your family’s future, you want a firm and an advisor who knows you and your family well enough to provide true peace of mind when it comes to managing life’s risks. Allstate Insurance is one such personal firm–and what’s more, they will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Allstate, we caught up with agent Anthony Pomponio!

How would you describe Allstate Insurance’s mission and core offerings?

The Allstate mission is to provide a Trusted Insurance Advisor with respect to Life, Home, Auto, and Retirement Protection. Our goal is to be the best in servicing our customers by providing peace of mind and enriching their quality of life through our partnership in the management of the risks they face. We are a personal firm–not a faceless 1-800 number, and we deal with all of our clients on a one-on-one basis to determine the best coverage for their particular needs and goals.

What makes Allstate’s life insurance policies important for new and expectant parents?

Life insurance can provide  family members the resources to maintain their lifestyle when a parent passes away. It can replace some or all of their income, pay off debts, cover funeral costs, and can even help fund longer-range needs like college tuition or retirement.allstate

What sets Allstate apart from other insurers on the market?

When you come to Allstate, you deal with a Personal Life Insurance Representative who will discuss your needs and goals and point out potential gaps. The representative will work to provide the necessary coverage at the most affordable price. All nuances/options of each product will be discussed, as it is often a complicated process. One thing we will not do is provide a “one size fits all” product, as every family’s needs and circumstances are different.

What advice would you give expectant or new parents when it comes to planning for their family’s financial future?  

For expectant parents, I would advise to put a policy in place as soon as possible. Often, young parents  rely on a policy at their job which  may not be adequate for their needs, or most likely will terminate when they leave that particular job. Establishing a policy early in life is often much less expensive and does not rely on your employment status. I have had many clients come to me after leaving a job and are often surprised by the price difference from their employer group sponsored policy and a personal policy. This could have been avoided if they had started a personal policy earlier in life.

I would also suggest a policy for the newborn child. For example, a policy purchased as a newborn is very inexpensive, will provide a guaranteed cash benefit and a guaranteed death benefit for that child’s future family. We spend a great deal of money on clothing, education, sports, and “stuff” for our children–and rightly so–we want to provide for a better life for our children. But we somtimes fail to  take the time to plan for their financial future and their future families. The time to start life insurance is now–not tomorrow.

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

Parents can expect to see our professional team willing to take the time to explain the benefits  of our products and the options for planning for your family’s future!

To learn more about Allstate, visit allstate.com!


FridaBaby Brings Innovative Health And Hygiene Products To The New York Baby Show

Health and hygiene go hand-in-hand, and that rings especially true for babies. FridaBaby–known best for their innovative nasal aspirator design–understands the challenges that parents face when it comes to keeping babies healthy and comfortable, and their products reflect that. What’s more, FridaBaby will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about FridaBaby, we caught up with their team!

For someone unfamiliar with FridaBaby, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

FridaBaby provides today’s parents with innovative solutions to age-old baby problems, big and small. We’re candid about what parents need to get the job done, and we don’t skirt the gross stuff (not even your best friend will tell you what a peri bottle is, or why you need one)! Navigating new parenthood can be a minefield – we’re creating the toolkit so you’re armed and ready for anything that comes your way – whether it’s an afternoon snot session, or a 3am gas cry!

Tell us about the NoseFrida—what are the benefits to using a nasal aspirator?

Invented in Sweden by a pediatric ENT, the NoseFrida is a non-invasive nasal aspirator that uses parents’ own suction to clear babies’ stuffy noses. It’s 100 percent hygienic due to the included filters, which are clinically proven to prevent any transfer of mucus or bacteria! Instead of going inside the nose like the traditional bulb syringe (which are invasive, uncomfortable, and un-cleanable), NoseFrida creates a seal with the outside of the baby’s nostril for seamless, comfortable snot-sucking, and unlike the bulb syringe, all of the pieces of the NoseFrida come apart for convenient cleaning. Simply replace the filter, and youe’r ready for your next snot-sucking call of duty…(not that type of call, we have another gadget for that)!

What are the most popular and/or newest products from FridaBaby?

Our FridaFans are pretty passionate “SnotSuckers” – so the NoseFrida will always be our first baby, but we’re leading the innovation train – creating an arsenal of products that tackle age-old baby-care problem in an equally innovative and efficient way! Millennial parents are major multi-taskers, and crave instant gratification – whether it’s an infant’s gassy tummy, or a toddler’s wiping woes – so all of our products are created with that in mind! Windi, the GasPasser is another Swedish staple that we brought to the US and is currently the only natural, non-ingestible and instant gas relief solution for babies. This patented design concept is a single use, hollow tube that’s inserted into the baby’s bottom (just like a rectal thermometer) that instantly releases trapped gas. There’s a stopper so parents can’t go in too far, and the sound of success equals instant relief – as you hear the gas “whistle” out. It’s available at BuyBuyBaby and select CVS Pharmacy stores.

We’re also tackling postpartum care for new moms with a product we’re launching this month – Fridet the MomWasher. The MomWasher is a peri bottle concept that we redesigned to provide relief to recovering moms and speed the post-delivery healing process. It’s specially designed to be held upside down for easy maneuvering “down there” until mom is all healed and can wipe without discomfort or pain. We think of it as providing the down and dirty you wish your best friend would have told you – no you don’t need those nice new pajamas – this, on the other hand, is a hospital bag must-have!

What sets FridaBaby apart from other nasal aspirators and hygiene products for moms and babies on the market?

FridaBaby products provide simple, effective and efficient solutions for the stickiest of situations. With the support of pediatric and women’s healthcare professionals and our FridaFans who have a viral word-of-mom network, we’re tackling age-old baby care issues with a modern, millennial touch! We’re not afraid to roll up our sleeves and get into the details, with an honest answer that empowers parents to navigate these common problems safely and easily, all from the comfort of their home! Fret not! Gone are the 3AM pediatrician visits for a gassy baby, or the “she’s so congested” panicked calls to mom – with the FridaBaby arsenal, you’ve got this!

What can parents except to see from FridaBaby at the New York Baby Show?

The real deal as far as what to expect – whether you’re expecting, or toddling toward potty training! FridaBaby will be offering live demo’s of our entire line of products, sampling, and debuting our newest offering – Fridet the MomWasher.

To learn more, visit fridababy.com!


Shoosha Will Bring Their Nourishing, Organic Skincare Products For Mom & Baby To The New York Baby Show

Shoosha believes that only the best ingredients should touch baby’s skin–that’s why all of their products (for babies and moms) contain a minimum of 95 percent certified organic ingredients. What’s more, Shoosha will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Shoosha, we caught up with founder Patricia Di Gasbarro!

For those who might be unfamiliar with Shoosha, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Pure, organic, and true, Shoosha Truly Organic is a nourishing and beautifully formulated line of skin care products created to protect and replenish babies’ skin.  We believe that nobody should have to have a chemical degree to know if a product is safe or not. We stand behind every ingredient in our products, and our brand is built on trust and transparency. 

What are some of your most popular/ newest products?

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Shoosha’s “New Mom Bundle”

The Rescue Nipple Balm for Moms is very popular. Not only is it effective to help with the soreness mothers get from breastfeeding, but it works great as a balm for lips, cheeks, eyes, and cuticles. With only seven ingredients, it is completely safe for baby to nurse after application, and it contains no nut oils or butters.  Our Gentlest Baby Wash & Shampoo is also one of our top sellers; we are constantly receiving feedback on how gentle and moisturizing it is on babies sensitive skin. Another favorite of our Shoosha enthusiasts (and to our surprise) is our Sensitive Skin Laundry Soap, we can’t keep it in stock!  A lot of natural laundry soaps are in the powder form and leave clothes stiff; ours is a liquid soap, and the feedback from moms is that they love how soft and clean the clothes are without the harmful chemicals found in mainstream laundry soap.  

What differentiates your products from other organic skincare options on the market?

Shoosha is the only complete line of USDA Certified Organic, food grade, personal care products–meaning all products contain a minimum 95 percent certified organic ingredients– for babies and moms in North America. Why food grade? Organic food grade standards are far higher than organic personal care standards. Shoosha believes nothing less than the purest, highest standard is good enough for you or your children.

Can we ask where the name Shoosha comes from?

Shoosha was my nickname as a child. I grew up in Toronto, and would often spend my summers in a rural village in Abbruzzo, Italy, where my grandparents lived. My Italian girlfriends (Fiorella and Delfina) couldn’t speak English, and nicknamed me Shoosha as they could not pronounce the ‘r’ in Patricia. These were lovely, idyllic summers, and a special time in my life. In effect, Shoosha is symbolic of all things pure and true.

What’s next for Shoosha? And most immediately, what can parents expect from you at the New York Baby Show?

We are confident that we have developed a safe and effective product for babies’ sensitive skin. Next we plan to focus on products designed specifically for mom and dad… they need pampering too!  At the New York Baby Show, you can expect to get introduced to a product line that sets the bar higher for natural organic products and meet a team of people that are dedicated to providing the safest, highest quality ingredients for your family!  

We plan to give away a “New Mom Bundle” each day of the Baby Show. The New Mom Bundle gives mom and baby a chance to try all the products in the Shoosha line.  The bundle includes: Gentlest Baby Wash & Shampoo, Calm Baby Massage Oil, Replenish Baby Lotion, Protective Diaper Balm, Rejuvenate Stretch Mark Serum, Rescue Nipple Balm, Sensitive Skin Laundry Soap.

To learn more about Shoosha, visit shooshatrue.com!


New York Life Will Help Parents Plan For The Future At The New York Baby Show

Though milestones like college can seem far away when you’re the parent of a little baby or a parent-to-be, it’s incredibly important for new parents to begin planning their family’s financial future–and that’s where partners like New York  Life come in. New York Life offers a variety of college planning and life insurance solutions that they can tailor to your family’s needs–and what’s more, they will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about New York Life, we caught up with their team!

How would you describe New York Life’s mission and core offerings? 

Our core offerings to new parents are life insurance and college planning. We offer a variety of solutions and can tailor any plan to the new parents’ needs. NYLLOGO_cmyk

What makes New York Life insurance policies important for new and expectant parents?

I am a parent of two small children. For me, life insurance is sleep insurance. I can sleep at night knowing that if I am no longer in the picture, my wife and children will be able to stay in our home and our schools, and college will be taken care of.

What sets New York Life apart from other insurers on the market? 

We are the highest-rated life insurance company in the industry.

What advice would you give expectant or new parents when it comes to planning for their family’s financial future?   

Make protecting your family’s future a priority now. It’s easy to wait, but the results of waiting can be tragic.

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show? 

We will be on hand to discuss life insurance and college planning, and to set appointments for detailed planning.

To learn more about New York Life, visit newyorklife.com!


Woolino Brings The Benefits Of Merino Wool To The New York Baby Show

When it comes to surrounding your little one in the safest and softest materials for sleep, no choice is better than pure Merino wool–and no one knows this better than Woolino. Their wool baby blankets, sleepsacks, and PJs are crafted just for babies’ sensitive skin from eco-friendly and naturally flame-retardant Merino! And what’s more, Woolino will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Woolino, we caught up with their team!

150321Woolino336_AMZFor someone unfamiliar with Woolino, how would you describe the brand’s core mission and offerings?

By using only 100 percent natural fibers, the nature’s wonder fiber – Merino wool, and organic cotton, Woolino is committed to providing 100 percent natural sleepwear for babies and toddlers that is a safe and healthy alternative for our children as well as for our planet.

Our mission is to make a difference to the lives of all families with young children by providing products that will help their children sleep better and safer, and also give parents the peace of mind and a restful night of sleep as well.

Woolino was born out of necessity, when a new mom could not find a simple all-natural wool sleep sack. Since launching in 2010, Woolino has shortly become and remained No. 1 rated baby sleep sack in America and a synonym for a natural wool sleep sack.

Today, in addition to the sleep sacks, Woolino sleepwear collection also includes baby swaddles, night-gowns, pajamas, one-piece sleepers, bodysuits, footed pants, and baby cuddle rugs, all made from the finest Australian Merino wool. As we continue to grow our line of products we stay committed to our mission: to provide baby and toddler sleepwear that is a safe and healthy alternative for our children as well as for our planet.

What are the most popular and/or newest products from Woolino?

Our signature product, Woolino 4 Season Baby Sleep Bag, is a unique sleeping bag that can be used in all four seasons and comes in a universal size that fits babies from 2 months up to 2 years of age. Woolino sleeping bag eliminates the worries about which weight sleep sack to use and whether your baby will be too hot or cold while sleeping because Merino wool naturally regulates baby’s body temperature. Unlike any other fiber, Merino keeps baby warm in winter and cool in summer, ensuring a constant perfect sleeping environment so your baby can sleep safely and comfortably through the night.

Our newest products, part of our 2015 collection, that will be making a public debut at the New York Baby Show include baby night-gowns and one-piece footed sleepers. They are all made with single layer of 100 percent superfine Merino wool and are perfect for year round use on its own or for layering with a Woolino sleeping bag.

Tell us about the benefits of merino wool!

Long benefits: Merino wool is deemed to be the finest and most technically advanced natural fiber in the world. It is the perfect fiber to have next to a baby’s sensitive skin. Significantly finer than other types of wool, Merino is allergy-safe and it feels silky-soft against baby’s skin. It breathes, regulates body temperature, manages moisture, it is naturally fire resistant, naturally antibacterial, easy to care for, and durable. It is simply naturally perfect.

Merino helps improve baby sleep patterns and his general well-being. Medical studies have shown that babies sleeping in Merino settle more quickly, wake and cry less, sleep longer, and gain weight faster.

Merino regulates body temperature: Merino has a natural ability to create a microclimate around baby’s body helping the baby to maintain a constant body temperature. It will absorb and release moisture away from a baby’s body to keep baby cool when it is hot, or trap and circulate warm air to keep him warm when it is cold.

Merino improves the quality of sleep: Medical studies have found that putting babies to sleep on Merino lowers their rate of activity and it produces a deeper more restful sleep. Babies sleeping on Merino settled more quickly, cried less, fed better, and gained weight faster.

Merino reduces skin allergies: Superfine Merino is silky-soft and does not itch baby’s skin. Merino is hypoallergenic. It is safe to use for babies with sensitive skin or allergies. It is composed of the same protein that makes up the outer protective layer of our skin and so merino works in total harmony with our body’s own protection mechanisms. Merino naturally inhibits bacteria, thus it also prevents baby from other allergenic problems.

Naturally fire resistant: Merino wool has a unique structure of amino acids that makes it a natural fire retardant. It is self-extinguishing and it never melts, which means it can’t stick to the skin the way many synthetics can. It is the safest fiber to have next to your baby’s skin.

Merino is lightweight and comfortable: Merino fibers are extremely thin and feel luxuriously soft against a baby’s skin. It contains natural elastic properties, meaning the fabric will never loose shape. Compared to traditional wool, Merino is lightweight and it provides warmth without the bulk.

Merino breathes and controls moisture: No other fabric “breathes” like Merino. Due to its amazing ability to absorb perspiration from the skin and effectively release it in the air and away from baby’s skin, Merino helps your baby stay dry and comfortable in every environment.

Premature and low-weight babies thrive in Merino: At the Cambridge Maternity Hospital, Scott and Richards investigated the effects of Merino on premature and low birth-weight babies and found that they gained an extra 10g a day compared to babies that weren’t sleeping on Merino.

Healthy and easy to care for: Merino is naturally antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-static, which makes it a healthy environment for baby’s developing systems. Merino disinfects itself in fresh air so it has a natural resistance to odors. Our Merino is machine washable and can be tumble dried on low heat.

Totally natural, renewable, and biodegradable: Merino wool is inherently ecological product. It is renewable and sustainable product as Merino sheep grow new fleece every year. It is protein based and completely biodegradable.

What sets Woolino apart from other blankets, sleepsacks, and PJs on the market?

Our commitment to use only 100 percent natural, renewable, and biodegradable fabrics, Merino wool and organic cotton, complemented with most functional designs and sustainable concepts, such as universal sizing, four season usability and easy care. All of our products are completely free of flame retardant chemicals as wool is naturally flame resistant, so we pass all mandated safety requirements without any chemical treatments. Also, all of our products are characterized by contemporary designs and distinct color pallets.

What can parents expect to see from Woolino at the New York Baby Show?

We will be showing New York parents our full line of products including the newly released night-gowns and one-piece sleeper collections. There will be many products available for immediate purchase and exclusive baby show specials for additional savings.

To learn more, visit woolino.com!


pediped Shoes Will Bring “The Next Best Thing To Bare Feet” To The New York Baby Show

Did you know that 70 percent of foot problems are caused by wearing poorly fitting shoes from the ages of newborn-11 years old? That’s why the founders of pediped shoes set out to develop shoes for little ones that are not only stylish and comfortable, but also good for children’s feet. By mimicking barefoot walking, pediped shoes help promote healthy foot development in kids. What’s more, they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about pediped, we caught up with the pediped team!

For parents who might not be familiar with pediped, how would you describe the brand’s mission and core offerings?

The pediped® mission is to create stylish, comfortable, high-quality footwear while providing a customer experience that exceeds expectations, every step of the way. Our core offerings include pediatric recommended and American Podiatric approved footwear that promotes healthy foot development. The pediped® signature soft-sole allows early walkers to mimic barefoot walking by allowing their toes to curl and grip the floor evenly, as if they were barefoot.

Can you tell us a little more about how pediped shoes help ensure healthy foot development in children?

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70 percent of foot problems occur from wearing ill-fitting shoes between the ages of newborn and 11 years old. Podiatrists now recommend that children should learn to walk barefoot, and the pediped® signature soft sole allows an early walker to mimic barefoot walking. pediped® Originals are the next best thing to bare feet, and allow children to balance evenly with a soft, flexible toe box that does not force them to change their natural stride.

Founders Angela and Brian Edgeworth were inspired to found pediped after the birth of their first daughter—was there a particular anecdote or moment in particular that catalyzed them to develop their own brand of shoes?   

After their first daughter Caroline was born, Angela started to do a lot of thinking about footwear and the kind of shoes that would be best for her child. She wanted a shoe that was comfortable and stylish, and that could be worn both indoors and out. Most importantly, she wanted a shoe that was healthy for her daughter’s feet.

After doing a lot of research, Angela discovered that doctors recommended barefoot walking or soft leather sole shoes, but the choices for infants and toddlers were limited. That’s when Angela and her husband Brian decided to create the perfect shoe, which would be the “next best thing to bare feet.”

Can you tell us about some of pediped’s different lines? Are the shoes just for kids?

We offer sizes newborn to Youth 4.5, and cover ages newborn to 10 years old. Whether your child is crawling, learning to walk, or running all around, pediped® has a stylish shoe that fits comfortably and ensures healthy foot development. Each of our three footwear lines is specially designed to meet the needs of a particular walking stage. The Originals® line is best for an early walker anywhere up to 24 months, the Grip ‘n’ Go™ line is for  your active toddler, who has been walking but not running confidently, and the Flex® line is for your complete confident walker/runner.

What’s next for pediped, and most immediately, what can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

Parents can expect to see the full collection of hand-crafted and hand-stitched pediped® Originals and learn the benefits of proper footwear. As for the future, we would love to open more stand-alone retail stores in the future, and New York is definitely a city of prospect for us. Currently our only retail store is located in Las Vegas. We are also expanding our sizes to 38 after many requests to go even larger. We are hoping to break into the tween culture with even more stylish options for the older kids.

To learn more about Pediped, visit pediped.com!


The Holistic Baby Acupressure System Will Share The Benefits Of Acupressure At The New York Baby Show

Developed by a mother and Chinese medicine practitioner, the Holistic Baby Acupressure System offers a different approach to sleep issues, focusing on balancing baby’s energies to help improve sleep patterns–and common pediatric health conditions. What’s more, Holistic Baby will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Holistic Baby, we caught up with founder Jennifer Taveras, L.Ac!

For parents unfamiliar with Holistic Baby, how would you describe your company’s mission and core offerings?

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Jennifer’s book, Holistic Baby Acupressure System: 12 Acupressure Points for Pediatric Sleep Improvement and Wellness Support, will be available for purchase at the Baby Show

The Holistic Baby Acupressure System is comprised of 12 acupressure  points that parents can learn to help their children from infancy-age 5 with sleep problems and the most common pediatric health conditions. It consists of 5 sleep protocols, 19 wellness protocols, and a Well-Baby protocol. The points are easy to learn and to put into practice, and parents can be confident that acupressure is safe, effective and gentle.

How does acupressure help babies sleep more soundly? And what are some of its other health benefits?

Holistic Baby offers a completely different approach to sleep issues  from the perspective of balancing the energies in the 12 acupuncture channels, or meridians. While everything else that is on the market addresses sleep from a behavioral modification perspective, Holistic Baby is unique in that it balances the baby’s energies to improve sleep patterns.

Holistic Baby also offers 19 wellness protocols that address common pediatric health conditions such as colic, teething pain, constipation and cough. These wellness protocols give parents the ability to treat their own children with no equipment or appointment required, and are a safe adjunct to their pediatrician’s recommendations.

How can parents familiarize themselves with the Holistic Baby  Acupressure System? Is there required training?

Holistic Baby is easily learned through the fully illustrated book that was just published–Holistic Baby Acupressure System: 12 Acupressure Points for Pediatric Sleep Improvement and Wellness Support–or in the workshops that I offer in the New York metropolitan area.

What inspired you to start Holistic Baby?

I have been practicing Chinese Medicine for 15 years and very early in my career I discovered a 12-point protocol to combat jet lag that my clients successfully utilized during their world travels. After having my own son, it occurred to me that this same protocol could be used to help with pediatric sleep. After conducting test groups on both the East and West Coasts, Holistic Baby was born! Now it is being used in 20 countries and all throughout the United States.

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

At the Baby Show, I will be offering hourly demonstrations of acupressure points for cough, colic, teething pain, constipation and sleep.  The book and instructional DVD will be on sale, and parents can sign-up for summer workshops.

To learn more about Holistic Baby, visit holisticbabysleepsystem.com!


Motorola Baby Monitors Brings High-Tech Baby Monitors To The New York Baby Show

One of the most essential tools in the new-parent toolkit, a great baby monitor can provide lots of much-needed piece of mind for busy moms and dads–so what could be better than a state-of-the-art, super-high-tech baby monitor? That’s where Motorola Baby Monitors comes in–their offerings represent the future of safe and secure baby monitoring!

And what’s more, Motorola Baby Monitors will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Motorola Baby Monitors, we caught up with their team!

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Motorola’s mission is to offer the best in baby monitoring. Motorola offers a wide range of baby monitors from Audio, Video and Wi-Fi monitoring giving piece of mind that baby is always safe and secure.

What are the most popular products from Motorola Baby Monitors?

The new MBP854CONNECT and MBP835CONNECT are remote wireless baby monitors by Motorola that enable you to always keep an eye on things both while at home on the handheld parent unit and away on compatible smartphones, tablets and computers. The Free Hubble app on your compatible viewing device allows you to receive sound, motion and temperature notifications so you’re sure to always stay connected to what’s going on, from anywhere in the world.

What sets Motorola Baby Monitors apart from other baby monitors on the market? 

Motorola is the most trusted name in technology. Motorola is recognized for its high quality baby monitors in a full range of monitoring solutions.

What can parents except to see from Motorola Baby Monitors at the New York Baby Show? New connected baby monitors. You can now monitor your baby at home on the parent unit and on the go with compatible smartphones, tablet as and computers (Models MBP853CONNECT and MBP854CONNECT.) Also the new MBP161TIMER is the latest innovation in audio monitors. Now not only can you monitor your baby but you can keep track of your baby’s last feeding, diaper change and nap times with the integrated baby care timer.

To learn more visit motorola.com/us/monitors!

 


iAngel Brings The Next Generation Of Baby Carriers To The New York Baby Show

Based on the loving notion that babywearing is caring, iAngel has developed the hipseat–which is being touted as the next generation of baby carriers! And what’s more, iAngel will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about iAngel, we caught up with their team, Charles and Pamela Kim.

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iAngel is the creator of the original award-winning baby hipseat carrier. Often called the next generation baby carrier, the patented iAngel hipseat carriers offer safe and reliable hands-free babywearing mobility. It also gives you the option to detach the hipseat to use as a convenient stand alone device around the home. With the ability for multiple positions, your baby can be placed on your front, facing inward or outward, or back with ease.

Modeled after a heart-filled warm embrace, iAngel was borne from the desire to provide the safest and most comfortable baby carrier for babies and caregivers around the world. We’ve tested and certified our hipseat carriers for safety and quality to ensure that our products meet the highest US, European, and Asian standards. Our carefully designed components and superior ergonomics provide an unrivaled comfortable and secure babywearing experience. We urge you to compare and see for yourself.

What should new parents know about babywearing and using a baby carrier safely?

Babywearing has been growing in popularity over the recent years and can be a very convenient hands-free way to get around with your baby. It’s ideal for going in and out of places, traveling, or simply handling a flight of stairs. Babies love it also because now they can see what you see or sleep listening to your heartbeat while you do a little grocery shopping. After all, what could be better for the baby than to be with mommy or daddy?

But babywearing goes beyond a matter of convenience because it has both mental and physical developmental significance for the baby. It seems natural that a baby should be with their parents; however, living in our 21st century reality we all know that spending quality time with our babies is often compromised. That’s why at iAngel we believe babywearing is an essential nurturing and developmental activity for the family. Babywearing is baby caring.

That being said, not all babywearing devices or carriers are built the same, and there are some things to look out for. First, you want to make sure your baby will be properly supported with respect to the baby’s body development, weight, and age. Specifically for baby carriers, you want to make sure the bum and thigh to the knee is supported, and the carrier is securely tightened so that your baby is comfortable and not too loose. We often suggest using a bathroom mirror to make minor adjustments and to ensure your baby is secure and balanced. Lastly, we recommend a comfortable babywearing device that does not put too much strain on your body. You want to feel relaxed and comfortable while babywearing so that its an enjoyable activity for you too.

What are the most popular and/or newest offerings from iAngel?

Our most popular iAngel hipseat carriers are the Denim, Josh, and Irene collections. The Denim collection has garnered many fans for its American blue jean casual look and comfortable feel. The Josh and Irene collections differ slightly in styling, but also sell well due to its basic color offerings that complement both mom and dad. As with all our iAngel hipseat carriers, these collections are made in durable soft cotton, and do not contain any chemicals usually applied to fabrics to prevent decolorizing. You can buy your iAngel hipseat carrier at iAngelUSA.com.

iAngel is also excited to debut at the upcoming 2015 New York Baby Show in May, our latest Euro-designer collections: the Animal, Organic Collabo, and Rainbow 2 collections. These collections mark our newest foray into baby carrier fashion and appeal to our more discerning customers.

The Animal collection is one of our most adorable concepts. It comes in different animal prints, and has the cutest animal ears to take any baby face to the next level of scrumptiousness. The Organic Collabo collection is made entirely of certified organic cotton and comes in a variety of designer colors. With increasing demand for an organically constructed carrier, we felt the time was right to provide a much needed organic option to the baby carrier market. The Rainbow 2 is our most functionally versatile baby carrier. It comes with an additional waist belt that fixes onto the carrier portion, allowing caregivers the option to use it as a baby carrier without the hipseat during the infant stages, and then later graduate to the hipseat carrier as your baby develops.

What sets iAngel apart from other baby carriers on the market?

iAngel’s main point of differentiation from other baby carriers is our innovative hipseat and carrier combination. Our components are made of high quality durable materials; tested and certified for safety. The hipseat is made of EPP (Expanded Polypropylene) foam, a lightweight eco-friendly 100 percent recyclable load-bearing material. EPP is chemically inert, does not support microbial growth, and does not contain any VOCs (volatile organic compounds), chloroflourocarbons, or other environmentally damaging compounds.

Although a seemingly simple advancement, the hipseat carrier provides a four-fold benefit that either improves or exceeds upon traditional baby carriers: Superior ergonomics for the baby by providing a non-skid padded hipseat platform that properly supports the baby’s hip joint and legs; superior ergonomics for the caregiver by redistributing the baby’s weight to the caregiver’s hips, the natural weight-bearing region of our body. The wide-construction padded waist and shoulder belts work in conjunction to virtually eliminate any arm, shoulder, or spinal pain; multi-positional versatility, as the baby can be worn on the front, facing in or out, or on the back, while the detachable hipseat can be used in center, right, or left positions with a supporting arm; multi-functional versatility, as it can be used as a nursing sling, a stand-alone hipseat, and hipseat carrier. Essentially, a single product to help you care for your baby through the early years of life up to a sizable 44 pounds of weight.

Aside from carriers, tell us about the other products and accessories that iAngel carries.

iAngel has a couple other products to accessorize your hipseat carrier purchase. The iAngel Wind Stop Warmer provides an additional two layers of full-body protection against the wind and cold weather climates. The outer shell protects your baby from the wind while the cozy insulating inner liner keeps your baby warm. This is ideal for extending the outdoor use of your hipseat carrier through all four seasons.

iAngel also offers a convenient zippered pouch accessory that easily attaches to the hipseat waist belt so that everyday necessities like cellphone and keys are securely kept by your side.

What can parents except to see from iAngel at the New York Baby Show?

iAngel will be offering a special discounted show price to the first 100 customers purchasing at our booth (No. 142) at the upcoming 2015 New York Baby Show in May. Every customer purchasing an iAngel hipseat carrier will receive a pair of free organic cotton teething pads and sleeping hood. Parents can also purchase online through our website iAngelUSA.com and receive free shipping on domestic orders.

In addition, we’re excited to introduce our “first-time in New York” latest iAngel offerings: the Animal, Organic Collabo, and Rainbow 2 collections. We’ll be happy to demonstrate the hipseat carrier in person and answer any questions you may have.

To learn more, visit iangelusa.com!


Greenpoint Brands Brings Adorable And Eco-Friendly Baby Products To The New York Baby Show

Greenpoint Brands is a locally-based company that specializes in providing families with babies and young children with eco-friendly (and super-cute) product options. And what’s more, Greenpoint Brands will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Greenpoint Brands, we caught up with their team.

IMG_0130For someone unfamiliar with Greenpoint Brands, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Our core brand, My Natural, provides well-designed products for parents who value safety and healthy ingredients for their loved ones. It’s our promise to provide innovative and eco-friendly products throughout the year.

What age range does Greenpoint Brands cater to primarily? What should parents know when shopping?

The My Natural brand carries products for all ages from birth and up. From our snuggly lovie blankies that will soothe them to sleep to our safe and natural plant-based teethers and feeding items, we offer a great range of products that will grow with your baby. Our whimsical characters are sure to delight every child without sacrificing the safe, eco-friendly features you’ve come to trust from My Natural.

What are the most popular and/or newest products from Greenpoint Brands?

For 2015, we are proud to present the new My Natural Eco Feeding Collection featuring bowls, plates, flatware, and placemats made with natural plant based material and silicone. As your child grows, transitioning your tot to the next stage of feeding can become quite a difficult task. We are proud to introduce a new feeding line that takes special care in ensuring safe products for your little ones. Free of BPA, PVC, phthalate, and latex. The collection was specially designed to make feeding your baby easy and fun. Also, the line is dishwasher and microwave safe.

What sets Greenpoint Brands apart from other kids’ toys on the market?

My Natural provides safer, healthier, and cuddlier products for our loved ones. My Natural continues to innovate its own interpretation of eco materials and has become the leader of well-designed, safe and natural play for family. Our eco-friendly playthings are made in a responsible manner that honors our commitment to our loved ones and the environment.

What can parents except to see from Greenpoint Brands at the New York Baby Show?

Our new My Natural Eco Feeding Collection will be making its first ever consumer appearance at the New York Baby Show. Parents will adore the cute whimsical woodland creatures but more importantly they’ll love all the special features we designed to make mealtime easy and fun. Parents will be able to see the great features first hand and we’re offering a special discount card when they stop by our booth.

To learn more, visit greenpointbrands.com!


Giveaway: 16 Maxi-Cosi Car Seats In 16 Days–Then One Amazing Event

The Mico Max 30

We think you’re going to like this!

In honor of Maxi-Cosi’s participation in the upcoming New York Baby Show on May 16-17, we’re giving away 16 of their Mico Infant Car Seats—including the newly-released Mico Max 30, which is the only customizable car seat in the world!

(To learn more about the customizable Mico Max 30, visit maxicosicustom.com!)

For 15 days, between Friday, May 1, and Friday, May 15, we will giveaway one Mico Infant Car Seat each day—with each one in a different color.

Each day, entrants will be asked to choose a favorite between the two fashions of the day to win their choice. They will face tough decisions choosing amongst colors from the Bohemian collection to Mosaic Blue, or Moon Birch, and Pink Berry.

Then, on Saturday, May 16, we will give away a grand prize: A Mico Max 30 which the winner can customize for themselves!

Oh, and one last thing: All the winners of the 16 car seats will also be given a free family ticket to the New York Baby Show—where they can pick up their new Mico Infant Car Seat and enjoy the largest family-friendly event in the country for families who are expecting or in the early years of parenting! For the Car Seat winners who cannot attend the Show will be sent the car seat.

Enter big Maxi-Cosi Car Seat Giveaway now or any time before the last giveaway on May 16.

To enter via your email address, CLICK HERE!

To enter via Facebook for more chances to win, CLICK HERE!

To buy a ticket to the New York Baby show now, CLICK HERE!  Tickets: $30 per family, $20 per person. Use the promo code CARSEAT25 to receive 25 percent discount. Anyone who buys an advanced ticket, and then wins a car seat, will have their purchase refunded.

More About Maxi-Cosi and the Mico Max 30 Car Seat: For 25 years, Maxi-Cosi has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of award-winning child car seat technology, innovation, safety, and style. The brand new customizable Mico Max 30 is the world’s only customizable car seat! With the Mico Max 30, you can combine maximum comfort and safety features with your own unique style. With a range of color and style options, you’re sure to get just what you want by selecting the color for the car seat’s frame, canopy, cushion, and seat. The Maxi-Cosi Custom Program makes it fun and easy for parents to explore their inner designers, with more than 250 potential looks. In addition to offering a distinctly European look and super-fun sense of style, the Mico Max 30 (no matter the color) provides superior safety for your baby with Air Protect Side Impact Protection and an anti-rebound bar to make every ride safer.

 


LifebankUSA Brings Expert Knowledge About Cord Blood Banking To The New York Baby Show

Interested in learning more about the life-saving practice of cord blood banking? LifebankUSA has the knowledge and expertise to answer any questions that expectant parents have about the process of cord blood banking. And what’s more, LifebankUSA will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about LifebankUSA, we caught up with their Marketing and Operations Specialist Megan Barham.

LifeBank_Shoot_05_2_JCFor someone unfamiliar with LifebankUSA, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

LifebankUSA is an industry leader in private cord blood banking and is the only company to also offer the unique opportunity to collect and preserve stem cells from the placenta. Choosing to bank your child’s cord and placenta blood with LifebankUSA can provide you with peace of mind and significant benefits for your baby and your family for many years to come.

What should new parents know about cord banking and why it’s beneficial?

Cord blood banking is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collect, process and preserve your baby’s stem cells for future medical use. Cord blood is an important source of rich stem cells, and has been proven in treatments to help replace and rebuild diseased blood cells. Today, cord blood stem cells are used in the treatment of more than 80 diseases, including various types of blood disorders and cancers such as leukemia.

What are the most popular services from LifebankUSA?

LifebankUSA offers parents the ability to preserve stem cells from cord blood, placenta blood and placental tissue.

What sets LifebankUSA apart from other cord blood banking services?

Only LifebankUSA’s proprietary technology allows you to bank your baby’s placenta blood. Banking placenta blood in addition to cord blood gives you the ability to preserve significantly more of your baby’s stem cells. Numerous studies presented in top medical journals have shown that transplanting more cells significantly improves success and survival rates.

What can parents except to see from LifebankUSA at the New York Baby Show?

At the New York Baby Show, parents can expect to find enthusiasm and valuable educational resources on cord blood banking from our dedicated Client Education Specialists.

To learn more, visit lifebankusa.com!

 


Bundoo Brings A Fresh Parenting Conversation About Key Issues To The New York Baby Show

With the goal of being a resource for all things relating to being a new or expectant parent, Bundoo aims to also engage parents in a fresh conversation about issue that matter. And what’s more, Bundoo will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Bundoo, we caught up with their team!

1044030_331763853620694_1617091506_nFor someone unfamiliar with Bundoo, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Bundoo is an online resource that educates and engages expecting and new parents in a conversation about the issues that matter to them most. We provide evidence-based information and make it easy for parents to personally interact with our doctors and parenting experts to get actionable information they can trust.

What makes Bundoo a great resource for new and expectant parents?

Bundoo is a doctor led, interactive website where expecting and new parents can get answers to all of their parenting questions from our OB-GYNs, pediatricians, and childcare experts. Parents can browse thousands of physician written and reviewed articles, communicate directly with the doctors in our community, ask doctors private questions in Ask Bundoo, and shop for baby gear in our marketplace where products are approved by our doctors.

What are the most popular topics and services on Bundoo’s site?

Parents love our library of articles in A-Z where they can find advice from Bundoo doctors on everything from labor and delivery and pregnancy advice to feeding, sleeping, and medical issues. Bundoo currently serves expecting and new parents from pre-pregnancy through preschool.

Parents enjoy interacting in our vibrant community that is moderated by healthcare experts.

Ask Bundoo is our concierge Q&A service where parents can ask OB-GYNs, pediatricians, and childcare experts questions directly in a private forum. The Bundoo Marketplace is a popular destination at Bundoo. Expectant and new moms often feel overwhelmed by thousands of baby gear choices. Our pediatricians approve every item in the marketplace and provide product tips; only the safest and most beneficial products make the cut. Expectant parents can even browse thousands of unique baby names on our site!

What sets Bundoo apart from other parenting resources out there?

Bundoo is truly doctor-driven, from the information on the site and our moderated community down to the products included in the Marketplace. All content in Bundoo A-Z is written and reviewed by doctors and healthcare professionals, in line with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines. Bundoo is a resource parents can trust and doctors can safely recommend.

What can parents expect to see from Bundoo at the New York Baby Show?

Attendees will get to meet our doctors at the Bundoo booth. We encourage parents to bring questions and pick their brains! Dr. Sara Connolly and Dr. Kristie Rivers are board-certified pediatricians at Bundoo who write and review articles, moderate our community forum and answer private questions in Ask Bundoo.

Participants will also be able to explore everything Bundoo has to offer as well as chat with the doctors behind the website. They can enroll in our free and exciting pregnancy week-by-week and childhood development programs. We’ll have giveaways at the booth, too!

To learn more, visit bundoo.com!


Please And Carrots Delivers Age- And Milestone-Specific Toys And Resources To Your Doorstep

BOXA new twist on the subscription box trend, Please and Carrots pairs boxes of toys meant to help babies and toddlers develop certain developmental milestones with exclusive online resources for parents. And what’s more, Please and Carrots will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Plum Organics, we caught up with their co-founders, Stephanie Chan and Shilpa Barchha.

For someone unfamiliar with Please and Carrots, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Please and Carrots is the first children’s subscription box service that focuses on age-specific learning and development. We offer quarterly boxes for children newborn to three years old, the period when the majority of brain development happens and a critical time to build a strong foundation for learning. We offer toys and books, approved by a child psychologist, which are matched to the developmental milestones, and are yours to keep.

Please and Carrots works with a panel of child development experts to provide tips and exclusive content that supports parents through children’s developmental stages. It’s perfect for first-time parents, in particular, looking for expert guidance on how to enhance development and learning.

What age range does Please and Carrots cater to, and how do children in the age range benefit?

Please and Carrots focuses on newborn to 3 years. Toys and books in each subscription box, as well as exclusive content via our parent portal, are tailored to children in three-month increments: Birth–3 months, 3–6 months, 6–9 months, etc., up to 3 years.

When toy manufacturers establish an age range for their products, it is based on safety and liability, not necessarily development. So while you shouldn’t use a toy if your child is younger than the age stipulated, you may want to use that toy to develop specific skills later than the range suggests. Our experts have helped us determine the appropriate time to play with each toy so that it supports specific developmental milestones. These toys can also be used as the child grows in different ways to develop new skills.

How do you choose the items that come in the boxes? And how do you develop the online content for parents?

We work closely with our child psychologist, Dr. Susan Bartell, who advises, reviews and approves each and every item to ensure it is the best choice to support critical skill learning at each stage. We send the right box at the right time, and the program grows with your child.

The online content for parents comes from our amazing panel of experts. We spent a great deal of time finding the right experts to bring onto our team. We have a child psychologist, two pediatricians, a PhD in early childhood development, an educator trained in teaching deaf children, a principal and educator trained in teaching children with special needs, and a speech therapist. And we are looking for new experts with different expertise all the time–we will be adding a nutritionist and music therapist soon, based on great feedback from early customers. All of our experts share their knowledge, creating print and online content to help parents ensure their child has the best start at developing physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

What sets Please and Carrots apart from other subscription box companies in the marketplace?

The main differentiator between Please and Carrots and other children’s subscription box services is that toys are chosen by a child psychologist to match your child’s specific developmental stage. We have done the work for you, saving parents time and stress. We don’t send sample size items, food, household items or free items from vendors. Every item is in the box for one reason – to support your child’s learning and development.

Another differentiator between Please and Carrots and other children’s subscription box services is that the subscription includes insights and support from our panel of experts who provide advice on topics that are important to parents such as sleep, eating and skill development.

Finally, we ship out immediately when an order is placed. Parents don’t need to worry about cut-off dates or waiting weeks or months for their first order.

What can parents except to see from Please and Carrots at the New York Baby Show?

Parents will be able to see the types of toys and content that come in Please and Carrots boxes, along with a look at the subscriber-only content. Both co-founders, Stephanie and Shilpa, will be there to talk about how it works and answer any questions!

To learn more, visit pleaseandcarrots.com!


Plum Organics Brings Exciting Baby Food Flavors To The New York Baby Show

Passionate about offering nutritious and delicious baby food options in a variety of exciting flavors, Plum Organics is a parent’s best friend when it comes adding new tastes into a little one’s diet. And what’s more, Plum Organics will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Plum Organics, we caught up with their team!

BABY_LINE_SEPT14For someone unfamiliar with Plum Organics, how would you describe the brand’s mission and core offerings?

At Plum, we’re passionate about providing children with the very best food from the very first bite. We believe that exposing babies to a wide variety of flavors during their early exploration with solid foods helps develop their palates and preferences right from the start. We’re known for our culinary-inspired recipes and choose only the best organic ingredients.

What are the most popular products or newest products from Plum Organics?

One of our newest products are Hello Meals, Plum’s new Stage 3 baby line and the perfect way for little ones to warm up to new flavors and textures. Made with 11 or more grams of whole grains (like quinoa and oats), organic fruits and veggies, plus a hint of herbs and spices (like sage and nutmeg), just add hot water to create an organic, flavor-packed meal for baby. With two Hello Morning breakfast varieties and two Hello Dinner varieties, Hello Meals is ideal for babies 6 months and up. Hello Meals packets are unsalted, unsweetened, USDA Certified Organic and contain no genetically modified ingredients. Additionally, we recently introduced Little Yums Organic Teething Wafers in Blueberry & Fig flavor. Made with whole grain buckwheat and real fruit & veggies, these are the perfect snack for little teethers.

Our most popular baby products are our line of Stage 2 baby pouches; they are available in more than 20 different flavor combinations.

What kind of feedback do you get back from customers about what babies/kids feel about Plum Organics?

Parents and kids alike consistently come to us with overwhelmingly positive responses in reaction to our products and brand as a whole. Our job is to make their lives easier with convenient products that are also healthy. Parents turn to Plum to help train their little ones’ taste buds to ensure they grow up with healthy eating habits and a taste for a variety of flavors and textures.

What sets Plum Organics apart from other baby foods and snacks on the market? What are the specific nutritional benefits?

Plum Organics was the first brand to bring the spouted baby food pouch to the market and also one of the first to introduce sophisticated ingredients and flavor profiles to the baby and toddler category (including Greek yogurt, ancient grains, and herbs and spices) that were not commonly found in baby food.

What can parents expect to see from Plum Organics at the New York Baby Show?

Parents who aren’t as familiar with Plum can expect to learn about the brand, and get a taste for themselves as we’ll be showcasing products from our entire baby line. We’ll also be showcasing and sampling our new Blueberry & Fig Little Yums Teething Wafers and we’re excited to see how the little ones react to the new flavor!

To learn more, visit plumorganics.com!


Honeyami Brings Organic–And Adorable–Baby Bedding To The New York Baby Show

Known for offering beautiful eco-consicous, hand-knit blankets and bedding for little ones, Honeyami is a mom-owned business that puts the needs of babies and parents first! And what’s more, Honeyami will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Honeyami, we caught up with their founder, Vanessa Bartko Huynh!

Honeyami_NYbabyshow_postFor someone unfamiliar with Honeyami, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Honeyami creates organic cotton bedding for the style-conscious home that nurtures a child’s creative, playful spirit.

What are the newest and/or most popular products from Honeyami?

Hand-knit, organic cotton, all season baby blankets. They come in reusable muslin bags with our custom gift tags.

Your own experience shopping for your child inspired the creation of Honeyami, correct? Tell us more!

Yes. When Honeyami debuted, the organic cotton baby options on the market had an “eco” look using natural, un-dyed cotton, and uninspiring designs. Honeyami products allow you to use non-toxic, safe fabrics for your baby without having to sacrifice on style.

What sets Honeyami apart from other blankets and crib bedding companies on the market?

Firstly, our business model: Designer – Maker – You. Honeyami sells exclusively direct to retail. Closing the gap between the designer and the shopper allows the customer access to our splurge worthy styles, without the splurge! Also, our unique design aesthetic, high quality, European and Peruvian made products, and your purchases support a socially and ecologically responsible, woman/mom-owned business.

What can parents except to see from Honeyami at the New York Baby Show?

Beautiful, hand knit baby blankets, certified organic cotton Portuguese crib bedding, original prints and fine details like appliqué and quilting.

To learn more, visit honeyami.com!


Your Baby Can Get Ready To Sleep Easy As Nested Bean Gears Up For The New York Baby Show

Flying_Adventures_of_Mouse_Zen Swaddle_baby_07222013Getting a baby to sleep through the night–comfortably and safely–is one of the biggest challenges new parents face…and no one understands that better than Nested Bean. Their founder’s own experience inspired a line of gently-weighted swaddles to mimic a parental touch. And what’s more, Nested Bean will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Nested Bean, we caught up with their team!

For new and expectant parents who may not be familiar with Nested Bean, please give us a brief overview of the company’s focus and origins.

If you have ever placed your palm gently on your sleeping baby’s chest feeling taken hostage, afraid to pull away and wake her up, you will get our story. Our founder, Manasi Gangan, faced the same dilemma night after night as she sacrificed her sleep so that her baby could rest. That is when a thought occurred: “What if this touch could be mimicked?”

The innovative concept of the gently weighted Zen Swaddle was born from Manasi’s  personal experience. Her youngest son struggled to sleep on his own but slept soundly in her arms. Out of desperation, paired with maternal instinct she discovered that touch, applied by her palm or a light weight, instantly soothed her crying baby. He learned to self-soothe and his sleep cycle progressively improved. She applied findings from psycho-physiologists in the field of touch research to design the Zen Swaddle. Since then Nested Bean has been enhancing the lives of sleepless babies and their parents everywhere.

Your main product, the Zen Swaddle, is touted for how it mimics maternal touch. Does the same concept ring true for a dad’s touch?

The Zen Swaddle mimics any caregivers loving touch by applying gentle pressure. Many dad’s have related to spending nights with their palm on their baby’s chest just as much as mothers. Instead of saying mimics caregiver’s touch we chose to say mimics mom’s touch to add a personal touch to this functional product. But we love dads just as much.

Help a parent trying to sort through all the swaddles out there.  In addition to its fabric, what are the Zen Swaddle’s other distinguishing qualities?

The Zen Swaddle, in addition to being the only gently-weighted swaddles, also has a 2-in-1 design to fit babies longer from 0-6 months. An inside pouch holds little legs snug in earlier weeks and then the larger outer sack grows with the baby up to 6 months.

What is the difference between your Classic Collection and your Premier Collection?

Our Premier model is a more luxurious. It comes in fun patterns, has beautiful embroidered details, and has a double layered construction. The Classic model while still made with softest cotton, has been designed for budget friendly families but not compromising on the genius concept of simulated touch or high-quality construction.

What can parent expect from Zen Swaddle at the New York Baby Show? Everyone always struggles with swaddling at first. What’s the most common myth about swaddling?

To all those new parents who have heard about swaddling but not tried it, we would say: “It works!” If you swaddle from the start, on you will be able to cultivate healthy sleeping habits early on. If done right swaddling is very safe. When choosing the right swaddle for your baby, ensure that it secures with Velcro or by other means so that there are no loose blankets in baby’s sleeping environment. Also ensure that the swaddle is not tight around your baby’s hips and allows free movement of legs. The Zen Swaddle is easy to use because of its custom form, secures with Velcro and is hip-healthy with plenty of legroom.

To learn more, visit nestedbean.com!

 

 


Give Your Baby The Healthiest Start With Snacks From Happy Family Brands

Giving your baby a healthy start in life involves carefully considering the food you give them. No one understands that better than Happy Family Brands, who focus on creating food and snacks for babies and toddlers that are naturally and nutritiously delicious. And what’s more, Happy Family Brands will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Happy Family Brands, we caught up with their team!

JUST-FOR-BABY_KIT_LC_011215For someone unfamiliar with Happy Family Brands, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?  

Our mission is to change the way babies are fed because we believe every baby deserves the best start in life.

What are the newest and/or most popular products from Happy Family Brands?  

Our convenient, portable organic Happy Baby and Happy Tot pouches are the most popular items. Also our finger food snacks: Gluten-free Happy Baby Puffs–the only GF puffs on the market–and our Happy Yogis with probiotics for to support digestive and immune health.

What are the nutritional benefits of Happy Family’s products?

All our products are organic and that means no yucky ingredients, just pure fruits and veggies, whole grains, meat without antibiotics.  We were the first to use nutrient rich veggies in baby food like kale, ancient grains and seeds like chia, amaranth, and quinoa.

What sets Happy Family apart from other snack and baby food companies on the market?

Our Enlightened Nutrition philosophy. For us, organic is just the beginning. We add probiotics and age-appropriate extra nutrition whenever possible including plant-based DHA and cholline for brain growth and eye health.

What can parents except to see from Happy Family at the New York Baby Show?

Our latest products–more varieties of Happy Baby and Happy Tot pouches including Love My Veggies with a full serving of veggies in each pouch.

To learn more, visit happyfamilybrands.com!

 


Canon USA Will Help Families Capture “Baby Steps” At The New York Baby Show

Beyond selling high-quality, user-friendly cameras that can help anyone photograph like a pro, Canon USA is dedicated to helping families capture both the everyday and extraordinary moments in their children’s lives, making sure they never miss a moment. This family support is why we are so excited that Canon USA is the Presenting Sponsor at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92 in NYC!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Canon USA and their family initiatives, we caught up with the Canon team!

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Photo by Karilyn Sanders Photography

Naturally, we are thrilled that Canon USA is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 New York Baby Show. What’s the company’s big message for expectant and new families?

New parents will take a lot of photos of their baby’s firsts, and a majority currently rely on their smartphones for capturing all of the milestone moments–from pregnancy to first steps and birthdays. We want these parents to know that their precious memories should be given the quality they deserve, and not miss a single moment because a phone call came in right before getting that perfect shot. You only get one chance to capture your child’s every first, so make sure to bring your Canon camera so that you don’t have any regrets later on.

Are there particular Canon cameras, and other products, that are recommended for new families? Or does that really depend on a buyers’ goals and budget?

Choosing the right camera is definitely a personal choice based on experience level and usage, but we do have one recommendation for families who want to instantaneously share with their families and friends through social media: The new Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR camera, which features built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC™ capabilities for easy social sharing as well as Full HD Video to document your family’s life. The EOS Rebel T6i also has high-speed continuous shooting, which means that it has the speed and performance to get every smile, giggle, and step.

CSI_MasterLogo_Black_4C-mailchimpWhat is your “Baby Steps” program all about?

The Baby Steps program is about making sure parents and parents-to-be capture all of the life changing stages from pregnancy to the toddler years. For each step of a child’s growth, we’ve developed photography tips and tricks to make it easy for parents to take high quality photos and Full HD video they can share and have for generations. We don’t want parents to ever regret not capturing the ordinary or extraordinary.

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Photo by Karilyn Sanders Photography

What can families expect from Canon at the New York Baby Show? We know you’re cooking up plans that are fun and educational.  But what might that look like? Some hints?

We’ll have fun interactive activities for the entire family. There will be a play area where parents can take photos of their children, and have one-on-one guidance on capturing that once-in-a-lifetime moment.  There will also be a Pregnancy Portrait Studio where expecting moms can have a professional photographer snap and print a baby bump photo.  Canon experts will also be hosting two photography seminars to lead new and expecting parents through our Baby Steps lessons for each stage of their child’s life.

 

For some great tips from Canon on taking photos of baby’s first three years, click here

To see more from Canon, visit bringit.usa.canon.com!


Announcing GAP x Rosie Pope

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It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Rosie Pope–she’s the New York Baby Show’s ambassador to all the expectant and new families at the Show. This year, among other things, she will be the moderator of the keynote panel, “The Journey from Pregnancy to New Parenthood,”on both Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17.

This charismatic and down-to-earth mom-of-four has long been a guiding light when it comes to all things maternity and baby, as the founder and designer of Rosie Pope Maternity and Rosie Pope Baby and the author of MommyIQ: The Complete Guide To Pregnancy. She also recently launched her own video series, “Conversations with Rosie Pope,” for expectant and new parents.

We’re not the only ones smitten with Rosie and her stylish instincts when it comes to designing fashion-forward, yet totally wearable, maternity clothes. The GAP is too! Rosie recently announced the launch of a very special collaboration with GAP Maternity: GAP x Rosie Pope.
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A Rosie Pope gift pick at Baby GAP

To celebrate Mother’s Day find the limited edition designs online, and in stores, as well as Rosie’s curated collection of GAP Baby picks. Click HERE to learn more about the collaboration and for a super-sweet video announcement from Rosie herself.

You can see the collection for yourself and meet Rosie at upcoming GAP Rosie Pope Baby Shower events, including one on Saturday, May 9, at the GAP at 732 Lexington Avenue, from 10am – 12pm!
To learn more about Rosie and her fabulous work in the fields of motherhood and maternity, click here!

 


Redhead Photography Will Share Newborn Portraiture Expertise At The New York Baby Show

Deborah Hope Israeli of Redhead Photography is a New Jersey-based photographer who specializes in creating newborn portraits that highlight babies’ natural beauty–and what’s more, Redhead Photography will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92 in NYC!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Redhead Photography, we caught up with Deborah Israeli!

For parents who might not be familiar with your work, how would you describe your style and philosophy?

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Photo by Redhead Photography

My style is minimalist and timeless; the less is more approach. I am not prop-heavy, and my favorite shots are those on cream or tan neutral backgrounds with just the baby in his or her natural beauty.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background? What drew you to photography, and to photographing babies in particular?

I have been a professional photographer for 20 years. I have worked in large, well-known graphic design and advertising agencies all over NYC, and have taught as a professor in three universities (SUNY Buffalo, Medaille College, Monmouth University) and been the Department Chair at the Art Institute of NYC in TriBeCa prior to having my first baby in 2005. I have degrees in photography from both college (NYU) and grad school (Columbia).

When I had my first baby in 2005, I opened Redhead Photography and switched over to specialize in newborns and babies, having had to learn soothing techniques to handle my own very colicky infant. Because I am the type of person that enjoys a challenge, and because the posing aspect of  newborn photography is sometimes very difficult, I became obsessed with soothing and posing newborn babies as it offered a sense of accomplishment like none other. By 2009, I decided to completely specialize in newborn photography, and have been that way ever since, refining my skills every chance I get.

What are some of the key elements that go into getting a great newborn portrait?

Consistency: The ability to obtain the same poses and a full range of poses with every baby that comes through my door. Irregardless of how easy or difficult, or the particular handicaps or hardships, I  am still able to achieve more than seven different poses with every baby that I see.

Meticulous detail: Every finger and every toe should be placed with meticulous detail.  No attrophied (fisted) hands and fingers. Relaxed and serene. Since babies’ natural tendency is to clench their fists, knowing how to relax them is a skill in and of itself.

Correct lighting: No photographing “up the nose.”  No one wants to see the insides of baby’s nostrils. And light should come from behind the head, not up from the feet.

Skin Tone: Newborns are notorious for difficult skin. Redness, jaundice, baby acne, dry skin, birthmarks, and clogged tear ducts are any of the many skin problems you have to contend with when photographing newborns. Obtaining the right skin tone via correct white balance (no one wants a blue baby) is key for creating timeless emotive images.

Any advice for new parents who are shopping around for newborn portraits? What should they look for in a photographer?

Experience!  Newborn photography is one of the most widely underestimated specialties. Just because someone is a photographer doesn’t mean they know how to correctly photograph newborns.

Many newborn photos are composites for the safety of the baby. This means they are comprised of a multitude of photos combined together to create the final result. Newborns do not have neck control to hold their own heads up. This is not something to take lightly. If you are not careful your baby could get seriously injured by someone who is not properly trained.

Having a studio (or two) is also important, as you don’t want your photographer having to drag props in and out of their car and peoples’ houses where they could collect germs for your new bundle to be exposed to.  A sterile studio allows all aspects to be controlled, and everything to remain safe and sterile for the safety of your new baby and their immature immune system. We have two sterile studios we use, and this means no blankets or props are ever exposed to outside elements, creating a controlled and safe environment for your baby.

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

We are doing a raffle to win an all-inclusive newborn session. We will be happy to discuss all our options for newborn and maternity portraits!  They can also view our multiple TV appearances and promo video to get an idea of how I work.

To learn more about Redhead Photography, visit redheadphotography.net!


Lilly Gold Brings On-The-Go Innovation To The New York Baby Show

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A mom-owned company specializing in innovative solutions for traveling with  strollers, car seats, and kids, Lilly Gold understands what modern parents on the go need! And what’s more, Lilly Gold will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles (including one from Lilly Gold)!

To learn more about Lilly Gold, we caught up with their CEO, Lilly Gold!

For someone unfamiliar with Lilly Gold, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Lilly Gold is a high-end, mom-owned company that designs products to make traveling with family more convenient. Our loyal customer base ranges from regular stay at home moms to most celebrities with children. Our flagship product, the Sit N Stroll, is multifunctional by being a rear and forward facing car seat that converts to a full function stroller. It is also the only car seat n the world that is internationally certified with both the FMV and ECE certifications. It is also a international flight seat with the FAS and CAA certifications.

Tell us about the Zoomer and how convenient it is for air-travel!

The Zoomer is our newest offering and it is my personal favorite. It is a highly durable, yet lightweight, exoskeleton frame that turns any car seat into a full-function stroller. It makes it possible for a parent to take the child’s car seat to the airport and onto the plane with the child in it. It then fold up and fits neatly into the overhead bin. There is no need to bring a bulky stroller along on a trip or just around town. In addition to its highly functionality it is an easy price usually offered between $79-99.

What sets Lilly Gold apart from other stroller and car seat companies on the market?

I design my products myself. I travel in airports frequently and watch closely for the challenges parents have. When I see some struggle I imagine up a solution. Our solutions are high quality but we keep our margins low so parents can get more for their money. We don’t pretend to be the fanciest company just the most practical.

What can parents except to see from Lilly Gold at the New York Baby Show?

The most innovative solutions for parents who travel with children.

To learn more, visit lillygold.com!


Looking For A Place To Pump? Thanks To Moms Pump Here, There’s An App For That

MomsPumpHere_Priya-Kim-NY-Family-Mag-CMYK_______Any new mom can tell you that the struggle of finding clean, safe, and private spots to breastfeed or pump is very real–however, there’s now a tool available right on your phone to make the process a bit easier: Moms Pump Here. MPH is an app and online community that uses GPS to help nursing moms locate and rate spots to feed and pump–and what’s more, Moms Pump Here will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Moms Pump Here, we caught up with their co-founder Priya Nembhard!

Mission and Core Offerings

Moms Pump Here is the first online GPS tool and app to help nursing moms easily find, rate, and share places to breastfeed and breast pump privately throughout the United States.

What inspired me to start Moms Pump Here?

No mother should have to breastfeed or breast pump in a dingy public bathroom or parked car. If adults do not eat or prepare meals in a bathroom, why should our delicate babies be forced to also? Despite the fact that we still have hurdles to clear in public breastfeeding we also know that every nursing mom on the go should be able to find private areas to breastfeed and breast pump.

I had my own challenges with all of the above with three children of my own that I both breastfed and breast pumped for. I had a unique situation with each child. My oldest had kidney surgery at 8 months and his immune system was shot from medications so breastfeeding was the best option to boost his immune system. I only breastfed for my second child for two weeks because of stress levels but I breast pumped even longer. And with my third child, I breastfed and breast pumped for three years. I couldn’t let go knowing he would be my last child. So, having gone through each unique experience, I knew that life as a nursing mom was not easy.

I’ve known my business partner Kim Harrison (who also has three children) since college and when she messaged me about the recent issues she was having finding a clean space to breastfeed and breast pump, we did not have a second thought about creating Moms Pump Here. My husband, who also supports breastfeeding and breast pumping, created the website and mobile website. He integrated GPS and we started vetting nursing room locations. So really, Moms Pump Here was, and is, a family business. We believe that we can truly make a difference for women all over the country, who are just like Kim and me.

What kind of community can moms find online for MPH?

Over 4 million babies are born a year in the US and 75 percent of those moms breastfeed and breast pump for up to two years. Childbirth, breast pumping, and breastfeeding is never-ending, so we never stop helping moms. Moms Pump Here has a network of nursing rooms and moms (who have breastfed and breast pumped away from home and rated their nursing room locations) so users can know about safe, comfortable places to pump milk for their little ones when they can’t be with them.

In addition to providing nursing room locations, Moms Pump Here is committed to educating moms about the importance of breast milk and knowing their rights as nursing mothers by providing information, research, and blogs about personal experiences from myself and Kim on our website and social media channels.

What set’s MPH apart from other apps on the market?

Created by moms for moms, Moms Pump Here is the first online GPS tool for moms to find, rate, and share nursing room locations to breastfeed and breast pump in. We provide an online database of close to 1,000 nursing room locations (which is growing daily) throughout the United States and its territories. This database can be accessed through MomsPumpHere.com, on the Moms Pump Here Mobile website, by downloading the free Moms Pump Here Nursing Room Locator App on Google Play, Amazon, and soon on iTunes, and on Moms Pump Here’s social media channels.

We are the only service of our kind, created by two moms (myself and Kim), to provide multiple access points for information and a GPS tool for moms on the go to find and share nursing room locations in the United States.

What can we expect to see from MPH at the NY Baby Show?

Moms Pump Here is debuting its Nursing Room Locator App campaign at the NY Baby Show! In addition to meeting me, Kim and the Moms Pump Here team, nursing mothers will learn about the important service we provide and have an opportunity to become part of the Moms Pump Here family by downloading our app; we will have giveaways such as breast pumps, mom on the go bags, and a beauty makeover; and there will also be a Moms Pump Here #iBreastfeedSelfie Station with lots of fun props!

To learn more about Moms Pump Here, visit MomsPumpHere.com!


Apres Bebe Bring Postpartum Comfort And Style To The New York Baby Show

Any woman who’s had a baby can tell you, you don’t usually transform right back into your pre-baby self overnight after giving birth…and there should be clothing to support that transition time in a new mom’s life. That where Apres Bebe–an amazing line of postpartum leggings, designed by a mom–comes in! Their products are made just with the comfort of the postpartum period in mind. And what’s more, Apres Bebe will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Apres Bebe, we caught up with their founder Heather LeBlanc!

AB tagline option3-1For someone unfamiliar with Apres Bebe, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Apres Bebe is determined to provide mothers of all stages with comfortable yet stylish clothing post-baby and beyond. We are currently specializing in postpartum leggings.

Your own postpartum experience inspired Apres Bebe, correct? Tell us more!

After having my first daughter I found there was a lack of clothing options for a new mom. Most women hold onto extra pregnancy weight for several weeks, if not months, post baby. Rather than purchase wardrobes in three different sizes as you lose the weight, we strive to create a few key pieces that women can wear immediately post baby as well as years following.

What are the most popular and/or newest offerings from Apres Bebe? What feedback do you get from moms?

We are currently only offering leggings as we wanted to get market reaction. We could not find any other product like ours and wanted some affirmation that this was a market worth exploring. Feedback from moms has been phenomenal! We have several testimonials on our website explaining how our moms were “held together” and “things were back in place” and most importantly felt “confident” in those trying few weeks post baby.

What sets Apres Bebe apart from other postpartum clothing on the market?

Our clothing is meant to be comfortable yet stylish. You won’t have to struggle with our clothing to get it on or off. Our leggings, for example, feature a compression jersey belly panel which hits at the top of the rib cage and a thick, comfortable cotton fabric through the leg. We offer affordable pieces and pride ourselves on being 100 percent made in the USA.

What can parents except to see from Apres Bebe at the New York Baby Show?

We will be holding a drawing each day of the show for a pair of our signature navy leggings. We encourage folks to stop by our booth and drop off a business card or their information for a chance to win. Winners will be announced at the end of the show and do not need to be present to win.

To learn more, visit apres-bebe.com!


Discover Sittercity’s Date Night Now Service At The New York Baby Show

If you’re a city parent, you’ve probably heard of Sittercity, the site that helps connect families with caregivers in their area. However, for parents who are looking for a sitter in a pinch, the site recently launched a new service–Date Night Now–that matches parents with pre-screened sitters in their area for the date and time they need. What’s more, Sittercity will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Sittercity and their new Date Night Now service,  we caught up with the Sittercity team!

For parents who might be unfamiliar with Sittercity, how would you describe your mission and core service offerings?

Kids are kids for such a short period of time. But even the most dedicated parents can’t be available every moment of their children’s lives to help them learn and grow.

That’s why Sittercity is committed to helping parents find more than childcare. We help parents find the best sitters and nannies who will challenge, nurture, and enrich kids when mom and dad can’t be there.

Our focus is connecting families with the sitter that is the best match for their family. Our tools include caregiver profiles, reviews, the ability to run background checks, and many other resources for parents to make the most informed decision.des-971-1035x460

Tell us more about your newest service, Date Night Now, and how it works.

Sittercity is a great resource for finding a long-term babysitter or nanny, but it can be difficult to find a last-minute sitter. Sittercity gives parents many tools to find a sitter, but the interview process is completely in the hand of the parent. Date Night Now takes all the work out of the process by offering a convenience to parents. We meet 100 percent of our Date Night sitters in person; they all have enhanced background checks, prior sitting experience, and a Sittercity-verified photo.

In addition to booking online, another amazing benefit of Date Night Now is the ability to pay your sitter directly online. No more awkward cash hand-offs; no more trips to the ATM for cash at the end of the night. It makes everything so much more seamless.

Plus: NY Baby Show goers will receive a $65 credit towards their first booking using code NYBABYSHOW.

How do sitters become eligible to work for Date Night Now?  

Date Night Now is an invite-only program for Sittercity sitters with strong background and experiences. As mentioned earlier, we meet each and every sitter in person. Additional checks include:

  •       In-person identity authentication and a review against certain public registries
  •       An enhanced background check
  •       A one-on-one conversation with a Date Night Now support team member
  •       Review of online social profiles
  •       Continuous monitoring of parent feedback and ratings

What differentiates Sittercity, or specifically, Date Night Now, from other childcare options on the market?

Date Night Now is an entirely new approach to babysitting. We take the “find a sitter” step out of the equation and make it easy for today’s busy, mobile-savvy moms to book a great sitter who matches their schedule. First, pick a date. We’ll show you three available sitters and you can choose the one who’s right for your family. You’ll have a great new sitter for the night you need instantly! And if you like your sitter (and we know you will) we make it incredibly easy to book her again.

What’s next for Sittercity, and most immediately, what can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

We are so excited to be attending the New York Baby Show! Our marketing team will be there, telling parents all about Date Night Now. We will have exclusive giveaways, and we will be raffling off a Date Night package! Parents will be able to sign up on the spot and receive an exclusive discount on their first booking.

We have lots of exciting things in store for Date Night Now over the next year, so keep an eye on us!

To learn more about Date Night Now, visit datenight.sittercity.com!


Browse KidsPlayHome’s Adorable Toys And Nursery Decor At The New York Baby Show

KidsPlayHome is dedicated to providing babies and toddlers with toys that allow them to really express and explore their creativity, in addition to carrying adorable nursery essentials and a variety of eco-friendly and organic products. What’s more, they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Kids Play Home, we caught up with their president Michael Kulikov.

For parents who aren’t familiar with Kids Play Home, how would you describe the brand and its mission and core offerings?

The idea behind our business is to provide kids, babies, and children entertainment with toys and decor that increase creativity–toys that can occupy their time and increase creativity, and allow parents and caretakers to be free while their kids play at home. Our products range from books to wall art to pedal cars, figurines, dinosaurs, pretend play swords, and natural baby bedding.

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Can you tell us a little bit about your partnership with Franck & Fischer?

We’re a proud and exclusive distributor to Franck & Fischer for all of North America. The people at Franck & Fischer are amazing to work with, and have opened their world to us and to the North American market.

Have you noticed any recent trends in nursery shopping?

The trends are simple–as they always have, parents want the best for their children. With that being said, an all-natural “organic” nursery has been a growing trend. An “organic” nursery is  filled with organic bedding and all-natural mattresses, and clothes for babies are made from organic cotton. As parents gain knowledge, then what goes in their nursery and the health of their children is more important to them than anything else.

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

Some of the unique products we’ll be presenting are the Wooden Play Gym, Mobile Holder, and more. These natural wooden baby items are unlike any other baby play gym or mobile holder. They’re easy to carry and are very light, they’re pleasing to the eyes, portable, and most importantly, simple to use. Here’s a simple video of the instructions.

To learn more about KidsPlayHome, visit kidsplayhome.com!


Brooklyn-Based Darlyng & Co. Presents The Next Big Thing In Teething At The New York Baby Show

Inspired by their own child’s experience with teething, one Brooklyn-based pair, called Darlyng & Co., developed a super-cool and super-effective alternative to teething toys: A teething mitten called the Yummy Mitt! And what’s more, Darlyng & Co. will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Darlyng & Company, we caught up with their co-founder Detara Darnley!

IMG_5836For someone unfamiliar with Darlyng & Co. and the Yummy Mitt, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Darlyng & Co. is all about making innovative products, that are not only functional but stylish as well. We are all about unique products that will simplify the day to day challenges that comes with being a parent. Making innovations beyond your dreams–starting with our first product, the Yummy Mitt teething mitten.

The Yummy Mitt was inspired by your own experience while your child was teething, correct? Tell us more!

The Yummy Mitt is a silicone and cotton teething mitt that fits on an infant’s hand and is held in place with a velcro closure at the wrist. The silicone is safe for babies to chew on and the cotton helps in absorbing the saliva. Unlike the traditional teethers on the market, the Yummy Mitt was birth out of frustration in seeing our 2-month-old daughter teething helplessly. Her not being able to grasp the standard teethers on the market, chewing on her hands  and us constantly having to hold, pickup, wash and repeat the same process with the standard teethers. The Yummy Mitt solved all those problems. It stays on the infant’s hand, it’s safe to chew on and best of all there’s no more dropping teether! Which ultimately will leave your baby feeling “less crabby more happy!”

Do you have plans to expand Darlyng & Company to additional products?

Yes, we definitely will be expanding and adding more products in the near future under our company. One which we’ll even have a sample to display at the baby show to get some feedback!

What sets the Yummy Mitt apart from other teethers on the market? What feedback do you get from customers?

The Yummy Mitt teething mitten is unlike any teething mitten because it gives parents a break from constantly having to hold, pickup, wash etc. It also helps babies develop their motor skills, has it’s intended for 3 months +. They’ll be able to practice grasping and advance their dexterity as they will be able to multitask even with the mitt on. The Yummy Mitt™ was designed to ergonomically fit and replicate the natural feel of the babies hand. They are able to completely open their fist with the mitt on, cotton material makes the mitt breathable and silicone is flexible with pattern ridges to soothe aching gums!

The Yummy Mitt is definitely baby approved and loved by parents. Parents love it because now babies won’t just chew on the hands. It’s great for traveling with. Comes with  a laundry/travel bag which makes it easier for parents to just throw in the diaper bag.

What can parents except to see from Darlyng & Company at the New York Baby Show?

We are excited to be at the New York Baby Show because we are Brooklynites and so we are very much at home. So to be showcasing our official launch at the baby show is exciting for us. Parents will finally be able to purchase the Yummy Mitt and we’ll also be open to taking on new retailers. So we are definitely excited to be  a part of the show as a exhibitor!

To learn more about Darlyng & Company and the Yummy Mitt, visit darlyngandco.com!


Eco Nuts Brings Their All-Natural Approach To Laundry To The New York Baby Show

For new parents interested in keeping their home cleaning supplies super-green and eco-friendly (not to mention baby-safe), Eco Nuts makes for the perfect laundry day helper! Their all-natural answer to cleaning and fabric-softening is sure to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before (and it really works)–and what’s more, Eco Nuts will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Eco Nuts, we caught up with their co-founder Mona!

banner all laundryFor someone unfamiliar with Eco Nuts, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Eco Nuts is a green certified USDA organic cleaning products company that packages with little to no plastic. We offer a range of laundry and cleaning products that are safe and effective and also save the consumer money.

What exactly are soap nuts? What are their benefits (especially when it comes to a household with babies)?

Soap Nuts are berries (nut allergy safe) that grow on a tree and naturally contain soap. They work as both a detergent and fabric softener but are made by nature. These are great for families if sensitive skin or allergies are a concern because it’s just one plant ingredient. You can use these on all laundry in the household, including baby clothes and cloth diapers, so you don’t have to deal with multiple detergents for different things. These are also economical, space-saving and lightweight, so they are great for apartment living.

If using berries for your laundry isn’t your thing then we also have powdered detergent and USDA organic liquid detergent.

What are the most popular and/or newest products from Eco Nuts?

Aside from the berries which are super popular, we have wool dryer balls. These go into your dryer and tumble with every load of laundry, reducing your drying time and saving you money on electricity. They can be scented with your choice of essential oils and they also help soften. They last for many years.

Our newest products recently launched are an oxygen booster which helps with stains and our powdered detergent. Both are packaged plastic free with the environment in mind.

Tell us about the special Eco Nuts just for cloth diapers.

All our products can be used on cloth diapers, baby clothes and all laundry. We do have an Ammonia Buster which is cloth diaper-specific, and contains an enzyme which helps kill ammonia odors on contact. You can use it as a treatment if your diapers are experiencing a buildup of ammonia, or just to spray the insides of diapers before they go into the pail. It can also be used to clean around toilets and on soiled bedding and other laundry as well.

What can parents except to see from Eco Nuts at the New York Baby Show?

We’re going to be offering our most popular laundry products, and some will be discounted, so it’s a great time to come by, meet us, and get a great deal! We’ll also have a few exclusive products that are new to our line and aren’t available in stores yet.

To learn more about Eco Nuts, visit econutssoap.com!


Wave Diaper Rash Goodbye With Dr. Smith’s Special Formula

10527801_805418942832092_4511937838686568513_nDiaper rash is one affliction that most parents of growing babies are likely going to encounter at some point–so of course, finding products to treat this ailment, that are safe and effective, is essential. That’s where Dr. Smith’s comes in–their specially developed formula not only features premium ingredients, but also comes in both spray and cream forms. And what’s more, Dr. Smith’s will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Dr. Smith’s, we caught up with their team!

For new and expectant parents who are first getting to know the baby market and their baby’s needs, tell us briefly about Dr. Smith’s and its focus.

Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment was created in 1963 by Texas pediatrician Dr. Forrest Smith, Jr. After seeing the pain and discomfort of his young patients suffering with diaper rash, Dr. Smith, with the help of two pharmacists, developed his own special formula with premium ingredients to treat even the worst cases of diaper rash. Dr. Smith’s has gained a faithful following among parents because it works fast, often overnight.

Dr. Smith’s is available as an ointment and as a convenient, touch-free spray. The ointment can be purchased at Walgreens, CVS, and Amazon, and the spray is available online at Amazon.com and Walgreens.com. We anticipate both products will have additional retailers in the New York City-area this summer. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for all the latest information. Parents can also use our online store locator at DoctorSmiths.com to find the closest retailer.

What qualities distinguish your diaper rash treatments from others?

Dr. Smith’s uses a premium blend of ingredients, goes on like a cream and protects like an ointment, is fast-acting and gentle on baby’s skin, is easy to apply and wash off, and is available in a fast-acting, touch-free spray that doesn’t run or cake. Parents can spray it, leave it and let it work.

Dr. Smith’s diaper rash products come in both cream and a spray forms. Nowadays, is one form more popular than the other? How should parents decide which form is right for them and their baby?

Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray is truly an innovation and one of the first products of its kind on the market. We’ve heard from so many parents who are thrilled to have the spray as an option. Some moms use it all the time, while other like to use it on-the-go to make diaper changes quick and easy when out and about.

On average, up to what age is diaper rash a problem for children? Basically, for as long they’re in diapers? Is there a key period of difficulty within that?

Diaper rash can be an issue throughout the time babies are in diapers. Some babies are lucky and don’t struggle with diaper rash, for others, a change in diet or routine can bring on a case. Many parents report that when babies are teething, they’ll often experience diarrhea which can lead to increased diaper rash. It can sometimes flare up when new foods are introduced and often occurs during potty training.

What can readers expect from Dr. Smith’s at the New York Baby Show?

Parents will have the opportunity to take home a sample of Dr. Smith’s, as well as a coupon to try out the ointment. They will also have a chance to try the spray product and get familiar with how it works. They’ll be amazed by its easy application!

To learn more about Dr. Smith’s, visit doctorsmiths.com!


The “TODAY” Show Embraces The New York Baby Show

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Really big news! Two wonderful members of the “TODAY” Show, Erica Hill and Shenielle Jones, will be participating in the New York Baby Show! Not only will they take part in the ribbon cutting opening ceremony, but they’ll also be sharing their expertise and mingling and chatting with parents.

Both mothers as well as accomplished journalists, they’ll be appearing on some of the weekend’s exciting panels. Erica, a “Weekend TODAY” co-anchor,  will join a great group of parenting experts on the Saturday’s big keynote panel, “The Journey from Pregnancy to New Parenthood.” Sheinelle, a “Weekend TODAY” news anchor, will offer her expertise on the “What You Really Need To Know About Shopping for Baby” panel on Saturday morning. [Editor’s note: For more information on panel timing and participants, click here.]

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Sheinelle Jones (Photo credit: Fox)

Erica, a mom of two, is also a national correspondent for NBC News, and prior to joining NBC co-hosted “CBS This Morning.” Shenielle, a mom of three, is also a mid-week correspondent for “TODAY” and a contributor to the TODAY Parenting Team, a multi-platform community where she shares about her life as a “multi-tasking” mom.

We’re so excited that they’ll be joining us for the Baby Show!  To learn more about Shenielle and Erica, visit today.com!


No Mo Nausea Brings Their Nausea-Eliminating Bands To The New York Baby Show

No Mo Nausea’s wrist bands provide instant nausea relief through their combination of natural remedies, making them a must-have for pregnant and delivering moms (in addition to families and kids of all ages)–and what’s more, No Mo Nausea will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about No Mo Nausea, we caught up inventor and founder Jacqueline Darn.

For those who might be unfamiliar with No Mo Nausea, how would you describe the brand’s mission and its core offerings?

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No Mo Nausea Band

Our mission is simple: No Mo Nausea! We provide people of all ages a natural remedy to better their health & wellness while increasing their quality of life. Imagine a life with a comfortable pregnancy, an enjoyable day at sea, a family fun car trip, or even a headache-free day. That’s what the No Mo Nausea Band can offer you.

Can you tell us a little bit about how the No Mo Nausea bands work?

The No Mo Nausea Band is first and only natural product to provide instant relief for nausea and vomiting from morning sickness, sea sickness, car sickness, chemotherapy, after surgery, headaches, migraines, and more.

What sets No Mo Nausea products apart from other nausea remedies on the market?

The No Mo Nausea Band is a 3-in-1 powerful combination using fast-acting peppermint aromatherapy, transdermal peppermint oil absorption, and long lasting acupressure at the human wrist to not only stop nausea before it starts, but to calm an active upset stomach within seconds. Our latex-free, drug-free,  waterproof, and stylish wristband infuses peppermint aromatherapy  into an acupressure device, providing an easy-to-use safe alternative for adults and kids.

What inspired you to develop the No Mo Nausea bands? 

The birth of my beautiful daughter gave me, like 88 percent of delivering moms, uncontrollable nausea and vomiting for three days after delivery regardless of the anti-nausea drugs I was given. I turned to eastern medicine practices of smelling peppermint leaves and acupressure which finally relieved my symptoms. No one in the world had ever combined these two natural remedies, so I did & I am happy to report we are helping thousands with my invention.

What’s next for No Mo Nausea, and most immediately, what can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

We are happy to showcase all 10 of our product colors and even a few show-exclusive colors too. We are selling the No Mo Nausea Band at $5 off, so we can be in every New York mom’s diaper bag.

To learn more about No Mo Nausea, visit nomonausea.com!

 


Bump Boxes Brings Mom-Friendly Subscription Boxes To The New York Baby Show

Offering moms-to-be a customized new take on the subscription box trend, Bump Boxes, inspired by the founder’s own experience while expecting, is a pregnant woman’s go-to resource for pregnancy-safe picks that are truly high-quality and effective–and what’s more, Bump Boxes will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Bump Boxes, we caught up with their founder Christine Deehring!

10155338_304256673060914_1265056232_nFor someone unfamiliar with Bump Boxes, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Bump Boxes is the carefully curated marketplace delivering guaranteed pregnancy and baby safe products straight to expectant parents’ doors. Expectant parents have enough to worry about without having to read and research each and every ingredient in every product they purchase. That’s why Bump Boxes has vowed to do the work for you. We’ve combed through the ingredient list of every single product on our site to ensure it is absolutely safe and effective for you and your unborn child. Whether seeking morning sickness relief, a pregnancy-safe mani-pedi, or even some pre-baby adult fun, Bump Boxes has the bundle of joy to match. Available via subscription ($10 and $39.99) and a la carte, mommies-to-be can choose either from the company’s comprehensive selection of themed boxes or opt to build their own Bump Box. From beauty products to baby prep essentials and everything in-between, Bump Boxes makes pregnancy a little less stressful and whole lot more glamorous.

Bump Boxes was inspired by your own experience while expecting, correct? Tell us more!

Yes, my adorable little daughter was the inspiration behind Bump Boxes. I wanted to protect her and keep her healthy and safe from the very beginning. When I was pregnant, I wanted to make sure the products I used were as safe and natural as possible. I was given the speech about no deli meat and watch the fish, but no one said anything about how you shouldn’t use your normal, everyday face-wash or lotion. Finally, I found products that were not only safe and free of harsh chemicals, but that actually worked! My husband jokingly said: “Hey, you should start a business with all of the time you’ve spent on this.” And that was the beginning!

What are the most popular and/or newest offerings from Bump Boxes?

We launched our $39.99 subscription in December and we’ve received a great response so far! We’ve recently expanded our initial $39.99 subscription to not only those first 9 months, but all the way through baby’s first birthday! Our Be Ready and Be Well boxes are a big hit as well.

What sets Bump Boxes apart from other subscription box services for moms on the market?

At Bump Boxes, we know if mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy! My favorite unique aspect of Bump Boxes is our #lovemybumpbox guarantee for our $39.99 monthly subscription. If you receive something that you don’t need or you’re not 100 percent happy with, you can return it for store credit!

In addition to this, our $39.99 subscription is actually tailored to mommy’s due date, so she can get safe, amazing products delivered straight to her door exactly when she needs them. In addition, we have a high standard and a robust vetting process for the products we carry to ensure their safe for both mom and baby. Another unique feature is our 3 month, $10 subscription where Mommy can try products from Pregnancy cookies to washable nursing pads before she buys full size items. Our “Build Your Own Bump Box” feature is one of my favorites…you can pick anything in our store and create the perfect Bump Box just for you or a loved one!

What can parents except to see from Bump Boxes at the New York Baby Show?

You will be able to get a sneak peek of our new $39.99 subscription Bump Boxes, check out some of our curated Bump Boxes, sign up to win a free year subscription to Bump Boxes and Parents magazine and order at our booth where you can also get a free 8×10 canvas print, as well as 50 percent off of all other sizes! Plus, meet the team who will be vetting, packing and delivering amazingly safe products directly to your doorstep.

To learn more about Bump Boxes, visit bumpboxes.com!


Incredible Strollers And An Incredible Stroller Test Track To Test Them On

DSC_1525-LBuying a stroller isn’t as complicated as buying a car, but parents still want to find one they love.

One of the great aspects of the New York Baby Show is a two-fold experience. The first part is that many of the best stroller companies in the world exhibit at the Show, bringing their full range of strollers and car seats and really helping consumers sort through their questions.

The other part of the stroller “fun” is the stroller test track, a truly unique feature of the New York Baby Show–and one that’s a favorite, year after year!

Constructed to simulate real world obstacles that one might encounter with their stroller out in the world–including gravel, grass, bumps, gates, cobblestone, and street grates—the stroller test track allows parents (or really any Show-goers looking to give a stroller a spin) to “test drive” the great variety of stroller brands and models present at the show!

You can see why it works out so well–there is a wide variety of great strollers to test and a great stroller test track to sample them on!

To learn more about the stroller test track, and the other unique features and programming scheduled for this year’s New York Baby Show, click HERE!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and 17, welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

And for our guide to the best strollers of 2015, click HERE!


Browse Hansel And Gretel’s Chic Leather Diaper Bags At The New York Baby Show

Hansel and Gretel believes that when it comes to diaper bags, you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for function. Their handcrafted leather diaper bags are the perfect carry-alls for chic moms–and what’s more, Hansel and Gretel will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Hansel and Gretel, we caught up with their team!

For parents unfamiliar with Hansel and Gretel, how would you describe the brand’s mission and core offerings?

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Hansel & Gretel’s “The Wicked Witch” black diaper bag

Hansel and Gretel manufactures the finest quality handcrafted genuine leather bags and accessories in South Africa. We create an exclusive range  of stylish diaper bags that have the look and feel of a handbag, but all the necessities a diaper bag requires. Each bag is made carefully with love.

What are some of the advantages of using a leather diaper bag?

Why choose leather? It’s timeless and stylish: Leather will always be in style, so why sacrifice fashion if it is not necessary? It’s durable: Leather is an extremely durable material and will last a very long time. Finally, leather is a natural, eco-friendly fabric. In addition to lasting a long time, it also keeps its quality and ages beautifully.

Any shopping or style tips for moms who want function without sacrificing fashion?

With our diaper bags there is no need to sacrifice fashion over functionality. The Hansel and Gretel bags are oh-so-stylish and very functional, too. As Rachel Zoe says: “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

Where can parents shop your collection of bags?

You can shop our exclusive range of bags on our online shop: hanselbags.co.za

What can parents expect to see from you at the Baby Show? 

We look forward to meeting all the visitors at the show. Please come have a look at our exclusive range of quality, handcrafted leather diaper bags.

To learn more about Hansel and Gretel, visit hanselbags-sa.myshopify.com!


ViaCord Brings Top Knowledge And Expertise About Cord Blood Banking To The New York Baby Show

Did you know that cord blood stem cells can be used in the treatment of nearly 80 life-threatening diseases? ViaCord certainly does! And what’s more, they have the knowledge and expertise to answer any questions that expectant parents have about the process of cord blood banking. ViaCord will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about ViaCord, we caught up with their team!

ViaCord_New_PMS645For someone unfamiliar with ViaCord, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

For over 20 years, ViaCord has been providing quality umbilical cord blood stem cell collections for families, and has been involved in cutting edge research to help find new stem cell therapies for diseases like cancer, juvenile diabetes, heart disease, and brain injuries. Our mission is to provide the highest quality stem cell preservation service to our patients, families, and their physicians. We at ViaCord believe these words are much more than just a promise–they are the commitment we live by.

For someone unfamiliar with the practice, can you explain what cord blood banking is?

The blood within your newborn baby’s umbilical cord contains stem cells that can renew themselves and become specialized. These cord blood stem cells have been proven to be useful in therapies to help children replace damaged blood cells with healthy ones and strengthen their immune systems. Cord blood banking is the process of collecting and storing these stem cells for potential medical use.

What are the benefits of cord blood banking?

Cord blood stem cells can be used in the treatment of nearly 80 life-threatening diseases–from cancers to blood diseases to immune disorders 1. The proven effectiveness of these amazing cells has made cord blood the fastest growing source of stem cells in pediatric transplants2, and thanks to advancements in research its treatment potential continues to expand.

What sets ViaCord apart from other cord banking companies in the marketplace?

ViaCord has helped families utilize the healing power of their cord blood stem cells for over 20 years. To date, we have preserved the cord blood of more than 350,000 newborns and put more cord blood units in doctors’ and researchers’ hands–over 280–than any other family bank.3,4 Just as important as the depth of our experience is the proven quality of our stem cell collections. From collection to cryo-preservation, our complete process is designed to maximize stem cell yield, which directly correlates with treatment success. The more stem cells that transplant doctors have to work with, the better the outcome for their patients.

What can parents expect to see from ViaCord at the New York Baby Show?

Parents can anticipate to learn about the potential benefits that cord blood and cord tissue banking can provide. Our booth will feature educational materials and have a cord blood specialist there to help answer questions regarding any and all things related to cord blood banking and ViaCord’s services. We hope to see you there!

To learn more about ViaCord, visit viacord.com!

 References:

1. Moise K Jr. Umbilical cord stem cells. Obstet Gynecol. 2005;106(6):1393-1407.

Data on file. PerkinElmer, Inc. Most of the diseases on this list are inherited genetic diseases. Typically, these treatments require a donor transplant, such as from a sibling. If your child needs a donor, a family member is always the first-choice source. Treatments for cancers like neuroblastoma can use a child’s own cord blood. Although the potential use of newborn stem cells is expanding rapidly, the odds a family member without a defined risk will need to use their child’s stem cells are low. Banking cord blood does not guarantee that treatment will be effective and only a treating physician can determine when it can be used.

2. National Marrow Donor Program®. Number of Unrelated Transplants, Pediatric Recipients, by Cell Source. [directory title] Transplants by Cell Source – Pediatric Recipients (younger than 18 years) [chart title] https://bethematchclinical.org/Resources-and-Education/HCT-Presentation-Slides/#/ Accessed August 20, 2014.

3. Data on file. PerkinElmer, Inc. As of October 2014

4. Data on file. PerkinElmer, Inc.


Parklon Play Mats Brings Safe And Comfy Baby Fun To The New York Baby Show

Renowned for comfort, safety, and a sense of fun, Parklon Play Mats sets the bar high for baby and toddler engagement and entertainment–and what’s more, Parklon Play Mats will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Parklon Play Mats, we caught up with their team!

Happy-Dino-Bubble-Play-Mat-001 HIGH RESFor someone unfamiliar with Parklon Play Mats, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

At Parklon, our mission is to offer high-quality, nontoxic mats that both parents and children will love. Infants and toddlers spend a tremendous amount of time on the floor, Parklon play mats are designed to protect little ones from hard floors while engaging them with fun educational designs.

What factors give Parklon Play Mats their safety and comfort? What should parents know? 

Safety is a top priority at Parklon. All play mats undergo rigorous testing to ensure their safety. We are proud that all Parklon mats are nontoxic, non-phthalate and BPA-free. As for comfort, our play mats feature superior cushioning to help protect your baby from falls and tumbles. The result is a thick and soft mat that provides hours of comfort for both parents and babies.

What are the most popular and/or newest offerings from Parklon Play Mats? 

Our Soft Play Mat has long been one of our most popular products, and we are always introducing new designs. One of our newest products is the Bubble Play Mat. This mat is extra thick with even more cushioning and comfort. The “Little Elephant” design has been a huge hit, and we just added a fun dinosaur pattern called “Happy Dino.”

We also offer specialty items. Toddlers and preschoolers love sitting in our baby sofas and playing with Funny Blocks, which is a set of extra large foam blocks that can be used to build just about anything.

What sets Parklon Play Mats apart from other play mats on the market? 

When customers feel our play mats for the first time, they always comment on the high quality of the mats. Most Parklon play mats will last up to five years, or longer. We also offer a wide array of unique and educational designs that feature bright colors and engaging characters.

What can parents except to see from Parklon Play Mats at the New York Baby Show? 

We love interacting with parents and children at the New York Baby Show. We’ll be bringing our best products and laying them out in our booth. Attendees are encouraged to step onto the mats, make themselves at home and have their little ones explore the mats first hand!

To learn more about Parklon Play Mats, visit parklonamerica.com/play-mats!


Keekaroo Takes Its Versatile High Chairs To The New York Baby Show

Keekaroo’s innovative, durable products–which include their beloved Height Right convertible high chair–are not only comfortable and safe for kids, but easy to clean and maintain for mom and dad. What’s more, they will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles (including one from Keekaroo)!

To learn more about Keekaroo, we caught up with Matt Peglow, their Vice President of Sales and Marketing .

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Keekaroo’s Height Right High Chair

What differentiates Keekaroo’s high chairs from others on the market?

The Height Right High Chair is an adjustable chair, meaning it grows with the child with the weight capacity of up to 250 lbs.  There are other adjustable chairs on the market, but they all have the same problem–a wide seat plate to fit the adult means the baby will be tippy from side to side. We solved this problem with our made in the USA Infant Insert.  The Infant Insert turns the adult plate to an infant-sized seat, adding a soft seat with high walls that keep the child safety while learning to sit upright. By solving the tippy issue with the infant insert, we help meal times to be part of the child development process. We created a great video here that helps explain the Height Right High Chair.

What ages are Keekaroo chairs suitable for?

The Height Right High Chair configured with the Infant Insert is good until the age of 3, but the chair can then be used up to 250 lbs.

Tell us about the other products, aside from high chairs, that Keekaroo sells? What’s really special and really popular?

The Keekaroo Peanut Changer is unlike any other diaper changing pad! Its strong outer shell makes it impermeable to ANY fluid, so clean-up is easy. That solid shell on the diaper changing pad also limits bacteria growth or deterioration. Made in the USA from our state-of-the-art, Dura-Soft material, the Keekaroo Peanut Changer makes extra covers and pads unnecessary, saving money and clean up time.

The Café Boosters are comfortable, easy to clean, durable, and easy to use toddler booster seats that can be used with most dining room chairs. The Café Booster will keep your child sitting comfortably and safely with the skid resistant textured surface and security straps, making it easy to use on any chair.

What can parents expect to see from Keekaroo at the Baby Show?

Parents can expect to see the uniqueness of our Made in the USA cushions. Our cushions have a proprietary soft feel that you can’t understand until you touch it. You can get an idea here.

To learn more about Keekaroo, visit keekaroo.com!


Discover Weleda’s All-Natural Baby Skincare Products At The New York Baby Show

When it comes to caring for baby’s skin, the more you know about a product’s ingredients and sourcing, the better. Weleda, a natural skin and baby care product company, is built around this concept–as a “seed to shelf” company, they know where their product ingredients are grown, and even many of the farmers who grow them!  What’s more, they will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

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Weleda’s new Baby Derma White Mallow product line

We caught up with the Weleda team to learn more about the brand and what they’ll be bringing to the Baby Show.

For parents who might be unfamiliar with Weleda, how would you describe your mission and core offerings?

At Weleda, beauty isn’t something that’s made in a lab; it’s something that’s cultivated right from the earth. For more than 94 years, Weleda’s skin and baby care products have been made without toxic ingredients, including chemical preservatives, fragrances or petroleum-derived ingredients. Many of our ingredients, including the calendula we use in our Calendula Baby Care line, are grown in our own Biodynamic gardens in Germany. The ingredients we don’t grow ourselves are cultivated through long-term fair partnerships with more than 50 farmers and cooperatives around the world. Today, we’re proud to say that at least 80 percent of our raw materials are grown either organically, biodynamically, or wild-crafted. We do not use synthetic fragrances, chemical preservatives, colorants or petroleum-derived ingredients. Our baby care is especially formulated with natural ingredients that help soothe, nourish and protect a baby’s skin, supporting its healthy growth and development, without any toxic ingredients. Most parents in the US don’t know Weleda because we are a very small company here. But in Europe and especially in Switzerland, Germany, and France, our brand is really a household name. We’re the brand parents use on their children because that’s what their mom used on them, and their grandmother used on their moms, and so on. We’re kind of like a best-kept secret in the US, really.

What  sets Weleda’s baby skincare products apart from others on the market?

Unlike many other baby skincare products on the market, Weleda’s are not only truly safe and natural, but they are made by a company with 94 years’ experience in formulating skincare products made from natural ingredients. Weleda was founded by a doctor and philosopher named Dr. Rudolf Steiner, who also inspired the Biodynamic method of farming, to provide products and plant-based medicines that would help the body heal and be well. Our baby care products are still formulated this way today, with the goal of creating skincare products that promote healthy skin development in babies and children. We’re not just a brand that launched overnight and became a success based on marketing dollars or celebrity endorsement. We’ve been in this for the long haul, and the popularity of our products today, some that were created many years ago, is a testament to that. The Calendula Oil we sell today was first sold in 1959! Our Calendula Diaper Rash Cream is celebrating its 30-year anniversary this year! Of course we update the products occasionally as needed, but essentially, they are the same products they’ve always been—and that’s a good thing. Also, all of our products are formulated with the assistance of midwives and anthroposophical doctors in Europe.

Tell us a about where Weleda’s products are sourced from. How do you ensure sustainable ingredients?

As w mentioned above, we like to say we’re a seed to shelf company–we know where our ingredients are grown and even the farmers who grow them. Not many companies can say this. We don’t just buy ingredients off the ingredient marketplace based on what’s trendy or buzz-worthy at the time. We work with farmers all around the world to grow the raw materials that we know are best for the skin.

What are some of your newest/ most popular products?

We recently launched a new line called Baby Derma White Mallow, which includes a Body Lotion, Diaper Rash Cream and Face Cream. These products were specifically formulated for babies and children with highly sensitive skin, atopic skin/eczema. They’ve been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. The products are made with ingredients like pansy extract, coconut oil, borage seed oil, and white mallow extract, which have long been used in homeopathic remedies for childhood eczema. These ingredients help repair and restore the skin barrier and help moisturize to protect from dryness and itching. Almost 20 percent of kids today have eczema, so we’re really happy that we can offer these three products that can help relieve irritation without steroids or harsh ingredients.

And I have to mention our amazing Calendula Diaper Rash Cream. It truly helps heal diaper rash irritation literally overnight. It’s always a best-seller.

What can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

We will be giving away lots of free samples and holding a raffle at our table to win a $170 Weleda Gift Basket filled with our baby care products. We hope to see everyone there!

To learn more about Weleda, visit usa.weleda.com!


A Baby Show For All–Parents Of Singles And Parents Of Multiples

41jPwlyVNfL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Here’s a secret that shouldn’t be a secret. Yes, there are times when a story about parenting twins is mostly usefully to parents of twins. But you know what? If the writer knows what she’s talking about, more often than not, the story is chock-full of good info and wisdom for parents of “singles” as well.

Which is basically why we love working with Natalie Diaz, the founder of Twiniversity and author of What to Do When You’re Having Two: The Twins Survival Guide from Pregnancy Through the First Year.

As passionate and helpful as she is for parents of multiples, her wisdom really is universal.

In that spirit, Natalie will be hosting a special seminar on the topic of “Is Your Marriage Baby Ready?” at this year’s New York Baby Show.

What expectant or new parent can’t relate to that?

Mark your calendar: The seminar is on the first day of the New York Baby Show, on Saturday, May 16, at 3:15pm.

We are very proud that the New York Baby Show is an event that is as welcoming to expectant and new parents of multiples as it is of parents of singles.

Coming up on the weekend of May 16 and 17, at Pier 92 in NYC, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly event mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond—not to mention all of their bumps, babies, and toddlers!

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual. Plus, anyone who buys their tickets in advance also qualifies for extraordinary raffles—not to mention the grand raffles at the show itself, including the ultimate “green” nursery worth over $5,000.

For more info, and to buy your tickets, click HERE!

And for a taste of Natalie’s work, enjoy these two wonderful stories she has written for New York Family:

*Multiple Musts: Expecting twins? Here are 10 tips from the founder of Twiniversity (the advice applies to “singletons” too)!

*How the Cow Saved Christmas: Natalie Diaz remembers her twins’ first days in the NICU.

For more information on Twiniversity, visit twiniversity.com!

For more information on the Manhattan Twins Club, visit manhattantwinsclub.org!


Hatch Things Will Bring Their Innovative Baby Products To The New York Baby Show

Founded by a mom of three, Hatch Things is a Brooklyn-based baby product company that provides “simple solutions for smart parents,” such as a shopping bag that keeps a stroller from tipping over, and a coat extension cover that keeps both the parent and baby warm and dry. What’s more, they will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Hatch Things, we chatted with founder Sonjie Solomon!

For an expectant or new parent unfamiliar with your business, what should they know about Hatch Things?

Hatch Things is Brooklyn-based baby products company, which designs “simple solutions for smart parents.” Founded by a Brooklyn mom of three, Hatch Things provides families with products that make it easier to get around with your kids and all the stuff that comes with them. We currently have two products in the market: SureShop, a no-tip reusable shopping bag that clips on to the frame of a stroller to keep it from tipping over when loaded up, and ColdSnap, a coat extension cover, which clips on to any coat of a mom or dad carrying a baby in a front-facing carrier, to keep the baby and parent warm and dry. Both of these products are sold throughout the tri-state area and online. And, we’ve got many new products coming to market later this year.

You developed the SureShop and ColdSnap after your own experiences transporting your kids to school, playdates, etc. Was there any anecdote or moment in particular that catalyzed you to work on our own products?

Prior to starting Hatch Things, I had many years of experience helping large companies such as Nike, American Express and Snapple design and bring new products to market. When I went back to design school at the Rhode Island School of Design, I had my first child with me and number two on the way, so you could say I was designing with “baby on the brain.” After my third child was born, I knew I wanted to focus my energies on designing products I wanted and knew other parents would want. For ColdSnap, inspiration came from carrying around child number three during a particularly cold winter and realizing there weren’t great solutions for both moms and dads to use when carrying their child in a carrier. For SureShop, inspiration came from waiting outside school on pick-up days and seeing packs of strollers, loaded to the hilt with backpacks, grocery shopping plastic bags, and sports equipment; inevitably, a younger sibling, waiting in the stroller, would get up and the entire stroller would tip over. At that moment, the inspiration for SureShop hit me with a thud–like a stroller tipping over!

 Tell us how the SureShop bag prevents a stroller from falling over.

SureShop has a patent-pending design with clips on the top and bottom, to clip on to the frame of the stroller, shifting the weight forward and preventing the stroller from tipping backwards. For lighter-weight, two-handed umbrella strollers, you can slide the built-in pocket in the shoulder strap over one of the handles and then clip the bottom clips on the front frame to prevent tipping and bag drag. For single-handed strollers, the clips at the top of the stroller clip on to that handle and the bottom clips can be clipped on the front frame.

The SureShop bag by Hatch Things

The SureShop bag by Hatch Things

What do you hear from customers? Do they enjoy the versatility of the SureShop and ColdSnap?

Our customers tell us they love our products. SureShop is the one bag they can’t live without–they take it everywhere with them and use it for everything. And, since parents are using their strollers throughout the day–running to and from school, to sports practices, doctors appointments and playdates– parents tell us they love they can carry it all with SureShop and not worry about the stroller tipping over and everything flying all over. And, when parents aren’t with their strollers, SureShop can also be used on bikes, luggage, grocery carts, walkers, etc.

ColdSnap has also been a big hit with parents and caregivers. Babywearing is a must for parents on the go and moms, dads, grandparents, and nannies love having their loved ones close to them; but, with the cold and snowy winters we’ve had the last few years, it has been a challenge to keep both baby and grownup warm and dry when carrying baby. ColdSnap solves this problem and anyone can use it. ColdSnap clips on to any coat, so there’s no need for an expensive maternity coat or to fumble around bundling up baby in a heavy winter coat or blanket. ColdSnap goes on and comes off “in a snap,” making it quick and easy to travel with baby and keep everyone warm and dry.

As a Brooklyn-based business, we love that we are so close to our customers, and it feels great to see parents walking around our Brooklyn neighborhood and in other parts of New York City using our products. In fact, one day this past winter, we even bumped into a family with both products on their stroller! They were using their ColdSnap clipped on to the stroller as a cover for the baby and had SureShop bags clipped on to the handles to carry their shopping–that was exciting!

 What can consumers expect next from Hatch Things? And, more immediately, what can they expect to see from you at the Baby Show?

Hatch Things will be featuring all varieties of the SureShop at the Baby Show. Now that it is springtime and families are out and about, it is the perfect time to pick up a few SureShop bags for the strollers, bikes, and carts. We’ll be offering a great deal on the SureShop as well–normally, SureShop sells for $15.95, but we’ll have a special deal only for New York Baby Show guests of 2 SureShops for $20 and 5 for $40.

We’ve got a number of other exciting new products in the works, including new versions of the SureShop in bright and delightful new fabrics and with additional features to make the SureShop a functional alternative to more expensive and bulkier diaper bags. And, later this year, we’ll be introducing a fun and friendly way for kids to hold onto toys and other things important to them, freeing up mom and dad’s hands; we can’t wait to share that with New York families soon.

To learn more about Hatch Things, visit hatchthings.com!


Karilyn Sanders Photography Will Help Families Create Beautiful Custom Art At The New York Baby Show

Karilyn Sanders, of Karilyn Sanders Photography, is an NYC-based photographer who specializes in maternity, newborn, and baby portraits. Not only is her amazing work featured on the cover of the Spring 2015 issue of New York Family Baby, but she will also be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show–coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

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Photo by Karilyn Sanders Photography

We sat down with Karilyn to learn more about newborn photography and her approach to creating beautiful, custom art for families.

For parents who might not be familiar with your work, how would you describe your style and philosophy?

I am a full service, boutique photographer. This means that I specialize in personal service and offer high quality products. I only book one or two photo sessions per week so that I have plenty of time to devote to each client via consultations, a photo session, editing their photos, in-person ordering sessions, and personal delivery/installation of products.

The reason I photograph is to produce custom art for each family. I offer printed products including framed photographs, canvas wraps, albums, printed birth announcements and other printed gifts. I value printed art, and encourage my clients to choose products that they can admire in their homes on a daily basis instead of just getting a disc of images that sit on their computer for years. Most people aren’t accustomed to the process of purchasing custom artwork, so they assume they should just get digital images. I make this process easy with an in-person presentation of their images, and walk them through the steps of choosing the products that they love.

My photographic style is part lifestyle, part portrait. I like to keep things simple, with simple backdrops and very few props. With newborns, I start by photographing them on a simple backdrop. I take them through a flow of poses, adding a knitted wrap here and a hat there. Then I add in the parents, taking a few portraits and a few lifestyle images to show the connection between them and the amazing new little person in their lives.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background? What drew you to photography, and to photographing babies in particular?  

When I was living in Portland, Oregon I had a friend who was a professional photographer. When I went to her house for the first time, I noticed her walls were filled with huge portraits of her family. They were so stunning, it made an incredible impression on me. I remember thinking to myself, “I want this beauty in my life!” I knew that I wanted to create that for myself. I became very curious about photography, not intending to become a professional. I had another business at the time, creating custom baby clothes. Though the process of photographing baby models in the clothes I created for my website, I realized I enjoyed photographing babies much more than making clothes for them. I soon decided to start photographing babies full time.

What are some of the key elements that go into getting a great newborn portrait?  

Newborn photography is a difficult genre. There is a certain science to creating the perfect environment for a great newborn portrait. In my experience, the most important factor in a successful newborn session is the temperature in the room. Newborns are used to living in the womb, which is a toasty 98 degrees. Since they are undressed for most of the shoot, I keep the studio very warm to keep them asleep. Most NYC apartments don’t allow residents to control the heat year-round, in which case I encourage clients to come to the studio for their session, so I can have complete control of the environment and capture the beautiful images they wanted.

Any advice for new parents who are shopping around for newborn portraits? What should they look for in a photographer?

Parents should start looking for a newborn photographer when they are about 6 months pregnant. This will allow time for a consultation, a maternity session if they’d like one, and to ensure availability.

When parents are searching online for a newborn photographer, be sure to keep these points in mind:

  • What do you want out of this session? Do you want to decorate your home with these images? Do you just want the digital images to share online? Do you want an album for your child to have the rest of their life? Does this photographer offer what you want?
  • Do you love their style? Are you emotionally drawn to their images?
  • Is newborn photography their specialty, or do they specialize in another type of photography, and do newborn photography on the side?
  • In general, you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for a low-price service, you can expect a low-quality product. If you’re looking for a high-quality product, you can expect to invest more money in that service. Either option is fine, just be sure you know what you want, and have the correct expectations going forward.

What can families expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?  

I’m really looking forward to the New York Baby Show! Families can expect to browse sample products at my booth. I’ll have real samples of albums, birth announcements, framed prints and more. I’ll be available to answer any questions they have about maternity, newborn and baby portraits, and the process of booking a portrait session. I’ll also have a special offer for those who’d like to book their newborn session that day. You’ll have to come by the booth to find out what that is!

To learn more about Karilyn Sanders Photography, visit karilynsanders.com!


FlatRate Moving Takes The Stress Out Of Moving And Storage For New Families

The arrival of a new baby means, for many families, a move to a new home or a decision to put some possessions into storage–of course, moving is often stressful, so a trustworthy and highly-confident moving company is key to making the process successful: That’s where FlatRate Moving comes in! With over 20 years of experience and an NYC headquarters, FlatRate Moving offers all the services (from packing to TV installation) that a family needs to ensure a smooth move–and what’s more, FlatRate Moving will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about FlatRate Moving, we caught up with their Marketing Associate Marisa Bernstein!

IMG_2598-p18jgbtfhp8js1d6f195v1ulvde8__For someone unfamiliar with FlatRate Moving, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

FlatRate Moving is a full-service moving and storage company headquartered in NYC with locations across the US and two overseas locations. We offer guaranteed, all-inclusive pricing that will not change come move day unless inventory originally stated changes. On top of our premium moving service, we offer additional services such as packing, unpacking, carpentry, and TV installation.

What makes FlatRate Moving a great service for new and expectant parents?

FlatRate Moving handles all the details so expecting parents can focus on the many other important things going on in their lives. We provide a comprehensive Move Plan that details all aspects of the move and has an entire breakdown of inventory of the move and reminder dates to prepare for the move date. An onsite representative can come to your home to do an in-home assessment of your moving inventory.

What are the most popular services from FlatRate Moving?

Our most popular services are moving, storage, packing, unpacking, and TV installation.

What sets FlatRate Moving apart from other moving services on the market?

We have over 20 years of experience in the moving and storage industry. Our staff are expertly-trained to handle moving all types of items and pieces of furniture. Our movers must complete rigorous mover training before being staffed on an actual move. And we engage in continuous education courses to teach our staff about new methods and practices.

What can parents except to see from FlatRate Moving at the New York Baby Show?

We will be tabling at the event and speaking with expecting families about upcoming moves they are planning or will need to plan in the next few months. We will have branded baby bibs as well as mommy moving guides that outline the moving process for expecting parents.

To learn more about FlatRate Moving, visit flatrate.com!

 


The Bond Of Babywearing Comes To The New York Baby Show With Baby K’tan

Not only does babywearing encourage meaningful bonding between parent and child, but it also leaves a parent’s hands free to do other tasks. And no one knows the benefits of babywearing like the pros at Baby K’tan–their safe, stylish, and easy-to-use wraps make babywearing a snap, even for new parents who might not be sure how the process works. What’s more, Baby K’tan will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Baby K’tan, we caught up with their Marketing Coordinator, Reina Christian!

For someone unfamiliar with Baby K’tan, how would you describe the brand’s mission and core offerings?

Our goal is always to offer parents products that are smart, simple and stylish.

Hug and NewbornWhat are the most popular baby carriers from Baby K’tan?

We are best known for our flagship product, the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier. Originally, the carrier was only offered in 100 percent cotton. Today, we also have different materials, including our Organic style, Breeze (half mesh cotton, half solid cotton), and Active (hi-tech performance fabric), and colors that parents can choose from based on their needs and preferences.

What sets Baby K’tan apart from other baby carriers and baby wearing products on the market?

The Baby K’tan Baby Carrier allows parents to achieve multiple wearing positions for newborns and up that are similar to a wrap-style carrier, without having to wrap yards of fabric around your body. The carrier is sized to fit the wearer based on clothing size so that it does not need to be adjusted with any hardware, snaps, or buckles. With less fabric, our “pre-wrapped” carrier is less intimidating for parents who are knew to wrapping or for those who are looking for a less-bulky alternative.

Tell us about how babywearing encourages parent-child bonding?

Carrying your baby is a great way to connect with him or her and provide beneficial stimulation too. According to studies at Columbia University, babies who are worn in a baby carrier, sling or wrap are significantly more likely to demonstrate a strong and secure attachment to their mothers. Additionally, babywearing gives parents or caregivers, the much-needed use of their hands when tending to daily tasks all while keeping baby close.

What would you say to new parents who are nervous about trying baby wearing? What should they know about safety?

In recent years, Babywearing has been extremely popular and with that comes tons or resources, studies and even lending libraries and Babywearing support groups. We always encourage parents who are new to Babywearing to check out a local Babywearing group and they often have certified instructors to suggest proper usages and even lending libraries that will allow you to borrow a carrier to test out once they’ve showed you how to use it safely. Additionally, many carriers come with resources for use including instruction manuals and even videos showing you step by step instructions. These instructions should always be followed closely to keep everyone safe.

What can parents except to see from Baby K’tan at the New York Baby Show?

At this year’s show, our team will be on site demonstrating some of the most popular positions used with newborns and babies under 35 lbs. We will have swatches of our full carrier line including our newest addition, Baby K’tan Active and some of our accessories.

To learn more ab0ut Baby K’tan, visit babyktan.com!


Chewbeads Brings Their “Mommy Chic, Baby Safe” Brand To The New York Baby Show

Chewbeads is one NYC-based mom’s answer to looking super-stylish and making sure your teething baby stays safe around your jewelry. Their non-toxic necklaces and bracelets are crafted to be safe for babies to chew on and use for teething, yet are still bright, stylish, and fun for moms to wear–and what’s more, they will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Chewbeads, we caught up with their VP of Sales, Elana Schulman!

Chewbeads137For someone unfamiliar with Chewbeads, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Chewbeads started as mommy jewelry that is safe for babies to tug, touch and chew. When Lisa Greenwald, the creator and designer of Chewbeads came up with the idea she wanted to make sure all moms could feel cool and stylish while thier baby is in that teething and grabbing phase. As moms, we don’t always have time to put together and accessorize a cute outfit. Chewbeads is a great accessory to add a pop to any outfit while also be baby safe. Keeping int hat theme the Chewbeads line began to grow to baby items that are cool and functional. Chewbeads mission is to offer new families cool, chic, giftable items that are also functional in everyday life.

Chewbeads has a nice personal story that goes along with how it was founded—tell us about your founder and how she came to start the business?

Lisa Greenwald came up with the idea for Chewbeads in 2009 after her son Benjamin was born. Like most babies, he loved to put everything in his mouth and Lisa’s necklaces were a favorite. Lisa become concerned with him pulling her necklaces and putting them in her mouth. A lot of mom’s stay away from jewelry while their babies are in that phase but Lisa wanted to create something that mom’s can wear and would also be safe for babies. As a veteran of the fashion industry she took her collection of “fashion” jewelry as inspiration and set out to create a soft, non-toxic line of jewelry that was stylish for mom and safe for baby–hence, Chewbeads!

What are the most popular and/or newest offerings from Chewbeads?

Chewbeads necklaces are, of course, our most popular items but we have recently extended our baby line and it has been hugely popular. Our new “where’s the pacifier?” clip is not only super cute but there is no metals and it attaches to all size pacifiers. The part our parents love most about the pacifier clip is they are silicone, not cloth so they don’t get gross from drool and are easy to clean!

What sets Chewbeads apart from other teething products on the market?

What sets Chewbeads apart from other teething items on the market is our eye for style and the materials used to create Chewbeads. Chewbeads are designed in NYC by Lisa Greenwald a veteran of the fashion industry. By being based in NYC Chewbeads is designed to be the coolest, most stylish teething items on the market. Chewbeads soft feel and bright colors make it a must have item for every new parent.

What can parents except to see from Chewbeads at the New York Baby Show?

Chewbeads is so excited to show the new batch of NY mom’s what we are all about. As a NY-based company we are designing for the coolest moms and we are excited to show you the features of our necklaces and introduce our newest baby items.

To learn more about Chewbeads, visit chewbeads.com!


Make Music With Eastside Westside Music Together At The New York Baby Show

Eastside Westside Music Together  encourages family music making and children’s musical development  through their family-style music classes–and what’s more, they will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10% discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

To learn more about Eastside Westside Music Together, we caught up with director Deanna deCampos.

For parents who might not be familiar with Eastside Westside Music Together, can you tell us a little bit about your mission and core offerings?

Our mission is to support families to make music in their lives so that their children can learn to sing in-tune and move to the beat accurately during the early years, when learning and growth is rapid. Music development is a real thing and we know that children learn best when their grown-ups actively participate with them. So, in our classes, we ALL make music. That’s why it’s called Music Together. The community that we build in our classrooms is pretty awesome, by the way.

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A young student claps along in an ESWS Music Together class

Most of our classes are “mixed-age” family-style classes. That means that you’ll see babies, toddlers, and young preschoolers all in a class together, learning, sharing, and growing together. Families can bring siblings to class together and siblings under 9 months come for free. We encourage family music making!

What kinds of classes and programming do you offer for babies?

We have a very special Babies Only class for newborns-7 months. It’s a beautiful introduction to the Music Together approach and curriculum geared especially to new parents and their babies. We sing, dance, laugh, and play together using techniques that support an infant’s development during the early months of life while guiding parents and caregivers to bond more closely with their babies through music. Our award-winning recordings and songbooks help new parents build a repertoire of music that serves as a wonderful parenting resource throughout their child’s early years.

Can you tell us a little bit about your curriculum, or what parents might expect from an ESWS Music Together class?  And where classes are located?

Music Together’s curriculum consists of nine different song collections, each containing 25 songs and rhythmic chants from a variety of genres including jazz, folk, multi-cultural, blues, and others. Lots of parents love our music, too, because it’s anything but “kiddie” music! Each semester we rotate to a different song collection, so you can stay in our program for three years and learn more than 200 songs! Because we want families to continue making music at home, we provide materials to everyone who joins our classes. Each family receives an illustrated songbook, two CDs, and a download code so you can put the music on your devices.

Each week, our teachers guide families through a music experience with songs in that semester’s collection. Nothing is random. In fact, everything we do in our classrooms has a purpose and is in support of the child’s music development. We have a whole lot of fun, but our goals are educational.

We have classes on the UWS and UES of Manhattan at eight locations, six days a week, mornings and afternoons! There are many other locations in Manhattan, the five boroughs, and the tri-state area as well. Music Together is an international program, in over 40 countries, serving thousands of families worldwide. At ESWS Music Together, we have been making music with nearly 40,000 families on the UWS and UES since 1993.

Why do you believe that it’s important to get children involved with music from a young age?

We should all grow up with the ability to sing in tune, dance to the beat, and participate in the music of our culture with confidence. When I hear stories from parents who think they can’t sing and don’t anymore because someone told them not to, it saddens me, because it’s within all of us to be music makers. Not “perfect” singers (with the advent of autotune, perfection is just an illusion anyway), just human beings singing and dancing because it feels natural to do so. Music makes you whole. And it feels good!

Through emerging research, more and more people are beginning to recognize the power of music and its effects on the brain. From executive function to language, social, and emotional development, learning music has the potential to make a real difference in children’s lives. All we’re doing in our classes is getting families started on that path.

What can parents expect to see from you at the Baby Show?  

We’ll be at our booth (336) throughout the weekend, talking to parents about what we do and where to find a Music Together class in their neighborhood. We’ll have some drums there, too, so your children can come explore and make music with us! We’ll be leading a sing-along during the event as well so we hope you’ll come find us and join in!

To learn more about Eastside Westside Music Together, visit eswsmusictogether.com!


British Invasion: Mamas & Papas Bring Their UK-Based Style And Innovation To The New York Baby Show

Recognized for their stylish and innovative strollers (especially the super-popular Armadillo line), in addition to a range of other unique baby products for the home, Mamas & Papas has solidified a reputation for European style and quality–and what’s more, they will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

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The Armadillo Flip stroller

To learn more about Mamas & Papas, we caught up with their team to get the latest about hot products and trends in-store now!

For someone unfamiliar with Mamas & Papas, how would you describe the brand’s mission and core offerings?

We know what it’s like starting a family, because we are one. We’ve been a family business since the beginning. In fact, David and Luisa were expecting their first baby when they created Mamas & Papas all those years ago. The sleepless nights, the endless diapers, the over complicated strollers – those experiences made us what we are. And they still inspire everything we do, from how we design our products, to how we serve our customers. We know that families come in all shapes and sizes, and that every family is unique. And we’ll always be here for you and your baby with an experienced helping hand. We understand what you need–because we’ve been there, because we’re family.

Mamas & Papas is Britain’s favorite baby brands; favored by celebrity mums including Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, and Alicia Keys.

What are the most popular stroller models and/or the newest models from Mamas & Papas?

Popular from Mamas & Papas is the Armadillo Family: Meet the family of big little strollers, five designs for different family lifestyles. one smart choice. Whether you’re looking for a first stroller for a new baby, or downsizing for an older one, we know you want your little one to be as well protected and comfy as possible. That’s why we’ve created the Armadillo Family, five designs for different family lifestyles.

For moms and dads who want one stroller that does it all, we’ve created the revolutionary Armadillo Flip. The most compact fold out there, whichever way the seat is facing, it’s travel system ready and gives your baby plenty of shelter and wriggle room from birth. The ground-breaking design lets you fold it forward or parent facing into the most ultra-compact size there is. And if you prefer a little more comfort for your ride, Armadillo Flip XT come equipped with all the extras you need.

The original Armadillo is perfect for older babies, its forward facing seat allows them to see the world. With the perfect balance between compact and comfy it’s ideal for parents looking for a simpler second stroller. And with the slimline Armadillo City and well-equipped Armadillo XT to choose from too, there’s an Armadillo for everyone.

New from Mamas & Papas is the Chestnut Tweed Urbo2: Traditional British Style with unrivaled urban agility. With its built-in front and rear suspension and light, compact frame, the Signature Edition of Mamas & Papas award-winning stroller combines smoothness and agility with head–turning vintage style. Inspired by traditional tweed, leather and copper, Mamas & Papas have given the pushchair a timeless look without compromising on practicality. The wipe-clean premium ‘tweed’ fabric coupled with a brown leather-look handle, quilted hood lining, copper branding and zip pulls all add up to a very British vintage feel that is definitely built to last. Combining style with function, it still folds down to fit into the skinniest hallways and smallest cars and takes bumps, buses and busy cafés in its stride.

What sets Mamas & Papas apart from other stroller brands on the market?

Mamas & Papas are Great Britain’s Favorite Nursery brand. Mamas & Papas invests £5 million a year to champion the cause of pushing British parenting design around the world – they strive to improve the nation’s parenting experience through innovative design. A key focus of the research is to highlight the strength of British design with products that combine style and comfort while meeting the ever-changing needs of baby through to toddler. Mamas & Papas is the only UK parenting brand that has invested in its own independently accredited on-site test facility, which allows the brand to experiment and bring unique products to the global market. Mamas & Papas products are designed by parents for parents.

Tell us about the other products, aside from strollers, that Mamas & Papas sells? What’s really special and really popular?

Mamas & Papas design and developed a range of award winning products across the nursery category, including equipment, décor, toys and clothing as well as awarding winning strollers.

For example, the Baby Snug floor support seat offers a little extra support for baby and you. As soon as your baby can support their own head, you need somewhere quick and easy to sit them down. Somewhere safe and snug. So here’s Baby Snug. We’ve given it an extra-wide base that can’t be wriggled over, so it’s the ideal floor seat for weaning and hands-free time. The removable insert keeps it just the right snugness as they grow, and there’s even a play tray to keep them busy while you enjoy some “me time.” Features include: Wriggle proof – extra-wide base keeps it firmly seated on the floor; hands-free – ideal for weaning; easy to carry – lightweight and portable; removable tray – on and off with a simple click; soft and comfortable – molded padded insert for a comfy seat; crotch post – keeps baby in place; sculptured seat design – inclined for extra security and support; tough enough – durable plastic base doesn’t give in to compression; grows with them – removable insert for extra room when they get bigger.

Another example is the Baby Bud, because dinnertimes are for everyone! Nothing beats getting the whole family round the dinner table, but the littlest sometimes get left out. That’s why we’ve created the Baby Bud booster seat. With four adjustable, non-slip feet and easy to use harnesses it fits securely to any kind of chair. So wherever you feel like eating, baby always gets a front row seat – from when you start to cook up until the fun’s over. It even comes with a removable activity tray and seat insert, so it will stay part of your family until the child is 3. Baby Bud features include: Pick your seat – four independently adjustable non-slip feet let you sit on any chair; fun for longer – keep baby engaged while they wait with removable play tray including rattle, mirror and picture book; easy to carry – lightweight body and nifty handle for when out and about; great as they grow – soft and comfortable padded insert for use from 6 months to 3 years; extra safe – two chair harness make sure they stay put; easy-clean tray – choose from three lockable positions, or remove it completely.

What can parents except to see from Mamas & Papas at the New York Baby Show?

At the New York Baby Show Mamas & Papas will have the Armadillo Family and Urbo2 strollers available on display along with other products from our ranges. We will also have our expert staff on the stand to demonstrate all the products and answer any questions from customers.

To learn more about Mamas & Papas, visit us.mamasandpapas.com!

 

 


Ubbi Brings Its Stylish And Innovative Baby Products To The New York Baby Show

Ubbi–the baby goods company best known best for its sleek and innovative diaper pail–has recently begun branching out into other categories in the baby realm, and will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10% discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

To learn more about Ubbi, we caught up with marketing director Nadine Girard.

For parents unfamiliar with Ubbi, how would you describe the company’s mission and core product offerings?

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The Ubbi Diaper Pail in Navy

When we develop a product, we think about the parents first. We want to make functional and easy-to-use products with a contemporary design. The Ubbi diaper pail is a true example of this concept: It’s super easy to use and it doesn’t even require any special bag. There’s no mechanism that you need to operate, you just put the bag in the pail, throw a diaper in it, close it, and that’s it. It’s simple and easy, which is the thinking we have behind all of the products we make.

You’re probably most well-known for your acclaimed diaper pail. Can you tell us what makes it different from other pails on the market?

The launch of the Ubbi diaper pail in 2011 was a game-changer. We essentially revolutionized the typical eyesore plastic container by turning it into a steel construction that achieves maximum odor control while giving it a sleek and colorful look. Nowadays, parents take so much time to create a flawless and high-design environment for their baby, so we wanted to exceed new parents’ expectations by improving this basic purposeful product into a highly effective and attractive nursery necessity. On top of it, we made it as simple as can be by allowing parents to use any bag.  Most diaper pails on the market use the printer/ink or razor/blade model where consumers pay little for the product itself, but they are then obligated to buy the proprietary accessories to make it work.  With the Ubbi diaper pail, we offered parents the freedom to use any bag which makes this diaper pail convenient, economical, and simple.

Where can families buy Ubbi products?

Families can buy the Ubbi products in most baby stores and/or websites where American families are used to shopping at.  The Ubbi products are widely available throughout the country, and actually all over the world.  We’ve taken the brand global, and it’s now available on five continents. 

What are some of Ubbi’s newest products, and what can parents expect next from Ubbi?

We have a lot of products in the works, but we just launched a diaper caddy, wipes dispenser, and a 3-in-1 potty–which turns into a toilet trainer and a step stool. We also expanded into the feeding category with the tweat snack container. All of our products are designed from scratch with parents and babies in mind. We want to make sure that we bring innovation, design, practicality, and colors to the world of baby products!  We are very excited about all the new products being developed and about the success of the Ubbi brand.

Most immediately, what can parents expect to see from you at the New York Baby Show?

At the show, they can see our colorful diaper pails, our 3-in-1 potty which transforms into a toilet trainer and a step stool, our diaper caddy and wipes dispenser –and we will be giving our snack containers to the little toddlers attending the show!

To learn more about Ubbi, visit ubbiworld.com!


Seraphic Organics Will Bring Their Beautiful Baby Clothes And Blankets To The New York Baby Show

Seraphic Organics makes fair trade organic cotton baby clothes and blankets that are not only beautiful and durable, but also affordable –and they will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10% discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

We caught up with the Seraphic Organics team to learn about the benefits of organic cotton and what’s next for the brand!

For expectant and new parents who are unfamiliar with Seraphic Organics, how would you describe the company’s mission and core product offerings?

Our mission is to encourage the use of organic cotton which will directly serve to protect ourselves, our planet, and our future.

Cotton is so ubiquitous it’s invisible. Cotton is everywhere–in clothing, oils, soaps–yet we take its presence for granted. But cotton is as familiar as it is unknown. The environmental and social impact of conventionally grown cotton is staggering. By offering our consumer certified organic products that are beautiful and affordable, we make organic cotton the responsible choice.

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Seraphic Organics’ Origami Hummingbird Long Sleeve Onesie

Our core product offerings are layettes and blankets which are unique in style, come in vibrant gender neutral colors and feature tag-free necks, mitten cuffs, an extra row of snaps and extra-large reversible blankets. We even feature Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, ‘Marsala’. These are products that will remain intact even as hand-me-downs. Resilient and chemical-free fabric means longer durability and less waste.

Why is it important for parents to dress their babies in organic, ethically-sourced fabrics?

Babies have delicate skin. Their skin is more porous and absorbs chemicals more easily. It’s especially important to ensure that whatever touches your baby’s sensitive skin is organic and hypoallergenic. Conventional cotton fabrics are treated with chemicals which can be harmful to a developing baby.  Every parent wants only the best for their child. They want their child to be healthy–to eat healthy, to live in a clean world and practice healthy habits by making responsible choices. By dressing your child in organic fabrics, you are ensuring that you made a responsible choice for them and their future. You invest in their health for today and for their future in a cleaner world. Every consumer has the responsibility to understand the real cost of the clothing they purchase. Ethically sourced fabrics are important because you will know that the person who made your baby’s clothing was paid fairly for their skill, was not exposed to harmful chemicals in the process, is not a child themselves, and that your child’s garment was manufactured in safe, sanitary conditions.

What ages does Seraphic Organics offer products for?

Our onesie sets are for babies 0-12 months. Our large reversible blankets can certainly be used for much longer.

What are your most popular and/or newest products?

The gender neutral colors make both the onesies and blankets very popular. Our onesies are very versatile, while our blankets are larger than most and feature an all-over print on one side and a solid color on the other.

 With your success with the blankets and layettes, is Seraphic Organics  planning to introduce any other pieces? And most immediately, what can consumers expect to discover at the Baby Show?

We hope to expand our range in the near future–with both new designs and larger sizes for older kids. Eventually we would also include clothes for everyone in the family. There’s no reason why we can’t all enjoy the benefits of organic cotton.

We are excited to show off our layette and blankets at the show. It is one thing to see the images online but the real experience is to feel the quality and weight of organic cotton against your skin.

To learn more about Seraphic Organics, visit seraphicorganics.com!

 


At-Home Nasal Care Pioneer Baby Health Care Is Coming To The New York Baby Show!

As the pioneer of the home-use nasal aspirator, which, among its many benefits, helps parents prevent middle ear infections, Baby Health Care specializes in providing the best healthcare devices to ensure healthy babies–and they will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10% discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

To learn more about Baby Health Care, we caught up with CEO Kaz Yamafuji.

For new and expectant parents who are unfamiliar with Baby Health Care,  tell us why nasal aspirators are helpful and important.

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The BabySmile nasal aspirator

By suctioning mucus thoroughly, nasal aspirators will not only help in preventing sickness but also in promoting early healing of sickness for babies. This will lead to the improvement of babies’ quality of life, which will eventually be a great help for mothers in the child-raising years. Nasal aspiration can help prevent middle ear infections, and promote the early healing of the cold, flu, and other viruses. Nasal aspiration can help babies breathe easier, thereby promoting deeper sleep, reducing the risk of viruses and germs entering into the bodies and enabling babies to drink more milk (babies can not drink enough milk with congested noses).

In pediatrics in Japan, doctors use a medical suction unit to remove babies’ mucus and they also recommend the parents do nasal aspiration at home frequently. We focused on this fact and created a product with the capability to achieve sufficient nasal aspiration at home.

The benefits of nasal aspiration are significant, and it helps generate more time for babies to stay healthy. This will reduce the burden on mothers both mentally and physically, and will help family members spend more happy time together. We believe that what can help boost family happiness.

And what age are they commonly used for?

Between 0 to 5 years old.  Children cannot blow their noses by themselves until age 5.

What are the key qualities parents should look for in a nasal aspirator?

The important key qualities are whether mucus can be suctioned safely and thoroughly. If mucus would not be suctioned correctly, it may cause a middle ear infection. Also, mucus may flow into the throat and cause phlegm, a cough, and prolong the cold symptoms.

You should check the suction power and outlet flow rate. These numbers are good criteria for judging the performance. For safety, the raw materials and shapes of silicone tips that are touching baby’s nostrils should be checked carefully. Make sure that they don’t damage baby’s delicate nostrils. Finally, it is very important to check if a mom can use our product easily while holding the baby. Checking if they can use the aspirator immediately after opening the box is important, and it’s also important to check whether it’s BPA-free.

What do you think distinguishes your product — the BabySmile– from its competitors?

There are no competing products like our BabySmile S-502 existing in the US market, because there are no other powerful nasal aspirator products which can provide the hospital-grade powerful suction and care to help prevent sickness and promote early healing.

Of course, we don’t have any competitors technology-wise, but that is not the goal of Baby Health Care’s products. What we gave the most consideration to was that our product had to be “mom-friendly.” This is a medical device, but, at the same time, it’s a stylishly designed product. Moms like to keep our products handy, so we wanted the design to be able to blend into their rooms naturally. This product has all our wishes that the child-raising years will be enjoyable.

When it comes to nasal aspiration, what are some best practices parents should be aware of?   What are the common misuses?

The best way to suction the mucus using AC or battery operated nasal aspirator is:

1) Insert the silicone tip into the nostril tightly without any gap

2)  Suction the  accumulated mucus little by little by changing the angle of silicone tip after the insert

Since BabySmile S-502 has enough suction power, anyone can suction mucus well by keeping these two points in mind. In addition, you should also do short repetitions (3 to 5 seconds) several times in each nostril while observing the infant’s condition. Long periods of suction while both nostrils are congested will burden the ears; therefore, doing short repetitions will avoid the damage.

The story behind your interest in creating helpful products for people is at once very sad and wonderfully inspiring.  Would you tell our readers a little bit about your commitment to inventive and helpful products? 

The small soul who left me always stays by my side and encourages me as I continue working on our  mission.

The nasal care that I encountered in Japan was amazing, and I am so impressed by the fact that I have been receiving words of appreciation from hundreds of thousands of mothers. Now I believe that this is my mission to deliver this amazing care method to mothers across the US.

Mothers feel happy when they see their babies in good health; on the other hand, they feel both mentally and physically sad and in pain when they see their baby suffer from sickness. In some cases, mothers blame themselves. This is the part where I understand and agree based on my experience. The aspirator that I invented and provide is not just the aspirator which can suction well. It will support the baby’s health and create the happy time for babies, mothers and families.

We strongly hope to spread awareness about nasal care, and to build wide recognition of the concept of Baby Health Care.

To learn more about Baby Health Care, visit babyhealthcare.us!


Babies”R”Us Brings Their Vast Product Selection And Registry Resources To The New York Baby Show

BRU_CMYK_HR-300x77Babies”R”Us is a name synonymous with an all-encompassing, and infinitely helpful, shopping experience for new and expectant parents–from nursery decor and toys to just about any type of baby gear you could need, they’ve got it all!

Babies”R”Us will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Babies’R”Us, we caught up with their team to get the latest about hot products and trends in-store now!

What are the store’s core offerings?

Babies“R”Us is the baby product authority and a trusted resource on the journey through parenthood offering an unparalleled assortment of apparel, gear, and furniture for little ones, as well as all of the necessary essentials for baby. Plus, the Babies“R”Us baby registry is the top choice for expectant parents everywhere.

It really does feel like the Babies“R”Us registry is wherever there are expectant and new parents. Beyond the ample selection, what’s so wonderful about it?

With Endless Earnings, only Babies”R”Us gives shoppers up to 10 percent back on every purchase from their registry, even their own purchases, with no limits!

In addition, the stores offers expert advice, helpful registry resources, pre- and post-natal classes, shower planning tools and resources, up to one year for returns, exclusive partner benefits, a completion discount, and a price match guarantee.

How long has the store been in business?

The Toys“R”Us family gave birth to Babies“R”Us in 1996.

Notice any interesting trends in nursery shopping?

It’s all about mix and matching! Color combinations and personal touches are essential to complete any nursery.

What’s one product you love right now?

Koala Baby is a staple at Babies“R”Us making sure little ones are always dressed to impress in trend right apparel and parents can create the comfiest and coziest atmosphere possible with endless nursery items.

To learn more about Babies”R”Us, visit babiesrus.com!

For information about the New York Baby Show and to purchase tickets, visit newyorkbabyshow.com!

 


Perfect For Active Families, BOB Gear’s Versatile Strollers Are Coming To The New York Baby Show

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The BOB Revolution Flex Stroller

When it comes to strollers and car seats that deliver on a rugged sensibility, while still maintaining top tier safety standards, BOB Gear is definitely one of the first brands that comes to mind–and what’s more, BOB Gear will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about BOB Gear, we caught up with their Public Relations and Event Manager Kate Clark.

For someone unfamiliar with BOB Gear, how would you describe the brand and its mission and core offerings?

BOB Gear is a leading manufacturer of innovative, high-quality strollers, jogging strollers, and stroller accessories that help facilitate active family endeavors. BOB strollers combine elite performance, durability and versatile “grow-with-the-family” features to offer parents a product that can successfully support a variety of activities through multiple years and children.

 

In addition, BOBGear.com recently launched the BOB Fitness Center, a resource featuring articles and tips from health and fitness experts and professional athletes on topics such as active parenting, fitness training, family nutrition and more.

What are some of the newest products from BOB Gear?

New from BOB are the Revolution PRO and Revolution FLEX strollers. These refreshed BOB Revolution models feature a handlebar that adjusts to nine different positions to comfortably fit every parent’s height. The Revolution PRO also features hand-activated rear drum breaks for added control to conquer hills and inclines. Both strollers are available in single and Duallie (double) models.

What sets BOB Gear’s strollers apart from others on the market?

BOB’s strollers are defined by their versatility, high quality, superior performance, and lasting value.

What sets BOB Gear’s car seats apart from others on the market?

The BOB B-Safe by Britax allows active parents both safety and style in their travel systems – the safety of Britax car seats in colors that match BOB strollers.

What can parents except to see from BOB Gear at the New York Baby Show?

We will be featuring the BOB Flex, BOB Pro, and BOB B-Safe. Be sure to test out the strollers on the stroller track!

To learn more about BOB Gear, visit bobgear.com!

 


Britax Brings Super Safe And Style-Savvy Strollers And Car Seats To The New York Baby Show

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The Britax Affinity Stroller

Long regarded as one of the most respected names in the stroller and car seat realms, Britax offers no shortage of top tier products for families interested in getting the best safety coverage for their baby, plus, they offer safety advocacy services for parents as well. What’s more, Britax will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Britax, we caught up with their Public Relations and Event Manager Kate Clark.

For someone unfamiliar with Britax , how would you describe the brand’s mission and core offerings?

Britax is the number one brand for safety technology. At Britax, we’re passionate about our commitment to thoughtful, innovative engineering of safe, intuitively designed premium car seats, strollers, baby carriers and accessories.

Britax always goes beyond what’s required and we won’t stop until we’ve achieved what’s safest for your child. That means not just complying with the latest safety standards, but championing even safer standards and conducting continuous research to constantly improve and innovate. Starting with your child’s first ride home from the hospital, Britax helps parents enjoy every twist and turn of the amazing journey of parenthood.

What are the most popular products and/or the newest products from Britax?

New from Britax are the ClickTight Convertibles. Britax’s revolutionary ClickTight Installation System is now available in Britax convertible car seats–Marathon ClickTight, Boulevard ClickTight, and Advocate ClickTight. ClickTight makes safe car seat installation as simple as buckling a seat belt. Now, everyone can install the Britax convertible car seat with confidence in just a few easy steps in rear- or forward-facing. ClickTight was originally launched with the popular Harness-2-Booster seats Frontier ClickTight and Pinnacle ClickTight.

Also new are the B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Infant Car Seats. The B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite feature the SafeCell Impact Protection integrated system, which surrounds an infant with safety technologies that provide the ultimate in crash protection and protect your child well beyond federal safety standards. The B-Safe 35 Elite offers an additional layer of safety, Complete Side Impact Protection PLUS, with an energy-absorbing headrest that keeps the baby’s head and neck extra secure during a crash.

Popular from Britax are our Travel Systems. Britax Travel systems are popular with new parents because all Britax infant car seats are travel system compatible with the full line of Britax and BOB strollers. Britax strollers, including the Affinity, B-Ready and all B-Agile models, feature the Click & Go integrated adapter system which enables Britax infant car seats to click into place.

What sets Britax’s strollers apart from others on the market?

The Britax’s stroller line offers flexible and comfortable solutions to match every family’s lifestyle. From the highly customizable Britax Affinity to the Britax B-Ready offering several different configurations, Britax has a stroller for every journey.

What sets Britax’s car seats apart from others on the market?

Britax is the number one brand for safety technology. For more than three decades, Britax has been a pioneer in developing car seats that enhance safety.

What can parents except to see from Britax at the New York Baby Show?

Britax will have a mixture of our latest products to hit the market in 2014-15! Sarah Tilton, our full-time safety advocate will also be speaking on Saturday.

To learn more about Britax, visit britaxusa.com!


Enter To Win A Free Baby Photo Session From Karilyn Sanders Photography When You Buy Your Ticket To The New York Baby Show

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Meet Lucky Seven!

Isn’t she lovely? Her name is Seven, so naturally we think of her as “Lucky” Seven, but really we’re the lucky ones just to know her.

Who is Seven?  She’s particularly special to us at the New York Baby Show, so let us explain

(Read on carefully, because there’s also a wonderful photo opportunity in this for you and your baby.)

Coming up on the weekend of May 16 and 17, the New York Baby Show, which is now the largest family-friendly event of its kind in the country, welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from NYC, the Tri-State area, and beyond—not to mention their bumps, babies, and toddlers!

The event has also spawned a really good magazine for expectant and new parents called New York Family Baby. The upcoming Spring 2015 issue will be available for free at the New York Baby Show. But you can see a sneak peak of the cover here (above).

When we were thinking about who should be on the cover, we didn’t have to think that hard: One of our colleagues gave birth a few months ago to beautiful Seven.

In a way, she’s the show’s youngest star.

To photograph Seven, we turned to the wonderful Karilyn Sanders, of Karilyn Sanders Photography, who specializes in baby photography.

Isn’t Karilyn amazing?

NOW HERE’S THE OPPORTUNITY: Anyone who purchases their tickets for the New York Baby Show soon will also qualify for a raffle to win a free photo shoot with Karilyn Sanders Photography worth $845!

The prize includes free hair and makeup for mom, and a free 16×20 framed print of your favorite image from the session!

Of course, there are many other good reasons to join us at the New York Baby Show, coming up on May 16 and May 17 at Pier 92 in NYC.

Read all about the show and get you tickets at newyorkbabyshow.com.

Please Note: Tickets are $30 per family, or $20 per individual.

Buy your ticket soon, and you automatically qualify to win other amazing raffles as well like free strollers, car seats, and breast pumps.

And be sure to use the promotion code NYFBABY at checkout for a 10 percent discount!

We look forward to sharing the Show with you and your baby or baby-to-be!


Learn More About Snuza’s High-Tech Baby Monitors At The New York Baby Show

Snuza’s high-tech, portable baby monitors offer parents peace of mind and a good night’s sleep by monitoring baby’s abdominal movement–and Snuza will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10% discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

To learn more about Snuza, we caught up with the company’s president, Sylvie Charette.

For someone unfamiliar with Snuza, how would you describe the company and its mission?

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Snuza is a global leader in the development and marketing of portable and easy-to-use abdominal movement baby monitors, available at leading retailers across North America. Since 2007, its high quality, affordable, easy-to-use movement monitors have provided peace of mind to parents and caregivers.

What sets Snuza monitors apart from other baby monitors?

The complete range of Snuza movement monitors easily attach to the baby’s diaper, are lightweight (weighing 1 oz) and alert parents/caregivers in 15 seconds if no abdominal movement is detected. Additionally, they do not feature any wires, cords, cables, or sensor pads that could potentially harm baby.

What are some of  your most popular and  newest products?

The Snuza Hero and Snuza Go are two of our best-selling and most popular monitors.

The Snuza Hero is a portable and easy-to-use movement monitor which clips onto baby’s diaper to ensure that normal movement is maintained. Hero detects even the slightest abdominal movement and will alert you if your baby’s movements are very weak or fall to less than 8 movements per minute. If no abdominal movement is detected for a period of 15 seconds, Hero will gently vibrate. Often this vibration is enough to rouse the baby, and Hero will revert to monitoring mode. After three vibration/rouse incidents, the Rouse Warning will alert you when you’re baby’s abdominal movements have stopped for 15 seconds on three occasions. If no further movement is detected for another 5 seconds, an alarm will sound to alert you.

The Snuza Go! is a portable and easy-to-use movement monitor which clips onto baby’s diaper to ensure that normal movement is maintained. Go! detects even the slightest abdominal movement and will alert you via an audible alarm after 15, 18, or 20 seconds of no movement. The movement rate indicator will warn you during weak or infrequent movement.

Tell us about how Snuza monitors’ special technology helps provide parents with peace of mind.

Snuza Portable Baby Monitors specialize in the development of leading edge bio-sensory electronic devices.  All of our monitors feature proprietary technology that detects abdominal movement and sounds an alarm if no movement is detected.

Does Snuza have any new products on the way? And most immediately, what can consumers expect to discover at the Baby Show?  

Yes, we are releasing a new monitor this fall, but are unable to unveil the details at this time.  What we can say is that it’s ground-breaking and we are truly excited to share the news once we launch.

At the Baby Show, we are excited to be meeting directly with new and expecting parents. At our booth we will demonstrate and discuss how our complete range of products work, and provide on-site giveaways that will be hosted on our social media channels.

To learn more about Snuza, visit snuza.com!

To learn more about the New York Baby Show, visit newyorkbabyshow.com!


Thule Brings “Safe, Secure, And Stylish” Child Carriers To The New York Baby Show

A company with deep roots in the outdoor and adventure realm (known for rugged items like bike carriers and roof racks), Thule recently added child carriers and strollers into the mix–and the result is carriers that offer a “safe, secure, and stylish” ride for your little ones, while functioning for five activities and four seasons. What’s more, Thule will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Thule, we caught up with their Business Manager Tom Anderson!

For someone unfamiliar with Thule, how would you describe the company and its mission?

Originally founded in Sweden in 1942, our products can be found all over the world in multiple channels. We’ve made it our business to help consumers globally transport anything they care for safely, easily, and in style so they are free to live an active life. We believe in the value of an active life–whether you’re in the city or the great outdoors. Whatever your passion, whatever your pursuit.  Wherever you’re going, whatever you’re bringing. With our full range of products from Car Racks to Child Carriers to Luggage & Bags to Mobile handheld sleeves and cases, we are here to help our customers maintain and lead an active lifestyle and to ultimately “Bring your Life!”

What are the most popular products and/or the newest products from Thule Active with Kids?

Most popular: Thule Chariot Cougar, Thule Chariot CX and Thule Urban Glide. Newest: Thule Urban Glide (single and double) & Thule Sapling & Sapling Elite, RideAlong Mini Child Carrying Bike Seats.

For a long time, Thule specialized in products like roof racks and bike carriers—tell us about how strollers came into the mix?

That’s very true. For over 70 years Thule has helped the consumer transport anything they care for safely, easily and in style so they can live an active life.  We feel that transporting your kids is no different. So in June of 2011, the Thule Group acquired the Chariot Carriers out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada in a strategic decision to include a more diverse outdoor product offering beyond just car racks–and Child Carriers fit perfectly into this mix. We felt that providing the market with products that allow them to continue to lead an active lifestyle regardless whether it is by themselves or with your entire family fit perfectly into where we wanted to take the Thule brand. Since the acquisition, we have improved upon current designs with the multifunctional carriers (the original Chariot platform–five activities, four seasons, one carrier) and we have now expanded the entire Thule “Active with Kids” line to include child carrying bike seats, sport strollers, bicycle trailers, and now child carrier backpacks. Thule believes in safe, secure, and stylish carriers for your precious ones that ultimately allow you and your kids to share your passions–whatever the season and wherever you want to go.

What sets Thule’s strollers apart from others on the market?

Like with our line of carriers and racks, all of our strollers are developed with safety, ease of use, and a perfect fit for you and your child in mind. When we talk about our multifunctional carriers, what sets us apart the most is that with one carrier you are able to stroll, jog, bike, hike, and cross country ski–five activities, four seasons, one carrier. No need for multiple carriers to do all of those activities. When we look at our Sport Stroller line, our aluminum frame make it the lightest weight carrier in class and our one handed fold & lift is the easiest and lightest on the market in its class. All of our carriers have undergone extensive design and global testing to provide the consumer with the ultimate in style and safety. All of our products have intuitive features that make them easy to use therefore enhancing the consumer experience for both parent and child alike.

What can parents except to see from Thule at the New York Baby Show?

Thule offers a full range of products within our Active With Kids category covering all price points from just over $100 to over $1,000. If you are looking to be active with your child, Thule has you covered. Whether it be the first few months of your child’s life to when they are finishing Kindergarten, Thule has a solution regardless of what outdoor activity you have a passion for. From child bike seats, to bicycle trailers, sport strollers, child carrier backpacks, and multifunctional carriers, Thule offers best in class products in every category. In fact, the Thule RideAlong Mini recently won the Gold Award in the iF Product Design Awards and also received an iF Award for its jogging stroller, the Thule Urban Glide. In addition, our line of multifunctional carriers provide the ultimate in versatility  allowing for easy transition between a stroller, jogger, and bicycle, hiking, or cross country ski trailer.

To learn more about Thule, visit thule.com/en-us!


Say “Bye Bye” To Diaper Rash With Gentle Solutions From Triple Paste

Triple Paste, made by Summers Laboratories, is safe, gentle, and effective antidote to the age-old problem of diaper rash–and Triple Paste will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Triple Paste, we caught up with Summers Laboratories’ Vice President of Marketing, Deb Elias-Smith.

triple-paste-treatment-for-severe-diaper-rash-2oz-tubeFor someone unfamiliar, what is Triple Paste and what are its uses and benefits?

Triple Paste is a wonderful diaper rash product that has won the loyalty of generations of users. Moms who have discovered Triple Paste say that it heals diaper rash quickly and is also great at preventing diaper rash from occurring in the first place. Triple Paste’s gentle formula is fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and safe for your baby’s sensitive skin.

What sets Triple Paste apart from other diaper rash products on the market?

Triple Paste is safe enough to use every day, and because Triple Paste also works on the toughest diaper rashes, pediatricians recommend it to moms when their children have diaper rashes that are difficult to clear up. Once moms try Triple Paste, they’re hooked!

What ages is the product suitable for?

Triple Paste is safe for all ages.

If a parent knows their baby has very sensitive skin, what should they know about Triple Paste?

Parents can rest easy knowing that Triple Paste is specially formulated to be safe for sensitive skin. It is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic (it says so on the front of our box!).

Where can families buy Triple Paste?

Triple Paste can be found online and at most major retailers nationwide, including: Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, CVS, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart.

Will you be offering the product for sale at the New York Baby Show or will you mostly be focused on education? 

We will be focused on informing and educating potential new customers of Triple Paste, while engaging and interacting with our existing customers…and getting to meet them face-to-face. Please come see us at Booth #122.

To learn more about Triple Paste, visit triplepaste.com!


Browse Lucy Darling’s Adorable Memory Books, Art Prints, And More At The New York Baby Show

From pregnancy belly stickers to closet dividers and memory books, Lucy Darling is committed to enhancing your family’s special moments with their sweet and whimsical designs–and they will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10% discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

To learn more about Lucy Darling, we caught up with marketing director Tiffany Perko.

For an expectant or new parent unfamiliar with your business, what should they know about Lucy Darling? 

At Lucy Darling, we are passionate about babies and committed to enriching the darling moments in a child’s life. We sell baby memory books, monthly baby stickers, nursery closet dividers, and art prints. We have a modern, yet whimsical design aesthetic and all of our products are made in USA.

What are some of your most popular products?

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Our most popular products are our baby memory books, monthly stickers and closet dividers.

Our baby memory books are our newest product and moms are loving the simplicity and ease of creating a forever keepsake.  Our Little Artist Monthly sticker has been a best seller from the beginning. This is one our first sticker designs 3 years ago, and it has been one of our most popular items ever since.  Our Little Animal Lover Closet Divider is a simple and easy way for moms to organize their nursery closet. The animal design is our top seller as it is a great neutral design that works in a boy or girl closet.

Tell us about the process of coming up with new designs and products.

Haily Meyers is the creator and designer of Lucy Darling. As the mom of a 3-year-old, Haily creates products that she wants/needs based on her own experience as a mom. Being a graphic designer and artist, everything Haily creates has a unique artistic flare geared towards a modern mom. Once Haily has an idea, she works with her team to come up with a prototype focusing on material and packaging, ensuring the product has balance of beauty and functionality. This is critical to the Lucy Darling brand. We understand that ease of use is just as important as creating a pretty product, and we have made sure both of these values are prevalent in each product we create.

What makes your products special for babies as well as expectant and new parents?  

Our products are special for a few reasons. First, our product is designed for moms, by a mom, and everything we do focuses on the darling moments in a child’s life. All of our product is made in the USA and printed with soy-based ink, so it’s safe for baby. Our designs are unique. They are modern yet whimsical, and all we create has an element of approachable beauty.

What can consumers expect next from Lucy Darling? And more immediately, what can they expect to see from you at the Baby Show?

We are constantly innovating at Lucy Darling. We plan to launch a few more products in 2015 that will continue to help families create darling moments. At the Baby Show, we will have all of our most popular products. We will be selling memory books, a variety of stickers, closet dividers, and art prints. Plus, Haily will be there to answer any questions one might have on the product, design, inspiration, anything! We’re passionate about babies and excited to meet moms and their munchkins at the Show!

To learn more about Lucy Darling, visit lucydarlingshop.com!


Breastfeeding And Pumping Recources From Evenflo Feeding

A top name in the breast pump and bottle realms, Evenflo Feeding also serves as an amazing resource for expectant and new moms to learn about a wide range of feeding-related topics–and Evenflo Feeding will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Evenflo Feeding, we caught with their Senior Director of Marketing, Elise Ring!

For someone unfamiliar with Evenflo Feeding, how would you describe the brand’s mission and core offerings?

Our promise: Parents promise their babies that every need will be met. To do everything in their power to provide a healthy life and every opportunity to succeed–without compromise or trade. This promise is not based on wealth or status or community; this promise is universal. Evenflo Feeding commits to ensuring better care for every baby by offering products with premium features at an affordable price.

Tell us about Evenflo Feeding’s leadership team.

Did you know that Evenflo Feeding is now led by women? We have a female President, head of Marketing, head of Sales, and a team of talented IBCLCs behind us (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants)!

What are the most popular products and/or the newest products from Evenflo Feeding?

Definitely our Advanced Double Electric breast pump, our new innovative milk storage bags and breast pads, and our award-winning new Tilty cup line.

What sets Evenflo Feeding apart from other feeding products on the market?

Our products are designed and developed by parents and credentialed experts with a shared goal of bringing thoughtfully innovative products that parents and babies need at an accessible price–making premium features available to everyone.

Tell us about how Evenflo Feeding acts as a resource and advocate for women who have questions or concerns about breastfeeding.

This is core to our mission–we know that everyone doesn’t have access to educational resources necessary to have a positive and successful breastfeeding journey. We believe everyone should. An example of how we deliver on that belief is giving free and exceptional expert-led education to all moms who buy our pumps. Moms receive access digital programs, taught by Shari Criso (RN, IBCLC, MSN, CNM) that she can watch or listen to that guide her through breastfeeding as well as learning how to go back to work and not give up on their breastfeeding goals. Shari’s programs, “Simply Breastfeeding” and “Breastpumps & Briefcases,” have taught thousands of moms how to reach and exceed their breastfeeding goals.

We also sponsor a fun and deeply informative educational program with Jamie Grayson, a major baby gear expert (@babyguyNYC). He and Shari do a monthly breastfeeding Q&A with his many Facebook followers which gives moms a forum to ask and have answered questions and topics in which she is lacking quality information.

We also host many informative and educational articles on our website by our IBCLCs.

What can parents except to see from Evenflo Feeding at the New York Baby Show?

Parents can expect to see our pride and joy, which is our Advanced Double Electric pump, along with some very innovative breastfeeding accessories, all that have been developed by nursing moms and IBCLCs. For parents with toddlers or infants transitioning to cups, they can stop by to learn about our award-winning new cup the Tilty–invented by a mom. Our head baby expert, Shari Criso, will also be speaking on the topic of Breastfeeding Myths. She is a well-known and respected RN, IBCLC, MSN, CNM. Anyone can come listen, ask questions and also meet her afterwards at our booth.

To learn more about Evenflo Feeding, visit evenflofeeding.com!


Experience High-Quality Scandinavian Design With Stokke At The New York Baby Show

From innovative strollers to ingeniously designed items for the home, Stokke excels in all aspects of design and functionality. Not only are their high-quality products made with an eye towards a modern look, but they’re also built to last and to grown with your child–and Stokke will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles (including one from Stokke!).

To learn more about Stokke, we caught up with the brand’s Marketing Communications Director, Charlotte Addison!

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The Stokke Xplory Stroller with the Summer Kit in Scribble Faded Pink

For someone unfamiliar with Stokke, how would you describe the company and its mission? 

Stokke is an innovative Norwegian children’s brand, founded in 1932, that creates highchairs, strollers, baby carriers, bouncers, and more, all designed to grow with your child. Stokke places a high value on social responsibility by creating products in the best interest of the child. All of Stokke’s offerings are designed to encourage child development and to strengthen the bonds between parent and child through constant connection and interaction.

Tell us about the most popular products and the newest products from Stokke.

Stokke will introduce its first modular nursrey, Stokke Home, this spring. The modularity of the Stokke Home collection allows parents to choose their preferred components from the product range, whether compact or expanded, to design a chic, functional nursery, whether it’s a large or small space. Stokke Home is easy to suit your family’s ever-changing needs–as your baby grows, the products can be re-purposed to best suit your little one’s needs. The Stokke Home collection consists of the Stokke Home Crib, Stokke Home Cradle, Stokke Home Changer, and Stokke Home Dresser.

Tell us about the unique Scandinavian designs at Stokke.

Contemporary Scandinavian design fits so many lifestyles–it can be perceived as classic, understated, and elegant, or playful, eclectic, and creative.

What sets Stokke’s strollers apart from others on the market?

The Stokke stroller range has an option to suit any parent’s lifestyle. The iconic Stokke Xplory with pioneering seat height adjustability, brings baby closer to the parent, in order to promote interaction, while the two explore the world together. With its compact size, user-friendly handling and swift maneuverability, the Stokke Scoot is the smart solution for strolling around the city or traveling. For parents with multiple stroller aged children, the Stokke Crusi offers a wide range of configurations, including a sibling solution to adapt to your family’s ever-changing needs. And built for adventure, the Stokke Trailz, with superior maneuverability and air-filled tires, is designed for any season and for any terrain.

What set Stokke’s home products (like high-chairs) apart from others on the market?

Quality and versatility. The Tripp Trapp is an ingenious highchair that revolutionized the children’s chair category back in 1972 when it was first launched. It is designed to fit right up to your dining table, bringing baby into the heart of your family. The intelligent design allows for freedom of movement, with both the seat and footplates able to be adjusted. An important function, when the chair is adjusted correctly, a growing child is ensured a comfortable and ergonomic seating position at any age. The Stokke Tripp Trapp is designed to last through childhood and even into adulthood.

What can parents except to see from Stokke at the New York Baby Show?

The full range of Stokke strollers, our iconic Tripp Trapp chair, and a surprise or two including spectacular offers exclusive to New York Baby Show attendees.

To learn more about Stokke, visit stokke.com!

For information about the New York Baby Show and to purchase tickets, visit newyorkbabyshow.com!


Tidy Tots Diapers: Bringing Awesome Cloth Diaper Know-How And Great Products To The New York Baby Show

Specializing in cloth diapers–and full of valuable knowledge about why cloth diapers are a great option for parents and for the planet–Tidy Tots Diapers is brand committed to making the diapering process easier, more natural, and more environmentally-friendly–and they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles (including one from Tidy Tots)!

To learn more about Tidy Tots Diapers, we caught up with the brand’s founder, Sandra Beck!

kate&brennonFor someone unfamiliar with Tidy Tots Diapers, how would you describe the brand’s mission and core offerings?

Tidy Tots mission is to deliver busy families a “Hassle Free Cloth Diapering” experience. Tidy Tots brings the best of disposable and cloth diapers together into one great functioning and fashionable product. Our many patented features work hard to ensure an Ick Free, Leak Free, and Rash Free experience.

What are the most popular products and/or the newest products Tidy Tots Diapers?

Our most popular products are our sets and our Flushies. We try to make it easy for parents to choose cloth diapering, so, we offer sets that include everything parents need to diaper. Tidy Tots Great Start Set is our biggest seller, it includes 12 No Fold Diapers, eight boosters, six cute and comfy covers, 100 Flushies liners, and a wet bag. This gives parents enough diapers to change their baby 12 times. Our popular covers are real denim, star chaser, and elephants. We are finding families are purchasing our Flushies six rolls at a time!

What sets Tidy Tots Diapers apart from other diapers on the market?

Tidy Tots has taken cloth diapers to a whole new level. We could write a book on the all the innovations we’ve made. A few of our patented feature are:

*Our covers are designed to contain messes like none other. We have a patented leak free flap that forms a pocket to stop wetness from creeping up the top. We are the only diaper with a wick proof trim sealing wetness inside. We have amazing gussets, they create a wall of protection around babies’ legs. We are the only diaper with a self-fitting rise, giving a perfect fit every time without fussing with rise snaps (a big plus for parents with multiple babies).

*Our No Fold diapers and boosters are made of an organic hemp blend that are pre-washed so they are ready to use out of the box. Most hemp diapers need parents to pre-wash them eight times before their ready to use. The No Fold diaper snaps into our cover and has a pocket to accept boosters. This allows families to customize absorbency, so they can have a nice trim diaper during the day, and can use up to three boosters for dry nights, all in one cute package. We’re all about saving parents from dealing with the ick, so the boosters also self-agitates out in the wash. This design also saves energy, our diapers dry faster than others.

*Flushies, our diaper liners, are the true rock star of Tidy Tots. We are the only diaper designed to work with a secured liner. Other liners are significantly smaller and have limited coverage; and, often shift and bunch making them ineffective. Instead of lying on top and relying on friction to stay in place, Flushies wrap around the whole diaper and snap into the cover. So at changing time families can simply remove the diaper, pick up the liner, and flush away the mess. Since, our liners protect the diaper so well, families can also use rash creams when baby is teething without voiding our warranty.

What are the advantages of using cloth diapers? What should new parents know?

It does not take a rocket scientist to know that cloth diapering is a natural and healthy way to diaper our children. Though some parents are faced with “The Disposable Dilemma:” If you’ve wondered “how do cloth diapers work,” you’re not alone. Ever since disposable diapers entered the marketplace, there’s been a debate over what should be on Baby’s bottom. Let’s face it: most families use disposable diapers. So what’s the harm? Knowing the pros and cons of disposable diapers vs. cloth diapers can help you realize why so many parents are making the switch to cloth diapers. And why Tidy Tots cloth diapers are the best choice for families and their baby.

The average baby goes through about 6,000 disposables from birth until age 2. About 4.2 million babies are born in the US each year. If each of those babies wears disposables, we’re talking about 25 billion diapers being tossed into the trash! And let’s not forget that those diapers contain untreated waste that really doesn’t belong in the trash because it potentially threatens our water supplies. So there’s no question that cloth diapers, being reusable, are less wasteful and they spare our landfills.

Do cloth diapers really cost less? Is it true that cloth can save you money as well?

If you’ve done your research, you know that there are many estimates comparing the cost of cloth and disposables, all with slightly different assumptions about usage and pricing. They pretty much come to the same conclusion: Cloth diapering is usually less expensive than disposables. And if you use cloth diapers with a second child, the cost savings can be dramatic.

Families don’t have to choose between saving the planet and saving their sanity. Tidy Tots strives to make cloth diapering an accessible, realistic, affordable option for everyone. Our modular design also saves significant money as our diapers dry faster.

What can parents except to see from Tidy Tots Diapers at the New York Baby Show?

Tidy Tots hopes New York is as excited about this event as we are! We are planning a special package that will only be available at this event, and nowhere else. Along with our best gear and deals, we will have a “build your own set” where families can pick what adorable cover goes on their little one’s bum! Can’t wait to see you there!

To learn more about Tidy Tots Diapers, visit tidytotsdiapers.com!


Maternity Guru Rosie Pope Joins The New York Baby Show

Rosie Pope–a maternity designer and pregnancy and new parent expert–has signed on to be the New York Baby Show ambassador and moderator of the keynote panel, “The Journey from Pregnancy to New Parenthood.”

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Rosie Pope, left, and Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg at the 2014 New York Baby Show

For those unfamiliar with Pope, this NYC mom-of-four has long been at the cutting edge of all things maternity, as the founder and designer of Rosie Pope Maternity and Rosie Pope Baby and the author of MommyIQ: The Complete Guide To Pregnancy She also recently launched her own video series, “Conversations with Rosie Pope,” for expectant and new parents.

We’re so excited to have Rosie joining us at this year’s show! She’ll be there on both days to meet and chat with parents and to moderate the keynote panel, “The Journey from Pregnancy to New Parenthood,” featuring an outstanding group of local parenting experts.

Tickets to the New York Baby Show on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92 in NYC are $30 per family and $20 per individual, and the next 1,000 ticket buyers will qualify to to win one of several great raffle prizes. For more information and to purchase tickets for the show, click here!

To learn more about Rosie and her fabulous work in the fields of motherhood and maternity, click here!

For a taste of Rosie’s fun and informative video channel, click here!

 


Buy Your New York Baby Show Tickets Now And Be Entered To Win A Special Giveaway From GB

GB-Evoq-Travel-System_Sterling_3-4-view_with-Asana35-AP-Infant-Car-Seat_3000-300x273Now that tickets are now on sale for the New York Baby Show, coming up on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, at Pier 92 in New York City, we have a special and time-sensitive giveaway opportunity to announce!

Anyone who purchases their ticket for the New York Baby Show between Tuesday, April 7, and Thursday April 9 (at 9:30am), will be entered to win a GB Evoq Travel System (a $429.99 value)!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH A SPECIAL OFFER!  

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual. Use the code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount!

Tickets are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

About the GB Evoq: The GB Evoq Travel System is a new 4-in-1 travel system that accommodates four stages of growth: infants, babies, toddlers, and children. The tilt seat is reversible, roomy, and comfortable for the child, while the expandable airflow canopy, adjustable handle, and large storage basket make it a breeze for parents as well. The Evoq is suitable from birth through 50 lbs and weighs in at a light 21 lbs without the attached car seat.

For more about GB’s strollers and products, visit gbchildusa.com!

About the New York Baby Show: The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of  family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes  thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

For information about the New York Baby Show and to purchase tickets, visit newyorkbabyshow.com!


Calling All Dads!

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Photo by Andrew Schwartz

We’re especially proud of how incredibly friendly and informative the New York Baby Show is for expectant fathers as well as moms. With the help of the renowned NYC Dads Group, the show will offer lots of support and  information on what it means to be a dad and a good partner.

It’s all anchored by the Dads’ Lounge–an oasis of support, information, and encouragement for dads (and moms). At this welcoming space, new and expectant dads can chat with other NYC fathers who are a little farther along the way, take a minute to rest, and even change diapers before getting on with the rest of the show. NYC Dads Group founders Matt Schneider and Lance Somerfeld will also be around to speak with dads and their partners.

Dads are also encouraged to take advantage of special programming such as Sunday’s New Dad Boot Camp, but really, the whole show will be a “boot camp” for new and expectant dads!

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Photo by Andrew Schwartz

So, we strongly encourage everyone get the word out to both moms and dads! Tickets are $30 per family and $20 per individual, and the first 1,000 ticket buyers will qualify to to win one of several great raffle prizes. For more information and to purchase tickets for the show, click here!

 

To get a sense of the NYC Dads Group’s great work, below we’ve included some advice on building a strong parenting partnership from founders Matt Schneider and Lance Somerfeld.

Come Together
Six key ways to create a great parenting partnership

by Matt Schneider and Lance Somerfeld

Whether it’s out of a desire for an equal and supportive relationship, or out of necessity, families are recognizing that life is a lot more manageable when both parents are competent, caring, and willing to share the load. Parenting partnerships aren’t always easy, of course. They require regular communication, flexibility, and biting your tongue every so often. But in our experience as the co-founders of the social and educational community the NYC Dads Group, we’ve found that there are certainly best practices (for moms and dads) for producing a better partnership at home.

Beware the Gatekeeper: Tradition, popular culture, and unwitting parents have conspired for decades to make moms feel and act as if they are the only ones who can properly take care of the baby—a phenomenon often called “gatekeeping” that pushes others away. In the earliest weeks especially, parenting is about practice more than instinct, and both parents need opportunities to change diapers, to comfort the baby, and to enjoy the quiet moments when the baby’s sleeping on your chest.

Parent as a Team: When both parents are competent, they have a better opportunity to parent as a team rather than as master and apprentice. For example, nursing is a struggle and often a time when moms feel like they are in it alone. Dads can be very supportive of the nursing process. Bringing the baby over at feeding time, changing the baby’s diaper, and getting the baby back to sleep are all ways in which dads can be involved. More generally, the spirit of the idea is that team players take initiative, are generous to one another, and have a plan.

Be Flexible: When both parents have the flexibility to parent in their own way, it’s much easier to have each other’s backs when things get overwhelming. Relinquishing control means that things might not always be done your way. However, if both parents are capable, each can get things done in their own way—and more can get done. In both of our families, we are the primary caregivers and we’ve both been known to give a skeptical look or comment when our wives don’t feed our kids the “right” snack or follow the “right” nap routine. We’ve recognized that doing this deprives ourselves of the opportunity to have a capable parenting partner, and it deprives our wives of having the loving, caring relationship that they want to have with their children.

Use Your Benefits: Maternity workplace benefits have been in place for a long time, and most new moms use them. Many companies are starting to offer new fathers benefits like paid paternity leave, flexible scheduling, and telecommuting, but dads generally haven’t been taking advantage. We need a cultural shift in the workplace that allows mothers and fathers to be the parents they want to be while still being serious about their careers. As companies slowly institute family-friendly policies, we need more pioneering new fathers who can demonstrate that a two- or four-week leave has a huge impact at home and a minimal impact in the grand scheme of a 40-year career.

Enjoy Your New Family: Parenting isn’t all about dirty diapers, feeding schedules, and naptime. Expectant parents should spend the weeks leading up to birth doing things you enjoy together—go to the movies, eat dinner out, or see friends. After your baby is born, try to fit your new baby into your routines rather than imprison yourselves in a cocoon of worry and to-do lists. It may take several weeks or even a few months, but try to take back some of those moments that are just about the two of you, rather than the baby. For example, use the time your baby is napping in the stroller to take a walk, grab a cup of coffee, or get a bite to eat together.

Remember Your Goals: The transition from life as a couple to life with a baby may be the hardest road any of us will ever take (and we’re supposed to do it with a lot less sleep). An awareness of these issues and an effort to engage in lots of communication will go a long way towards the three big goals: A happy child, happy partners, and a happy partnership.

Matt Schneider and Lance Somerfeld are the co-founders of the NYC Dads Group, to learn more, visit nycdadsgroup.com!


Get Pre- And Post-Natal Fitness And Nutrition Tips From FitBump–Plus Browse Their Stylish Maternity Workout Gear–At The New York Baby Show

FitBump is both an invaluable online resource for information pre- and post-natal health and wellness and a purveyor of stylish maternity workout gear–and they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10% discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

To learn more about FitBump, we caught up with President and Founder Kira Kohrherr  and Editor in Chief Ingrid Skjong.

For new and expectant parents who are unfamiliar with FitBump,  please describe the company’s main mission and products and services.

FitBump’s core mission is to help women who have a pointed interest in fitness, wellness, and nutrition—a new generation of moms-to-be—to make mindful, healthy choices during pregnancy and as mothers. We want to go beyond the standard pregnancy resources, tapping into experts and our own internal expertise to educate, inspire, and answer questions that aren’t answered completely elsewhere.

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FitBump’s Theia Tank

 It’s so interesting that you’re both a source of great information and inspiration as women go through their journey to birth and motherhood, but that you also have some really wonderful active wear for that same consumer.  What came first–the idea for the clothes or the idea of being a source of good information about fit pregnancy?    

The two ideas formed simultaneously. Kira saw a gap in the market for really active, engaged women who were searching for better clothes and better information (on fitness, nutrition and wellness) during pregnancy.

 What do your fans tell you they like most about your clothes?  And do they typically still use the clothes in the post-natal phase?  If so, until about when?  

Fans really like the performance fabrics and the fit. A lot of maternity clothing is made to be “disposable.” Our fabrics are high-quality and sweat-wicking, and are made to be worked out in! The clothing is designed to fit where needed (a key component when doing a burpee or a downward dog 7 months pregnant!) and the products have a lifestyle feel as well. The cut of the clothing works from 0 to 9 months and back to pre-baby shape.

Regarding the information component,  does your website and blog chiefly focus solely on the fitness aspects of pregnancy, or also post-natal life?  And by fitness, I assume we mean both physical and emotional well-being, right? Do you also throw in some parenting news too, now and then?  We notice one of your editors has a really good eye for recipes!

The website focuses on pregnancy fitness, wellness and health, but also gives attention to women that want to get pregnant and new moms. We feature workouts—ones we try at gyms and boutique fitness centers throughout the city (our Workout Tryout series) and ones we create ourselves—fitness trends within the pregnancy/post-natal context and inspiring profiles with pregnant or new-mom athletes, fitness professionals and notables that talk about their pregnancy fitness strategies and post-pregnancy recoveries and workouts.

Along with straight-up fitness, we cover issues regarding emotional and mental wellbeing (eg., meditation, trusting intuition, how to dial into a happier natural state) and health topics (the flu shot, antidepressant use during pregnancy, how a pregnant immune system really functions). And nutrition is a significant part of our content, too: nutritional trends and issues pertaining to pregnancy, as well as recipes (normally healthy, often gluten-free or vegan) from our own test kitchen and from noted food personalities, bloggers and authors. Occasionally we’ll cover something parenting-related, usually via a guest contributor.

Please share some FitBump posts that you’ve loved lately. 

Fit Follow-Up: Alysia Montano

What’s My Workout: Bethany Hamilton

Recipe: Orange and Pepita Granola

Crave Worthy: 3 Homemade Nut Butters

The Pregnancy Challenge: MinimalistRunning Shoes

Workout Tryout: Drill Fitness 

Fertility By the Book  

We know you’re planning to be very active part of the New York Baby Show!  What can consumers expect to see from FitBump at the show? 

We are really excited to be a part of the Baby Show. We wanted to share our educational platform with women who are attending. We’ll be featuring a FitBump shop as well as two areas focused on fitness and nutrition. Attendees can expect demos from personal trainers, nutritionists, and more while also sampling healthy snacks and learning about brands that serve and promote a healthy lifestyle and path into motherhood.

To learn more about FitBump, visit FitBump360.com!

To learn more about the New York Baby Show, visit newyorkbabyshow.com!


Experience Eco-Friendly Baby Gear From Eyla’s At The New York Baby Show

Eyla’s specializing in distributing top-quality, natural, and eco-friendly products for babies, toddlers, parents, and the whole family–and they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles!

To learn more about Eyla’s, we caught up with owner Ari Shore.

Eyla’s focuses on natural and eco-friendly products for baby and family. You yourself are a father of three small children. What came first, the company or the children? 

The Company and our fist daughter arrived within three weeks of each other (somewhat by surprise). I had been working on forming the company, products and vision for a while and in January of 2010 started to deploy the strategy even before formally registering the company. I began the registration and launch process about a month before the due date of our first daughter only to be surprised and thrilled to welcome her on July 1, 2010. Even though you did not ask there is also a funny story with this, I was born and raised in Canada and my birthday is July 4, American Independence Day, my daughter was born on July 1 which is Canada Day, so long story short I am a Canadian (now American citizen) born on the 4th of July with an American daughter born on Canada day. Eyla’s was officially formed on July 21, 2010.

I had recently sold my interest in another company in a completely different industry in 2009 and shortly afterwards found out we were expecting our first child. Although I was not sure what I was going to do next I did know that I wanted it to be baby/kid/family friendly. After spending close to 20 years travelling and in meetings that were not kid friendly I wanted an environment that my children would not only be welcome but also very much accepted. I was also doing a lot of research into products and life styles that we wanted to use and adopt into our family environment. I saw a major opportunity to apply much of my personal and professional life lessons into an environment that would not only make a difference in my family’s life but also the lives of others who were either new to the new family journey or to those already on it but looking for ways to change or improve it.

My passion for the business has only grown over the years. We are very focused on offering top quality solutions and products to families. It is a true pleasure being a parent and every day is full of joy and challenges especially when factoring in how will what we are doing as parents affect our children. We consider this with every product that we either develop or source. We really focus on making things easier for both parent and children.

What kinds of advice do you have expectant and new parents who want to be informed about natural and eco-friendly products?  Are there good educational websites to turn to?

We strongly encourage people to take a deep breath, step back, and decide what is best for them and their new family–simply ask yourself how do you want to live (always easier said than done). Just because someone close to you used one product or did it one way it does not make it the right way and don’t be worried about making a mistake. The process of preparing for a new baby or welcoming one into your home for the first time is incredible. If you follow everyone’s advice you will end up with way more products than you need or will even use and trying to live the way someone else did will be an impossible task. Once you have decided on your new lifestyle and core values you want to apply to your new family product selection will be very easy! It is also important to remember that you will try many different things and products until you find what works best for you and the little ones. We often refer to products like a pair of jeans–every pair fits everyone differently and sometimes you just need to try a couple different pairs before you find the right one, this is especially true when looking for natural and eco-friendly products.

For people who are looking for good online resources to help the education process I always encourage them to break it down to the different categories of what they are looking for as I am not sure there is any one site that covers everything newborn/baby/toddler etc. For example if you are looking for breast feeding support products, what to eat, schedules etc… we often refer people to   The Leaky Boob (theleakyboob.com). For diapering especially those considering cloth diapers we often refer people to The Cloth Diaper Geek (clothdiapergeek.com), Dirty Diaper Laundry, and Diaper Pin.

The most valuable tool that we have found for people and one that exists in virtually every part of the country is the independent retailer. In most cases these are families that have started a store out of passion and have spent incredible amounts of time educating themselves on all of the products available. These stores often offer support groups, chat rooms and educational sessions such as how to wear a baby, breastfeeding, sleep training, cloth diaper classes and so much more. It is important to keep in mind that they will promote a life style similar to the one they choose to implement into their families but they are not pushy and generally want to find the best solutions for you as a family. We encourage people to find these independent retailers in their communities, visit them, get to know them and select the one’s that you can best relate to (which will not be very hard), it is kind of like hiring an adviser you can trust!

As a distributor, how do you yourself go about finding products you love?

For us as a supplier we get to cheat a little in terms of finding products that we love. We are contacted on a daily basis by individuals who have or are in the process of developing products and would like us to evaluate it for either a business or opportunity or development advice. In addition to that we spend the most part of the year at different events around the world that specialize in natural, eco-friendly and family products so we are regularly in the environment. In addition to that when we are evaluating products we get to look a lot deeper into the suppliers, evaluate samples which we use on our own families, learn about what is most important to them and inspect their processes. For individuals there has been an amazing explosion of resources for to put themselves in our type of position. I always encourage individuals to attend events like the New York Baby Show, Birth and Baby Expos all which are regularly held on a local basis.

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Hugaboo, available from Eyla’s

Right now, your website is giving a lot of space to the Hugaboo, which is an infant floor seat. We love the color options, but of course that’s the least of it. What’s this product all about? What makes it special?

We love this product and are so excited to have just added it to our offerings. The Hugaboo was developed by a mother with a child who was a little “late” developing the ability to sit on their own which is not uncommon. The Hugaboo is a very comfortable and plush seat that offers 360 degree support for the baby and also helps the baby develop the muscle coordination to sit on their own. In addition to that and the wonderful designs that they produce they offer additional safety for the baby. For example a lot of baby seats do not have leg supports that completely support the baby. As you can see from the picture the baby actually has to slid their feet into the leg holes. These leg holes help prevent the baby from lifting their legs too high which can offset their balance and cause them to fall out of the seat!

As a parent (especially a first time parent) you think that you will never want to put the baby down. We encourage as much closeness with baby as possible but the reality is of course that you will need to put baby down in a safe place. It is good not only for the parent but also for the baby to have a safe place to develop some natural things such as the ability to sit on their own, observer the world around them and establish some independence and freedom. These points are also very true for the parents, establishing the closeness with your child is very important and provides increased confidence and security for the child but it is also important to have freedom and independence as a parent. It is also important to point out that the Hugaboo offers the parent the opportunity to still maintain the closeness with the child while getting on the floor with them and interacting with the child on the floor whether it be reading to them, playing or so many more options.

Eyla’s has knack for identifying some really cool and helpful teethers, including Healing Hazel Teething Necklaces, and Zen Rocks, which you call “a stylish new twist on teething.” Tell us a bit about what you like about those two products and their brands.

The Healing Hazel brand offers a variety of Baltic Amber and Hazelwood products that are great not only for teething babies but also for the whole family. Baltic Amber is a natural resin that is mined out of the Baltic regions. The main property of Amber is a succinic acid which is naturally anti-inflammatory and calming. When the amber comes into contact with your skin it warms and the individual slowly absorbs the acid into the body. This is a great natural remedy for any type of inflammation symptom such as headaches, joint pain and of course the inflammation of the gums on a teething baby. Our Amber product was the first CPSC approved product on the market. We also take great pride in the fact that we do not only require certificates of authenticity from our suppliers, we also randomly select units from every shipment, send them to the gemological institute of America and have them verified as authentic Amber.

The Zen Rocks brand is another one that we worked very hard to develop. In the design stage of the products we were very focused on offering product with style! We had noticed an opportunity in the market to design product that did not necessarily look like a “baby” product but yet could satisfy the sensory relief that babies and other individuals require. The product is made of medical grade silicone which is safe to put in mouth, suck on eat, and ingest (although we do not recommend that). The product will also not store or attract heat and bacteria. Each design that we have has a unique meaning which allows for a connection point with the customer and the product as well as an education point. All of our designs are put through a durometer  test called the shorea test (no relation) which is the link in establishing what is safe for individuals on all ends of the spectrum to chew on and ensuring that no damage is done to the teeth or Jaws.

In addition to the above we spent a lot of time creating different textures on the products. When developing teething and sensory relief products we found that there was a lack of product on the market that provided relief for the sense of touch/rubbing. This is a sensory requirement for all individuals. We also spent allot of time working with sensory disorder professionals to develop a product that could be used with individuals of all ages and sizes and provide the necessary relief required without the product specifically looking like a baby or sensory relief specific product so any individual could love it and wear it proudly.

You also have some cool-looking bottles and food storage containers from a company called Eco Vessel.

Eco Vessel is a great company and one that is local to us. One of the things that really attracted us to Eco Vessel was their connection with Water for People who focus on providing long lasting solutions to the water, sanitation, and hygiene problems in the developing world. Eco Vessel donates 1 percent of all annual sales to Water for People. Obviously this is not the only reason we chose to work with Eco Vessel. The products that they supply are truly amazing and really fit for the entire family. Our focus with Eco Vessel is the triple insulated Tri-Max Stainless steel bottles. With the Tri Max technology we are really able to deploy temperature management with liquids in the bottle. Each Tri Max bottle will keep cold liquid cold for 36 hours and hot liquid hot for 8-10 hours. As everyone can relate to there is nothing worse than forgetting  your bottle only to come back to it just dying to take a drink and thinking it will no longer be good. With the Eco Vessel bottles this does not happen and can be somewhat a life changing event when you are craving cold water, expecting it to be warm and when you taste it is just as cold as when you put it into the bottle. This technology is also very helpful with our kids products. For example with the Sippy cups you can really extend the travel life of milk or other liquids for 6-8 hours. All of Eco Vessels products also come with a lifetime warranty!.

What’s next For Eyla’s? What can consumers expect from you at the Baby Show and beyond?

Eyla’s is always looking to improve our products as well as identify, develop and supply innovative products in the baby market place and beyond. We are currently working on a number of new releases that will happen before, at and following the baby show. One area of focus for us at the moment ids expanding in both the baby gear and apparel market. At the show consumers can hopefully find a valuable resource in Eyla’s for natural, eco-friendly products as well as referrals to resources they are looking for. We value the connection we make with every individual and learn so much from others that will eventually also help in our development. We are always full of surprises so hopefully we can provide some excitement during this adventure.

To learn more about Eyla’s, visit eylas.com!

 


Lansinoh Brings Innovations In Feeding To The New York Baby Show

Lansinoh is one of the leading brands in the realm of breastfeeding and breast pumping, thanks in large part to their emphasis on understanding a mother and child’s feeding needs, as well as their commitment to developing innovative products–and they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

To learn more about Lansinoh, we caught up with Brand Manager Whitney Howell.

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The Lansinoh Breastfeeding Starter Set

For expectant and new parents, please describe Lansinoh’s primary focus and mission. The company uses the lovely catch phrase: “We Know Breastfeeding.” Does that say it all? Would you share a little be about the company’s proud history?

Founded by a breastfeeding mom, Lansinoh has been committed to helping moms succeed in breastfeeding for over 30 years. Famous for its award-winning cornerstone product, HPA Lanolin, today Lansinoh is a leader in breastfeeding accessories and available in nearly 60 countries.

Of all your breast-feeding related products, are there certain categories that are, far and away, your most popular categories?

Lansinoh is proud to have the confidence of breastfeeding mothers. We offer the No. 1 selling lanolin, disposable nursing pad, and milk storage bag on market. We started in breast therapies and have used our deep knowledge of breastfeeding to develop best in class breast pumps and bottles.

Please highlight a few of your relatively recent launches.

New for 2015 is our Breastfeeding Starter Set. We’ve combined four of our most popular products into one simple set designed to help – not overwhelm – new moms. Each set includes: HPA Lanolin, Disposable Nursing Pads, TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Packs, and LatchAssist Nipple Everter. At Lansinoh we develop products that solve common challenges that many mom’s experience during their breastfeeding journey.

Your products include a number of starter kits, including the Breastfeeding Starter Kit. These sound like great ideas; do people generally buy them for themselves, or are they usually given as gifts?

New for 2015, both the Breastfeeding Starter Set and the Breastmilk Storage & Feeding Set are perfect registry items but are also purchased by new moms looking for our best selling items in a convenient set.

What can new and expectant parents expect from you at the New York Baby Show?

We’re very excited to be returning to the New York Baby Show and looking forward to interacting with moms and moms-to-be! Attendees can stop by and ask our breastfeeding expects for advice while exploring our current product line. We’re proud to return to New York Baby show as sponsors of the Lansinoh Lounges, that nursing and pumping moms are welcome to use. All are welcome to take a break, pump and store.

To learn more about Lansinoh, visit lansinoh.com!

For information about the New York Baby Show and to purchase tickets, visit newyorkbabyshow.com!


Jané Prepares To Ride Into The New York Baby Show In Style

Jané makes strollers, car seats, accessories, and more, all with top-quality and a unique European look–and they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

To learn more about the Jané brand, we caught with Jané Vice President Chris Shipferling.

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The Jané Rider

For new and expectant parents who are unfamiliar with Jané,  please give us a brief overview of Jané’s  noted history in Spain and really all around the world.   

The story of Jané begins in in 1928 by Manel Jané, a Barcelona locksmith. As an inventor, his father encouraged him to build a stroller for his son. With this encouragement the first Jané stroller was born. By 1932 our company was incorporated and now in its 4th generation as a family owned business, Jané owns close to 80 percent market share in Spain and has a distribution in 52 countries. Jané has pioneered and innovated in numerous categories. We manufacture everything for your baby except furniture. Our company is built on the philosophy that we design everything ourselves. With over 600 patents, we love to design. With safety in mind first, high quality and innovation are the two pillars of our product development. “Innovate before being copied” is our motto.

From what we’ve read about Jané’s strollers and car seats, the brand is a pioneer in safety and functionality but also considered quite stylish.

A number of products and brands with wide distribution have appeared on the market lately, products strongly based on trends and style, designed for short-term use. These products don’t last and the customer eventually comes to realize what is truly behind this type of business, the company’s lack of vision for the future and a serious commitment to research within the world of the baby and parent. Jané’s strategy has always been the polar opposite to this type of frivolity. The company was founded in 1932 and our philosophy is to perpetuate and strengthen as a business. Jané is a leader in babycare. Our ability to communicate, our sense of responsibility and our unflagging implication makes our obligation to the baby and parent a completely natural one. That is what makes us different, original and absolutely authentic.

 How would describe the niche that Jané strollers and car seats fit in the marketplace? Who is your typical consumer? 

Our product philosophy has remained constant; to offer the best, most distinctive, and unique products while ensuring that they have been carefully developed in order to give the best performance possible. We also strive to pass along advantages to our customers by offering them–and most especially, their children–special features and characteristics which can’t be found in products from other brands. These are the two pillars of our product development: High Quality by using higher grade of material and innovation. We currently have 600 patents and 250 of which are active and counting!

As an example, please briefly walk us through a popular travel system that an American consumer might enjoy from Jané.  Which products would you recommend and why? 

The most popular travel system we sell is the Jané Rider with Bassinet. This product can also adapt to most major infant seats in the marketplace. The product has a patented fold that collapses into a cube (30 percent smaller than fully upright), uses a shock absorber with an aluminum piston and red coiled spring, and had the best grade of material you can find to keep the parent and child safe and comfortable.  All of our products as mentioned before go through a rigorous quality test and we only design when we know that the product has a unique difference and something to offer the parent of value.

Any product news you’d like to share with our readers now?  And what can they expect from Jané at the New York Baby Show?  

We have some great product coming out at the end of 2015 which will bring incredible innovation to the marketplace. At this show we are showing and selling for the first time an accessory that will improve storage when using your stroller that is eco-friendly! Come by the booth to see!

To learn more about Jané, visit jane-usa.com!


CYBEX Brings Its Award-Winning Car Seats And City-Friendly Strollers To The New York Baby Show

CYBEX offers award-winning car seats, strollers, and baby carriers that not only keep little ones safe, but also adapt perfectly to urban lifestyles–and they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10% discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

To learn more about CYBEX, we caught up with the CYBEX team.

CYBEX strollers and car seats are on a hot streak in the United States. But for new and expectant parents who are getting to know CYBEX, please give us a brief overview of the company’s noted history in Europe, and the kind of qualities the brand is known for.     

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The CYBEX Cloud Q car seat in “Hot & Spicy.”

At CYBEX, safety is the top priority. CYBEX conducts hundreds of crash tests every year as part of the commitment to continually improve their child restraints. The CYBEX seats have won a huge number of awards in Europe and already many in the US. The CYBEX Infant Car Seats have been the 2012, 2013, and 2014 JPMA Innovation Award winners, and the next model to come to the US for spring/summer 2015 was even named “Best in Show.” The new seat is called the Cloud Q. The Aton, Aton 2, and Aton Q seats stand for maximum safety for babies. So does the Cloud Q. In addition to being one of the very safest infant car seats on the market, the Cloud Q has some totally amazing features, earlier not available on the market. CYBEX is a leading brand in child passenger safety all over Europe and elsewhere with our infant car seats, convertible seats, and high back booster seats. In the US, there are three different models of the Aton infant car seat, as well as two high back booster models so far, but those will soon grow into a whole range of seats, dominating the US market within the next few years.

Your Cloud Q Infant Car Seat was essentially named one of the Products Of The Year  (it was the judge’s pick) at the baby industry’s big trade show.  This is a huge honor.  What’s so wonderful about the car seat? 

The Cloud Q was named “Best In Show” and a “2014 JPMA Innovation Award Winner.” The Innovation Awards Competition started in 1989 as the Most Innovative Product Contest, and has evolved through the years to a highly recognized competition.The trade show is called All Baby & Child Expo and was held in September in Las Vegas.

The 2014 Judges Pick Winner/Best in Show winner is the  Cloud Q Infant Car Seat from CYBEX. This is the first-ever infant car seat that, when used on a stroller, can recline completely, becoming a carry cot. A clever mechanism allows the back rest to recline completely, and the foot end of the seat flattens out and extends to perfectly support the baby. So outside of the car (never while in the car), the car seat turns into a bassinet, and when added to a stroller frame, then does the work of a full size pram. While used in the car, the CYBEX Cloud Q offers the same outstanding safety as the Aton 2 and Aton Q. There is a warning mechanism to alert the caregiver that the seat has to be put back in the “car seat” more upright position before being installed. There is even a mechanism making it impossible for a parent to try to install the Cloud Q in the car in the full lie flat position The base comes with a Load Leg and the seat also has the telescoping LSP (Linear Side-Impact Protection).

 As another example of your products at work, please briefly walk us through a popular travel system that a  consumer might enjoy from CYBEX. Which products would you recommend?

The most upscale, beautiful, and functional travel system new parents can get is really the PRIAM stroller from CYBEX, combined with the Cloud Q Infant Car Seat, as explained above. The American designers Ray and Charles Eames created modern design classics by combining functionality and style. The PRIAM stroller from the CYBEX PLATINUM range is an homage to the innovative power of their life’s work. On our website, cybex-online.com, there is a full story about the inspiration for CYBEX to produce such a gorgeous stroller.

 Any other product news you’d like to share with our readers now?  And what can people  expect from CYBEX at the New York Baby Show?  Will you have most of your products on hand to chat with people about? 

We hope to have a new line of strollers to show at the New York Baby Show, including the top model the PRIAM, but also several other new strollers from CYBEX, coming to the US late spring/early summer of 2015 (Balios, Agis M-Air and more, with different wheel constellations). The colors are elegant and very fashionable, including “Black Beauty,” “True Blue,” “Moon Dust,” “Grape Juice,” and “Hot & Spicy.”

To learn more about CYBEX, visit cybex-online.com/us!

For information about the New York Baby Show and to purchase tickets, visit newyorkbabyshow.com!


ZoLi’s Fun And Functional Baby Products Are Coming To The New York Baby Show

ZoLi addresses the challenges of modern parenting with product designs that are as fun to look at as they are easy and functional to use–and they’ll be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

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ZoLi GUMMY STICKS

To find out more about ZoLi, we caught up with brand ambassador Leslie Flax.

For someone unfamiliar with ZoLi, how would you describe the company and its mission?

ZoLi started in 2008 with the goal to create safe, innovative products that meet the challenges of modern parenting. Over the years, as the company has grown and our product line has expanded, we’ve broadened our focus from modern parenting to everyday life. However, our core vision remains the same – to provide innovative and safe solutions.

What are your most popular products and/or your newest products?

Our most popular products are

BOT: Sippy Cups, the BUZZ B: Nail trimmer, and GUMMY STICKS: Teethers. In terms of our newest products: We have just entered the Housewares world. We have some new products like the SWIRL (double walled glass tumblers), the PIP (an 18-oz. water bottle), and the SQUEAK (a ​12-oz. straw water bottle).

What sets ZoLi apart from other feeding products?

At ZoLi, we work tirelessly to achieve this with all of our products. Our products are made with the safest materials available and are tested regularly to meet and exceed all US and global safety requirements. Products should not only look good but also be functional. That is why each and every product we create at ZoLi must meet our design mandate of utility and style. We believe in protecting our planet, so we look for ways to leave a smaller footprint. As such, we incorporate recycled paper and soy-based inks in our packaging and marketing materials. Our packaging is designed to limit the use of excess paper and plastic.

What ages does ZoLi offer products for?

The whole family! Newborn to adult!

Does ZoLi have any new products for babies and toddlers coming out soon? And either way, what are  ZoLi’s plans for the New York Baby Show? Are you bringing the whole line or a few select products? 

New products are in the more kid/adult arena. We will bring our whole line to the show.

To learn more about ZoLi, visit zoli-inc.com!


Mother’s Special Blend Shares Their Stretch Mark Solution At The New York Baby Show

Mother’s Special Blend by Mountain Ocean is a natural, proven stretch mark prevention formula created by an expectant mom more than 40 years ago–and will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10% discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

To find out more about Mother’s Special Blend, we caught up with the Mountain Ocean team.

For expectant and new parents who are unfamiliar with Mountain Ocean, how would you describe the company’s mission and core product offerings?

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Mother’s Special Blend

Mother’s Special Blend was created over 40 years ago for pregnant women concerned about stretch marks. The company’s mission was to create a chemical-free stretch mark prevention product to be safe for both mother and child.

What sets Mother’s Special Blend apart from other beauty products for mothers and children?

Mother’s Special Blend Skin Toning Oil is safe for both mother and baby, containing no preservatives, emulsifiers, fragrances, or concentrated essential botanical oils or extracts.

Tell us about the process of ensuring that all products are all-natural and also effective.

Mother’s Special Blend is an all-natural product containing almond oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and Vitamin E. It works because it uniquely moisturizes and conditions skin. This special blend spreads evenly over the skin and absorbs quickly to work effectively.

What are some of your most popular products?

Mother’s Special Blend Skin Toning Oil and Cocoa Butter Soap.

What makes your products beneficial for expectant and new mothers in particular?

Mother’s Special Blend has proven to be effective as a Stretch Mark Preventive Oil, easy to use, and spreads evenly with positive results. This blend moisturizes and conditions skin to expand and then contract back to its normal shape. It is also safe for newborns, babies, and kids who are growing rapidly.

It’s been popular by word-of-mouth generation after generation with our customers, healthcare providers, doulas, midwives, and OB-GYNs.

What can consumers expect to discover at the baby show? Are you bringing the whole line for consumers to take a look at and try out?

We are bringing Mother’s Special Blend Skin Toning Oil and the Cocoa Butter Soap along with two new products requested by pregnant moms for hair and body: Our Head to Toes Shampoo/Body Wash, along with our Out on a Limb Cream that can address dry skin areas on arms, hands, legs, and feet. They contain organic botanical ingredients and are very well received.  We will have testers for the consumers to try and be giving out complimentary eco-tote bags along with a sample of Mother’s Special Blend.

For more information about Mother’s Special Blend and Mountain Ocean, visit mothersspecialblend.com and  mountainocean.com!

For information about the New York Baby Show and to purchase tickets, visit newyorkbabyshow.com!


The Beebo Brings Innovation And Multi-tasking To The New York Baby Show

Inspired by the everyday challenges of parents trying to multi-task while feeding their babies, the Beebo is changing the feeding game for moms and dads everywhere—and will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

To find out more about the Beebo, we interviewed the creator of the Beebo, engineer and dad Martin Hill.

Image1 compressedFor an expectant or new parent unfamiliar with your business, what should they know about the Beebo?

The Beebo is a free hand bottle holder designed to enhance feeding time between baby and parent. It is really easy to use: simply place the Beebo over either should, insert your baby’s bottle and rotate to the desired feeding angle. The Beebo frees up a hand to caress, burp, or read a book to your baby. Using it even allows your entire family to enjoy meals together. The Beebo holds the bottle in a consistent/stable feeding position so your baby is more likely to finish their entire meal, while you are able to master multitasking. The Beebo is designed to make life with a newborn easier, and enhance feeding time for you, your baby and your family. It is also made out of baby safe materials (BPA free, phthalates free, lead free and PVC free)!

You developed the Beebo after your own experience with frustrations with bottle feeding. Was there any anecdote or moment in particular that catalyzed you to work on your own product?

I would constantly find myself struggling to multitask during feeding my kids, and after doing some research online, found that nobody had created a functional solution to this problem. With my background in engineering I decided to create something to make my life easier, and enhance the feeding time for me and my baby boy. I designed and made the very first Beebo in my garage, and the idea/product just grew from there.

Tell us about how the Beebo enhances feeding time. 

The Beebo frees up a hand to caress, burp or read a book to your baby during feeding time. Using it even allows your entire family to enjoy meals together. One amazing advantage we have found people are discovering about using the Beebo and reading to their baby, is that they actually eat a lot better! This is probably due to them looking at the book/pictures, listening to their parents voice and letting their mind wander during bottle feeding. The Beebo truly enhances bottle feeding time. We recently gave the Beebo to a group of pediatricians. Here is what one of them said about it: “I had a chance to use the Beebo when I fed my baby niece and could not believe the freedom it gave me to multitask. I was able to eat dinner at the same time she did! The Beebo kept the bottle in perfect position and stayed comfortably on my shoulder the entire time. How I wish I had this product when my children were babies!” –Dr. Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP, Bundoo Pediatrician

What do you hear from your customers? Do they like having free hands to rest, or to do other stuff? (We love the photo of your reading a Dr. Seuss book while your child take her bottle!)

People are loving the Beebo. The ability to enhance feeding time is such a wonderful thing. The most common responses about the Beebo are: “Why didn’t I think of this!?” And: “Where was this when I had babies!?” The most common use of the parent’s free hand is the ability to hold a book comfortably and read to their baby. This has so many wonderful benefits such as increased brain development, cognitive skills, and eyesight development.

With your success with Beebo, is your company planning to introduce other innovative baby products? More immediately, what can consumers expect from you at the Baby Show?

We have lots of other baby/family related products/ideas that we are working on, but are currently solely focused on launching the Beebo. It is brand new and we only launched a couple of months ago. We will only be exhibiting the Beebo at the show in May.

To learn more about the Beebo, visit thebeebo.com!


GB Strollers Strolls Into The New York Baby Show

After years of making strollers for just about every major stroller company in the world, GB is now also making strollers of their own—and will be exhibiting at the New York Baby Show coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER:

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

Use promotional code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount, which also automatically qualifies you for amazing raffles.

To find out more about GB, we interviewed CEO Greg Mansker.

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The GB Evoq Travel System

For many years, GB’s parent company, Goodbaby, has played an essential role in producing strollers for other famous stroller companies. Tell us about the company’s background, and why they decided to now also make strollers under their own brand name?

GB’s owners have been designing, developing and testing baby gear for more than 25 years. If it’s popular, odds are, someone connected with GB had a hand in its creation. From GB’s owners’ perspective, after spending a lifetime helping friends raise their children, they couldn’t help but wonder about a family of their own.

For expectant and new parents unfamiliar with GB, how would you describe the essence and mission of the company?

To a new parent unfamiliar with GB, I’d explain it’s a new, international family of baby gear from the same delivery room as many of the brands they already know and trust. The GB team lives in some of North America and Europe’s top urban design centers, which means a GB family feels at home anywhere it travels. GB’s mission is to reward parents with the best of what the world has to offer.

What’s your newest product offering right now and why is it special?

The stroller we’re unveiling at the New York Baby Show is called the GB Qbit. It’s a go-anywhere stroller that folds down to a cube the size of a boutique shopping bag. We’ll also be showing GB’s first travel system, the GB Evoq, which accommodates four stages of growth and comes with a tilt seat and the new GB Asana35 infant car seat.

In the stroller marketplace, what’s GB’s niche: Between your strollers, travel systems, and car seats, what’s your value proposition for consumers?

Since GB is such an international brand, each GB product is infused with the best ideas from designers all over the world, to make something truly unique.

What can consumes expect next from GB? And what can they expect to see from you at the Baby Show? Will you have the whole line there or focus on a few hot products from people to tryout and learn about?

In addition to the GB Qbit stroller, we’ll also be showing our chic, stylish 4-in-1 GB Evoq travel system and GB Asana35 AP infant car seat, which has a European-style load leg that U.S. parents may not have seen before. We’ll also be bringing back the GB Zuzu, which premiered at last year’s New York Baby Show and won “Best in Show!”

For more about GB’s strollers and products, visit gbchildusa.com!

For information about the New York Baby Show and to purchase tickets, visit newyorkbabyshow.com!


Special Invitation: The 2015 New York Baby Show!

facebook-boost[2]Attention Expectant and New Parents! Attention Bumps, Babies & Toddlers!

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 New York Baby Show, coming up on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, at Pier 92 in NYC! The largest family-friendly mega-event for expectant and new families in the country, the New York Baby Show welcomes families from all over New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER: 

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual. Use the code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount!

JUMP IN! Be one of the next 1,000 ticket buyers and qualify to win any of the following special raffles:

*Two winners will receive a Lilly Gold Sit-n-Stroll (a$330 value), two winners will receive a Lilly Gold Zoomer (a $200 value), and another 10 winners will receive a Lilly Gold Zipper mesh car seat bag (a $30 value)

*A very cool Safety 1st Step and Go travel system (a $299 value)

*A fabulous Quinny Zapp Xtra stroller South Beach edition in pink or blue (a $350 value)

*A beautiful Babyhome Air bassinet (a $300 value)

*The wooden Height Right High Chair from Keekaroo (a $230 value)

*An amazing set of premium cloth diapers from Tidy Tots Diapers (a $1,150 value), that includes additional covers, diapers, and flushies

*What’s more, anyone who comes to the New York Baby Show can also enter to win the Dream Green Nursery worth more than $5,000!

For more info and tickets: visit newyorkbabyshow.com, or click HERE!

 


Join The March Of Dimes On April 26 For The March For Babies

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Photo by Benjamin Lin Photography

We’re excited to announce that the March of Dimes–the nation’s  leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health–is the Proud Charitable Partner for the upcoming New York Baby Show, which is coming up on May 16 and 17 at Pier 92 in New York City!

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of  family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes  thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH A SPECIAL OFFER!  

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual. Use the code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount!

We will be bringing you plenty of additional info on the March of Dimes’ involvement and participation in the New York Baby Show (which is the nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families) as we get closer to the event’s date in May, but for now, we want to encourage everyone’s participation in the March of Dimes’ largest annual fundraising event, the March for Babies, taking place on Sunday, April 26!

Join Eli Manning and thousands of New Yorkers for the Manhattan walk, which starts at Columbus Avenue and 62nd Street and ends at 26th Street and Madison Avenue.

We’re thrilled to spread the news about this awesome local event for a great cause. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes’ research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

For more information and to register for the March For Babies, visit marchforbabies.org.


Win The Dream Green Nursery At The New York Baby Show!

NYF_0415_025We are proud and pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the New York Baby Show, coming up on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, at Pier 92 in New York City.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of  family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes  thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

As more and more parents become interested in raising their children amid natural and organic products, we thought that the 2015 New York Baby Show would be the perfect venue to help parents learn about “greening” their nursery.

And what better way to do that than by giving away the Dream Green Nursery itself!

To do that, we turned to the perfect partner, Sprout San Francisco, a natural and organic baby boutique, with two local stores (one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn). Sprout truly carries everything you need to give your baby a healthy home!

The green nursery, which Sprout has curated, includes a crib, dresser, and glider, as well as organic bedding and toys.

The nursery features a solid wood crib and dresser, both made in the USA by ducduc; a latex filled glider chair (with no polyurethane foam) by Monte; an all-wool rug by Not Neutral; an organic mattress and changing pad from Naturepedic; and organic bedding and toys from Sprout.

The nursery’s total value is over $5,000!

Anyone who attends the New York Baby Show, and is interested in a nursery, can enter the raffle for the Dream Green Nursery.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH A SPECIAL OFFER!  

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual. Use the code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount!

Tickets are $30 per family or $20 per individual.

Be one of the next 1,000 ticket buyers and qualify to win any of these special raffles!

The New York Baby Show is just a great and helpful resource for expectant and new parents—and now it’s a wonderful green resource too!

For more information about the New York Baby Show, visit newyorkbabyshow.com.

It’s best to buy your tickets early, but even more important, come and enjoy the New York Baby Show!


Attention Expectant & New Parents! Attention Bumps, Babies & Toddlers! Tickets Are Now On Sale For The New York Baby Show!

NYF_0415_C43We are proud and pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the New York Baby Show, coming up on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, at Pier 92 in New York City.

The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler—from top products, to trusted parenting experts, to lots of family fun and support. The New York Baby Show welcomes  thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW WITH A SPECIAL OFFER!  

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual. Use the code NYFBABY for a 10 percent discount!

Be one of the next 1,000 tickets purchased and qualify to win any of the six following special raffles:

*Two winners will receive a Lilly Gold Sit-n-Stroll (a$330 value), two winners will receive a Lilly Gold Zoomer (a $200 value), and another 10 winners will receive a Lilly Gold Zipper mesh car seat bag (a $30 value)

*A very cool Safety 1st Step and Go travel system (a $299 value)

*A fabulous Quinny Zapp Xtra stroller South Beach edition in pink or blue (a $350 value)

*A beautiful Babyhome Air bassinet (a $300 value)

*The wooden Height Right High Chair from Keekaroo (a $230 value)

*An amazing set of premium cloth diapers from Tidy Tots Diapers (a $1,150 value), that includes additional covers, diapers, and flushies

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE — CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

Other New York Baby Show highlights include:

*TOP BRANDS & GEAR: Over 150 top maternity, infant, toddler, and family brands from all over the world.

*CLASSES: Try one of the many baby and parent classes at the show, and learn new skills (and songs) while bonding with your baby.

*SPEAKERS & SEMINARS: A big variety of expert speakers providing important information for new and expectant parents on maternal wellness, baby health, family transitions, equipment and gear, nursery shopping, preschool admissions, child care, sleep, feeding, and many other parenting topics.

*STROLLER TEST TRACK: A truly unique feature of the New York Baby Show, the big test track simulates real world obstacles including gravel, grass, bumps, gates, cobblestone, and street grates—allowing parents to “test drive” the great variety of stroller brands and models at the show!

*PLAY AREA: Take a break and have some fun with awesome, age-appropriate toys for babies and toddlers.

*FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT: Kiddie entertainers perform throughout the weekend (and throughout the venue), offering new parents and little ones moments of joy and bonding.

*MOMS’ LOUNGE: A restful haven apart from the busy show floor to relax, feed and change your baby, and meet other expectant and new moms.

*DADS’ LOUNGE: An oasis of support, information, and encouragement for dads (and moms) run by the legendary NYC Dads Group.

*CHARITABLE PARTNER: The New York Baby Show’s official Charitable Partner is the March Of Dimes, the nation’s  leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.

The New York Baby Show is produced by New York Family magazine. It welcomes expectant and new families from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond! The New York Baby Show is honored to be a part of your journey into parenthood.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE — CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

Any questions? For more information, contact show manager Emanuelle Block, at eblock@manhattanmedia.com.

 


Why I Love The New York Baby Show, And Why You Will Too: A Note From The Editor Of New York Family

adamThe other day, I held a friend’s baby, and my old tricks came back to me in what felt like a rush of muscle memories. All of sudden I was gently swooshing her through the air, my new toy airplane; then we were waltzing to music that only existing in my mind; and, in the end, she was so generous with her drool, I felt it was only fitting that we played peek-a-boo with my shirt. As the experience, with its joys and aches, reminded me, I’m no longer a new parent—my children are 15 and 11—but still I love bonding with infants and toddlers. That will probably be evident to you should we meet at the New York Baby Show, which is coming up on May 16 and 17—and we just might. I’m the guy with the big bushel of graying hair who will be walking up and down the show’s long corridors non-stop for two days, trying to be helpful to parents while catching up with exhibitors, some whom are beginning to feel like old friends that I see at the annual reunion.

I’m proud that the New York Baby Show is now the largest consumer show for expectant and new parents (and their babies and toddlers) in the country—attracting thousands of you from the New York metropolitan area, and beyond.

But what I’m really proud of is that people seem to really enjoy it and appreciate it. I love seeing all of you so excited to be here, so happy to get out of the apartment or house, so fundamentally interested in doing right by your baby, or your baby-to-be.

I’m also especially proud that we can bring all of this to you at very reasonable ticket price ($20-30) for families or individuals.

May I offer one piece of advice? While you’re here at the Baby Show, take your time. Enjoy the vendors. Enjoy the demos and lectures. Enjoy the rest stations. You don’t have to see everything to see a lot.

One more piece of advice? After signing up for the Baby Show, let your next stop be the magazine of New York Family, which produces the show. We have a free weekly e-newsletter, devoted to expectant and new parents.

For now, though, thank you for considering the New York Baby Show. My colleagues and I at New York Family are honored to be able to help you at the start of your journey into parenthood.

Warm regards,

Eric Messinger

Editor, New York Family

emessinger@manhattanmedia.com


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