At Jacob Javits Center in NYC, there were recently unveiled a line of baby items innovative enough to make a new parent excited, parents of older kids jealous, and grandparents wonder where all these items were when they were new parents. Here are some of the most interesting items I noticed for babies at Toy Fair 2013.
New, lightweight and easy to take along with you, journeyBee (manufactured by ParentLab) presents for the first time in the US, a travel crib that’s safe and lightweight and created specifically for families on the go. The journeyBee is a the next generation of pack-and play/port a cribs, a portable crib for those who are always on the move. This crib is perfect for road trips, hotels, camping, outdoor play, or bringing along to friends and family’s homes for easy nap time or playtime. Weighing in at roughly 10 pounds and easy to carry on your back, there are no multiple unpacking trips trips required. No tools needed, easy to set up, and recommended for 0-18 months.
Also available in bassinet form, the “mini” is as easy to use and set up as the journeybee, but weights only 4.3 lbs and closes up to be smaller than most purses. Recommended for ages 0-6 months. For more information, go to http://www.ParentLab.com.
For the first time ever, the award-winning Twilight Turtle is offered with a sound option. From the makers of the award-winning Twilight Turtle™ and Sleep Sheep™, comes Twilight Turtle Tunes™. Cloud b has added bluetooth technology via a Twilight Turtle Tunes App (free), which adds to the known and loved starlight projection of the original turtle, which also glows in blue, amber and green and projects the constellations. Parents can choose from a pre-set mix and match of melodies and sounds or create customized creations to play on the Twilight Turtle Tunes’ speaker box. A premium app is also available for $1.99 including the basics, plus the option to access personal music libraries to create totally unique mixes. Using Bluetooth, the melody and twilight effect can be programmed for up to 24 hours.
If you prefer no to use or do not have access to Bluetooth, Twilight Turtle Tunes comes with one default nighty-night melody that can be set for 45 minutes.
One of the soon-to-be must have for new parents and baby shower registries everywhere will be the new crib mobile with Magical Night projection mobile. Not yet available, and set to be released in April, the Magical Night mobile is a crib mobile, projector, music box and toddler night light (that looks like an adorable bedside lamp) all in one. Covering three stages, newborn through the toddler years and perhaps beyond, it gives real value for your money as traditional mobiles must come down once baby can stand up or begins to pull at it. Since it grows with your child, it will also be a familiar part of bedtime routines, which experts agree help children slip off into restful sleep (and stay asleep) better.
Another wonderful Tiny love creation, the 3-in-1 Rocker Napper, is again giving parents value for their money, as well as giving baby more ways to use the product. The 3-in-1 Rocker Napper has three positions that are simple and quick to change about. Used as a rocker, the seat can be used to entertain or soothe your baby, complete with baby-activated mobile with soft and happy buddies to play with and a music box that plays nine melodies. Detach the mobile for a feeding seat. At naptime, it reclines fully flat or inclined position with raised sides to create a bassinet with a fast and easy one handed motion by the parent.
This year, Tiny Love also introduces the Take Along Bouncer. Also available in the spring, this easy to fold up and take along bouncer seat also offers parents ease, compatibility, and comfort for baby. Both are available in a variety of colors to suit any taste. For more information, please see http://store.tinylove.com/