Susie and I were thrilled as we took our Jacksonville family website, Fun4FirstCoastKids.com, to the next level and went national in working with the ABC Kids Expo 2017! This expo announces and displays all the newest baby and kids products to hit the market. This is THE show to find the latest baby and kids gear, new arrivals, neat techie gadgets, and more. We applied to be part of the media for the show and crossed our fingers as our social media statistics and website hits were analyzed. We were jumping up and down when we heard we were accepted and were among the first added to the media list on the ABC Kids Expo website! Being part of the show meant that we could bring some unique products, motivating product invention stories, and many new product giveaways from the national level to our local families and followers in Jacksonville, Florida!
In the months leading up to the show we worked with many PR representatives. Tons of emails came in daily asking us to schedule times to meet at the show, asking for availability to talk before the show, listening to reps as they described their client's products, explained the backgrounds of how the brands were created. Many were developed out of necessity or out of accident once a parent realized that something could be made easier, how real life moms and dads developed products while up at night nursing babies, or while trying to go on a walk, but their kids didn't want to get in the stroller. We spoke with entrepreneurs directly, who were just getting started and had no representative, no money for PR, and they put all of their eggs in one basket announcing their product at the ABC Kids Expo 2017. We were honored to talk with them and let them know that we would do what we could to let our followers know about their product and what their invention means to them. On the opposite spectrum, we were in shock to be on the phone with Britax. Yes, Britax themselves! We were one of the very first to know about their latest stroller that was to be announced at the show! We had embargoed information and material stored on our computer and were nervous that the secret info would be leaked! I hope the staffer couldn't tell how star struck I was on the call!
Alas, we were so busy during the Halloween month in Jacksonville that we were a bit delayed in getting our top product picks list out! We are honored and excited to announce our 15 top picks from the ABC Kids Expo 2017! Scroll down for some neat inventions, interesting stories, and the latest baby and kids products aimed to make your life as a parent easier, and kids lives more fun. And best of all, be sure to follow us on Facebook as we giveaway six of these products to six lucky families!
When we saw these packs we were so excited about how our kids would react! We have a hard time getting ours on the bus and to go into the classroom and we knew these would help make going to school or grandma's house fun. They are not only functional, but fun to play with where their tongues pull out, movable hook and loop arms, and role playing. Our favorite added benefit is that they are sustainable, made with materials from recycled PET bottles and a bluesign system partner, which provides a means for protecting resources for our planet. Find more info, here.
We are thrilled to be among the first to announce Britax's new B-FREE Stroller! We loved this stroller due to it's Florida friendly design. The all terrain wheels are rubber, but not the kind you have to pump up, and being larger wheels they are perfect for taking to the beach. The canopy is not only expandable, it is SPF, and with the hot sun in Florida, this was our most important issue with our babies. We must have moved the canopy 500,000 times during walks along the years.
The B-Free Stroller is designed to make family life on the go easier and more convenient. Can't decide which snack or toy to bring along? With seven storage pockets and an extra-large storage basket, there's room for everything. The front panel offers easy access and it holds ages birth up to 65 lbs. With the B-Free Stroller, you're free to do it all. Find more info, here.
The Cimilre S3 is a double electric, hospital strength breast pump designed to give all moms confidence, freedom, and solutions for their busy lifestyles. It has the option for single or double pump, a digital display, silent pumping, LED night light, handle for transport, and back flow protection so it is a closed system. The Cimilre F1 is a compact, on the go pump is compact, without compromising the features that Cimilre has to offer. It offers multiple expression and massage modes to maintain and increase supply. It is for single or double pumping, battery operated, silent pumping, and also has backflow protection for a closed system. Enter to win an S3 pump HERE!
We remember with our first baby how we were scared to go far from home. If we went to the mall, what if the baby got hungry and cried - how would I feed her and be able to get home? I finally found that I could hide in the maternity store dressing room and buy some more time to get back in the car and go home. We loved the Covered Goods nursing cover because it provides full coverage AND converts to a scarf so it is stylish and leaves you with one less thing to carry! Plus, it converts to many other covers - so amazing!
Founder Jamie Yetter, herself a mother of four, faced a common fear that many women have while nursing in public; the fear of being exposed! This fear often kept her and other nursing mothers searching for a hidden place somewhere. Sometimes, it was impossible to nurse at all. In researching available nursing cover options on the market, Yetter found none of these options offered the security of optimal privacy. She designed a nursing cover that would not only offer all over coverage but would also allow for the cover to conveniently convert for use as a scarf, car seat cover and shopping cart cover. Moms can truly nurse anytime, anywhere! There is no more fear of being exposed with Covered Goods.
Covered Goods nursing covers allow for mom and baby to nurse comfortably. The high quality covers are made from an ultra-comfy breathable lightweight and stretchy fabric. There are no straps, rings, or cords to mess with. The covers take seconds to put on and take off, and alleviate any worry that baby will kick or pull mom's cover off. The flexible neck is also designed to be able to be worn down under one arm to give mom even more freedom when nursing. An added benefit of the flexible neck allows mom to peek in on baby or to make sure her little one has latched properly. Covered Goods nursing covers can be folded compactly for storage and they are ideal for traveling with baby. Find more Covered Goods designs, here.
We LOVE hearing about #Mompreneurs! Goumikids was born six years ago when two high school friends found themselves on a journey to make good. As new moms, they were both having trouble finding scratch-proof mittens that actually stayed on. So, in true Portland-style, they decided to develop a solution, and in the process, created a company that allowed them to be both parents and entrepreneurs. Find more info on Goumikids, here.
It's only been 2 years, but we can say that we didn't have this when we had babies!! The Malarkey Kids munch Mitts are such a great invention for teething little ones! Suddenly your sweet, smiley little bundle of joy has turned into a cranky, drool-y munch monster - oh the joys of a teething baby! Enter the Munch Mitt... the undroppable, unstoppable teething mitt. Made with food grade silicone, BPA and Phthalate free, the mitt is both convenient for parents and fun for babies. Give your little one the gift of self-managing teething relief and yourself the gift of free hands!
We were thrilled to hear about this product from the new Mother Modest! When I finally became a nursing pro, I could nurse anywhere...but that didn't mean it was completely acceptable yet. Mother Modest lets you nurse in public, but covers the breast itself. Now, why didn't I think of that! But there are so many more uses for the accessory. You can insert your breast pump shields, help relieve mastitis and clogged ducts by adding hot water, or freeze to relieve engorgement, which I could have used many times! Visit their website and sign up for their e-newsletter to get 10% off your order!
Again, we NEEDED this with our babies! Lacking sleep, yet watching our babies struggle through snotty noses, especially when our older daughter went to preschool and brought home germs much earlier, getting the boogers out would have saved us many a struggle. For parents of young children, oogiebear is the first booger removal tool that safely and gently removes both sticky and dried boogers from a child's nostrils. Created by mother and Registered Pharmacist, Dr. Nina Farzin, oogiebear was developed with comfort in mind, offering two unique ends to remove boogers effectively to help children breathe easier and soothe them at a time of incredible discomfort. Find more info, here.
We have the hardest time finding shoes! They don't fit correctly or my daughter doesn't like the style of the ones that fit, because, you know, it's all about being fancy starting at age 2! pediped provides exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort, and distinctive style that has made the award-winning company the fastest growing children's footwear brand in the United States. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children's feet to develop naturally and healthily. pediped® has received numerous industry awards and accolades including recognition from Earnshaw's, the premier media resource serving the children's market. In 2015 pediped® was recognized by the Footwear Industry Awards as the Children's Footwear Brand of the Year and earned a 2016 Earnie Award from Earnshaw's magazine as the Footwear Brand of the Year.
pediped® is sold in over 750 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between its three lines, Originals®, Grip 'n' Go™ and Flex®. The award-winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 38 (US newborn to 6 Youth). For more information, visit www.pediped.com. LIKE on Facebook at @pedipedfootwear and follow on Twitter and Instagram @pedipedfootwear
As work from home moms, we loved the idea of the PopYum bottle! You make as many as you'd like at the beginning of the day and then easily pop, shake, and yum when baby is hungry. PopYum is a parent owned and operated company created from a need found when they had their first baby. They wanted a bottle with the safest material, that was easy to use with a single hand, had a more natural latch, help with anti-colic, be easy to use on the go, and make for easy cleaning. We are proud to support his parent made product! Find more info, here.
All Silicone bowl and lid and plate set. The Silibowl is perfect for first time feeding and food storage. The lid of the bowl can be used as a plate and also inserts into the bowl creating an air tight seal for storage. Simply press the middle of the lid to create an air tight seal pushing out any excess air. By removing the air from the bowl, food stays fresh longer! The silicone bowl is 100% food grade silicone with an embedded stainless steel ring to hold its shape. It won't collapse when gripped. It's also MICROWAVE SAFE. That's right! Our patented technology paves the way for a new feeding experience. You can defrost and warm up food in the Silibowl. The perfect alternative to plastic bowls! Find more info, here.
13. Squeasy Gear
The Squeasy Snacker™ is the most versatile reusable food pouch on the market. It was designed by parents for parents to provide easy feeding on-the-go™. It is the only food pouch that offers the patent pending 2-in-1 removable NO SPILL INSERT™ for no spill or free flow. It works great with water and juice unlike other food pouches. Find more info, here.
SoapSox® began when founder and CEO Ray Phillips worked as a Program Director at a residential treatment facility with children who have experienced trauma. Ray found that one of the most difficult times of the day was bath time. Children would argue, cry, and even attempt to hide to avoid taking a bath. After repeated struggles with one child who could not part with his favorite stuffed animal to bathe, Ray came up with the idea of modifying it to hold soap – the child was presented with the then modified stuffed animal and agreed to bathe. Ray continued to use this strategy over the years with children until learning that no product like it existed on the market. An adorable new line of plush friends that kids can take from playtime…. to bath time! It's 2-in-1 fun with SoapSox®, the cuddly companions you can actually take in the tub! Snuggle, cuddle, and play together all day, when it's time for your bath, bring them with you! A patented soap pocket transforms lovable SoapSox® into sudsy wash cloth – just add soap and scrub. It's the way kids want to wash! Find the latest characters, here.
Oh how we could have used these every night! We love the idea of changing the diaper while keeping the jammies on so as to not wake up the baby during the night. ZippyJamz combine two zippers in a single garment – the first runs from the neck to ankle and the second from ankle to ankle along the inseam. The second zipper allows parents to quickly and easily access their baby's diaper changing area. Find more jammy designs, here.
We're excited to be giving away some of our favorite products from the ABC Kids Expo!
Prize #2: Cimilre Breast Pump! Please ENTER HERE.
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