You know you’re a mom when you see a really great baby product and you get just as excited as you would over a pair of ridiculously gorgeous shoes.
Well, I was all mom this past weekend at the New York Baby Show. Despite yet another kiddie sickness that almost derailed my trip, I made it there—and I am so glad that I did. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have found these three products that just may change my life.
Too dramatic? Trust me. These are good.
You know when you’re at a restaurant and you’re desperately trying to keep your baby occupied so that you can shovel some food into your mouth and maybe have an adult conversation but baby keeps throwing his toys on the germy floor, effectively prohibiting any of that? The Grapple solves that problem.
At first sight, it looks like a cute apple-shaped stroller toy. But it’s actually a toy holder. Suction it to a flat surface, flip open the top, and voila—it’s got three adjustable tethers to hold onto baby’s favorite toys. Baby will be happily occupied while you get to relax. Well, as much as you can ever relax when you’re with a baby at a restaurant.
By the way, I found the Grapple at the booth for the Colorado-based shop Eyla’s, which sells all sorts of cool eco-products. I also bought the Eco Vessel Stainless Steel Insulated Sippy Cup, which keeps liquids cold for up to 8 hours and uses a basic Nuk nipple. This will be a game changer for me later this summer, when my daughter starts drinking whole milk and water.
How can a tiny, adorable baby make such huge, horrific smells? It’s a question that I’ve been asking myself a lot lately now that my tiny, adorable baby is eating solids.
This diaper pail by Ubbi is made from powder-coated steel, so it supposedly locks in the stink instead of absorbing it like its plastic counterparts. You can also use a regular tall kitchen garbage bag with it, so you don’t have to buy special—read: potentially expensive—bags for it. And to sweeten the deal, so to speak, the Ubbi now comes in a wide array of cute colors and patterns. (I’m totally getting the gray and white chevron, by the way.)
This stroller folds up so compactly that it can be an airplane carry-on. Yes, you read that right—an airplane carry-on.
I’ve written elsewhere about this before, but this was the first time I’ve seen it in action. The GB Pockit is seriously like some sort of ultra-cool Inspector Gadget item. It’s a full-size stroller that folds up into the tiniest little package, you won’t believe it. Just how tiny is it? When folded, it’s 12 x 7 x 14 inches. For someone who lives in a New York City apartment, I cannot tell you how important that is when it comes to storing a stroller, since baby products are currently overtaking my entire overpriced living space. Once my daughter outgrows her Graco seat and “snap and go” stroller base, which I really do love for its structure and convenience when babies are under a year old, I am so buying this.