Two weeks ago I was invited to attend The Big Toy Book’s Baby Palooza event here in New York. On display were some of the latest and greatest innovations from toy and children’s product manufacturers. Here in no particular order are some of my favorites from the day.
Delta Children’s Products had on display several of their fun toddler furniture pieces. Little upholstered chairs in your child’s favorite character theme? So cute. Full disclosure, we already have the Elmo chair and adore it. There are small tables, petite desks, toddler beds and toy storage solutions all decked out in toddler classic favorites. Scott Randall was on hand to discuss the company’s baby furniture, specifically cribs and the Delta Children’s commitment to sleep safety. Delta has 8 product test facilities worldwide and has made it their mission to educate families on how to create the safest sleep environment for all infants and children. You can read more on their website: http://www.deltachildren.com/safetyVTech was showcasing their Innotab tablets. I’ve written a full review of the Innotab 2 Baby here. There is also now an InnoTab with Wi-Fi built-in that allows a child to connect to the VTech Learning Lodge to browse and download new content for the tablet. It is all done securely through parental control – children can only create a wishlist on the device, they cannot purchase. Also on display was the Go Go Smart Wheels Airport Playset. The airplane (included with the set) and other vehicles (purchased separately) react to different “SmartPoint” locations on the playset. I could see my vehicle obsessed toddler getting VERY excited with this one. There’s even a helicopter!Cloud b was on hand to show off their latest sleep helpers. We’re big fans of the Twilight Ladybug here. She even has to come on vacation with us – Jack absolutely will not sleep without the thing. Well now they have smaller twilight products that will save us some packing room. How about a twilight race car??? Twinkles To Go may be the official portable solution, but I’m banking on the racecar for my little guy. And could someone please buy me the giant version of the sleep sheep? I’m still kicking myself for not cuddling up with that thing and getting a photo.
The First Years was showing off an innovative car seat that uses, get this, a smartphone app that alerts parents if the baby is not buckled in, if child moves out of the seat while car is in motion, if a child is left in a non-moving vehicle and more. It seemed pretty incredible to me. (please excuse not having a picture – interest was high and it was crowded by the table!)
The Madame Alexander doll company display brought back some really wonderful memories for me. Every Christmas my mother would give my sister and me a beautiful new collectible doll. I loved the tiny shoes, petticoats and gorgeously detailed dresses. Now Madame Alexander has expanded their line (90 years old this year!) to include washable dolls for your baby and toddler. The Wizard of Oz line was incredibly adorable. I also loved Puff the Magic Dragon. Love him.
Finally Mega Bloks was there with all their great building blocks and vehicles too. My son knows and loves Mega Bloks primarily because it was his first dump truck. He loves the chunky little figure who sits in the driver’s seat. Sometimes he demands to bring him along for bedtime. As soon as he opened the bag of Mega Bloks I brought home he ran to get the dump truck because he recognized and knew the product. We have fun building towers and knocking them down over and over. They had a wonderful play table on display with storage inside. Parents love a good storage solution – thank you Mega Bloks for making your packaging the storage. BIG HELP, no lie.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a gift bag for attending with product samples from several of the companies mentioned. All opinions expressed are my own.