I had the opportunity to attend the Big Toy Book BabyPalooza and received a swag bag.
We had a great adventure to New York City last week checking out The Big Toy Book‘s fantastic line up of toys and baby products for 2013! Baby Palooza was yest another great event hosted by Joey Fortman and Charlene DeLoach.
Thankfully, my friend Steph volunteered to drive myself and our bloggy friends Devon, Lauryn and baby girl to the big apple! In addition to a hilarious car ride with these lovely ladies, our adventure allowed me to chat with the representatives from such companies as Delta, VTech to learn about their great new products for this year. Seriously, times have changed in even the 3 short years since Bbear was an infant!
The theme for 2013 is to be Safety Smart, Parent Smart, Technology Smart and Baby Smart. Here is a glimpse of what you will see in 2013:
Delta so graciously hosted our event at their NYC building in Manhattan. I never realized that Delta made these fabulous children chairs that my kids love! I was excited to see many more options – including such Disney hits as Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First.
And of course Delta has some amazingly beautiful baby and children’s furniture. So many gorgeous cribs and furniture displayed I was mentally redecorating BGB’s nursery while in the showroom! And what I wouldn’t give for a glider for those late night/early morning nursing sessions!
If you haven’t had a chance to read my review of the new VTech InnoTab 2 Baby, go check it out! We seriously loved all the fun this new tablet provides for the younger crowd. Often, Bbear would request to play with his older brother’s tablet, but it was just slightly too old for him and proved frustrating. The InnoTab 2 Baby is a perfect starter tablet and I’m sure this time next year I’ll be telling you all about how BGB is now playing with it!
I also had the opportunity to check out another VTech product (review coming soon) called the VTech Go Go Smart Wheels product line. There are several options with this product that any vehicle-loving child will enjoy. We were able to see the airport while at the Big Toy Book Baby Palooza, and it is fabulous! As the toy airplane rolls along the runway, there are various smart areas that let the child know what is going on. I can’t wait to test it out ourselves with BGB and BBear who are on either ends of the product age recommendation!
The First Years iAlert Convertible Car Seat
We live in modern, technology-infused times, my friends. I was able to see the next generation of car seats in action with this new, coming soon car seat (you can currently pre-order on Amazon). The First Years True Fit iAlert Convertible Car Seat is the first mobile-synched car seat. The seat uses a connection to your smartphone and monitors “four key safety areas including installation angle, unattended child alert, child out of seat alert and temperature check”. I for one love the idea of the installation angle because even if you never remove the car seat after proper installation, it can shift. That peace of mind is fabulous to me since I’m always running to a certified car seat safety specialist to make sure we have ours installed properly. I also love the child out of seat alert since Cbear has excitedly shown us he can unclip the chest buckle of his seat. Again, peace of mind that all is well in those back seats is fantastic! And let’s face it… I always have my phone with me
Oh do we build here! We build up and we build out. In fact, we have even started using our Mega Blocks sets to build mazes, dead ends and all, on the train table for cars to drive through. We were given a great new set of Mega Bloks at the event that have numbers and mathematical symbols on them. Cbear LOVES math, and has been adding and subtracting for some time now, so I love that we can use this set of Mega Bloks to enhance that love of learning!
Madame Alexander is celebrating 90 years of dolls for the youngest of children. I have a number of Madame Alexander dolls stored in their boxes in my childhood bedroom. They’ve been that way for decades since they are collectibles. Madame Alexander would NOT be happy about that – she developed these dolls to be played with by young girls. So, the nearly centenarian company had now designed Washable Babies as well as toddler and baby dolls that children will be encouraged to play with and now house in a closet. I must say, any child product that is washable is a hit in my book! These new dolls will help children care for their own baby – an exercise we could have used twice so far in the last 3 years.
Those Twilight Turtles always make me smile, but did you know Cloud b has a wide range of products. They have “upgraded” the Twilight Turtle so that it now has sounds as well as blue tooth technology allowing you to remotely turn the turtle back on without entering the room. Cloud b has also introduced a new travel-sized companion called Twinkles to Go Octopus which also displays a starry sky in a darkened room (I may need one (or rather three) of these for the kids). And if you have a little one that needs comfort in the middle of the night, Cloud b has just introduced the Sleep Sheep Smart Sensor product which actually responds when your child is awake in the middle of the night by playing soft sounds of nature or even a heartbeat!
The Big Toy Book Baby Palooza was a wonderful trip! And, maybe more importantly, BGB had a nearly cry-free first visit to New York. I was pretty nervous she would uncharacteristically cry the entire time, but she only made a peep the last half hour or so of the trip and I know she was hungry then. BGB was her happy slef or asleep for most of the trip which made me a much more at ease mama!
*Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Big Toy Book’s Baby Palooza and was given a swag bag which included a few of the items mentioned above. All thoughts and opinions are my own.